Green Rwanda Media Review - 1 April 2019

Read the latest news from the environment sector in Rwanda and across the world. 


  • The New Times reports that manufacturers seek more time to phase out single-use plastics.
  • Rwanda inspirer reports that MP proposed Government to produce urea fertiliser from Kivu Methane Gas.
  • Imvaho Nshya reports that watering is one of climate change adaptation strategies.
  • Xinhua reports that Rwanda stepped up measures to combat natural disasters.
  • View photos of the Private Sector Dialogue on Single Use Plastics with the Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta.

Upcoming Events

2 April: EAC Business & Investment Forum. Stockholm, Sweden

4 April: Green Procurement Task Team Meeting, Kigali 22 April: World Earth Day

22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity

5 June: World Environment Day

8 June: World Oceans Day


Women own more land than men (The New Times - Monday, 1 April 2019) -- A new report on the status of gender equality in Rwanda that was launched last week shows that the country recorded significant gains on several fronts on the basis of promoting gender equality. Read More

Nyabihu na Musanze byashyikirijwe ibikorwa byatanzweho miliyari 10Frw (Umuseke - Saturday, 30 March 2019) -- Minisiteri y’Ibidukikije ibinyujije mu mushinga RV3CBA, wamaze imyaka ine ukora ibikorwa byo kubungabunga ibidukikije no guhangana n’ihindagurika ry’ikirere mu Burengerazuba bw’Amajyaruguru y’u Rwanda, yashyikirije uturere twa Nyabihu na Musanze ibikorwa byakozwe bigizwemo uruhare n’abaturage. Read More

Abantu hafi 50 bamaze gupfira mu birombe by’amabuye y’agaciro mu mezi atatu (Igihe - Saturday, 30 March 2019) -- Ikigo gishinzwe mine, peteroli na gas gitangaza ko mu mezi atatu gusa y’intangiriro z’umwaka wa 2019, abantu hafi 50 bamaze gupfira mu birombe bikorerwamo ubucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro. Read More

World Water Day: Call for ownership in protecting water resources by restoring water catchments (The New Times - Friday, 29 March 2019) -- The Water Week was organised by, among others, the Ministry of Environment, Water for Growth Rwanda, The Netherlands Embassy through SNV, and Hinga Weze that is funded by USAID and Feed the Future.World Water Day was marked on Friday March 22, 2019, with a call to everyone to play a role in protecting water resources mainly by controlling soil erosion, planting, and maintaining trees on water catchments. Celebrated under the theme ‘Leaving no one behind’, it reflects Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) which aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. Read More

Manufacturers seek more time to phase out single-use plastics (The New Times - Thursday, 28 March 2019) -- In January this year, cabinet approved a draft law banning single-use plastics as part of efforts to protect the environment from threats posed by to non-biodegradable materials. Read More

Rwanda steps up measures to combat natural disasters (Xinhua - Thursday, 28 March 2019) -- The Rwandan government has stepped up measures to reduce the effects of natural disasters in the country, Rwandan minister of emergency management Germaine Kamayirese said Wednesday. Read More

Iteganyagihe riburira: Haragwa Imvura Nyinshi, Inkuba N’umuyaga (Umuseke - Thursday, 28 March 2019) -- Ikigo k’Igihugu cy’Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere kivuga ko “Kuva mu ijoro ryo kuwa 27 kugeza kuwa 28 Werurwe 2019, hateganyijwe imvura nyinshi irimo inkuba n’umuyaga. Read More

U Rwanda rwungutse sitasiyo ebyiri zizakemura ikibazo cy’amashanyarazi muri Kigali na Bugesera (Igihe - Thursday, 28 March 2019) -- IU Rwanda rwungutse sitasiyo nto ebyiri z’amashanyarazi, zitezweho kugaburira no gukemura ikibazo cy’umuriro mu Mujyi wa Kigali, mu Karere ka Bugesera no mu tundi duce tuhakikije. Read More Govt moves to protect agriculture land from encroachment (The New Times - Thursday, 28 March 2019) -- Land designated for farming will be protected from misuse, after it was established that it is increasingly encroached on for such activities as construction. Read More

Karongi: i Rutaro umwaka ugiye gushira nta mazi meza, bakoresha aya Musogoro (Umuseke - Thursday, 28 March 2019) -- Kuva muri Gicurasi umwaka ushize ubwo habaga ibiza bikangiza imiyoboro yabazaniraga amazi meza ntabwo yasanwe, bituma kugeza ubu abaturage bo mu mudugudu wa Rutabo mu kagari ka Ruragwe mu murenge wa Rubengera bakoresha gusa amazi y’umugezi wa Musogoro mu buzima bwabo bw’iminsi yose. Read More

