Green Rwanda Media Review - 17 September 2018

Read the latest news in the environment sector - Rwanda and around the world. 

Summary

  • The New Times reports on how the Government is turning to agroforestry to increase forest cover.
  • AllAfrica reports on how the Government is working with electronics importers to help reduce greenhouse gases.
  • Strive Masiyiwa's writes on how Rwanda earns hundreds of millions from its gorillas alone.
  • Xinhua reports on Rwanda's campaign for green growth to reduce disaster risk.
  • Umuseke reports that environmental experts came to study how Rulindo protects its mountains from being destroyed.

 

Upcoming Events

25 September: Green Drinks - EU Climate Diplomacy Week Event "It Starts With You", Urban City Blue, Kiyovu, 6pm

4 October: World Animal Day 5 -7 October: Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally 9 October: Green Drinks - Year of the Bird

27 October: Rwanda's 2018/19 Tree Planting Season and Celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of Tree Planting Day

30 October: Green Drinks - Green Buildings and Design

6 November: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflicts

15 November: World Clean Air Day

27 November: Green Drinks - Smokeless Rwanda

26-30 November 2018: Africa Green Growth Forum, Kigali, Rwanda

 

Rwanda

New law will help drive investor appetite for mining – Gatare (The New Times - Monday, 17 September 2018) -- The new law governing mining and quarry operations was gazetted last month. It seeks to promote professionalism and growth of the mining sector while giving a new lease of life to the mineworkers whose safety at work has been the cause for concern. For instance, in 2017 alone more than 90 miners lost their lives while others were left disabled due to unconducive working conditions. Read More

Imbogamizi mu kubyaza umusaruro amakuru y’iteganyagihe mu Rwanda (Igihe - Sunday, 16 September 2018) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere, cyatangaje ko kimaze kugira ubushobozi bwo gutanga amakuru ajyanye n’ihindagurika ry’ibihe yizewe ariko hakiri imbogamizi z’uburyo abanyarwanda bayabyaza umusaruro. Read More

I Karongi na ho habonetse AMASHYUZA (Umuseke - Sunday, 16 September 2018) -- Ubu aya mazi aserura yo mu nda y’isi mu Rwanda ntazakomeza kubarizwa mu Bugarama (Rusizi) na Nyamyumba (Rubavu) gusa kuko n’i Gitarama muri Karongi naho yahabonetse. Read More

Why is land and forestry ministry revising 2004 National Land Policy? (Rwanda Inspirer - Saturday, 15 September 2018) -- The Government of Rwanda through the the Ministry of Lands and Forestry has started to revise 2004 National Land Policy with aim to support the socio-economic transformation of Rwanda. MINILAF discussed the Draft Land Policy 2018 with stakeholders on 5th September 2018, during a thematic working group meeting. Read More

Rwanda pledges to phase out ozone-depleting substances (Xinhua - Saturday, 15 September 2018) -- KIGALI, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda on Friday renewed commitment to continuing phasing out ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment. Read More

Ingagi yakoze amateka yo kubyara iruta izindi mu Rwanda yaburiwe irengero (Igihe - Friday, 14 September 2018) -- Umuryango Fossey Fund ukora ubushakashatsi ku ngagi mu birunga, watangaje ko abakozi bawo babuze irengero ry’ingagi yitwa Poppy, yujuje imyaka 42 muri Mata uyu mwaka. Read More

Kigali City moves to fell old street trees to avert disasters (The New Times - Friday, 14 September 2018) -- On Wednesday evening, the rush hour traffic, mainly around the Central Business District was worse than usual. Read More

Car-free day: What is the impact? (The New Times - Thursday, 13 September 2018) -- Twice a month, parts of Kigali city turn into a car-free zone where residents engage in physical activity from 7am to 10am. People hit the streets to walk, run or ride bicycles, among other activities. Read More

Govt turns to agroforestry to increase forest cover (The New Times - Thursday, 13 September 2018) -- Government is set to start implementing a project which encourages farmers to plant trees on their farms as it steps up efforts to increase forest cover by 2 million hectares in the next one and half years. Read More

Government resumes registration of state land (The New Times - Thursday, 13 September 2018) -- By June next year, the Government will have successfully recovered all its land property that has been occupied by and registered in the names of private individuals and local leaders, according to Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority (RLMUA). Read More

Weatherman warns of floods in November, calls for early preparations (Rwanda Today - Wednesday, 12 September 2018) -- Meteorological experts have warned that Rwanda and the rest of East Africa will experience floods between November and December. Read More

