Green Rwanda Media Review - 11 May 2020

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


  • The New Times and other outlets report that torrential rains have killed more than 55 people countrywide.
  • Rwanda National Police reports that over 20 people have been arrested for fishing illegally in Lake Muhazi.
  • Igihe reports that a poacher in Nyungwe has been arrested.
  • The New Times reports that the Musanze-Kigali highway reopened to traffic after the temporary blockade.
  • Download information about the application process for the Rwanda Association of Professional Environment Practitioners (RAPEP).
  • Watch a talkshow with REMA and the Rwanda FDA on the proper disposal of face masks.

Upcoming Events

  • 17 May: International Recycling Day
  • 19 May: Endangered Species Day


Imicungire myiza y'udupfukamunwa twakoreshejwe (RTV YouTube - Sunday, 10 May 2020) -- Watch Here

Rwf10 billion earmarked for conservation of Sebeya River catchment area (The New Times - Sunday, 10 May 2020) -- Government has availed Rwf10 billion to urgently curb effects of River Sebeya that continues to destroy a number of public and private infrastructure as well as claiming lives in Rubavu District and its environs. Read More

Investing in smart off-grid utilities can offset COVID-19 induced energy crisis (The New Times - Saturday, 9 May 2020) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented global economic and social crisis. It has significantly affected all aspects of life, including in the energy sector. Read More

Gakenke: Family of eight that perished in landslide buried (The New Times - Saturday, 9 May 2020) -- OFFICIALS in Gakenke District on Friday joined residents of Rumbi Cell in Rusasa Sector for a sombre ceremony to lay to rest eight members of the same family who perished during the torrential rain that pounded parts of the country early Thursday. Read More

Torrential rains claim 55 lives countrywide (The New Times - Thursday, 7 May 2020) -- The Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) says that heavy rains that pounded different parts of the country on the night of Wednesday, May 6, claimed the lives of fifty-five people and destroyed a number of properties in six districts across the country. Read More. Also published in Kigali Today, Igihe and 660 News

Musanze-Kigali highway reopened to traffic after temporary blockade (The New Times - Thursday, 7 May 2020) -- The Musanze-Kigali highway has reopened after it had been blocked earlier on Thursday, May 7, following torrential rains that pounded the country’s northern and western regions. Read More

Gakenke: Imvura idasanzwe yahitanye abaturage umunani, umuhanda Kigali Musanze ufungwa n’inkangu (Igihe - Thursday, 7 May 2020) -- Imvura idasanzwe yaguye mu ijoro rishyira kuri uyu wa Kane tariki ya 7 Gicurasi, yahitanye ubuzima bw’abaturage umunani mu Karere ka Gakenke, yangiza ibikorwa remezo birimo umuhanda Kigali - Musanze wafunzwe n’inkangu. Read More

Nyamagabe: Polisi yafashe umwe mu bahigaga inyamaswa muri Nyungwe (Igihe - Monday, 4 May 2020) -- Ku bufatanye n’abashinzwe kurinda Pariki ya Nyungwe, kuri uyu wa Gatandatu tariki ya 02 Gicurasi Polisi y’u Rwanda yafashe umugabo ufite imyaka 30, afatanwa inyamanswa ebyiri zo mu bwoko bw’ifumberi, yari amaze kuzica we na mugenzi we ariko we akaba yarashoboye gucika akaba akirimo gushakishwa. Read More

Ngoma-Bugesera road inaccessible as flood washes away bridge (The New Times - Monday, 4 April 2020) -- The road connecting the districts of Ngoma and Bugesera in Eastern Province is inaccessible since Tuesday, April 28 after River Kanyonyomba flooded and "completely" washed away a bridge in Gashora valley. Read More


Sector Updates

Reducing operation costs and creating green jobs post COVID-19 Pandemic for the affected tourism industry in Rwanda (Global Green Growth Institute - Friday, 8 May 2020) -- Before global pandemic of COVID-19, tourism was the biggest and fastest growing economic sector. The United Nations World Tourism Organization estimates reveal that in 2020, international tourist arrivals could decline by 20% to 30%, translating into the loss of 300 to 450 US$ billion in international receipts (exports). This is due to border closures and restrictions in passengers air travel that most countries introduced in order to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Read More

