Rwanda-Developing a Strategic Climate Change Framework
"Although Rwanda is a very low emitter of carbon, it is among the most vulnerable to climate change, with frequent floods and prolonged droughts resulting in massive crop failure. This small, densely-populated and landlocked country has enjoyed strong economic growth over the past five years (averaging a GDP growth rate of 8.5%) and recognises that climate change and economic shocks, such as spiking oil prices, could potentially threaten this development. Rwanda also has a strong vision and plan to transform the country to a middle income economy by 2020 – the so called ‘Vision 2020’.
The Government of Rwanda is determined to mainstream climate change into the national development agenda and the Office of the President has requested assistance from CDKN in drafting a National Strategy on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development. CDKN and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University, are working with the Government to develop the strategy over a nine-month period. This stakeholder-rich process draws on input from across a range of ministries, the private sector and civil society. The three project objectives are to: 1) produce a national strategy; 2) build capacity on climate modelling techniques, data production and implementation of a Climate Observatory in Rwanda; and 3) provide a framework for detailed sectoral studies and implementation plans."