Green Rwanda Media Review - 2 November 2020


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


  • The New Times reports about what Gishwati-Mukura's new global status means
  • Rwanda Police reports that three people were arrested trafficking 20,000 plastic bags in Nyagatare.
  • The New Times reports that above-average rainfall is expected in November, as per Meteo Rwanda.
  • Igihe reports that Nyanza District looks forward to closing the gap in afforestation within one year.
  • Taarifa reports about Gishwati-Mukura landscape being named among the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO.
  • Nature Rwanda has launched the Mpenge River Conservation Project as reported by Kigali Today.
  • GGGI reports that Rwanda hosted the 3rd virtual Business to Business webinar between Italy and Rwanda.

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Rwanda To Host Virtual Mining Forum In November (Taarifa - Saturday 31 October 2020) -- With Covid-19 having pounded almost every sector across the globe, the Mining sector was not spared and thus there is an urgent need to readjust and operate under the new normal subject to effects of the unforgiving pandemic. Read more

The time is now to step up climate action (The New Times - Friday, 30 October 2020) -- Next week we mark one year to go until the COP26 international climate summit, which will be hosted in the UK. This will be a pivotal moment for the world to come together and agree ambitious steps to prevent the catastrophic warming of our planet. Read More  
Concern as Covid-19 aggravates food insecurity situation (The New Times - Friday, 30 October 2020) -- The Covid-19 pandemic has slowed down efforts to fight malnutrition whereby some people do not have access to healthy foods, or lack any foods for their sustenance, actors in the agriculture sector and humanitarian agencies have said. Read More
Police Urges Public To Be Vigilant during This Rainy Season (Taarifa - Friday, 30 October 2020) -- Rwanda National Police (RNP) urges the general public to be vigilant and respect weather advisories to prevent falling victim of disasters, especially in this rainy period. Read More
Above-average rainfall expected in November (The New Times - Friday, 30 October 2020) -- Rwanda Meteorology Agency has predicted above-normal rains during November in most parts of the country. Read More Ecotourism taking root at Rwandan national park (Northstar Travel - Friday, 30 October 2020) -- Although still relatively unknown in the tourism industry, Gishwati-Mukura National Park has become Rwanda's miracle conservation story and offers travelers a surprising wildlife experience. Read More
Ombudsman Speaks Out On Wetland Evacuation Concerns (KT Press - Thursday, 29 October 2020) -- The Office of the Ombudsman has given its opinion on the issue of evacuation and expropriation of businesses and activities whose owners have considered to be unjustly done. Read More
Rulindo: Hatangijwe umushinga wo gutera ibiti bivangwa n’imyaka uzamara imyaka 20 (IGIHE - Thursday, 29 October 2020) -- Mu Karere ka Rulindo hatangirijwe umushinga uzamara imyaka 20 wo gutera ibiti bivangwa n’imyaka hagamijwe guteza imbere imibereho myiza y’abaturage uzwi nka “Agroforestry for Livelihoods”. Read More
What Gishwati-Mukura’s new global status means (The New Times - Thursday, 29 October 2020) -- Rwanda's tourism sector on Wednesday got a major boost after the Gishwati-Mukura landscape was recognized internationally after being designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Read More
Pariki ya Gishwati-Mukura yashyizwe mu byanya kimeza byemewe na UNESCO (IGIHE - Thursday, 29 October 2020) -- Ishyamba rya Gishwati na Mukura riherereye mu Burengerazuba bw’u Rwanda ryashyizwe mu rutonde rw’ibyanya kimeza byo kubungabunga urusobe rw’ibinyabuzima (World Network of Biosphere Reserves), rukorwa n’Ishami ry’Umuryango Mpuzamahanga ryita ku Burezi n’Umuco (UNESCO). Read More Garlic farmers face severe losses amidst falling prices (The New Times - Thursday, 29 October 2020) -- Garlic farmers in Rwanda have appealed for government support, saying that the lack of access to the market is hurting their earnings. Read More

How one woman is leveraging renewable energy to lift other women (The New Times - Thursday, 29 October 2020) -- After 20 years of working in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Americas at senior management level with top north American corporations, as well as leading humanitarian organizations of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, sometimes rendered in English as Doctors Without Borders), Francine Munyaneza decided to travel back home to start up her clean renewable and affordable energy business. Read More

Impungenge ku bakorera i Nyabugogo nyuma y’imvura yaguye amazi agakwira muri gare (IGIHE - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- Imvura yaguye kuri uyu wa Kabiri mu Mujyi wa Kigali, yatumwe umugezi wa Nyabugogo wongera kuzura aho amazi yinjiye muri gare, mu mihanda n’ahandi. Aya mazi yanangije kandi n’ibindi bikorwa by’abaturage birimo imyaka yari ihinze mu gishanga cya Nyabugogo n’ibindi bikorwa bihegereye. Read More 
IMBONI: IKORANABUHANGA N'IBIDUKIKIJE (Rwanda TV - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- Watch Video
Rwandan Entrepreneur: Water Flow Crucial During Coronavirus Crisis (Forbes - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- Rwandan mechanical engineer Christelle Kwizera, who grew up in the aftermath of the country's genocide is now using a network of boreholes and purified water microgrids to give over 100,000 people access to water – especially important during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More
Polisi yasabye abatwara ibinyabiziga kwitwararika mu bihe by’imvura yongeye kuba nyinshi (IGIHE - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- Polisi y’u Rwanda yasabye abatwara ibinyabiziga kwitwararika muri iyi minsi imvura yongeye kuba nyinshi, mu rwego rwo kwirinda impanuka z’izindi ngaruka. Read More

