Residents of Rulindo District recently joined hands with Rwanda National Police in an environment protection exercise, that was characterise by tree planting on a large scale.
The exercise took place in Tumba sector and covered over four hectares. The move was aimed at among others stimulating agro-forestry farming practice and prevent soil erosion in particular.
Agro-forestry is an intensive land management system that optimises the benefits from the biological interaction created when certain tree species are deliberately combined with plants.
The exercise also included rehabilitating the road that connects the residents to the area Police station.
Speaking after the exercise, the Tumba Police Station Commander, Inspector of Police (IP) Emmanuel Nsabimana thanked the residents for reinforcing the national and RNP efforts in particular to protect the environment.
He, however, urged them to always shun and report bad practices that affect the ecosystem including cutting of trees and illegal mining.
“Keep in mind that such practices have legal implications to whoever is involved,” IP Nsabimana said.
“It is against the law to harvest or cut trees without authorisation, mining without a permit is as well illegal,” he said.
Present during the exercise were representatives of local authorities and security organs.
RNP has so far planted about 400 hectares of trees across the country as part of the environmental protection drive.
Last year, RNP established the Environmental Protection Unit (EPU) which has been instrumental in enforcing the law, preservation of environment through environmental education, practical interpretation of the environmental laws to citizens and engaging in the public environment management awareness campaign.
RNP also signed memorandums of understanding with all the thirty districts to join efforts in environmental protection.