Building Resilience of Vulnerable Communities to Climate Variability in Rwanda’s Congo Nile Divide through Forest and Landscape Restoration

Building Resilience of Vulnerable Communities to Climate Variability in Rwanda’s Congo Nile Divide through Forest and Landscape Restoration

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 25 Oct 2023 at B.37
  • Est. completion 20 Feb 2029
  • ESS Category Category B

The Congo-Nile Divide in Rwanda is a biologically rich region with high elevations and natural forests that are crucial to both local wildlife and communities. This area plays a vital role in the broader region’s biodiversity, ecosystem health and water regulation. The Congo-Nile Divide also contributes to key sectors in Rwanda’s economy through eco-tourism and agriculture. However, higher population density, intensive farming, and deforestation now threaten the natural balance of the biosphere. This is leading to less fertile soil and rise of landslide occurrences.  

The Congo Nile Divide project’s overarching goal is to improve the climate resilience of vulnerable communities. This will be achieved by expanding and preserving natural forests while strengthening the authorities’ and local people’s capacity for sustainable and climate responsive forest and landscape management.  The project will develop more sustainable management of a total of 250,000 hectares of land in the area. Additionally, it will promote sustainable agroforestry techniques in 2,000 hectares of plantations, reducing local demand for fuelwood and thereby alleviating deforestation pressures. The project will also be instrumental in safeguarding one of Africa’s most biodiverse ecosystems, the Albertine Rift, home to half of Africa’s bird species and 40 per cent of its mammals.  

Grants from the GCF Project Preparation Facility (PPF) supported the Accredited Entity in the development of this project's funding proposal. 

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


11 Dec 2018 - 1780 days

Concept note received

11 Dec 2018

Funding proposal received

25 Feb 2022

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

27 Sep 2023

Cleared by iTAP

24 Oct 2023


25 Oct 2023 - 119 days

Approved by GCF Board

25 Oct 2023

FAA executed

25 Oct 2023

Under implementation

20 Feb 2024 - 118 days so far

FAA effective

20 Feb 2024

Disbursement - USD 7,439,318

11 Mar 2024

To be completed

20 Feb 2029 - 1,710 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 financing19% disbursed

GrantUSD 39,056,421
Total GCF Financing
USD 39,056,421


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 10,831,307
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 112,272
Total Co-Financing
USD 10,943,579

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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