Rwanda celebrates World Wetlands Day to raise public awareness to relocate illegal activities from wetlands

Kigali, 31 January, 2019 - Rwanda celebrated World Wetlands Day on 31 January, 2019 in an event aimed to raise awareness to to relocate illegal activities from wetlands. This day is widely celebrated on 2nd February each year. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February 1971, in the Iranian City of Ramsar.

This year’s theme is ‘Wetlands and Climate Change. The theme aims at drawing attention to the vital role of wetlands as a natural mechanism to cope with climate change, one of the most pressing problems facing humanity and our planet.

Celebrating the day, Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta highlighted the value of wetlands.
“Wetlands come in for solution acting as a natural mechanism in mitigation and adaptation to climate change effects by absorbing and storing carbon, reducing floods and storm surges, relieving droughts as well as protecting shorelines.

During rainy season, they absorb and store excess rainfall and release stored water during dry seasons in arid regions. Therefore, strategies that address climate change must include the wise use of wetlands”.

In the context of  the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2019 was a good opportunity for Rwanda to  raise awareness on wetlands protection and wise use by dedicating a whole week of activities (National Wetlands Week from 26th to 31st January 2019) aimed at ‘’relocating illegal activities from wetlands’’
 “we remind all citizens who still have illegal activities including infrastructures in the wetlands to relocate them in order to reduce water pollution and insure wetland function as natural mechanism in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

This will help us achieve the environmental commitments enshrined in the National Strategy for Transformation (NST-1) targets and Vision 2050 aspirations, while fulfilling our international obligations”. Recalled by Vincent Biruta

Results from economic valuation conducted in Akagera Wetlands complex estimated the total economic value of this wetland at USD 12 million in annual flows. The wetland contributes to climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration and storage, moderation of extreme events such floods and droughts. The wetland contributes as well on climate change adaptation through provisioning of water for irrigation, which increases crop yields two to threefold, contributing to the well-being of domestic households and commercial enterprises (REMA/BIOFIN, 2019).

In the bid to wisely use of our wetlands, Government of Rwanda has put in place regulatory framework including Prime Minister’s Order N°006/03 of 30/01/2017 drawing up a list of wetlands and their management. Indeed, the law N°48/2018 of 13/08/2018 on Environment especially its articles N° 42, 47, 48, 49 and 60 show activities prohibited in wetlands and their related administrative fines.







More posts

Representatives from 26 Nations meet to exchange views and priorities for a treaty to end plastic pollution

Ministers and representatives from 26 Nations from around the world met on September 22, 2022 in New York on the sidelines of United Nations General…

Read more →

REMA’s DG joins a Roundtable Meeting at UNGA to discuss Circular economy

The Director General of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), Juliet Kabera, on 20th September 2022, joined a roundtable meeting in New…

Read more →

REMA concludes a five-day Biodiversity and Environment Exhibition

The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) through the Biodiversity Finance Initiative Project has on 16th September 2022 concluded a five-day…

Read more →

Press Release: Countries aim to end plastic pollution by 2040

Today the Governments of Rwanda and Norway launch The High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution together with Canada, Peru, Germany, Senegal,…

Read more →

REMA’s Board of Directors conclude a three-day field visit in REMA projects’ intervention zones

Members of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) Board of Directors have today 19th August 2022 concluded a three-day field visit…

Read more →

Prime Minister of Rwanda, Dr Edouard Ngirente, Officiates Nyandungu Eco-Park Unveiling

Rwanda’s Prime Minister, Dr Edouard Ngirente, today officiated the unveiling of Nyandungu Eco-Park. The event was held on the first day of the Africa…

Read more →

Nyandungu Eco-Park Opens to the Public

From a degraded wetland to an educational and recreational eco-park in the heart of Rwanda’s capital city, Nyandungu is now open to the public.

Read more →

Commonwealth Leaders Commit to Keeping 1.5 Climate Goal Alive

On the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, leaders from across the Commonwealth have committed to working together to…

Read more →

Green Amayaga Project steps up to improve communities’ livelihood in Rwanda’s Amayaga Region

The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) through the Forest Landscape Restoration in Amayaga Region (Green Amayaga) Project, has on 29th

Read more →