Green Rwanda Media Review - 14 December 2020

 

Summary

  • KT Press and Imvaho Nshya report that President Paul Kagame has reiterated Rwanda’s targets at the global Climate Ambition Summit.
  • Read a piece by Minister Dr. Mujawamariya on Rwanda's climate resilience plan - from ambition to action.
  • KT Press reports about the new urbanisation project that will focus on redeveloping unplanned settlements.
  • Meteo Rwanda reports on its collaboration with the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
  • REMA reports that Africa’s clean cooling centre of excellence has moved closer to boosting farmer’s livelihoods.

 

Upcoming events 

  • 17-18 December: E-waste Capacity Building Workshop in Bugesera organised by Enviroserve Rwanda, RHA, RURA, and GGGI
 

Rwanda

 
How Ecobrigade tackles youth unemployment through environmental protection (The New Times - Monday, 14 December 2020) -- On a cloudy morning, dozens of young men and women dig radical terraces in Kibangu to protect steep land from erosion in this distant sector of Muhanga District, Southern Province. Read More
 
Rwanda National Police connects 785 households with solar energy (The New Times - Sunday, 13 December 2020) -- Rwanda National Police (RNP) has lit 785 households in four villages in Nyagatare, Burera, Gicumbi and Musanze districts, with solar energy. Read More
 
Kagame Reiterates Rwanda’s Ambitious Targets At Climate Ambition Summit (KT Press - Saturday, 12 December 2020) -- President Paul Kagame has reiterated Rwanda’s determination to never settle for less than its ambitious targets to ensure climate resilience. Read More
 
RDO Launches Smart Irrigation Project (Rwanda Dispatch - Saturday, 12 December 2020) -- Real time crop water requirement from irrigation and trapping pests to reduce the use of pesticides, are some of the latest smart green technologies that Rwanda Development Organisation (RDO) introduced to farmers in Kagitumba, Nyagatare District on Friday, December 11, 2020. Read More
 
Earth Journalism Network Opens Opportunities To Local Media (KT Press - Saturday, 12 December 2020) -- The Earth Journalism Network (EJN) has committed to working with the Rwanda Network of Environmental Journalists (RNEJ) as part of its plans of extending financial support to journalists who specialize in reporting environment issues. Read More
 
U Rwanda rwiteguye guhangana n’ihindagurika ry’ikirere- Perezida Kagame (Imvaho Nshya - Saturday, 12 December 2020) -- Muri Gicurasi 2020, mu gihe Isi yose yugarijwe n’icyorezo cya Koronavirusi (COVID-19), u Rwanda rwashimwe nk’Igihugu cyabimburiye ibindi mu kugaragaza ingamba kiyemeje gukora mu kubahiriza amasezerano y’i Paris yerekeye guhangana n’imihindagurikire y’ikirere. Read More
 
Rwanda : les villages repensés face au réchauffement climatique (France Info - Saturday, 12 December 2020) -- Au Rwanda (Afrique de l’Est), la population locale est exposée à des inondations et des glissements de terrain de plus en plus extrêmes. Pour faire face à cela, le gouvernement, soutenu par l’ONU, a créé des villages verts. Read More
 
From ambition to action: Rwanda’s climate resilience plan (The New Times - Friday, 11 December 2020) -- On Saturday, December 12, 2020, global leaders are meeting to discuss a problem on many of our minds: climate change. The extraordinary virtual Climate Ambition Summit has been convened by the United Nations, United Kingdom and France, in partnership with Chile and Italy, and comes five years to the day since the historic Paris Agreement was adopted. Read More
 
Rwanda, Finland look to stronger economic cooperation (The New Times - Friday, 11 December 2020) -- What would it take to increase Rwanda, Finland economic cooperation? This is one of the questions Foreign Ministries of the two countries tried to address this week during a visit by Kai Sauer, the Finnish vice-minister for foreign affairs. Read More
 
Climate-fuelled La Niña in East Africa will drive millions into hunger - Oxfam (Relief Web - Friday, 11 December 2020) -- Over 50 million people are in need of immediate food assistance in the Horn East and Central Africa, with numbers expected to rise significantly as the region braces for harsh, climate fuelled La Niña conditions, said Oxfam today. Read More
 
Rwanda National Police in tree planting drive (The New Times - Thursday, 10 December 2020) -- Rwanda National Police (RNP), on Thursday, December 10, launched a tree planting exercise to supplement the national environmental protection programme. Read More
 
Poor nations call for more financial support to cope with climate impacts (Climate Home News - Thursday, 10 December 2020) -- The world’s poorest countries have called on rich nations to provide more financial aid to help them adapt to climate change and recover from disasters such as flooding, typhoons and drought. Read More
 
