Rwanda signs Agreement to Launch Partnership for Carbon Accounting

The Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Environment and represented by Minister Vincent Biruta, the University of Rwanda, represented by Prof. Beth Kaplin, the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and the Carbon Institute, represented by John O. Niles, Director at the Carbon Institute, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a joint collaboration to launch an international partnership for carbon accounting in Rwanda.

As part of the new international partnership, the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and the Carbon Institute, in collaboration with the University of Rwanda, will support Rwanda’s green growth agenda through greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting programmes that develop an evidence base for informed climate action. This groundbreaking agreement will enhance the implementation of Rwanda’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy and enable the country to fully participate in international emissions reduction mechanisms.

The seven year partnership will provide the opportunity for Rwanda to become a regional training center for carbon accounting in the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) regions.

This groundbreaking agreement will enhance the implementation of Rwanda’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy and enable the country to fully participate in international emissions reduction mechanisms. These include the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), and the mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). In addition, the signatories will collaborate to develop an Advanced Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Certificate programme at the University of Rwanda.

Rwanda supports the development of effective greenhouse gas accounting rules under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The new agreement will support Rwanda to build its internal capacity to measure, monitor, report, and verify greenhouse gas emissions as well as carbon sequestrations. This will allow Rwanda to continue to play a role in global climate action, and create new opportunities for the country, including by selling carbon credits to raise climate finance in support of its Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy.

About the Signatories

Government of Rwanda

The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute

The Carbon Institute

University of Rwanda