Green Rwanda Media Review - 19 March 2018


  • President Kagame has encouraged the adoption of solar energy as a solution to climate change in Africa, according to The New Times.
  • ESI Africa writes that Rwanda will develop a 30MW solar and storage plan in partnership with Mara Corporation Ltd and SB Energy Corp
  • East Africa reports that Rwanda has established a $12m tantalum refinery, a first of this kind, as part of efforts to boost the mining sector
  • The Independent publishes a story about the dangers of climate change that can wipe out half of the wildlife living in the Amazon
  • REMA writes that Rwanda has initiated a programme to bolster transparency in climate action
  • Learn about the activities taking place as part of World Water Day, International Day of Forests and World Meteorology Day
  • ​View and download photos of the Rwanda Green Fund Board Members on the Fund's Flickr page ​and read about their responsibilities on the fund's website





Man held for felling trees in gazetted forest (The New Times - Monday 19 March 2018) -- Police in Gicumbi District have arrested a man for illegally cutting down about two hectares of a gazetted forest in Rushaki Sector. Read More Minister Biruta on being awarded Runner Up of The Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership 2018 (The Circulars YouTube - Monday 19 March 2018) -- Watch Video

World Water Day: A call for better management of water resources (The New Times - Sunday 18 March 2018) -- Rwanda will join the rest of the world in marking International World Water Day on the March 22. The day will be celebrated under the theme ‘Nature for Water’ on the international level; whereas celebrations at the national level will be held in Rubavu district under the theme: “Twite ku mutungo kamere w’amazi tubungabunga ibidukikije.” Read More

Government, partners re-commit to protect Nyabarongo river catchments (Rwandan Inspirer - Sunday 18 March 2018) -- Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA) in conjunction with Water for Growth have re-committed to protect Nyabarongo river catchments so as to sustain benefits it brings to the community. Read More

Kirehe residents, partners construct new 13kilowatts hydro power plant (Igihe - Saturday 17 March 2018) --- Residents of Mpanga Sector in Kirehe District in partnership with Energy 4 Impact Organisation have started to construct a Rwf72 million hydropower plant expected to generate 13kilowatts which will benefit over 145 households. Read more

Senators challenge districts on access to clean water (The New Times - Saturday 17 March 2018) -- Lawmakers on Senatorial Standing Committee on Economic Development and Finance have urged district leaders to look at ways of ensuring universal access to potable water. Read More

Women in climate resilient agriculture reap dividends (The New Times - Saturday 17 March 2018) -- At least 6,000 women grouped in credit and savings groups in the districts of Nyaruguru, Gisagara, Nyanza, Karongi and Musanze saved Rwf152 million last year thanks to a Rwf3 billion five-year project supporting women on climate resilient agriculture. Read More

MINEDUC yatashye inyubako zizamara imyaka irenga 100 zifashishwa mu burezi (Kigali Today - Friday 16 March 2018) -- Ministiri Mutimura avuga ko yishimira imyubakire y’aya mazu y’Ishuri rya Kaminuza y’u Rwanda ryigisha iby’ubwubatsi (SABE), asaba abazaakoreramo kuyabungabunga akagumana ubwiza zifite. Read more

The Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa 2018 (Modern Diplomacy - Friday 16 March 2018) -- The Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa, a key event for promoting access to renewable energy sources in the region, will take place between 19 and 21 March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. Read more

EAC Member States To Discuss Renewable Energy Deficits (KT Press - Friday 16 March 2018) -- Policy makers and experts in renewable energy in East Africa will next week convene in Rwanda’s capital Kigali to push for energy projects in the region. Read more

GGGI supported the Government of Rwanda to receive a grant of $600,000 from the Green Climate Fund (GGGI - Friday 16 March 2018) -- GGGI has worked in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda to develop the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Proposal for the Republic of Rwanda. Read more

Leta yatangiye umushinga wo guhindura amazi ya Nyabarongo urubogobogo (Igihe - Friday 16 March 2018) -- Ikigo gishinzwe Amazi n’Amashyamba cyatangaje ko kiri gukora igenamigambi ry’imicungiire y’uruzi rwa Nyabarongo ku buryo amazi yarwo azahinduka urubogobogo aho guhora yuzuyemo isuri. Read More

