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Kigali Industrial-Environmental Management framework (KIEM)
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Rwanda has witnessed a high level of new settlement and economic activity since 1994. The population of Kigali, the capital, has grown from 350,000 in 1994 to 800,000 in 2004. Similarly, the number of industrial and business establishments has increased significantly along the Gikondo Valley, which was previously a wetland area.
Location: Kigali
Branch:
- Regional Office for Arab States
Partner: Government of Rwanda, Ministry of Lands, Environment Forestry, Water and Mines, Ministry of Infrastructure (MINIFRA), Ministry of Local Government, City of Kigali, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, private sector, owners of industries in the Gikondo Valley, NGOs and UN-HABITAT
Donor: UNDP, UNEP, UN-HABITAT
Theme:
- Environment
Cost: US$150,000

Background and Objective:

Rwanda has witnessed a high level of new settlement and economic activity since 1994. The population of Kigali, the capital, has grown from 350,000 in 1994 to 800,000 in 2004. Similarly, the number of industrial and business establishments has increased significantly along the Gikondo Valley, which was previously a wetland area. Recognizing the growing environmental and associated socio-economic problems, the government of Rwanda asked UN-HABITAT, UNEP and UNDP to assist in addressing the problem.

The project aims to assess the environmental and socio-economic situation in the Gikondo valley and provide the government with a framework for environmental protection. This is especially important since its urban wetlands are affected and often destroyed by industry and settlements in Kigali. The programme also supports the implementation of a cleaner production center assisted by UNEP.

Activities:
The KIEM focuses mainly on:

  • Assessing the environmental and socio-economic situation and all environmental impacts;
  • Organizing a national seminar on sustainable consumption and production;
  • Producing an industrial seminar and cleaner production demonstration;
  • Mapping of the wetlands;
  • Organizing a stakeholder’s workshop to build consensus on the action plan implementation.

Results:

  • Two reports on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of industries and other activities in the wetlands;
  • A map of the wetlands prepared;
  • An action plan for implementation prepared;
  • The Rwanda Cleaner Production Center established;
  • A workshop was held in November 2006 where the situational analysis and action plan implementation were agreed upon.
 
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