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Rwanda to host the Poverty-Environment Initiative Regional Meeting

26.10.2015

Around 70 representatives from seven Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) country programmes, the PEI Africa team and the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Facility will convene in Kigali on 26-30 October 2015 forthe Poverty-Environment Initiative Annual Regional Meeting.The meeting will discuss the progress made in integrating and implementing pro-poor poverty-environment objectives in development planning and budgeting processes at national and sub-national levels. The meeting will also look at how these efforts are bringing about environmental sustainability.

Organised by thePoverty-Environment Initiative Africa (PEI Africa) and the Government of Rwanda through Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), the five-day meeting givesPEI Africa countries including Rwanda the opportunity to share achievements, lessons learned and future plansfor incorporating poverty-environment objectives into their development plans and policies.

“This is a good opportunity for Rwanda to share with other countries the lessons we learned in making sure that pro-poor and pro-environment policies are at the heart of our national planning &budgeting process,” saidDr. Rose Mukankomeje, Director General of REMA.

“The meeting is also an occasion for us to share Rwanda’s success in establishing the National Fund for the Environment and Climate Change, which is seeing tremendous results across a range of sectors,”she added.

Participants at the meeting willalso benefit from a training session on how to integrate pro-poor environmental sustainability into national planning &budgeting processes.

On the last day of the meeting, participants will visit the Muyebe Green Village, located in Muhanga District tolearn about integrated environmental managementdemonstrated in thegreen villagesbuilt by the Government of Rwanda through various institutions including REMA.

Muyebe Green Villageis made up of 105 householdsand is still expanding.The integrated environmental management and greening component implemented in Muyebe Village through the provision of the rainwater harvesting system and biogas has held to upliftMuyebe residents from poverty and has brought about social cohesion and strengthened collaboration among the community.

Among 210 hybrid cows that were donated to Muyebe residents to provide manure for biogas and milk for livelihoods improvement, 145 calves were born and will be distributed to 145 other poor households. This will take place during the visit to Muyebe Village. The distribution of the calves is in line with the requirements of the Girinka programme (One Cow PerPoor Family).

The joint UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) is a global programme that supports country led efforts to mainstream poverty-environment objectives into national development policy, planning and budget processes. The objective is to promote pro-poor environmentally sustainable and gender sensitive natural resource management. PEI aims to help countries maintain or increase the economic benefits generated from natural resources and thus achieve development goals such as poverty reduction and food security.

PEI currently supports country programmes in sevenAfrican countries:  Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Tanzania, and is providing periodic technical support in Botswana, Kenya and Uganda.

The PEI Programme in Rwanda was first launched in December 2005 to spearhead environment and climate change mainstreaming into the country’s development plans. From 2008, PEI Rwanda started working on the integration and implementation of Environment and climate change priorities in Rwanda’sEconomic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS I2008-2012) and is now extending its support to EDPRS II for the period July 2013 to June 2018.

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