Green Rwanda Media Review - 14 May 2018

Read the latest news from Rwanda's environment sector.

Summary

  • The New Times reports that the Government of Rwanda is interested in establishment youth groups to protect the environment
  • Igihe reports that activities to protect Kamiranzovu Wetland have been initiated
  • Umuseke writes that the heavy rains might precede severe droughts in East Africa
  • Xinhua reports that Kenya will use satellite data to address climate change effects
  • The Independent writes that air pollution might influence criminal activities in cities

 

Upcoming Events

14-16 May 2018: Regional Workshop on E-waste Management in East Africa at Park Inn Hotel

15 May 2018: ARCOS Meeting on Climate change adaptation in the private sector

19 May 2018: Endangered Species Day

22 May 2018: International Day for Biological Diversity (World Biodiversity Day)

29 May - 5 June 2018: National Environment Week & World Environment Day

24-26 June 2018: 54th Global Environment Facility Council Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam

30-31 August 2018: 6th Annual Eastern Africa Waste Management Conference, Uganda

 

Review

Rwanda

The Congo kidnapping shows how dangerous it still is to protect the world’s last mountain gorillas (iNews - Friday 11 May 2018) --- There are about 880 mountain gorillas left on Earth. Visiting them in the mountain forests of equatorial Africa is an extraordinary wildlife experience – as we know from David Attenborough’s memorable televised encounter in 1979. Read more

Government mulls ‘youth brigades’ to fight environmental degradation (The New Times - Friday 11 May 2018) -- The Ministry of Youth has announced plans to form youth groups focused on providing paid services in the protection of environment starting with the next financial year, the Minister for Youth has revealed. Read more

Rwanda steps up emergency relief efforts after heavy rains disasters (Xinhua - Friday 11 May 2018) --- As heavy downpour has left over 100 people dead and property destroyed, the Rwandan government has embarked on emergency relief efforts to support the victims, Rwandan Prime minister Edouard Ngirente said Friday. Read more

Government Conducting Emergency Relocation Of All People In ‘High Risk Zones’ (KT Press - Thursday 10 May 2018) -- Rainy season in Rwanda is here to stay, and damages behind it have become a big concern with more than 200 victims in the last four months. Read more

Rwanda to host major continental agric forum (The New Times - Wednesday 9 May 2018) -- Rwanda will host the 2018 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), a key platform that advances the continent’s agricultural transformation agenda. Read more

Premier condoles with disaster victims, reassures govt support (The New Times - Wednesday 9 May 2018) --- Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has said the Government will continue to extend immediate and long-term support to families devastated by disasters across the country. Read more

Rwanda to host major continental agric forum (The New Times - Wednesday 9 May 2018) --- Rwanda will host the 2018 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), a key platform that advances the continent’s agricultural transformation agenda. Read more

Kimisagara: Abatuye mu manegeka batangiye kwimurwa ku ngufu, bacumbikirwa mu rusengero (Video) (Igihe - Wednesday 9 May 2018) -- Abaturage bo mu Murenge wa Kimisagara, Akarere ka Nyarugenge, batuye mu manegeka batangiye kugerwaho n’ibiza biri guterwa n’imvura nyinshi, ubuyobozi bubimura ku ngufu, bamwe bajyanwa gucumbika mu rusengero. Read more

Igishanga cya Kamiranzovu cyatangiye kubungwabungwa mu buryo bwihariye (igihe - Wednesday 9 May 2018) -- Mu ntangiriro za Gashyantare 2018, Akarere ka Nyamasheke katangaje umushinga wo gushyira ibimenyetso ahantu hagaragaza amateka y’imibereho y’Abanyarwanda ndetse no kubungubunga ibidukikije harwanya isuri mu bishanga bihingwamo. Read more

Iyi mvura ‘irakurikirwa’ n’inzara muri East Africa (Umuseke - Tuesday 8 May 2018) -- Imiryango n’ibigo bitandukanye mu bihugu bigize ubumwe bw’Afurika y’iburasirazuba biratangaza ko byiteze izamuka ry’ibiciro mu byo kurya mezi abiri ari imbere kuko umutekano w’ibiribwa wahungabanyijwe n’iyi mvura idasanzwe imaze iminsi yangije ubuso bunini buhinzeho muri Africa y’iburasirazuba. Inzara ngo ishobora gukurikiraho. Read more

L'Umuganda, jour des travaux communautaires obligatoires au Rwanda (France 24 - Tuesday 8 May 2018) --- Un fois par mois, sous peine d'amende, les Rwandais sont priés de travailler gratuitement au service de la communauté pour le jour d'Umuganda. Ces travaux obligatoires visent à renforcer l'unité nationale. Reportage à Kigali. Read more

It is floods now, but we shouldn’t forget drought might follow (The New Times - Tuesday 8 May 2018) -- This wet season, Rwanda has received the most amount of rain in 36 years, according to environment minister, Dr Vincent Biruta, and it shows. There have been more floods than in the recent past. Read more

Imvura yaguye mu mpera z’icyumweru gishize yahitanye abantu 26 (Igihe - Tuesday 8 May 2018) -- Minisiteri y’Imicungire y’Ibiza n’Impunzi, MIDIMAR, yatangaje ko ibiza byatewe n’imvura yaguye mu ijoro ryo ku Cyumweru kugeza ku wa mbere, byahitanye ubuzima bw’abantu 26, abandi benshi bagakomereka. Read more

