Green Rwanda Media Review - 13 January 2020

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


  • The New Times reports that President Kagame is in the UAE for a sustainability summit.
  • The New Times reports that Rwanda is going to set up a green bank to finance climate investments.
  • Umuseke reports about predicted heavy rain. Igihe reports about women caught with plastic bags.
  • Ammonia21 reports that Somalia has ratified the Kigali Amendment.
  • Imvaho Nshya reports about more than 25,000 trees to be planted by youth.
  • Watch a video from REMA to learn more about Rwanda's participation at COP25.

Upcoming Events

  • 11-18 January: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020, UAE
  • 13 January: Green Gicumbi Stakeholder Engagement Meeting, Gicumbi District hosted by the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA)
  • 13-14 January: International Conference on Environment, Energy and Waste Management, Bali, Indonesia
  • 13-15 January: Revision of Sebeya Landscape Restoration Project Plan with district beneficiaries in Rubavu District hosted by RWFA
  • 8-14 February: World Urban Forum, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
  • 4-6 March: 2020 Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) High-level Symposium in Bali, Indonesia hosted by the United Nations


Kagame in UAE for sustainability summit (The New Times - Monday, 13 January 2020) -- President Paul Kagame is in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates where he is going to take part in the year’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. Read More

Uzabakiriho: A 23-year-old’s love for the environment (The New Times - Sunday, 12 January 2020) -- When it was time to fill in forms and specify their preferred future courses for upper secondary, Jean-Claude Uzabakiriho did not have to think twice, since the only option he could see was his childhood dream, forestry. Read More

Urubyiruko rugiye gutera ibiti by’imbuto birenga 250.000 mu turere 8 (Imvaho Nshya - Sunday, 12 January 2020) -- Urubyiruko rwibumbiye mu Ihuriro ry’urubyiruko nyarwanda rukora mu by’ubuhinzi n’ubworozi RYAF, rufite gahunda yo gutera ibiti by’imbuto birenga ibihumbi 250 muri gahunda y’imyaka itanu iri imbere, bikazafasha mu kuzamura ubukungu no kunoza imirire y’abaturage. Read More

My first time trekking mountain gorillas (The New Times - Saturday, 11 January 2020) -- It was on a Saturday afternoon when we assembled at the offices of Rwanda Development Board for a briefing before we headed to Musanze District for a marvellous adventure. Read More

Gasabo: Umurenge wa Gisozi wakuyeho ibikorwa byari bisigaye mu gishanga (Igihe - Saturday, 11 January 2020) -- Inzu 32 zo mu Kagari ka Musezero mu Murenge wa Gisozi mu Karere ka Gasabo, nizo zakuweho kuri uyu wa Gatandatu muri gahunda y’Umujyi wa Kigali yo gukuraho ibikorwa biri mu bishanga. Read More

Clean Water Infrastructure for Bisate Communities Completed (Wilderness Safaris - Friday, 10 January 2020) -- With generous donations from Bisate Lodge guests, Wilderness Safaris Rwanda – in partnership with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (The Fossey Fund) and Rwanda Development Board (RDB) – has rehabilitated the existing water infrastructure at Bunyenyeri and Bushokoro. Read More

Gicumbi: Bane bafatanwe amasashe ibihumbi 29 bayambariye mu myenda (Igihe - Thursday, 9 January 2020) -- Polisi ikorera mu karere ka Gicumbi mu murenge wa Cyumba, kuri uyu wa 07 Mutarama yafashe abagore bagera kuri bane bambaye amasashe barenzaho imyenda. Read More

‘Mu turere twose haragwa imvura’- Meteo-Rwanda (Umuseke - Wednesday, 8 January 2020) -- Ikigo cy’igihugu cy’iteganyagihe gitangaza kuri uyu wa 08, Mutarama, 2020 mu turere twose tw’u Rwanda hari bugwe imvura. Read More

Rwanda to set up green bank to finance climate investments (The New Times - Tuesday, 7 January 2020) -- The development was first announced during the 25th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change which was held in Spain recently. Read More

Muhanga man produces cooking gas stove components from metal scraps (The New Times - Tuesday, 7 January 2020) -- One year ago, when Muhamud Manasseh, a resident of Muhanga District, traveled to China and Kenya for a short-term course about the use of cooking gas and biogas. He returned with an entrepreneurial spirit. Read More

Ingano y’umwuka wa CO2 Umunyarwanda yohereza mu kirere (Igihe - Sunday, 5 January 2020) -- Ubushakashatsi bwagaragaje ko nibura umwuka wangiza ikirere, dioxyde de carbone (CO2), Umwongereza azagira uruhare mu kohereza mu kirere mu byumweru bibiri bya mbere bya 2020, uzaba ungana n’uwo umuturage wo mu bihugu birindwi bya Afurika birimo n’u Rwanda azagira uruhare mu kohereza mu gihe cy’umwaka wose. Read More

