Green Rwanda Media Review - 14 September 2020

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

Summary 

  • The New Times reports that we must mend our relationship with nature.
  • Kigali Today and other outlets report that Meteo Rwanda has predicted reduced rains in Season A.
  • KT Press and The New Times report on recovery options for the drained Rusizi hot springs.
  • Imvaho Nshya reports that the Ministry of Emergency Management urges people to tighten disaster-prevention measures.
  • The New Times reports that the dangers of air pollution are on the rise, according to the Health Ministry.
  • The New Times shares Minister Mujawariya's opinion on the International Day of Clean Air.
  • The Global Green Growth Institute and Green Climate Fund partner to enhance access to climate finance through readiness support.

Upcoming events 

  • 16 September: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. More here
  • 16 September: G20 Environment Ministers Meeting
  • 17 September: UNCCD-Commonwealth Virtual Side Event – Accelerating Action Around Land for Enhanced Climate Action Videoconference
  • 18 September: World Water Monitoring Day
  • 18 September – 18 October 2020: African Mobility Month. More here
  • 21 September: Zero Emissions Day
  • 22 September: World Rhino Day
  • 24 September: World Gorilla Day
  • 30 September: Webinar on the circular economy opportunities in Africa’s post-COVID-19 Recovery organised by African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA), African Development Bank, and SITRA. More here

Rwanda

Huye: Inyamaswa iherutse kwicwa yamenyekanye (Kigali Today - Sunday, 13 September 2020) -- Nyuma y’amakuru yari yavuzwe y’uko ahitwa mu Irango mu Karere ka Huye habonetse inyamaswa imeze nk’ingwe, abashinzwe umutekano bakayica bavuga ko ari urusamagwe, abazi iby’inyamaswa bavuga ko iyo nyamaswa yitwa imondo. Read More

Why Rwanda needs law on use of genetic resources (The New Times - Saturday, 12 September 2020) -- A number of testimonies recently compiled in ‘a Tool Kit and Guideline on access to Genetic Resources’, shows why Rwanda needs a law on exploiting genetic resources. Read More

Sir David Attenborough makes stark warning about species extinction (BBC - Saturday, 12 September 2020) -- Sir David Attenborough returns to our screens this weekend with a landmark new production. The tone of the programme is very different from his usual work. Read More

Rwanda set to collect 10,000 tonnes of e-waste annually (The New Times - Saturday, 12 September 2020) -- By the end of 2020, all districts will have e-waste collection points that could help Rwanda collect over 10,000 tonnes per year for dismantling and recycling. Read More. Also published in Umuseke, and Igihe

Govt woos investors for Kigali recreational zones (The New Times - Friday, 11 September 2020) -- The Ministry of Environment and the City of Kigali have urged investors to venture into dedicated recreational zones as Kigali continues to build on its vibrancy. Read More

Editorial: We must mend our relationship with nature (The New Times - Friday, 11 September 2020) -- The latest report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) shows that animal population has reduced by 68% since 1970, as human activity erodes the planet’s life support systems to the edge. Read More

Wildlife population in decline due to human destruction—report (The New Times - Thursday, 10 September 2020) -- Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds in less than 50 years, according to a major report by the conservation group WWF. Read More

UN at 75: Reaffirming global commitment to multilateralism (The New Times - Thursday, 10 September 2020) -- The world will on September 21 mark the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations. The day will be marked with a one-day high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly among other activities to celebrate this milestone. Read More

Umusaruro w’ubuki mu Rwanda ugeze kuri toni 5,000 (Imvaho Nshya - Thursday, 10 September 2020) -- Ubworozi bw’inzuki (Ubuvumvu) ni bumwe mu bworozi burambye mu Rwanda aho abavumvu bifashishaga ubumenyi gakondo mu korora inzuki. Mu myaka 26 ishize nyuma yo kubohora u Rwanda, umwuga w’ubuvumvu wahindutse uw’ubucuruzi buhambaye, abawushoyemo imari barungutse. Read More

