Rwanda on track to achieve conservation and climate change resilience targets
Rwanda has made tremendous progress towards achieving conservation and climate change resilience targets. This was observed during a meeting of Rwanda’s environment and climate change stakeholders that took place on 5 April 2016 in Kigali. The meeting aimed to assess the progress of the country’s environment sector targets for 2015/2016 and discuss plans for the year ahead.
The meeting highlighted many achievements in environment conservation and building climate resilience, and discussed how these outcomes have improved Rwanda’s environment sustainability.
The achievements include, among others:
- Four green villages equipped with rain water harvesting and biogas facilities constructed in Musanze, Burera, Bugesera & Rusizi districts
- 2,346 hectares of Nyabarongo river bank & the watershed rehabilitated with progressive terraces and stabilised through the planting of reeds & agroforestry trees
- 29 mining, industries & building projects monitored to ensure that they are environmental-friendly
- 7 public buildings in Kigali, Karongi, Rwamagana, Nyanza & Musanze audited to enforce environmental regulations & standards
The meeting also discussed the global Green Climate Fund Readiness Programme for Rwanda, its objectives and planned activities.
Speaking at the meeting, the Deputy Director-General of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, Eng. Coletha Ruhamya, reiterated that the environment sector is fully committed to driving the country’s green growth and bettering the lives of Rwandans by implementing environment-friendly projects.
“This meeting will help to improve the work of the environment sector. I believe if we work together, we will tackle the climate change challenges Rwanda faces,” Eng. Ruhamya said.
While introducing the Green Climate Fund to participants, Jean Ntazinda (in charge of coordinating the Green Climate Fund Readiness Programme for Rwanda), explained the role of the global fund in supporting climate resilience projects worldwide. He also noted that Rwanda is among the few countries that have been accredited to access climate finance from the fund.
“Rwanda’s Ministry of Natural Resources has been accredited by the Green Climate Fund. So far, one project proposal from Rwanda has been approved by the GCF and is ready to be funded,” Jean said, adding: “This project proposal, once implemented, is expected to make a huge impact on building Rwanda’s green economy.”
The meeting of Rwanda’s environment and climate change stakeholders, also known as the “Environment and Climate Change Thematic Working Group Meeting”, is convened twice a year. It discusses the progress of the country’s environment sector targets and paves the way forward for effective implementation of the goals.