Dutch apple varieties in trials to be grown in Rwanda (The New Times - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- Agriterra, a Dutch non-government organization in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has started trials to grow apples in the districts of Musanze and Gicumbi of Northern Province. Read More 

Akarere ka Nyanza kihaye umwaka umwe wo kuziba icyuho mu gutera amashyamba (IGIHE - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Akarere ka Nyanza buvuga ko bwasigaye inyuma mu kwesa umuhigo wo gutera amashyamba kugera ku kigero cya 30% ku buso bw’ubutaka bukagize nk’uko kari karabyiyemeje. Read More
Gishwati-Mukura Landscape Designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (Taarifa - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- The Gishwati-Mukura landscape in Rwanda’s Western Province was today named among the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Read More
Cabinet approves draft law on body to oversee nuclear energy technologies (The New Times - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- Rwanda on Tuesday, October 27, took a step closer to realising its peaceful nuclear energy ambitions after a cabinet meeting endorsed a piece of draft legislation establishing an oversight authority for the technologies. Read More
Farmland Biodiversity Score in Rwanda’s report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (World Agroforestry - Tuesday, 27 October 2020) -- In the face of the climate emergency and loss of flora and fauna, a new tool is helping countries measure and report farmland’s contribution to biodiversity conservation. Read More
Umuryango ‘Nature Rwanda’ watangije umushinga wo kubungabunga umugezi wa Mpenge (Kigali Today - Tuesday, 27 October 2020) -- Umuryango utari uwa Leta witwa ‘Nature Rwanda’ ugamije kubungabunga ibidukikije n’urusobe rw’ibinyabuzima, watangije umushinga wo kubungabunga umugezi wa Mpenge ukomeje kwibasirwa n’abakomeje kuwangiza bamenamo imyanda n’abahinga ku nkombe zawo. Read More
What next for flood-prone Gisagara region? (The New Times - Tuesday, 27 October 2020) -- Over 1,600 rice farmers in Nyiramageni marshland in Gisagara District are awaiting government bailout to help them recover from disaster-induced losses. Read More
RWANDA: €28m for the restoration of degraded forests in Amayaga (Afrik 21 - Tuesday, 27 October 2020) -- The government of Rwanda has just made new commitments to fight climate change. On 23 October 2020, it launched a project to restore degraded forests in the Amayaga region of the South Province. Dubbed “Green Amayaga”, the initiative, worth nearly 28 million euros (31.9 billion Rwandan francs), aims, among other things, to plant thousands of trees over the next six years. Read More
WaterAid to invest Rwf20 billion in water and sanitation projects in Rwanda (The New Times - Monday, 26 October 2020) -- The government looks at achieving universal access to clean water by 2024. In 2019, the Ministry of Infrastructure announced an investment outlay of $440 million for three years to build water treatment plants and supply systems in urban and rural areas as it accelerates efforts to ensure that all Rwandan have access to clean water by 2024. Read More

Sector Updates

Rwanda hosts the 3rd virtual Business to Business webinar between Italy and Rwanda (GGGI - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- The Global Green Growth Institute-Rwanda in collaboration with Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) organized the 3rd virtual Business to Business (B2B) webinar to enhance green growth in both countries, with over 240 participants it was a successful online discussion. Read More
Gishwati-Mukura National Park named a Biosphere Reserve (REMA - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- Rwanda’s Gishwati-Mukura landscape has been named among the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Read More
Nyagatare: Three arrested trafficking over 20, 000 pieces of plastic bags (Rwanda National Police - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- Three people were arrested on Tuesday, October 27, in Nyagatare District with over 20, 000 pieces of banned non-biodegradable plastic bags, which they were at the time trafficking into Rwanda. Read More

Rwanda launched ambitious forest and landscape restoration initiative to address climate change and improve livelihoods. (Ministry of Environment - Monday, 26 October 2020) -- Rwanda launched an ambitious landscape restoration project that will restore the natural forests of Amayaga in Rwanda’s Southern Province and benefit 1.3 million Rwandans. Read More

REMA yatangije gahunda nshya yo korohereza abifuza kugura ibikoresho bikonjesha bitangiza ikirere (REMA - Wednesday, 21 November 2020) -- Ikigo cy’igihugu cyo kubungabunga ibidukikije REMA cyatangije umushinga wa gahunda nshya izorohereza abashaka gutunga ibikoresho bikonjesha bizigama ingufu neza kandi bitangiza ikirere. Read More
Video: The 3rd Business to Business virtual webinar between #Rwanda and #Italy (Africa e Affari - Streamed live on Oct 15, 2020) -- Watch Video

