Burera: Over 7000 trees planted in conservation drive
Burera residents on March, 21, 2014 planted over 7000 trees on three hectares to conserve land surrounding the shores of Lake Burera.
The campaign kicked off in Rurembo cell, Rugarama sector in a bid to conserve the environment. Burera district hopes to extend bamboo planting to the rest of the district through associations.
According to Burera District Mayor Sammuel Sembagare, the planted trees will act as a buffer to prevent residents from encroaching the lake beyond 50 metres and to fight soil erosion.
The Mayor added that Bamboo trees will protect water sources and prevent the Lake from drying out.
Residents hope to benefit from the grown bamboo trees to make different crafts like baskets, decorative pieces and fence their farms as well.
Bamboo planting around Lake shores is a project supported by European Union through The Association Rwandaise des Ecologistes (ARECO) RWANDA NZIZA, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable development through environment protection.
The project also trains local residents how to use grown Bamboo trees to earn, through making crafts and baskets.
The project started operating in February 2012 and operates in Gahunga, Cyanika, Rugarama, Ruhunde, Rwerere, Rusarabuye, Kivuye, Butaro and Gatebe sectors of Burera district.