An environment conservation project that is supported by World Vision Organization in Bugesera district is working on maintaining the traditional trees so they do not extinct.
The research carried out on these show they are reducing with time due to human actions of deforestation.
Rwandan traditional trees are of paramount importance to the people and without proper maintenance program, these traditional trees can extinct from the Rwandan soil. The trees locally known as Imivumu, Imibirizi, Imiko among others will be maintained by this program and others will be grown in the near future.
This environmental conservation project with the support of Nyamata sector residents will maintain the traditional trees and protect them from people that deforest them, burn them or from being eaten by animals.
According to Jean Gapusi a researcher in Rwanda Agriculture Development Board (RAB), “This research has proved that the Rwandan traditional trees are of importance and need to be protected before they are extinct. These trees provide medicine and support climatic changes and boost agriculture.”
Safari Dieudonne Kayitera the coordinator of Environment Conservation Project in World Vision says “we have to sensitize people on the importance of protecting these trees and their effects on the human, nature as well as agriculture.”
“These trees provide us with many home tools like mortar, pestle among others apart from the medicine that is great” says Pelagie Ntawuyirinda a resident of Maranyundo cell in Nyamata sector.
Increasing the number of traditional trees will be of advantage in promoting forestry in the district as well as having an effect on the climate and too much rainfall.