Kigali: Imvura y’amahindu yasakambuye inyubako, imodoka zigwirwa n’ibiti (Amafoto) (Igihe - Wednesday, 12 September 2018) -- Imvura idasanzwe ivanze n’umuyaga mwinshi yaguye ku mugoroba wo kuri uyu wa 12 Nzeri 2018 mu Mujyi wa Kigali yakangaranyije benshi ndetse inangiza ibintu byinshi. Read More

Women farmers to benefit from $250 million project (The New Times - Wednesday, 12 September 2018) -- Women farmers will soon benefit from a project that seeks to promote sustainable agriculture by involving them in policy making and budgeting. Read More

Roundup: Rwanda campaigns for green growth to reduce disaster risk (Xinhua - Wednesday, 12 September 2018) -- Rwanda on Wednesday announced plans for sustainable green investments aimed at improving environmental and climate change management in order to reduce the country's vulnerability to natural hazards. Read More

Abahanga mu bidukikije baje kwiga uko Rulindo irinda imisozi yayo kwangirika (Umuseke - Wednesday, 12 September 2018) --Guhera kuri uyu wa Gatatu kugeza ku wa Gatanu abahanga mu bidukikije bo muri Africa bari mu nama yo kungurana ibitekerezo uko imisozi yakwitabwaho. Bazasura akarere ka Rulindo barebe ibyo kakoze mu kurinda imisozi kwangizwa n’isuri kuko ariko byagaragaye ko karusha utundi turere kurinda imisozi. Read More

Abanyarwanda bafite amashanyarazi biyongereyeho hafi 12% mu mwaka umwe (Igihe - Tuesday, 11 September 2018) -- Guverinoma y’u Rwanda ikomeje guteza imbere inzego zitandukanye hitabwa cyane ku bikorwaremezo, by’umwihariko urwego rw’ingufu rukaba mu ziri ku isonga mu gutera imbere mu buryo bwihuta. Read More

Govt reaches out to electronics importers to help reduce planet warming gases (AllAfrica - Tuesday, 11 September 2018) --Rwanda, as part of efforts under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, has reiterated the commitment to achieve over 85 per cent reduction in consumption of planet warming gases known as “HFCs” by 2049 which will be through increasing use of planet climate friendly electronics. Read More

How can educators contribute to the sustainability agenda? (The New Times - Tuesday, 11 September 2018) -- The recent African Green Revolution Forum held in Rwanda had me question my contribution to the green agenda. How can teachers, schools and students participate in this noble move to sustainability beyond the geography and social study lessons? Given the vast influence schools have on children and youth, how can we leverage this to inculcate environmentally friendly practices? Read More

Field trips; how important are they to students? (The New Times - Tuesday, 11 September 2018) -- Recently, Nature Rwanda, a local conservation organisation with students from ES Rwahi Rulindo District, organised a tour to Busaga Natural Forest, Southern Province, to broaden the learners’ educational experience. Read More

Africa: Strive Masiyiwa - How Rwanda Earns Hundreds of Millions From Its Gorillas Alone (AllAfrica - Tuesday, 11 September 2018) -- When President Paul Kagame asked me to participate in a ceremony to name 23 baby gorillas a few days ago, I thought it was cool, and it earned some bragging rights for my youngest daughter amongst her animal-loving schoolmates... "My dad went to name a baby gorilla!". Read More

Guverinoma yakoze impinduka mu gukurikirana abateza impanuka mu bucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro (Igihe - Monday, 10 September 2018) -- Guverinoma y’u Rwanda yongereye imbaraga mu kurengera ubuzima n’umutekano w’abakora mu bucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro, hagamijwe ko uru rwego rubyara inyungu ariko n’abarukoramo bakitabwaho uko bikwiye. Read More

U Rwanda ubu ni urwa 11 muri Africa mu kugera kuri SDGs (Umuseke - Monday, 10 September 2018) -- Kuri uyu wa mbere hasohotse raporo igaragaza uko ibihugu by’Afurika bishyira mu bikorwa intego za 2030 z’iterambere rirambye, u Rwanda ruri ku mwanya wa 11. Umuyobozi wa SDGs muri Afurika avuga ko ibihugu byose by’ Afurika bigifite byinshi byo gukora kuko byinshi bikiri mu mutuku ku bipimo. Read More

