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Rwanda Presses For Protection Of Natural Resources

Rwanda is hosting the annual conference for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (#ALDEPAC) – delegates mostly parliamentarians are from Europe, the Pacific, Africa and the Caribbean.

The delegates, gathered at Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali city are deliberating on various issues including global economy, climate change, governance and others.

Eng. Collette Ruhamya the Director General of Rwanda’s Environmental Management Authority (REMA) also presented to the conference the country’s environmental conservation efforts.

She said that Rwanda has a demonstrated track record of environmental protection, evidenced through the ban on plastic bags, conservation of its natural heritage through a series of national parks and protected areas, landscape restoration and planting millions of trees every year.

“Nature is borderless and environmental issues know no boundaries. Whether you are rich or poor, problems like climate change, pollution, rising temperatures and ocean acidification affect life everywhere. This is why Trans- boundary natural resource management is paramount,” she said.

Rwanda is collaborating with other countries at international level to promote environmental protection and mitigation of the impacts of climate change through global commitments.

Ruhamya told delegates that Rwanda has also established Green Fund to lead in the implementation of green growth initiatives through promoting environmental sustainability, creating green jobs & build climate resilient communities.

The Green Fund is the engine for the next 50 years of green growth in Rwanda. It also serves as a touchstone for Africa and the rest of the world. Strategically the fund provides technical and financial support to public and private projects that align with Rwanda’s commitment to a green economy.

“Africa needs to strengthen trans boundary cooperation and joint action on air, forests, land and soil, nature and biodiversity and water resources to address environmental degradation and climate change,” Ruhamya said in her presentation at the conference.

“We need common policies and regulations that are well implemented and enforced to achieve sustainable development that is inclusive with no one left behind,” she noted.

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