Green Rwanda Media Review - 18 June 2018

Read the latest new from the Rwanda's green sector.



  • The New Times reports that Africa Green Growth Forum is crucial to mark continental goals for sustainable growth
  • Xinhua writes that the Government of Rwanda has launched the National Research and Innovation Fund to promote innovation economy
  • Climate Home writes that South Africa has drafted a law that can facilitate emissions targets across sectors
  • National Geographic reports that climate change effects may spark 'fish war' over fish/seafood migration
  • View and download photos of the Environment & Natural Resources Forward Looking Joint Sector Review at the Ministry of Environment Flickr page
  • Read Minister Biruta's remarks at the High Ambition Coalition Meeting in Berlin, Germany


Upcoming Events

18-19 June 2018: Petersberg Climate Dialogue, Axica Congress and Conference Centre, Berlin, Germany

18-22 June 2018: Land Week in Kicukiro, Nyabihu and Gisagara districts

19 June 2018: Validation Workshop on Environment and Climate Change Policy

20-21 June 2018: Second Ministerial on Climate Action, Brussels, Belgium

21 June 2018: Water for Growth Rwanda Steering Committee Meeting

24-26 June 2018: 54th Global Environment Facility Council Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam

30-31 August 2018: 6th Annual Eastern Africa Waste Management Conference, Uganda




Belgium is 11th EU nation to sign Kigali (Cooling Post - Sunday 17 June 2018) -- The host country of the European Union, Belgium, has become the 38th nation to ratify the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFC refrigerants. After Bulgaria, which signed on May 1, Belgium becomes the 11th EU member state to sign the Kigali Amendment. Read more

Le Rwanda avance à marche forcée pour réparer son environnement (Le Monde – Saturday 16 June 2018) -- L’érosion et l’épuisement des sols sont devenus un frein au développement du pays qui, en 2011, s’est engagé à restaurer 2 millions d’hectares. La moitié du chemin a été parcourue. Read more

Rift Valley fever outbreak confirmed in Rwanda (Outbreak News Today - Saturday 16 June 2018) -- The Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture has recently confirmed an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in cattle in three districts of East Province: Ngoma, Kirehe, and Kayonza. Read more

Rwanda launches fund to promote innovation economy (Xinhua - Wednesday 13 June 2018) --- The government of Rwanda on Wednesday launched the National Research and Innovation Fund to promote innovation economy in Rwanda and the East African Community (EAC). Read more

Climate change: Pope urges action on clean energy (Agencies/The New Times - 10 June 2018) -- Pope Francis has said climate change is a challenge of “epochal proportions” and that the world must convert to clean fuel. “Civilisation requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilisation,” he said. Read More

What Africa Green Growth Summit means for Africa’s resilience (The New Times - Sunday 10 June 2018) -- Environmentalists have commended the move for Africa to hold the inaugural Africa Green Growth meeting saying that it will go a long way in addressing not only climate change but set the continent on unprecedented path to sustainable growth. Read more 

Environment Week: Taking Stock Of The Biogas Project (KT Press - 8 June 2018) -- Bénoît Segatoma, a resident of Muyebe I Settlement in Ruhango Cell of Rongi Sector – Muhanga District, wakes up early morning, collects cow dung from the cowshed and mixes it with water until it gives homogeneous slurry ready to produce energy. Read More

Integration of Freshwater Biodiversity Information for Decision-Making in Rwanda (Pensoft - 8 June 2018) -- The establishment and implementation of a long-term strategy for freshwater biodiversity data mobilisation, sharing, processing and reporting in Rwanda is to support environment monitoring and the implementation of Rwanda’s National Biodiversity Strategy (NBSAP). In addition, it is to also help us understand how economic transformation and environmental change is affecting freshwater biodiversity and its resulting ecosystem services. Read More


Across Africa

South Africa draft climate law would set emissions targets for every sector (Climate Home News - Thursday 14 June 2018) -- The draft bill, open for comments until 8 August, sets out institutional arrangements for curbing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. Read more

Climate Change Is Likely Killing Off Africa’s Oldest And Largest Trees (Science Trends - Thursday 14 June 2018) -- Africa is home to the famous trees known as Baobab trees, large trees which can grow over a hundred feet in diameter and are known for their massive trunks that splinter off into a patchwork of small, spindly branches. Read more

Climate change is wiping out the baobab, Africa’s ‘tree of life’ (The Guardian - Wednesday 13 June 2018) -- The trees are a scientific wonder, once capable of living for thousands of years, but now becoming endangered species. Read More


Around the World

Climate Change May Spark Global ‘Fish Wars’ (National Geographic - Friday 15 Friday 2018) -- Warming seas are driving commercial seafood poleward into waters controlled by other countries, setting up international conflicts. Read more

Antarctic ice melting faster than ever, studies show (The Guardian - Wednesday 13 June 2018) -- Ice in the Antarctic is melting at a record-breaking rate and the subsequent sea rises could have catastrophic consequences for cities around the world, according to two new studies. Read More

Climate financing up by 28%, finds report (ESI Africa - Thursday 14 June 2018) -- Climate financing by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) rose to a seven-year high of $35.2 billion in 2017, up 28% on the previous year. The MDBs’ latest joint report on climate financing highlights that $27.9 billion, or 79% of the 2017 total, was devoted to climate mitigation projects that aim to reduce harmful emissions and slow down global warming. Read More

Germany to miss 2020 climate target, government concedes in official report (Climate Home News - Tuesday 12 June 2018) -- A draft of the 2017 Climate Protection Report was seen by Climate Home News. It goes to cabinet for sign-off tomorrow. Read more

Fifa accused of greenwashing in World Cup carbon offset scheme (Climate Home - Monday 11 June 2018) -- Football’s global governing body is teaming up with UN Climate Change to offer free carbon offsets to ticket holders, with the chance to win two tickets to the final. Read more


Sector Updates

Remarks by Minister Biruta at High Ambition Coalition Ministerial Meeting (Ministry of Environment - Sunday 17 June 2018) -- As members of the coalition, we must lead by example, both through the Talanoa Dialogue and tangible action. For developed nations, this must include both climate action and finance action. For developing nations, this must translate into a commitment to green growth and sustainable development. Read More

Environment & Natural Resources Forward Looking Joint Sector Review (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday 13 June 2018) -- View Photos Delegation from Zimbabwe visit Rwanda Green Fund (Rwanda Green Fund - Wednesday 13 June 2018) -- A delegation from Zimbabwe has visited the Rwanda Green Fund - FONERWA - to learn about the fund's structure and operations. View Photos

Gaseke Hydro Power Plant - Rwanda Green Fund Investment (Rwanda Green Fund Flickr - 8 June 2018) -- To expand access to electricity, the fund partnered with Novel Energy to invest in the construction of the Gaseke Micro Hydro Power Plant. View Photos

Rwanda Celebrates World Bicycle Day (GGGI - 3 June 2018) -- Rwanda as a developing country, values the importance of cycling as a means of transport that is simple, affordable, and environmentally fit. Read More