Green Rwanda Media Review - 15 October 2018

  • The Guardian reports that the Kigali Amendment could help delay climate catastrophe.
  • Igihe reports that a project recycling plastic waste in Kigali received the Africa Green Growth Youth Award at YouthConnekt.
  • Igihe reports that technology is being used to fight against erosion in Rwanda.
  • The New Times reports that research is being carried out on the lake at the top of Bisoke.
  • The New Times reports that the police cautioned the public ahead of predicted stormy rains.
  • The New Times reports that Rwanda signed a pact to reduce greenhouse gases.
  • View photos from Minister Biruta's field visit to Gatsibo District to assess progress on the Rwanda Green Fund project focused on reforestation. 
Upcoming Events
  • 16 October: NDC Partnership Plan Validation Workshop
  • 14-17 October: 59th Annual General Assembly of the Tantalum-Niobium taking place in Kigali 
  • 27 October: Rwanda's 2018/19 Tree Planting Season and Celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of Tree Planting Day
  • 30 October: Green Drinks Kigali - Smokeless Rwanda
  • 6 November: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflicts
  • 15 November: World Clean Air Day
  • 19-22 November: GCF Structured Dialogue with Least Developed Countries Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 27 November: Green Drinks Kigali - Green Urbanisation: Buildings and Design
  • 26-30 November 2018: Africa Green Growth Forum, Kigali, Rwanda
FONERWA na RWARRI birutira abaturage umuvandimwe wa kure (Imvaho Nshya - Monday 15 October 2018) -- Imihindagurikire y’ibihe ni ikibazo cyugarije Isi muri rusange. Kuba ikibazo cyabaho ariko ubwabyo si ikibazo kuko Isi si paradizo, ikibazo ni ukudakemura ikibazo gihari. Mu Rwanda, ingufu zishyirwa mu kurengera ibidukikije no guhangana n’imihindagurikire y’ikirere ni nyinshi. Leta yashyizeho ikigega gitera inkunga imishinga ishinzwe bene ibyo. Read More
Rwanda signs pact to reduce greenhouse gases (The New times - Sunday, 14 October 2018) -- Rwanda and the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and Carbon Institute have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch an international partnership for carbon accounting in Rwanda, according to a statement from the Ministry of Environment. Read More
Minisiteri y’Ibidukikije yasinye amasezerano y’ubufatanye mu kubarura imyuka ihumanya ikirere (Igihe - Saturday 13 October 2018) -- Minisiteri y’Ibidukikije yashyize umukono ku masezerano y’ubufatanye na Kaminuza y’u Rwanda, Ikigo gikumira imyuka ihumanya ihumanya n’Ikigo gikurikirana ibyerekeye carbone, mu rwego rwo gutangira kubara imyuka ihumanya ikirere (Carbon Accounting). Read More
Kigali Cultural Village takes shape as govt looks to diversify tourism (The New times - Sunday, 14 October 2018) -- Phase one of the Kigali Cultural Village (KCV), a novel tourism promotion facility under construction on Rebero Hill, Kicukiro District, will be completed before the end of the current financial year, an official has said. Read More
Rwanda Hosting Global Conference On Mineral For Electronics (Taarifa - Sunday, 14 October 2018) -- Rwanda will host the 59th Annual General Assembly of the Tantalum-Niobium due to take place from Sunday October 14th to 17th, 2018, in Kigali. Read More

From January to October, disasters cost government over Rwf204 billion (Rwanda Inspirer - Friday, 12 October 2018) -- The assessment conducted in 15 most affected districts has showed that disaster damages costed more than Rwf204 billion from January to June, 2018, the ministry of disasters and refugees announced on This Friday. Read More

Musanze fish farmers compensated (The New times - Thursday, 11 October 2018) -- Twelve farmers from Musanze District who lost their tilapia fish due to water contamination have been compensated to the tune of Rwf 8 million by the Government. Read More
Ikoranabuhanga ririfashishwa mu kurwanya isuri mu Rwanda (Igihe - Thursday, 11 October 2018) -- Ikoranabuhanga ryiswe ‘CROM DSS’, ryifashisha mudasobwa na internet, ryatangiye gukoreshwa mu kubona ibice bya buri karere bishobora kwibasirwa n’isuri, kugira ngo bibungabungwe ndetse hanozwe n’igenamigambi ryabyo. Read More
Umushinga utunganya ibisigazwa bya pulasitiki muri Kigali wahembwe muri Youth Connekt (Igihe - Wednesday, 10 October 2018) -- Umushinga wo gutunganya ibisigazwa bya pulasitiki muri Kigali wa Kinzuzi David, wahembwe muri ine ihiga indi mu yamuritswe mu Nama ya Youth Connekt Africa. Umushinga ‘My Green Home Project’ watangijwe na Kinzuzi na mugenzi we Umuhoza Rosette. Ubyaza ibikomoka kuri pulasitiki mo ibikoresho nk’amapave yifashishwa mu kubaka ibipangu, inzu, inzira y’abanyamaguru n’ibindi. Read More

