Rwanda seems to be in the lime light for great and positive reasons. The historical genocide seemed to have buried the goodness of this nation in the mud for a long time. Recently though, the current Rwanda administration is doing everything within their reach to take the nation to its deserving top spot; the nation is going through a positive revolution.
Since the UN declaration in 2006, in proposition of an annual planting of 1 billion trees all around the world, there has been a record of 10.3 billion trees out of an initial 11.9 billion trees pledge. Rwanda is interestingly doing a great job in that regard, in fact Rwanda seems to be consistent in making it tops in UN’s good book – promoting a nature loving and friendly environment. The 30 million trees planting project recently kicked off in Rwanda, and virtually appears to be a sure potential achievement in environmental rehabilitation. With an able and committed president Paul Kagame leading the way, leading by example; and co-operative citizens, this project is nothing short of a success.
The programme was launched on the 40th anniversary of their national forest planting at Gatsibo District on 28th November 2015. There is no better time to carry out this process if not at the present peak of their rainy season. Second to that is the fact that a large percentage of Rwandans practice subsistence farming, so the idea of saving the planet through agriculture is not exactly challenging for them. The exercise of planting over 30 million trees is expected on a long-term to balance biomass energy and further counter deforestation. According to Rwanda’s national report, the tree planting initiative will help rehabilitate over 50 hectares of agricultural land and public forests, amounting to 2.5% of Rwanda’s land to be salvaged through this process.
The idea of the tree planting initiative is clearly to contribute a solution towards the threatening global climate change; and more directly enhance a healthier environment for Rwandans, plus the safe guarding their forests. The planting exercise which is carried out by all and sundry has become a routine measure, particularly in Umuganda.
Like most African countries especially in the rural areas, the major source of domestic fuel in Rwanda is the firewood, thus it was exceptionally thoughtful to comply with the initiative; as they also work towards diversifying their fuel sources. Notably, several other African nations like Sudan (Darfur) and Kenya have taken up this course for similar reasons – preventing soil erosion, and preservation of the forests.
It is arguable that the economy of Rwanda is majorly hinged on its well-managed natural environment. Not too long ago, the country’s capital, Kigali was named UN’s most beautiful African city, a well deserving position I must say judging from the maintenance of their beautifully serene environment, brightly painted with a color of peace.
In the same vein Rwanda also happens to be among the African nations upholding the solar energy concept, with a 6% increase in power generation – making life easier for her citizens. Some people are clearly making the best out of their natural resources.