CIBITOKE June 26th (ABP) – The ceremonies marking the days dedicated to water, the fight against desertification and drought, biodiversity and the environment coupled with the World Recycling Day and the launch of the 2021/2022 tree-growing campaign, took place on Thursday, June 24, on Rugendo hill, Mugina commune in Cibitoke province (north-west of Burundi).
They were honored with the presence of the permanent secretary in the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, Mr. Emmanuel Ndorimana, in the company of parliamentarians elected in the constituency of Cibitoke and several executives from that ministry and partners.
The launch of the tree-planting campaign was made through the sowing in the nurseries, on the Rugendo hill, of four varieties of trees including the robust grevillia, the maesopsis eminii, the eucalyptus grandis and the callitris calcarata, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
The theme of the year is: “Failure to act in the restoration of ecosystems is to fail on biodiversity and on the fight against desertification”.
In his speech, the permanent secretary indicated that environmental protection is a necessity for production, and that it is necessary to work within the framework of the government policy which aims that each pocket is filled with money and that mouth finds something to eat.
With the desert, we cannot cultivate, and produce to align with this policy, he said. For this, any Burundian or foreigner must contribute in the protection of the environment through the protection of water, afforestation, biodiversity and the planting of trees as is done in the project “Ewe Burundi Urambaye,” he clarified.
The same official pointed out that the government’s goal is to protect water so that it is available in sufficient quantity and quality. Thus, this water will help in the irrigation of crops and for other uses, and for that it is necessary to safeguard the environment by the protection of afforestation, he stressed. He called on the people to protect biodiversity, and to dress bare soil.
Mr. Ndorimana also spoke about the day of recycling by transforming waste into other useful products.
After a lot of pieces of advice to the participants in the said ceremonies, the permanent secretary reminded the people of preparing for the implementation of the project of keeping livestock in permanent stables which will be in force from October 4th.