Rwanda receives $600,000 grant from Green Climate Fund to implement Green Development Projects in Secondary Cities

The Government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), has received a grant of $600,000 from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to support implementation of key climate change frameworks including the country’s Green Growth and Climate Resilient Strategy.
The “Readiness and preparatory support to implement green city development projects in Rwanda’s secondary cities” project will be implemented over a period of 12 months by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Rwanda in partnership with REMA, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda Housing Authority, Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority, and other stakeholders.
The project will provide institutional support and strengthen the capacity of REMA, which is the National Designated Authority (NDA) coordinating all GCF activities in Rwanda, to align on-going green growth activities for green cities and sustainable infrastructure development in partnership with key stakeholders.
The project will ensure that the Government of Rwanda can develop and deliver green city development concepts, identify investment priorities, and is ready to qualify for, and receive GCF climate finance. The outcomes of this readiness project will support and inform the preparation of funding proposals inclusive of climate change adaptation.
As part of the project:
  • A detailed physical plan of secondary cities will be developed. The plan will be derived from existing Local Urban Development Plans and will be aligned to national development strategies and policies, mainstreaming an integrated approach to sustainable land use planning and management. The green city detailed physical plan will provide the Government of Rwanda with the tools and strategies to implement the 2015 National Roadmap for Green Secondary Cities Development as part of its Climate Action Plan (NDC), that will help the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, focusing on both mitigation and adaptation outcomes.
  • National and local consultative workshops will be conducted during initiation, formulation and adoption of the green secondary city detailed physical plan and green city development readiness projects.
  • A pipeline of mitigation and adaptation projects will be developed in: urban areas reserved for investments in forestry, eco-tourism and conservation; sustainable transportation systems areas of development; water and sanitation infrastructure/utilities; green energy infrastructure development/utilities; recreational and green spaces, among others.
This project builds upon GGGI Rwanda’s on-going work in six secondary cities, whereby it supports the Government of Rwanda to identify projects and programmes that enable sustainable development of the secondary cities. That is done by promoting green socio-economic opportunities in line with the implementation of the Rwandan Climate Resilience Framework.
About the Green Climate Fund (GCF)
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. Learn More
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. The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has been selected by the Government of Rwanda and the GCF to become the National Designated Authority (NDA), coordinating all GCF activities in Rwanda.
About GGGI Rwanda
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. GGGI's objective in Rwanda is to provide technical support to the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) Facility, and to support the development planning of six Green Secondary Cities. GGGI Rwanda envisions climate-resilient secondary cities achieved by strong, inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic growth. Learn More