Green Rwanda Media Review - 18 November 2019

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


  • CNBC Africa says that the Rwanda Development Board rewarded 100 youth with gorilla permits.
  • The New Times reports on reforestation efforts in the Eastern Province.
  • Cooling Post reports that the Pope has backed the Kigali Amendment.
  • The New Times reports about the regional water supply forum in Kigali.
  • The New Times reports on how an entrepreneur is using bio-waste to promote environmental protection.
  • Herald Publicist reports about Maria Sharapova's visit to Rwanda.

Upcoming Events

  • 20 October - 20 November: African Mobility Month
  • 18-22 November: Land Week in Muhanga District, One Stop Centre
  • 18-22 November: Retreat to develop curriculum for Rwanda Meteorological Training and Research Centre, Musanze
  • 18-22 November: Africa GIS Conference, Camp Kigali, Organised by UR and Esri Rwanda
  • 19 November: Breakfast Meeting with Development Partners to Discuss Mainstreaming Environment and Climate Change into development programmes, Marriott Hotel, Kigali
  • 20 November: Seminar on 'Conservation and Ethics' hosted by the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management, UR-Huye Campus
  • 26 November: Meeting of REMA and Representatives of religious leaders on their role for environment protection and discussion on climate change issues, Lemigo Hotel, Kigali
  • 27 November: Seminar on 'Dissolved organic carbon in tropical watersheds' hosted by the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management, UR-Huye Campus
  • 30 November 2019: Green City Kigali Umuganda, Kinyinya Sector
  • 2-13 December: UN Climate Change Conference, Madrid, Spain
  • 10-13 December: Capacity Building training on groundwater, biodiversity assessment and mapping by UNESCO Nairobi and Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO, Huye 


Government issues last warning over domestication of grey cranes (The New Times - Monday, 18 November 2019) -- Anyone in Rwanda who has domesticated a grey crane has until December to return the iconic bird to the wild or face legal action. This, according to a statement released on Monday by Rwanda Development Board, will serve as the last warning to anyone who poaches, sells and keeps Grey Crowned Cranes at home. Read More

Rwanda looks to Japan for sustainable irrigation schemes (The New Times - Monday, 18 November 2019) -- As Rwanda scales up efforts to increase irrigated farmland, it is seeking to learn from the Japanese on building effective and sustainable irrigation schemes, the Director-General of Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has said. Read More

Ifumbire y’umwimerere , amapave muri plastike: Imwe mu mishinga y’urubyiruko yitezweho gufasha benshi (Igihe - Sunday, 17 November 2019) -- Ingabire Théogene, na bagenzi be bamaze imyaka itanu batangije uburyo bwo gukora ifumbire y’imborera bifashishije ibyatsi n’udusimba duto tuzwi nka microbes, intego akaba ari ukugera ku rwego rwo gukora ifumbire nyinshi ihagije abanyarwanda bakareka gukoresha ifumbire mvaruganda zangiza ubutaka. Read More

In pics: lions, rhinos in Akagera National Park, eastern Rwanda (Xinhua - Sunday, 17 November 2019) -- Two black rhinos walk at Akagera National Park, eastern Rwanda, Nov. 16, 2019. Since 2010, Akagera National Park has undergone a revival, with poaching practically eliminated, allowing for key species to be reintroduced, including lions in 2015, which have since tripled in number, and rhinos in 2017, a decade after they were last seen in Rwanda. In June 2019, five more critically endangered black rhinos from Europe were translocated to the park. View Photos

How Solar Irrigation Is Transforming Farming In Rwanda (Ventures Africa - Friday, 15 November 2019) -- Agriculture is the backbone of Rwanda’s economy, it’s the key to the country’s growth and poverty reduction strategy, employing 79 percent of its population. However, dependence on rains and lack of irrigation has proven to be a major hindrance in productivity and food security. Read More

Lonely Planet names Nyungwe the best canopy walkway in the world (The New Times - Friday, 15 November 2019) -- The canopy walkway in Nyungwe National Park has been named the world’s best forest canopy walkway, topping a list of this year’s 11 best canopy walkways, according to a latest report by Lonely Planet. Read More

