More than 140,000 jobs were created through the Green Fund (FONERWA) that was created seven years ago in Rwanda to implement the Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy with tens of thousands of hectares of land protected against the impact of climate change while more than 150 million dollars were mobilized.
The revelations were made by the Minister of Environment, Dr. Vincent Biruta on Monday as he inaugurated the ongoing 4th High level policy dialogue for Africa Green Growth Forum 2018.
The forum is attended by policy makers, business people, and the civil society from Africa around the world.
Minister Biruta said “Rwanda’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy was created in 2011 and remains a ground-breaking piece of policy making.”
Biruta said that to implement the strategy, the Government has introduced the Green Fund (FONERWA) “to be the vehicle through which resources for climate and environment change initiatives are mobilised and invested. The fund has seen a positive return on these investments.’’
“It has created more than 140,000 green jobs, protected tens of thousands of hectares of land against the impact of climate change, and with the support of our development partners, mobilized more than 150 million dollars for strategic green growth,” Minister Biruta explained.
“This has led to the development of Green Villages across the country, which some of you will visit on Friday, a Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production programme which is supporting the private sector to save money and the environment, and the greening of local government development plans,” he added.
The UN Rwanda Resident Coordinator, Fodé Ndiaye, commended the step made in promoting the green economy that ensures businesses don’t destroy environment.
“I would like to praise the outstanding initiative the Ministry is spearheading to coordinate the implementation of the Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy and to integrate green growth into policymaking and planning, as well as institutional development,” Mr. Ndiaye said.
Rwanda is member of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) that aims to catalyze rapid reductions in short-lived climate pollutants to protect human health, agriculture and the environment.
After the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, that was in Paris in 2015, Rwanda committed to committed to enhance green growth projects. Rwanda signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in April 2016.
Rwanda has a demonstrated track record on environmental protection, evidenced through the ban on plastic bags, conservation of its natural heritage through a series of national parks and protected areas, landscape restoration and the planting millions of trees every year.
In terms of green growth, the Paris agreement signing by Rwanda in 2016 found, 6,807 households having had improved access to off-grid energy thanks to investments made by FONERWA and private sector partners.