European Union Energy Initiative (on behalf of: Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources)   |   2009
Type: Research Report
Topic: Environment/Climate
Country: Rwanda
The Ministry of Infrastructure, MININFRA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, MINIRENA, recently issued a Biomass Energy Strategy, prepared together with the firm MARGE and EUIE-PDF partnership financing. The results are interesting in the sense that Rwanda appears to be miles ahead of other countries in the Region or the rest of Africa in terms of sustainable supplies of wood energy. Unlike other countries, shifting cultivation has stopped and land clearing for agriculture and firewood does no longer take place. Whereas wood in other countries mainly continues to come from natural forests, in Rwanda it has come for some time now from tree plantations . These tree plantations have been planted by the Government and by farmers, mainly to earn revenue and to protect the environment. It is just a matter of time before other countries will enter into the same situation that now prevails in Rwanda.