Green Rwanda Media Review - 18 May 2020

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

Summary

  • The New Times reports about the economic impact of disasters on Rwanda in the first four months of 2020.
  • The New Times reports on how government is planing to revive the mining sector.
  • Igihe reports that RWF 10 billion will be used to preserve Sebeya River.
  • Rwanda National Police reports that three people were arrested over deforestation in Nyungwe National Park.
  • View photos of the handover between the incoming and outgoing Ministry of Environment Permanent Secretary and the special Umuganda to plant trees at Kanogo, Kigali.

Upcoming Events

  • 22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity (World Biodiversity Day)
  • 5 June: World Environment Day
  • 17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
  • 21 June: World Giraffe Day
  • 26 June: World Refrigeration Day

Rwanda

Kagame Says Rwanda Will Prevail Over Heavy Rains, #COVID-19 (Taarifa - Sunday, 17 May 2020) -- President Paul Kagame has comforted hundreds of families devastated by deadly torrential rains that have claimed dozens of lives, crops, animals and infrastructure. Read More. Also published in The New Times

Kanogo-Rugunga road closed for repairs (The New Times - Friday, 15 May 2020) -- Kanogo-Rugunga-Kiyovu and Rugunga Rwampala roads are closed for traffic for the next one week, Rwanda National Police (RNP) have announced. Read More

Reforesting Rwanda’s endemic-rich Albertine Rift (Wilderness Safari - Thursday, 14 May 2020) -- Since the launch of Bisate in 2017, Wilderness Safaris’ first lodge in Rwanda at Volcanoes National Park (VNP), the company’s visionary ecotourism presence in the region has aided the conservation, and return, of numerous endemic species. Read More

Karera Patrick yashimiye Perezida Kagame wamugiriye ikizere (Imvaho Nshya - Wednesday, 13 May 2020) -- Umunyamabanga Uhoraho mushya muri Minisiteri y’Ibidukikije Karera Patrick, yashimiye Perezida wa Repubulika Paul Kagame wamugiriye ikizere, aakamuha amahirwe yo kugira uruhare mu iterambere ry’urwego rw’ibidukikije mu Rwanda. Read More

WASAC mulls new measures to deal with impact of floods (The New Times - Wednesday, 13 May 2020) -- The Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) has announced that it is going to mobilize financial resources that will help to conduct studies to find out ways of dealing with floods and swashed debris that continues to affect water treatment plants. Read More

WASAC imaze guhomba hafi miliyari 4 Frw kubera ibiza byatewe n’imvura (Igihe - Tuesday, 12 May 2020) -- Ikigo gishinzwe amazi, isuku n’isukura, WASAC, cyatangaje ko kubera imvura nyinshi imaze iminsi igwa mu gihugu, ibikorwa bimwe by’iki kigo byangiritse mu buryo bukomeye ku buryo cyahuye n’ibihombo bigera kuri miliyari enye z’amafaranga y’u Rwanda. Read More

How government plans to revive mining sector (The New Times - Tuesday, 12 May 2020) -- Many experts and analysts across the world now consider the coronavirus pandemic as an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation. Read More

The economic impact of disasters on Rwanda in 4 months of 2020 (The New Times - Tuesday, 12 May 2020) -- A series of disasters have destroyed at least 3,117 hectares of crops, 124 roads and 64 bridges disrupting economic activities across the country between January and April this year, a report by the Ministry in charge of Emergency Management shows. Read More

Ibiza byabaye mu Majyaruguru bigira ingaruka mu Burasirazuba (Kigali Today - Tuesday, 12 May 2020) -- Mu isoko rya Nyamata riherereye mu Murenge wa Nyamata, mu Karere ka Bugesera mu Ntara y’Uburasirazuba, bamwe mu bacuruzi bavuga ko bagezweho n’ingaruka z’ibiza byibasiye tumwe mu turere tw’Intara y’Amajyaruguru bitewe n’imvura nyinshi imaze iminsi igwa muri icyo gice. Read More

