1. RWANDA RESOURCE EFFICIENCY AND CLEANER PRODUCTION PROJECT (RECP)
In Rwanda, several Cleaner Production initiatives have been undertaken in the past decade, primarily focusing on assessment of needs, energy audits, provision of technical assistance to the industry in adopting energy efficiency and wastewater recycling Projects, and raising awareness of cleaner production packages. However, Cleaner Production is only a part of a wider cluster of initiatives that results in Sustainable Production. In this context, CP practices aim to negate the accumulative and detrimental impacts on the environment caused by industrial processes, whereas SP practices consider the long-term implications of implementing cleaner production along the complete production chain. RECP Project objective is to improve resource productivity, competitiveness and environmental performance of businesses and other organizations thereby contributing to a sustainable industrial development and sustainable consumption and production for Rwanda’s transitional economy and reduction and control of pollution. The total cost of the project is 770,000 USD that includes grants from SIDA and UNEP. The project target group consists of Industries, Hotels and other public and private institutions.
2. FOOD SECURITY CAPACITY BUILDING PROJECT (FSCBP)
The overall project development objective of FSCBP is to strengthen institutional capacities to build food security in Rwanda through formulation and implementation of appropriate policies and programs. Specific objectives of the project are (i) Strengthen cooperatives in crop intensification program to contribute to food security (ii) strengthen the capacity of RBS to deliver on the standardization and conformity assessment in the food security value chain (iii) strengthen RAB?s human capacity to develop agriculture and animal resources for improved food security and livelihood of Rwandans (iv) To strengthen the capacity of MINICOM to enhance post-harvest storage facilities, value addition and market access through establishing institutional focal points for food security policy development, coordination and strategy implementation (v) incorporate research and teaching on food security-related issues and smallholder agriculture in higher institutions of learning and pre-service vocational training programs. The project has four broad components - Component 1: Support to RAB to strengthen the human capacity to develop agriculture and animal resources for improved food security and livelihood of Rwandans; Component 2: Support to strengthen the capacity of MINICOM to enhance value addition and market access in the food security value chain; Component 3: support to RBS deliver on the standardization and conformity assessment in the food security value chain in Rwanda; Component 4: Support RCA to enhance crop productivity through cooperatives involved in the crop intensification program to contribute to food security in Rwanda; and Component 5: Support PSCBS to manage and oversee project implementation. The estimated cost to implement the Food Security Capacity Building Project (FSCBP) is 6.48 Million Euros from NUFFIC for the period 2013 to 2016. Institutions that will benefit from the project have been identified based on their respective mandates and their linkage in the food security value chain. These are: Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM), Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS), Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA) and Public Sector Capacity Building Secretariat (PSCBS).
3. E-WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT
This project is designed to implement a national framework for Rwanda to support the establishment of sustainable recycling industries. The overall objective of the project is to offer an “end –of-life” solution for electronic and electrical waste, allowing a sustainable use of ICT in Rwanda, preventing a negative impact of electronic waste on the health or the environment once this equipment has reached its end-of life, while at the same time strengthening the local economy through the creation of green jobs. Information and awareness campaign will be extended to private, public institutions and local communities. This will benefit the conservation of natural resources, the creation of green jobs and control of hazardous materials. To achieve the objectives of the project, the following components (outputs) will be implemented: (i) Development of E-waste strategy and review of national E-waste policy and legal framework (ii) Conducting a detailed inventory on the current situation of e-waste in Rwanda (iii) Set up and design of environmental friendly e-waste collection centres and refurbishment and dismantling facility (iv) Collect and treat e-waste according to the required standards (v) Coordinate, monitor and evaluate the e-waste project. Total budget for the project is 1,127,647,300 Rwf over 36 months. Local Partner Institutions include Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM), Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA), Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) and International partners UNIDO and UNEP.