Green Rwanda Media Review - 10 June 2019

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

Summary

  • The New Times reports that agriculture contributes 70% of greenhouse gas emissions in Rwanda.
  • CNBC Africa reports about Rwanda's National Environment Week.
  • The New Times reports that the private sector has been called on to diversify investment in environmentally conscious fuels.
  • Xhinua reports that Rwandans were urged to adopt clean alternative sources of energy on World Environment Day.
  • View photos of the World Environment Day 2019 celebration in Rwanda.

Upcoming Events

3-14 June: Land Week in Gasabo District at ULK Stadium, Gisozi (7am-5pm)

8-14 June: National Geographic Explorers Festival, Washington DC

12 June: Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony Press Conference, KCEV

12 June: Plenary Session on Single-Use Plastics, Parliament of Rwanda

11-14 June: 2019 Global NDC Conference, Berlin, Germany

17-19 June: Africa Regional Ministerial Conference on Green Economy, Cairo, Egypt

17-19 June: Rwanda Cooling Initiative – Strategic Review and Planning Mission, Kigali

17 June: 2019 World Day to Combat Desertification Ankara, Turkey (also worldwide)

18-20 June: Sustainable Energy For All Charrettes, Amsterdam, Netherlands

30 June-1 July: UNSG Climate Summit Abu Dhabi Preparatory Meeting

End of June: Regional Meeting of TRAFFIC Central Africa

Rwanda

Over three million suffer from respiratory diseases annually – report (The New Times - Sunday, 9 June 2019) -- Every year, more than three million Rwandans suffer from respiratory problems of which 13 per cent is caused by air pollution, the Ministry of Health has said. Read More

Illegal fishing sees decline in fish stocks at Lake Kivu (Rwanda Today - Sunday, 9 June 2019) -- Fish farmers have raised the alarm over declining fish stock in Lake Kivu due to illegal and unsustainable fishing practices, which are also pushing up prices. Read More

Senators call for more funding for climate change adaptation (The New Times - Saturday, 8 June 2019) -- There should be more funding towards adaptation to climate change, to mitigate impact on the economy, particularly poverty eradication efforts. Read More

Rwanda earmarks $39mn for flood protection (CNBC Africa - Friday, 7 June 2019) -- Next month Rwanda will see the beginning of a $39 million project designed to control frequent floods in 4 districts that have proven to be highly prone to floods. Francois Tetero from the Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority joins CNBC Africa for more. Watch Video

Top emitters of greenhouse gases in Rwanda named (The New Times - Friday, 7 June 2019) -- While Rwanda is still classified as a sink – and not an emitter – country, a new report has named sectors that produce more emissions in the country, with agriculture topping the list at 70.42 per cent of the total emissions produced locally. Read More

MININFRA yatangiye gukumira amazi ya Nyabarongo yahagarikaga urujya n’uruza (Umuseke - Friday, 7 June 2019) -- Minisiteri y’Ibikorwaremezo ivuga hatangiye imirimo hafi y’Ikiraro cya Nyabarongo igamije gukumira amazi ku buryo atazongera guhagarika urujya n’uruza rw’abantu bakoreshaga uyu muhanda. Ni imirimo iri kubera ku gice cy’Akarere ka Kamonyi mu Ntara y’Amajyepfo. Read More

Video: AGROPLAST Turns Plastic Wastes Into Opportunities (Top Africa News - Thursday, 6 June 2019) -- Rwanda’s Policy on single use of plastics is likely to transform the way of life in the country towards better protection for the environment. Watch Video 

Rwandan Female Journalist Awarded For Best Reporting On Environment (Top Africa News - Thursday, 6 June 2019) -- Marie Chantal Nyirabera, a Rwandan female Journalist and owner of Rwanda for You Magazine was awarded by the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) for her outstanding contribution towards the Environmental conservation. Read More

U Rwanda ruri kwiga uko rwakumira imodoka zishaje cyane zigurwa mu mahanga (Igihe - Thursday, 6 June 2019) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu cyo kubungabunga Ibidukikije (REMA) cyatangaje ko hari kwigwa uko imodoka zishaje cyane zigurwa mu mahanga, zakumirwa kwinjizwa mu Rwanda mu kugabanya umwuka wanduye no kurinda ingaruka wagira ku baturage. Read More

