I commend the recently concluded tree planting week that brought together all Rwandans in their efforts to protect and conserve the environment. Trees are a basic element of the environment and are directly linked to Rwanda’s development.
Without trees, there is no rainfall, without which, Rwanda’s subsistence food crops and cash crops cannot grow. Soil erosion, deforestation and long droughts are all a direct result of the lack of trees in a given area. These are a hindrance to agricultural development.
Since majority of the country revenue depends on the Agricultural, Tourism, Water and Natural Environment sectors, this campaign needs to be taken seriously.
Development through protecting our God-given environment is surely the responsibility of all abiding citizens.
Even though the majority of Rwandans rely on firewood for fuel, a practical solution that is sustainable should be put in place. Just like in other developed countries where large scale commercial felling of trees is done, Rwandans should gazette areas where no trees should be touched.
To solve household firewood needs, alternative sources of renewable energy can be exploited, for example, solar energy, wind energy and bio gas that are affordable and environmentally friendly.
For every tree cut, five more should be planted; this way every single tree cutter will be discouraged from destroying the environment.
I appreciate all the hard work and sensitization campaigns that are creating awareness to the local population. These momentum should be maintained all year round.
Names withheld on request