Rwanda Green Fund holds Validation Workshop for Major Climate and Forest Programmes

The Rwanda Green Fund has brought together a range of experts from across the public and private sector and civil society for a validation workshop on two major environment programmes that will transform how the country responds to climate change: the Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience and the Forestry Investment Programme.

The two programmes detail priority areas for investment by government, development partners and the private sector. They aim to facilitate Rwanda to mobilise the resources necessary to implement the country’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy as well as the National Strategy for Transformation. The ultimate goal is to support Rwanda’s vision of becoming a developed, low carbon nation by 2050.

Opening the meeting, Fund Coordinator Alex Mulisa thanked participants for taking time to attend and for their contribution to the development of both programmes.

“Thank you for being here. A lot of effort has gone into creating these programmes and I know many of you have contributed greatly. We are here today to collect your inputs and prepare these programmes for submission to the Climate Investment Funds and other development partners,” he said.

The meeting began with a presentation of the Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience, which includes four investment areas:

  • Agriculture Driven Prosperity
  • Water Security For All
  • Resilient Human Settlements
  • Stable and Sustainable Landscapes

“In developing the four investment areas, we sought to find common themes that support the programmes of action in Rwanda’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy. These areas are the result of a long series of consultations and we look forward to fine-tuning them with you today,” said Shravya Reddy from Pegasys, a consulting firm supporting the development of the programme.

After the presentation, participants convened in small groups to discuss each of the four investments areas and provided feedback to the team responsible for the drafting the programme.

In the afternoon session, participants turned their attention to the Forest Investment Programme, which aims to assist Rwanda to reach its goals under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) initiative.

The proposed Forest Investment Programme for Rwanda was presented by Patrick Hardcastle and Jean Nduwamungu, who explained how the programme will support effective conservation and efficient utilisation of Rwanda’s forests.

“This programme is an opportunity for Rwanda to implement some of the proposed activities in the REDD+ strategy and create businesses and investments in the forest sector. This will support income generation and will ensure the sustainability of Rwanda’s forests,” said Mr Hardcastle, a consultant supporting the development of the Forest Investment Program.

The three key areas of the programme include:

  • Agroforestry and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Sustainable Forest and Landscape Management
  • Improved Efficiency and Added-value in Wood Supply Chain

The Forest Investment Programme aims to not only build climate resilience and boost incomes, but will also reduce Rwanda’s greenhouse gas emissions, compared to business as usual.

Participants then discussed the three programme areas with a view to validate proposed activities, identify possible locations and come up with possible collaborations with other programmes and initiatives already underway in Rwanda.

Closing the meeting, Fund Coordinator Alex Mulisa said: “I wish to thank you for your contributions today. It’s the same spirit that will take these programmes to successful conclusion. We’re in this for the long haul. We can only build on the momentum we have seen today.”

The Rwanda Green Fund is coordinating the development of the Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience and the Forestry Investment Programme in its role as the vehicle for green investment for green growth.

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Validation Workshop - Strategic Program for Climate Resilience and Forestry Investment Program - 4 October 2017