Beating air pollution before it beats us (The New Times - Thursday, 6 June 2019) -- Kigali– Air pollution is a chronic disease and a silent killer. We need to anticipate it and proactively address it head on before it overtakes us. Read More

Agriculture contributes 70% of greenhouse gas emissions in Rwanda – report (The New Times - Thursday, 6 June 2019) -- The report shows the summary of emission trends from 2006 to 2015 and future emissions scenarios up to 2050, vulnerability and ways of mitigating and adapting to climate change. Read More. Also covered in Xinhua

Why air pollution is a threat to human life (The New Times - Wednesday, 5 June 2019) -- Forests play a key role in purifying the air we breathe; that’s one reason Rwanda is aiming for 30% forest coverage by 2020. Read More

Rwf 35bn project to control floods in volcanoes region (The New Times - Wednesday, 5 June 2019) -- The long-awaited project meant to sustainably control frequent floods from the volcanoes region in four districts of Northern and Western Provinces will start next month, the head of Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA) has said. Read More

Let’s join hands to beat air pollution - by Minister Biruta (The New Times - Wednesday, 5 June 2019) -- The annual event is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of the natural world to our collective prosperity, and re-double our efforts to protect our environment and make the world a better place for future generations. Read More

Rwandans urged to adopt clean alternative sources of energy on World Environment Day (Xinhua - Wednesday, 5 June 2019) -- Rwanda on Wednesday joined the rest of the world to mark the World Environment Day with a call on the public to adopt clean alternative sources of energy to avoid air pollution. Read More

Private sector called on to diversify investment in environmentally conscious fuels (The New Times - Tuesday, 4 June 2019) -- The Ministry of Environment has urged the private sector to tap into business opportunities that offer alternatives to charcoal and firewood use as the Government targets to reduce the number of wood fuel users to less than 42 per cent in the next five years. Read More

State-owned forests to be privatised (The New Times - Tuesday, 4 June 2019) -- The government has embarked on a campaign to privatise all the state-owned forests in a move it believes will boost proper management, use and productivity of the forests. Read More

Rwanda commemorates National Environment Week (CNBC Africa - Monday, 3 June 2019) -- Every year Rwanda joins the rest of the world on 5th June to commemorate the World Environment Day, and nationally, a whole week is dedicated to activities aiming and solving environment and climate change issues. Coletha Ruhamya, Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority joins CNBC Africa for more. Watch Video

 

Sector Updates

Statement on Cabinet Decisions of 07/06/2019 (Republic of Rwanda - Friday, 7 June 2019) -- The Cabinet meeting approved the following policies, programs and strategies: Revised national environment and climate change policy; Revised national land policy. The Cabinet Meeting approved the following Prime Minister’s Orders: Prime Minister’s Order determining supervising authority of Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority. Read More

Rwanda Celebrates World Environment Day and Commits to Beat Air Pollution (Ministry of Environment - Friday, 7 June 2019) -- The Ministry of Environment, Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) and partners have hosted friends of the environment to discuss the challenge of air pollution and what can be done to improve the quality of the air we breathe. The gathering took place on 5 June at the Kigali Convention Centre to celebrate World Environment Day. Read More

Remarks by Minister Biruta at World Circular Economy Forum in Finland (Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 6 June 2019) -- It is a pleasure to be with you today for the World Circular Economy Forum, and this session focused on Africa. I would like to extend my thanks to the Forum organisers and the Finnish government for their commitment to sustainable development and green growth. Read More

Umunsi w'Umurimo, Umwanya Mwiza wo Gusuzuma Aho Tugeze Dutanga Services Zinoze (RLMUA - Wednesday, 5 June 2019) -- “Umunsi w’umurimo ni umwanya mwiza wo kwisuzuma mu kazi kacu ka buri munsi tureba aho tugeze dushyira mu bikorwa ibyo twiyemeje gukora”. Ayo ni amwe mu magambo yavuzwe n’umuyobozi Mukuru w’Ikigo Gishinzwe Imicungire n’Imikoreshereze y’ubutaka mu Rwanda ubwo hizihizwaga umunsi mpuzamahanga w’umurimo. Read More

