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Status on Key Actions

PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 2 - Activity fully underway 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 2 - Activity fully underway 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 2
3.1: Progress in assessing the contribution of protected areas to local and national economies 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 4 - Activity completed 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 2 - Activity fully underway 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
Progress in marine protected areas 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1

Priority Actions

2012 - 2017

Assessing the values and contribution of protected areas to the national and local economies
2012 - 2014 $1,000,000
2015 $200,000 4.1) Assessing the values of protected areas
2017 $200,000 4.2) Create finance mechanisms linked to protected area values (e.g., payment for ecosystem services)
2015 $200,000 4.3) Develop and apply policies for access and benefit sharing
2015 $200,000 4.4) Improve mechanisms for participation of local communities
2014 $200,000 4.5) Assess opportunities for local community participation in key protected area management
Integration of protected areas into wider land use and economic sectors to showcase mainstreaming of biodiversity with other sectors.
2012 - 2015 $1,000,000
2014 $200,000 5.1) Integrate protected areas into poverty reduction strategies
2015 $300,000 5.2) assess land use planning, zoning and buffers in key connectivity areas
2015 $200,000 5.3) Harmonize sectorial policies or laws to strengthen protected areas management effectiveness
2015 5.4) Integrate PA values and ecological services into the national economy
2015 $300,000 5.5) Develop incentive mechanisms for private protected areas
Protected areas network institutionalized and effectively managed
2012 - 2017 $11,300,000
2013 $100,000 1.1) Assessing gaps in the protected area network
2013 $100,000 1.2) Assessing protected area integration
2015 $5,000,000 1.3) Improving the representativeness of the protected area network
2015 $5,000,000 1.4) Restoring degraded protected areas and establishing ecological corridors
2017 1.5) Improving protected area management effectiveness
2014 $1,000,000 1.6) Strengthening protected area capacity
2015 1.7) Improving the equitable distribution of protected area benefits
2015 $100,000 1.8) Monitoring and reporting on progress toward management effectiveness
Diversification of governance types and recognition through acknowledgement in national legislation and other formal means
2012 - 2015 $5,000,000
2014 $4,000,000 2.1) Create new protected areas with innovative forms of governance, such as community conserved areas
2013 $500,000 2.2) Improving protected area policies
2015 $500,000 2.3) improving protected area governance
Development and implementation of sustainable finance plans for protected area systems.
2012 - 2015

