Green Rwanda Media Review - 14 January 2019


  • The New Times reports that Rwanda launched a centre to measure global warming gases.
  • The New Times reports that the government has set up strategic cooking gas reserves.
  • Cooling Post reports that Poland has become 22nd EU member to ratify Kigali Amendment.
  • The New Times reports that Rwanda lost Rwf 200bn due to disasters last year.
  • Rwanda Inspirer reports that young children from Muhanga have initiated a campaign to protect the environment.
  • Francesco La Camera of Italy has been named as the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Upcoming Events

14-17 January: World Future Energy Summit

27-28 January: High-level Event to celebrate Entry into Force of the Kigali Amendment at Kigali Marriott Hotel

2 February: World Wetlands Day

11-12 February: African Ministers' Council on Water General Assembly

22 February: Regional Nile Day

3 March: World Wildlife Day 2019

18 March: World Recycling Day

21 March: International Day of Forests

22 March: World Water Day

23 March: World Meteorological Day

16 September: Ozone Day



Rwanda launches centre to measure global warming gases (The New Times - Sunday, 13 January 2019) -- Rwanda has launched the first African Air Quality and Climate Laboratory equipped with the “Medusa system” that will measure more than 50 gases that deplete the ozone layer. Read More

Muhanga: Young Children initiated a campaign to protect Environment (Rwanda Inspirer - Sunday, 13 January 2019) -- Youth in Muhanga District in the Southern Province of Rwanda launched a project called “GIRA ISUKU” aimed at protecting the environment as one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read More

Kigali: Yahumanyije ikirere Perezida aramwibonera (Umuseke - Sunday, 13 January 2019) -- Muri uyu mugoroba ahagana saa kumi n’ebyiri umugabo yatwitse amapine y’imodoka mu murenge wa Kicukiro Akagari ka Kagina Umudugudu w’Umuremure mu gihe abantu bariho babyinubira Perezida Kagame nawe aba aciye iyi nzira ntiyakomeza kugenda arahagarara. Read More

Editorial: It is not too late to save the world (The New Times - Sunday, 13 January 2019) -- The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol came into force on January this year. It is three years since Rwanda hosted the 28th Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol. Read More

New In Rwanda: Gishwati National Park For 2020 (KT Press - Thursday, 10 January 2019) -- More is still coming for all tourists, either from Rwanda, foreign residents or any visitor who love Rwandan wildlife. Read More Akagera Park records 20 per cent growth in revenue (The New Times - Thursday, 10 January 2019) -- Akagera National Park received more than 40,000 visitors and generated $2 million in park revenue last year, a 20 per cent increase compared to 2017. Read More

Poland becomes 22nd EU member to ratify Kigali (Cooling Post - Wednesday, 9 January 2019) -- POLAND: Ratification of the Kigali Amendment by Poland brings the total number of countries to sign the global treaty to phase down HFCs to 66. Read More

The right to a polythene-free environment (The New Times - Wednesday, 9 January 2019) -- One of the things the Government of Rwanda is famous for is its strong stance on banning the use of polythene bags in the country. When you go to the Rwandan border, you will find custom officers checking the property of people entering the country and confiscating polythene bags. Read More

How electrification is changing livelihoods of Ngoma residents (The New Times - Wednesday, 9 January 2019) -- Ngoma District is one of the districts of the Eastern Province that are currently benefiting from the ongoing electrification project funded by the Belgian Government with an aim to improve access to reliable on-grid electricity services for households and priority public institutions. Read More

Extent of financial losses from climatic hazard affecting farmers (The New Times - Tuesday, 8 January 2019) -- Effects of climate change such as unusually prolonged drought continue to derail agricultural cooperatives’ production, farmers’ representatives have raised concern. Read More

Govt to set up strategic cooking gas reserves (The New Times - Tuesday, 8 January 2019) -- Government is planning to introduce strategic cooking gas reserves so as to cushion the country against potential shortages, officials have said. Read More

Imvura ya ‘milimetero’ ivugwa mu iteganyagihe ipimwa ite? (Imvaho Nshya - Tuesday, 8 January 2019) -- Ndizera ko umaze kumva kenshi kuri radiyo ngo ‘ejo hazagwa imvura ya milimetero runaka’, ese ujya usobanukirwa ingano y’iyo mvura ugendeye ku bipimo bya milimetero bitangazwa? Read More

Rwanda lost Rwf200bn due to disasters last year (The New Times - Monday, 7 January 2019) -- The year 2018 is gone, but, some people are still reeling from the disasters that hit various parts of the country during the year. Read More

