The Green Growth and Climate Resilience report, developed as a collaborative project between the Government of Rwanda, the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment and The University of Oxford, sets out the National Strategy for Climate Change and Low‐Carbon Development for Rwanda. The strategy begins by stating that Rwanda has experienced significant human and social development in recent years, however the country’s future socio‐economic development is uncertain: its population will more than double by 2050, the country is vulnerable to climate change as it is strongly reliant on rain‐fed agriculture, and it is 100% reliant on oil imports and therefore vulnerable to price increases and fluctuations.
The strategy aims to guide the process of mainstreaming climate resilience and low carbon development into key sectors of the economy. The strategic framework provides a vision for 2050, guiding principles, strategic objectives, programmes of action, enabling pillars and a roadmap for implementation.
The strategy defines green growth as “an emerging concept that recognises that environmental protection is a driver of global and national economic development. It is about focusing society on qualitative growth rather than simply increasing GDP”.