Coming up: First ever meeting of Rwanda Private Sector and Climate Change Adaptation Platform

Kigali, 15th May 2018. On 21st November 2017, at Lemigo Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda; private sector, non-governmental organization and government institutions representatives gathered for a first ever dialogue focusing on “Leveraging Adaptation Opportunities, Involving the Private Sector in Implementation of the NDCs in Rwanda”. The debates culminated in the creation of a platform named “Private Sector and Climate Change Adaptation Platform.” The participants of the first dialogue recommended for a regular gathering of the established platform to increase awareness about the significance of climate change among private companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is in this framework that the first ever meeting of the Rwanda Private Sector and Climate Change Adaptation Platform is organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS Network) in collaboration with the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), with support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The meeting is taking place on 15th May 2018 at Lemigo Hotel and will focus on sharing practical experiences of private sector initiatives in environment and climate change adaptation in Rwanda.

This meeting presents a unique opportunity for different representatives of private companies and SMEs across the country and some representatives from other African countries to explore their common interests, understand, discuss and share experience on different ways and practices that promote climate resilient businesses and other green initiatives in Rwanda. The meeting will also build on the outcomes of the first dialogue and strengthen set guidelines and tasks priorities for effective and timely delivery on agreed measures and commitments that reduce climate risks and impacts on businesses. Finally, the meeting will shed light on how companies and SMEs in Rwanda can access various climate change funds to support the sustainability of their businesses.

This meeting is expected to help private companies and SMEs to understand and find out about opportunities for adapting to climate change and its potential to sustain business. It is expected that all participants will recognize and have a common understanding of the benefits, risks and opportunities arising from climate change adaptation, and on how they can be capitalized to address climate change challenges affecting private companies in Rwanda. Moreover, this meeting will draw strategies on how companies and SMEs can access climate funds at national and international level.  

The Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement reconfirm that economic growth and economic development cannot continue without all countries tackling climate change and boosting environmental sustainability. Transitioning from the current development pathway to a low-carbon and climate resilient agenda will require significant investment and innovation and, more importantly, a shift in the way the public and the private sector make decisions. The impacts of climate change present a significant challenge to the private sector, especially to SMEs which are often seen as the drivers of economic growth in many countries. If their viability is threatened by climate variability and extreme weather events, the entire economy will thus suffer. It is therefore vital to support companies in developing and emerging countries in recognizing and dealing with the risks and opportunities that result from climate change.

For more details, contact:

The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS Network)

Gilbert Muvunankiko, Leader, Information Systems and Communications Department

E-mail : [email protected]

Phone : +250788563293