Green Rwanda Media Review - 20 July 2020

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


  • Igihe and The New Times report that the government issued guidelines ahead of strong winds.
  • The Conversation reports that Rwanda extracts methane from Lake Kivu for electricity and shares how the process works.
  • The New Times and KT Press report that the Rwanda Green Fund has new management.
  • This Day reports that the Green Agribusiness Fund targets young Agripreneurs in Nigeria and Rwanda.
  • Rwanda National Police shares that four people were arrested over poaching.
  • Listen to the fifth episode of the Green City Kigali Project Radio Show on sustainable transport and electric mobility.
  • Find attached a report on media coverage of the recent advisory issued by Meteo Rwanda.

Upcoming events

  • 20 July: Webinar: “Finance for Nature: How can we get nature on the finance agenda and position nature in a green recovery?” by UNDP, UNEP, and other partners. More Here
  • 20-21 July: Webinar: 10th World Convention on Recycling and Waste Management. More Here
  • 21 July: Webinar: “Setting the Stage: From Crisis to Climate Action” by the International Institute for Environment and Development – IIED. More Here
  • 23 July: “Launch of the IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions” by IUCN. More Here
  • 31 July: World Ranger Day 10 August: World Lion Day
  • 12 August: World Elephant Day


Parliament Summons Environment Minister To Explain Gaps In Natural Resources Management (KT Press - Thursday, 16 July 2020) -- The Minister of Environment, Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, will today appear before parliament to verbally respond to issues within her docket, concerning land use, wetland, forests and water management among others. Read More. Also published in The New Times

Govt issues guidelines ahead of strong winds (The New Times - Thursday, 16 July 2020) -- The Ministry of Emergency Management has announced guidelines that citizens in high-risk areas should observe in order to prevent severe damages or lost lives after the Rwanda Meteorology Agency predicted that there would be strong winds in different parts of the country. Read More. Also published in Igihe

Mu Rwanda hari amoko arenga 53 y’ibikeri ashobora kugira uruhare mu iterambere ry’igihugu-Ubushakashatsi (Igihe - Thursday, 16 July 2020) -- Kuva mu 2018, ubushashakashatsi bumaze kugaragaza ko mu Rwanda hari amoko atandukanye y’ibikeri biba ahantu hatandukanye, kandi hari uruhare bigira mu iterambere ry’igihugu bityo ko bikwiriye kubungabungwa. Read More

Schools appeal for lower water tariff (The New Times - Thursday, 16 July 2020) -- Public and government-aided schools have requested to be charged lower prices on water they consume, arguing that the current tariffs are high. Read More

Rwanda Green Fund gets new management (The New Times - Thursday, 16 July 2020) -- A cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, July, 15, appointed Teddy Mugabo as the new CEO of Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA). Read More. Also published in KT Press

Umujyi wa Kigali mu bikorwa byo gukemura ikibazo cy’amazi yetezaga imyuzure (RBA - Wednesday, 15 July 2020) -- Abaturiye za ruhurura zo hirya no hino mu Mujyi wa Kigali n'abafite ibikorwa bizegereye barifuza ko zakubakwa izindi zigasanwa kuko iyo imvura iguye zibangiriza. Read More

Green Agribusiness Fund Targets Young Agripreneurs in Nigeria and Rwanda (This Day - Wednesday, 15 July 2020) -- As part of efforts to nurture the next generation of agrarian leaders in Africa and ensure food security of the continent, the Green Agribusiness Fund has been launched in Nigeria and Rwanda. Read More

Rwanda extracts methane from Lake Kivu for electricity. How it works (The Conversation - Wednesday, 15 July 2020) -- Lake Kivu lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. It’s almost the size of Mauritius and has a maximum depth of 480 metres. Lake Kivu also stores huge amounts of methane gas which Rwanda is extracting to produce electricity. Natacha Tofield Pasche explains how this process works. Read More

Startup producing packaging bags from banana trunks lands support (The New Times - Tuesday, 14 July 2020) -- Young entrepreneurs in green growth from Rwanda-who make packaging bags from banana trunks- are among 15 teams from 12 countries around the world who have been selected by Global Green Growth Institute to benefit from entrepreneurship support. Read More

Kigali Amendment hits milestone 100th ratification, boosting climate action (UNEP - Tuesday, 14 July 2020) -- The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement to cut the use of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), has reached a major milestone, with Liberia becoming the 100th nation to ratify the Amendment, providing a welcome boost to global climate action. Read More

Parliament summons environment minister (The New Times - Tuesday, 14 July 2020) -- The Minister for Environment Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, is expected to appear in the Lower Chamber of Parliament this week, where she will respond to questions related to water and land use. Read More

8,000 farmers secure jobs to address Sebeya River floods (The New Times - Tuesday, 14 July 2020) -- At least 8,000 residents from Rubavu District have secured jobs amid the Covid-19 pandemic, to work in addressing floods that are caused by Sebeya River. Read More

Pandemic-hit nations urged to hold nerve on climate finance for the poor (Global Times - Monday, 13 July 2020) -- East African nation Rwanda was one of the first countries to submit a stronger climate action plan to the UN in 2020 - and it hopes that can serve as a basis for a "better, green COVID[-19] recovery," its environment minister said this week. Read More