Over 20 arrested over illegal fishing in Lake Muhazi (Rwanda National Police - Thursday, 7 May 2020) -- Twenty-one people have been arrested over illegal fishing activities in Lake Muhazi in Kayonza District. They were arrested in two separate operations conducted on May 4th and 5th. The suapects were, among other unlawful fishing activities, using substandard fishing nets, Police said. Read More

BURERA: Seven arrested trafficking 160,200 pieces of plastic bags (Rwanda National Police - Wednesday, 6 May 2020) -- Seven people have been arrested in Burera District with 801 cartons (160200 pieces) of banned polythene bags. Read More

Greening Urban Planning and Growth (Global Green Growth Institute - May 2020) -- Cities are the driving force behind national and global economies, and have a critical role to play in supporting global sustainability and climate change ambitions, as well as the realization of green growth pathways. Read More


Across Africa

Uganda welcomes two mountain gorillas born in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (CGTN - Sunday, 10 May 2020) -- Ugandans marked Mother’s Day with good news of two baby mountain gorillas being born at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the southwestern part of the east African country. Read More

Kenya, Somalia and Rwanda hit by deadly flooding (BBC - Thursday, 7 May 2020) -- Flooding as a result of recent heavy rains has killed more than 260 people across East Africa. Read More

Living Planet: Boosting solar in Uganda (DW - Thursday, 7 May 2020) -- Renewable energies haven't taken off in Africa in the same way they have in other parts of the world. One reason for that is an influx of substandard products that have damaged consumer trust. A community project in Uganda is trying to rebuild confidence and ensure quality by assembling its own solar panels. Read More

194 People Killed By Floods In Kenya (Capital News - Wednesday, 6 May 2020) -- NAIROBI, Kenya, May 6 – 194 people have been killed by floods in Kenya since last month. Read More

How Africa is leading the way to a zero waste future (Open Democracy - Wednesday, 6 May 2020) -- The Covid-19 pandemic affirms the need not just for adequate public health care services, but also the many other services that are essential to keep society running and maintain a sustainable environment. Read More


From Around the World

New UN initiative to reduce plastic pollution from ASEAN cities (Modern Diplomacy - Thursday, 7 May 2020) -- The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the Government of Japan, today launched a new project which aims to reduce the environmental impact of cities in South East Asia by addressing plastic waste pollution in rivers and oceans. Read More

Birds connect our world (UN Environment - Thursday, 7 May 2020) -- The coronavirus pandemic is reminding us that we live in a connected world. It’s an opportunity to revisit our relationship with nature and rebuild a more environmentally responsible world. Read More

Climate Change Doc ‘2040’ Sets Virtual U.S. Rollout For June 5 (Deadline - Wednesday, 6 May 2020) -- EXCLUSIVE: Damon Gameau’s feature documentary 2040, which was a hit in Australia and New Zealand last year, grossing close to $1M, is set for a U.S. release via distributor Together Films. Read More

Climate change and coronavirus: Five charts about the biggest carbon crash (BBC - Wednesday, 6 May 2020) -- No war, no recession, no previous pandemic has had such a dramatic impact on emissions of CO2 over the past century as Covid-19 has in a few short months. Read More

Amazon faces ‘perfect storm’ of forest clearance, coronavirus and wildfire (Climate Home News - Tuesday, 5 May 2020) -- A spike in forest clearance puts the Amazon on course for a severe fire season, experts warn, which could aggravate the deadly impact of Covid-19 in the region. Read more

Merkel: don’t neglect climate finance to the world’s poor (Climate Home News - Tuesday, 28 April 2020) -- In a pre-recorded video address, Rwanda’s environment minister Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya said the Covid-19 crisis had “further exposed the unacceptable levels of inequality in our societies and we must work even harder to level the playing field”. Read More