Rwanda, which is in the middle of a rainy season, launched a tree planting program to protect the environment and ecosystems. Community members are expected to plant 30 million trees in the monthly Umuganda exercises
Rwandans last week began planting trees in a season long program to plant over 30 million trees across the country, to protect the environment and ecosystems.The country, which is in the middle of a rainy season, says the tree planting program is part of efforts to prevent soil erosion and land degradation, rehabilitate forests and provide a source of fuelwood.
Dr. Vincent Biruta, Rwanda’s Minister of Natural Resources, said, “I encourage all Rwandans to plant as many trees as they can to help prevent erosion and rehabilitate our natural forests,” KT Press reported.
According to Rwanda’s Natural Resources Authority (RNRA), as part of the program:
- The planting season targets to use 66,000 hectares across the country representing 2.5 percent of the country’s total surface area.
- New forest woodlots will be planted on 7,818 hectares.
- Over 49,000 hectares of agroforestry systems will be planted.
- 40,000 fruit trees will be planted in the districts of Nyagatare, Ngoma and Kamonyi
- Bamboo trees are being planted in gullies to help rehabilitate degraded land across affected zones.
- Trees are also being planted to rehabilitate forests on 1,010 hectares of public land.
According to KT Press, this year’s tree planting season, which was launched in Gatsibo District is running under the theme, ‘efficient use of biomass energy to safeguard our forests’.
Statistics indicate that 98.5 percent of households in Rwanda use fuel wood and charcoal, and to encourage people to use less wood and charcoal for cooking, vulnerable residents of Gatsibo District were given 19,000 improved cook stoves.
The Rwandan government is also encouraging its citizens to explore alternative sources of energy such as gas and solar and to reduce using charcoal.
Source: KT Press