The event took place on Thursday in Rwamagana District where residents were handed over their renovated forest totaling 284 hectares. The forests have been planted with trees as a way to rehabilitate them to make them more productive.
The project has also been implemented in four districts namely; Rwamagana, Rulindo, Gakenke and Gicumbi on an area of 873 hectares. This was done by the Rwanda Water and Forests Authority (RWFA) in collaboration with the Belgian Development Agency, Enabel.
After the renovation, the community was integrated into forest cooperatives which will help them take care of them.
Mukagasagurire Liberatha, a resident of Fumbwe Sector in Sasabirago Cell, says under the project, they planted trees for her on an area of 2.5 hectares.
The director of Forestry Management Unit in RWFA, Bakundukize Dismas, said the reason the government chose to pay more attention to community forests was that it made up 70% of the country’s forests, but that most were unproductive because they dint care about them.
The Mayor of Rwamagana District, Mbonyumuvunyi Radjab, thanked residents for agreeing to form one cooperative, assuring them of their cooperation in the conservation of forests and all other councils they will need.
Currently, the Ministry of Environment says that over 30% of the total land area of the country is forested.