The award ceremony took place on Monday, June 26th, 2023, at ARCOS Head Office in Kigali.
ARCOS has emerged as a first and long-standing partner of OTP, a renowned environmental non-profit organization committed to global reforestation efforts. Together, ARCOS and OTP have spearheaded numerous initiatives focused on rehabilitating and restoring vital ecosystems in Rwanda. This collaborative effort has yielded remarkable results and contributed significantly to the preservation of natural habitats, the protection of endangered species, and the enhancement of local livelihoods.
Commenting on the development, Dr. Sam Kanyamibwa, Founder & CEO of ARCOS, expressed his gratitude for the recognition noting that the achievement reflects the tireless efforts of the organization’s dedicated team and the strong partnerships cultivated over the years.
“We remain steadfast in our mission to protect the unique biodiversity of the Albertine Rift, Africa Mountains and Great Lakes Ecosystems as well as promote sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations," he stated.
The impact of ARCOS’ landscape restoration initiatives has been far-reaching, with tangible environmental, social, and economic benefits.
With an annual capacity of planting and growing 5 million trees, ARCOS is restoring more than 40,000 hectares of arable land in the Albertine Rift region, primarily in Rwanda, thereby mitigating climate change and fostering the involvement of local communities in conservation efforts. With 50,000 smallholder farmers house engaged as champions of restoration, of which 60% are women, ARCOS is empowering these individuals to actively participate in the restoration of degraded landscapes.
Dr. Kanyamibwa has extended heartfelt gratitude to the government of Rwanda for support in facilitating these high-impact initiatives and commitment to environmental sustainability.
Speaking at the event; Ange Kalitanyi , OTP Country Representative highlighted that the award reflects the exceptional work carried out by ARCOS as it emerged as the worthy recipient of the esteemed recognition out of more than 80 planting partners spanning across 27 African countries.
One Tree Planted is a non-profit organization focusing on global reforestation efforts.
“ARCOS has undoubtedly set a high standard in engaging communities, diligently monitoring their work, and fostering an incredible partnership with us. Together, we have made a significant impact, not only in Rwanda but across the globe. Just last week, One Tree Planted celebrated the remarkable milestone of planting 100 million trees worldwide, and it brings me great joy to acknowledge that ARCOS played a pivotal role in achieving this monumental feat,” she remarked.
The award ceremony brought together prominent conservationists, government officials, and key stakeholders who share a common goal of preserving Africa’s natural heritage. It will serve as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of ARCOS and One Tree Planted while inspiring others to join the global movement for landscape restoration and sustainable development.