Green Rwanda Media Review - 15 January 2018

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Summary

  • The New Times writes that many residents of Bugesera District faced loss of their crops due to January rain
  • The New Times reports that REMA has drafted a law regarding the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to fight climate change impacts in agriculture
  • President Mkapa said that Africans needs more leaders like President Kagame who treasure environment protection, Igihe writes
  • Various outlets write about the donation of land from the African Wildlife Foundation to increase the habitat of the critically endangered mountain gorillas living in Volcanoes National Park
  • Quartz reports that France's Macron met China's Xi to discuss collaboration on fighting climate change in Africa
  • The Guardian publishes a story about New York's plans to divest $5bn from fossil fuel companies and sue leading companies for their contribution to global warming

Review

Rwanda

OPEC Fund developing solar irrigation market in Rwanda (Igihe - Friday 12 January 2018) -- The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved a US$1 million grant for Energy 4 Impact to develop the small-scale solar irrigation market in Rwanda. Read more

Rwanda takes early steps towards legalising GMOs (The New Times - Friday 12 January 2018) -- Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has drafted a law governing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Rwanda which will soon be forwarded to the Rwanda Law Reform Commission for review. Read more

January downpour ravages over 1,300 tonnes of rice in Bugesera (The New Times - Friday 12 January 2018) -- When the rains showered in different parts of the country at the beginning of the year, many considered it blessings that came with the New Year. This was, however, not the feeling among the residents of Mwogo Sector in Bugesera District who had relied on sunshine to be able to harvest their rice that was ripe. Read more

A bright future for Rwanda’s mountain gorillas and adjacent communities (Independent - Friday 12 January 2018) -- On Wednesday 10 January, Africa’s critically endangered mountain gorillas got a major boost when the Rwandan Government received 27.8 hectares of land from the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to create more gorilla roaming space in the famous Volcanoes National Park. This is the first expansion in three decades for Africa’s oldest park. Read More

Ingaruka zo kuzamura ibiciro byo gusura ingagi zitezwe neza mu 2018 (Igihe - Thursday 11 January 2018) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Iterambere (RDB) cyatangaje ko ingaruka z’ibiciro bishya byo gusura ingagi ku bukerarugendo zizatangira kugaragara muri uyu mwaka. Read more

RDB yahawe ubutaka bwo kwaguriraho Pariki y’Ibirunga (Igihe - Wednesday 10 January 2018) -- Ikigo cy’igihugu gishinzwe Iterambere (RDB) cyahawe ubutaka bwa hegitari 27.8 buzifashihwa mu kwagura ubuso bwa Pariki y’Igihugu y’Ibirunga. Read more

Afurika ikeneye ba Kagame benshi ngo ibidukikije bibungabungwe neza – Mkapa (Igihe - Wednesday 10 January 2018) -- Benjamin Mkapa wigeze kuyobora Tanzania, ubu akaba ari umwe mu bayobozi b’Umuryango Mpuzamahanga wita ku bidukikije (African Wildlife Foundation), asanga umugabane wa Afurika ukeneye abayobozi benshi baha agaciro kandi bakita ku bidukikije nka Perezida Kagame. Read more

RDB igiye guhabwa hegitari 27 zo kwaguriraho Pariki y’Ibirunga (Igihe - Wednesday 10 January 2018) -- Umuryango Mpuzamahanga wita ku bidukikije (African Wildlife Foundation) kuri uyu wa Gatatu uraha Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Iterambere, RDB, ubutaka bwo kwaguriraho Pariki y’Igihugu y’Ibirunga bungana na hegitari 27.8. Read more

Muhanga: Imiryango 120 yari ituye mu manegeka igiye gutuzwa mu nzu z’ikitegererezo (Umuseke - Monday 8 January 2018) -- Mu murenge wa Rongi, mu karere ka Muhanga hagiye kubakwa inzu z’ikitegererezo 22 zije zisanga izindi umunani zihuzuye, zose zizatuzwamo imiryango 120 (inzu imwe izatuzwamo imiryango ine) yari ituye mu bice byashoboraga gushyira ubuzima bwabo mu kaga mu gihe habayeho ibiza nk’inkangu. Read more

Mu 2017, ibiza byangije ibintu bifite agaciro ka miliyari 6.7 Frw, bitwara n’ubuzima bw’abantu 82 (Igihe - Monday 8 January 2018) -- Minisiteri ishinzwe impunzi no gukumira Ibiza (MIDIMAR) yatangaje ko ibiza byibasiye ibice bitandukanye by’igihugu mu 2017, byangije ibintu bifite agaciro kabarirwa muri miliyari 6.7 z’amafaranga y’u Rwanda. Read more

