The government of Rwanda has started a project of transforming Nyandungu marshland in Ndera and Nyarugunga sectors from Kicukiro and Gasabo districts an eco-tourism park where people can meet for leisure, carry out various entertainment performances and get an insight of Rwanda’s history.
The project is part of government efforts to preserve the environment, improve diversity of the ecosystem; reduce floods, giving marshland preservation models and creating environment and tourism-related jobs.
The project will cost Rwf 2,413,699,149.
The Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), Colette Ruhamya has told IGIHE that the project is being assessed and will go into force next year.
“Establishing an eco-tourism park in Nyandungu marshland is part of its preservation and protecting it from further devastation. It must be rehabilitated and rejuvenate areas where vegetation was destroyed. Other areas of the marshland will see modern buildings attracting visitors for leisure. The project is under assessment and on completion it will provide a back-yard park for tourists coming to Kigali,” she said.
“It is true that the project will contribute to country’s economic growth and restore the ecosystem including trees and birds which disappeared from the marshland.There is a team in place to follow up and improve this project,” she added.