GEF Projects

Rwanda is a member of a constituency comprised of the following 14 countries : Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda
Name Focus Approved On Completed On Status Grant Cofinance
Support to GEF Eligible Parties (LDCs & SIDs) for the Revision of the NBSAPs and Development of Fifth National Report to the CBD - Phase 1 Biodiversity 2011-11-09 CEO Endorsed 6,798,000 USD 6,500,000 USD
Reducing UPOPs and Mercury Releases from the Health Sector in Africa POPs 2012-06-07 Council Approved 6,453,195 USD 25,810,000 USD
SIP PROGRAM: Strategic Investment Program for SLM in Sub-Saharan Africa (SIP) Land Degradation 2007-06-14 Council Approved 2,593,673 USD 0 USD
SIP-Equatorial Africa Deposition Network (EADN) Multi Focal Area 2007-06-14 CEO Endorsed 1,965,000 USD 6,050,000 USD
Mainstreaming Groundwater Considerations into the Integrated Management of the Nile River Basin International Waters 2007-07-03 2011-12-31 Under Implementation 1,000,000 USD 2,890,800 USD
Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis and Strategic Action Program Development for the Lake Victoria Basin International Waters 2004-04-01 2006-12-31 Project Closure 1,000,000 USD 5,600,000 USD
African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) Climate Change 2006-06-09 Council Approved 19,050,000 USD 55,550,000 USD
Clearing House Mechanism Enabling Activity Biodiversity 1998-06-24 CEO Approved 13,950 USD 0
Management of PCBs stockpiles and equipment containing PCBs POPs 2009-09-29 CEO Approved 1,000,000 USD 1,050,000 USD
Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change by Establishing Early Warning and Disaster Preparedness Systems and Support for Integrated Watershed Management in Flood Prone Areas Climate Change 2009-02-09 CEO Endorsed 3,310,000 USD 3,300,000 USD
Sustainable Energy Development Project (SEDP) Climate Change 2006-08-01 Under Implementation 4,500,000 USD 22,350,000 USD
Integrated Management of Critical Ecosystems Multi Focal Area 2001-12-07 2010-12-31 Project Completion 4,650,000 USD 44,410,000 USD
Conservation of the Montane Forest Protected Area System in Rwanda Biodiversity 2005-06-08 IA Approved 5,747,000 USD 7,980,000 USD
First Regional Micro/Mini-Hydropower Capacity Development and Investment in Rural Electricity Access in Sub-Saharan Africa Climate Change 2005-11-10 Cancelled 19,173,968 USD 121,335,658 USD
Support to Preparation of the Second National Biosafety Reports to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety-Africa Biodiversity 2011-05-16 CEO Approved 993,950 USD 840,000 USD
Greening the Tea Industry in East Africa Climate Change 2006-08-28 Under Implementation 3,423,400 USD 25,614,000 USD
Umbrella Programme for National Communication to the UNFCCC Climate Change 2012-06-07 Council Approved 7,210,000 USD 1,281,000 USD
AFLDC:Capacity Strengthening and Technical Assistance for the Implementation of Stockholm Convention National Implementation Plans (NIPs) in African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the COMESA Subregion POPs 2009-06-24 CEO Endorsed 5,000,000 USD 5,225,000 USD
Integrating Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change into Sustainable Development Policy Planning and Implementation in Southern and Eastern Africa Climate Change 2006-02-07 2010-12-01 Project Completion 1,000,000 USD 1,265,000 USD
SIP-Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project II Multi Focal Area 2008-09-23 Under Implementation 7,000,000 USD 133,340,800 USD
Nile Transboundary Environmental Action Project (NTEAP), Phase II International Waters 2007-09-05 2009-12-31 Project Completion 6,700,000 USD 71,990,000 USD
SIP-Transboundary Agro-Ecosystem Management Programme for the Kagera River Basin (Kagera TAMP) Land Degradation 2007-06-14 Under Implementation 7,088,700 USD 24,423,710 USD
Nile Transboundary Environmental Action Project, Tranche 1 International Waters 2001-12-07 2009-12-31 Project Completion 17,150,000 USD 90,760,000 USD
Enabling Activities to Facilitate the Preparation of a National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) Climate Change 2004-06-09 IA Approved 195,000 USD 0
Elaboration of the Second National Report on the Implementation of Biodiversity by Rwanda for the Sixth Conference of Parties in 2002 Biodiversity 2003-09-30 CEO Approved 25,000 USD 10,000 USD
Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation (LAFREC) Multi Focal Area 2012-06-07 Council Approved 9,532,000 USD 53,530,000 USD
BS Support to the Implementation of the National Biosafety Framework for Rwanda Biodiversity 2010-01-12 CEO Approved 645,455 USD 969,085 USD
Enabling activities to facilitate early action on the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Rwanda POPs 2003-01-08 IA Approved 371,000 USD 0
Enabling Activities for the Preparation of Initial National Communication Related to the UNFCCC Climate Change 2001-06-20 2005-09-30 Project Closure 330,000 USD 0
National Biodiversity Strategy, and Action Plan and Country Report to the COP Biodiversity 1996-08-28 IA Approved 170,640 USD 0

LifeWeb Projects

Name Submitted Status Funding Needed Funding Secured
Conservation of biological diversity in the Forêt de Nyungwe (Rwanda) through the establishment of an agroforestry conservation belt 21 04 2008 Fully Funded fully funded ($1,985,785 USD) $1,985,784.57

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme