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.







Project Progress: Key Achievements

400 ha Radical terraces established

370 ha Progressive terraces established

600 ha Agroforestry established with plantation of Napier grasses

2400 CHECK-DAMS under construction in seven gullies in three Sectors

30 ha of tree seed stands rehabilitated

168 COMMUNITY COORDINATION committee members established and trained
153 CUBIC METER of rainwater harvested and 870 cubic meter of rainwater harvesting systems under construction

600000 SEEDLINGS of tea produced & will be planted on 50 hectares

400 ha of degraded forests rehabilitated

68000 SEEDLINGS of fruit trees produced and distributed

6700 COOK SOVES with high standard distributed

17000 GREEN JOBS Created
10000 SEEDLINGS of ornamental trees planted on roadsides

10000 BAMBOO SEEDLINGS planted along the river banks

250 MODERN BEEHIVES distributed to cooperatives

40 VARIABLE SPEED DRIVES installed at Mulindi Tea Factory to reduce the energy use

400 TONS installed at Mulindi Tea Factory to reduce the energy use

1 WOOD DRYING HANGAR constructed in Mulindi Tea Factory

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Direct Beneficiaries

125680 INDIVIDUALS will benefit from biogas and improved cookstoves

27456 INDIVIDUALS Will benefit from rainwater harvesting

93826 INDIVIDUALS Will benefit from improvements to surface water management

49733 INDIVIDUALS Will benefit from agro-forestry
3960 PEOPLE trained to establish community tree nurseries

1080 PEOPLE trained in woodlot management

405 PEOPLE supported to engage in beekeeping

108 PEOPLE trained in forest management
117 PEOPLE Will participate in learning exchange visits

580 CONSTRUCTION JOBS in Kabeza and Kaniga

13000 SMALLHOLDERS Will benefit from tea and coffee mainstreaming interventions

133674 TONNES of carbon dioxide equivalent (t CO2eq) reduced as a result of Fund- financed projects