Rwanda’s Bank Of Kigali Sets Out To Plant 1 Million Trees


Last year Rwanda kicked off the The 30 million trees planting project.

Supporting the move to manage Climate Change, the Bank of Kigali has announced its 1 million tree planting initiative.

According to the bank, the initiative will form part of its annual operations budget in supporting efforts by a local non-profit environmental conservation organisation in planting 1 million trees.

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The trees will be planted in Kahi Cell, Karangazi Sector in Nyagatare District. The tree planting initiative will come as part of the activities to commemorate Bank of Kigali’s 50 years anniversary. It is part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.

“Our Board, Management and staff understand that climate change is real and as a socially responsible organisation, we are taking a position at the frontline in the battle to conserve the environment.” –Dr Diane Karusisi, Bank of Kigali’s Chief Executive Officer

Bank of Kigali has a plan of planting about 150, 000 trees in Rwanda in the next 3 years. They will be working in partnership with a local non-profit organisation, Compagnie Agricole Environment Association (CAE). Both institutions have signed a memorandum to that effect.

According to Dr Karusisi, about 50 trees is to be planted by the institution in September. CAE’s Principal, Jean Batiste Mutabaruka thanked the bank for co-operating with them. He believes both institutions are off to a great start.

“We are delighted that Bank of Kigali, as an industry leader, is setting the precedent of supporting noble local causes like ours, to conserve the environment in which the communities, with which they work, actually live.”- Mutabaruka

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The collaboration is certainly good news for Rwanda’s recent environment conservation policies. It appears to be of potential achievement in environmental rehabilitation.

Rwanda has a plan to increase the national forest cover to 30% of the total land area by 2018.