Green Rwanda Media Review - 11 March 2019

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

Summary

  • The New Times reports that local firms are keen on recycling single use plastic items.
  • Construction Review Online reports that Rwanda is to invest US $400m in a gas extraction plant.
  • The New Times reports that the Government bet on local firms to phase out single-use plastics, smoothly.
  • Igihe reports that for 10 years people have been waiting for the Briquette project in Ngoma that is worth 128 million RWF of investment.
  • View photos and read more about the outcomes of the Validation Workshop on Air Emission Standards and Limits for Vehicles, Thermal Power Plants and Off Road Mobile Machinery.

 

Upcoming Events

11-15 March: Fourth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya

12-13 March: Water Week Media Tour, Sebeya Catchment

14-15 March: Catchment Taskforce Workshop, Nyabihu District

17 March: Walk for Water, City of Kigali 18 March: World Recycling Day

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

18-24 March: Rwanda Water Week

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

Kirehe: Imvura yasenye byinshi harimo ibiro by’akagari n’urwibutso (Umuseke - Sunday, 10 March 2019) -- mvura nyinshi irimo n’imiyaga yaguye kuri uyu mugoroba mu Karere ka Kirehe yasenye inzu nyinshi z’abaturage itwara igisenge cy’ibiro by’Akagari ka Kankobwa mu murenge wa Mpanga hamwe n’igisenge cy’urwibutso rwa Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi rwo mu murenge wa Nyarubuye mu kagari ka Nyabitare. Read More

Govt in new deal to develop modern cooking bioenergy technology (The New Times - Sunday, 10 March 2019) -- The Ministry of Environment has partnered with UN Food and Agriculture Organisations to develop and scale up different options of bioenergy production that could also help enhance access to modern and clean cooking energy across the country. Read More

Rwanda to invest US $400m in a gas extraction plant (Construction Review Online - Thursday, 7 March 2019) -- The government of Rwanda has signed an US $400m agreement with Gasmeth Energy Limited in the construction and maintenance of a gas extraction plant, processing and compression project in Lake Kivu. Read More

Local firms keen on recycling single use plastic items (The New Times - Thursday, 7 March 2019) -- Local recycling firms have expressed interest in expanding into recycling single-use plastic items, positioning their businesses to leverage a government move to prohibit the use of manufacturing, importation, use and sale of those items. Read More

In love with Rwanda: Tracing back Idris Elba’s connection with Rwanda (The New Times - Thursday, 7 March 2019) -- It is not often that a prominent actor and ‘the sexiest man alive’ globally, would speak about a country many times. Literally that means endorsing whatever place they are speaking about for people to visit and see for themselves the unmatched beauty. Read More

Salt fiends: Search for sodium puts Rwanda’s gorillas in harm’s way (Mongabay - Wednesday, 6 March 2019) -- A sodium craving may be the reason endangered mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) from Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda leave the park to raid nearby eucalyptus plantations, according to a recent paper published in Biotropica. Read More

What are the opportunities for the private sector as move to phase out single-use plastics gathers pace? (The New Times - Tuesday, 5 March 2019) -- Ruhamya: We urge the business community, especially those in manufacturing, to consider adding value to bamboo. We cannot also rule out recyclable material as another alternative to save the environment. Read More

Govt bets on local firms to phase out single-use plastics, smoothly (The New Times - Tuesday, 5 March 2019) -- Most of the single use plastic materials such as plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, plates and cups have alternatives. Read More

Ngoma: Umushinga wa ‘briquette’ watanzweho miliyoni 128 Frw umaze imyaka 10 utegerejwe (Igihe - Tuesday, 5 March 2019) -- Mu 2008, Akarere ka Ngoma kafashe umwanzuro wo kubyaza umusaruro ikimoteri kimenwamo imyanda mu Mujyi wa Ngoma. Iki kimoteri giherereye mu Murenge wa Kibungo, Akagari ka Mahango kikaba kiri ku buso bungana na hegitari ebyiri. Read More

Ellen DeGeneres Gives Update on Rwanda Campus for The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (SamaritanMag - Monday, 4 March 2019) -- During “In Conversation with Ellen DeGeneres,” at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena on Sunday evening (March 3), the talk show host and comedian gave an update on the Ellen Fund’s work in Rwanda with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Read More

 

Across Africa

Ramaphosa calls on SA to emulate Rwanda and stop littering (Independent Online - Friday, 8 March 2019) -- East London - President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday appealed to South Africans to adopt and cultivate a culture of cleanliness and to stop littering but to recycle waste. Read More

Awash with plastic bottles and lacking a law, Kenya struggles to recycle (Reuters - Thursday, 7 March 2019) -- Kofi Annan once said, "Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies." Read More

East Africa: Prepare for Heavy Rains, Diseases, EAC Warned (The Citizen - Thursday, 7 March 2019) -- East Africans have been warned to brace up for above normal rains which can lead to increased risks to disease outbreaks. Read More

Sudan’s youth step up to address climate change (UN Environment - Tuesday, 5 March 2019) -- Kofi Annan once said, "Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies." Read More

 

From Around the World

World leaders gather at UN’s top environmental body to ramp up solutions for sustainable economies (UN Environment - Sunday, 10 March 2019) -- Over 4,700 people gather to consider new policies, technologies and innovative solutions for achieving sustainable consumption and production. Read More

Five gifs that explain how pumped hydro actually works (The Conversation - Thursday, 7 March 2019) -- People have used moving water to create energy for thousands of years. Today, pumped hydro is the most common form of grid-connected energy storage in the world. Read More

Microplastic pollution revealed ‘absolutely everywhere’ by new research (The Guardian - Thursday, 7 March 2019) -- Microplastic pollution spans the world, according to new studies showing contamination in the UK’s lake and rivers, in groundwater in the US and along the Yangtze river in China and the coast of Spain. Read More

UN Environment fights to cut cooling and heating emissions (UN Environment - Thursday, 7 March 2019) -- SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cooling and heating are—for those lucky enough to have them—a lifesaver, keeping children healthy, vaccines stable, food fresh, energy supplies stable, economies productive and environments clean. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Stakeholders validate vehicle and thermal power plant emissions standards (Ministry of Environment - Friday, 8 March 2019) -- The Ministry of Environment and Rwanda Standards Board, in partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, have hosted a validation workshop for emissions standards and limits for vehicles, thermal power plants and off-road mobile machinery. Read More

Experts meet in Kigali to develop Regional Impact-Based Early Warning Service (Meteo Rwanda - Thursday, 7 March 2019) -- A three-day workshop has kicked off in Kigali to discuss, develop and agree on a Standard Operating Procedure for the Regional Impact-Based Early Warning Service for countries within the Lake Victoria Basin. Read More

Validation Workshop - Air Emission Standards and Limits for Vehicles, Thermal Power Plants and Off Road Mobile Machinery (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 6 March 2019) -- Validation Workshop - Air Emission Standards and Limits for Vehicles, Thermal Power Plants and Off Road Mobile Machinery. View Photos

Remarks by Director General Aimable Gahigi at the Workshop to Develop Standard Operating Procedure for Regional Impact-Based Early Warning Service (Meteo Rwanda - Tuesday, 5 March 2019) -- It is my great honor and privilege to join you today for this important three-day workshop to develop the Standard Operating Procedure for the Regional Impact-Based Early Warning Service. Read More

Minister Biruta receives Ambassador of Ethiopia to Rwanda (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday, 4 March 2019) -- Minister Vincent Biruta received the Ambassador of Ethiopia to Rwanda, Lulit Zewdie, to discuss cooperation on regional environmental issues and sustainable development. Read More