Miliyari 10 Frw zigiye kwifashishwa mu kubungabunga icyogogo cya Sebeya (Igihe - Monday, 11 May 2020) -- Guverinoma y’u Rwanda yateganyije miliyari 10 Frw yo kwifashisha mu bikorwa byo kubungabunga icyogogo cy’umugezi wa Sebeya, mu rwego rwo kugabanya ingaruka ziterwa n’uwo mugezi iyo wuzuye. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Photos: Visit to flooded areas in Nyabihu | Nyabihu, 16 May 2020 (Paul Kagame Flickr - Saturday, 16 May 2020) -- View Photos

Photos: Special Umuganda: MoE plants 1500 bamboo trees for erosion control & #MadeinRwanda promotion (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Saturday, 16 May 2020) -- View Photos

Photos: Handover between the incoming and outgoing MoE PS (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 13 May 2020) -- View Photos

Nyamagabe: Batatu bafashwe barimo kwangiza ishyamba mu karere k’ubuhumekero bwa Nyungwe (Rwanda National Police - Tuesday, 12 May 2020) -- Mu rukerera rwo kuri uyu wa Mbere tariki ya 11 Gicurasi Polisi ikorera mu karere ka Nyamagabe mu murenge wa Buruhukiro mu kagari ka Kizimyamuriro yafashe Sengiyaremye Silas, Twagirayezu Anastase na Ruberandinda Frederick. Aba bose bafatiwe mu buhumekero bw'ishyamba rya Nyungwe barimo gutemamo ibiti byo kubazamo imbaho. Read More

 

Across Africa

Conservation must not be a COVID victim (Independent - Thursday, 14 May 2020) -- As COVID-19 shrinks government budgets, John Scanlon argues that a park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo shows the importance of protected areas keeping their funding. Read More

Flood waters leave death and displaced families in their wake (Daily Nation - Wednesday, 13 May 2020) -- Flood waters have washed away roads, homes and even submerged crops, endangering the food security of many families. Read More

UNEP steps up work on zoonotics, protecting environment to reduce pandemic risks (UN Environment - Tuesday, 12 May 2020) -- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is stepping up its work on mapping zoonotic threat and protecting the environment to reduce the risk of future pandemics, such as the COVID-19 crisis currently sweeping the globe. Read More

Making every drop count in hydropower generation (Esi Africa - Tuesday, 12 May 2020) -- Africa has the highest percentage of untapped technical hydropower potential in the world, with only 11% being used. A concern raised is around how to take advantage of this resource while taking into account the effect of exploiting the continent’s vast natural water supply. Read More

 

From Around the World

Next frontier in climate law: The global south (EE News - Wednesday, 13 May 2020) -- As efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions founder in the U.S. legal system, climate litigation is finding firm footing in courts outside North America and Europe. Read More

Climate change may kickstart dormant El Niño weather system in Indian Ocean (Independent - Wednesday, 13 May 2020) -- An El Niño-like weather system that has been dormant for millennia in the Indian Ocean could be kick-started due to climate change, according to new research. Read More

Harnessing tech to employ last-mile tree planters in a COVID-19 world (Relief Web - Tuesday, 12 May 2020) -- The year 2020 started with such optimism and hope for nature-based solutions and environmental sustainability. Read More

£800k study to look at link between fire and climate change (University of Stirling - Tuesday, 12 May 2020) -- University of Stirling experts will lead a new £800,000 study investigating the behaviour of pyrogenic carbon – partly-burned plants left behind following fire – and its potential impact on climate change. Read More

How Coronavirus Is Affecting Climate Change (Thomson Reuters Foundation Youtube Channel - Monday, 11 May 2020) -- Coronavirus has already begun to reshape the environment in dramatic ways, from decreased air pollution to animals roaming city streets. Read More