Green Rwanda Media Review - 1 June 2020

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

Summary

  • Le Monde, The New Times and other outlets report that Rwanda has unveiled an $11 billion climate action plan.
  • KT Press reports that Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali is becoming even greener.
  • Igihe and The New Times report that the government is set to ban charcoal use in Kigali.
  • The New Times reports that Rwf 1 billion has been earmarked to combat floods in Musanze, Nyabihu.
  • The Ministry of Environment shares details of this year's National Environment Week and World Environment Day, which takes place on Friday.

Upcoming Events

  • 1 June: Seminar on 'Connecting to specimen collections: A method for documenting Rwanda’s biodiversity' - hosted by the Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management on Google Meet.
  • 3 June & 10 June: Webinar on 'The Rwandan and Italian Business to Business Exchange for Sustainable Development' - Organised by Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA). More here
  • 5 June: World Environment Day. Join the online discussion hosted by REMA on Webex from 10-11:30am.
  • 17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
  • 21 June: World Giraffe Day
  • 26 June: World Refrigeration Day

Rwanda

Barasaba ko ibiciro bya gaz byagabanuka bikorohera benshi kuyiyoboka (RBA YouTube – Saturday, 30 May 2020) -- Watch here

Editorial: More info needed on proposed charcoal-free Kigali (The New Times - Saturday, 29 may 2020) -- When it comes to conserving and protecting the environment, Rwanda does not mince its words. In the last few months, it has caused quite a few tears, especially for people who constructed buildings in marshlands. Read More

Amakara yo gucana agiye gukumirwa muri Kigali (Igihe - Thursday, 28 May 2020) -- Minisiteri y’Ibidukikije yatangaje ko igiye gukumira amakara yinjira muri Kigali kugira ngo himakazwe gukoresha gaz, abadashoboye kuzigurira bafashwe mu buryo butandukanye, harimo guhabwa amacupa ya gaz ku nguzanyo bazajya bishyura buhoro buhoro. Read More. Also published in The New Times

Video: Launch of the National Campaign on Sustainable E-waste Management in Rwanda (Enviroserve Rwanda YouTube Channel - Wednesday, 27 May 2020) -- Watch Video

Mu 2022, Ikiyaga cya Kivu kizaba gifite ibyambu 5 bya kijyambere (Imvaho Nshya - Wednesday, 27 May 2020) -- Leta y’u Rwanda ku bufatanye n’abafatanyabikorwa bayo, ikomeje gukusanya miriyoni 28 z’amadorari y’Amerika (miriyari zikabakaba 27 z’amafaranga y’u Rwanda), zo gushyira mu bikorwa umushinga wo kuvugurura ubwikorezi bwo mu mazi mu Kiyaga cya Kivu, hubakwa ibyambu mu turere dutanu duhana imbibi na cyo. Read More

Rwanda set to double sardine fish production (The New Times - Wednesday, 27 May 2020) -- National fish production could double following the introduction of sardine fish species known as Isambaza into two twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo in Northern Province. Read More

Rwanda’s Capital Kigali From Green To Greener (KT Press - Tuesday, 26 May 2020) -- Greening and beautification of Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali which is recognized as Africa’s greenest and cleanest city is work in progress, the latest main focus being the main roads. Read More

Rwanda unveils $11bn climate action plan (The New Times - Tuesday, 26 May 2020) -- Rwanda has become the first African country to submit a new national climate plan, whose implementation requires $11 billion (10.2 trillion), as an essential tool to implement the Paris Agreement. Read More. Also published in Le Monde, The Guardian (NG), Afrik21, and Anadolu Agency.

Rwanda Renews Climate Optimism: Africa’s First Revised Ndc Shows Global Leadership (NDC Partnership - Tuesday, 26 May 2020) -- Rwanda became the first African country to submit its updated national climate plan under the Paris Agreement this month. The ambitious submission renews hope that 2020 can be “the Super Year for Climate Action.” Read More

COP21 : Le Rwanda Compte Réduire De 16% Ses Émissions De Co2 À L’horizon 2030 (Agence Afrique - Tuesday, 26 May 2020) -- Le Rwanda vient en effet de soumettre sa ‘‘Contribution nationale déterminée’’ (NDC) actualisée, qui prévoit la réduction de 16 % de ses émissions de dioxyde de carbone (co2) par rapport à sa trajectoire actuelle d’ici 2030. Read More

NDC Update: Rwanda is First LDC in 2020, Andorra Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (SDG Knowledge Hub - Tuesday, 26 May 2020) -- The UNFCCC Secretariat has received 2020 nationally determined contributions (NDCs) from Rwanda and Andorra. Rwanda’s updated NDC and Andorra’s second NDC bring the number of Parties to the Paris Agreement on climate change that have submitted their 2020 NDCs to ten. Read More