Byemejwe ko mu myaka itandatu Nyabarongo izaba ari urubogobogo (Kigali Today - Friday 16 March 2018) -- Ikigo cy’igihugu gishinzwe kwita ku mazi n’amashyamba (RWAFA) kiratangaza ko mu myaka itandatu iri imbere umugezi wa Nyabarongo uzaba urubogobogo. Read More

Igitangaza si uko Nyabarongo yaba urubogobogo igikomeye ni icyo bisaba (Umuseke - Friday 16 March 2018) -- Nyabarongo isa n’urwagwa kubera amatoni y’ubutaka iba itwaye ivana mu Rwanda, uyu mugezi icyogogo cyawo gihuriweho n’uturere icyenda (9) aho uhera mu ishyamba rya Nyungwe, ni utuzi twiza tw’urubogobogo. Read more

$4m architecture faculty building opens at University of Rwanda (The New Times - Friday 16 March 2018) -- University of Rwanda on Thursday inaugurated a new building that will house the School of Architecture and Built Environment. Read more 

Solid waste management gets better as RURA sets out to address challenges (The New Times - Thursday 15 March 2018) --- Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority (RURA) has urged companies that collect solid waste across the country to comply with regulations that govern the sector so as to improve service delivery to the citizens. Read more

Step up efforts to improve sanitation, local govts told (The New Times - Thursday 15 March 2018) -- There is need to roll out training programmes for district officials in waste management, an expert has said. This would improve the capacity of secondary cities to recycle waste. Read more

Rwanda set to develop a 30MW solar and storage plant (ESI Africa- Wednesday 14 March 2018) --- The Rwandan government, Mara Corporation Ltd and SB Energy Corp have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a 30MW solar power plant with a storage facility. Read more

AfDB moves to propel solar energy development in Africa (The New Times - Wednesday 14 March 2018) --- Efforts to light up Africa through off grid solutions have gained momentum, thanks to the new deal inked between the African Development Bank (AfDB) and International Solar Alliance. Read more

Kagame: Solar energy is a solution to climate change (The New Times - Monday 12 March 2018) -- President Paul Kagame has called for increased adoption of solar energy saying that it’s part of the answer to climate change. President Kagame was yesterday speaking at the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Conference in New Delhi, India. Read more

Minerals boost Rwanda’s revenue from exports (The East African - Monday 12 March 2018) --- Rwanda's trade deficit reduced by 21.7 per cent in 2017 due to improved international prices that boosted revenues collected from the country’s exports. Read more

$12m tantalum refinery a first for Rwanda's mining sector (The East African - Sunday 11 March 2018) -- Rwanda expects a much needed mineral refinery to be in place by the end of this year, after a foreign investor purchased land where it will be located in Bugesera District, according to the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). Read more

Icyo REMA isaba abaturage mu bihe by’imvura n’ibiza (Igihe - Sunday 11 March 2018) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe kubungabunga Ibidukikije (REMA), kirasaba abaturage gushyira ingufu mu kwirinda ibiza aho kuzishyira mu guhangana na byo igihe byabateje ibibazo. Read more

U Rwanda rwahawe miliyoni 32.8$ zo guhangana n’imihindagurikire y’ibihe (Igihe - Saturday 10 March 2018) -- Ikigega gifasha mu guhangana n’ihindagurika ry’ibihe ‘Green Climate Fund’ (GCF), cyahaye u Rwanda impano ya miliyoni 32.8 z’amadolari, ni ukuvuga miliyari zirenga 28 z’amafaranga y’u Rwanda, zo gufasha abaturage bakennye bo mu Karere ka Gicumbi guhangana n’imihindagurikire y’ibihe. Read more

TIR ivuga ko Leta yubakiye ‘biogaz’ abaturage itababajije zibapfira ubusa (Igihe - Friday 9 March 2018) -- Umuryango Transperancy International, Ishami ry’u Rwanda, watangaje ko Leta yahaye abaturage ibikorwaremezo birimo za biogaz igamije ko bacika ku muco wo gukoresha inkwi ariko ubu ntizigikora kuko batigeze bagira uruhare muri uwo mushinga. Read more


Across Africa

L’Alliance solaire internationale : quelles promesses pour les pays africains? (Jeune Afrique - Monday 12 March 2018) --- Le président français Emmanuel Macron et le Premier ministre indien Narendra Modi ont coprésidé dimanche, en Inde, le premier sommet de l’Alliance solaire internationale (ASI). Read more

