Environment and Energy
Rwanda’s economy and its largely rural population are dependent on natural resources that are increasingly under pressure due to population growth, deforestation, soil erosion, and natural hazards. To attain the vision of becoming a resilient middle-income country in 2020, the main challenge is to maintain economic growth and simultaneously conserving the environment and adapting to climate change.
The effects of environmental degradation in Rwanda are particularly acute with respect to the living conditions of rural areas and the urban poor. Rural households strongly rely on natural resources as a basis for farming, energy production and housing. Additionally, environment degradation has been severely exacerbated by conflict, repeated population displacement and the clearing of natural areas for the resettlement of refugees from surrounding states since 1994.more
Projects and Initiatives
Every day, more than 100 ton of waste is brought to the landfill site in Kigali, located in Nyanza. At present, it is the only facility in Kigali that is dealing with collected solid waste. However, due to lack of proper facility and treatment skills, the gathered waste is just discarded to the site and the accumulation is creating new hills of waste.more