Rwanda seeks to transform wetlands for power


Rwanda’s move to a green economy is set to ease the country’s energy challenges while contributing to its developmental agenda.

The country boasts of vast wetlands which some experts argue are useful for energy, industrial and agricultural production.

The East African country has incorporated a green economy approach to economic transformation that seeks to reduce economic costs and benefiting future generations through exploiting new ‘green’ economic opportunities.


Rose Mukankomeje, Environment Management Authority Director General told CNBC Africa at the Global World Wetlands Summit that the wetlands are contributing to the development of this country through hydropower.

She added that the “wetlands are important as they are water reservoirs which contribute to energy which is critical to the economy”.

Further the wetlands contribute to irrigation activities and industrial use.

“The wetlands also play a role in agriculture especially for rice production which assists in food security. Our people are so good in understanding nature that is why the country ratified the charter on water preservation.”

Mukankomeje called on Rwandan nationals to care for water for future generations and for downstream neighbours who get their water from the country such as Uganda.

“We depend on natural resources and this means we have to constantly minimise the harm we cause on our nature,” she said.