Rwanda launches drone to combat environmental crime

By : Samira Njoya

Date : lundi, 18 septembre 2023 17:40

For years now, drones have proven their worth in many fields. By providing aerial views of a given area, they give the ability to capture data that was previously inaccessible, making their use more important than ever. 

Last Friday,  the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) and the Ministry of the Environment jointly launched the use of drones to combat environmental crimes in the country.

The first drone, dubbed "Inganji I", will monitor, detect, and collect evidence that will be used to prosecute those engaged in activities that degrade the environment.

"The drones will help to respond to and control activities that damage our environment including land degradation, water pollution, and illegal logging in protected areas," said Environment Minister Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya (photo, center). According to the government official, who cited a recent report, illegal mining, community encroachment into protected areas and water pollution are the most environmentally degrading activities in the country.

The launch of this first drone is part of a long-term green growth and climate resilience strategy and an ambitious climate action plan set up a few years ago by the Rwandan government. The aim is to reduce carbon emissions by 38% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The use of drones will thus play a crucial role in achieving these objectives. Among other things, it will help environmental inspectors carry out their tasks, collect information in prohibited areas, and provide accurate data.

Samira Njoya


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