Green Rwanda Media Review - 11 February 2019

Learn about the latest events in the environment sector in Rwanda and around the world. 


  • The New Times reports that Minister Biruta outlined a plan to end flooding in Nyabugogo.
  • KT Press reports that Rwanda’s oldest textile factory is to relocate in one week from a wetland.
  • The New Times reports agroforestry farmers are to be grouped in cooperatives.
  • Devdiscourse reports that Rwanda Development Board and Gasmeth Energy signed a $400m deal to extract methane gas.
  • The New Times reports that the Construction of Rusumo power plant is 35 per cent complete.
  • UN Environment reported about Rwanda’s ambitious plan for clean and efficient cooling.
  • The Ministry of Environment shared videos on the country's efforts to advance clean cooling and green growth.

Upcoming Events

11-12 February: African Ministers' Council on Water General Assembly

12-15 February 2019: Global Environment Facility Expanded Constituency Workshop, Kigali, Rwanda

14-15 February: International Research Conference on Carbon Pricing, New Delhi, India.

22 February: Regional Nile Day 3 March: World Wildlife Day 2019

18 March: World Recycling Day

18-22 March: Africa Climate Week, Accra, Ghana

20-21 March: Integrated Water Resources Management Conference, Kigali Marriott, Rwanda

21 March: International Day of Forests 22 March: World Water Day

23 March: World Meteorological Day


Rwanda’s ambitious plan for clean and efficient cooling (UN Environment - Monday, 11 February 2019) -- The Government of Rwanda has released a landmark plan for sustainably cooling foods and life-saving medicines, and keeping homes and other indoor spaces comfortable in hot weather. Read More

Extreme weather costs 10% of national budget – Biruta (The New Times - Sunday, 10 February 2019) -- The Minister for Environment Vincent Biruta says climate warming has a negative impact on the lives on Rwandans and affects about ten per cent of the national budget and called for joint efforts to reverse the trend. Read More

Construction of Ellen DeGeneres campus begins next week (The New Times - Sunday, 10 February 2019) -- The ground-breaking ceremony of the long awaited Ellen DeGeneres’ Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund begins next week, and officials say the campus could create more than 1,500 jobs during the construction process. Read More

Agroforestry farmers to be grouped in cooperatives (The New Times - Thursday, 7 February 2019) -- Private forest owners still use backward methods to harvest and manage tress, the Minister for Environment, Vincent Biruta has said, urging farmers to adopt the cooperative system and streamline their business. Read More

Honey produce drops as bees death toll rises due to pesticide use (Rwanda Inspirer - Thursday, 7 February 2019) -- Augustin Katabarwa, the Chairman of National Cooperatives Confederation of Rwanda (NCCR) has said that bee farmers’ cooperatives are counting losses due to increasing use of pesticides that are poisoning and killing these honey-making and pollinator insects. Read More

Construction of Rusumo power plant 35 per cent complete — officials (The New Times - Thursday, 7 February 2019) -- The construction of the Rusumo hydropower plant, which is expected to benefit over a million people in Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi, is on track, raising public confidence in the countries’ efforts to reduce the cost and shortage of electricity. Read More

Ubutaka budahagije, ikibazo cy’ingutu ku iterambere rya Kigali n’imijyi iyunganira (The New Times - Thursday, 7 February 2019) -- Umuyobozi w’Umujyi wa Kigali, Rwakazina Marie Chantal, yagaragaje ko ubutaka budahagije ari kimwe mu bibazo by’ingutu bibangamira iterambere rya Kigali n’imijyi itandatu iwunganira ariko hari ingamba zigenda zifatwa. Read More

Gisagara: Abarenga 900 bahawe akazi ahari kubakwa uruganda rw’amashanyarazi akomoka kuri Nyiramugengeri (Igihe - Wednesday, 6 February 2019) -- Imirimo yo kubaka igice cya mbere cy’uruganda rw’amashanyarazi akomoka kuri Nyiramugengeri mu Karere ka Gisagara irarimbanyije kandi abaturage bagera kuri 915 bishimira ko bahabonye akazi. Read More

Bimwe mu byo wamenya ku ngagi birimo uburyo zibaho n’uko zishyingurwa (Igihe - Wednesday, 6 February 2019) -- Niyikoma mu gituza mwese muhite muca bugufi! Iri ni rimwe mu mabwiriza menshi twahawe ubwo twiteguraga kurira ibirunga tujya gusura imiryango itandukanye y’ingagi aho njye n’itsinda narimo twasuye umuryango wa Muhoza ugizwe n’ingagi 12. Read More

Rwanda Development Board, Gasmeth Energy sign $400m deal to extract methane gas (Devdiscourse - Tuesday, 5 February 2019) -- Rwanda Development Board has recently ventured into an agreement with Gasmeth Energy Limited to make way for the latter in extracting and processing methane gas from Lake Kivu. Read More

Rwanda’s Oldest Textile Factory To Relocate In One Week (KT Press - Tuesday, 5 February 2019) -- Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has ordered Usine Textile du Rwanda (UTEXRWA) – a textile industry to relocate in a gazetted wetland urgently. Read More

Why the City of Kigali was shortlisted for global award (The New Times - Tuesday, 5 February 2019) -- The City of Kigali has been nominated among 16 finalists for the first edition of the Wellbeing City Award, an award that recognizes cities placing wellbeing at the center of urban design, planning, and policies. Read More

