Green Rwanda Media Review - 1 October 2018

Summary

  • Rwanda Green Fund shares that it has won the top UN award for climate action.
  • The New Times reports that Rwanda has partnered with Yale University to advance environmental conservation.
  • Umuseke reports that students would like environmental conservation to be part of their curriculum.
  • The New Times reports about the Regional Auditor Generals' meeting in Kigali on pollution.
  • Rwanda Inspirer reports that environmental experts are calling for fundable projects to adapt to climate change in Africa.

 

Upcoming Events 

9 October: Green Drinks - Year of the Bird, Impact Hub, Kiyovu

27 October: Rwanda's 2018/19 Tree Planting Season and Celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of Tree Planting Day

30 October: Green Drinks - Smokeless Rwanda

5 November: World Tsunami Awareness Day

6 November: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflicts

15 November: World Clean Air Day

26-30 November 2018: Africa Green Growth Forum, Kigali, Rwanda

27 November: Green Drinks - Green Buildings and Design

 

Rwanda

Minister Tumushime calls for increased agroforestry (The New Times - Sunday, 30 September 2018) -- The Minister for Lands and Forestry, Francine Tumushime, has emphasised the need for agroforestry practices in farming communities as the push for integrated and sustainable land-use systems to restore degraded landscape gain momentum. Read More

Fonerwa wins top UN award for climate action (The New Times - Saturday, 29 September 2018) -- Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) on Friday received the United Nations 2018 Momentum for Change Award for its outstanding contribution to addressing climate change. Read More

Rwanda partners with Yale University to advance environmental conservation (The New Times - Friday, 28 September 2018) -- The Government of Rwanda and Yale University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster greater cooperation and collaboration in the areas of education and research in sustainable development and environmental protection and conservation. Read More

Umuhanga mu bidukikije yasabye u Rwanda kubibungabunga mu buryo burambye (Umuseke - Friday, 28 September 2018) -- Umwe mu bamaze iminsi ine bahugura abahanga baturutse mu bihugu by’Africa bivuga Icyongereza bari mu Rwanda ngo bige uko bakora imishinga yatuma ibihugu byabo bihabwa amafaranga yo kwita ku bidukikiye witwa Moreen Nnyulwa asanga u Rwanda rukora byiza mu kubungabunga ibidukikije. Ariko ngo bubake ibizaramba. Read More

Industries should brace for the ban of single-use plastics (The New Times - Friday, 28 September 2018) -- Every year, 13 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean, accounting for 50 per cent of marine litter. It is estimated that over one million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by ingesting plastics every year. Read More

BRD secures $20m to fund renewable energy projects (The New Times - Thursday, 27 September 2018) -- The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has signed a $20 million (Rwf17.6 billion) guarantee with Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) to support renewable energy businesses. Read More

Hakozwe inyigo yitezweho guca burundu imibu itera indwara (Igihe - Thursday, 27 September 2018) -- Abahanga mu by’ubumenyi bo mu Bwongereza, bakomeje ubushakashatsi bugamije kureba uko baca burundu ubwoko bwose bw’imibu ishobora gutera indwara zirimo Malaria. Read More

‘Mutware’, inzovu yamamaye muri Pariki y’Akagera yarapfuye (Igihe - Thursday, 27 September 2018) -- Pariki y’Akagera yatangaje ko muri uku kwezi kwa Nzeri, imwe mu nzovu zanditse amateka mu Rwanda yitwa Mutware yapfuye izize izabukuru. Read More

How businesses, community can benefit from climate friendly cooling equipment (Rwanda Inspirer - Thursday, 27 September 2018) -- The importers of alternatives to global warming gases and cooling equipment said that the initiative of phasing out the gases benefit both of them and users of cooling equipment. Read More

Government ban fishing activities in Musanze waters (The New Times - Thursday, 27 September 2018) -- Authorities in Musanze District have suspended fishing activities on the different water bodies in the area where fish was mysteriously killed last week, as investigations continue to ascertain what killed the fish. Read More

Abanyeshuri barashaka ko mu byo biga hongerwamo kurengera ibidukikije (Umuseke - Wednesday, 26 September 2018) -- Mu marushanwa yo kujya impaka ku bijyanye no kwita ku bidukikije, abanyeshuri bagaragaje ko mu masomo biga hakenewemo n’ayo kwita ku bidukikije ngo byabafasha kujya basobanurira ababyeyi akamaro ko kubana neza n’ibidukikije. Ishuri rya Notre Dame De Cîteaux ni ryo ryatsinze amarushanwa ku mpaka zivuga kuri iyo ngingo. Read More

Minister Biruta makes case for climate financing (The New Times - Wednesday, 26 September 2018) -- For the world to sustainably tackle climate change and its subsequent effects, there is need to catalyse more private capital investment in climate change mitigation initiatives, Environment Minister Vincent Biruta has said. Read More

Regional Auditor Generals meet in Kigali to discuss pollution (The New Times - Tuesday, 25 September 2018) -- Representatives of African public audit authorities are set to convene in Kigali for the next two days to discuss how governments can better manage the challenge of pollution with waste management. Read More

Bugesera women turn undesirable water hyacinth into a goldmine (The New Times - Tuesday, 25 September 2018) -- Every community that lives around any water body shudders at the sight of the water hyacinth floating on the waters. Read More

Rusizi itumurikira tuyirinde abayitesha uburanga (Igihe - Tuesday, 25 September 2018) -- Iyo bavuze Rusizi tubona Akarere, tukazirikana Rusizi I na Rusizi II hari ingomero zibyazwa amashanyarazi u Rwanda rusangiye na Repubulika Iharanira Demokarasi ya Congo (RDC) n’u Burundi. Read More

