Green Rwanda Media Review - 10 December 2019

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


  • The New Times reports on Rwanda Meteorology Agency's warning of more heavy rains.
  • The New Times reports on how Eastern Province wood processors are seeking to upgrade and support reforestation.
  • Igihe reports that more than 138,000 green jobs have been created by Rwanda Green Fund.
  • Seattle reports on how to save endangered gorillas.
  • The New Times reports on affordability vs sustainability; the dilemma of green growth.
  • View photos from Rwanda's delegation to the COP25 UN Climate Talks in Madrid, Spain.

Upcoming Events

  • 2-13 December: UN Climate Change Conference, Madrid, Spain
  • 10-13 December: Capacity Building training on groundwater, biodiversity assessment and mapping - hosted by UNESCO Nairobi and Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO, Huye, Rwanda
  • 12 December: Conference on the achievements in Climate Services for Climate-Resilient Agriculture in Rwanda hosted by Meteo Rwanda , Radisson Blu Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda
  • 12-13 December 2019: The Cross sectoral Task Force (CSTF) meeting on Forest Landscape Restoration and Sustainable Food and Agriculture, Rubavu, Rwanda
  • Ongoing/Upcoming: Land Week - hosted by RLMUA


Meteorology agency warns of more heavy rains (The New Times - Monday, 9 December 2019) -- Rwanda Meteorology Agency has warned that heavy rains could persist up to the end of December, a situation that requires all sectors to adapt to disaster effects that will come as a result. Read More

Eastern Province wood processors seek upgrade, forestation (The New Times - Sunday, 8 December 2019) -- The wood processing industry in Eastern Province is in a more peculiar situation than any other area in the country as local harvestable forests become scarce plus the rising cost of timber. Read More

Abarenga ibihumbi 138 bamaze guhabwa akazi mu mishinga yo kurengera ibidukikije mu Rwanda (Igihe - Saturday, 7 December 2019) -- Ikigega cy’u Rwanda cyita ku bidukikije (FONERWA) kigaragaza ko mu myaka hafi 10 kimaze gikorera mu gihugu cyagize uruhare mu guhanga akazi gashya aho abagahawe mu mishinga yakorewe hirya no hino, barenga ibihumbi 138. Read More

Ngororero-Muhanga: Nyabarongo yuzuye ihagarika urujya n’uruza (Umuseke - Friday, 6 December 2019) -- Imvura imaze iminsi igwa hirya no hino yatumye uruzi rwa Nyabarongo aho rugabanyiriza Akarere ka Ngororero n’aka Muhanga huzura amazi, imodoka zibura uko zambuka ziva mu karere kamwe zijya mu kandi. N’ubu imvura iracyagwa. Read More

Meteo Rwanda irasabwa arenga miliyoni 900 Frw mu gusimbuza ibikoresho bimaze imyaka 15 ( Igihe - Thursday, 5 December 2019) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu cy’Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere, Meteo Rwanda, kigaragaza ko nubwo hari byinshi kimaze kugeraho, kikibangamiwe n’ibikoresho bimwe bishaje kuko hari n’ibimaze imyaka 15 bigikoreshwa. Read More

Rwanda’s $4.5 Billion Green City Pioneers Africa's Green Revolution (Ventures Africa - Thursday, 5 December 2019) -- Africa’s first Green City worth $4.5 billion is set to launch in Rwanda with the development of the project starting in January 2020. The city has been sited on a land area of about 620 hectares in Kinyinya, Gasabo District in Kigali. Read More

Now Home to the Big 5 Rwanda’s Akagera an African Success Story (Travel Sa People - Thursday, 5 December 2019) -- The news was hardly reported, but earlier this year five zoo-born black rhino were moved from Europe to Rwanda, where they joined 18 translocated from South Africa. It was the latest move to turn Akagera – and with it, tourist Rwanda – into a place very different from what it was even a decade ago. Read More

Musanze: Imvura idasanzwe yarituye umusozi wasenye amazu 13 yo mu mirenge 2 (Umuryango - Thursday, 5 November 2019) -- Abaturage bo muri iyi mirenge bavuga ko uwo musozi waridutse mu gicuku saa saba, barara bahagaze, gusa ku bw’ amahirwe nta muturage wahasize ubuzima nubwo hasenyutse amazu 13. Read More

Nyanza: Imiryango yasenyewe n’ibiza by’imvura idasanzwe yatangiye kugobokwa (Igihe - Wednesday, 4 November 2019) -- Imiryango 113 yo mu Karere ka Nyanza yasenyewe n’imvura idasanzwe ivanze n’umuyaga imaze iminsi igwa mu bice bitandukanye by’igihugu yatangiye guhabwa amabati yo gusakaza, ibikoresho bitandukanye byo mu nzu n’ibiribwa. Read More

How do you save endangered gorillas? With lots of human help (Seattle - Tuesday, 3 December 2019) -- KINIGI, Rwanda (AP) — Deep in the rainforest of Volcanoes National Park, a 23-year-old female gorilla named Kurudi feeds on a stand of wild celery. She bends the green stalks and, with long careful fingers, peels off the exterior skin to expose the succulent inside. Read More. Also published in The Washington Post

