By Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU
Rwanda’s Green City Project will be showcased at COP27 Exhibition that will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from Nov 6, 2022 – Fri, Nov 18, 2022.
The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly referred to as Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, or COP27, will be the 27th United Nations Climate Change conference.
According to Rwanda’s Ministry of Environment, visitors to the Rwanda’s Pavilion will have an opportunity to learn more about Rwanda’s climate action efforts including building Africa’s first green city (@greencitykigali) to promote sustainable urbanisation.
The Green City Kigali project is seeking to develop a model community in a 600-ha area. Situated in the Kinyinya Hill area of Gasabo District the model village will provide affordable housing for target groups in a sustainable and culturally compatible, climate-resilient urban community.
The area will “establish new standards that can be replicated elsewhere in Rwanda and beyond–setting a trajectory towards a Net Zero future” according to the city’s planners.
The planners are keen to ensure that all new infrastructure – including roads, housing and commercial buildings conform to climate-resilient, urban standards.
“Rwanda is committed to promoting sustainable cities and the Green City Kigali will demonstrate that it’s possible to build a sustainable, large-scale urban development,“ said Teddy Mugabo, Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Green Fund, the main body that collects and sources funds for city’s Green Programmes, during the unveiling of FCB Studios, the company designing a16-hectare mixed-use pilot in the northwest section of the Kinyinya Hill development.
According to Mugabo, the country is committed to the green agenda.
“It will undoubtedly serve as a catalyst for change, not only in Rwanda but also in the region. We are delighted to be working with FCBStudios on the design of the Green City Kigali master plan and detailed designs for the pilot phase. We can’t wait to get started!” she said.