Green Rwanda Media Review - 20 May 2019

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


  • Imvaho Nshya reports on how weather forecasting is important in planning.
  • Rwanda Inspirer reports that Rwanda will invest $440 million in water supply projects.
  • The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International reports that gorilla protection helps many critical species.
  • Rwanda Inspirer reports that journalists gain effective skills in weather and climate reporting.
  • View photos of ORF President Samir Saran's visit to the Ministry of Environment.

Upcoming Events

21 May: 10th meteorological Technical Working Group at the Ministry of Environment

21-24 May: Workshop on Sebeya Landscape Restoration Project, Rubavu District with RWFA in collaboration with IUCN and SNV

22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity

3-5 May: World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki, Finland

5 June: World Environment Day, Kigali Convention Centre

8 June: World Oceans Day National Environment Week / World Environment Day Events

25 May: Umuganda (Community Work) to launch 2019

National Environment Week

28 May: Solar Power Installation in Kagogo Sector, Burera District

29 May: Mobile Motor Vehicle Inspection Activity with Rwanda National Police, Kigali

30 May: Air Pollution Seminar, Marriott Hotel 31 May: National Environment Week Football Tournament Final in Rutsiro District

2 June: Car Free Day for National Environment Week, Kigali

3-4 June: Industrial Inspection Activity in Kigali, Bugesera and Rwamagana

5 June: World Environment Day, Kigali Convention Centre


RDF irakira inama mpuzamahanga mu gukumira no kugabanya ingaruka ziterwa n’ibiza (Umuseke - Monday, 20 May 2019) -- Guhera taliki 20 kuzageza taliki 23, mu Rwanda hazabera inama mpuzamahanga izahuza ingabo zo mu bihugu by’Africa na USA kugira ngo bungurane ibitekerezo kandi bafate ingambo z’uko bakumira cyangwa bakagabanya ingaruka zituruka ku biza. Iyi nama ibaye ku nshuro ya karindwi ariko u Rwanda rukaba ruyakiriye bwa mbere. Read More

Twemeje ko muri 2020 ubutaka bwose buzaba bufite amaterasi, ubu ari hake- Prof K.Mbanda (Umuseke - Sunday, 19 May 2019) -- Prof Kalisa Mbanda mu kiganiro yahaye urubyiruko rukora ubuhinzi ruhagarariye uturere twose tw’u Rwanda yabasabye kuzarushaho kubungabunga ubutaka. Avuga ko igihe we na bagenzi be bashyiragaho Vision 2020 bari baremeje ko bitarenze 2020 ubutaka bwose buzaba bufite amaterasi y’indinganire ariko ubu ngo usanga ari hake. Read More

REMA yatangije amarushanwa agamije gukora ubukangurambaga bwo kurwanya ibihumanya ikirere (Imvaho Nshya - Sunday, 19 May 2019) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Ikigo k’Igihugu Gishinzwe kubungabunga Ibidukikije “REMA” bwatangije amarushanwa y’umupira w’amaguru muri tumwe mu turere tugize Intara y’Iburengerazuba mu rwego rwo gukaza ubukangurambaga mu kurwanya ibihumanya ikirere. Read More

Govt seeks funds to protect farmers from climate change (Rwanda Today - Saturday, 18 May 2019) -- The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources is looking for funds to fight the effects of climate change through more research and extension activities. Read More

Abahagarariye ibihugu byabo mu Rwanda basanze Nyungwe itekanye (Kigali Today - Friday, 17 May 2019) -- Minisiteri y’Ububanyi n’Amahanga n’Ubutwererane yateguye gahunda y’iminsi itatu yo gutembereza abahagarariye ibihugu byabo n’imiryango mpuzamahanga mu Rwanda. Read More

Meteo Rwanda yasobanuye uburyo iteganyagihe ari ingenzi mu igenamigambi (Imvaho Nshya - Thursday, 16 May 2019) -- Ikigo k’Igihugu gishinzwe Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere (Meteo Rwanda), gitangaza ko iteganyagihe rifasha abantu mu birebana no gutegura igenamigambi ry’imikorere yabo. Read More

