Kigali, November 21: A dialogue on Environment and Sustainable Business Development has opened in Kigali today with a focus on leveraging adaptation opportunities to involve the private sector in implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to combat climate change.
Rwanda’s National Strategy for Transformation (2017), the Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy (2011) and NDCs recognize the importance of environmental conservation and protection and the need to address the impacts of climate change to ensure sustainable development.
Despite the efforts by private and public sectors, to mitigate climate change impacts, both continue to face many pressing barriers and evolving challenges including among others, the lack of awareness and actionable information to evaluate credible climate change risks, lack of clear guidance and information on the type of private and public sector interventions needed to reduce climate vulnerabilities, too little endorsed knowledge about investing in climate change adaptation.
A collaborative approach involving all stakeholders needs to be promoted to address these challenges. This event therefore serves as a platform for different representatives to discuss opportunities and risks in incorporating climate change adaptation in their daily business operations.
Organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS Network) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through its global programme, this event will bring together over 100 participants from the private sector, civil society organizations, intergovernmental institutions and cooperatives, among others.
Other key partners in this dialogue include; the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA) through its Water for Growth Rwanda Programme and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).