Green Rwanda Media Review - 18 March 2019

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


  • The New Times reports that Prime Minister, Edouard Ngirente, called for climate-friendly development at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi.
  • Igihe reports that residents of Nyagatare were encouraged to not only rely on wood for cooking but also opt for other alternatives.
  • Rwanda Inspirer reports that Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the Ministry of Environment in Rwanda signed an MoU to promote food and energy security.
  • The New Times reports that Meteo Rwanda has warned of strong winds.
  • View Photos of the Media Tour in Sebeya Catchment.
  • View photos of Rwanda's delegation to the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi.

Upcoming Events

18 March: Global Recycling Day

18 March: RAPEP Official Launch Ceremony, Lemigo Hotel

18 March: Dissemination of Findings of the Rwanda Third National Communication Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at Lemigo Hotel

18-22 March: Africa Climate Week, Accra, Ghana

18-24 March: Rwanda Water Week 19 March: Inauguration of Water Supply System in Rutsiro District

20-21 March: Integrated Water Resources Management Conference and Launch of National Water Account, Kigali Marriott, Rwanda

20 March: Learning Tour through Arboretum Forest with University of Rwanda

21 March: International Day of Forests (Planting bamboo at Mt Rebero for soil conservation and erosion control)

22 March: World Water Day (Launch of Secoko catchment rehabilitation - a sub catchment of Upper Nyabarongo Catchment)

23 March: World Meteorological Day


Congo : Le Congo et le Rwanda signent un accord pour la valorisation du système d’information géographique (Infos Plus Gabon - Sunday, 17 March 2019) -- Brazzaville, Congo, 17 mars (Infosplusgabon) - Le directeur du Centre de recherche et de production cartographique (Cergec) du Congo, Etienne Paka, et son homologue de la société Esri du Rwanda, Jean Pierre Gatera, ont signé vendredi à Brazzaville, un accord pour la valorisation du système d’information géographique en vue d’une complémentarité entre les deux organismes, a annoncé la radio publique. Read More

Training Exercise For 35 Local Birding Guides Commences (Taarifa - Sunday, 17 March 2019) -- A training exercise organized for 35 local birding guides has started today in an aim to improve the bird watching experience in Rwanda. Read More

Igishanga cya Nyandungu kizashyirwamo ikiyaga, kigiye gushorwamo asaga miliyari 4Frw (Igihe - Saturday, 16 March 2019) -- Igishanga cya Nyandungu kiri ahazwi nko kuri 15 hagati y’Akarere ka Kicukiro n’aka Gasabo, kigiye gushorwamo asaga miliyari enye z’amafaranga y’u Rwanda, yo kugitunganya kugira ngo kibe cyakorwamo n’ibikorwa by’ubukerarugendo. Read More

Rwanda Loses Thousands of Electrical Energy due to Flooding (Top Africa News - Saturday, 16 March 2019) -- This was revealed by an official representing Rwanda Energy Group (REG) at Rubavu Power Plant in the Western province of Rwanda. Read MoreAlso covered in (Igihe, Umuseke)

Rwanda and Costa Rica Sign an MOU on payment for Ecosystem Services (Top Africa News - Friday, 15 March 2019) -- Rwanda and Costa Rica have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation with a focus on payment for ecosystem services known as PES. Read More

E-bikes to revolutionize mobility in Rwanda (Clean Leap - Friday, 15 March 2019) -- Rwanda is leading the way in innovative technology, supported by a proactive Government who setting the country on the right path for example a plastic ban policy set many years ago. Read More

Premier calls for more climate-friendly development approaches (The New Times - Friday, 15 March 2019) -- Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has called on countries to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol in a bid to avoid an additional half a degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century. Read More

Rwanda's PM speech delivered at the 4th session of the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi (Top Africa News - Thursday, 14 March 2019) -- On 14th March 2019, Rwanda’s Prime Minister Dr. Edouard Ngirente delivered Rwanda’s Statement at the 4th Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) convened in Kenya. Read More

Weatherman warns of strong winds (The New Times - Thursday, 14 March 2019) -- Rwanda Meteorology Agency has warned of strong winds predicated to gust across different parts of the country, especially in areas of the Eastern Province, this week. Read More

FAO, Ministry of Environment signed MoU to promote food and energy security (Rwanda Inspirer - Thursday, 14 March 2019) -- Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Environment signed an agreement to implement two projects one aimed to identify bioenergy options suitable to the Rwandan context and the other on water governance, water accounting and water use efficiency. Read More

Rwf100Bn Earmarked For Water Dam Project In Drought-Prone Eastern Rwanda (KT Press - Wednesday, 13 March 2019) -- Rwanda Water and Forest Authority (Rwfa) has started construction of Muvumba multipurpose dam worth Rwf100 billion that will boost agriculture and supply hydro- electricity power to the drought-prone Nyagatare district in Eastern Province. Read More

Abatuye i Nyagatare basabwe kutarambiriza ku nkwi gusa nk’uburyo bwo gutekesha (Igihe - Wednesday, 13 March 2019) -- Sosiyete y’u Rwanda ishinzwe ingufu (REG), yashishikarije abaturage bo mu Karere ka Nyagatare kutarambiriza ku nkwi gusa nk’uburyo bwo guteka, ahubwo bagakoresha Gaz n’imbabura zirondereza ibicanwa mu rwego rwo kurengera ibidukikije. Read More

