• Green Gicumbi Project launches the Forestry Planting Season 2020-2021

  • With 50,000 being planted during the event


The Green Gicumbi Project has on Saturday 7, November launched the Forestry Planting Season 2020-2021, an event that was attended by different project partners and graced by Honorable Minister of Environment Dr Jean D’Arc Mujawamariya who was also the Guest of Honor.

During the event alone, 50,000 trees were planted on 20 hectares in Gicumbi, Byumba Sector, Gisuna Cell, but more project activities including tree planting, restoration of degrade forests, creation of terraces and distribution of improved cooking stoves among others will continue.

Speaking at the event the Guest of Honor reiterated Rwanda’s strong commitment towards building Green economy.

The Minister also called on all Rwandans to promote afforestation and ensure effective restoration afforestation of degraded forestry.

‘‘As stipulated in our theme for this year ‘Forests for community livelihood and sustainable development’, We encouraged all Rwandans, Gicumbi District community in particular to promote afforestation & restoration of degraded forests,’’ said the Minister of Environment.

‘‘In the National Strategy for Transformation NST1, Rwanda has set a target of achieving 30% forest cover by 2020. A lot has so far been achieved on this target. We all have to sustain achieved gains,’’ added the Guest of Honor.

The 2020/21 forest planting season under the Green Gicumbi Project is expected to promote community involvement and ownership in rehabilitation of the small private woodlots for the sound productivity, impact and sustainability.

Commenting on the Project, the Chief Executive Office of Green Fund (FONERWA) Teddy Mugabo Mpinganzima said that the project has so far recorded tremendous achievements and that the better is ahead.

‘‘We, as FONERWA who are implementing this project, we are so excited about its recorded achievements. This is a project that is not only contributing to the national commitment towards environment in general, but also a project that is drastically changing lives of the community,’’ said CEO.

‘‘I highly appreciate the role of different partners of FONERWA in the Green Gicumbi Project. This shows your great commitment towards Rwanda’s journey to Green Economy. We recognize all your efforts,’’ added CEO.

Project Background

The Green Gicumbi project is a 6-years project funded by Green Climate Fund (GCF). It covers 9 Sectors that fall within the sub-catchment of the Muvumba river.

 The Project has broadly been tailored to address the specific issues related to watershed protection through land husbandry practices including agroforestry and forests rehabilitation among others.

For the sustainable forestry component, the project implements high quality demonstration pilots, and provides technical assistance to the Government and forest owners to advance the take up of good practice, so as to transform the forestry sector in Gicumbi District.

Project Achievements: Key Factsheets

  • Radical terraces created on 400 hectares and progressive terraces on 370 hectares
  • 500 tons of seeds of Irish, 14 tons of beans distributed, and 500kgs of maize were planted on 400 ha of terraces
  • Production of 2,700,000 seedlings of trees of different varieties
  • Production of coffee seedlings to be planted on 40 ha
  • Production of 600,000 seedlings of tea to be planted on 50 ha
  • Distribution of 4,500 improved cook stoves
  • More than 10,000 green jobs created