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Green Gicumbi Project trains local masons on green construction

Today, the Green Gicumbi project in collaboration with its partners has trained 100 local masons from nine sectors of Gicumbi District on different climate-resilient technologies in construction, as part of efforts to help the local community acquire knowledge to cope with the effects of climate change.

The training aimed at equipping local masons with the practical skills on effective use of adobe bricks as one of the green construction materials as well as construction principles in general.

Speaking at the event, Eng. Fulgence Dusabimana, the Infrastructure Specialist at the Project reminded participants that climate change is real, thus the need to put in place measures to help the communities to cope with its emerging effects.

‘‘As masons who are daily involved in the construction sector, it is critical that you embrace climate resilient practices to help our local communities to adapt to the effects of climate change. This training will equip us with knowledge on how we can be key actors in promoting green construction, ’’ he said.

He also reminded them that the construction sector is among the sectors that are affected by the effects of climate change.

Under the facilitation of the representatives of partner institutions, participants were taken through a number of topics including:

a) Categorization of buildings and procedures for applying for and granting building permits

b) Building faults and administrative sanctions

c) Roof fixing system

d) Planting of windbreaker trees

e) Role of rainwater harvesting and different technologies

f) Tips on the selection of construction site and orientation of a building

g) Green energy use

h) Waste management.

The one-day training which was organized jointly with Gicumbi District, Rwanda Housing Authority, and STECOMA is in line with the project efforts towards knowledge transfer & sustainability of project activities. 

Climate-resilient settlement is one of the key priorities of the Green Gicumbi project's interventions in Gicumbi District. To learn more about what we are doing in this component, click on the link.

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