Green Rwanda Media Review - 17 February 2020

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


  • The New Times reports that REMA has made assurances on the safety of Lake Kivu's fish stocks.
  • CNBC reports that wholesalers in Rwanda were urged to comply as the government passes law to fine single use plastic traders.
  • Xinhua and other outlets report about Rwanda's campaign to cease single-use plastics.
  • Igihe reports about Meteo's weather forecast for February.
  • Reliefweb reports that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has launched a project to support floods victims in Rwanda.
  • View photos of Minister Mujawamariya's visit to Nyandungu Wetland Recreation & Eco-Tourism Project.

Upcoming Events

  • 15-22 February: Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, Gandhinagar, India
  • 20-21 February: International Conference on Solid Waste, Paris, France
  • 23-28 February: World Biodiversity Forum Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland
  • 24-28 February: 52nd Session of the IPCC, Paris, Ile-De-France, France
  • 27-28 February: International Conference on Climatology and Meteorology, Sydney, Australia
  • 11-13 March: Water Africa & East Africa Building and Construction Event, Kigali, Rwanda
  • 20-24 April: Africa Climate Week, Kampala Uganda


Lake Kivu fish are safe, REMA reassures (The New Times - Saturday, 15 February 2020) -- No aquatic lives were affected by the 40,000 litres petrol truck that sunk into Lake Kivu on Thursday, February 13 according to Eng. Coletha Ruhamya, Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA). Read More

How the ban on single-use plastics impacts Rwandan industries, wholesalers (CNBC Africa - Friday, 14 February 2020) -- In October last year, Rwanda became the first regional country to issue a complete ban on all single-use plastics. Retailers were given three months to clear their stocks and find alternatives, while industrial users and producers of single-use plastics were given a two-year deadline after which they will pay heavy fines. Read More

Wholesalers urged to comply as Rwanda govt. passes law to fine single use plastic traders (CNBC Africa - Thursday, 13 February 2020) -- The government says it will start penalising wholesalers, retailers and consumers that still use single-use plastics with heavy fines following the expiration of a three month grace period. Director General at the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, Coletha Ruhamya joins CNBC Africa for more. Read More. Also published in KT Press and The New Times.

Rwanda launches campaign to cease single-use plastics (Xinhua - Thursday, 13 February 2020) -- KIGALI, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda launched on Wednesday an awareness campaign to cease the use of single-use plastics in the country as stipulated in a law enacted last year. Read More. Also published in Igihe

Meteo Rwanda yateguje ko imvura izagabanuka cyane mu gice cya kabiri cya Gashyantare 2020 (Igihe - Thursday, 13 February 2020) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu Gishinzwe Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere, Meteo Rwanda, cyatangaje ko mu gice cya kabiri cya Gashyantare imvura izakomeza kugabanuka, nyuma y’uko mu cya mbere kuva tariki ya 01 -10 Gashyantare 2020, ahenshi mu gihugu habonetse imvura iruta isanzwe igwa muri ayo matariki, mu gihe cy’imyaka myinshi. Read More 

New Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) project to provide urgent support to flood victims in Rwanda (Menafn - Wednesday, 12 February 2020) -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda has launched a new project to support farmers severely affected by last year's floods in the Kirehe district. Read More. Also published Relief Web

Karongi: Abahinzi basabwe guteganya icyabagoboka kubera imihindagurikire y’ikirere (Umuseke - Tuesday, 11 February 2020) -- Imihindagurikire y’ikirere ni imbogamizi ibangamiye abahinzi mu Rwanda n’ahandi ku Isi, i Karongi mu mahugurwa y’iminsi itanu, abahinzi basabwe guteganya ikindi cyabagoboka mu gihe ubuhinzi bwabo bwahuye n’ingaruka z’imihindagurikire y’ikirere ibyo bahinze bikarumba. Read More. Will Rwf2.5 billion save flood-prone Nyabugogo? (The New Times - Tuesday, 11 February 2020) -- The implementation of the Rwf2.5 billion project to contain flooding in Nyabugogo catchment area is expected to start next week following the procurement of the contractor. Read More.


