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Although Rwanda is one of the world’s lowest per capital emissions of greenhouse gases, it is highly vulnerable to the impacts of temperature and rainfall changes due to climate change since it heavily relies on rain-fed agriculture for subsistence livelihoods.

In this framework, on the 5th April 2017, ACNR joined Birdlife Africa, Rwanda office, to plant trees in the City of Kigali at Junior Academy. This activity aimed at playing a role in offsetting the CO2 generated through staff activities and office operations such as travels, electricity and water use, etc. Participants were from the Birdlife Africa, Kigali Office, ACNR and Junior Academy School.

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Ms .Maaike Manten who represented Birdlife Africa said that  it was  their initiative to plant trees to limit the effect of carbon foot print it releases to the atmosphere. she added on that “We have calculated the Carbon foot print we emit through the use of electricity, water, hygiene papers, photocopies, travels,… then we asked ourselves what could do to reduce the threat of green house gases from increased CO2 levels. So we made the decision to plant trees that can help fight mitigate green house gases by removing CO2 from the atmosphere’’

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Bujereri Beatrice, the manager of the Junior Academy School said that they are happy that trees are planted in their school and they will make efforts to protect them and highlighted the need of more trees. She said that they have already had the nature Club and hope the partnership will be increased in protection of Rwanda environment.

The country’s vision is to become a developed climate-resilient, low-carbon economy by 2050. This will be achieved only if the Rwandan community actively participate by changing their mind-set from “Business as Usual” to resource efficient, low-carbon and climate-resilient practices.

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Léocadie Nyirankunzimana/Communication Officer

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