L'Umuganda, jour des travaux communautaires obligatoires au Rwanda (France 24 - Tuesday 08 May 2018) -- Un fois par mois, sous peine d'amende, les Rwandais sont priés de travailler gratuitement au service de la communauté pour le jour d'Umuganda. Ces travaux obligatoires visent à renforcer l'unité nationale. Reportage à Kigali. Read more

Private sector urged to invest in forests (The New Times - Tuesday 8 May 2018) -- You can watch your money grow by investing in Rwanda’s forests, investors are being told. The government, in its 7-year strategic plan ((2018 – 2024), strongly believes that investing in trees now will yield profits in the near future. Read More

Bamboo Could Have Answers To Unemployment (Taarifa - Tuesday 8 May 2018) -- The forestry sector in Rwanda is presenting the potential for bamboo harnessing but the society still pays less attention to bamboo’s ability to find an answer to the country’s employment problems. Read More

Rwanda landslides after heavy rain bring 2018 death toll to 200 (BBC - Monday 7 May 2018) -- Residents have been digging to search for those buried after heavy downpours. "The four months have been far worse than other years. This is terrifying," Philippe Habinshuti, from the disaster management ministry, told the Reuters. Read more

Karongi: Hamenyekanye abantu 10 bahitanywe n’ibiza, abandi baburiwe irengero (Igihe - Monday 7 May 2018) -- Mu rukerera rwo kuri uyu wa Mbere, imvura idasanzwe yaguye mu bice bitandukanye by’igihugu, mu Karere ka Karongi yahitanye abantu icumi, abandi bataramenyekana umubare baburirwa irengero. Read more

Leta yatangiye gutekereza kuzahangana n’inzara ishobora gukurikira imvura idasanzwe (Igihe - Monday 7 May 2018) -- Minisitiri w’Ubuhinzi n’Ubworozi, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, yavuze ko Guverinoma iri kureba uburyo bwo guhangana n’ingaruka zizaturuka ku mvura idasanzwe iri kugwa mu bice byinshi by’igihugu, yitezweho kugabanya umusaruro w’ubuhinzi ku buryo bukomeye. Read more

MINILAF irashishikariza Abanyarwanda guhinga imigano (Imvaho Nshya - Monday 7 May 2018) -- Minisiteri y’Ubutaka n’Amashyamba, MINILAF, irashishikariza abaturage guhinga no kwita ku kimera k’umugano kuko byagaragaye ko kiramutse kitaweho cyatanga umusaruro mu ku kirya, kucyubakisha, kugikoramo ibikoresho binyuranye ari na ko bita ku bidukikije. Read More

 

Across Africa

Of climate change and Kenya's rains (Aljazeera - Thursday 10 May 2018) -- Kenya's woes have just increased after a dam burst in Nakuru on Wednesday evening. The area downstream was densely populated and, as homes were swept away, at least 10 people were killed. Read more

Living Planet: Journeys to Africa (Deutsche Welle - Thursday 10 May 2018) -- This week, three stories from the African continent: In Rwanda, we explore the mountain gorilla's complex relationship with its human neighbors; in Kenya, we uncover the ugly side of the flower industry; and in the Congo Basin, we find out about how the world's second-largest tropical forest is under threat. Read more

Kenya to use satellite data to combat climate change (Xinhua - Thursday 11 May 2018) -- Kenya plans to use satellite data in order to combat climate change, a senior government official said on Thursday. Read more

Maasai herders driven off land to make way for luxury safaris, report says (The Guardian - Thursday 10 May 2018) -- The Tanzanian government is putting foreign safari companies ahead of Maasai herding communities as environmental tensions grow on the fringes of the Serengeti national park, according to a new investigation. Read more

Taming climate change calls for collective efforts (SciDev - Monday 7 May 2018) -- Science has proved that climate change and its impacts such as prolonged drought and extreme rainy conditions are occurrences that humanity has to grapple with. Read more

 

From Around the World

UN votes for global environment pact (AP - Friday 11 May 2018) -- The UN General Assembly has voted to take a first step toward establishing a Global Pact for the Environment, a decision the United States opposed. Read More

Climate Change Talks Stall Ahead of December 2018 Deadline (VOA News - Thursday 10 May 2018) -- Two weeks of climate talks organized by the United Nations ended Thursday as countries failed to resolve differences about implementing the Paris climate accord. Read more

Air pollution increases crime in cities – here’s how (Independent - Thursday 10 May 2018) -- The impact of air pollution on human health is well-documented. We know that exposure to high levels of air pollutants raises the risk of respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Read more

Development banks ‘not aligned’ with Paris Agreement goals: report (Climate Home - Wednesday 9 May 2018) -- Six leading MDBs were assessed on the progress they had made in aligning their financial flows with the Paris Agreement goals, which they committed to in December 2017. Read more

 

Sector Updates

Kwibuka24: REMA staff visit the Campaign Against Genocide Museum (REMA website - Friday 11 May 2018) -- On 9 May 2018, staff of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) visited the Campaign against Genocide Museum to learn more about the struggle that put an end to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Read more

Photos: Kwibuka24: REMA staff visit the Campaign Against Genocide Museum (REMA Flickr - Thursday 10 May 2018) -- View photos

REMA convenes the Environment and Climate Change Thematic Working Group Meeting (REMA Flickr - Tuesday 07 May 2018) -- On 7 May 2018, REMA convened the Thematic Working Group Meeting of the Environment and Climate Change Sub-Sector.The meeting aimed to discuss with stakeholders on achievements registered in 2017/2018 and priorities for the next year 2018/2019. View photos