Rwanda to Adopt New Policy On Urban Forestry

By Athan Tashobya

Random species of trees have been planted across Kigali and other towns around the country with less regard to international standards for urban forestry, officials say.

It is against this background that the government has embarked on formulating a policy, which will complement Kigali City Master plan and the national green-growth agenda-so that property developers also get to plan for urban afforestation, while putting into consideration specific species of trees to grow in cities and towns.

Vincent Biruta, the Minister for Natural Resources, says that as Rwanda strives to increase Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) across the country, the government is equally mindful about mitigating carbon emission in urban areas, hence looking at urban forestry as key leverage to meet this target.