Rwanda receives $32.8 million grant from Green Climate Fund to strengthen climate resilience in Gicumbi District

The Government of Rwanda, through the Ministry of Environment, has received a grant of US $32.8 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to increase the resilience of communities vulnerable to climate change in Gicumbi District, Northern Province. The project will directly support 150,000 residents, as well as provide wider benefits to more than 380,000 people. This ground-breaking project is one of the largest ever investments in Rwanda’s green development and will run for six years.

This project, which will be facilitated by the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), aims to restore and enhance the ecosystem in a sub-catchment of the Muvumba watershed, increase the capacity of communities to renew and sustainably manage forest resources, and support smallholder farmers to adopt climate resilient agriculture. The project will work in nine sectors of Gicumbi District: Kaniga, Rubaya, Cyumba, Rushaki, Shangasha, Mukarange, Manyagiro, Byumba and Bwisige.

The ‘Strengthening Climate Resilience of Rural Communities in Northern Rwanda’ project will also invest in climate resilient settlements for families currently living in areas prone to landslides and floods, and support community based adaptation planning and livelihoods diversification. It will target the most vulnerable who have less resources to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The project aims to take the successful adaptation and mitigation approaches realised in Gicumbi and expand them to the national level. These include sustainable forest management methods, green settlements, watershed restoration methods, among others.

The expected outcomes of the project include improved management of land and forests leading to emissions reductions and strengthened adaptive capacity and reduced exposure to climate risks. Over the six years of the project, it is estimated that 273,720 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (t CO2 eq) will be reduced or avoided. Lifetime emission reductions are estimated at 864,244 t CO2 eq.

In addition to the US $32.8 million grant from the GCF, the Rwanda Green Fund will contribute US $147,000 and Gicumbi District has allocated US $107,000 to the initiative. The Wood Foundation is providing US $105,964.

Download the approved funding proposal here.

About the Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change. It seeks to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development, taking into account the needs of nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. The GCF accredited Rwanda’s Ministry of Environment in 2015 to receive between US $10-50 million in climate finance per project - becoming the first national institution to receive direct access accreditation. Read More.