Rwanda is constructing a model village to resettle families living in places considered as high risk zones especially those near volcanic mountains Park a home to gorillas in Western Province.
Construction of the model village has begun. It will consist of 200 modern houses valued at Rwf1.6 billion ($2.1 million). The funding will directly be obtained from United Nations for Climate Change Convention.
“United Nations is committed to combating climate change and its impact through mitigation and adaptation measures,” Lamin M. Manneh, One UN resident coordinator told KT Press.
Mr. Manneh says he is impressed by Rwanda’s steps to deal with climate change.
According to Ministry of Natural Resources, the model village will benefit residents from nine sectors in Nyabihu and Musanze districts.
The two districts host volcanic mountains and are home to rare gorilla species a major tourist attraction that fetches Rwanda large amounts of revenue annually.
“It will reduce possible poachers targeting mountain gorillas,” says Jacques Munyengabo, a tour guide.
According to the project coordinator, Prime Ngabonziza, the model village is located in Mukamira sector in Nyabihu district.
Rwanda Development Board says the country fetched $303 million from tourism last year, with the lion’s share coming from gorilla trekking visitors.
The country targets to increase revenues collected from tourism through various initiatives including resettling families that encroach on gazetted areas.
The model village will also feature all climate-friendly requirements aimed at reducing vulnerability to Climate Change through Community Based Adaptation.
“The project targets to increase adaptive capacity of natural systems and rural communities living in exposed areas of North Western Rwanda to climate change impacts,” Ngabonziza told KT Press.
Rwanda wants to maintain its green economy, as the World looks for funds to deal with global climate change.
Through Rwanda environment and climate change project (Fonerwa), a $75 million fund has been created to support 11 projects including rooftop rain water harvesting, national e-waste strategic plan, vulnerable eco-system recovery, construction of hydro-power plants and terracing.
Such initiatives come ahead of world leaders meeting in New York in September and later in the French capital, Paris, in December this year, to discuss global climate change issues.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Climate Change Fund seeks to raise $100 billion to fight climate change in the next four years.