Green Rwanda Media Review - 20 January 2020

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


  • RBA reports on issues of poor service in the land sector.
  • The New Times reports that Meteo Rwanda has warned of above average rains.
  • CNBC Africa reports on how climate change is threatening food security and peace in the horn of Africa.
  • The New Times reports on how Rwandan chemists make the case for waste sorting.
  • Taarifa reports on how Rwanda's climate action featured at a sustainability summit in Abu Dhabi.
  • The New Times reports on how farmers are encouraged to embrace agriculture insurance.

Upcoming Events

  • 20-21 January: International Conference on Air Quality, Health and Atmosphere, London, UK
  • 23-24 January: International Conference on Climatology and Climate Change, Paris, France
  • 20-24 January: Land Week in Nyamasheke District hosted by RLMUA
  • 27-29 February: 54th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum, Mombasa, Coast, Kenya
  • 2 February: World Wetland Day, Worldwide
  • 6-7 February: International Conference on Environmental Protection and Ecology, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 10-11 February: International Conference on Waste Management, Recycling and Environment, Barcelona, Spain
  • 8-14 February: World Urban Forum, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
  • 15-22 February: Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, Gandhinagar, India
  • 20-21 February: International Conference on Solid Waste, Paris, France
  • 23-28 February: World Biodiversity Forum Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland
  • 24-28 February: 52nd Session of the IPCC, Paris, Ile-De-France, France
  • 27-28 February: International Conference on Climatology and Meteorology, Sydney, Australia
  • 9-13 March: Africa Climate Week, Kampala Uganda


Serivisi mbi mu by’ubutaka! Mupiganyi ati ‘harimo ruswa’, Mukamana ati ‘ntayo’ (RBA - Sunday, 19 January 2020) -- Bamwe mu baturage hirya no hino mu Gihugu baravuga ko barambiwe gusiragizwa mu gihe barimo gushaka ibyangombwa by'ubutaka bwabo. Barasaba ko iki kibazo cyashakirwa umuti urambye. Read More

Weather agency warns of ‘above average’ rain (The New Times - Friday, 17 January 2020) -- Southwestern Rwanda is predicted to receive more rains in the first three months of the year than the previous years, according to the latest national seasonal forecast. Read More

How climate change is threatening food security & peace in the Horn of Africa (CNBC Africa - Thursday, 16 January 2020) -- The last decade was the warmest on record as a result of climate change and the horn of Africa is one the regions that have been hit the most. Watch Video

Rwandan chemists make case for waste sorting (The New Times - Wednesday, 15 January 2020) -- Rwandan chemists proposed waste sorting as the first step towards sustainable solid waste management. Read More

Rwanda’s Climate Action Features At Sustainability Summit in Abu Dhabi (Taarifa - Wednesday, 15 January 2020) -- Environment Minister Mujawamariya Jeanne d’Arc is lined up for a presentation at a panel on the ongoing Future Sustainability Summit in Abu Dhabi. Read More

Farmers urged to embrace agriculture insurance (The New Times - Wednesday, 15 January 2020) -- Climate change-induced disasters have continued to hit farmers, affecting thousands of hectares of crops and livestock. Read More

Sustainable development involves citizens – Kagame (The New Times - Wednesday, 15 January 2020) -- President Paul Kagame has said that sustainable development must result from the involvement of all citizens. Read More

Rwanda's Minister Confident Paris Climate Deal To Survive Despite Pullouts, Non-Compliance (Urdu Point - Wednesday, 15 January 2020) -- ABU DHABI (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 15th January, 2020) Rwandan Minister of Environment Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya has shared with Sputnik her confidence that the Paris Climate Agreement will sustain the negative effect that the US pullout and non-compliance of some of the signatories have on reducing the global carbon footprint. Read More

We Did Not Need Donor Money To Clean Our Own Backyards – Kagame (KT Press - Tuesday, 14 January 2020) -- Rwanda did not need the support of donors for citizens to clean their own backyards or take care of their environment over the last two decades as the country had many priorities –from rebuilding the infrastructure to piecing together the social fabric torn apart by ethnic divisions that led to the genocide. Read More

Rwanda’s Ruzizi IV Hydro Power Project Gets 8 Million Euros From AfDB (Busiweek - Monday, 13 January 2020) -- The Board of Directors of African Development Bank Group has approved an €8 million grant drawn from the European Union’s Africa Investment Platform (EU-AIP) to support the preparation of the Ruzizi IV Hydropower Project. Read More

Byinshi kuri Banki yihariye izatera inkunga imishinga irengera ibidukikije mu Rwanda (Igihe - Monday, 13 January 2020) -- U Rwanda rwiyemeje gushyira ingufu zishoboka mu kurengera ibidukikije zirimo ishyirwaho rya banki itera inkunga imishinga iri muri uru rwego. Read More


