Green Rwanda Media Review - 1 March 2021

 

Summary

  • The Rwanda Development Board reports that President Kagame joined the Giants Club to boost investment in the wildlife economy.
  • CNBC Africa reports on Rwanda's plans to tap into the economic potential of its wetlands.
  • The New Times reports that Rwanda is to exploit methane gas for cooking.
  • CNN reports on how Rwanda is leading e-waste recycling efforts in Africa.
  • Kigali Today reports that the government is to build houses for 14,000 households displaced by disasters.
  • Rwanda Green Fund shares its resource mobilisation strategy and the sectors with investment opportunities.

Upcoming Events

  • 3 March: World Wildlife Day
  • 3 March: Industrial Symbiotic Exchanges for Circular Economy in Rwanda Workshop by NIRDA/Cleaner Production and Climate Innovation Centre
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  • 10 March: Solar Appreciation Day
  • 14 March: International Day Action for Rivers
 

Rwanda

 
Burera: Gutunganya igishanga cya Kamiranzovu bizaha akazi abaturage 800 (Imvaho Nshya - Sunday, 28 February 2021) -- Umuyobozi w’Intara y’Amajyaruguru, Gatabazi Jean Marie Vianney, yatangije ku mugaragaro igikorwa cyo gutunganya igishanga cya Kamiranzovu giherereye mu Kagari ka Rusumo, Umurenge wa Butaro, mu Karere ka Burera. Biteganyijwe ko abaturage 800 bazabonamo akazi. Read More
 
Kagame Joins Giants Club To Boost Investment In Wildlife Economy (Taarifa - Saturday, 27 February 2021) -- President Paul Kagame is now the sixth African Head of State to join the Giants Club after signing the forum’s declaration, further strengthening Rwanda’s commitment to protect wildlife habitat while unlocking greater value from nature-based businesses. Read More also published in KT Press
 
The rising e-waste crisis is being reckoned with in Rwanda, one gadget at a time (CNN - Friday 26 February 2021) -- Rwanda is one of only 13 countries in Africa that have passed national legislation regarding e-waste regulation, according to the report. And it has led to the first official recycling and refurbishing facility in the country. Read more
 
Rwanda Is One of Few Countries to Manage and Regulate E-Waste on a National Level (Green Matters - Friday, 26 February 2021) -- As society becomes increasingly reliant on social media, instant gratification, and electronic devices, the e-waste crisis has continued to worsen. With newer and faster devices added to the market on a regular basis, people are more easily inclined to buy new ones while often improperly disposing of their old ones. Read More Also published in CNN
 
FEATURED: SOS Children's Villages Rwanda, DHL, partner to improve youth employability (The New Times - Friday, 26 February 2021) -- On February 25, SOS Children's Villages Rwanda and DHL Express Rwanda officially launched their collaboration to jointly implement the GOTEACH programme that aim at addressing youth employability problems in Rwanda. Read More
 
What motivates natural resource policymakers in Africa to take action on climate change? (Prevention Web - Thursday, 25 February 2021) -- Climate services are vital tools for decision makers addressing climate change in developing countries. Science-based seasonal forecasts and accompanying materials can support climate risk management in agriculture, health, water management, energy, and disaster risk reduction. Read More
 
Muhanga: Ikiraro kirekire mu Rwanda kije kurokora abagwaga mu masangano ya Nyagako (Kigali Today - Thursday, 25 February 2021) -- Abaturage b’Umurenge wa Muhanga mu Karere ka Muhanga baratangaza ko ikiraro cyo mu kirere gihuza utugari twa Kanyinya na Nyamirama kije kurokora abagwaga mu masangano ya Nyagako ahahurira imigezi ibiri yuzuraga igaheza bamwe hakurya, abagerageje kwambuka bakagwamo. Read More
 
