Green Rwanda Media Review - 2 September 2019

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


  • Tech Crunch says that Rwanda is to phase out gas motorcycle taxis for e-motos.
  • The New Times and Igihe report on the increase in numbers of the Grey-crowned crane in Rwanda.
  • The New Times reports about the first Rwandan female vet for mountain gorillas, Elisabeth Nyirakaragire.
  • View photos of gorilla babies to be named on the 6th September at Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony.
  • Umuseke reports about heavy rain in the western province of Rwanda. 

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Is Nduba dumpsite threat finally going to be addressed? (The New Times - Monday, 2 September 2019) -- Residents neighboring Nduba dumpsite in Gasabo District and workers who sort the waste have raised concerns, saying the site poses health risks to them. The New Times visited the dumpsite and found out that the residents had various complaints. Read More

National Parks Crucial in Rwanda’s Conservation Efforts (Albawaba - Saturday, 31 August 2019) -- Communities surrounding Rwanda’s national parks are playing a crucial role in the country’s conservation efforts, an official with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) said ahead of an annual gorilla naming ceremony next week called Kwita Izina. Read More

Kwita Izina: You Can Name A Baby Gorilla Using Twitter (KT Press - Friday, 30 August 2019) -- Barely seven days to the gorilla naming ceremony – Kwita Izina Rwanda has given an opportunity to any friends of silver back and mountain gorilla trekking to propose a suitable name. Read More

Bugesera-Kicukiro: Urufunzo rwatangiye gushya ku manywa ‘rwaraye’ rushya (Umuseke - Friday, 30 August 2019) -- Ahagana saa sita z’amanywa kuri uyu wa Kane taliki 29, Kanama, 2019 urufunzo ruri mu mudugudu wa Rukore, Akagari ka Busanza mu murenge wa Kanombe muri Kicukiro aho bigabanira n’Akarere ka Bugesera mu murenge wa Mwogo hadutse inkongi. Mu masaha y’ijoro hari hagishya. Read More

Ibyo wamenya ku ishyamba rihingwamo imiti mu Rwanda rigasarurirwa muri Congo (Igihe - Thursday, 29 August 2019) -- Ishyamba ni umwe mu mitungo kamere ifatiye runini u Rwanda n’abarutuye kuko uretse kuba ribafasha kubona umwuka mwiza uhumekwa rinabafasha kubona amafaranga, ibiti byo kubakisha, imbaho, ibiti byo gucana, imiti n’ibindi. Read More

U Rwanda rugeze he rushaka igisubizo kirambye cy’inda zibasira amashyamba? (Igihe - Thursday, 29 August 2019) -- Guhera 2013 mu Rwanda hagaragaye udusimba twitwa inda z’ishyamba, turya amababi y’inturusu bigatuma zidakomeza gukura nk’uko bisanzwe, biha umukoro Leta n’abandi bafite amashyamba mu nshingano wo gushakisha umuti ubasha guhangana nazo. Read More

Grey-crowned crane numbers on a sharp rise in Rwanda (The New Times - Wednesday, 28 August 2019) -- The number of wild grey-crowned cranes in Rwanda has reached impressive levels driven by measures that have contained the illegal trade of the endangered species. Read More. Also published in Igihe

EDITORIAL: Wildlife conservation begins as a small idea (The New Times - Thursday, 29 August 2019) -- Wildlife conservation will be the top billing for the next few days and the icing on the cake will be the annual gorilla naming ceremony, “Kwita Izina”, which as usual, will have some celebrities among the “namers”. Read More

Rwanda to phase out gas motorcycle taxis for e-motos (Tech Crunch - Wednesday, 28 August 2019) -- The country’s president, Paul Kagame, previewed the plan last week. “We will find a way to replace the ones you have now. We urge taxi-moto operators to help us when the phase-out process comes,” he said speaking at a youth forum. Read More. Also published in Africa News.

A day with Elisabeth Nyirakaragire, the first Rwandan vet for mountain gorillas (The New Times - Tuesday, 27 August 2019) -- A trip to the Volcanoes National Park with Elisabeth Nyirakaragire is yet another long but quite gratifying trekking experience. As we brave the morning cold weather, she sparks a conversation of what exactly we were going to embark on. Read More. Also published in Igihe.

Kwita Izina 2019: Meet Baby Gorillas To Be Named (KT Press - Tuesday, 27 August 2019) -- The famous Gorilla Naming ceremony Kwita Izina is around the corner where Rwanda is set to celebrate another milestone in its conservation story as new baby gorillas named this year. Read More. Also published in Gael World

Iburengerazuba buragwa imvura irimo inkuba n’imirabyo – Meteo Rwanda (Umuseke - Tuesday, 27 August 2019) -- Amakuru atangwa n’Ikigo cy’igihugu cy’Iteganyagihe (Meteo Rwanda) avuga ko mu masaha y’umugoroba kuri uyu wa Kabiri taliki 27 Kanama, 2019 mu Turere twose tw’Intara y’Iburengerazuba hagwa imvura irimo imirabyo myinshi hamwe na hamwe hakumvikana inkuba. Read More

Nyagatare: Hari abatwika amatafari binubira ko bakuwe mu gishanga abandi bagasigaramo (Kigali Today - Tuesday, 27 August 2019) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Akarere ka Nyagatare buvuga ko gusubiza abatwika amatafari mu gishanga cy’umuvumba byashingiwe ku nama z’ Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe kubungabunga ibidukikije (REMA) kandi binyuranye n’ibaruwa bandikiwe. Read More


Sector Updates

Visit Rwanda Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Poll on National Geographic Social Media (RDB Rwanda - Thursday, 29 August 2019) -- To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Rwanda’s Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony, Visit Rwanda has asked National Geographic social audiences to help choose the name for one of the baby mountain gorillas being named this year. Social media users can vote for their preferred name from two options on the National Geographic Facebook page and Twitter account. Read More

GGGI and RHA give insight on Rwanda’s Green Building Initiatives with experts from 10 countries in Africa (Global Green Growth Institute - Friday, 23 August 2019) -- Kigali, Rwanda – On 16th August 2019, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) with Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) jointly shared Rwanda’s Green Building Minimum Compliance System at the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Africa Regional Network Webinar focusing on green growth initiatives in the building and construction sector of Rwanda. The webinar was organized by the ICLEI Africa and was attended by 30 participants representing policy makers, development partners, green building councils from 10 African Countries. Read More


Across Africa

Has Kenya's plastic bag ban worked? (BBC News - Wednesday, 28 August 2019) -- Tens of millions of plastic bags were handed out in supermarkets every year in Kenya. They polluted the environment and clogged up drainage systems contributing to floods in rainy seasons. A study supported by the National Environmental Management Agency (Nema) found that more than 50% of cattle near urban areas were found to have plastic bags in their stomachs. Read More

South Africa’s Survival Guide to Climate Change (New Frame - Tuesday, 27 August 2019) -- “The future is in the cities” is a favourite refrain of Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. His logic is pretty straightforward. Cities use 78% of the world’s energy and produce 80% of its gross domestic product. Read More

Public consultation on climate adaptation strategy opens (The Herald - Tuesday, 27 August 2019) -- Zimbabwe has launched a public consultation process on a draft National Adaptation Plan (NAP) that aims at strengthening the country’s response to climate hazards such as floods, storms, water scarcity and droughts among others that it is increasingly facing. Read More


From Around the World

The air conditioning trap: how cold air is heating the world (The Guardian - Thursday, 29 August 2019) -- On a sweltering Thursday evening in Manhattan last month, people across New York City were preparing for what meteorologists predicted would be the hottest weekend of the year. Over the past two decades, every record for peak electricity use in the city has occurred during a heatwave, as millions of people turn on their air conditioning units at the same time. Read More

Protecting Georgian forests from space (UN Environment - Wednesday, 28 August 2019) -- In the tiny village of Sabue, Georgia, people had been concerned about the activities of a logging company in the woods close to their homes for years, but there was not much they could do—the company had been legally permitted to cut trees in this area. In addition to increased risks of erosion and landslides, the presence of the company was polluting the village’s main water supply and damaging cultural infrastructures along the road used by timber trucks. Read More

India set to outlaw six single-use plastic products on October 2 - sources (Reuters - Wednesday, 28 August 2019) -- India is set to impose a nationwide ban on plastic bags, cups and straws on Oct. 2, officials said, in its most sweeping measure yet to stamp out single-use plastics from cities and villages that rank among the world’s most polluted. Read More

Unfortunately, the Amazon isn’t the only forest fire story (Thompson Reuters Foundation - Wednesday, 28 August 2019) -- The damage from fires burning across the Amazon in recent days has made global headlines. A complex combination of a changing climate, policies and conversion of scrub and trees to agricultural land has turned the world’s largest tract of tropical forest into a tinderbox. Read More