Rwanda is an emerging leader in global environmental governance and has chosen a green growth pathway where environment and climate action sit at the heart of national planning towards sustainable development. Rwanda is committed to delivering a green WCRP Open Science Conference 2023.
Rwanda is party to 18 Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), which attests to the country's willingness to deter environmental degradation and address climate change. In 2020, Rwanda became the first African country to submit its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to UNFCCC, with ambition to reduce GHG emissions 38% by 2030.
One thing you will notice while traveling in Rwanda is its cleanliness. The government banned all non-biodegradable polyethylene plastic bags in 2008, which drastically reduced environmental damage from plastic waste. Occasionally luggage is searched; those found with these bags may be fined. Be a responsible traveler and don't bring plastic bags to Rwanda.