Strengthening Climate Resilience
of Rural Communities in Nothern Rwanda
49,733 people benefitting from agro-forestry
1,080 people trained in woodlot management
108 people trained in forest management
580 construction jobs in Kabeza and Kaniga
About The Project
Strengthening climate resilience of rural communities in Northern Rwanda (Gicumbi Project) is mainly an adaptation project focusing on reducing vulnerability to climate change by enhancing the adaptive capacity of the targeted groups as well as reducing their exposure to climate risks.
A key focus of the project is to transform existing practices into high resilient practices embedded within communities and enabling them to continue adapting to future climate variability and change beyond the lifetime of the project.
The project consists of a total of 133 activities grouped into 27 sub-components and 4 main components.
Component 1: Watershed protection and climate resilient agriculture
Component 2: Sustainable forest management and sustainable energy
Component 3: Climate resilient settlements
Component 4: Knowledge transfer and mainstreaming
The Gicumbi project targets nine sectors out of the 21 sectors in Gicumbi. The sectors covered by the project are Rubaya, Cyumba, Kaniga, Mukarange, Rushaki and Shangasha, Manyagiro, Byumba, and Bwisige.
According to the project study submitted by the Rwanda team around 248,907 people or 63% of the district’s population live in the targeted areas.
The nine sectors fall within the sub-catchment B of the Muvumba river and comprise around 252 villages.
GCF finance will
Restore critical watershed functions that support the majority of Gicumbi’s mostly rural population
Strengthen the climate resilience of those most vulnerable to climate change by investing in:
Climate resilient agriculture to support smallholder farmers and improve the management of forest resources using best practice.
Facilitating a shift away from subsistence farming of marginal lands into more productive and sustainable livelihoods.
The project has a high potential to cost effectively scale up, replicate and sustain the results of interventions beyond project completion.
Geographical distribution of hazards in the Gicumbi district
133,674 Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (t CO2eq) reduced as a result of Fund- financed projects
Progress: Watershed protection and climate-resilient agriculture
Radical Terraces - CYUMBA SITE
Radical Terraces - RUBAYA SITE
Radical Terraces - RUSHAKI SITE