Police cautions public ahead of predicted stormy rains (The New Times - Thursday, 11 October 2018) -- Following predictions of heavy rains mixed with violent winds which could lead to floods and landslides in some parts of the country, Rwanda National Police has called for vigilance and tipped the public on some preventive measures. Read More
Rulindo: Five arrested over illegal mining (Rwanda Inspirer - Wednesday, 10 October 2018) -- Five men were taken into custody on Tuesday in Rulindo District after they were found in illegal mining activities. Read More
Forecaster predicts stormy rains this week (The New Times - Wednesday, 10 October 2018) -- Heavy rains mixed with violent winds which could lead to floods and landslides are expected in some parts of the country between October 9 and 13, according to latest forecasts by Rwanda Meteorology Agency. Read More
Ikiyaga kiri ku gasongero ka Bisoke kiri gukorwaho ubushakashatsi (Igihe - Tuesday, 9 October 2018) -- Aimable Tuyigire amaze igihe ajyana ba mukerarugendo gusura ibyiza bitandukanye bitatse u Rwanda. Read More
Abazajyana na Home Rwanda gusura Pariki y’Akagera bijejwe umwihariko (Igihe - Tuesday, 9 October 2018) -- Sosiyete itembereza ba mukerarugendo, Home Rwanda Safaris, yateguye uruzinduko ruzafasha abanyarwanda gutembera muri Pariki y’Akagera muri aya mezi inyamaswa nyinshi ziba zaje hafi y’aho abantu banyura. Read More