Rwanda Celebrates the World Environment Day 2019 (REMA Rwanda - Wednesday, 5 June 2019) -- Rwanda has joined the rest of the world to celebrate World Environment Day, the event that brought together government and non-state actors to discuss on strategies to fight air pollution, a leading environmental threat to human health. Read More

Photos: World Environment Day 2019 (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 5 June 2019) -- Every year on 5 June, Rwanda joined the rest of the international community to celebrate World Environment Day. To mark the occasion this year, the Ministry of Environment, through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority and partners, hosted an event at the Kigali Convention Centre under the theme “Beat Air Pollution”. The gathering featured an award session for environmental champions who are working to address pollution and raise awareness about the causes of air pollution and how they can be mitigated. View Photos Photos: World Circular Economy Forum - Rwanda Delegation (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 5 June 2019) -- View photos of the Rwanda delegation at the World Circular Economy in Finland. View Photos

 

Across Africa

Africa is home to some of the world’s most polluted cities—here’s why the air quality is not improving (Quartz Africa - Thursday, 6 June 2019) -- There’s an obvious air pollution problem across several African cities—worse still, there’s no way to tell just how bad it is. Read More

President Uhuru bans single-use plastics in protected areas (Standard Digital - Thursday, 6 June 2019) -- President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday announced a ban on the use of single-use plastics in protected areas that takes effect in the country by 2020. Read More

Tanzania's John Magufuli shops with basket after plastic bag ban (The East African - Wednesday, 5 June 2019) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli has made a surprise visit to a fish market sporting a wicker basket in a move to support a new plastic bag ban. Read More

WCEF2019 Grand Finale (SitraFund - Tuesday, 4 June 2019) -- The stream is from the World Circular Economy Forum 2019 which was held in Helsinki 3-5 of June 2019, read more at www.wcef2019.com. #WCEF2019. Watch Video

WCEF2019 The circular economy in Africa (SitraFund - Monday, 3 June 2019) -- This session will shine the spotlight on Africa and its role in the transition to the circular economy. The stream is from the World Circular Economy Forum 2019 which was held in Helsinki 3-5 of June 2019, Read more at www.wcef2019.com. #WCEF2019. Watch Video

 

From Around the World

Gender parity has a huge role to play in the fight to save our oceans (Rwanda Inspirer - Sunday, 9 June 2019) -- In the coastal state of Odisha, India, women farmers have turned a crisis into an opportunity. Cyclones, rising sea levels and increasing water salinity have devastated their communities and turned swaths of fertile ground into wasteland. For years, these women lost income, their health and nutrition suffered, and they found themselves ever more marginalised. Read More

The world's plastic pollution crisis explained (National Geographic - Friday, 7 June 2019) -- Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues, as rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them. Read More

5 ways to #BeatAirPollution (Rwanda Inspirer - Thursday, 6 June 2019) -- It’s #WorldEnvironmentDay and the theme for this year is #BeatAirPollution – urging people to “be part of the solution, not part of the pollution”. But while many of us agree air quality needs to improve, we struggle for practical ways to do it. Read More

Google shares its Street View air-quality data with scientists (Engadget - Wednesday, 5 June 2019) -- Google is releasing air quality data it collected from California's Bay Area and Central Valley with its Street View cars, part of a larger effort by the company to track pollution around the world. The data was captured over the last three years and includes measurements that were taken after wildfires in the Wine Country region and from the agricultural regions of Central Valley. While the full dataset isn't available to the public, scientists can request access through a form. Read More

On World Environment Day, world turns spotlight on air pollution (UN Environment - Wednesday, 5 June 2019) -- 05 June 2019, Hangzhou, China – Governments, industry, communities and individuals around the world today commemorated World Environment Day, the United Nations’ biggest annual event for positive environmental action, encouraging worldwide awareness and commitment to protect our planet. Read More