Green Rwanda Media Review - 17 December 2019

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


  • The New Times reports on how an eco-friendly project is empowering youth.
  • The New Times says that seventy households in Musanze have been evacuated from high risk zones.
  • Kigali Today reports about the landslide that has closed Huye-Akanyaru road.
  • The New Times reports on how the new policy is compelling mining firms to restore degraded land.
  • View photos of the Green Rwanda Delegation at COP25 in Madrid, Spain.

Upcoming Events

  • 16 December: 57th Global Environment Facility Council Meeting
  • 16-20 December: Training on the use of Geospatial Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management hosted by RURA, UNITAR & UR CGIS
  • 18 December: Research Seminar on Demystifying Social Science Research Methods at the Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB), Huye
  • Ongoing/Upcoming: Land Week in Rulindo, Nyamagabe and Rubavu districts - hosted by RLMUA



Rwanda Is An Example Of Environmental Sustainability In Africa, Begins Construction Of Green City (The Moguldom Nation - Friday, 13 December 2019) -- Rwanda has prioritized the need to take care of the environment through numerous government-backed green initiatives and it is now embarking on the construction of a green city in Kigali. Read More

Climate Emergency CoP 25: Walk the Doha talk, say India, China (Down to Earth - Friday, 13 December 2019) -- Big emitters have to raise their climate ambition and increase financial contributions for the most vulnerable and developing countries, Jeanne D'Arc Mujawamariya, the environment minister of Rwanda said. Read More

How eco-friendly project is empowering youth (The New Times - Thursday, 12 December 2019) -- Over 500 youths in Ngororero District, Ndaro Sector have been employed thanks to River Nyabarongo Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project. Read More

Climate change is an unprecedented planetary emergency, Mujawamariya (The New Times - Thursday, 12 December 2019) -- The Minister of Environment, Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, has said that climate is an unprecedented planetary emergency and that it was creating complex risks. Read More

Moto z’amashanyarazi ziri mu igeragezwa mu Rwanda zujuje ibilometero 250 000 (Igihe - Thursday, 11 December 2019) -- Minisitiri w’Ibikorwa remezo mu Rwanda, Gatete Claver, yifatanyije na Sosiyete ya Ampersand iri ku isonga muri Afurika mu zicuruza moto zikoresha amashanyarazi mu kwizihiza no kwishimira ibilometero 250 000 moto zayo zimaze kugenda ku butaka bw’urwa Gasabo. Read More

New policy compels mining firms to restore degraded land (The New Times - Wednesday, 11 December 2019) -- Mining firms, which have been evading the responsibility to rehabilitate land degraded by their mining activities, will no longer be able to get away with it following the introduction of a new system of calculating rehabilitation expenses. Read More

Seventy households in Musanze evacuated from high risk zones (The New Times - Wednesday, 11 December 2019) -- At least 70 households in Musanze District have been relocated to schools as local authorities move to protect them from potential landslides during this rainy season. Read More

Inkangu yafunze igice cy’umuhanda Huye-Akanyaru (Amafoto) (Kigali Today - Tuesday, 10 December 2019) -- Uyu muhanda wacikiye hafi y’umupaka uhuza u Rwanda n’u Burundi, hafi neza y’inyubako y’isoko mpuzamipaka ryo ku Kanyaru, (Cross Border Trade Complex). Read More


Sector Updates

Remarks - Enhancing NDCs and Raising Ambition: Partnerships for Delivering UNDP’s Climate Promise (The Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 12 December 2019) -- Good afternoon, and thank you for the opportunity to join you to discuss how we can best enhance our climate action plans and the role of partnerships in this process. Read More

Remarks - High Level Stocktake on Pre-2020 Implementation and Ambition 11 December 2019 | Madrid, Spain (The Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 12 December 2019) -- Good morning, and thank you for the opportunity to join you to discuss support for climate efforts up to 2020 and how we can enhance our efforts. Read More

National Statement - 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Madrid, Spain | 11 December 2019 (The Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 12 December 2019) -- I would like to express my appreciation to the governments of Chile and Spain for presiding over and hosting this 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Read More

Meteo Rwanda and World Bank discuss approaches to strengthen hydro-meteorological services through public-private engagement (Rwanda Meteorology Agency - Tuesday, 10 December 2019) -- The Director General of Meteo Rwanda Mr. Aimable Gahigi hosted at Meteo Rwanda Headquarters the delegation from the World Bank that is in Rwanda from November 25th to December 10th 2019 to advance multiple operations and technical assistance covering Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change. Read More