Somalia Ratifies Kigali Amendment (Ammonia21 - Friday, 13 December 2019) -- Somalia in East Africa has ratified the Kigali Amendment, effective as of November 27, 2019, according to the latest update on the UN Treaty Collection website, becoming the 90th country plus the European Union (EU) to ratify this agreement to phase down HFC refrigerants. Read More


Sector Updates

Twubahireze itegeko rica amasashi na pulasitike zikoreshwa inshuro imwe zikajugunywa (Rwanda Environment - Monday, 6 January 2020) -- Twubahirize ibikubiye mu Itegeko N° 17/2019 ryo ku wa 10/08/2019 ryerekeye kubuza ikorwa, itumizwa mu mahanga, ikoreshwa n’icuruzwa ry’amasashe n’ibikoresho bikozwe muri pulasitiki bikoreshwa inshuro imwe". Watch Video

U Rwanda Rwitabiriye Inama Mpuzamahanga ya 25 ku mihindagurikire y' ibihe. Yatanze uwuhe musaruro? (Rwanda Environment - Monday, 6 January 2020) -- Ibyaganiriwe n' ibyavuye mu Nama Mpuzamahanga Ku mihindagurikire y' ibihe u #Rwanda rwitabiriye I Madrid kuva kuwa 2- 15 Ukuboza, 2019. Watch Video


Across Africa

Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya: govt | AFP (AFP News Agency - Friday, 10 January 2020) -- Large swarms of desert locusts are spreading through Kenya, after wreaking havoc in Somalia and Ethiopia, posing a significant threat to food security, the agriculture minister says.Ken. Watch Video

Liberian Journalist Appointed Climate Action Group Ambassador (Daily Observer - Thursday, 9 January 2020) -- An international climate justice organization, Global Youth Climate Action Initiative has named Liberian journalist, Moses R. Quollin, as their Climate Action Group (CAG) Ambassador representing Liberia. Read More

MSD warns of flash flooding (The Herald - Thursday, 9 January 2020) -- People should be cautious during thunderstorms and heavy rainfall as localised flash flooding remains possible, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) said yesterday. Read More

Pooling knowledge to improve climate decisions in central and southern Africa (Climate Home News - Thursday, 9 January 2020) -- Agriculture is the bedrock of the economy in a country like Malawi in southern Africa. Read More

Climate change and conflict could fuel hunger in 2020 (SciDevNet - Thursday, 9 January 2020) -- Millions of people across Sub-Saharan Africa could face grave hunger in the first half of 2020 because of armed conflict, political instability and climate change-linked disasters, a report says. Read More

Climate change, conflict making more in East Africa vulnerable (Daily Nation - Wednesday, 8 January 2020) -- Many communities in the Horn of Africa are battered by the effects of climate change and violence, causing displacements and deepening humanitarian crises. Read More

Africa can play a leading role in the fight against climate change (Brookings - Wednesday, 8 January 2020) -- The end of this year, world leaders are expected to come forward with updated, more ambitious national climate plans under the Paris Agreement. Though buried deep within the legalese of the Paris Agreement, this point of process is both a critical test and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Read More


From Around the World

UN Convention on Biodiversity Proposes Protection of at Least 30 Percent of the Planet by 2030 (National Geographic - Sunday, 12 January 2020) -- Today, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity released its ‘zero draft’ text proposal for a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Featured in the text is a target to protect at least 30% of the planet — land and sea — by 2030. Read More

White House unveils plan for major projects to bypass environmental review (The Guardian - Thursday, 9 January 2020) -- The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a plan to speed permitting for major infrastructure projects like oil pipelines, road expansions and bridges. Read More

Three reasons to be a Young Champions of the Earth 2020! (UN Environment - Wednesday, 8 January 2020) -- Thousands of young people aged 18 to 30 apply to the Young Champions of the Earth prize every year. Launched in 2017 by the UN Environment Programme and powered by Covestro, the prize celebrates and supports individuals between 18 and 30 years old with outstanding potential to create a positive environmental impact. Read More

Australia strengthens bushfire defenses as economic, environmental costs mount (Reuters - Tuesday, 7 January 2020) -- Australian firefighters used a break from searing temperatures on Tuesday to strengthen containment lines around huge wildfires as the financial and environmental costs of the crisis mounted. Read More

Australia wildfires: 480 million animals believed dead (USA TODAY - Tuesday, 7 January 2020) -- Wildfires in Australia may have killed half a billion animals. Watch Video