A growing mining sector in Rwanda and the role of RMB (The New Times - Tuesday, 5 February 2019) -- Mining is one of the key drivers of economic development in a number of African countries. And with the global Fourth Industrial Revolution now underway, a recent World Bank study concluded that the world will need approximately a double of the current volume of produced minerals and metals. Read More

Minister Biruta outlines plan to end flooding in Nyabugogo (The New Times - Tuesday, 5 February 2019) -- Engineering activities to avert flooding that has been affecting business in Nyabugo area are set to start in June, the Minister for Environ3ment has said. Read More

Gov’t outsources local firm to manage Gishwati-Mukura park (The New Times - Monday, 4 February 2019) -- Government has approved a concession agreement between Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and Imizi Ecotourism Development Ltd for conservation and tourism management of the newly created Gishwati-Mukura National Park. Read More

Across Africa

Africa’s Growing Economies, Youth Create E-Waste Challenge (The New Times - Sunday, 10 February 2019) -- A new report says the world produces at least 50 million tons of electronic waste each year, and that number is expected to double 30 years from now. The impact of all that electronic junk is especially felt in Africa. Read More

Minister Seeks Ban On Use Of Plastic Bags (Leadership - Tuesday, 5 February 2019) -- The minister of environment, Suleiman Hassan Zarma, has sought for appropriate regulations to ban the use of plastic bags because plastic pollution impairs the environment. Read More

Zimbabwe Wetlands Construction Triggers Environmental Worries (Voice of America - Thursday, 5 February 2019) -- HARARE — In Zimbabwe, migration from rural to urban areas has created a demand for housing, leading to construction on wetlands, and concerns about the environment and water supplies. Read More


From Around the World

Why stop at plastic bags and straws? The case for a global treaty banning most single-use plastics (The Conversation - Thursday, 7 February 2019) -- Single-use plastics are a blessing and a curse. They have fueled a revolution in commercial and consumer convenience and improved hygiene standards, but also have saturated the world’s coastlines and clogged landfills. By one estimate 79 percent of all plastic ever produced is now in a dump, a landfill or the environment, and only 9 percent has been recycled. Read More

Green New Deal: Ocasio-Cortez unveils bold plan to fight climate change (The Guardian - Thursday, 7 February 2019) -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is releasing a broad outline of a vision for the Green New Deal, a plan to battle economic and racial injustice while also fighting climate change. Read More

Last year was fourth hottest on record: outlook sizzling - U.N. (Reuters - Wednesday, 6 February 2019) -- Last year was the fourth warmest on record and the outlook is for more sizzling heat approaching levels that most governments view as dangerous for the Earth, a U.N. report showed on Wednesday. Read More

Sector Updates

Video: Showcasing Rwanda's Fast Action on Clean Cooling and the Kigali Amendment (Ministry of Environment - Friday, 8 February 2019) -- As part of activities marking the entry into force of the Kigali Amendment, guests visited one of the ten InspiraFarms modular, solar-powered Food Processing and Refrigerated Storage Facilities that are being set up in six districts across four out of the five provinces of Rwanda. Watch Video

Video: Celebrating the Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol (Ministry of Environment - Friday, 8 February 2019) -- Rwanda’s Ministry of Environment, UN Environment through the Ozone Secretariat and United for Efficiency, and the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program hosted a group of environmental experts, philanthropists, business leaders, international NGOs and government representatives to mark the adoption of the Amendment and strategies to ensure its long term success. Watch Video

Video: Join Rwanda's Green Growth Journey (Ministry of Environment - Friday, 8 February 2019) -- For more than two decades, Rwanda has put the environment at the heart of its development. Facing the impacts of a warming world, the country is embracing green growth to power its socio-economic transformation. Watch Video

Photos: Rwanda Green City Pilot Site Visit by BMZ and KfW (Rwanda Green Fund Flickr - Friday, 8 February 2019) -- As part of the ongoing work to develop the Green City Pilot in Kigali, Rwanda, a team from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and KfW visited the future site of the pilot. The visit was attended by the CEO of the Rwanda Green Fund, Hubert Ruzibiza and Dr Simon Koppers and Stefanie Ruff from BMZ as well as the team from KfW Rwanda. View Photos

Remarks by Rwanda Green Fund CEO at Green City Pilot Site Visit by BMZ (Rwanda Green Fund - Friday, 8 February 2019) -- Good afternoon everyone. It’s a pleasure to welcome you to Kinyinya - the site of the future Green City Pilot. Murakaza neza, wilkommen! We are honoured to host you today, and hope that you enjoy your stay in Rwanda. I would like to share with you a little about the Green City Pilot and how it fits into Rwanda’s long-term green growth and sustainable development goals. Read More

Photos: Min. Vincent Biruta Visits the rehabilitation activities in Sebeya Catchment (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Friday, 8 February 2019) -- View Photos

Photos: Third National Urban Forum (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Thursday, 7 February 2019) -- The third National Urban Forum took place in Kigali to bring together partners working to advance sustainable urbanisation in Rwanda. Minister Biruta delivered a keynote address on green and climate resilient cities. View Photos

Remarks by Minister Biruta at Third National Urban Forum (Ministry of Environment - Thursday 7 February 2019) -- It is a pleasure to be with you today at the Third National Urban Forum. I wish to thank the Ministry of Infrastructure for organising such an important gathering, and to all partners who have worked hard to make this forum a reality. There is no doubt that urbanisation is a priority for Rwanda. Read More