With the initiative of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), CYNESA Rwanda participated in a 3day workshop organized by REMA aimed at building the capacity of Religious Based organizations for a better integration of ECC Concerns in development planning processes.
The workshop took place from 10th to 12th September 2018 at Golden Tulip Hotel situated in Eastern province of Rwanda, Bugesera District.
CYNESA Rwanda was represented by 2 team members: Benoit MUSABYIMANA (Country Director) and Alphonse RUGIGANA (Programs Manager).
Interesting subjects that were covered and discussed include:
- Rwanda National Strategy of Transformation (NST1): Social transformation while preserving the environment.
- The Role of Religious based organizations in the Rwanda’s development.
- Environment protection and Climate change (Vulnerability, Adaptation and mitigation).
- Green Growth and Climate Resilience: targets and achievements.
- Mainstreaming ECC in planning process: guidelines and best practices.
- Monitoring ECC mainstreaming (Planning stage, implementation stage): Closing the gap.
- Environmental impact Assessment: principles, benefits and challenges (case studies).
- Funding opportunities in ECC sector by FONERWA.
- Check list on Mainstreaming ECC in Religious Based Organizations.
The participants were recommended to:
-Use the potential they have; especially the Christians, they could reach out to their communities/churches to advocate and act while preserving the environment.
-Make an Evaluation and Impact assessment on every activity they undertake either church’s construction or any other business as all have a relationship with the environment.
The participants understood the need of their intervention to act accordingly and inform their community the way they can act while controlling the impact of their actions on environment.
CYNESA Rwanda gained useful materials and a wide range of information from the workshop, as well as networking with participants from other organizations, as a next step in contributing to the impact through collaboration.
Written by: Alphonse RUGIGANA