Best Volume 1: Executive Summary (Biomass Energy Strategy)
Biomass in the form of firewood and charcoal plays a crucial role in the economy of Rwanda.
This is however, often not recognized and there are very few people who realize how much
Rwanda has already achieved to obtain a sustainable wood supply situation. Pictures of the
previous turn of the Century show completely denuded hills around Kigali. Today, these hills
are green with trees, and in fact most of the firewood, charcoal, and pole wood in the country
come from man-made plantations. There are very few other African countries where the
same claim can be made; indeed, Rwanda is quite far ahead of the others.