Imvura y’igihembwe ni isanzwe uretse mu Mujyi wa Kigali, Iburasirazuba n’Amajyepfo (Imvaho Nshya - Thursday, 25 February 2021) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere, Meteo Rwanda, cyatangaje ko imvura y’itumba izagwa muri Werurwe, Mata na Gicurasi iri ku kigero cy’imvura isanzwe igwa mu Itumba, ariko ikaziyongeraho gato mu Mujyi wa Kigali, Intara y’Iburasirazuba no mu duce tumwe tw’Intara y’Amajyepfo muri Nyamagabe na Nyaruguru. Read More. Also published in Igihe
 
How Rwanda is leading e-waste recycling efforts in Africa (CNN - February 2021) -- As Africa grapples with the problem of imported electronic waste, Rwanda is one of the few countries with a comprehensive plan to deal with these gadgets. Watch Video
 
How Rwanda plans to tap into the economic potential of its wetlands (CNBC Africa - Thursday, 25 February 2021) -- Rwanda Environment Management Authority has unveiled a new $175 million project to ‘green’ the City of Kigali and the six secondary cities. The project seeks to rehabilitate and manage urban wetlands as part of the drive. Olivier Nsengimana, Founder of Umusambi Village joins CNBC Africa for more. Read More
 
Rwanda to exploit methane gas for cooking next year (The New Times - Thursday, 25 February 2021) -- Rwandans could start using locally produced cooking gas from Lake Kivu by the end of 2022 thanks to a project that seeks to process methane into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). CNG can be used as a substitute for petrol and diesel fuel as well as liquefied petroleum gas. Read More
 
Government to build houses for over 14,000 households displaced by disasters (Kigali Today - Thursday, 25 February 2021) -- Philippe Habinshuti, the Director for the Response and Recovery Unit at the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA), has disclosed that there is a plan to build decent houses for 14,051 households displaced by disasters. Read More. Also published in The New Times
 
Abadepite bemeje ishingiro ry’umushinga w’Itegeko rigenga ubutaka mu Rwanda (IGIHE - Wednesday, 24 February 2021) -- Inteko Rusange y’Umutwe w’Abadepite yemeje ishingiro ry’umushinga w’Itegeko rigenga ubutaka mu Rwanda, riteganya impinduka zirimo kuba imyaka y’ubukode burambye iziyongera ikaba 99 ivuye kuri 20 yatangwaga ku butaka bwagenewe guturamo cyangwa 30 ku butaka bwagenewe ibikorwa by’inganda. Read More
 
New law to address major issues in land management (The New Times - Wednesday, 24 February 2021) -- The new draft law governing land has proposed major changes aimed to solve the identified issues in land management and use, the Minister of Environment has said. Read More
 
Uruganda rw’Amazi rwa Kanzenze rwuzuye rutwaye miliyoni 63$ rugiye kuba igisubizo ku batuye Kigali na Bugesera (Igihe - Wednessday, 24 February 2021) -- Minisiteri y’Ibikorwa Remezo, MININFRA, yasuye ku mugaragaro umushinga w’Uruganda rw’Amazi rwa Kanzenze rwuzuye rutwaye miliyoni 63$, akabakaba miliyari 61 Frw; ruje ari igisubizo ku baturage baburaga amazi mu Mujyi wa Kigali no mu Karere ka Bugesera. Read More. Also published in The New Times and Kigali Today
 
Rwanda-Burundi irrigation, power project seeks $190 million in funding (The New Times - Tuesday, 23 February 2021) -- The Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat has announced that resources mobilization is ongoing to fund Akanyaru Multipurpose Water Resources Development project. Read More
 
Abaturiye ikiyaga cya Burera bifuza ko hongerwa ishoramari (Kigali Today - Tuesday, 23 February 2021) -- Abaturiye ikiyaga cya Burera, basaba ubuyobozi gushyiraho ingamba zihamye, zituma icyo kiyaga kirushaho kubungabungwa no kubyazwa umusaruro, kugira ngo kirusheho kuba mu biyaga bikurura ba mukerarugendo. Read More
 
