Green Rwanda Media Review - 11 June 2018

Summary

  • Read President Kagame's remarks on climate change and plastic pollution delivered at the ​G7 Outreach Session in Canada
  • The New Times writes that the Government of Rwanda is taking firm steps to reduce plastic pollution in Rwanda
  • Igihe reports that the Government of Rwanda has not banned plastic bottles
  • Climate Homes reports about nine events that are paving the way for COP24 in Polan​d​
  • Xinhua writes that despite climate change impacts in Africa, afforestation seems to take pace
  • Read Minister Biruta's remarks at the celebration of World Environment Day at IPRC Kigali on the Ministry of Environment website
  • View and download photos of the Launch of the National Environment Week and Celebration of the World Environment Day on REMA and Ministry of Environment Flickr pages

Upcoming Events

13 June 2018: ENR Forward Looking Joint Sector Review Meeting, Lemigo Hotel

18-19 June 2018: Petersberg Climate Dialogue, Axica Congress and Conference Centre, Berlin, Germany

20-21 June 2018: Second Ministerial on Climate Action (Moca), Brussels

24-26 June 2018: 54th Global Environment Facility Council Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam

30-31 August 2018: 6th Annual Eastern Africa Waste Management Conference, Uganda

Review

Rwanda

Kagame Proposes Rwanda-Style Measures For G7 To End Plastic Pollution (KT Press - Sunday 10 June 2018) -- President Kagame used the case of Rwanda’s ban of plastic bags more than a decade ago, to show how, with determination, countries can take a decisive step to reduce or even eliminate plastic pollution. Read More

Translate political will into action, Kagame says on climate change (The New Times - Sunday 10 June 2018) -- President Paul Kagame has called for rapid action globally to address climate change and prevent impending negative consequences. The President was speaking on climate change and the importance of ending plastic pollution in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada at the G7 summit which closed yesterday. Read more

What Africa Green Grown Summit means for Africa’s resilience (The New Times - Sunday 10 June 2018) -- From November 26-30, 2018, Rwanda will host the first Africa Green Growth Forum. The maiden continental green growth meeting, according to experts, will be an ultimate moment to ensure that the continent will collectively join efforts in addressing climate change issues. Read more

Perezida Kagame yashimangiye gahunda y’u Rwanda yo guca plastique zikoreshwa rimwe (Igihe - Sunday 10 June 2018) - Perezida Paul Kagame yavuze ko ibihugu bikwiye gukorana mu kurengera ibidukikije, kuko ukwangirika kwabyo kuri kuzana ingaruka ku mihindagurikire y’ibihe, zirimo kuba miliyoni z’abantu bava mu byabo bajya gushaka ahandi batura. Read More

Rwanda, plastic bags were banned ten years ago, with great benefits to our environment – Kagame (RNA News - Sunday 10 June 2018) -- President Paul Kagame delivered a message to the participants at the meeting of the Heads Of States of the mostly seven rich countries in the world (G7), and he informed them that in Rwanda, plastic bags were banned ten years ago, with great benefits to our environment. Read more

Demystifying climate change (The New Times - Sunday 10 June 2018) -- Climate change has always struck me as a western problem. I was convinced that it would be a long while before it would catch up to this other part of the world. Read more

How can Rwandans beat plastic pollution? (The New Times - Saturday 9 June 2018) -- Rwanda joined the rest of the world in celebrating the 2018 National Environment Week, and held the ‘Beat Plastic Pollution Walk’ in Kigali last week with the aim to raise awareness and encourage the general public to join the effort in addressing plastic pollution. Read More

Kigali city tasked to urgently get lasting solution to Nduba landfill (The New Times - Friday 8 June 2018) -- Members of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have tasked new Mayor of the City of Kigali, Marie-Chantal Rwakazina, and her team to urgently fix the issues surrounding Nduba landfill. Read more

Rwanda Embarks On The ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ Campaign (Business Week - Friday 8 June 2018) -- “Today we have a unique opportunity to end plastic pollution by reducing single use plastics. The “Beat Plastic Pollution” campaign is a reminder of our responsibility to protect our ecosystems by choosing reusable alternatives to plastic and adopting environmentally friendly practices in our everyday lives.,” said Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment. Read more

Regional countries tipped on synergies to reduce energy cost (The New Times - Friday 8 June 2018) -- The Minister for Infrastructure, Claver Gatete, has said it requires significant government subsidies by Central African states in order to reduce high tariffs on electricity which are in most cases not affordable to end users. Read more

Environment as a pillar of economic development (The New Times - Thursday 7 June 2018) -- The ‘World Environment Day’ was celebrated Tuesday with a clarion call to beat the plastic pollution. Read more

U Rwanda ntirwaciye amacupa ya pulastiki- Minisitiri Biruta (Igihe - Wednesday 6 June 2018) -- Minisitiri w’Ibidukikije, Dr Biruta Vincent, yasobanuye ko u Rwanda rutaciye amacupa ya pulasitiki ahubwo ko icyo rushyize imbere ni ukuyagabanya. Read more

