Good air quality contributes greatly to the quality of life and is essential for humans and the ecosystems. In Rwanda, air pollutants are emitted in a wide range of economic sectors such as transport, energy, industry, and from natural sources such as volcanic eruptions, dust storms, and wildfires.
Impact on Health
24.2% for respiratory diseases
Air Quality Monitoring System
East African Rift Valley
Lake Kivu Age
~ 1 to 5 million years old
Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Rwanda
More methane than any other lake
For most parts of the country, the concentrations of pollutants in indoor and outdoor air are slightly above or within safe limits of national air quality standards, but above for indicative levels of the World Health Organization. Exposures are particularly higher in urban than rural areas of the country.
Air quality assessments by ground-level monitoring stations and satellite sensing indicate that particulate matter and nitrogen oxides are the main ambient air pollutants that regularly exceed standards that protect human health. Nitrogen oxides are high and above standards near congested roads, especially in Kigali city, while background particulate concentrations are high both in rural and urban areas of the country.
There are a set of actions – both collective and individual, that can help improve the quality of air we breathe.