RDB awards 100 youth with gorilla permits (CNBC Africa - Thursday, 14 November 2019) -- To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Liberation Day, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) gave 100 Rwandans who turn 25 years old this year, a once in a lifetime opportunity to trek the mountain gorillas in Volcanos National Park. This is part of the country's efforts to encourage domestic tourism and cultivate a culture of conservation among Rwandans. Watch Video

Minisitiri Mujawamariya yijeje kusa ikivi cy’abamubanjirije muri Minisiteri y’Ibidukikije no kuyishakira abafatanyabikorwa (Igihe - Thursday, 14 November 2019) -- Minisitiri mushya w’Ibidukikije, Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, yahererekanyije ububasha na mugenzi we wayoboraga iyi Minisiteri, Dr Biruta Vincent, ugiye kuyobora iy’Ububanyi n’amahanga n’Ubutwererane, amwizeza kusa ikivi yatangiye no kuyishakira abafatanyabikorwa. Read More

City of Kigali vows to repossess unexploited prime land property (The New Times - Thursday, 14 November 2019) -- The City of Kigali has insisted that it will go ahead with a controversial plan to confiscate plots of land in the Central Business District and along strategic corridors it says have been lying idle for more than three years despite several warnings to the owners. Read More

[Pics] Maria Sharapova ventures into Rwanda’s jungles, encounters silverback gorilla (Herald Publicist - Wednesday, 13 November 2019) -- Now, she has journeyed to Rwanda the place she had a close-up view of some of the spectacular beings that inhabits the jungles of Africa – silverback gorilla. As soon as once more, the 5-time Grand Slam champion used Twitter and Instagram to put up footage of her forest odyssey. View Photos

Kigali hosts regional water supply forum (The New Times - Wednesday, 13 November 2019) -- The first edition of Regional Executive Forum on Urban Water Supply was launched in Kigali on Wednesday, November 13th. Read More

Reforestation brings hope to Eastern Province (The New Times - Tuesday, 12 November 2019) -- Aissa Munyentwari, a resident of Maswa II Village, Rubona Cell, Rukumberi Sector in Ngoma District, has seen Rukumberi, his birthplace, over the years, register highs and lows in terms of the environment. Read More

Watering the green shoots: Africa’s evolving PPP environment (The New Times - Tuesday, 12 November 2019) -- In 2020, the taps will open at the Kigali Bulk Water Project in Rwanda’s capital. Forty megaliters of clean water will stream out of the facility per day – enough to supply up to 500,000 domestic, commercial and industrial customers. The impact on Rwanda’s biggest city will be massive. Read More

How an entrepreneur is using bio-waste to promote sustainable agriculture and environment protection (The New Times - Tuesday, 12 November 2019) -- As urbanisation and industrialisation rapidly grow in the country, the risk of increased air pollution and other environmental threats come along. Read More

Pope backs Kigali Amendment (Cooling Post - Friday, 8 November 2019) -- In a message to this week’s 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Rome, Pope Francis stressed the need for the Kigali Amendment to “quickly gain universal approval on the part of the whole family of nations, as has happened with the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol”. Read More

In Rwanda technology and environmental protection happily march in tune (The New Times - Wednesday, 6 November 2019) -- The headlines have not stopped or changed in the last several days. They have all been a variation on this: Rwanda launches electric car in partnership with Volkswagen, the German car maker – the first of its kind in Africa. Read More


Sector Updates

Environment and Natural Resources Sector welcomes new Minister of Environment (Ministry of Environment - Friday, 15 November 2019) -- On 14 November 2019, the former Minister of Environment and current Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Vincent Biruta, handed over to newly appointed Minister of Environment, Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya. The ceremony was observed by the senior management team of the Ministry of Environment and its affiliated agencies. Read More

