Green Rwanda Media Review - 1 July 2019

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


  • Read top stories from the largest ever transport of rhinos from Europe to Rwanda.
  • The New Times reports on a study that reveals the districts most vulnerable to climate change in Rwanda.
  • The New Times reports about why Rwanda was chosen to champion global biodiversity.
  • Taarifa reports about gorilla habitat expansion efforts.
  • National Geographic writes about Rwanda's mountain gorillas.
  • The Coalition for Green Capital shares that Rwanda has engaged CGC to develop a Catalytic Green Investment Fund.

Upcoming Events

30 June-1 July: UNSG Climate Summit Abu Dhabi Preparatory Meeting

11 July: GCF Readiness and Preparatory Support Project Closure and Knowledge Sharing Workshop, Kigali Convention Centre

22-23 July: High-Level Regional Conference on Circular Economy and Green Industry, Dakar

31 July-1 August: International Conference on Plant Science, Amsterdam

19-20 August: 2nd International Conference on Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, London

21-22 August: 7th World Congress on Earth and Environmental Science, Singapore

24 August: Akagera Rhino Velo Race, Eastern Province Rwanda

2-3 September: 6th World Conference on Climate Change Berlin, Germany

14-15 September: 6th World Congress on Green Chemistry and Recycling Seoul, South Korea


Miliyari 22 Frw zashowe mu kubungabunga imigezi ya Sebeya n’ibyogogo biyishamikiyeho (Igihe - Sunday, 30 June 2019) -- Minisiteri y’Ibidukikije ibinyujije mu Kigo cy’Amashyamba n’Umutungo Kamere yatangije ibikorwa byo kubungabunga Umugezi wa Sebeya n’ibindi byogogo byegeranye. Read More

Chester Zoo led project sees growth of black rhino numbers in Rwanda (Cheshire Live - Saturday, 29 June 2019) -- The Eastern black rhino population in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park has grown with the arrival of five new individuals from European zoos, as part of the largest ever translocation of rhinos from Europe to Africa. Read More

Gatsibo: Haragwa imvura nyinshi irimo n’urubura (Umuseke - Thursday, 27 June 2019) -- Ikigo k’Igihugu k’Iteganyagihe kiravuga ko mu masaha y’ikigoroba kuri uyu wa kane hari imvura yatangiye kugwa mu Burasirabuza mu Turere twa Kayonza, Rwamagana, Nyagatare, Bugesera na Gatsibo. Iyi mvura ngo iraza kuba ari nyinshi muri Gatsibo ndetse irimo urubura. Read More

Rwanda: Study Reveals Districts Most Vulnerable to Climate Change (The New Times - Thursday, 27 June 2019) -- The districts of Gisagara, Huye and Ruhango in Southern Province, and Karongi District in the Western Province are most vulnerable to climate change, in the country, a new report indicates. Read More also published in All Africa

Gorilla Habitat Expansion Key In Rwanda’s Conservation Efforts (Taarifa - Thursday, 27 June 2019) -- Come August this year, the high-end conservation brand Singita opens Kwitonda -Lodge and Kataza House on the slopes of Volcanoes National Park, home to endangered mountain gorillas. Read More

Rhinos’ New Homemates In Akagera Park (KT Press - Wednesday, 26 June 2019) -- This week, on Monday – to be precise, Akagera National Park received new members – the five Eastern Black Rhinos. Read More

Report warns all parts of Rwanda remain vulnerable to effects of climate change (Xinhua - Wednesday, 26 June 2019) -- All parts of Rwanda remain with varying levels of vulnerability to effects of climate change despite national efforts, researchers said in a vulnerability report released here on Wednesday. Read More

Rwanda Engages CGC to Develop Catalytic Green Investment Fund (Coalition for Green Capital - Wednesday, 26 June 2019) -- The Coalition for Green Capital (CGC) today announced it has been awarded a contract to develop a new fund to expand Rwanda’s climate finance capacity. The fund will be designed to complement existing programs available through the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), with a unique and specific focus on unlocking and expanding private investment in Rwanda’s green sectors. For this reason, the fund is referred to as a Catalytic Green Investment Fund. The catalytic approach uses public investment to attract private investment, by reducing risk and addressing other market barriers. Read More

