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The World Environment Day has been celebrated


Sep 26, 2023

RUYIGI September 25th  (ABP) – The Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi, Mr. Prosper Bazombanza, enhanced with his presence the ceremonies marking World Environment Day which took place at Kazimya village in the commune and Ruyigi province.

The Vice President of the Republic called on all Burundians to strengthen resilience to climate change by planting trees on all the hills that are not yet covered.

He also called on the people of Ruyigi to protect green spaces that could be used as tourist sites.

Those ceremonies began with the drawing of contour lines around the fields on this hill located on the banks of the Gisumo River, downstream of the Mpungwe mountain range, once infamous in repetitive bushfires every year. It was an opportunity to water tree seedling nurseries installed on the banks of this same river.

In her welcoming remarks, the governor of Ruyigi, Mrs. Emerencienne Tabu, thanked the Burundian government for having honored the Ruyigi province, for hosting these very significant ceremonies, especially in these times when the world is facing the harmful effects of climate change.

She indicated that the Ruyigi province is on the right track in protecting the environment and that more than 100 thousand tree seedlings are reserved for the ”Ewe Burundi Urambaye” campaign for covering the hills of this province. , 2023 edition.

She deplored the behavior of certain residents of the Ruyigi commune who remain indifferent to environmental protection.

The other speech which marked the day’s ceremonies was that of the representative of the United Nations development program, Mr. Matthieu Ciowela, who represented all of Burundi’s development partners, and especially in terms of environmental protection.


He especially insisted on the fact that the earth is a divine gift and that all the inhabitants of the earth must stand up as one man to fight against any kind of threat to the environment and make the earth a haven of peace and of tranquility for a better future for all humanity.

                                                                                         View of the participants

The speech for the occasion was delivered by the Vice-President of the Republic, who recalled the theme chosen for this year, “Protected environment, mitigated climate change”. In his mass mainly focused on the reforestation of the hills and the fight against bush fires, this authority indicated that it was high time that Burundians in general and the inhabitants of Ruyigi province in particular strengthen their resilience in the face of climate change and its consequences.

Indeed, he stressed, if humans protect all fauna and flora, the environment in turn offers viable and reliable conditions for all of humanity.

Taking the example of a waterfall, commonly called Agasumo ka Ruyigi, raised more than thirty meters, with curative virtues, as indicated by the inhabitants of this locality, and which was just in sight, 200 m from the site where all these speeches were delivered, the Vice-President of the Republic also called on the inhabitants of Ruyigi to have an enterprising spirit in the field of tourism, specifying that this field constitutes a boon for the future.