Sector Updates

Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System Template (GGGI - Monday, 20 January 2020) -- The excel-based templates for the Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System were developed by GGGI for their government partner Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA), to support the implementation of the system. The green building minimum compliance system is an Annex to the Rwanda Building Code 2019 and was approved by the Government of Rwanda cabinet in April 2019. Read More


Across Africa

The Green Economy: Building Human Capital in Africa (CNBC Africa - Thursday, 16 January 2020) -- Up to 60 million new jobs in the green economy could potentially be created worldwide by 2030. If properly managed, green growth can provide an opportunity to address the youth employment challenge while simultaneously preserving the environment and increasing climate resilience. Watch Video

Confronting the challenges of climate change on Africa’s coastal areas (Brookings - Thursday, 16 January 2020) -- Climate change will undoubtedly present one of the most significant risks to Africa’s sustainable development objectives over the next decade, and nowhere is the threat more imminent than on its coastlines. Read More

Record 45 million people in Southern Africa face hunger: UN (NYPost - Thursday, 16 January 2020) -- The United Nations World Food Programme said on Thursday that a record 45 million people in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community faced growing hunger following repeated drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray. Read More

Developing economies reliant on agriculture are more exposed to climate risks, McKinsey finds (CNBC - Thursday, 16 January 2020) -- Countries and regions with lower per capita GDP levels are generally more exposed to climate change, according to McKinsey Global Institute’s newest climate risk report. Read More

Climate change won’t result in a new normal but in constant, horrifying new disasters (Fast Company - Thursday, 16 January 2020) -- From “wet bulb” heat waves that create deadly humidity to cascading economic effects of sea level rise, a new report catalogs some of the unanticipated consequences of runaway global warming. Read More


From Around the World

World's biggest fund manager vows to divest from thermal coal (The Guardian - Tuesday, 14 January 2020) -- BlackRock, the world’s largest fund manager, has announced it will put sustainability at the heart of its investment decisions. Read More

A Sense of Climate Urgency Takes Hold in Davos (Bloomberg Quint - Friday, 17 January 2020) -- (Bloomberg Businessweek) -- Davos is cloaked in white, but its agenda is green. Environmentalism—fighting climate change in particular—has emerged as one of the biggest priorities of the World Econ. Read More

Hottest decade ever recorded ‘driven by man-made climate change’ (Financial Times - Wednesday, 15 January 2020) -- Man-made climate change was the main contributor to what has been the warmest decade, the UK weather service said in a study backed up by Nasa data showing the five years to 2019 were the hottest since records began. Read More

Small change for climate change: Time to increase research funding to save the world (Science Daily - Thursday, 16 January 2020) -- A new study shows that there is a huge disproportion in the level of funding for social science research into the greatest challenge in combating global warming -- how to get individuals and societies to overcome ingrained human habits to make the changes necessary to mitigate climate change. Read More

David Attenborough calls Australia's bushfires 'the moment of crisis' to address climate change (The Guardian - Thursday, 16 January 2020) -- Sir David Attenborough has said it is “palpable nonsense” to suggest that Australia’s bush fire crisis has nothing to do with climate change as he warned “the moment of crisis” has arrived. Read More


Popular Social Media Posts

Paul Kagame @PaulKagame · Many thanks to HH @MohamedBinZayed for the invitation to the #ADSW, warm hospitality and a good discussion on our bilateral relations. Pleasure for me also to have participated in productive conversation on building a sustainable future for next generations.

Presidency | Rwanda @UrugwiroVillage · Today in Abu Dhabi, President Kagame attended the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and Zayed Sustainability Prize Ceremony and held a meeting with HH Sheikh @MohamedBinZayed

Mujawamariya Jeanne d'Arc @MujaJeanne · "What we have learned ourselves is that there are things in our own means that we can do! One of them; we can clean our environment without donors! Everyone have seen the benefit! It has become a culture for everyone in Rwanda to protect our environment"! - HE @PaulKagame

Ministry of Environment - Rwanda @EnvironmentRw· "Digital solutions are important for addressing environmental issues, especially those that affect women. In Rwanda, women are not just users of technology, they are actively leading the innovation revolution." - Min. @MujaJeanne at the WiSER Forum #ADSW

Dr. Ngoga @Jimngoga · If I was nobel I Would definitely Award Rwanda a NOBEL PRIZE for protecting the Environment by Total eradiction of Plastics within the entire Country. 10years of free plastic environment ! Congratulations to the leadership there!

Green Drinks Kigali @GreenDrinksKGL · Hello #RwOT! Mark your calendars and get ready to learn more about flooding in #Rwanda at @ImpactHubKigali on the 28th January! Don't keep this to yourself. #GreenRwanda

@UNDP_Rwanda · #HappeningNow @UNDP_Rwanda with @REMA_Rwanda and other partners are gethered in a steering committee meeting for joint 3 projects aiming at supporting Rwanda gvt to make the country a green and #climate Resilient Middle income developed country by 2035. #sdg13 #environment