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The fight against poverty relies on sustainable economic growth and it is worth
identifying the potential contribution of environment to this economic growth.

Yet, the
exploitation of natural resources has a direct impact on the quality of environment.

The links between environmental degradation and poverty reduction have been well
established. In fact, the poor depend directly on resources and natural services for
their livelihood, and they are often affected by the degradation of environment,
particularly water and air pollution, exposure to toxic chemical products, etc.

Moreover, the poor are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters such floods,
drought in the east and south-east of the country, volcanic eruptions, as well as
conflicts related to natural resource control, especially land resources.

Nonetheless, poverty reduction cannot succeed without effective and real
consideration of the environmental dimension. It is for this reason that Environment is
one of the first priorities identified by the Poverty Reduction Strategy in Rwanda and
is among the leading fundamental programmes selected within agricultural
transformation and rural development.

Agricultural transformation and rural development must be accompanied by
environmental protection activities such as earthworks, reforestation, water
management and rational use of wetlands.

The Poverty Reduction Strategy
recommends also actions in the energy sector by promoting in a special way the
rational use of wood and the promotion of alternative sources of energy.

It supports
water supply and actions likely to enhance rain water harvesting and utilization in
towns and “imidugudu” villages.

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