As a way of fighting desertification in Rwanda, Minister for Environment, Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, has revealed that the government plans to plant over 43 million tree seedlings across the country.
“The Ministry of Environment reiterates its commitment to keep working with the EU and other accredited development partners in various initiatives aiming at supporting the protection of Environment and Climate change agenda,” said Mujawamariya.
These are to be planted during the forthcoming tree planting campaign set to start next month.
The environment minister said around 31 million seedlings will be freely distributed to the communities and 12 million seedlings are expected to be produced by private operators who will sell them.
At least $49.6 million has been secured to green the eastern provinces that are vulnerable to drought.
Rwanda has committed to restore two million hectares of degraded land by 2030.
At least 900,000 hectares of land are being restored.