By Justin Kayiranga
On Thursday, September7,2023, Mafalda Duarte, the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and Rwanda’s Minister of Environment, Hon. Dr. Mujawamariya Jeanne D’Arc, visited the Green Gicumbi project to witness the collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing climate resilience in rural communities in Northern Rwanda.
Mafalda Duarte and Minister Mujawamariya visited three sites: Mulindi marshland, an area that had been previously affected by floods and caused a loss to tea farmers; upland tea plantation; and a climate resilient settlement.
Impressed by the project’s achievements, Duarte expressed her satisfaction with how the project is transforming the lives of the communities, including women, and committed herself to becoming Rwanda’s Green ambassador, wherever she may be.
“Today, I listened to stories of change from women who were supported by the project. This is our main goal when we support projects as GCF. We wanted to make sure we also contribute to creating a positive change to communities around the world.” Mafalda Duarte said.
Green Gicumbi is a $ 32 million project funded by GCF and it is implemented by Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) while the Ministry of Environment is the Accredit Entity.
Speaking on the behalf of the Government of Rwanda, Minister Mujawamariya commended GCF for having approved the funding of this project which has not only brought changes to the community but also to the biodiversity and nature in general.
She said “I thank GCF for its continued commitment to support Rwanda’s efforts towards environmental protection and helping its people to be resilient to climate change effects.”
The minister also congratulated local community’s commitment to supporting the project implementation and called on everyone to sustain project achieved gains, saying that they will be a cornerstone for the future generations.
“What we witnessed today is a result of combined efforts from you. I call on everyone to play a key role to ensure what the project has achieved is sustained. This will be the foundation of a better future for your descendants.”
About Green Gicumbi project
Green Gicumbi project is a 6-year project focusing on reducing vulnerability to climate change by enhancing the adaptive capacity of the targeted groups in the project intervention area as well as reducing their exposure to climate risks.
Among its key achievements to mention include the establishment of 600Ha of radical terraces, 850Ha of progressive terraces, planting of agroforestry trees on 6597Ha of agricultural land, Creation of 23,000 green jobs among others of which were done in 4 years since the project’s inception.