The New Times (Rwanda): UNEP Commends Environmental Policy

Rwanda has gained recognition from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for a rather simple, but significant, environmental effort. The country has banned plastic bags altogether and since the law was enacted in 2005 it has been successfully enforced. This effort has been attributed to a larger appreciate for the benefits of protecting the environment and developing in a sustainable way. UNEP Director, Achim Stiener, recognized that Rwanda “has set an example for other African states to follow.”

This initiative on plastic bags is only a small piece of a larger commitment to environmental sustainability that the Rwandan government has successfully and responsibly engaged in.  Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), Rose Mukankomeje, made it clear that “that the country is “going green” in all sectors of the economy…


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