Gakenke: Harakorwa imihanda ya Km 100 harimo n’izashyirwamo kaburimbo (Kigali Today - Tuesday, 23 February 2021) -- Abaturage bo mu Karere ka Gakenke barishimira ko mu gihe cya vuba bazaba batakivunwa n’ingendo no kubura uko bageza umusaruro wabo ku masoko, babikesha imihanda mishya imaze igihe gito itangiye gutunganywa. Read More 
 
Nyagatare gets multi-billion Franc boost for clean water, irrigation (The New Times - Tuesday, 23 February 2021) -- An estimated 300,000 people are set to have access to clean water, while 7,380 hectares of farmland are expected to be irrigated thanks to a multibillion project set to be implemented in Nyagatare District. Read More
 
Muhanga/Cyeza: Imvura yasenye ikiraro gihuza Imirenge 6 yangiza n’inzu z’abaturage (Umuseke - Tuesday, 23 February 2021) -- Imvura ivanze n’inkubi y’umuyaga yaguye ku mugoroba wo kuri uyu wa Mbere taliki ya 22 Gashyantare 2021 yasenye ikiraro gihuza Imirenge 6 inangiza inzu 6 z’abaturage. Read More
 
Inside new model to upgrade informal settlements (The New Times - Tuesday, 23 February 2021) -- The upgrading of Biryogo, Agatare, Kiyovu, and Rwampara informal settlements in Nyarugenge District is set to be replicated in other districts of Kigali city, officials have said. Read More 
 
Hagiye gutangizwa umushinga uzatunganya amazi n’umuriro uzabyarira inyungu u Burundi n’u Rwanda (IGIHE - Tuesday, 23 February 2021) -- Hagiye gutangizwa umushinga uzatunganya amazi n’umuriro bivuye mu mugezi w’Akanyaru, ku nkunga ya Banki Nyafurika itsura Amajyambere (BAD) n’umushinga wa NEPAD ushinzwe gutera inkunga ibikorwaremezo (IPPF), uteganyijwe kuzatwara miliyoni 190 z’amadolari. Read More
 

Hatangijwe ikigo kizafasha mu iterambere ry’ubuhinzi bw’u Rwanda hifashishijwe ikoranabuhanga (IGIHE - Monday, 22 February 2021) -- Ikigo cy’abanya-Nigeria gisanzwe gikorera muri Afurika y’uburengerazuba mu iterambere ry’ubuhinzi (Farmcrowdy), cyatangiye gukorera mu Rwanda, kigamije kuzamura umubare w’urubyiruko rukora ubuhinzi no gufasha abahinzi bato kugezwaho inyongeramusaruro hakoreshejwe murandasi na serivisi z’imari n’ubwishingizi. More Here

 
Nile Basin countries urged to rethink investment in water resource management (The New Times - Monday, 22 February 2021) -- Ministers in charge of environment protection in Nile Basin Initiative member states have called for more investments in integrated water resources management in the region. The call was made during Nile Day celebrations held on Monday. Read More
 
Sector Updates
 
Rwanda President Paul Kagame Joins Giants Club to boost investment in wildlife economy (Rwanda Development Board - Sunday, 28 February 2021) -- Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame became the sixth African Head of State to join the Giants Club when he signed the forum’s Declaration, further strengthening Rwanda’s commitment to protect wildlife habitat while unlocking greater value from nature-based businesses. Read More 
 
Livelihood Funds-ARCOS Network: A partnership aiming to build resilience to climate change and sustainable livelihoods in Rwanda’s smallholder farmers’ agrosystems (Arcos Network - Thursday, 25 February 2021) -- Since October 2020, the Albertine Rift Conservation Society, in partnership with the Livelihood Funds, is implementing a 20-year project ‘Agroforestry for Livelihoods’ aiming to plant 4 million trees and engage about 30 000 smallholder farmers who will be trained in sustainable agriculture land management (SALM) and small-scale enterprises business literacy and practice to improve their livelihoods. Read More 
 