Gakenke: Imiryango 22 yasenyewe n’ibiza byo muri 2016 igiye kubakirwa (Igihe - Monday, 7 January 2019) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Akarere ka Gakenke bwatangaje ko imiryango 22 yo mu mirenge ya Minazi na Muzo yasenyewe n’ibiza byo muri Gicurasi 2016, izubakirwa bitarenze muri Kanama uyu mwaka. Read More

Farmers cooperatives look on new measures to cope with climate change issues (Rwanda Inspirer - Sunday, 6 January 2019) -- National Cooperative Confederation of Rwanda (NCCR) pledges to implement government policies of land use management and urges its members to respect agricultural policy in coping with climate change issues. Read More

Construction of Kigali sewerage system to kick off in June (The New Times - Saturday, 5 January 2019) -- Construction of the first Kigali Sanitation and Central Sewerage System will begin in June 2019, the Ministry of Infrastructure has disclosed. Read More

Police caution mining firms on employee safety (The New Times - Saturday, 5 January 2019) -- Mining companies in Rutsiro District have been called upon to assess their concessions and take measures to prevent disasters, which are at times caused by negligence. Read More

Across Africa Start them young: Uganda targets children for conservation awareness (Mongabay - Wednesday, 9 January 2019) -- Entebbe, Uganda — At the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center in Entebbe, a steady stream of school buses drops off hundreds of children from across eastern Uganda. Read More

Refugees use improved stoves to conserve environment (Daily Monitor - Wednesday, 9 January 2019) -- Adjumani. Refugees and host communities in Adjumani District are using improved stoves called Rocket Lorena to conserve fuel as well as the environment. Read More

Africa’s Biggest Conservation Success Was Once a Poachers’ Paradise (Bloomberg - Monday, 7 January 2019) -- When Sarah Hall arrived to run Rwanda’s oldest national park in 2010, its rangers could barely cope with poachers who were trapping hippos in snares for food. The rhinos had vanished. The lions had been wiped out. Read More


From Around the World

Italy's La Camera named as new IRENA chief (Xinhua - Monday, 14 January 2019) -- The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on Sunday named Francesco La Camera of Italy as its new director-general. La Camera is to take office as of April 4 to succeed Adnan Amin, who has been the first director-general of the Abu Dhabi-based IRENA since 2011. Read More

Treaty on HFCs aims to curb global warming from greenhouse gases in air conditioning, refrigeration (ABC News - Saturday, 12 January 2019) -- In many parts of Australia, air conditioners have gone from being a luxury to what many consider a necessity. Read More

Why microbeads are such a threat and why they’re so hard to handle (Eco-Business - Thursday, 10 January 2019) -- Plastic is everywhere. It is used across a spectrum of applications from durable industrial equipment, household appliances to throw-away single-use items and even the clothes we wear. This wide scope of uses is ascribed to its versatility, low-cost and because it’s extremely durable. Read More

Is Organic Food Worse for the Environment? (Care2 - Wednesday, 9 January 2019) -- Most of us know there are many health benefits to eating organic food. But is the farming practice all that healthy for the environment? A new study suggests organic food might have some serious consequences for the environment when compared to conventionally produced food. Here’s what it found. Read More

Lessons from China on large-scale landscape restoration (UN Environment - Tuesday, 8 January 2019) -- In the 1980s, the hilly Qianyanzhou region in Jiangxi Province, southern China, faced severe soil erosion due to deforestation and unsustainable farming practices. Fertile red soil was being washed away causing crop yields to tumble. Read More


Sector Updates

Sector Agronomists, Farmer Promoters and Farmer Facilitators Pledged to Embrace the Use of Weather and Climate Services (Rwanda Meteorology Agency - Monday, 7 January 2019) -- 200 Sector Agronomists, Farmer Promoters and Farmer Facilitators pledged to embrace the use of weather and climate services to curb losses resulting from extreme weather events and climate variability. Read More

September to December 2018 rainfall season, Most parts of Rwanda experienced depressed rainfall (Rwanda Meteorology Agency - Monday, 7 January 2019) -- The assessment of rainfall performance in September to December 2018 (SOND2018) rainfall season conducted by Meteo Rwanda indicated that most parts of the country experienced depressed rainfall during the season of September to December 2018 compared to its Long Term Mean (LTM). Read More

Promoting green growth by building youth capacity for UNFCCC negotiations (Global Green Growth Institute - Friday, 4 January 2019) -- In Katowice – December 2018 Policy makers, influencers, innovators, business drivers, International organizations and observers from a wide range of sectors and across the globe gathered for the 24th Conference of Parties in Katowice. Among the participants was the delegation from Rwanda that include 3 young innovators from ‘Green Fighters’. Youth around different corners of the globe were in attendance to participate and make sure that their voices were heard in shaping the global dialogue on climate change. Read More