Photos: Handover Ceremony - Minister Vincent Biruta to Minister Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Thursday, 14 November 2019) -- On 14 November 2019, former Minister of Environment and current Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Vincent Biruta, handed over to newly appointed Minister of Environment, Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya. View Photos

Urugendo rwo Gusubiranya Amashyamba ya Gishwati- Mukura n'Ibice Biyakikije (Rwanda Environment - Monday, 11 November 2019) -- Gusubiranya iki gice cyari cyarangiritse cyane kubera ibikorwa bya muntu bitandukanye, ndetse iki gice kikaba cyarahindutse Pariki y'Igihugu, bigamije kubungabunga Ibidukikije no guteza imbere Ubukerarugendo. Watch Video


Across Africa

What it takes to protect gorillas from Ebola (National Geographic - Friday, 15 November 2019) -- IT’S POSSIBLE THAT as much as a third of the global Western lowland gorilla population, a critically endangered subspecies, was wiped out by Ebola in the early 2000s, experts say. Now mountain gorillas and Grauer’s gorillas may be at risk too. Read More

Africa’s path to sustainable prosperity must move in step with environmental action (Mail Guardian - Friday, 15 November 2019) -- A blueprint for environmental action in Africa exists. It’s time we used it to transform the continent. Africa is on the move. Six of the world’s fastest growing economies are African. The continent is urbanising rapidly, and governments are working to provide the infrastructure, skills and policy to drive growth and development. But unless we protect the life-support system that is our environment, we risk leaving the younger generation an unsustainable, inequitable and unhealthy future. Read More

Urgent Action needed to address biomass in Africa, says UNEP study (UN Environment - Thursday, 14 November 2019) -- A new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) desk study launched today at the 17th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment in Durban, South Africa, calls for urgent action to address the production and consumption of biomass as a source of energy in Africa. Read More

COMESA and EAC develop Position Papers on Climate Change Negotiations (Region Week - Thursday, 14 November 2019) -- The East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariats have come up with position papers to guide negotiations of the Africa Group of Negotiators (AGN) for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) also known as Conference of Parties (COP25) set for 2-13 December 2019 in Madrid, Spain. Read More

More than 200 elephants die in Zimbabwe’s largest national park amid drought (Independent - Tuesday, 12 November 2019) -- At least 200 elephants have died in Zimbabwe’s largest national park amid a severe drought. Since October, the giant creatures have been found in Hwange National Park, although other parks have also been affected by the drought. Read More


From Around the World

International parliamentary meet to tackle nutrition, climate issues (The New Times - Saturday, 16 November 2019) -- The Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) and ACP-European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly is convening in Rwanda to address issues related to sustainable development. Read More

European Investment Bank ends lending to fossil fuel projects (Climate Home News - Friday, 15 November 2019) -- EU finance ministers agreed to phase out EIB lending to unabated oil and gas projects, overcoming opposition from some member states in marathon board meeting. Read More

Thirty years on, what is the Montreal Protocol doing to protect the ozone? (UN Environment - Friday, 15 November 2019) -- The Montreal Protocol to protect the Earth’s ozone layer is to date the only United Nations environmental agreement to be ratified by every country in the world. It is also one of the most successful. With the parties to the Protocol having phased out 98 per cent of their ozone-depleting substances, they saved an estimated two million people from skin cancer every year. Read More

Cooling as a Service Alliance Launched to Support Alternative Business Model (R744.Com - Thursday, 14 November 2019) -- The CaaS Alliance aims to mainstream the pay-per-service business model for financing HVAC&R equipment by creating a collaborative environment among stakeholders. Read More

Green Climate Fund expands support to more than 100 developing states (Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thursday, 14 November 2019) -- BARCELONA, Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Green Climate Fund, which provides finance for developing nations to tackle climate change, said on Thursday it had reached a milestone of backing action in more than 100 countries, after approving $408 million for new projects. Read More

Climate crisis will affect lifelong health of young, warn doctors (The Guardian - Wednesday, 13 November 2019) -- The climate crisis will determine the lifelong health of today’s children, doctors have warned, noting that global heating was already causing harm. Read More