Green Rwanda Media Review - 17 June 2019

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


  • The New Times reports that a bill to ban single-use plastics in Rwanda was passed by Parliament.
  • Rwanda Inspirer reports that University of Rwanda’s first graduates in geology and mining are expected to improve the mining sector in Rwanda.
  • The Ministry of Environment releases the new Environment and Climate Change Policy.
  • Meteo Rwanda encourages Rwandans to be water wise during the long dry season Clean Technicia reports about mining methane in Lake Kivu.
  • Top News Africa reports that a young Rwanda has won the prestigious Commonwealth Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards for plastic recycling efforts.

Upcoming Events

17 June: 2019 World Day to Combat Desertification Ankara, Turkey (also worldwide)

17-19 June: Africa Regional Ministerial Conference on Green Economy, Cairo, Egypt

17-19 June: Rwanda Cooling Initiative – Strategic Review and Planning Mission, Kigali

17-27 Jun 2019: 50th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), Bonn, Germany

18 June: Launch of the Rwanda Cooling Initiative Coolease Scheme with BDF, Rwanda Green Fund and BASE, Marriott Hotel

18 June: Workshop on Climate Change Business as Usual Scenarios & Mitigation Options with the World Bank, Serena Hotel

18-20 June: Sustainable Energy For All Charrettes, Amsterdam, Netherlands

19 June: ENR Forward Looking Joint Sector Review Meeting, Lemigo Hotel

20 June: Launch of Landscape Restoration and Integrated Water Resources Management in Sebeya and other Catchments, Rubavu District

26 June: World Refrigeration Day

30 June-1 July: UNSG Climate Summit Abu Dhabi Preparatory Meeting End of June: Regional Meeting of TRAFFIC Central Africa

11 July: GCF Readiness and Preparatory Support Project Closure and Knowledge Sharing Workshop, Kigali Convention Centre.

24 August: Akagera Rhino Velo Race 2019, Eastern Province



Duke Of Sussex Presents Prestigious Award To Rwandese For Plastic Waste Recycling Innovation (Top Africa News - Sunday, 16 June 2019) -- Rosette Muhoza, from Rwanda, co-founder of a social enterprise that ensures environmental sustainability through recycling plastic waste into construction materials received a prestigious Award for her innovation. Read More

Mining Methane In Lake Kivu, Rwanda: An Unusual Source Of Renewable Energy (Clean Technicia - Saturday, 15 June 2019) -- KivuWatt, a 34 MW power plant in Kibuye, Rwanda, was conceived to help reduce the risk of an overpressure gas outburst at Lake Kivu. The first-of-its-kind integrated methane gas extraction and production facility has since become a critical regional producer of power. Read More

House passes bill to ban single-use plastics (The New Times - Thursday, 13 June 2019) -- Parliament has passed a draft law prohibiting the manufacture, importation, use and sale of single-use plastic items in Rwanda. Read More. Also covered in Imvaho Nshya.

The Square: Rwanda's Green Growth & Climate Resilience (The Square - Wednesday, 12 June 2019) -- Learn more about Rwanda's green growth & climate change policy. Watch Video. Kamonyi: Muri ‘mine’ na ‘kariyeri’ abakoresha ntibita ku masezerano y’umurimo (Umuseke - Wednesday, 12 June 2019) -- Sendika y’abakozi iratunga agatoki bamwe mu bakoresha bo mu bucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro ko badaha abakozi amasezerano bakabikora bagamije kugira ibyo babakinga bikubiye mu masezerano agenga umurimo. Read More

U Rwanda rugiye kwakira inkura z’umukara eshanu zizaturuka i Burayi (Igihe - Wednesday, 12 June 2019) -- Ikigo cy’igihugu cy’Iterambere, RDB, cyatangaje ko mu cyumweru gitaha kizashyikirizwa Inkura z’Umukura eshanu zirimo eshatu z’ingore n’ebyiri z’ingabo. Read More. Also covered in The New Times.

University of Rwanda’s first graduates in geology and mining to get jobs, expected to improve mining sector in Rwanda (Rwanda Inspirer - Tuesday, 11 June 2019) -- This year, he said, it is the first time that Rwanda will have over 100 graduates from geology and mine at the University of Rwanda, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) CEO has said. Read More

Ellen DeGeneres Backs Virtual Reality Game Used To Protect Gorillas In Rwanda (Samaritan Mag - Monday, 10 June 2019) -- A new augmented reality mobile game supported by Ellen DeGeneres is being used to help gorillas in Rwanda. Gorillas! is the new game created by augmented reality app maker Krikey in partnership with The Ellen Fund. Read More

Saving golden monkeys through face recognition (RFI - Monday, 10 June 2019) -- A British primatologist has been working with scientists in the US to develop a facial recognition app that will help her and others research and protect rare golden monkeys in Rwanda. Read More


