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Since mid 2010 the United Evangelical Mission (UEM) is implementing a special programme -- Climate Protection Programme -- to help member churches in the South not only to overcome the current effects of Climate Change but also to avert the worst effects of climate change in the future. The program has so far been successful in not only raising the awareness for environmental protection in member churches, but also in offering technical and financial support for a number of adaptation and mitigation projects.

This programme is going to end in the mid of this year 2016. There is a need now to evaluate the programme and to discuss how the work of Climate Protection Programme is going to be carried on further by member churches in the future. The UEM’s JPIC department and Africa department  in collaboration with our host the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda (EPR) have therefore planned  this workshop for member Churches in Central Africa: Workshop on the role of Churches in addressing Climate Change in Rwanda, from 16th to 18th March 2016.

During the workshop we shall make an exposure visit to an example of such projects, namely the Carbon project for producing and disseminating Energy Saving Stoves and Ceramic Water filters in Rwanda.


OBJECTIVES:
Day one:
1. Learn about environmental challenges and the role of Churches in addressing Climate Change.
2. Find out the opportunities for the Churches to embark on Carbon compensation projects.
3. Sharing from the Churches on implemented activities, challenges and future plans.

Day two:
4. Conduct an exposure visit to RDIS's Stove project to understand it and to hear success stories from beneficiaries.

Day three:
5. Discuss how to address Climate challenges effectively and continuation of Climate Protection Programme


NB: The workshop will combine presentations, interactive working group sessions, visitation and discussions. The lively morning and evening prayers will be led by different Churches as indicated in the timetable. We highly recommend the use of our climate spirituality materials.

VENUE:
The workshop is taking place at Golden Tulip La Palisse Kigali in Nyamata, in Bugesera district, from 16th to 18th March 2016.
The Farewell dinner will take place at Karisimbi Hotel in Kigali.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact the local preparation team
Email: UEM Climate protection Programme ​uem.climate.africa@gmail.com,
Phones in Rwanda: +250-782-181739, +250-788-805727​, +250-788-566055​​, +250-788-445405



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Important materials and publications for the workshop:
Papers from keynote speakers (will be available online after presentation):
  • Input on environmental challenges and climate concerns (Expert from REMA)  - Link - PPTX 4MB
  • Impact and opportunities for the Churches in Africa to embark on Carbon compensation projects  (Ms. Kartrin Gade - Bread for the World)  - Link - PPTX 3MB
  • Input on Theology & Ecological/Environmental Crisis (Rev. Dr. Elisee Musemakweli EPR/PIASS)  - Link - PPT 0.2MB
Other documents:
  • Introduction of UEM Environmental Programmes (Rev. Dr. Jochen Motte UEM)  - Link - PDF 0.2MB
  • Review of Climate Protection Programme (Dipl-Ing. Richard Madete UEM)  - Link - PDF 0,4MB
  • Exposition about the RDIS's Stove project​ (Mr. Fulgence Mpayimana RDIS)  - Link
  • Morning meditation on closing day, Bishop Dr. Jered Kalimba - Link - PDF 0.1MB

  • Sharing from the Churches on implemented activities / challenges / future plans
  • Sr. Editha Sylvester, Mr. Horace Kamkoto ELCT/KAD Church  - Link - PPT 10MB
  • Rev. Jacob Lipandasi BAHAVU (​Mr Martin KABUMBA SHAMWESI) CBCA Church Bukavu  - Link - PPTX 7.6MB
  • Rev. Badesire Baleke, Mr. Polisi Kivava CBCA Church Goma  - Link - PPTX 5.5MB
  • Mr. Jonas Lutamigwa, Ms. Lilian Lwakatare ELCT/NWD Church  - Link
  • Mr. Innocent Semaringa, Mr. Epimu Epimaque Munyankindi EPR Chucrh  - Link - PPTX 6MB
  • Mr. Vicent Minani, Mr Fulgence Mpayimana EAR Church  - Link - PPTX 5MB
  • APRED-RGL - Initiative for peace, reconciliation and sustainable development in the Great Lakes sub-region (PDF 5MB | PPT - 27MB)

OUTCOME OF THE WORKSHOP:


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Dipl.-Ing. Richard Madete,
Consultant for Environmental and Climate Management (Africa)

United Evangelical Mission (UEM) - Climate protection Programme
Luther house 3rd floor, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Phone, WhatsApp: +255-786-844127
Email: uem.climate.africa@gmail.com or rmadete@gmail.com
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