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Project ID:00065945Description:RWA 4 - Environment
Rwanda One UN Fund
Start Date *: 31 Dec 2008
Environment & Natural Res
End Date*: 31 Dec 2013
Country: Rwanda Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

UNDAF Result on Environment


Summary of Significant National Achievements


Rwanda’s environment is directly linked to the livelihoods of its people. The poor, in particular, are very dependent on the environment and the natural resources. The prevalence of subsistence farming, the high population density and poverty itself have contributed to limited sustainability in the use of natural resources resulting in deforestation, land degradation and soil erosion. There is also a correlation between the availability of resources and poverty. Limited sustainability in the use of the natural resources contributes to land degradation with a negative impact on food security. The state of the environment and natural resources directly affects growth in most sectors, such as agriculture, tourism and mining. Sustainable environmental management is therefore at the core of development in Rwanda.


The Rwanda Vision 2020 sets out the aspiration to achieve sustainable economic development through sound biodiversity policies and adequate land and water management techniques. The Vision 2020 includes environmental and natural resource management as goals worthy of pursuing in their own right and stresses their importance for reaching the overall goals of Vision 2020. The direct correlation between environment and economic growth was further recognized in the EDPRS where environment is treated as a cross-cutting issue and a priority sector.


The inclusion of the environment relates directly to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, in particular MDG 7 “ensure environmental sustainability”. Environment also influences the other MDGs, from food security in eradicating hunger and extreme poverty; in the amount of time it takes girls to collect firewood and universal primary education, to waterborne diseases and infant mortality.

 The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has been at the forefront of environmental management. Gorilla conservation earned the country international recognition and this is why the country was selected to host the World Environment Day 2010 by the United Nations Environment Programme. The World Environment Day was held on 5th June 2010 under the theme “Many Species, One Planet, One Future” in conjunction with the annual Kwita Izina ceremony. Kwita Izina – which means giving names to baby gorillas in Kinyarwanda – has since 2005 been held to raise awareness of the conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas. Furthermore, it is worth noting that for the last consecutive 16 years, the country has been commemorating and organizing a National Environmental Week. In 2010 all districts celebrated the National Environment Week by undertaking several activities including environmental restoration activities.

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