Over 280,000ha of Rwanda’s natural forests face extinction (The New Times - Thursday, 10 December 2020) -- Located in Rongi Sector of Muhanga District, Busaga natural forest once occupied 300 hectares of land but has been reduced to less than 150 hectares due to agriculture, wood exploitation and settlement. Read More
 
Inside Busanza Housing Estate, the new home of former Kangondo slum residents (The New Times - Thursday, 10 December 2020) -- After a long wait, the first group of families who were living in Kigali’s largest slum bringing together three zones; Kangondo I, Kangondo II, and Kibiraro I, have settled in their new homes. Read More
 
UR graduate takes a lead to inspire youth to pursue research (University of Rwanda - Wednesday, 09 December 2020) -- Raymond Umazekabiri graduated in 2018 from Botany and Conservation option, Biology Department at the College of Science and Technology. Since graduation, he has been working at the Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity (CoEB) and he was able to upgrade his undergraduate dissertation into a research project which eventually got funded. Read More
 
Sustainable cooling and cold chain systems being developed in Rwanda (ESI Africa - Wednesday, 09 December 2020) -- Rwanda has launched the African Centre of Excellence of Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain (ACES) to be hosted by the University of Rwanda. Read More
 
4Ts to future-proofing an economy (The New Times - Tuesday, 08 December 2020) -- As we draw an end to 2020 and look forward to 2021 with a renewed sense of optimism and hope towards a post Covid-19 world, our focus needs to be set more than ever on future-proofing an economy. Read More
 
Tourism In 2020: Humanity Felt The Shock, Wildlife Alike (KT Press - Tuesday, 08 December 2020) -- A photo of Rwanda’s endangered primate – mountain gorilla went viral in April 2020 as the community was still wondering what befell their country after a couple of weeks in COVID-19 lockdown. Read More
 
Rwanda: Africa’s clean cooling centre of excellence moves closer to boosting farmer’s livelihoods (Top Africa News - Tuesday, 08 December 2020) -- The Rwandan Government has formally launched the new African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain (ACES) that is hosted in-country by the University of Rwanda. Read More
 
E-waste handling mitigates 1,648 tonnes of carbon emission (The New Times - Tuesday, 08 December 2020) -- While e-waste management has created business opportunities and jobs, it has also been an opportunity to mitigate climate change. Read More
 
Imicungire y’ubutaka mu Rwanda ituma bukoreshwa neza (Imvaho Nshya - Tuesday, 08 December 2020) -- Iyo umuntu azi amakuru ajyanye n’igishushanyombonera cy’ubutaka bw’ahantu, bituma ashobora gukora igenamigambi ry’imicungire yabwo mu gihe kirambye kandi mu buryo bunoze. Read More
 
New Urbanization Project to Focus on Redeveloping Unplanned Settlements (KT Press - Monday, 07 December 2020) -- Rwanda is working on a new urban housing plan that will engage the private sector in implementing the redevelopment of unplanned settlement in the capital Kigali. Read More
 
Extreme heat in Africa not appreciated as other deadly events of climate change (The New Times - Friday, 04 December 2020) -- As the end of 2020 is closing in, the year is likely to go down as one of the warmest on record. Read More
 
Sector Updates
 
From ambition to action: Rwanda’s climate resilience plan (REMA - Saturday, 12 December 2020) -- On Saturday, December 12, 2020, global leaders are meeting to discuss a problem on many of our minds: climate change. The extraordinary virtual Climate Ambition Summit has been convened by the United Nations, United Kingdom and France, in partnership with Chile and Italy, and comes five years to the day since the historic Paris Agreement was adopted. Read More
 
GGGI selected as Technical Assistance Providers for Burkina Faso and Viet Nam by K-CEP (GGGI - Friday, 11 December 2020) -- December 10, Hanoi and Ouagadougou – The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), a philanthropic collaboration, has selected the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) as technical assistance providers to improve access to and the efficiency of cooling in Burkina Faso and Viet Nam. Read More
 
Africa’s clean cooling centre of excellence moves closer to boosting farmer’s livelihoods (REMA - Thursday, 10 December 2020) -- The Rwandan Government has formally launched the new African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain (ACES) that is hosted in-country by the University of Rwanda. Read More
 
The Director General of Meteo Rwanda received a delegation from Finland (Meteo Rwanda - Wednesday, 09 December 2020) -- On 09th December 2020, Mr. Aimable Gahigi, the Director General together with the Senior Management at Meteo Rwanda received a delegation from Finland led by Honourable Kai Sauer, Vice Minister for Foreign and Security Policy of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of FINLAND. Read More
 
