43 Million Trees to Fight Climate Change (Ruanda)

Rwanda to Plant Over 43 Million Trees to Fight Climate Change

The country is on a mission to tackle desertificationhttps://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/rwanda-plant-43-million-trees-climate-change/

By Khanyi MlabaSeptember 16, 2021

Rwanda’s Minister of the Environment, Dr. Jeanne D’Arc Mujawamariya, just revealed the next steps in the country’s race towards zero carbon emissions: the planting of over 43 million trees across the country to help fight desertification. 

The tree-planting campaign is set to kick off in October and will last for two months. It aims to highlight the importance of trees and forests and the role they can play in tackling climate change. The announcement was made on Sept. 13 at the launch of the EU’s climate diplomacy in the country. 

“The Ministry of Environment reiterates its commitment to keep working with the EU and other accredited development partners in various initiatives aiming at supporting the protection of environment and climate change agenda,” said Dr. Mujawamariya.

Already one of the leading African countries in determined climate action, this new campaign will help put Rwanda on track to reach its target of cutting 38% of carbon emissions by 2030.  The minister went on to briefly explain how the country would achieve the feat of planting over 43 million trees. 

“Around 31 million seedlings will be freely distributed to the communities and 12 million seedlings are expected to be produced by private operators who will sell them,” she said.


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.