This comes as part of support to the Forest Management and Wood Biomass Energy support project – FMBE that was conceived to boost the productivity of both public and private forest plantations to address the gap in supply and demand of wood biomass in Rwanda.
The FMBE project is funded by the Kingdom of Belgium and implemented jointly by Enabel and Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority to support the green economic and socio development in Rwanda.
Addressing the local residents, Ambassador Benoit Ryelandt expressed his contentment joining them of the community work.
“My colleagues from the Embassy and the Belgian development agency are all impressed by the quality of your work, your endurance, and dynamism. We feel it very important to be here on Umuganda day at the launch of the tree planting season; we know how important it is to support the effort of the authorities and the population to get sustainable management of the forest. We believe that everything that can provide more comfort and more sustainable economic development to the local population is very important; and so is this forest management, not only today but also in the years to come.”
Dirk Deprez, the Resident Representative of Enabel said: “We are delighted to support cooperatives in improving their forest management. Enabel has been working in forestation for the last 10 years now; with the current project, we are working with Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority to improve better management techniques of private owned forest to triple production and capacity as well as tackling the problem of biomass and increasing the revenues of farmers and owners of the lands.”
Nsabuwera Vincent, the Project intervention Manager stressed the ownership of the population; he said: “the emphasis is put on community involvement throughout the project cycle. Lands were consolidated in small woodlots, Private Forest Management Units, managed by cooperatives of forest owners to boost their productivity and sustainable management.”
The trees will be planted on 29Ha on Kabeza site out of 850.37Ha in Rulindo, Gakenke, Gicumbi districts in the Northern Province, Rwamagana District in the Eastern Province and the City of Kigali where the project is intervening.
FMBE (Forest Management and Wood Biomass Energy Support Project) is a Belgian funded Intervention, whose financing agreement was signed on 20th December 2016 and expected to end with 20th June 2021 (ie 4.5 years of duration).
The project is being implemented jointly by the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel) and Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA) under the Ministry of Environment (MoE). The main objective of the FMBE project is therefore to pilot strategic actions and innovative approaches that must be undertaken and abided on by all stakeholders in the Forestry Sector in order to ensure the sustainable management of the forest resources in different categories.
Enabel is the Belgian development agency; implementing the Belgian international development policy. Under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we carry out public service assignments in Belgium and abroad. With our partners, we manage approximately 200 projects in view of improving public service delivery to citizens as well as the living conditions of populations, primarily on the African continent.