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Democratic Green Party of Rwanda resolves climate change at the root

In Rwanda, issues around improving democracy are the major focus of Green activity - along with the fight against deforestation. Key parts of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda’s political program outlines how to fight the pollution that drives global warming with clean energy and sustainable agriculture, while also preparing for the problems created by a changing climate.


Economy 

We shall encourage a strong green economy that creates new jobs. This will include green energy, green tourism, sustainable farming, sustainable planning, green transportation, sustainable industrialisation and many others.


Sustainable Agriculture, Livestock and Land Policy

The Democratic Green Party, will encourage, promote and partner for better methods of farming that will help Rwandans have enough food to eat and export.   

We also promote sustainable agriculture techniques of weed, pest, disease and erosion control, high soil quality, research based agriculture, crop-rotation, natural pest predators, soil enrichment by organic manure, livestock farming, cover crops, agro-processing industries etc. 

We require that farmers be consulted by state officials before taking decisions on what type of crops are suitable for their land. We shall encourage scientific verification of which crops are suitable with the land in question.

We shall propose increased public spending in Agriculture in order to increase productivity and investment in Agricultural infrastructure.

We will call for the introduction at the Cell Level of Agriculturalists (Agronome A2), so that they can assist with training and mobilisation of farmers. Farmers need to be given seeds and organic manure at no cost.

The issue of land ownership, needs to be revised, it’s unfair for citizens to rent their ancestral land from the Government.  The current expropriation policy only considers properties on land but not the land itself. This needs immediate change. Citizens should have a right to own their land instead of renting it from the state.

Wetlands in villages should benefit the people concerned by allowing them a chance to plant several household crops. Monoculture in those wetlands should be discouraged.

We shall expand this sector by harnessing and growing our international reputation as ‘the Green Land of Africa’, by positioning ourselves at the premium quality end of the market.

We will discourage industrial agriculture that is unhealthy—for our environment, our climate, our bodies, and our rural economies.


Environmental Management

We will encourage and enforce sustainable planning, environment and social impact assessments, Green Growth mechanism, climate change sound policies and legislation, etc.

We shall call for appropriate compensation for properties of the citizens forced to leave their homes to new settlements due to environmental risks.

We will partner to fight the consequences of climate change (large wildfires, dangerous heat waves, extreme storm, floods, severe droughts), which are already having significant and harmful effects on our health, our environment, and our communities.

We will encourage clean vehicle and fuel technologies that provide the foundation for the practical, realistic oil savings plan.

We will request the Government to install a machine testing gases from vehicles, so that appropriate advice could be given to stop dangerous vehicles from polluting our skies.

We will encourage renewable energy resources like wind and solar power generate electricity with little or no pollution and global warming emissions and discourage dirty and dangerous energy sources like coal and nuclear power.

We will propose and campaign for a national Biosecurity Authority or Agency to protect us from pests and diseases in a world facing climate change.

We shall also propose the establishment of a national Wildlife Authority to help in taking care of our wildlife.

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