Ikirwa cya Gihaya, akagari ko muri Rusizi gasa nk'akari mu rutumvingoma (RBA - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- Abatuye ku kirwa cya Gihaya kiri mu Karere ka Rusizi baravuga ko bakomeje kuba mu gihirahiro cyo kumenya niba bazimurwa kuri iki kirwa cyangwa bakahaguma dore ko n’umushoramari uherutse kwimura bamwe akizeza akazi abasigaye na we byarangiye adakomeje imirimo. Read More

Imvura y’umuhindo ishobora kuba nke, abahinzi bihutire gutera (Kigali Today - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere (Meteo Rwanda) cyatangaje ko imvura y’umuhindo wa 2020 izaba iri munsi gato y’imvura isanzwe iboneka mu bihe byiza by’umuhindo, mu bice byinshi by’igihugu. Read More. Also published on Imvaho Nshya and The New Times

Menya byinshi ku miterere y’ubusitani bwuhirwa, umushinga uzarimbisha Kigali (Igihe - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- Burya koko harabaye ntihakabe! Ababona u Rwanda mu isura rufite uyu munsi, ntibarukekera iyo rwigeze ejo bundi mu myaka 26 ishize. Icyahoze ari igihugu cy’amarira n’agahinda, ubu ni isomo mpuzamahanga ndetse ni igihugu gitera imbere ku muvuduko uri mu yihuta ku Isi nzima. Read More

Report lifts lid on Rusizi hot springs mystery (The New Times - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- A new report released by Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board on Monday, September 7 suggests that earthquakes, and dynamite explosions might have acted as ‘trigger’ and ‘accelerator’ for the disappearance and deviation of the one-hectare hot spring pond in Rusizi district. Read More. Also published in KT Press

City of Kigali to set up fecal sludge treatment plant in Masaka (The New Times - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- The City of Kigali in partnership with Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) are in the process of establishing a fecal sludge treatment plant in Masaka sector of Kicukiro District. Read More

MINEMA irakangurira abaturarwanda gukaza ingamba zo kwirinda ibiza (Imvaho Nshya - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- Nk’uko byatangajwe n’Ikigo k’Igihugu Gishinzwe Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere mu Rwanda, igihe cy’Umuhindo (Nzeri-Ukuboza) hari ibice bitandukanye by’igihugu bizagira imvura nyinshi ishobora guteza umwuzure, inkangu n’izindi ngaruka. Read More

Health ministry: Dangers of air pollution on the rise (The New Times - Tuesday, 8 September 2020) -- The Ministry of Health has warned that the health threat posed by air pollution is growing, urging stakeholders to develop more initiatives to preserve air quality. Read More

How Rwanda mining sector could drive up revenue (Africa Mining Market - Tuesday, 8 September 2020) -- If there were more smelting companies in Rwanda, miners could earn 75 percent more than they do today. This is because Rwanda exports a big proportion of raw unprocessed minerals to be processed. Read More

Clean skies, healthy people (The New Times - Monday, 7 September 2020) -- Rwanda has joined the rest of the world to mark the first-ever International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. Read More

Pollution: 20% of 500 cars in Kigali emit environmentally hazardous gas (Rwanda TV - Sunday, 6 September 2020) -- Out of 500 vehicles that can be inspected every day, 20% of them are found to pollute the air. The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has asked Vehicle owners to ensure that they do not pollute the air by ensuring that they functioning properly. Watch Video

Former Rwandan minister outlines her mission towards food systems: UN (CGTN - Sunday, 6 September 2020) -- Agnes Kalibata, the former Rwandan Minister for Agriculture, has been tasked with leading the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit. Read More

IDS alum appointed CEO of Rwanda’s Green Fund (Institute of Development Studies - Tuesday, 1 September 2020) -- IDS alum, Teddy Mpinganzima Mugabo, has been appointed CEO of Rwanda’s Green Fund. Read More

 

Sector updates 

Enhancing access to climate finance through readiness support (GGGI - September 2020) -- The Global Green Growth Institute and Green Climate Fund have formed a partnership to bolster developing country capacities to deal with the unprecedented challenge of climate change! Read More

Iteganyagihe ry'Umuhindo (Nzeri-Ukuboza)2020 (Rwanda Meteorology Agency Youtube Channel - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- Meteo Rwanda itangaza ko muri uyu muhindo wa 2020 muri rusange hateganyijwe imvura izaba iri munsi ho gato y’imvura isanzwe iboneka mu bihe byiza by’umuhindo mu bice byinshi by’igihugu. Watch Video

