Remarks by Green Fund Coordinator Alex Mulisa at Launch of Cactus Green Park studies

Good afternoon to you all.

• DG of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority,
• Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure,
• CEO of Horizon Group,
• Distinguished guests,

It is a pleasure to join you for the launch of the Horizon Group Green Homes Technical Studies.

I would like to extend my thanks to the CEO of Horizon Group, Eugene Haguma, and the entire Horizon team for making today possible.

When we started the Fund for the Environment and Climate Change three years ago, we recognised that the private sector needed to be at the heart of our work. Without strong involvement from business, it will be impossible for Rwanda to achieve its green growth vision.

That’s why today, at least 20% of all fund investments go to private sector projects like the one we are launching today. The framework for Rwanda’s transition to a green economy and climate resilience is provided by the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy. One of the key pillars of this strategy is the Green City pilot, which will serve as a template for Rwanda’s urbanisation.

By providing world-class technical expertise and advice, the Horizon Group studies will not only inform the construction of Cactus Green Park in Kinyinya, but will be critical to achieving climate resilient urban development across the country.

Cities present both opportunities and challenges when it comes to climate change. They can be force multipliers, allowing for the efficient use of resources, but they can also negatively impact our environment through unsustainable levels of consumption and poor waste management. Cities and the physical infrastructure that comprises them require careful planning and coordination to achieve true sustainability. This is true anywhere in the world, from Kigali to Kuala Lumpur. And I want to emphasise – especially in Kigali.

That’s why the fund has invested in this Horizon Group initiative. These studies provide detailed information on how we can effectively incorporate renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, centralised waste water treatment technologies, rain water harvesting, green spaces & pollution management into Rwanda’s homes of the future. These are all critical components of an inclusive urban green economy.

On behalf of the Fund for the Environment and Climate Change, I would like to affirm our commitment to promoting progressive policies that translate into citizen-oriented solutions. This continues to be the underlying spirit in the partnership between the fund and Horizon Group. And it is this spirit that will allow us to take what we learn from one green housing estate to many Green City pilots and sustainable urbanisation process across the country.

Time and again, Rwanda has demonstrated that the environment and development are inseparable and that sustainable development is the hope for our country and our planet.

Thank you to Horizon Group and to everyone here today for being part of Rwanda’s sustainable development and journey to becoming a green and climate resilient nation.