Sector Updates

Rwanda Green Fund Shares Knowledge and Experience with Burkina Faso (Rwanda Green Fund - Friday, 14 June 2019) -- The Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) recently hosted a delegation from the Burkina Faso Environmental Interventions Fund to share experience in building a green and climate resilient nation. The delegation was led by Mr. Batio Bassière Nestor, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change. Read More

Réflexions du Burkina Faso après la visite du Fonds vert du Rwanda - FONERWA (Rwanda Green Fund - Friday, 14 June 2019) -- Le Fonds National de l'Environnement du Rwanda (FONERWA) a récemment accueilli une délégation du Burkina Faso pour echanger les leçons de l’expérience du Rwanda en matière de croissance verte et de résilience au changement climatique. À l'issue de sa visite au Rwanda, Amadou Oury Sanou, directeur de la communication et des relations publiques du Fonds pour les interventions en faveur de l'environnement au Burkina Faso, a présenté les enseignements tirés de l'expérience et les perspectives sur la situation du financement climatique en Afrique. Read More

Burkina Faso delegation lead the Minister of Environment conduct GCF study tour in Kigali, Rwanda (Global Green Growth Institute - Friday, 14 June 2019) -- Burkina Faso is aware of the importance of green growth development which is fundamental to supporting the transition and increasing opportunities. The Government has highlighted several obstacles related to (i) limited technical capacity of actors at all levels; (ii) the lack of sustainable and appropriate financial mechanisms to support the transition to green growth; and (iii) poor access to climate finance and other existing international financial mechanisms. Read More

Rwanda introduces new Environment and Climate Change Policy (Ministry of Environment - Wednesday, 12 June 2019) -- The Government of Rwanda, through the Ministry of Environment, has introduced a new Environment and Climate Change Policy to better prepare the country for new opportunities and challenges related to the management of our natural environment and the climate crisis. Read More. Also covered at Rwanda Green Fund.

Citizens encouraged to use water resources efficiently during long dry season (June to August) (Rwanda Meteorology Agency- Wednesday, 12 June 2019) -- The Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda) has issued the seasonal forecast for June to August 2019, commonly known as season C (Impeshyi), and encouraged Rwandans to be water wise during this period. Read More

15 shortlisted participants of the Greenpreneurs 2019 program to take part in a global competition (Global Green Growth Institute - Wednesday, 12 June 2019) -- June 12, Seoul, Republic of Korea – Out of more than 200 participants, 15 were shortlisted from GGGI’s Member countries and countries where GGGI has operations, including Cambodia, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Morocco, Nepal, the Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda, the UAE, and Vanuatu. This year, GGGI is pleased to have a variety of project ideas designed to facilitate the achievement of green growth and climate change action in developing countries, including innovative uses of solar PV systems, recycling solutions, and waste management innovations. Read More


Across Africa

Luxury safaris are trying to reinvent by getting greener and curbing an “Out of Africa” culture (Quartz Africa - Friday, 14 June 2019) -- Evolving from elite colonial sport into bucket-list favorite, safaris have long played to western fantasies of the African wild. Given prices that start at about $750 per person per day (easily increasing by three or even ten times that), this “trip of a lifetime” naturally comes with big expectations. Read More

UN urges east African countries to harmonize vehicle emission standards (Xinhua - Tuesday, 11 June 2019) -- The United Nations on Monday urged East African Community (EAC) countries to harmonize vehicle emission standards. Read More

Egyptian MP Proposes Abolishing Plastic Bags in Favour of Eco-Friendly Alternatives (Egyptian Streets - Tuesday, 11 June 2019) -- Egyptian Parliament member Anissa Hassouna has submitted a proposal to abolish the use of plastic bags in Egypt to the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Environment. Read More

AFRICAN PARKS - 2018 Annual Report (African Parks, 2018) -- African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation, founded in 2000, that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. Our aim is to rehabilitate each park, making them ecologically, socially and financially sustainable long into the future, for the benefit of people and wildlife. Read More


From Around the World

The Guardian view on net zero emissions: better late than never (The Guardian - Wednesday, 12 June 2019) -- Announcing a target to cut greenhouse gases by at least 100% below 1990 levels in 2050 is a necessary step to tackle the climate emergency. But it won’t be enough on its own. Read More

Three Surprising Solutions To Climate Change (Forbes - Monday, 10 June 2019) -- When the analysts at Project Drawdown quantified the impact of 100 solutions to climate change, they were surprised by some of their results, the organization's executive director said in a recent appearance at Carnegie-Mellon University. Read More

Marriott removing plastic straws from its 6,500 hotels (Tree Hugger - Thursday, 19 July 2018) -- Not all single-use plastic use is equally problematic. When a ferry company banned plastic straws, there was a particularly obvious reason to celebrate—because straws on ferries are much more likely to make their way into the environment, and in particular the ocean, than straws in—for example—a BBC canteen. Read More