Green Rwanda Media Review - 10 April 2019

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


  • The New Times reports that wood production firm has invested Rwf 4 bn in Rwandan operations.
  • Down to Earth reports that Rwanda's gorillas have figured out where to find their sodium fix.
  • KT Press reports that experts warned that floods could turn Rwanda dry.
  • The New Times reports that Nyabarongo hydro power plant is to cost $214 million.
  • Umuseke reports about the heavy rain in Gakenke that destroyed houses and GS Rusororo.

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35 Local Birding Guides Complete Three Week Course In Modern Birding Techniques (Taarifa - Saturday, 6 April 2019) -- The bird watching experience in Rwanda is set to improve after 35 local birding guides completed a 19-day training exercise today. Read More

Game of Thrones star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Nikolaj Coster-Waldau visits Rwanda 25 years after genocide against the Tutsi (United Nations Development Program - Friday, 5 April 2019) -- New York – As the world braces for the surprising twists and turns of the highly anticipated final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which will air on April 14, the show’s star and United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador Nikolaj Coster-Waldau had an unexpected revelation of his own. Coster-Waldau traveled to Rwanda in mid-March, where he was taken by surprise by what he saw. Read More

Gakenke: Imvura irimo umuyaga yasenye inzu harimo na GS Rusoro (Umuseke - Thursday, 4 April 2019) -- Kuri uyu wa Kane ku gicamunsi imvura nyinshi yamaze iminota 45 yasenye inzu nyinshi mu murenge wa Muzo mu karere ka Gakenke. Yasenye kandi urwunge rw’amashuri rwa Rusoro. Read More

Wood production firm invests Rwf4bn in Rwandan operations (The New Times - Thursday, 4 April 2019) -- Sawmill East Africa Ltd, involved in the production of high-quality wood for carpenters and construction companies, says they have since invested about Rwf4 billion in Rwanda. Read More

Nyarugenge: Hatangijwe ubukangurambaga ku kuvana imyanda mu ngo (Imvaho Nshya - Thursday, 4 April 2019) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Umurenge wa Rwezamenyo mu Karere ka Nyarugenge mu Mujyi wa Kigali bufatanyije na kampani itwara imyanda yo mu ngo AGRUNI, batangije ubukangurambaga bw’isuku mu gutwara imyanda yo mu ngo. Read More

Rwanda's gorillas have figured out where to find their sodium fix. But it's dangerous (Down To Earth - Thursday, 4 April 2019) -- Mountain Gorilla conservation in Rwanda is a great success story. A number of extreme conservation measures – like daily monitoring and protection, veterinary interventions and controlled ecotourism – have enabled the population to bounce back after a precarious low in the 1960s and 1970s that was brought about by habitat destruction and poaching. Read More

Gorillas gather around and groom their dead (Physorg - Thursday, 4 April 2019) -- It is now known that many animals exhibit unique behaviors around same-species corpses, ranging from removal of the bodies and burial among social insects to quiet attendance and caregiving among elephants and primates. Researchers in Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo have been able to take a close look at the behavioral responses to the deaths of three individuals—both known and unknown—in gorillas and have reported their findings in PeerJ—the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences. Read More

Nyabarongo hydro power plant to cost $214 million (The New Times - Thursday, 4 April 2019) -- Rwanda’s efforts to achieve universal access to electricity by 2024 have received a boost after a deal that will see China’s SynoHydro build the Nyabarongo-II Hydropower Plant Read More Nigerian billionaire eyeing Rwandan and regional mining sector (The New Times - Tuesday, 2 April 2019) -- Nigerian business mogul Abdoul Samad Rabiu is studying the Rwandan and regional mining sector for viable opportunities. Read More

Rwanda’s Cultural Tourism Week returns for 7th edition (Chwezi Traveller - Saturday, 30 March 2019) -- Rwanda’s annual Cultural Tourism Week, which takes place at the Red Rocks Cultural Centre in Musanze, north of the country, is back is back for its seventh edition. Read More Experts Warn Floods Could Turn Rwanda Dry (KT Press - Monday, 25 March 2019) -- Experts on water sources have warned that temporary floods that have been experienced in Rwanda especially during rain season could eventually turn the country into a total desert. Read More


Across Africa

Reprieve as court suspends ban on non-woven bags (The Star - Thursday, 4 April 2019) -- The High Court has suspended the ban on non-woven shopping bags until a petition filed by the Importers and Small Traders Association is determined. Read More

Mozambique: Cyclone Idai & Floods Situation Report No. 2 (as of 3 April 2019) (Relief Web - Wednesday, 3 April 2019) -- This Situation Report is produced by OCHA Regional Office for Southern and Eastern Africa in collaboration with humanitarian partners. The Situation Report builds on Flash Updates #1 through #15 and provides more detailed information on the situation and response by sector. The next report will be issued on 4 April 2019. Read More

Red Sea to ban using single-use plastic starting June: HEPCA (Egypt Today - Tuesday, 2 April 2019) -- CAIRO - 2 April 2019: Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) said that Red Sea Governor Ahmed Abdullah announced banning the use of single-use plastic starting June 1st, due to its serious environmental damages. Read More


From Around the World

“Cool Coalition” comes together to save lives, energy and trillions for the global economy (UN Environment - Thursday, 4 April 2019) -- As global temperatures rise and the growing energy demands of air conditioning threaten to emit more greenhouse gases, over 20 leaders today committed to a new global effort on clean and efficient cooling, which can make a huge positive impact on climate change, help achieve sustainable development and save money. Read More

Canada warming at twice the global rate, climate report finds (The Guardian - Tuesday, 2 April 2019) -- Report by Environment and Climate Change Canada suggests the majority of warming is the result of burning fossil fuels. Read More

March was Australia's hottest on record, with temperatures 2C above average (The Guardian - Tuesday, 2 April 2019) -- Hot weather came after sweltering summer and unusually dry season in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Read More


Sector Updates

Minister Biruta receives Roger Lewentz, German Politician (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday, 8 April 2019) -- View photos of the visit of the German Politician, Roger Lewentz at the Ministry of Environment. View Photos

Citizens Participate in the Design process for Green and Public Space in Nyagatare (Green Growth Institute - Monday, 8 April 2019) -- Cities are considered to a critical role to play in transitioning from resource inefficient patterns of growth and increasing access to services, and in so doing, supporting the transition to green growth. The Global Green Growth Value Chain sets out a green growth planning and implementation approach from initial Diagnosis, Green Impact Assessment through Sector / Sub-Sector Strategy and Planning, and Project Design and Financing. Read More

Rwanda Urban sector to establish a Center of Excellence for Green Urbanization (Green Growth Institute - Friday, 5 April 2019) -- On 28th March 2019 a consultation for stakeholders in the Urbanization and Built Environment sector was held to discuss the establishment of the Center of Excellence for Green Urbanization, at Lemigo Hotel in Kigali. Read More