Faith groups help to save disappearing forests

UN Environment Programme
January 11, 2023

A number of schoolchildren, local residents and parishioners stand alongside Bagenzi, saplings and spades in hand. The group is gathered under the banner of the Anglican Church of Rwanda’s Rural Development Interdiocesan Service. 

They are on the front line of a faith-driven movement to bolster Rwanda’s tree coverage in order to combat soil erosion, which threatens the livelihoods of at least 70 per cent of the country’s population.

I wanted to help my family and my country to fight this erosion that is reducing our production,” Bagenzi says. “I know the importance of trees. When God created the Earth, He said: ‘This is the garden where you are going to live. Please take care of these trees.’”

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