Across Africa 
 
Paris Agreement: Nigerian govt providing policies to address climate change — Official (Premium Times - Tuesday, 08 December 2020) -- Part of the government's efforts at honouring Paris Agreement is tree planting to avoid further degradation of the land. Read More
Drought-hit farmers’ desperate wait for rain (New Era - Tuesday, 08 December 2020) -- The absence of rain in many parts of the country has farmers, especially those carrying out their activities in the communal areas worried. Memories of last year’s drought are still fresh in the minds of farmers. Read More
 
The loss of vegetation is creating a dangerous heat island over Nairobi (The Conversation - Tuesday, 08 December 2020) -- Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, used to be known as the “Green City in the Sun” for its lush environment. There have been however recently been a lot of changes to Nairobi’s land cover – what’s on the ground’s surface. Read More 
 
From Around the World
Climate change: Have countries kept their promises? (BBC News - Thursday, 10 December 2020) -- Agreed by 196 parties in the French capital in December 2015, the Paris climate deal aims to keep the rise in global temperatures this century "well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C." We look at five key countries and how well they have kept their promises. Read More
 
Covid lockdowns will only lower 2050 temperatures by 0.01C, predicts UN (The Guardian - Wednesday, 09 December 2020) -- Earth still on course for catastrophic 3.2C of warming by end of century, but green recovery plans could put world back on course for Paris goals. Read More
 
The world’s rich need to cut their carbon footprint by a factor of 30 to slow climate change, U.N. warns (The Washington Post - Wednesday, 09 December 2020) -- Despite sharp drop in greenhouse gas emissions during the pandemic, the world remains on pace for catastrophic warming in coming decades. Read More
 
Climate change exacerbates biodiversity loss (Science Daily - Tuesday, 08 December 2020) -- A considerable number of existing and proposed post-2020 biodiversity targets are at risk of being severely compromised due to climate change, even if other barriers such as habitat exploitation are removed argue researchers. Read More
 
Twitter Highlights
1. Presidency | Rwanda @UrugwiroVillage: “Ambitious action on climate change will make our world more resilient and healthy, and also more prosperous. We should not miss out on the opportunity.” President Kagame #ClimateAmbitionSummit 2020. #ClimateAction
 
2. REMA Rwanda @REMA_Rwanda: Today, our inspectors started a 3 day joint inspection to crack down illegal businesses of single-use plastics and carry bags in @CityofKigali and 6 secondary cities @Muhangadis @MusanzeDistrict @HuyeDistrict @RusiziDistrict @NyagatareDistr and @RubavuDistrict @EnvironmentRw
3. Mujawamariya Jeanne d'Arc @MujaJeanne: @RwandaGov and @Finland are determined to achieve SDGs and NDCs; partner in clean energy for circular economy promotion!
 
4. Ministry of Environment - Rwanda @EnvironmentRw: Min. @MujaJeanne addressing the Virtual High-Level Roundtable on #NDCs and Short-lived Climate Pollutants: @RwandaGov affirmed its climate action & ambition commitment, by submitting in May 2020 to the UNFCCC, an updated #NDC to walk the talk.
 
5. IUCN-Rwanda @IucnRwanda: #SebeyaProject aims at increasing livelihood and conservation benefits in Sebeya catchment from landscape restoration and improved natural resource management through: reduced land degradation, improved incomes and resilience from sustainable use of landscape resources in Rwanda.
 
6. Rwanda Network for Environmental Journalists @EnviroRwanda: Inyigo yakorewe ku biyaga bitanu ari byo #Cyohoha, #Mugesera, #Muhazi, i #Kivu na #Rweru yagaragaje ko hari ibikorwa by’iterambere bitangiza ibidukikije bishobora kuhakorerwa @REMA_Rwanda @EnvironmentRw @RwandaWater @RDBrwanda @rbarwanda
 
7. Rwanda Green Fund @GreenFundRw: Today, our CEO @TeddyMugabo_ together w/ the DG of @REMA_Rwanda @Juliet_Kabera and @UKinRwanda HC joined the team of @Del_Agua for a field visit that aimed at seeing the impact of #TubehoNeza project in improving lives of beneficiaries in @Muhangadis.
 
8. MUHANGA District @Muhangadis: Earlier today:Today, H.E @JoLomasFCDO of @UKinRwanda ; @Juliet_Kabera of @REMA_Rwanda and @TeddyMugabo_ of @GreenFundRw, visited Cyeza sector to see the distribution of the @Del_Agua stoves, followed by a household visit where they met stove beneficiaries and their families. @RwandaSouth
 
9. GGGI Rwanda @GGGI_Rwanda: Today @Kamonyi the GCF NAP Gender Expert @Rob_Isimbi & @UmukunziD lead the stakeholders consultations for Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (GESI) integration of @theGCF NAP Project on Building Flood Resilience Capacities in #Rwanda, with district officials & community members