Umunsi Mpuzamahanga w’Umwuka Mwiza n’Ikirere Gikeye: Minisitiri w’Ibidukikije arasaba buri munyarwanda kwita ku buziranenge bw’umwuka duhumeka (Ministry of Environment - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- Uyu munsi ku wa 07 Nzeli 2020 u Rwanda rwifatanyije ifatanya n’isi kwizihiza ku nshuro ya mbere Umunsi Mpuzamahanga w’Umwuka Mwiza n’Ikirere Gikeye. Uyu munsi ukaba waremejwe n’Inteko Rusange y’Umuryango w’Abibumbye ya 74 muri 19 Nzeri 2019. Read More

“Clean skies, healthy people…” by Minister Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya (Ministry of Environment - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- Rwanda has joined the rest of the world to mark the first-ever International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies. The day calls upon all of us, from governments and the private sector to civil society and individuals, to reduce air pollution and transform the way we live, work, move and power our economies. Read More

Video: IBIKORWA BYA MUNTU NIBYO BIHUMANYA UMWUKA DUHUMEKA| TURWANYE IBIWUHUMANYA TUGIRE IKIRERE GIKEYE (REMA Youtube Channel - Tuesday, 8 September 2020) -- Watch Video

Police, REMA in awareness on air pollution ahead of ‘International Air Quality Day’ (Rwanda National Police - Saturday, 5 September 2020) -- Rwanda National Police (RNP) and Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) launched a campaign on Saturday, September 5, to further raise awareness on air pollution and fuel emission control measures. Read More

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies: Rwanda’s commitment to Preserving Air Quality and Fighting Air Pollution (REMA - Friday, 4 September 2020) -- Rwanda recognizes air pollution in cities and at national level as a serious environmental and health threat. Read More

Report: Regional Inclusive Green Economy Training – Rwanda (GGGI - April 2020) -- This Inclusive Green Economy Capacity Building knowledge sharing report captures the Inclusive Green Economy Capacity Building Program for Civil Servants from Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda held over two weeks in Rwanda. Read More

 

Across Africa

'We are not locked into fossil fuels in Africa' (DW - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- As Africa develops faster, countries are shifting their focus to investment in renewable energy. The director of think tank Power Shift Africa explains how the continent can embark on a journey toward a green future. Read More

Walkable streets equals clean air (UNEP - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- The Share the Road Programme supports governments and other stakeholders in developing countries to move towards investing in infrastructure for those who walk and cycle. Read More

African ministers call for investment in Great Green Wall to aid Covid-19 recovery (Climate Change News - Monday, 7 September 2020) -- An initiative to create a green corridor across Africa is key to the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, ministers have said. Read More

Africa's Great Green Wall just 4% complete halfway through schedule (The Guardian - Monday, 7 September 2020) -- The world’s most ambitious reforestation project, the Great Green Wall of Africa, has covered only 4% of its target area but is more than halfway towards its 2030 completion date, according to a status report. Read More

 

From Around the World

‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ Is Finally Free After 35 Years in Confinement (Global Citizen - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- An elephant that lived in captivity at a Pakistani zoo for 35 years will finally be transferred to a wildlife sanctuary, following years of outcry by animal rights activists. Read More

Science, solidarity and solutions needed against climate change: Guterres (UN - Wednesday, 9 September 2020) -- United in Science 2020, released on Wednesday, highlights the increasing and irreversible impacts of climate change on glaciers, oceans, nature, economies and it’s cost on people across the globe; manifest more and more often through disasters such as record heatwaves, wildfires, droughts and floods. Read More

Preserving Land to Slow Climate Change (US News - Tuesday, 8 September 2020) -- Humans are dismantling and disrupting natural ecosystems around the globe and changing Earth's climate. Read More

First International Day for Clean Air calls for decisive global action to beat air pollution (UNEP - Monday, 7 September 2020) -- With extreme air pollution events on the rise, global efforts to reduce pollution and its effects will receive an advocacy boost when, for the first time ever, the world marks the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on 7 September. Read More