New venture to set up $20mn Timber processing plant Rwanda (CNBC Africa - Wednesday, 27 March 2019) -- Italian high-end furniture maker, Giorgio Collection has signed an agreement with Master Assets, a real estate firm to set up a $20 million timber processing plant to make furniture in Rwanda. Watch Video

Ensuring generative buffer zone around Nyungwe Natural Forest (The New Times - Tuesday, 26 March 2019) -- On March 21, the United Nations marked the International Day of Forests and it was a time to celebrate individuals working hard to protect the planet’s precious trees and forests. Read More

MP proposes Government to produce urea fertiliser from Kivu Methane Gas (Rwanda Inspirer - Tuesday, 26 March 2019) -- Rwanda should look into ways to utilize Methane Gas in Lake Kivu for the production of urea, which is a nitrogen-rich fertiliser considered of great importance to crop productivity, MP Leonard Ndagijimana has recommended the government of Rwanda. Read More

RAB: Kuhira ni igisubizo ku bibazo by’imihindagurikire y’ikirere (Imvaho Nshya - Monday, 25 March 2019) -- Micomyiza Hanson, Umuyobozi w’ishami rishinzwe kuhira imyaka, gukoresha imashini mu buhinzi no kurwanya isuri mu Kigo k’Igihugu k’Ubuhinzi (RAB) atangaza ko kuhira bigaragara nk’igisubizo ku bibazo by’imihindagurikire y’ikirere. Read More

Kirehe: Urundi rubura rwangije byinshi (Umuseke - Monday, 25 March 2019) -- Mu murenge wa Nyamugari mu tugari twa Nyamugari na Kazizi muri Kirehe ahagana saa saba na saa saba n’igice uyu munsi haguye imvura idasanzwe irimo urubura isiga isenye inzu nyinshi yangiza n’imyaka iri ku buso bunini. Read More


Across Africa

Multinationals make plastic recycling commitments in Africa (The New Times - Friday, 29 March 2019) -- International consumer goods companies operating in Africa including Diageo, Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, and Nestlé this week launched the ‘Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance’ at the just concluded Africa CEO Forum in Kigali. Read More

Keeping SA clean (SA News - Thursday, 28 March 2019) -- South Africans have been actively working around the clock to ensure that they keep the country clean as part of the Good Green Deeds programme. Read More

TOXIC TRADE: Illicit Destruction of Africa’s Forests and Contamination of the US Market (AP News - Monday, 25 March 2019) -- A new report from the Environmental Investigation Agency documents how illegally extracted African timber emerges as “eco-friendly”-marketed products in America, deceiving unsuspecting US consumers. During a 4-year undercover investigation, EIA uncovered the inner workings of one of Africa’s most influential timber conglomerates – the “Dejia Group” – controlled by Chinese mogul Xu Gong De. The report exposes a multitude of crimes committed in the forests of the Congo Basin, and the network of corrupt officials who enable illegalities and criminal activity. Read More


From Around the World

Saving water one droplet at a time (UN Environment - Friday, 29 March 2019) -- You just woke up, and step into the shower, letting the water flow gently to wake you up and help you relax into the new day. Alas, your spa-like experience has a cost: you’ve just flushed 95 litres of drinking water straight down the drain. Read More

Greenhouse gas emissions in UK fell 3% in 2018, official figures show (The Guardian - Thursday, 28 March 2019) -- The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 3% in 2018 as pollution from the energy sector continued to decrease, provisional government figures show. Read More

Extreme weather impacted 62 million people last year, says WMO (Climate Home News - Thursday, 28 March 2019) -- As the impacts of Cyclone Idai continue to grow in south-eastern Africa, the global agency says extreme weather is worsening hunger and conflict. Read More

European parliament votes to ban single-use plastics (The Guardian - Wednesday, 27 March 2019) -- The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans. Read More

Air pollution linked to psychotic experiences in young people (The Guardian - Wednesday, 27 March 2019) -- Teens living in dirty air 70% more likely to have symptoms such as paranoia, study finds. Read More


Sector Updates

Photos: Handover of RV3CBA Project works to Musaanze & Nyabihu Districts (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Thursday, 28 March 2019) -- View photos of the Handover of RV3CBA Project works to Musaanze & Nyabihu Districts. View Photos

Photos: Private Sector Dialogue - Single Use Plastics (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 27 March 2019) -- The Minister of Environment and the Private Sector Federation have held a dialogue with local companies to discuss efforts to tackle plastic pollution in Rwanda in light of the proposed law to ban single use plastics. The meeting was attended by a range of stakeholders from packaging, food production and beverage companies. View Photos

Photos: Minister Vincent Biruta receives the Israeli Ambassador to Rwanda (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 27 March 2019) -- View Photos