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Dr. Rose Mukankomeje, Director General of REMA honored with the Forest Heroes Award by the United Nations Forum on Forests. PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Rose Mukankomeje, Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) is one of five individuals all over the world honored Wednesday 10th April 2013, with the Forest Heroes Award by the United Nations Forum on Forests ((In its 10th session, 8-19 April 2013, Istanbul, Turkey) for their efforts to sustain, protect and manage forests and inspire positive change.

Dr. Mukankomeje was unable to attend the award ceremony as she was taking part in many events taking place in Rwanda to mark the 19th commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsis.

This award is in recognition of her contribution towards protecting the environment especially forests. She is also renowned for her efforts to protect wetlands, lakes and rivers as well as her efforts to ban plastic bags throughout the entire country.

“This woman has so much energy… She never stops. She has project after project. And I would say that that’s one of the characteristics of a Forest Hero,” said Jan McAlpine, the Director of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat, who herself spent part of her childhood in Rwanda.

According to Dr. Mukankomeje, “This award is for our government especially the Ministry of Environment that has put in place good policies for our environment. It also goes to the Rwandan people who are the implementers and beneficiaries of these good initiatives”.

Other winners of this Forest Heroes Award are from Brazil, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States.

In 2011, Rwanda received a UN-backed award for its national forest policy. It is only one of three countries in Central and Western Africa to achieve a major reversal in the trend of declining forest cover and it is on course to achieving its goal of forest cover of 30 per cent of total land area by the year 2020.