European Union Energy Initiative (on behalf of: Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources)   |   2009
Type: Research Report
Topic: Fuels
Country: Rwanda
Biomass in the form of firewood and charcoal plays a crucial role in the economy of Rwanda. This is however, often not recognized and there are very few people who realize how much Rwanda has already achieved to obtain a sustainable wood supply situation. Pictures of the previous turn of the Century show completely denuded hills around Kigali. Today, these hills are green with trees, and in fact most of the firewood, charcoal, and pole wood in the country come from man-made plantations. There are very few other African countries where the same claim can be made; indeed, Rwanda is quite far ahead of the others.