June 17, 2024

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IUCN Rwanda joins the Ministry of Environment to launch the National Environment Week

Rwanda's Minister of Environment Dr. Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya alongside Ms. Kaori Yasuda, IUCN Rwanda Country Representative participating in the Community Work

IUCN Rwanda has on Saturday May, 25th 2024 joined the Ministry of Environment, the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) and other partners to kick off the National Environment Week, which will be marked by various activities aimed at raising awareness on environmental protection and sustainability.

The National Environment week kicked off during the Community work held at the Nyabikono site with involvement of the community of Karongi, Nyamagabe, and Ruhango districts in the community work (Umuganda), will conclude on World Environmental Day, on June 5th.

This year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) presented the theme “Land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience” to reflect on the urgent need to combat land degradation and desertification.

Since IUCN’s arrival in Rwanda, it has been actively supporting the Government of Rwanda in its efforts to protect the environment and ecosystem as well as combatting land degradation, particularly through the technical assistance and implementation of various projects in different parts of the country.

The organization is also instrumental in helping Rwanda achieve the goals of the Bonn Challenge where by 2030, Rwanda aims to restore two million hectares of damaged land and forests, which is equivalent to 76% of the country’s total land area.

There is no doubt that the projects in which IUCN continues to participate will help Rwanda achieve its goal.

 Among these projects, the Recent Sebeya Project aims to promote Integrated Water Resources Management in the Sebeya Catchment. The ongoing TREPA project aims to Transform Eastern Province through adaptation. The COMBIO project seeks to reduce vulnerability to climate change through enhanced community-based biodiversity conservation. The DeSIRA project aims to improve the resilience of farmers’ livelihoods to climate change through innovative, research-proven climate-smart agroforestry and efficient use of tree resources in the Eastern Province and peri-urban areas of Kigali city. Additionally, the AREECA project focuses on Large-scale Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Africa and is currently being implemented in Rwanda.

All these projects have been and still are playing a pivotal role in shaping the environmental landscapes of Rwanda’s East

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