Meteo Rwanda yasobanuye iby’imvura idasanzwe imaze iminsi igwa (Igihe - Sunday 7 January 2018) -- Guhera mu mpera z’Ukuboza 2017 mu bice bitandukanye by’igihugu haguye imvura, bitera bamwe urujijo kuko bitari bimenyerewe.Icyakora, icyatangaje kinatungura benshi ni imvura yatangiye kugwa kuwa 31 Ukuboza 2017 ikageza mu gitondo cyo kuwa 1 Mutarama 2018, ikagwa mu bice byinshi by’igihugu ndetse ikanakomeza kugwa no mu yindi minsi yakurikiyeho. Read more

Conservation body donates land to Volcanoes Park to expand habitat for gorillas (The New Times - Wednesday 10 January 2018) -- African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) will today hand over 27 hectares of land in the outskirts of Volcanoes National Park in the Northern Province, to boost the ongoing effort to expand the habitat of the rare mountain gorillas and other wildlife in the park. Read more

Imiryango itishoboye irenga ibihumbi bitandatu yasenyewe n’ibiza iracyahanze amaso leta (Igihe - Wednesday 10 January 2018) -- Minisiteri y’Imicungire y’Ibiza n’Impunzi (MIDIMAR) yatangaje ko ikeneye amafaranga arenga miliyoni 900 ngo ibashe gutabara imiryango itishoboye 6616 yasenyewe n’ibiza. Read more

Dynatemp Intl. Inc. Supports the Kigali Amendment (The News - Tuesday 9 January 2018) -- Dynatemp International, Inc., a privately held supplier of refrigerants and refrigerant recovery services announced that it wholly supports the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Dynatemp urged the U.S. to support its ratification along with the 20 other countries who have endorsed the amendment. Read more

 

Across Africa

Kenya irinubira amashashi ava muri Uganda (Umuseke - Wednesday 10 January 2018) -- Ikigo cy’igihugu ya Kenya gishinzwe kurengera ibidukikije kikomye Uganda kiyishinja ko ikomeje kohereza ibicuruzwa bifunze mu mashashi atemewe muri Kenya. Umwaka ushize nibwo Abadepite bagize Inteko ishinga amategeko ya EAC batoye itegeko ribuza ikorwa n’icuruzwa ry’amashashi mu bihugu bigize aka Karere. Read more

The country with the highest CO2 emissions can help the continent with the lowest fight climate change (Quartz - Wednesday 10 January 2018) -- France is aiming to tackle climate change in Africa—and it wants China to help. Last year, China was the biggest producer of greenhouse gas, with its production estimates ranging from 23% to 26.8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

 

From Around the World

Australian scientists to study climate change deep in Southern Ocean (Xhinua - Thursday 11 January 2018) -- Leading Australian scientists on Thursday departed on a journey to launch deep-sea robots in the Southern Ocean to study the effects of climate change. Read more

New York City plans to divest $5bn from fossil fuels and sue oil companies (The Guardian - Wednesday 10 January 2018) -- New York City is seeking to lead the assault on climate change and the Trump administration with a plan to divest $5bn from fossil fuels and sue the world’s most powerful oil companies over their contribution to dangerous global warming. Read more

Wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award - in pictures (The Guardian - Tuesday 9 January 2018) -- The Natural History Museum has chosen 24 of the best images from its Wildlife photographer of the year competition shortlist. Members of the public can vote for their favourite by 5 February 2018. Read More

47˚C: Sydney bagize ubushyuhe batigeze bagira mu myaka 80 ishize (Umuseke - Sunday 7 January 2018) -- Umugi wa Sydney muri Australia kuri iki cyumweru wagize ubushyuhe utigeze ugira kuva mu myaka hafi 80 ishize. Ubushyuhe bwatumbagiye bugera kuri 47.3C, mu 1939 nibwo bigeze kugira umunsi wagize 47.8C. Read more

 

Sector Updates

Public Consultation: Rwanda Environment Policy Review (Ministry of Environment - Tuesday 9 January 2018) -- As Rwanda embarks on its next phase of growth, there is an opportunity to update the country's Environment Policy to ensure it responds to today’s challenges, to tap into global climate finance opportunities, to achieve sustainable economic growth and employment, and to ensure a rising standard of living for Rwandans through the integration of the environment into all development plans and strategies. Read More

 

Upcoming Events / Key Dates

2 February 2018: World Wetlands Day