RCCDN members enlightened on international environmental agreements

On 4 May 2021 at 11:14

Members of Rwanda Climate Change and Development Network (RCCDN) have been enlightened on various international environmental agreements that Rwanda has ratified.

RCCDN is comprised of 63 members from non-governmental organizations involved in environment preservation efforts.

Members have received two-day training to deeply understand environment preservation treaties that Rwanda has ratified, their relevance and implementation plan so that they can smoothly accomplish their duties.

These agreements include Paris Agreement on Climate Change and The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol aimed at gradually reducing the consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons among others.

The training held recently, was organized in partnership with Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA).

The Coordinator of RCCDN Rwanda, Faustin Vuningoma explained that the trained aimed to immerse members’ knowledge on international agreements to protect environment most importantly the ones ratified by Rwanda.

“Capacity building is part of RCCDN responsibilities to acquaint members with deeper understanding on how to mitigate climate change. We have identified gaps in following up discussions related to international agreements during which signatory countries discuss various topics of great significance and adopt resolutions that must be implemented in respective countries,” he said.

“It is of great significance for members to know agreements that Rwanda has ratified so that they can bring play their role in the implementation phase. We are also grateful to our funding partners including Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA) through the Public Policy Information, Monitoring and Advocacy (PPIMA) project for their great support,” added Vuningoma.

He explained they training beneficiaries will share acquired knowledge with colleagues in respective organizations and thanked partners.

Racheal Tushabe, the Director of environmental education and mainstreaming in REMA said that trained RCCDN members will cement existing environmental protection cement existing efforts.

“They have acquired deep understanding facilitating them to comply with clauses implicated in these agreements and extend awareness to the general public,” he noted.

Honorine Isingizwe, the Executive Director at Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE Rwanda) has said that acquired knowledge will enhance active participation in the implementation of signed agreements.

“The training is very important as it acquaints us with deeper understanding of signed agreements so that we can play our role during implementation,” she noted.

Léon Fidèle Mugisha, the Operations Manager at Rwanda Development Organization emphasized that the training came in handy to build capacities for staff working with organization advocating for environmental preservation.

Training participants in a group photo.