Sector Updates

Press Release: GCF Approves the National Adaptation Readiness and preparatory support for building flood resilience capacities in Rwanda (Global Green Growth Institute - Monday, 17 February 2020) -- On 26 January 2020, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat approved the Readiness Proposal for the Republic of Rwanda that was submitted on the 3rd April 2019 . This proposal has been approved for the amount of USD 1.823,993 for National Adaptation Readiness and Preparatory Support for Building Flood Resilience Capacities in Rwanda. Read More

Environmental protection: Over 62,000 pieces of polythene bags seized (Rwanda National Police - Friday, 14 February 2020) -- In Kayonza, vehicle plate number RAC 983X was intercepted in Cyinzovu Cell of Kabarondo sector with 300 cartons (60,000 pieces) of the outlawed non-biodegradable plastic bags. Read More

Minister Mujawamariya Visit to Nyandungu Wetland Recreation & Eco-Tourism Project (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday, 10 February 2020) -- View Photos.


Across Africa 

How climate change has triggered locust plagues across East Africa (New Statesman - Wednesday, 12 February 2020) -- Something substantial hits my helmet visor as I bump along familiar roads on the back of a motorbike taxi to the office one morning. “Oh no,” I think, “they’re here”. Read More

Hunger stalks southern Africa as climate crisis deepens (Egypt Independent - Wednesday, 12 February 2020) -- The torrential rain came from Cyclone Idai, one of the worst storms ever to hit Africa and the fiercest on record to strike Buhera, a district in the usually arid province of Manicaland in eastern Zimbabwe. Read More

Bamako Convention: Time for Africa to move from decisions to action on hazardous waste (UN Environment - Wednesday, 12 February 2020) -- Brazzaville, 12 February 2020 – Parties to the Bamako Convention on the Ban of the Import into Africa and the Control of Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within Africa are coming together for the third Conference of the Parties (COP-3) to the Convention. The Conference runs from 12 February to 14 February 2020 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo under the theme. Read More

In-house renewable energy could be a boon for mines in South Africa (Mining Review Africa - Tuesday, 11 February 2020) -- With their recent profitability buoyed by price improvements in certain commodities, some South African miners may consider investing part of their windfall gains to create their own renewable energy generating capacity. Read More

West Africa ups climate fight with new fuel, used-car rules (Sustainability Times - Monday, 11 February 2020) -- African leaders are taking another big step forward on vehicle emissions, which contribute to chronically poor air quality and carbon emissions in some of the world’s fastest-growing cities – and they’re taking a two-pronged approach to achieving their goals. Read More


From Around the World

5 Strategies that Achieve climate mitigation and adaptation simultaneously (The City Fix - February, 12 February 2020) -- Climate actions have often fallen into one of two strategies: mitigation efforts to lower or remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, and adaptation efforts to adjust systems and societies to withstand the impacts of climate change. The separation has led to the misinformed view that addressing climate change means pursuing either mitigation or adaptation. Read More

Feeding the World Without Damaging the Environment (Seed World - Wednesday, 12 February 2020) -- I read an interesting document the other day from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) entitled “How Can We Feed the World Without Overwhelming the Planet?” Their suggestion? Explore different ways to end hunger by reducing the inequalities in access to food rather than increasing agricultural production, therefore reducing the potential conflicts with environmental protection. Read More

Tackling the Effects Of Climate Change: A Change in Lifestyle! (Thrive Global - Tuesday, 11 February 2020) -- Climate change is a massive on going issue that we just cannot ignore and it plays a huge role in our daily lives. Intensity of extreme weather events, increase in temperatures, decreased snow covers and rising sea levels are just some of the alarming effects. A rapid rise was observed in carbon dioxide emissions in the year 2019 and the growth rate is still very high. Read More

What’s Better Than Planting a Trillion Trees? (The New York Times - Monday, 10 February 2020) -- NASHVILLE — After what seemed like 100 years of impeachments hearings, anything uttered on Capitol Hill now sounds to my ear like the voice of Charlie Brown’s teacher. Nevertheless, a few words from President Trump’s State of the Union address managed to break through the wah-wahs last week. Read More