Strengthening Climate Resilience of Rural Communities in Northern Rwanda

Strengthening Climate Resilience of Rural Communities in Northern Rwanda

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 01 Mar 2018 at B.19
  • Est. completion 15 May 2025
  • ESS Category Category B

Increasing the resilience of vulnerable communities to climate change in Northern Rwanda by targeting a range of integrated adaptation interventions.

The high number of poor people engaged in subsistence agriculture makes Rwanda particularly susceptible to climate change. This is especially the case for people who have less resources to adapt, including those who farm on marginal land who are highly vulnerable to landslides, flooding and droughts. 

This project will focus on increasing the climate resilience of vulnerable communities in nine sectors of Rwanda's Gicumbi District. It will restore and enhance ecosystems in degraded watersheds and increase the capacity of communities to sustainably manage forest resources. It will follow an integrated landscape management model.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 6 years.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


03 Jun 2015 - 1003 days

Concept note received

03 Jun 2015

Funding proposal received

30 Jul 2015

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

30 Nov 2017

Cleared by iTAP

06 Feb 2018


01 Mar 2018 - 441 days

Approved by GCF Board

01 Mar 2018

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

25 Jun 2018

FAA executed

20 Dec 2018

Under implementation

15 May 2019 - 1,864 days so far

FAA effective

15 May 2019

Disbursement - USD 5,243,206

29 Jul 2019

Disbursement - USD 9,848,035

10 Feb 2021

Disbursement - USD 7,073,360

29 Jun 2022

Disbursement - USD 4,949,100

21 Aug 2023

To be completed

15 May 2025 - 330 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

Two priority groups

  • Least Developed Countries
  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing83% disbursed

GrantUSD 32,794,442
Total GCF Financing
USD 32,794,442


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 147,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 107,026
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 105,964
Total Co-Financing
USD 359,990

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GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
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Accredited Entity

Ministry of Environment (formerly Ministry of Natural Resources of Rwanda)
Mr. Patrick Karera

Permanent Secretary
Phone +250 789 414 092
Mr. William Mugabo

Green Economy Specialist
Phone +250 788 839 869
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National Designated Authority

Rwanda Environment Management Authority
Mrs. Juliet Kabera Primary
Director General

News + Stories

Reflections on climate action: How do climate investments impact people's lives?

05 Apr 2024 / "Stories are incredible...and this is why it's important to come...and witness the impact that these investments have on their lives...so that we can show the world why we need to scale these investments." — GCF Executive Director Mafalda Duarte, during her visit to GCF #climateaction projects in Kenya and Rwanda In September 2023, GCF ED Duarte visited Africa and saw first-hand the impacts of GCF-financed projects on rural communities.

GCF in Rwanda: Climate-resilient housing and agriculture

20 Mar 2024 / In Rwanda, GCF and the Ministry of Environment are working together to bolster the resilience of families against climate shocks. This means establishing climate-resilient housing and enabling them to be agents of #climateaction through sustainable agricultural practices. Learn more about the project: https://g.cf/fp073

Forests: A cause of climate concern, and hope

15 Aug 2018 / You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

Forests: A cause of climate concern, and hope

14 Aug 2018 / You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.