Affordability vs sustainability; the dilemma of green growth (The New Times - Sunday, 1 December 2019) -- Paulin Ruzibiza, a Civil Engineer and Managing Director at the Kigali Private and Consulting Company which carries out feasibility studies and project designs among other things — has been involved in major project designs for some roads around the city of Kigali. Read More


Sector Updates

Photos: Green Rwanda Delegation at COP25 (Rwanda Green Fund Flickr - Monday, 9 December 2019) -- A delegation from Rwanda is attending the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change taking place in Madrid, Spain. The delegation is led by Minister of Environment, Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya and includes representatives from government, the private sector, civil society and young Rwandans. View photos

Ibyakozwe mu Gukumira Ingaruka z'Ibiza mu bice Bikikije Icyanya cya Gishwati - Mukura (REMA YouTube - Monday, 9 December 2019) -- Watch Video

Capacity Building for officials commences on the Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System and Templates (Global Green Growth Institute - Friday, 6 December 2019) -- 5 December 2019, Kigali, Rwanda: GGGI with partner Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) initiated the capacity building program to the government officials on the approved Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System and the recently developed excel-based green building minimum compliance templates. Read More

New Times Opinion Piece : Public spaces and public art, New York City and Kigali (Global Green Growth Institute - Friday, 6 December 2019) -- KIGALI – Architects, urban designers, artists and allies in Kigali recently hosted Justin Garrett Moore, Executive Director of New York Public Design Commission [IG1], and discussed public spaces and public art with him. Read More

Highlights: Monthly community service (Umuganda) of November 2019 in Karenge Sector (Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority - Friday, 6 December 2019) -- Monthly community work (Umuganda) highlights for November 2019 in Karenge Sector, Rwamagana District planting trees on a 150 hectare site. Watch Video Let us put children at the forefront of tree planting efforts, urges Dr. Mujawamariya (Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority - Thursday, 5 December 2019) -- The monthly community work ‘ Umuganda’ in Karenge Sector, Rwamagana District has seen children take part in tree planting exercise. Read More

Photos: Ongoing Forest Season: Minister Mujawamariya joined residents of Rwamagana District to plant trees (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Saturday, 30 November 2019) -- View Photos


Across Africa

Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century (The Guardian - Saturday, 7 December 2019) -- One of southern Africa’s biggest tourist attractions has seen an unprecedented decline this dry season, fuelling climate change fears. Read More

W’African countries present scorecard on climate change (Daily Trust - Wednesday, 4 December 2019) -- Climate change has adversely affected lives and economic activities in the West Africa region. The 2019 second ordinary session of the ECOWAS Parliament allowed lawmakers from the countries to present their scorecard on efforts in mitigating the global menace. Read More

Floods in Kenya now becoming more dangerous than terrorism (Daily Nation - Wednesday, 4 December 2019) -- After years when drought threatened Kenya’s economic future, and imperilled many communities, the story has changed. Read More

Poor shipping environment: Nigeria, other African countries ranked low by UN (Vanguard - Wednesday, 4 December 2019) -- DESPITE Federal Government’s efforts in the fight against maritime environmental degradation and hazards, Nigeria is ranked among countries with the lowest scores on ships that have poor environmental indicator. Read More

“One Million Bin Project” needs our support (Ghanaian Times - Wednesday, 4 December 2019) -- Health experts and researchers have concluded that poor sanitation practices pollute the environment and exact unwarranted toll on health, productivity and human life, hence the increasing global call for the maintenance of acceptable sanitation standards in all communities. Read More

Pre-Festive Clean Up Campaign to encourage responsible and environmentally conscious actions (Government of Mauritius - Tuesday, 3 December 2019) -- A Pre-Festive Clean Up Campaign will be launched on Thursday 5 December 2019, announced, this morning, the Minister of Environment, Solid Waste Management and Climate Change, Mr Kavydass Ramano, during a press conference held at Caudan Arts Centre in Port-Louis. Read More


From Around the World

Oceans losing oxygen at unprecedented rate, experts warn (The Guardian - Saturday, 7 December 2019) -- Oxygen in the oceans is being lost at an unprecedented rate, with “dead zones” proliferating and hundreds more areas showing oxygen dangerously depleted, as a result of the climate emergency and intensive farming, experts have warned. Read More

Japan tops Global Climate Risk Index as extreme heat hits countries both rich and poor (The Japan Times - Thursday, 5 December 2019) -- MADRID – Japan was ranked at the top of a list of countries most affected by extreme weather as climate change takes a heavier toll on nations, both rich and poor, according to an annual ranking that measures the damage done by extreme weather to human life and economies. Read More

Don't pursue economic growth at expense of environment - report (The Guardian - Wednesday, 4 December 2019) -- Pursuing economic growth at the expense of the environment is no longer an option as Europe faces “unprecedented” challenges from climate chaos, pollution, biodiversity loss and the overconsumption of natural resources, according to a report from Europe’s environmental watchdog. Read More

The huge potential of agriculture to slow climate change (UN Environment - Wednesday, 4 December 2019) -- “Through multiple agricultural practices, we could help store vast amounts of atmospheric carbon in the soil, while at the same time regenerating soil fertility, plant health and whole ecosystems. Read More

Earth's temperature likely marks hottest decade on record - report (Reuters - Tuesday, 3 December 2019) -- The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, weather experts warned on Tuesday, painting a bleak picture of vanishing sea ice, devastating heatwaves and encroaching seas in a report launched at a climate summit in Spain. Read More