Impamvu zatuma amazi ahinduka icyatsi, amafi menshi agapfa bitunguranye (Igihe - Tuesday, 25 September 2018) -- Abahanga bagaragaza ko amafi ari ibinyabuzima bigirwaho ingaruka n’ihindagurika ry’ikirere, by’umwihariko iyo umwuka mwiza ubaye muke mu mazi bishobora gutuma apfa ku bwinshi. Read More

Environmental experts call for fundable projects to adapt to climate change in Africa (Rwanda Inspirer - Tuesday, 25 September 2018) -- Experts from UN environment and UNDP have started building capacity for climate change adaptation financing in African developing countries. Read More

Ifoto yafotowe na Ndegeya yaje mu zatsinze irushanwa ry’Umuryango ushinzwe Iteganyagihe ku Isi (Igihe - Tuesday, 25 September 2018) -- Ifoto y’ikiraro cyubatse mu kirere muri Pariki ya Nyungwe yafashwe na Cyril Ndegeya usanzwe afata amafoto mu buryo bw’umwuga, yaje muri 13 yatsinze irushanwa ryateguwe n’Umuryango ushinzwe Iteganyagihe ku Isi, WMO. Read More

 

Across Africa

Kenya: Met Issues Heavy-Rain and Flashflood Alert in Coast (All Africa - Wednesday, 26 September 2018) -- Coast residents have been warned to be on high alert following expected heavy rains in the region. Read More

Tanzania: Editorial - Let's Put More Effort Into Tackling Climate Change (All Africa - Wednesday, 26 September 2018) -- Climate change continues to cause suffering across the globe. Too much rain causing floods, lack of rainfall leading to drought and very high or very low temperatures are some of the adverse effects of climate change. Read More

 

From Around the World 

Winners of 2018 UN Climate Action Award Announced (United Nations Climate Change - Thursday, 27 September 2018) -- The United Nations Climate Change Secretariat announced today the 15 recipients of the 2018 UN ‘Momentum for Change’ climate action award. Read More

Nations commit to fight plastic pollution together during the UN General Assembly (UN Environment - Thursday, 27 September 2018) -- To launch the UN Environment's Global Plastics Platform, UN Environment and the European Commission hosted an event alongside the UN General Assembly. Read More

World 'nowhere near on track' to avoid warming beyond 1.5C target (The Guardian - Thursday, 27 September 2018) -- Key UN report says limiting temperature rise would require enormous, immediate transformation in human activity. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Rwanda Green Fund wins top UN award for climate action (FONERWA - Friday, 28 September 2018) -- The Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) has received the United Nations 2018 Momentum for Change Award for its outstanding contribution to addressing climate change. The fund was selected for the award in the category of Financing For Climate Friendly Investment. Every year, the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, which leads the Momentum for Change awards, celebrates initiatives that are advancing climate resilience and the Sustainable Development Goals. Read More

Remarks by Minister Biruta at Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance Strategic Session (Ministry of Environment - Friday, 28 September 2018) -- It is a pleasure to be back with you for this year’s Lab Endorsement Meeting and to join this session on how we can work together to make The Lab even more impactful in the future. Read More

2018 Momentum for Change Awards Announcement (Rwanda Green Fund Flickr - Friday, 28 September 2018) -- The Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) has been awarded the United Nations 2018 Momentum for Change Award for its outstanding contribution to addressing climate change. The fund will receive the award in the category of Financing For Climate Friendly Investment. Every year, the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, which leads the Momentum for Change awards, celebrates initiatives that are advancing climate resilience and the Sustainable Development Goals. View Photos

Innovation Lab for Climate Finance Endorsement Meeting and Strategy Session | New York, USA (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Thursday, 27 September 2018) -- The Lab Endorsement Meeting convenes Lab Principals, Advisors, and Panel Members to discuss the designs, implementation pathways, and potential impacts of the nine instruments developed in the 2017/2018 Lab cycle, all of which hold significant potential to mobilize private finance for sustainable development in target markets. View Photos

Public Lecture by Minister Biruta at Yale University (Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 27 September 2018) -- It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to share some of my country’s experience in responding to climate change, and to tell you about how the world came together in Kigali to take the single most impactful action to limit the warming of our planet. Read More

Remarks by Minister Biruta at Financing Sustainable Landscapes Discussion in New York (Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 27 September 2018) -- I am pleased to join such a distinguished group of representatives from around the world for tonight’s important gathering. I would like to pass on the warm regards of President Paul Kagame who had wished to be here, but unfortunately could not join us due to prior commitments. Read More

Remarks by Minister Biruta at African Adaptation Initiative Workshop in New York (Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 27 September 2018) -- On behalf of the Government of Rwanda, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo, and I are pleased to join you today. We wish to extend our thanks to the African Union, the Government of the Gabonese Republic and UNDP for their leadership in organising this important event. Read More

Financing Sustainable Landscapes: Global Challenges and Opportunities - UN Environment Event, New York (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 26 September 2018) -- A delegation from Rwanda including the Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta, CEO of the Rwanda Green Fund, Hubert Ruzibiza, and Acting Director of the Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management, Beth Kaplin, visited Yale University to meet with staff and students and to sign a partnership agreement. View Photos

Green Buildings to complement Sustainable Urbanization of Rwanda (Global Green Growth Institute - Wednesday, 26 September 2018) -- According to UN Environment, buildings accounted for 30% of global final energy consumption and 28% of global CO2 emissions in 2015. According to UN-Habitat in Africa, energy used in buildings is an estimated 56% of the total national electricity consumption. Over 70% of this energy is consumed in cities. In some cases, more than 50% of the national energy is used in the capital city alone. It is also interesting to note that 75% of the building stock in developing countries in Africa and Asia will be built between 2010 and 2060. Read More