Fiji Ratifies Kigali Amendment, Marking Halfway Point in Ratifications (Accelerate 24 - Monday, 13 July 2020) -- The Republic of Fiji, an archipelago nation in the South Pacific, has ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, becoming the 98th government, plus the European Union (EU), to ratify the global agreement to reduce HFC emissions. Read More

Rwanda sets an example for attracting foreign investment (Mining Review Africa - Monday, 13 July 2020) -- Exclusive interview with Dr Tony Harwood, CEO of Montero Mining, an official event ambassador for the upcoming Africa Mining Forum. Read More

Gakenke: Abangirijwe n’ibiza bafite impungenge zo kutongera guhinga mu bishanga byamaze kwangirika (Kigali Today - Monday, 13 July 2020) -- Abatuye imirenge inyuranye mu Karere ka Gakenke bahinga mu gishanga kiri mu nkuka z’umugezi wa Mukungwa bagaragaza impungenge z’uko icyo gishanga cyajyaga kibarinda inzara kitazongera guhingwa, kubera ko cyamaze kwangizwa bikomeye n’ibiza. Read More

Rwanda to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 38% by 2030 (Hobe Magazine - Monday, 13 June 2020) -- Rwanda aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 38& by 2020, this was said by the Minister for Environment, Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya in a recently During Climate Action on the road to COP26 Summit. Read More

Nyanza: Amazi menshi yapfupfunutse mu butaka buhinzeho imyaka (Umuseke - Monday, 13 July 2020) -- Mu Mudugudu wa Nyarutovu, mu Kagali ka Rubona mu Murenge wa Cyabakamyi, mu Karere ka Nyanza kuri iki cyumweru amazi yapfupfunutse mu butaka yangije imyaka y’abaturage ihinze hafi y’akabande bahingagamo, umwe mu batuye hariya avuga ko byigeze kubaho mu myaka 30 ishize. Read More

Rwanda: Green City Kigali - better times will come (KFW - Wednesday, 8 July 2020) -- How the people in Rwanda, a country in the Great African Lakes region, are living with the corona pandemic - Alice Kayumba, Office Manager of the KfW Kigali Office, recently reported on this in this series. Together with her colleague Yves Tuyishime she tells us how the situation has developed since then. Read More


Sector Updates

Nyamagabe: Four arrested over poaching, attempted bribery (Rwanda National Police - Wednesday, 15 July 2020) -- Police in Nyamagabe District, on Monday July 13, arrested four people for allegedly killing an Antelope in the gazetted Nyungwe National Park and attempting to bribe Police officers so as to prevent any legal actions. Read More

Episode 5: Sustainable Transport and Electric Mobility (Green City Kigali Soundcloud - Wednesday, 8 July 2020) -- The Manager of the Transport Division at The Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda, Alfred Byiringiro is our guest speaker for the 5th episode of the GCK radio show. He will be talking about the topic of Sustainable Transport and Electric Mobility. Listen to the Show


Across Africa

Supporting sustainable seaweed farming for East Africa’s coastal communities (The Fist Site - Wednesday, 15 July 2020) -- Climate change and unsustainable practices are threatening seaweed farming in Tanzania, an industry that employs over 25,000 farmers, of whom around 80 percent are women. Read More

Building back greener in Africa (UNDP - Wednesday, 15 July 2020) -- COVID-19 continues to race across the African continent. People are dying, and even more are being pushed into hunger and poverty, in many cases risking the overturn years of progress. Read More

Increase in invasive species poses dramatic threat to biodiversity – report (The Guardian - Wednesday, 15 July 2020) -- An increase in the spread of non-native plant and animals species around the world could lead to dramatic biodiversity loss, a new study has found, causing permanent damage to ecosystems as they are pushed past biological tipping points. Read More

Up to 25% of South Africa's mining output could be impacted as COVID-19 spreads (Mining Journal - Monday, 13 July 2020) -- The warning emerged on Friday, before South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday announced a night-time curfew to begin today as the number of cases in the country balloon at the "equivalent of 500 new infections every hour". Read More


From Around the World

Queensland moves to ban single-use plastic straws and plates in a bid to save marine life (The Guardian - Wednesday, 15 July 2020) -- The Queensland government will move to ban plastic straws, cutlery, stirrers and plates in a bid to stem the destructive effects of plastic on marine life and waterways. Read More

A blueprint for business to transition to a nature-positive future (World Economic Forum - Wednesday, 15 July 2020) -- The COVID-19 crisis shows that nature-related business risks are intensifying. A new World Economic Forum report, The Future of Nature and Business, provides a blueprint for business action to safeguard nature. 15 nature-positive transitions by businesses could generate $10.1 trillion and 395 million jobs. Read More

ANALYSIS-Pandemic-hit nations urged to hold nerve on climate finance for the poor (Reuters - Friday, 10 July 2020) -- (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - East African nation Rwanda was one of the first countries to submit a stronger climate action plan to the United Nations this year - and it hopes that can serve as a basis for a “better, green COVID recovery”, its environment minister said this week. Read More

Video: Webinar Series - Pathway to Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Cooling (Cool Coalition - Wednesday, 8 July 2020) -- A new and exciting project examining the pathway to zero GHG emissions for the cooling sector globally has been launched as a collaboration between K-CEP, Cool Coalition, Carbon Trust and COP26 High-Level Champions. Watch Video