Across Africa 

Africa’s year of zero: a special report on the future of wildlife tourism (The Financial Times - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- The pandemic has stalled tourism across the world. But in Africa, the situation is profoundly precarious. When will we be able to go back? And, crucially, what will be the right way to do so? Read More
Report: Hunger bites in Africa as climate change worsens (The New Times - Tuesday, 27 October 2020) -After decades of decline, food insecurity and undernourishment are again on the rise as a result of extreme weather and climate events that have been ravaging the continent. Read More
Exported used cars ‘dumped’ on developing nations, driving up pollution, UN warns (UN News - Monday, 26 October 2020) -- “Cleaning up the global vehicle fleet is a priority to meet global and local air quality and climate targets”, said Inger Andersen, the UNEP Executive Director. Read More
New UN report details environmental impacts of export of used vehicles to developing world (UNEP - Monday, 26 October 2020) -- Millions of used cars, vans and minibuses exported from Europe, the United States and Japan to the developing world are of poor quality, contributing significantly to air pollution and hindering efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Read More

From Around the World

Mapped: How climate change disproportionately affects women’s health (Carbon Brief - Thursday, 29 October 2020) -- From supercharging extreme weather events to boosting the spread of infectious diseases, climate change is already having a huge impact on human health across the world. Read More 
UN builds momentum for restoring forests as world enters key decade for ecosystems (UN News - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is leading a push for the world to scale up efforts to restore landscapes and forests over the next decade, with eyes on a target to salvage 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands, an area bigger than India in total. Read More 
USDA DEFENDS ESTIMATE OF CHINA CORN IMPORTS, DESPITE HOT SALES PACE (Reuters - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday defended its latest monthly forecast of China's corn imports, a figure that surprised analysts given that corn sales to China have already outpaced the USDA's estimate. Read More
World Bank approves $80 Million Rural Enterprise and Economic Development Project to boost Nepal’s agriculture sector and support post-pandemic recovery (Relief Web - Wednesday, 28 October 2020) -- The World Bank approved an $80 million project today to bolster Nepal’s agriculture sector by strengthening rural market linkages and promoting entrepreneurship while creating jobs to support post-COVID-19 recovery. Read More

Twitter Highlights

1. Juliet Kabera @Juliet_Kabera: Rwanda's Gishwati-Mukura Landscape has been designated a @UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Congratulations to all partners involved in this historic achievement incl. @theGEF & @WorldBank! This will bring a range of benefits for local communities and biodiversity in @Gishwati_Mukura.

2. GGGI Rwanda @GGGI_Rwanda: #HappeningNow @gggi_hq aims to generate momentum in the building sectors among #GGGIMembers towards #greenerbuildings by showcasing results from green building projects in @gggi_mongolia @gggi_rwanda @gggi_Cambodia @gggi_myanmar. Our results were achieved in #partnership.


3. REMA Rwanda @REMA_Rwanda: Parike ya @Gishwati_Mukura yemejwe na @UNESCO nk'icyanya cy'urusobe rw'ibinyabuzima bibungabunzwe ku nyungu rusange z'abatuye isi #BiosphereReserve. Ibi bivuze iki ku #Rwanda? Bigenda gute ngo Parike ishyirwe kuri uru rwego? Kurikira #WaramutseRwanda kuri @RwandaTV usobanukirwe.

4. Ministry of Infrastructure | Rwanda @RwandaInfra: Minister @claverGatete: Rwanda Atomic Energy Board (RAEB) will play a significant role in accelerating nuclear development in the key sectors of agriculture, health, electricity generation, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, industry, environment, geology and mining.
5. IGIHE @IGIHE: Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere, Meteo Rwanda, cyatanze integuza ko hagati ya tariki ya 1 na 10 Ugushyingo 2020, hateganyijwe imvura nyinshi hirya no hino mu gihugu. 

6. Ministry of Infrastructure | Rwanda @RwandaInfra: « Mu rwego rw’ingufu, ingo zisaga 134,363, inganda n’ibigo bishya 342 byahawe amashanyarazi mu mwaka wa 2019/2020. Kugeza ubu ingo zifite amashanyarazi zavuye kuri 51% muri 2018/2019 zigera kuri 57.4% muri 2019/2020. Hiyongereyeho 6% », PM @EdNgirente. #ImihigoIrakomeje

7. Ruhango District @RuhangoDistrict: Kuri uyu wa 29/10/2020 Mudugudu wa Marché Commun, Akagali ka Kinazi muri Kinazi hatangirijwe ku rwego rwa @RuhangoDistrict igihembwe cyo gutera ibiti 2021A,hanatangirizwa ku rwego rw’aka Karere umushinga GREEN AMAYAGA ugamije gusubiranya urusobe rw'ibinyabuzima mu gice cy'Amayaga.