Gorilla protection helps many critical species (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International - Thursday, 16 May 2019) -- The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund protects and studies endangered gorillas every day, and we know this is critical in preventing their extinction due to loss of habitat and other threats they face and may face in the future. Unfortunately, they are just one type of species among the more than one million now facing imminent threats to their survival, according to a recent report issued by the United Nations. Read More

Rwanda to invest $440 million in water supply projects (Rwanda Inspirer - Wednesday, 15 May 2019) -- The Ministry of Infrastructure has announced an investment outlay of $440 million for the next 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

Journalists gain effective skills in weather and climate reporting (Rwanda Inspirer - Tuesday, 14 May 2019) -- The Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda) and the Media High Council have concluded a two-day training with media houses on how to communicate weather and climate uncertainties. The workshop was attended by 45 journalists from local broadcasting, online and print media houses. Read More

Rwanda set to build Africa’s first green city (CNBC Africa - Tuesday, 14 May 2019) -- Experts in urban planning are currently working on the development of a ground-breaking Green City Pilot in Kigali. The city which will be the first of its kind in the country will showcase sustainable and prosperous urban mixed-use development. CNBC Africa spoke with Eudes Kayumba, Senior Urban Planner and member of the project. Watch Video

Botswanan company helps Rwanda in national park's tourism management (Xinhua - Tuesday, 14 May 2019) -- A Botswanan company has signed a concession agreement with Rwanda to develop a multi-phased conservation and tourism management program in Rwanda's Gishwati-Mukura National Park. The signing of the 25-year concession agreement between Botswana's Wilderness Holdings and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) will help drive Rwanda's high-end eco-tourism experience, said Keith Vincent, Wilderness Holdings CEO on Monday. Read More


Sector Updates

Minister Vincent Biruta receives ORF President Samir Saran (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday, 13 May 2019) -- View Photos


Across Africa

Africa is leading the world in plastic bag bans (Quartz Africa - Saturday, 18 May 2019) -- As of June 1, travelers to Tanzania will have to pack very carefully. The country announced the implementation of the second phase of its plastic bag ban on May 16. Visitors are advised to avoid packing or carrying any plastic bags as they’ll have to leave these at a designated desk in the airport. Read More

$50,000 to support circular economy in Kenya (The East African - Thursday, 16 May 2019) -- Small-scale circular economy initiatives in Kenya will compete for $50,000 grants for a year for projects that aim to reduce the amount of plastic leaking into the marine environment. Read More

Tanzania bans plastic bags (The New Times - Thursday, 16 May 2019) -- The Tanzanian government on Thursday issued an official warning to people planning to visit the country not to carry plastic bags with them effective June 1, this year, underlining the country’s plan to protect the environment. Read More

Install carbon monoxide detectors in cars, Senate urges Nigerians (Pulse - Thursday, 16 May 2019) -- The Senate, on Wednesday, called on Nigerians to install and use carbon monoxide detectors in their vehicles, offices and dwelling places to preserve their lives from hazardous effect of carbon monoxide. Read More

Electronic Marvels Turn Into Dangerous Trash in East Africa (The New York Times - Sunday, 12 May 2019) -- DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — After nightfall, when trash covers the streets of the busy Kariakoo market here, compactor trucks rumble along followed by men in green uniforms and women wearing skirts and rubber boots. Read More


From Around the World

Rooting for a sustainable future: how forest resources can help tackle climate change and air pollution (UN Environment - Friday, 17 May 2019) -- Wild mushroom picking in Eastern Europe is more than a tradition. It is a social event. Every year, in late summer and early fall, thousands of people roam the woods for the biggest, most perfect specimens. Read More

414 million pieces of plastic found on remote island group in Indian Ocean (The Guardian - Thursday, 16 May 2019) -- Debris on Cocos (Keeling) Islands was mostly bottles, cutlery, bags and straws, but also included 977,000 shoes, study says. Read More

Petersberg Climate Dialogue sends signal for joint progress on climate action (German Government - Tuesday, 14 May 2019) -- The tenth Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD) concluded on Tuesday with a commitment to joint progress on climate action. Previous PCD meetings had focussed on negotiating an agreement and rulebook. The priority at this year’s meeting was implementation. Read More

Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism (National Geographic Magazine - May 2019) Captive wild animal encounters are hugely popular, thanks partly to social media. But our investigation shows many creatures lead dismal lives. Read More