The National Risk Atlas of Rwanda

from Government of Rwanda
Published on 20 Aug 2015 View Original

Executive Summary


Rwanda experienced a growing number of disasters in recent decades, causing physical, social and economic damages and losses. The best known amongst these disasters are droughts that occurred in 1989, 2000, 2005-2006 and 2014; the devastating landslides that occurred in 1988, 2006, 2010 and 2011 mainly in the northern and western provinces; the ever increasing floods across the country, the earthquake of 2008; and the windstorms that constantly hit different parts of the country.

It is in this context that the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs has prepared the project “Development of comprehensive disaster risk profiles for enhancing disaster risk management in Rwanda” in order to analyze and assess the disaster risks of the country and by this risk knowledge development decisions, policies and strategies are appropriately risk-informed to make development sustainable.

The project was financially supported by European Union-Africa Caribbean Pacific (EU-ACP) Program through the WB-Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction and the UNDP Rwanda. It was implemented by MIDIMAR through its Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU). The project was implemented by a team of consultants in collaboration with different government ministries and institutions, UN agencies, international non-government organizations including civil society and the private sector. A National Technical Advisory Group (NTAG) comprised of these stakeholders was formed mainly to provide support and guidance in the risk assessment process.