On the trails of Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest (Chwezi Traveller - Sunday, 9 September 2018) -- Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park may not get as much attention as the Volcanoes National Park – home to the rare mountain-dwelling gorillas – but it’s no less impressive. Read More

Muhanga: Man arrested for felling trees in gazetted forest (Rwanda National Police - Sunday, 9 September 2018) -- Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Southern region Police spokesperson, said the suspect and his accomplices had already destroyed about a half a hectare of the gazetted forest located in Kanyana Cell of Rugendabari Sector. Read More

 

Across Africa

Fish shortage sparks conflict on Africa's Great Lakes (New Vision - Friday, 14 September 2018) -- Stop the boat, hands up, surrender any weapons," yelled Lieutenant Deogratius Kato as the soldiers surrounded a motorised canoe after a 20-minute chase, pointing guns at two terrified fishermen. Read More

Tanzania: Banning Use of Plastic Bags to Protect Environment (AllAfrica - Thursday, 13 September 2018) -- PLASTIC bags have been used for decades now in Tanzania. It is with no doubt that most millennials have found these bags in use and circulation. These bags are thin in size and are therefore portable. They come in heavy and light weight types, traditionally made of polyethylene material. Read More

S. Africa’s Controversial Land Expropriation Stirs Emotions, Uncertainty (VOA - Tuesday, 11 September 2018) -- Plans by South Africa's government to change the law to allow land expropriation without compensation have provoked an emotional response, even reaching the ears of President Donald Trump, who signaled his disapproval last month in a controversial tweet in which he ordered U.S. officials to investigate the situation. Read More

Powerful explosion after 2 oil tankers collide on Tanzania-Rwanda border (Xinhua - Sunday, 9 September 2018) -- A powerful explosion caused by a collision of two oil tankers burned four vehicles to ashes on Sunday on the Tanzania-Rwanda border, according to Tanzanian police. Read More 

 

From Around the World

Philippines: Imvura ivanze n’umuyaga udasanzwe imaze guhitana abantu 59 (Igihe - Wednesday, 12 September 2018) -- Inkubi y’umuyaga idasanzwe ivanze n’imvura nyinshi yahawe izina rya Mangkhut, yahungabanyije bikomeye igice cya Aziya y’Amajyepfo, ikora ku gice kimwe cy’u Bushinwa, Hong Kong ndetse yica n’abantu benshi muri Philippines. Read More

Google Street View to start mapping air pollution (New York Post - Wednesday, 12 September 2018) -- Google announced it will be expanding its Street View partnership with Aclima, an environmental sensor network, to map air pollution around the globe. Read More

USA: Abaturage miliyoni 25 basabwe guhunga inkubi y’umuyaga wiswe Florence (Umuseke - Wednesday, 12 September 2018) -- Ikigo cy’igihugu cya USA kiga imihindagurikire y’ikirere cyasabye abatuye muri Leta ya Calorina y’epfo, iya ruguru, Leta ya Virginia na Maryland bagera kuri miliyoni 20 kuzinga utwangushye bagahunga umuyaga uremereye abahanga bise Florence. Read More

Warming oceans are changing the world's rainfall (The Guardian - Wednesday, 12 September 2018) -- Global warming means truly global warming. The atmosphere, the oceans, and the ground are all warming. As a result, ice is melting, seas are rising, storms are getting more severe, and droughts are getting worse. But these things are not happening in isolation. The tricky thing about the climate is that things are connected all across the globe. And those connections are revealing changes that may not be obvious at first glance. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Rwanda marks Ozone Day with a call to all Rwandans to phase down the use of HFCs gases (Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 13 September 2018) -- Rwanda is a Party to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer since 2003; Every 16th September Rwanda joins the World to celebrate the International Day for the preservation of Ozone Layer. Read More

Rwanda Pledges to support sustainable mountain development as Africa Regional Mountains Forum opens in Kigali (ARCOS Network - Wednesday, 12 September 2018) -- In his opening remarks for the Second Africa Regional Mountains Forum, Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Republic of Rwanda, pledged on behalf of the country to support Sustainable Mountain Development initiatives in the country. Read More

Significance of green public space in cities to human and environmental health:Citywide survey on green and public space conducted in Nyagatare and Rubavu (GGGI - Friday, August 31 September 2018) -- The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in partnership with the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA)and Rwanda Housing Authority , conducted citywide survey in Nyagatare during the week of 20th August 2018, and in Rubavu during the week of 10th September. Read More