Kirehe Rice Farms Flood (Taarifa - Tuesday, 12 March 2019) -- As the rainy season continues, some parts of the country have begun receiving vast amounts of down pour leading to extensive floods that place crops fields in danger. Read More

Karongi: Ingo 5606 zahawe amashanyarazi mu mwaka n’amezi umunani (Igihe - Tuesday, 12 March 2019) -- Imiryango ituye mu ngo 5606 iheruka guhabwa amashanyarazi mu Karere ka Karongi, itangaza ko yayihinduriye imibereho guhera ku bayifashisha mu nzu kugera ku bayakoresha mu nyungu z’ubucuruzi. Read More


Across Africa

From cartons to carpets: rethinking plastic waste (UN Environment - Thursday, 14 March 2019) -- Serge Attukwei Clottey is the founder of Ghana’s GoLokal performance collective. His work explores the cross-cutting themes of environmental protection and social justice. His concept of “Afrogallonism” is a celebration of the yellow gallon containers, initially used as cooking oil canisters and then recycled to collect water or fuel. Read More

World Bank, AfDB commit $47 billion to African climate finance (Reuters - Thursday, 14 March 2019) -- NAIROBI (Reuters) - The World Bank and the African Development Bank will together commit more than $47 billion by 2025 to help African countries tackle the effects of climate change, the banks said on Thursday. Read More

Stiff carbon tax vital to cool a hotter, denuded world (Daily Maverick - Thursday, 14 March 2019) -- Taxes are rarely popular, especially in tough economic times. But a group of United Nations science experts believes a stiff and universal carbon tax is essential to curb the ‘relentless’ extraction of natural resources that are making the world steadily hotter, thirstier and denuded of wild nature. Read More


From Around the World

China to host World Environment Day 2019 on air pollution (UN Environment - Friday, 15 March 2019) -- Nairobi, 15 March 2019 – Today, the head of Chinese delegation, Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment, and Joyce Msuya, Acting Head of UN Environment, jointly announced that China will host the global World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2019 with a theme of air pollution. Read More 

Germany ready to join global coal phase-out alliance: environment minister (Climate Home News - Friday, 15 March 2019) -- Germany is ready to join an international alliance committed to phasing out coal use, environment minister Svenja Schulze has told national newspaper Taz. Read More

Western Australia environment regulator backtracks on carbon offset need (Reuters - Thursday, 14 March 2019) -- MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Western Australia’s environmental watchdog said on Thursday that it would withdraw guidelines issued last week that would have required big projects to offset their carbon emissions to help curb global warming. Read More

Coca-Cola admits it produces 3m tonnes of plastic packaging a year (The Guardian - Thursday, 14 March 2019) -- Coca-Cola has revealed for the first time it produces 3m tonnes of plastic packaging a year – equivalent to 200,000 bottles a minute – as a report calls on other global companies to end the secrecy over their plastic footprint. Read More

UN Environment Assembly: Day 3 (UN Environment - Wednesday, 13 March 2019) -- In this video Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director of UN Environment and Siim Kiisler, President of the 4th UN Environment Assembly, are presenting the highlights of day 3 at the event. Watch Video


Sector Updates

Rwanda to Celebrate World Water Day, International Day of Forests and World Meteorological Day 2019 (Ministry of Environment - Friday, 15 March 2019) -- The Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Infrastructure, together with partners and affiliated agencies will celebrate World Water Day, the International Day of Forests, and World Meteorological Day 2019 together in recognition of the interconnections and interdependencies between our water and forest resources and our climate. The three global events will be marked in Rwanda by a set of activities including a media tour, water resources management conference, a “Walk for Water” in the City of Kigali and the launch of landscape restoration activities in Upper Nyabarongo catchment. These initiatives will raise awareness and highlight the importance of water, forests and climate in our daily lives and the need to protect them for health and well-being. Read More

UNEA4 - High Level Discussion on Sustainable Finance (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Friday, 15 March 2019) -- At the United Nations Environment Assembly, Minister Biruta joined a High Level Discussion on Sustainable Finance and shared the country's experience in accessing climate finance, offering suggestions on improving the efficiency of accessing funding. View Photos

UNEA4 - Bilateral Meeting with Carole Dieschbourg, Minister of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Friday, 15 March 2019) -- On the sidelines of the United Nations Environment Assembly, Minister Biruta met with Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg's Minister of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development to discuss cooperation between the two countries on waste management and capacity building on climate finance. View Photos

Photos: Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Costa Rica and Rwanda (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Friday, 15 March 2019) -- Costa Rica and Rwanda have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperation on payment for ecosystem services and natural capital accounting. The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. View Photos

Photos: Media Tour in Sebeya Catchment (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 13 March 2019) -- From 12th to 13th March 2019 the Ministry of Environment took journalist in Sebeya Catchment to witness how the of the interventions to control soil erosion implemented in Karambo sub catchment can reduce floods risk downstream of Sebeya river in Nyundo and Kanama. During the tour, journalists Gihira Water Treatment Plant and Gisenyi Hydropower Plant to learn how this intervention can, in the future, impact water electricity supply in the area. View Photos