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Press Release – For Immediate Release Kigali, Rwanda
12 October 2018

 

Ministry of Environment signs Agreement to Launch Partnership for Carbon Accounting in Rwanda

 

The Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Environment and represented by Minister Vincent Biruta, the University of Rwanda, represented by Prof. Beth Kaplin, the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and the Carbon Institute, represented by John O. Niles, Director at the Carbon Institute, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a joint collaboration to launch an international partnership for carbon accounting in Rwanda.

 

As part of the new international partnership, the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and the Carbon Institute, in collaboration with the University of Rwanda, will support Rwanda’s green growth agenda through greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting programmes that develop an evidence base for informed climate action. This groundbreaking agreement will enhance the implementation of Rwanda’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy and enable the country to fully participate in international emissions reduction mechanisms..

 

The seven year partnership will provide the opportunity for Rwanda to become a regional training center for carbon accounting in the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) regions.

 

 

This groundbreaking agreement will enhance the implementation of Rwanda’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy and enable the country to fully participate in international emissions reduction mechanisms. These include the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), and the mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). In addition, the signatories will collaborate to develop an Advanced Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Certificate programme at the University of Rwanda.

 

Rwanda supports the development of effective greenhouse gas accounting rules under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The new agreement will support Rwanda to build its internal capacity to measure, monitor, report, and verify greenhouse gas emissions as well as carbon sequestrations. This will allow Rwanda to continue to play a role in global climate action, and create new opportunities for the country, including by selling carbon credits to raise climate finance in support of its Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy.

 

 

About the Signatories

 

Government of Rwanda – ​​http://environment.gov.rw
Rwanda’s climate action plan, known as a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), is built upon its Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy. The country is committed to addressing the challenge of climate change and has taken a number of steps to contribute to climate action. These include ratifying the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1998, the Kyoto Protocol in 2003, the Paris Agreement in 2016 and the Kigali Amendment in 2017.

 

The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute – ​​https://ghginstitute.org/
The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute provides technically rigorous GHG training curricula via “low carbon” e-learning portal and other capacity-building activities. The Institute will support Rwanda to jump-start its internal capacity by training key government personnel involved in GHG management and auditing.

 

The Carbon Institute – ​​http://carboninstitute.org/
The Carbon Institute (TCI) works with the governments and universities to develop world-renowned terrestrial carbon accounting certificate programmes, tailored to the specific needs of the country. In collaboration with University of Rwanda, the Institute will support the training of Rwandan faculty to teach advanced carbon accounting certificate programmes. The Institute will also support Rwanda professionals and institutions with curriculum, faculty mentoring, institutional capacity building, an online Carbon help desk and a platform to network with international carbon accounting professionals.

 

University of Rwanda – ​​http://ur.ac.rw
The University of Rwanda is a singular, multi-campus institution offering a wide range of academic studies. The University of Rwanda supports the country’s development by discovering and advancing knowledge, by being committed to the highest standards of academic excellence, and by creating a place where students are prepared for lives of service, leadership and solutions. It aims to be a leading University that develops highly enterprising graduates prepared and dedicated to building a more just and sustainable society locally, nationally and globally, with appropriate innovations that advance quality of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Media Enquiries, please contact:

● Umubyeyi Marie Josée, Public Relations and Communications Officer, Ministry of Environment, on +250 788 455 198 or at ​jumubyeyi@environment.gov.rw​.