Photos: Green Rwanda Delegation at COP25 (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday, 9 December 2019) -- A delegation from Rwanda is attending the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change taking place in Madrid, Spain. The delegation is led by Minister of Environment, Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya and includes representatives from government, the private sector, civil society and young Rwandans. View Photos


Across Africa

BWINDI – SARAMBWE MOUNTAIN GORILLA POPULATION GROWS TO 459, GLOBAL COUNT NOW STANDS AT 1,063 (International Gorilla Conservation Programme - Monday, 16 December 2019) -- Collaborative conservation efforts pay off as survey results indicate an increase in the number of mountain gorillas in the Bwindi – Sarambwe eco system. Results released today by Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities and the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration indicate that the number of the mountain gorillas in the eco system has grown to 459 from an estimated 400 in 2011. Read More

MSD warns of thunderstorms, floods (The Herald - Wednesday, 11 December 2019) -- Heavy rains being experienced countrywide are expected to continue, possibly causing flash flooding while strong winds may cause damage to property, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has warned. Read More

Ghana reduces 2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emission within 7yrs (Ghanaian Times - Wednesday, 11 December 2019) -- The emission of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduced in Ghana by two million tonnes per annum between 2011 and 2017, according to Ghana’s 2nd Biennial Update Report (BUR) on climate. Read More

‘Soil Erosion Greatest Threat to Food Security’ (This Day - Wednesday, 11 December 2019) -- Soil scientists in the country have said soil erosion poses a greatest threat to food security, poverty eradication and environments health in the country. Read More

Analysis: The plastic pile weighing on Ethiopia (Addis Standard - Wednesday, 11 December 2019) -- According to the UN environment body, UNEP, globally “one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute and Five trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year.” In total, half of all plastics produced annually are designed to be used once: the world produces 300 million tons of plastic waste annually, a weight equivalent to the weight of the entire human population. Read More

How climate change threatens food security & quality in East Africa (CNBCAFRICA - Wednesday, 11 December 2019) -- As the dry weather returns in South Sudan, there are hopes to the fragile food security situation that worsened following heavy floods. In Kenya, maize prices remain very firm as the wet weather continues to slow the harvesting period down. In Rwanda, prices are down on sugar due to an over import and a shortage of dollars. Watch Video

Death, destruction continue as rains pound country (Daily Nation - Tuesday, 10 December 2019) -- Torrential rains continued to cause deaths in many parts of the country as emergency food, water and medical supplies were ferried to the affected areas Monday. Read More


From Around the World

A new generation of wildlife documentaries are confronting the climate emergency (BBC - Thursday, 12 December 2019) -- The BBC’s new wildlife television series featuring David Attenborough, Seven Worlds, One Planet, marks a drastic departure from previous series. For the first time, the presenter can be heard repeatedly uttering the phrase “climate change” in a BBC documentary otherwise devoted to exploring and explaining animals’ behavior and how they adapt to their environment. Read More

Young environmentalist in the United Arab Emirates invents robots to help protect nature (UN Environment - Thursday, 12 December 2019) -- Asked about the role of children in creating a positive impact on the environment in the United Arab Emirates, 11-year-old Sainath Manikandan passionately says: “the backbone of a nation is its youth. We have the power to bring about a change in our schools, homes and environment, and together we can create a wave of change. Read More

At climate talks, Japan's Koizumi confronts critics over coal (Reuters - Wednesday, 11 December 2019) -- Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi said on Wednesday that global criticism of his country’s “addiction to coal” was hitting home, but warned he had yet to win wider government buy-in for his hopes of weaning the country off fossil fuels. Read More

European Green Deal will change economy to solve climate crisis, says EU (The Guardian - Wednesday, 11 December 2019) -- Nearly every major aspect of the European economy is to be re-evaluated in light of the imperatives of the climate and ecological emergency, according to sweeping new plans set out by the European commission on Wednesday. Read More

Climate change: Anger as protesters barred from UN talks (BBC - Wednesday, 11 December 2019) -- Around 200 climate campaigners were ejected after staging a sit in, preventing access to one of the negotiating halls. Read More

Colombia to host 2020 World Environment Day on biodiversity (UN Environment - Wednesday, 11 December 2019) -- Madrid, 11 December 2019 – On the eve of a critical year for environmental decision-making, Colombia, Germany and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced that Colombia will host World Environment Day 2020 in partnership with Germany and that it will focus on biodiversity. Read More