Rwanda: searching for gorillas in the mist (National Geographic - Tuesday, 25 June 2019) -- As one of only two countries in the world where it’s safe to go gorilla tracking, Rwanda is leading the way as a conservation powerhouse and ploughing the revenue from its permit fees back into its national parks. Read More

Why Rwanda was chosen to champion global biodiversity (The New Times - Monday, 24 June 2019) -- Rwanda is one of the few countries in the world that have been approached by Campaign for Nature, a global initiative working to raise awareness of threats facing natural resources, to serve as a champion or model nation on biodiversity protection. Read More

225,000 Kayonza residents to benefit from $80 million agriculture drought resilient scheme (Rwanda Inspirer - Monday, 24 June 2019) -- A $79.93 million (about Rwf71 billion) Kayonza Irrigation and Integrated Watershed Management Project (KIIWP) is expected to ensure food security and steady income for 50,000 households. Read More


Rhinos to Rwanda - Top Stories

Rhinos' epic journey to freedom in Rwanda - BBC News (BBC - Wednesday, 26 June 2019) -- Five zoo-born eastern black rhinos have been transported from Europe to Africa. Watch Video

From Europe to Rwanda: The journey of five rhinos (The New Times - Wednesday, 26 June 2019) -- When Veronica Varekova, a renowned model from the Czech Republic, first came to Rwanda in 2009, she fell in love with the country. Read More

Five rhinos resettled in Rwanda from Czech Zoo | AFP (AFP news agency - Tuesday, 25 June 2019) -- Five critically endangered eastern black rhinos were on Monday successfully relocated to Rwanda's Akagera National Park after a long journey from the Czech Republic. Watch Video

Czech-Bred Rhinos Acclimatising in Rwanda After Long Journey (Czech Radio - Tuesday, 25 June 2019) -- Five endangered eastern black rhinos from Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic have been successfully relocated to Rwanda. The animals arrived in Akagera National Park in the east of the country on Monday afternoon. The move is part of an international effort to restore the critically endangered subspecies in the central African state, where the entire rhino population was wiped out as a result of the civil war in the 1990s. Listen to Audio

Rwanda's rhino population grows, tourists expected to increase (Reuters - Tuesday, 25 June 2019) -- Rhino keepers who successfully delivered five endangered black rhinos to Rwanda spent months hugging and coddling them inside their transport boxes to prepare them for the journey, a rhino handler told Reuters as the animals were freed on Monday. Read More

5 endangered black rhinos relocated from Europe to Rwanda (Associated Press - Monday, 24 June 2019) -- KIGALI, Rwanda — Five critically endangered eastern black rhinos from wildlife parks in three European countries were transported to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park on Monday. Read More


Across Africa

Rethink environmental regulations in Africa, study urges (Phys - Thursday, 27 June 2019) -- Conflict over resource extraction is rampant in sub-Saharan Africa, with small-scale miners violently pitted against multinational mining corporations—and the state security forces that protect them—for access. Read More

Communities for Conservation: Africa's Wildlife Economy Summit (UN Environment - Thursday, 27 June 2019) -- Four Heads of State, dozens of community representatives and private sector leaders met this week at the first-ever Africa Wildlife Economy Summit in Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe. They agreed to place wildlife and conservation at the center of economic development, with communities as co-investors in the continent's wildlife economy. Read More

Kenyan receives prestigious environmental conservation award (Capital FM - Thursday, 27 June 2019) -- Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) Executive Director Mithika Mwenda has been selected for the prestigious Sierra Club’s Earth Care Award 2019 for his unique contribution to international environmental protection and conservation. Read More

People Are Dying From Eskom’s Pollution in South Africa (Bloomberg - Thursday, 27 June 2019) -- On the right side of the main street of the dilapidated village east of Johannesburg is a fenced-off electricity substation, a red sign on it warning of pollutants. Read More


From Around the World

The Wimbledon tennis tournament is reducing single-use plastics (World Economic Forum - Thursday, 27 June 2019) -- Since 1877, when the first Gentlemen’s Championship took place at Wimbledon, the annual tennis event has been characterized by manicured grass courts, pristine tennis whites and a sense of tradition. Read More

The people fighting the war on waste at music festivals (BBC - Thursday, 27 June 2019) -- Waste is one of the biggest problems plaguing music festivals, but now people are taking decisive action. Read More