Photographer: Simon wohlfahrt
Title: In northern Rwanda, a “commando operation” to live with climate change
Location: Gicumbi, northern Rwanda
Period: 12/2020 - 12/2020
Category: Environment

The northern province of Gicumbi in Rwanda is impacted more than any other by the climate change. Since 2017, the small village of Rwasama, below the town of Gicumbi, has been cut in two. And the situation gets worse every year. a huge crevice cut through the hill, swallowing up the sweet potato plants and the carefully erected fences.

In rwandan villages regularly exposed to deadly floods and landslides, the UN Green Fund and Kigali are supporting an ambitious program of earthworks, reforestation and change in agricultural practices to overcome those troubles.



Yvette Baziki 35 cultivates with her child behind her back on the now terraced plot on December 27 in the district of Gicumbi in the northern province of Rwanda Yvette has doubled her production since cultivating on the terrace Before all the harvest was consumed at home now it can also be sold at the market She was forced to terrace her land by the authorities as a way to fight against the landslides due to climate change in the area

R gine Uwingabiye 12 next to her house cracked from surrounding landslides in Gicumbi district in the northern province of Rwanda on December 26 2020 A few meters away an entire house collapsed recently and the inhabitants live in the anguish of landslides during the rainy season

R gine Uwingabiye 12 next to her house cracked from surrounding landslides in Gicumbi district in the northern province of Rwanda on December 26 2020 A few meters away an entire house collapsed recently and the inhabitants live in the anguish of landslides during the rainy season

a column of women carry eucalyptus plants on their heads while men cut trees in the district of Gicumbi province of northern Rwanda on December 26 2020 Before the eucalyptus plantations were degraded and produced only 20m3 per hectare of wood with the Rwandan green fund project the objective is to reach 200m3 of wood per hectare of wood over 5-year rotations In the past three months they have planted 400 hectares and employed 10 000 people in the district

Solange Ahobantegeye 22 covers a eucalyptus plant with earth with her hands in the district of Gicumbi northern province of Rwanda on December 26 2020 Before the eucalyptus plantations were degraded and produced only 20m3 per hectare of wood with the Rwandan green fund project the objective is to reach 200m3 of wood per hectare of wood over 5-year rotations In the past three months they have planted 400 hectares and employed 10 000 people in the district