Rwanda cuts 126,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over last nine years

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Rwanda has cut 126,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the last nine years owing to strategic climate resilience investments made across the country, this is according to the latest official data presented at the ongoing 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Egypt.

The data on green investments released by the Rwanda Green Fund showed that since 2013, funding worth 247 million U.S. dollars has been mobilized for strategic climate resilient investments.

The funding was invested in 46 green projects across the country that helped to cut the carbon emissions.

At least 47,000 hectares of forests and agro-forestry were planted while 31,000 hectares of watershed and water bodies have been protected, it showed.

Over 88,000 households were given access to off-grid clean energy while 120,000 people were supported to cope with the effects of climate change, according to the data.

Speaking during the event, Rwanda’s finance State Minister for Economic Planning, Claudine Uwera said Rwanda needs an estimated 11 billion U.S. dollars to mitigate and adapt to climate change effects up to 2030.