Minister Prof. Lee White (left) and Rwanda's Minister of Envirionment Dr. Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya (right) touring the medicinal garden at Nyandungu Eco Park
  | NUWE |

Gabon’s Minister of Forests, Oceans, Environment and Climate Change visits Nyandungu Eco Park

The Gabon’s Minister of Forests, Ocean, Environment and Climate Change, Professor Lee White has on 24th June 2022 visited Nyandungu Eco Park, which represents the single largest addition to public green space in Kigali in the city’s history.

Professor Lee White is among many other leaders from across Commonwealth who are in Rwanda to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) hosted by Rwanda from 20th to 25th June 2022.

He commended Rwanda’s efforts to restore degraded wetlands and environment in general, saying that these efforts not only benefit the environment and biodiversity, but also communities living around restored environment.

“What a pleasure to walk in Nyandungu with [Rwanda’s Minister of Environment] Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya. The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has done an incredible job restoring this urban wetland. It will mitigate climate induced flooding, provide a sanctuary for biodiversity, accumulate carbon and improve the health and quality of life of the people” Professor Lee White wrote on his Twitter account after visiting Nyandungu Eco Park

About Nyandungu Eco Park

The rapid growth of Kigali and the asso­ciated human activities have put significant pressure on the wetlands. Wetlands, including Nyandungu, have been degraded and this led to biodiversity loss. Encroachment has also resulted in downstream flooding as well as increased pollution due sewage outflows.

In 2016, the Government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) developed the Nyandungu restoration project to respond to these challenges and demonstrate the potential of wetlands to abate pollution and reduce the risk of flooding in urban areas.

Since then, the Rwf 4.5 billion project has restored critical habitats, including a native fig forest and the wetland itself, and rehabilitated streams and ponds to alleviate floods and reed-beds to reduce pollution before turning the wetland into an Eco Park. The 122-hectare park represents the value of restoring urban ecosystems, and serves as a blueprint for other wetlands in the City of Kigali and across Rwanda.

The Nyandungu Eco Park provides a space for residents and visitors to the city to explore and learn from nature, and is part of Rwanda’s efforts to harness eco-tourism to restore biodiversity and conserve urban wetland ecosystems.

The restoration of Nyandungu Wetland to an Eco-Tourism Park serves as an example of Rwanda’s efforts and commitment towards environmental protection, particularly for the restoration and conservation of wetland ecosystems at large, as well as eco-tourism.

Nyandungu Eco Park features a medicinal garden, a Pope’s Garden, five catchment ponds, three recreation ponds, an information centre, a restaurant as well as more than 8km of walkways and bicycle lanes.

View here more photos of Nyandungu Eco Park.

Whatsapp

Topics


More posts

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 →

Gabon’s Minister of Forests, Oceans, Environment and Climate Change visits Nyandungu Eco Park

The Gabon’s Minister of Forests, Ocean, Environment and Climate Change, Professor Lee White has on 24th June 2022 visited Nyandungu Eco Park, which…

Read more →

Commonwealth leaders meet in Kigali to discuss ways of keeping the 1.5-degree goal alive

The Governments of Rwanda and the United Kingdom together with the Presidency of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) have on 23rd

Read more →

VIP visit for Africa’s clean cold centre shows how we can keep alive the goal of 1.5 Degree Celsius

COP President, the Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma MP, visited the Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold-chain (ACES) during his…

Read more →

REMA meets with representatives from GCF accredited entities and other development partners to discuss climate finance

The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) accredited entities and other development partners met today 16th

Read more →

REMA awards outstanding green innovations and investments at the World Environment Day

The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) awarded youth and women with…

Read more →