On 22nd March 2018, Rwanda joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Water Day under the theme “Nature for Water”. At the national level, the ceremony took place at Kamuhoza cell, Kanama sector, Rubavu district, in Western Province where a special community work locally known as “Umuganda” was organized. The community work was aiming to undertake activities restoring and protecting Sebeya river which has recently been flooding and destroying properties of Mahoko residents.
In that context, there have been construction of a 300m sand bags flood barrier starting from the confluence of Karambo and Sebeya rivers, plantation of trees (Alnus) along Sebeya river bank as well as plantation of reed grass on top of the sand bags to create future soil stability.
Mr. Ngabonziza Prime, Director General of Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA) the guest of honor, said that it was an opportunity for the Government to support the communities that were affected by the consequences of Sebeya floods.
“Residents of all areas along Sebeya should own the ongoing activities carried out by different stakeholders for protecting this river in order to reduce the damages associated with floods”, requested Ngabonziza.
Mr. Ngabonziza recalled that planting alnus trees was aligned with International Forests Day which is celebrated on 21st march annually. This year’s theme was “Forests for Sustainable Cities”. Hence, everyone should protect environment; respecting advices given by experts in agriculture, livestock, urbanization, mining, etc.
The community work at Sebeya was organized by the Ministry of Environment in conjunction with Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority and other several stakeholders of water resources management among them Netherland’s Project named Water for Growth Rwanda.