WHERE TREES GROW,PEOPLE GROW
"The urbanization is at the high rate in Rwanda and it is predicted to be at 35% by 2020. To be in position to face this rapid change there is need for prior planning otherwise the country would be risking to be impacted negatively by housing and settlement issues for city and town dwellers due to development the country.
Rwanda has Planning programs that will meet the needs of the world population where about 75% of this population will be living in cities by 2050.Planting trees will be one way of making cities more attractive and good place to live.
Urban trees can help to mitigate some of the negative impacts and social consequences of urbanization, and thus make cities more resilient to these changes. Here are nine ways in which urban trees and forests contribute to making cities socio-economically and environmentally more sustainable:
A city with well-planned and well-managed green infrastructure becomes more resilient, sustainable and equitable in terms of nutrition and food security, poverty alleviation, livelihood improvement, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction and ecosystems conservation. Throughout their lifetime, trees can thus provide a benefit package worth two to three times more than the investment made in planting and caring for them"
Since eight years ago,ANA in parnership with TfC has initiated the "where threes grow,people grow" program by establishment of trees nurseries and planting trees in schools compound and community around through environmental clubs.So far,we have successfully engaged over 6,000 local volunteers(Teachers,Parents,local authorities) and school children to establish 35 school-based tree nurseries. we have raised and planted more than 100,000 trees across 7 cities in Rwanda: Karongi, Rwamagana, Kayonza, Ruhango,Nyanza,Muhanga and Gasabo