Inside of our Resource Mobilization Strategy: Sectors that still require more funding (Rwanda Green Fund - Wednesday, 24 February 2021) -- It is now close to nine years since the Rwanda Green Fund-FONERWA was established with a mandate to mobilize the financial resources for green investments. The nine years have been of a great experience as the Fund has been trying to ensure it plays a vital role to the country’s resource mobilization efforts in collaboration with other Government counterparts. Read More 
 
Across Africa 
 
Saving Africa’s forgotten freshwater fish species (Business Daily - Thursday, 25 February 2021) -- Africa’s wealth of freshwater fish should be impossible to forget. Thousands of species swim through our rivers, lakes and wetlands and our cultures. Fishers across the continent haul in at least three million tonnes a year or a quarter of the world’s wild freshwater fish catch providing critical food for tens of millions of people and jobs for millions more. Read More
 
S. Sudan among countries most struck by extreme weather (The East African - Wednesday, 24 February 2021) -- South Sudan was among countries most impacted by extreme weather events in recent years according to the global Climate Risk Index 2021. The index ranks countries according to their vulnerability both in terms of fatalities and economic loss. Read More
 
Electric “anti-poaching” bush bike joins fight to protect African wildlife (The Driven - Tuesday, 23 February 2021) -- Swedish light electric motorcycle company, Cake, is lending its expertise to the important cause of anti-poaching, by teaming up with the Southern African Wildlife College to develop a sustainable and, crucially, quiet mode of transport for park rangers across Africa. Read More
 
Kenya emerges as leader on plastic pollution (Modern Diplomacy - Sunday, 20 February 2021) -- Kenya is emerging as a leader in the fight against plastic pollution and is among the first countries in East Africa to limit single-use plastics and sign the Clean Seas initiative to rid waterways of plastic waste. Read More
 
From Around the World
 

Electronic Waste – Our greatest threat (Recycling Magazine - Thursday, 25 February 2021) -- The United Nations has already warned that the current 53 million tonnes of e-waste generated every year will more than double by 2050 making it the fastest growing waste stream in the world. Read More

 
Climate Change ‘Biggest Threat Modern Humans Have Ever Faced’, World-Renowned Naturalist Tells Security Council, Calls for Greater Global Cooperation (Relief Web - Tuesday, 23 February 2021) -- Climate change is a “crisis multiplier” that has profound implications for international peace and stability, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council today, amid calls for deep partnerships within and beyond the United Nations system to blunt its acute effects on food security, natural resources and migration patterns fuelling tensions across countries and regions. Read More
 

Extinction: Freshwater fish in 'catastrophic' decline (BBC News - Tuesday, 23 February 2021) -- Conservation groups said 80 species were known to have gone extinct, 16 in the last year alone. Millions of people rely on freshwater fish for food and as a source of income through angling and the pet trade. But numbers have plummeted due to pressures including pollution, unsustainable fishing, and the damming and draining of rivers and wetlands. Read More

 
Electrical transmission lines have power to enhance habitat connectivity for wildlife (Science Daily - Monday, 22 February 2021) -- Converting the ground under electrical transmission towers into spaces for wildlife can enable fragmented populations to connect with one another, increasing local biodiversity and providing animals around the globe an important tool for adapting to climate change, a new study found. Read More
 
Twitter Highlights
 
1. REMA Rwanda @REMA_RwandaRwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) through the Forest Landscape Restoration in Amayaga Region #GreenAmayaga Project is distributing Improved Cook stoves to beneficiaries of the project in @Kamonyi to promote energy efficiency as one of the project components.
 
2. Rwanda Green Fund @GreenFundRwInside of our Resource Mobilization Strategy: Sectors that still require more funding. Click on the link to read the full story.
 
3. GGGI Rwanda @GGGI_Rwanda@gggi_hq's new "Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Strategy 2021-2025 " will elevate women & disadvantaged groups in GGGI’s #greengrowth development agenda.