Manufacturers urged to back anti-plastic pollution campaign (The New Times - Wednesday June 6 June 2018) -- The private sector, particularly businesses in the manufacturing sub-sector, should adopt sustainable packaging ways that will consequently reduce plastic pollution in Rwanda. Read more

Hari byinshi u Rwanda rwakoze mu kurwanya imyanda ya pulasitike -Dr. Biruta (Imvaho Nshya - Wednesday 6 June 2018) -- Minisitiri w’Ibidukikije, Dr. Biruta Vincent, yatangaje ko hari byinshi u Rwanda rwakoze mu kurwanya ibikomoka kuri pulasitike, bikaba byaratumye igihugu kiza ku isonga mu bintu byinshi birimo no kugira Umujyi wa Kiagli usa neza, utarimo amashi ya pulasitike kandi hakiri ingamba zikomeje. Read more

Kubahiriza ibipimo ngenderwaho mu bucukuzi mu Rwanda biri munsi ya 10%! (Umuseke - Wednesday 6 June 2018) -- Kuri uyu wa kabiri, Francis Gatare Umuyobozi w’uru rwego “Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, (RMB)” yavuze ko hakozwe ubushakashatsi (servey) basanga Kompanyi ziri mu bucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro mu Rwanda zubahiriza amabwiriza n’ibipimo ngenderwaho (standards) mu bucukuzi ziri munzi ya 10%. Read more

Bralirwa yahaye abafatanyabikorwa “Poubelle” zo kujugunya amacupa ya pulasitiki (Igihe - Tuesday 5 June 2018) -- Uruganda rukora ibyo kunywa bisembuye n’ibidasembuye mu Rwanda, Bralirwa, rwatangiye guha abacuruza inzoga na Fanta zo mu macupa ya pulasitiki aho bazajya bayajugunya (Poubelle) mu kubungabunga ibidukikije. Read more

Abanyarwanda bakiriye neza gahunda yo kugabanya ikoreshwa rya Pulasitiki (Imvaho Nshya - Monday 5 June 2018) -- Minisiteri y’Ibidukikije ikomeje ubukangurambaga bugamije kugabanya ibikoresho bya pulasitiki cyane cyane ibikoreshwa inshuro imwe bigahita bijugunywa nk’imiheha, amasahani, amacupa y’amazi, amacupa y’imitobe, udukombe, amakanya ndetse n’ibindi. Read more

World Environment Day: Rwanda backs drive against plastic pollution (The New Times - Tuesday 5 June 2018) -- Rwanda will, today June 5, join the rest of the world to celebrate the annual World Environment Day (WED), an opportunity to discuss a pressing environmental concern. Read more

World Environment Day’s call to end plastic pollution (CNBC Africa - Tuesday 5 June 2018) -- One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed every year over plastic waste. The alarming rates have seen the world dedicate this year’s environment day on beating plastic bags. Read more

U Rwanda rwarengeje miliyoni 130 $ ku nyungu rwateganyaga mu mabuye y’agaciro mu 2017 (Igihe - Tuesday 5 June 2018) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Mine, Peteroli na Gaz (RMB) cyatangaje ko mu mwaka ushize wa 2017 urwego rw’ubucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro rwinjirije igihugu miliyoni 373 $, rurenza miliyoni 133 $ ku ntego ya miliyoni 240 $ rwari rwihawe muri uwo mwaka. Read more

Amasashi na Plastic ntibyacika burundu ariko bikoreshwe aho bikenewe gusa – Eng Ruhamya (Umuseke - Tuesday 5 June 2018) -- U Rwanda rwafashe umwanzuro wo guca amashashi amwe n’amwe muri 2008 kandi amahanga ashima uyu muhate. Eng. Colette Ruhamya yavuze ko hari amasashi akenewe nk’ayo bazanamo ibikoresho runaka nka televiziyo n’ibindi kandi ngo aya ntiyahagarikwa burundu. Read more

 

Across Africa

Africa's forests cover increasing despite climate change effects: experts (Xinhua - Thursday 7 June 2018) -- Africa's forestry cover is fast increasing courtesy of farmer's regeneration efforts, a forestry expert revealed on Thursday. Read more

E-waste management: A source of wealth for Africa (Metro UN English - Wednesday 6 June 2018) -- The world is more connected than ever before. This is especially true for developing nations, where the cost of electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops has dropped dramatically. Read more

International Environment Day: Plastic in Africa (Phsy - Monday 4 June 2018) -- This year, plastic pollution is the main theme of International Environment Day, celebrated on June 5. In Africa, 4.4 million tonnes of plastic are found in oceans and seas every year, according to United Nations figures from 2010. Read more

 

From Around the World

9 key moments on the road to the Cop24 climate talks (Climate Home News - Friday 8 June 2018) -- Delivering the tools needed to put the Paris Agreement into effect will be the major challenge when countries meet at Cop24 in Poland this December. Read more

The week in plastic - in pictures (The Guardian - Friday 8 June 2018) -- This week marked World Environment day and World Ocean day, both of which highlighted plastic global pollution as the most urgent problem facing our planet. View Photos

