Rwanda introduces drones to tame environmental crimes
is deploying drones to help the government fight environmental crimes.
media reports that the country’s investigation bureau and the Ministry of
Environment have launched the use of drones to combat illegal acts that are
considered degrading to the environment.
drones will collect information, conduct inspections for prevention, and
support investigations of environmental crimes, the New Times newspaper
reported on Monday.
drones will help to respond to and control activities that damage our
environment including land degradation, water pollution, and illegal logging in
protected areas,” Rwanda’s environment minister Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya was
quoted as saying.
the activities the government seeks to fight are illegal mining, water pollution,
illegal logging as well as the encroachment of protected areas such as parks
thank the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) who joined us in the fight against
environmental degradation where they conducted sensitisation campaigns on
environmental crimes, identified victims of those environmental crimes,
offenders and opened case files for prosecution,” Ms Mujawamariya said.
Rwanda seeks to be carbon-neutral by 2050.
The country has a long-term Green Growth
and Climate Resilience Strategy and an ambitious climate action plan to reduce
emissions by 38 per cent by 2030.
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