Green Rwanda Media Review - 10 February 2020

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


  • The BBC and other outlets report about the death of four rare mountain gorillas in Uganda by lightning strike.
  • The New Times reports that 19 people have lost their lives due to heavy rain.
  • The New Times reports about two Rwandan entities named among Africa’s top 10 clean energy innovators.
  • Watch CNBC on the economic value of wetland conservation.
  • The New Times reports that mining firms will be operating under tougher terms.
  • The New Times reports that food security may be impacted by heavy rain.

Upcoming Events

  • 8-14 February: World Urban Forum, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Rwanda Green Fund & Green City Kigali represented)
  • 10-11 February: International Conference on Waste Management, Recycling and Environment, Barcelona, Spain
  • 12 February: Press Conference on enforcement of Single Use Plastic Law, REMA Offices, Kigali - hosted by the Ministry of Environment
  • 15-22 February: Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, Gandhinagar, India
  • 20-21 February: International Conference on Solid Waste, Paris, France
  • 23-28 February: World Biodiversity Forum Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland
  • 24-28 February: 52nd Session of the IPCC, Paris, Ile-De-France, France
  • 27-28 February: International Conference on Climatology and Meteorology, Sydney, Australia
  • 20-24 April: Africa Climate Week, Kampala Uganda


Four rare mountain gorillas 'die in Uganda lightning strike' (BBC - Saturday, 8 February 2020) -- The three adult females and a male infant were found in Uganda's Mgahinga National Park with "gross lesions" on their bodies indicating electrocution. Read More. Also published in Igihe and The Guardian

Heavy rains: Death toll rises to 19 (The New Times - Wednesday, 5 February 2020) -- The number of confirmed deaths from torrential rains across the country since Sunday has risen to 19 after authorities initially put the number at 13 on Sunday, February 2. Read More. Also published in Igihe and Washington Post

Mining firms get licenses under tougher terms (The New Times - Wednesday, 5 February 2020) -- Mining firms that were last week given new licenses will be operating under tougher terms especially related to environment protection, use of modern equipment, and miners’ safety, Richard Niyongabo, Director of Mining Cadastre and Licensing Unit at Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board has told The New Times. Read More

Two Rwandan entities named among Africa’s top 10 clean energy innovators (The New Times - Wednesday, 5 February 2020) -- The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) and Ampersand have been listed among Africa’s most promising climate and clean energy innovators lined up for the 2020 Ashden Awards. Read More

Over 40% of Rwanda’s wetlands ‘lost their pristine nature (The New Times - Tuesday, 4 February 2020) -- A new survey has found that integrity status of Rwanda’s wetlands and their biodiversity is at about 60 per cent meaning that over 40 per cent have lost their quality due to encroachment. Read More

ARCOS on the economic value of wetland conservation (CNBC Africa - Tuesday, 4 February 2020) -- When Rwanda celebrated the World Wetlands Day recently, CNBC Africa spoke to Dr. Sam Kanyamibwa, Executive Director of Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) to understand the economic values of wetlands as well as the state of conservation in the Great Lakes region. Watch Video

Food security threatened by heavy rains (The New Times - Tuesday, 4 February 2020) -- The ongoing heavy downpour may jeopardise food security in the coming months and keep inflation on the rise. Currently, farmers are in a post-harvest season which, according to analysts, will be a tough moment. Read More

Gasabo-Remera: Ruhurura irabasenyera inzu, ubuyobozi bukabasaba kubufasha kuyisana (Umuseke - Tuesday, 4 February 2020) -- Abaturage bo mu mudugudu wa Marembo I, Akagari ka Nyabisindu, Umurenge wa Remera mu karere ka Gasabo babwiye Umuseke ko babangamiwe n’amazi yanduye ava muri Hotel SportsView, muri Stade Amahoro na muri Kigali Arena amanuka ari mensi akaba yarasenye ruhurura k’uburyo n’inzu zabo ziri hafi kugwa. Read More

Abaturage mu Rugunga/Nyarugenge bashyizwe ku gasozi n’imvura (Flash Rwanda - Tuesday, 4 February 2020) -- Abaturage batuye mu mudugudu wa Rugunga akagari ka Kiyovu mu Karere ka Nyarugenge baravuga ko batazi aho baribwerekeze nyuma yo gusenyerwa n’imvura yaguye mu ijoro ryakeye ryo ku cyumweru. Read More

Meteo Rwanda yemeje ko u Rwanda rwagushije imvura nyinshi cyane ugereranyije n’imyaka myinshi ishize (Igihe - Monday, 3 February 2020) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere, Meteo Rwanda, cyatangaje ko kuva tariki ya 21 kugeza tariki ya 31 Mutarama 2020, ahenshi mu gihugu habonetse imvura nyinshi cyane ugereranyije n’isanzwe igwa muri ayo matariki mu gihe cy’imyaka myinshi. Read More


Across Africa

Africa Must Wake Up To Climate Change—Eco-Worrior (Modern Ghana - Wednesday, 5 January 2020) -- Mr. Otuo-Akyampong Boakye, the President of Eco Warriors Movement a non-governmental organization says that's, “fight to the sustainability of the environment will ensure health safety and protect the country economic coffers. Read More

Green Climate Fund Secretariat Visits Local Conservancies (Namibia Economist - Tuesday, 4 February 2020) -- Members of the Green Climate Fund Secretariat recently came to Namibia and paid visits to some conservancies including Sorris Sorris Conservancy, !Khoro !Goreb Conservancy, ǂKhoadi ||Hoas Conservancy and Ehirovipuka Conservancy. Read More

Trees in South Africa are under attack. Why it’s proving hard to manage (The Conversation - Tuesday, 4 February 2020) -- More than two years have passed since the detection of what is arguably the most damaging tree pest ever to arrive in South Africa: the polyphagous shot hole borer (Euwallacea fornicatus). The beetle kills trees and there are no proven remedies. Read More

Using green technology to improve water quality in Kenya’s Mtwapa Creek (UN Environment - Monday, 3 February 2020) -- “The smell alone when you cross the bridge tells you something’s wrong,” says Renison Ruwa, deputy director of the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute. Read More

Greta Thunberg puts Africa's climate activists in media spotlight (AFP - Monday, 3 February 2020) -- After a racism debate in Davos on the invisibility of African climate activists, Greta Thunberg held a press conference Friday with fellow eco warriors from Kenya, Uganda and South Africa to stress the importance of their voices. Read More


From Around the World

Fires and floods: maps of Europe predict scale of climate catastrophe (The Guardian - Monday, 10 February 2020) -- A series of detailed maps have laid bare the scale of possible forest fires, floods, droughts and deluges that Europe could face by the end of the century without urgent action to adapt to and confront global heating. Read More

All plastic ever produced still exists in the environment: Report (Wion - Thursday, 6 February 2020) -- If all countries were to aggressively tighten regulations relating to plastic use, it would still be really hard to recycle 50 per cent of all of the plastic waste in 10 years time. A report by Jefferies Financial Group Inc recently shed light on the ghastly reality of plastic recycling. Read More

Global heating a serious threat to the world's climate refuges, study finds (The Guardian - Tuesday, 4 January 2020) -- Biodiversity hotspots that have given species a safe haven from changing climates for millions of years will come under threat from human-driven global heating, a new study has found. Read More

The Environmental Burden of Generation Z (The Washington Post - Monday, 3 January 2020) -- The teenagers pour off buses near Denver’s Union Station under a baking September sun. Giggling with excitement at skipping out on Friday classes, they join a host of others assembled near the terminal. Read More