Rwf1bn earmarked to combat floods in Musanze, Nyabihu (The New Times - Tuesday, 26 May 2020) -- The Government will spend at least Rwf1 billion on the rehabilitation of Mugogo lowland in Musanze and other areas in Nyabihu district that were ravaged by floods. Read More

Ikendera ry’isano y’umuntu n’urusobe rw’ibinyabuzima mu Rwanda (Imvaho Nshya - Friday, 22 May 2020) -- Mu myaka ya 1900, ababyeyi baciraga abana imigani, bakabawira n’ibitekerezo bikubiyemo ubwoko bw’ibiti, ibyatsi, inyamaswa n’amashyamba akenshi bashoboraga kubereka kuko biboneka bugufi, bigatuma barushaho gufata inyigisho zikubiye mu byo ababyeyi bifuza kubigisha. Read More

 

Sector Updates 

Nyamasheke : Batatu bafatiwe mu cyuho batanga ruswa (Rwanda National Police - Saturday, 30 May 2020) -- Polisi y’u Rwanda ikorera mu karere ka Nyamasheke mu murenge wa Busheki mu kagari ka Buvungira kuri uyu wa 29 Gicurasi yafashe abarimo gutanga ruswa ingana n’amafaranga y’u Rwanda ibihumbi 80. Bayahaga umurinzi wa Pariki ya Nyungwe kugira ngo bajye gucukuramo amabuye y’agaciro. Read More

Abanyarwanda barakangurirwa kubungabunga urusobe rw’ibinyabuzima (Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 28 May 2020) -- Buri mwaka, ku wa 05 Kamena isi yose yizihiza Umunsi Mpuzamahanga w’Ibidukikije. Mu Rwanda bimaze kuba umuco ko uyu munsi ubanzirizwa n’icyumweru giharirwa ibikorwa bigamije ubukangurambaga mu kubungabunga ibidukikije. Iki cyumweru kikaba giteganijwe gutangira ku wa 28 Gicurasi gisonzwe ku wa 05 Kamena, hanizihizwa Umunsi Mpuzamahanga w’Ibidukikije. Read More

Rwanda Announces Ambitious Climate Action Plan (Ministry of Environment - Monday, 25 May 2020) -- The Government of Rwanda has announced an ambitious climate action agenda that features a 38% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions compared to business as usual by 2030, equivalent to an estimated mitigation of up to 4.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). Read More. Also published in Kinyarwanda.

 

Across Africa

Living Planet: Humpback whales rebound in South Africa (Deutsche Welle - Thursday, 28 May 2020) -- In the 1970s, hunting nearly drove whales like the humpback to extinction. But in 1985, a moratorium on commercial whaling gave humpbacks a chance. Read More

Zimbabwe: Good Samaritan Provides Free Water to Harare Residents (All Africa - Wednesday, 27 May 2020) -- In the face of crippling water woes in most parts of Harare and erratic provision of clean water from the Harare City Council, a good Samaritan has come to the rescue of residents. Read More

Malawi: EPWP crucial in mitigating climate change effects (Malawi News Agency - Wednesday, 27 May 2020) -- District commissioner (DC) for Kasungu, James Kanyangalazi Tuesday said interventions in the Enhanced Public Works Programme (EPWP) are very crucial in dealing with effects of climate change. Read More

Is SA’s mining industry too deep in the COVID-19 crisis? (CNBC Africa - Tuesday, 26 May 2020) -- The Covid-19 pandemic has far-reaching economic ramifications on the productivity and profits of many industries without the exception of the mining industry. For more than a century mining was a flourishing industry in South Africa. Watch Video

 

From Around the World

New dates agreed for COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference (UK.GOV - Thursday, 28 May 2020) -- The COP26 UN climate conference will now take place between 1 and 12 November 2021 in Glasgow. Read More

Good health is an environmental right (UN Environment Programme - Wednesday, 27 May 2020) -- The COVID-19 crisis is a reminder of the intimate relationship between humans, animals and the environment. Read More

Why ‘Irresponsible’ Governments Are Failing To Protect Citizens From Covid-19, Climate Change (Forbes - Tuesday, 26 May 2020) -- The U.S., the U.K. and Brazil have been “nothing but irresponsible” in their isolationist approaches to the coronavirus crisis, and such stances will weaken the global response to climate change, climate action advocate Christiana Figueres has said. Read More

Deep ocean will be warming rapidly by 2050 even if global emissions decline (Independent - Tuesday, 26 May 2020) -- 'Marine life in the deep ocean will face escalating threats from ocean warming until the end of the century, no matter what we do now,' said one researcher. Read More