Rwanda on Saturday launched a major green growth project that seeks to strengthen climate resilience in Gicumbi district, northern Rwanda.
The project, namely Strengthening Climate Resilience of Rural Communities in Northern Rwanda, in Gicumbi district is said to be the biggest climate resilience project in Rwanda, which will increase Gicumbi district’s climate resilience and prepare residents for the impacts of climate change, said Vincent Biruta, Rwandan minister of environment at the project launch in Kageyo sector, Gicumbi district.
Gicumbi district is a hilly area and prone to natural disasters like floods and landslides and the project would strengthen the district’s adaptation measures to the disastrous effects of climate change, said the minister.
The project will support the adoption of low carbon technologies and job creation, he said.
It is made up of the components of watershed protection and climate resilient agriculture, forest management and sustainable energy, climate resilient settlements and knowledge development and transfer and mainstreaming.
The project will also complement Rwanda’s efforts to become a climate resilient nation and achieve its international commitments under the Paris Agreement, according to the ministry of environment.
The project is mainly financed by a grant of 32.8 million U.S. dollars from the Green Climate Fund, a new global fund, which was set up by countries who are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2010 with an aim to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. Enditem