'Plastic is not cool' – is fashion finally cleaning up its act? (The Guardian - Thursday 7 June 2018) -- In April, at a Net-a-Porter event where the online retailer’s trends for this autumn were presented, one of the most popular accessories. Read more

 

Sector Updates

President Kagame’s Speech at the G7 Outreach Session (Paul Kagame - Saturday 9 June 2018) -- Good afternoon. I am pleased to join you today, to strengthen collaboration on climate change, and environmental protection. Read more

World Environment Day: winners of environmental school competitions awarded (REMA Website, 6 June 2018) -- Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has awarded winners of this year’s environmental school competitions organized in the build up to the World Environment Day. Read more

Umunsi Mpuzamahanga w’Ibidukikije: Igihe kirageze ngo tuzirikane ububi bwa plastiki mu mibereho yacu (REMA - Thursday 6 June 2018) -- Kuri uyu wa 05 Kamena, u Rwanda rwifatanyije n’isi yose mu kwizihiza Umunsi Mpuzamahanga w’Ibidukikije, uyu ukaba ari umwanya wo kuganira ku bibazo bibangamira ibidukikije. Read more

Ijambo rya Ministiri w’Ibidukikije ku Munsi Mpuzamahanga w’Ibidukikije IPRC Kigali | 5 Kamena 2018 (Ministry of Environment - Wednesday 6 June 2018) -- Nishimiye kuba turi hano uyu munsi twizihiza Umunsi Mpuzamahanga wahariwe kwita ku bidukikije ku isi ndetse tunasoza Icyumweru cyahariwe ibidukikije mu Rwanda. Read more

World Environment Day: It’s time to rethink our plastics culture (Ministry of Environment - Wednesday 6 June 2018) -- Rwanda today June 5 joined the rest of the world to celebrate the annual World Environment Day, an opportunity to discuss a pressing environmental concern. This year’s focus is on addressing plastic pollution. Read more

Together, We can put an end to single-use plastics (REMA - Tuesday 5 June 2018) -- For more than two decades, Rwanda has prioritised environmental protection and conservation. Read more

World Environment Day - Green Drinks Kigali (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Tuesday 5 June 2018) -- As part of World Environment Day celebrations, a special Green Drinks Kigali event on beating plastic pollution was held in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute. View photos

Rwandans are invited to join the ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ Walk during Car Free Day in Kigali (REMA Rwanda - Saturday 2 June 2018) -- The Ministry of Environment through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) in partnership with the City of Kigali is hosting a ‘Beat Plastic Pollution Walk’ in Kigali during Car Free Day on 3 June 2018. Read more

Rwanda hosts a regional workshop on conservation of Congo Basin’s forests ecosystems (MINILAF - ​Thursday 31 May 2018) -- The Minister of Lands and Forests Francine Tumushime has called upon member states of the Central African Forest commission (COMIFAC) to work together to ensure sustainable management of the Congo Basin’s forests ecosystems. Read more

Refusing single use plastics will make life and the planet better (Ministry of Environment - Thursday 31 May 2018) --Rwandans have been encouraged to avoid single-use plastics in order to reduce environmental pollution and save the planet from the dangers of plastic pollution. Read more

Refusing single use plastics will make life and the planet better (REMA - Wednesday 30 May 2018) -- Rwandans have been encouraged to avoid single-use plastics in order to reduce environmental pollution and save the planet from the dangers of plastic pollution. Read more

National Environment Week to focus on tackling plastic pollution (Ministry of Environment - Wednesday 30 May 2018) -- Rwanda is dedicating an entire week ahead of World Environment Day to activities that contribute to addressing plastic pollution. Read more

Rwanda Hosts a Round Table Workshop on new priorities for the conservation and sustainable forest ecosystems management in Central Africa-rivesed COMIFAC Convergence Plan (MINILAF - Tuesday 29 May 2018) -- View photos

Remarks by Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta | Launch of National Environment Week, Kigali Convention Centre (Ministry of Environment - Tuesday 29 May 2018) Mwaramutse! It is a pleasure to be with you this morning as we officially launch this year’s National Environment Week. I wish to thank you all for joining us, and I look forward to a lively conversation about how we can join hands to beat plastic pollution. Today’s conference on addressing the challenge of plastic waste is timely. Read more

Remarks by the Director General of REMA at Launch of the National Environment Week (REMA - Tuesday 29 May 2018) -- It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you all to this important conference on the launch of World Environment Week and as a 1st preceding event to the World Environment Day (WED) celebration, that we normally cerebrate on the 5th June every year. Read more

Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Dr Fode Ndiaye at Launch of National Environment Week (REMA - Tuesday 29 May 2018) -- First of all, I would like to thank you for inviting me to the launch of the 2018 National Environment Week. Nyakubahwa Minister, Today, we have gathered to launch a national week for World Environment Day - a week we open with a debate on this year’s theme “Beat Plastic pollution”. Read more

2018 National Environment Week (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Tuesday 29 May 2018) -- National Environment Week launched on 29 May 2018 and will conclude on June 5. It began with a high-level policy conference on strategies and mechanisms to address plastic pollution. View Photos