Study predicts wildlife of Africa's Albertine Rift will be threatened by climate change (Science Daily - Friday 9 March 2018) -- A new study predicts that the effects of climate change will severely impact the Albertine Rift, one of Africa's most biodiverse regions and a place not normally associated with global warming. Read more


From Around the World

Water shortages could affect 5bn people by 2050, UN report warns (The Guardian - Monday 19 March 2018) -- Conflict and civilisational threats likely unless action is taken to reduce the stress on rivers, lakes, aquifers, wetlands and reservoirs. Read More

WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water (The Guardian - Thursday 15 March 2018) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water after a new analysis of some of the world’s most popular bottled water brands found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastic. Read more

Climate change could wipe out half of all plant and animal species from the Amazon rainforest by 2100, finds study (Independent - Wednesday 14 March 2018) -- More than half of the wildlife in the world’s most biodiverse areas could face extinction by the end of the century if efforts are not stepped up to combat climate change, according to a new report. Read more

Should Some Species Be Allowed to Die Out? (The New​ York​ Times - Monday 13 March 2018) -- One day last spring, Lisa Crampton stood at the base of a tall ohia tree, deep in the forested interior of Kauai. Read more

France’s Macron pledges €700m to solar energy push (Climate Home News - Monday 1​2​ March 2018) -- France will spend an extra €700 million euros ($862m) by 2022 to help developing countries with their solar energy projects, president Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday. Read more


Sector Updates

Launch of Water Week 2018 (Isuku Iwacu Flickr - Monday 19 March 2018) -- View photos of the 2018 Walk for Water and Water Week launch on the USAID Funded Isuku Iwacu Flickr. View Photos

Gender Summit 14 - “Climate Change through the Gender Lens: Focus on Africa” - Ministerial Panel (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday 19 March 2018) -- On 19 March 2018, Minister Biruta joined a Ministerial Panel on Mainstreaming Gender into Government for Strategic Transformation. View Photos

Remarks by Minister Biruta at Gender Summit 14 Africa (Ministry of Environment - Monday 19 March 2018) -- I would like to begin by thanking the organisers for inviting me to speak at today’s event and for including the Ministry of Environment in this important discussion. We know that climate change disproportionately affects women and so we must consider women not only when responding to the warming of our planet, but we also need to get better at involving women in the response itself. Read More

Rwanda to mark World Water Day, International Day of Forests and World Meteorology Day (Ministry of Environment - Friday 16 March 2018) -- Rwanda will join the rest of the world to mark three significant global environment related days: World Water Day, International Day of Forests and World Meteorology Day. A range of events are being held from 18-23 March 2018 to celebrate Rwanda’s progress in these areas, highlight ongoing challenges, and encourage the general public to be part of protecting the country’s natural environment. Read more

Rwanda Green Fund welcomes new Board of Directors (Rwanda Green Fund - Friday 16 March 2018) -- The Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) has welcomed its newly appointed Board of Directors at an introductory meeting during which the mission, vision and strategic direction of the fund were explained to the members. Read more

Rwanda Green Fund Board Members (Green Fund Flickr page - Friday 16 March 2018) -- View Photos

Rwanda launches initiative to boost climate action transparency (REMA - Thursday 15 March 2018) -- Rwanda has launched a project to strengthen the country’s capacity to meet the enhanced transparency requirements of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Read more

Rwanda launches initiative to boost climate action transparency​ ​(REMA Flickr page - 15 March 2018) -- Rwanda launches a project to strengthen the country’s capacity to meet the enhanced transparency requirements of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. View photos

Rwanda receives $600,000 grant from Green Climate Fund to implement Green Development Projects in Secondary Cities (REMA - Monday 11 March 2018) -- The Government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), has received a grant of $600,000 from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to support implementation of key climate change frameworks including the country’s Green Growth and Climate Resilient Strategy. Read more

Training workshop on Biosafety Risk Assessment and Risk Management guidelines (REMA Flickr page - Wednesday 28 February 2018) -- View photos


Upcoming Events

18-24 March: World Water Week 
19-20 March: Gender Summit 14 - Africa “Climate Change through the Gender Lens: Focus on Africa” 
19-21 March: Sustainable Energy Forum
20 March: Official Launch - Countrywide training of Environment Committees, Bugesera District
22 March: World Water Day 
20 March: Rwanda Cooling Initiative
21 March: Africa Cooling Conference
21 March: International Day of Forests
23 March: World Meteorological Day
26-28 March: Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2018 - "Africa's Low Carbon Circular Economy' Plenary Session