Green Rwanda Media Review - 16 September 2019

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


  • The New Times reports about Matt Deely, the designer of the 15th edition Kwita Izina stage.
  • Africa News reports about how climate change is affecting gorillas.
  • CNBC Africa reports on how Rwanda can leverage conservation into a growth industry.
  • KT Press reports about a couple that is encouraging youth to save our environment.
  • Imvaho Nshya says that forests are going to be the source of income for many.
  • Reader's Digest shares how Rwanda became one of the cleanest nations on earth. 

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How Rwanda Became One of the Cleanest Nations on Earth (Reader's Digest - Friday, 13 September 2019) -- How did Rwanda become one of the cleanest places on Earth? One simple step made a huge difference, according to the United Nations Environment Programme: banning the use of single-use plastic bags in 2008. This was spurred by a study commissioned by the Rwandan Ministry of Environment, which found that plastic bags posed a serious threat to agricultural production and contaminated the water, killing fish and causing pollution. Read More

Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development: Complimentary Goals in Rwanda (Earth Institute - Friday, 13 September 2019) -- Sub-Saharan Africa faces substantial risk from climate change. More frequent extreme weather and inconsistent rainfall could strain agriculture and exacerbate food security challenges. But Lisa Dale argues that effective policy can drive stronger adaptation to these impacts, while contributing overall to sustainable development goals. Read More

Mu Rwanda haracyari ubucukuzi bwangiza ibidukikije – Dr. Biruta (Imvaho Nshya - Friday, 13 September 2019) -- Minisitiri w’Ibidukikije Dr. Biruta Vincent yanenze uburyo hirya no hino mu Rwanda hakigaragara ibibazo bijyanye no kubungabunga ibidukikije mu bucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro birimo kurimbura imisozi, amazi akoreshwa mu kuyungurura amabuye usanga bamena mu migezi ikayangiza, abatema amashyamba ntibayasimbuze ayandi, n’ibindi. Read More. Also published in Rwanda Broadcasting Agency

Meet Matt Deely, the brains behind ‘Kinigi Kong’ Kwita Izina stage (The New Times - Thursday, 12 August 2019) -- The past three Kwita Izina events have been highlighted by an artistic stage. At the centre lies Kinigi Kong, the gorilla stage built every year for the baby gorilla naming ceremony. Behind that superstructure is Matt Deely, an Irish designer who has been in the arts industry for over 20 years. Read More

Rwanda visit highlights Gorilla climate change fight (Africa News - Wednesday, 11 September 2019) -- Kwita Izina is an annual event which this year was held in Kinigi, near Rwanda’s borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. At the ceremony, baby mountain gorillas are named by dignitaries, celebrities and leaders in conservation. Read More

Will new model save ailing forestry business? (The New Times - Tuesday, 10 September 2019) -- In 2017, communities engaged in the forestry business in districts such as Gakenke, Gicumbi, Rulindo and Rwamagana were facing uncertainty of growth as they had been witnessing low production due to years of uncontrolled forest degradation and limited skills in forestry management. Read More

How Rwanda can leverage conservation into a growth industry, create self-sustaining businesses (CNBC Africa - Tuesday, 10 September 2019) -- This week saw the Business of Conservation Conference (BCC) here in Kigali and the focus was around one central question: What will make conservation into a growth industry? Director of External Affairs at the Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Edwin Tambara joins CNBC Africa for more. Watch Video

African countries share best practices on conservation (The New Times - Monday, 9 September 2019) -- Private and public sector leaders have examined the current political situation in African states when it comes to conservation of environment. Read More

American Couple Pushes Rwandan Students To Save Environment (KT Press - Monday, 9 September 2019) -- Sometime in 2004, Mark Sullivan and Kristin Jensen Sullivan – an American couple travelled to Rwanda as tourists to visit different parts of the country. On a visit to volcanoes national park to see gorillas, and Nyungwe national park, the couple was left overwhelmed by Rwanda’s stance to conserve the environment. Read More

Gakenke: Ishyamba rigiye kuba kimwe mu byinjiriza abaturage amafaranga atubutse (Imvaho Nshya - Monday, 9 September 2019) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Akarere ka Gakenke buravuga ko mu minsi iri imbere amashyamba agiye kuba kimwe mu byinjiriza abaturage amafaranga atubutse, kuko ubu arimo gusazurwa no guterwa ku buryo buzafasha abaturage kubona umusaruro mwiza, uzaziba icyuho k’ibikomoka ku mashyamba byatumizwaga mu mahanga. Read More

How Rwanda Increased Park Visits By 600% (KT Press - Monday, 9 September 2019) -- Rwanda’s Prime Minister Dr Edouard Ngirente has said that protection of natural heritage and providing a package of Rwandan beauty contributed to a great increase in tourism returns. Read More

Premier Ngirente: Collaboration key to conservation (The New Times - Monday, 9 September 2019) -- Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has told leaders from the conservation world convening in Kigali that Rwanda’s numerous initiatives to promote conservation and environmental protection have been realised as a result of partnerships and collaborations. Read More


Sector Update

Rwanda joins the rest of the world to celebrate the World Ozone Day 2019 (Rwanda Environment Management Authority - Saturday, 14 September 2019) -- Rwanda is this coming Monday joining the rest of the world to celebrate the World Ozone Day celebrated under the theme “32 years and healing”. The day is celebrated annually on 16th September, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly to be the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Read More


Across Africa

Why Nigeria needs to pay more attention to environmental management – WHO (Premium Times - Tuesday, 10 September 2019) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) says environmental health is a very important component of nation-building and needs to receive more attention in Nigeria. Read More

There’s more to the plastic pollution crisis than just carrier bags (Daily Maverick - Tuesday, 10 September 2019) -- Plastics are part of our everyday lifestyles, and their release into the environment is yet another serious global environmental crisis impacting the ecosystem and related services. While the proposed circular economy policy solutions and business models have the potential to reduce the magnitude of the problem, single-handedly, they will not give the much-desired result of healthy oceans. Read More

Using science and community approaches to fight climate change (Bird Life - Monday, 9 September 2019) -- Climate change is affecting the livelihoods of the population around the world. Challenging situations require innovative interventions and BirdLife is working hand in hand with local communities, who have unique knowledge of their landscapes, to build alternatives in Rwanda and Burundi. Read More


From Around the World

“The World is in our Hands” (UN Environment - Thursday, 12 September 2019) -- All eyes were on screen, but the climate emergency was on the minds of attendees during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)—one of the largest publicly-attended film festivals in the world. Read More

Global leaders call for urgent action on climate adaptation; commission finds adaptation can deliver $7.1 trillion in benefits (UN Environment - Tuesday, 10 September 2019) -- Global Commission on Adaptation report finds that investing $1.8 trillion globally from 2020 to 2030 in five areas of climate adaptation could yield $7.1 trillion in net benefits. The Commission’s report highlights many economic, social and environmental benefits of adaptation. Read More

TUC and Amnesty come out in support of student climate strikes (The Guardian - Tuesday, 10 September 2019) -- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has urged members to support student climate strikers on 20 September as Amnesty International called on head teachers worldwide to back their global protests. Read More

The next target in the climate-change debate: your gas stove (Reuters - Monday, 9 September 2019) -- Dozens of cities in liberal-leaning states such as California, Washington, and Massachusetts are studying proposals to ban or limit the use of natural gas in commercial and residential buildings. The movement opens a new front in the fight against climate change that could affect everything from heating systems in skyscrapers to stoves in suburban homes. Read More