Little-noticed treaty could help delay climate catastrophe (The Guardian - Monday, 8 October 2018) -- 2016 Kigali amendment on hydrofluorocarbons could reduce warming by a small but crucial 0.5C. Read More
How firms can report on sustainability (The New Times - Monday, 8 October 2018) -- As the ancient African proverb states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” If we applied the same wisdom of our ancestors, I would like to believe that we would be able to address a myriad of issues that we are facing today. Read More
Across Africa
Nigeria: Rescue Mission for Lake Chad Basin (All Africa - Thursday, 11 October 2018) -- Owing to the challenges at the Lake Chad Basin which has had adverse effects on member countries such as Nigeria, experts have called for concerted efforts to address the situation, Ugo Aliogo reports. Read More
Ghana: Govt to Provide Incinerators for Waste Recycling (All Africa - Wednesday, 10 October 2018) -- Mrs Cecilia Dapaah, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, has announced plans by government to provide small incinerators to selected areas in the country, for waste recycling. Read More
From Around the World
4th V20 Ministerial Communique – Bali (V20 - Sunday 14 October 2018) -- The V20 has renewed its commitment to promote ambitious efforts to address the global threat of climate change that is placing already severe economic and financial risks above all onto the world’s most vulnerable developing economies. Our economies – with rapidly emerging markets for over one billion people – remain high growth engines of the world economy, but the fragility of that growth is increasing due to climate change and associated transition risks. Read More
New dwarf planet spotted at the very fringe of our solar system (The New Times - Saturday, 13 October 2018) -- A previously unknown dwarf planet circles through the far reaches of our solar system, the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center announced Tuesday. Officially designated 2015 TG387, the small and spherical object is probably a ball of ice. Read More
Air pollution linked to “huge” reduction in intelligence (UN Environment - Thursday, 11 October 2018) -- Air pollution can have a “huge” negative effect on cognitive intelligence – especially amongst older men – according to a study released this past August. The research is one of the first of its kind to focus on the links between air pollution and cognition in older people. Read More
What does climate change really cost society? This lab is trying to find out (The Guardian - Wednesday, 10 October 2018) -- Studies by the Climate Impact Lab have found that higher temperatures increase suicide rates. Read More
Huge reduction in meat-eating ‘essential’ to avoid climate breakdown (The Guardian - Wednesday, 10 October 2018) -- Huge reductions in meat-eating are essential to avoid dangerous climate change, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet of the food system’s impact on the environment. In western countries, beef consumption needs to fall by 90% and be replaced by five times more beans and pulses. Read More
Sector Updates
Ministry of Environment signs Agreement to Launch Partnership for Carbon Accounting in Rwanda (Ministry of Environment - Monday 15 October 2018) -- The Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Environment and represented by Minister Vincent Biruta, the University of Rwanda, represented by Vice Chancellor Prof. Philip Cotton, the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and the Carbon Institute, represented by John O. Niles, Director at the Carbon Institute, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a joint collaboration to launch an international partnership for carbon accounting in Rwanda. Read More 
Menya Iteka rya Minisitiri ryerekeye imyuka ihumanya yoherezwa mu kirere (The Ministry of Environment - Friday, 12 October 2018) -- Iteka rya Minisitiri N°02/2018 ryo ku wa 17/09/2018 ryerekeye imyuka ihumanya yoherezwa mu kirere ryatangajwe mu Igazeti ya Leta No 39bis yo ku wa 24/09/2018. Ni iteka rishyira mu bikorwa Itegeko n° 18/2016 ryo ku wa 18/05/2016 rigenga uburyo bwo kubungabunga ubwiza bw’umwuka no gukumira ihumana ry’ikirere mu Rwanda, cyane cyane ingingo zaryo za 9, 14, 21 na 22. Read More
Applications Open for Rwanda Green Growth Industry Awards (Africa Green Growth Forum - Thursday, 11 October 2018) -- The Ministry of Environment is pleased to inform business owners and operators that applications for the Rwanda Green Growth Industry Awards are open until midnight on Friday 19 October. The Rwanda Green Growth Industry Awards recognise industries and SMEs which have demonstrated green growth best practices, including those related to resource efficiency and clean production. The awards are co-organised by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with NIRDA and the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre. Read More
GGGI Rwanda on Facebook Live from Nairobi (CGTN Africa - Thursday, 11 October 2018) -- Public bike share systems have been around since the mid 1960’s, created as a means to ease transportation and more recently, play a vital role in reducing carbon emissions. This, thus, expanded the transportation network of cities and connecting people to new opportunities. Read More
Reminder: Applications Open for Rwanda Green Growth Media Award (The Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 11 October 2018) -- The Ministry of Environment is pleased to share that applications for the Rwanda Green Growth Media Award are now open. The award recognises outstanding journalists who contribute to advancing and raising awareness about green growth initiatives in Rwanda. The award is being given in partnership with the Rwanda Governance Board and the Rwanda Journalists Association as part of the 2018 Development Journalism Awards. The aim is to recognise and promote excellence and professionalism by awarding best-performing journalists and media houses. Read More
Minister Biruta Tours Rwanda Green Fund Investments in Eastern Province and Muvumba Multi-purpose Dam Site (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 10 October 2018) -- Rwanda's Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta, has toured the Eastern Province to assess progress of a Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority project financed by the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA). The investment project aims to enhance sustainable forest, agroforestry and biomass energy management for climate resilience. View Photos
Rwanda partners with Yale University to advance sustainable development and environmental conservation (The Ministry of Environment - Monday, 8 October 2018) -- The Government of Rwanda and Yale University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster greater cooperation and collaboration in the areas of education and research in sustainable development and environmental protection and conservation. Read More
WGEO and GGGI launch joint initiative for the funding of smart green cities (Global Green Growth Institute - Monday, 8 October 2018) -- Dubai, UAE, 8 October 2018 – The World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) signed a partnership agreement today in Dubai to fast-track green investments into bankable smart city projects. Read More
Leveraging the Potential for Green Growth in Vulnerable Countries (Relief Web - Monday, 8 October 2018) -- UNITED NATIONS, Oct 8 2018 (IPS) - In May the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced next year’s summit on climate. This assertion has given the Global Green Growth Institute international momentum, which was reflected in the events of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City. Read More
GGGI Convenes Stakeholders in Musanze & Rubavu on Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) and Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) (Global Green Growth Institute - Tuesday, 2 October 2018) -- The GGGI Rwanda team organized two stakeholder consultations in two of Rwanda’s rapidly urbanizing secondary cities, Musanze and Rubavu. The consultation sessions were organized to discuss the challenges, limitations and opportunities of developing a public bicycle sharing (PBS) system. Read More