Africa Comes to Rwanda to Turn Climate Challenges Into Opportunities

More than 500 climate change experts, decease carbon market players, try policy makers and project developers from across Africa will convene in Kigali, Rwanda from 28 – 30 June for the 2016 Africa Carbon Forum.

This is the first major conference on climate change since more than 170 countries, including Rwanda, signed the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The forum will focus on the implementation of the Paris Agreement for low-carbon and transformational development in Africa.

The Africa Carbon Forum is one of the largest gatherings of green growth and climate resilience experts from around the world.

Participants at this year’s forum will discuss Africa’s road map to sustainable development and shared prosperity and how to turn climate challenges into opportunities. The gathering will also discuss sources of climate finance and how to access them.

Rwanda was selected to host the conference because of its environment protection and climate change mitigation efforts.

These include a ban on non-biodegradable plastics, the restoration of degraded ecosystems, the creation, reforestation and protection of national parks and the promotion of renewable energy.

“The Paris Agreement on Climate Change is an ambitious plan to limit temperature increases to below 1.5 degrees Celsius and manage the impacts of a warming planet. We must now turn this global commitment into local action. Rwanda looks forward to sharing our experiences of green growth and climate resilient development with the continent and learning from others,” said Vincent Biruta, Rwanda’s Minister of Natural Resources.


Africa is the most vulnerable continent to the impacts of a changing climate and needs to adopt low-carbon and climate resilient development to achieve shared prosperity.

The Government of Rwanda looks forward to bringing together representatives from across Africa to promote programmes and strategies that foster this kind of development.

This includes boosting renewable energy production, reforestation, water harvesting and irrigation, as well as providing timely information on climate trends and extreme weather events to ensure those who call Africa home are fully prepared for the impacts of climate change.

“Countries in Africa feel the dangers of climate change, but I’m confident they will also see the tremendous push that climate action can give to sustainable development. With the right climate policy choices, and by working together, countries can spur investment that benefits people and the atmosphere. In fact, action on climate is action for sustainable development,” said Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

During the forum, Rwanda will share the work of the country’s Green Fund (FONERWA), an environment and climate change fund which invests in the best public and private projects that support Rwanda’s commitment to building a green economy. The fund is currently financing 33 transformative climate resilience initiatives across the country.

Held every year since 2008, the Africa Carbon Forum is an occasion for carbon market players, African policymakers, investors and project developers to share the latest knowledge and opportunities for collaboration on regional and global climate change initiatives.

The continental meeting is organised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat in collaboration with different partners including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Africa Low Emission Development Partnership and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).


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