Development of a Detailed and Costed Action Plan for Implementing Circular Economy in Rwanda
How can Rwanda successfully transition to a circular economy?
Rwanda is facing growing challenges of managing wastes and natural resource depletion. In addition to economic growth, accounting for population growth and changing urban-rural profiles, it is also projected that waste generation rates in Rwanda could increase by 63% over the next ten years, from approximately 700 tons being generated per day today to approximately 1,300 tons per day by 2030. This requires the Government of Rwanda to proactively opt for economically attractive options found in circular economy strategies that focus on increasing the utilization and lifetime of products.
While the circular economy presents great opportunities for sustainable growth in Rwanda and circular initiatives are already underway, there are some challenges that must be overcome for the transition to be successful. Some of these challenges include lack of clear road map and strategic framework to support these activities, low involvement of the private sector to lead the transition, nascent industrial symbiosis initiatives with ineffective connections between industries to close the production loop, among others.
The objectives of the development of the detailed and costed Action Plan for implementing Circular Economy in Rwanda are as follows: