Green Rwanda Media Review - 20 October 2017

Summary

  • KT Press reports that a new mobile application is being developed by Meteo Rwanda to inform citizens about weather forecasts
  • The East Africa Monitor publishes a story on how Rwanda could be a model for green transformation in East Africa
  • Xinhua reports that energy experts have met in Rwanda to discuss expanding the renewable energy market
  • The Guardian warns of ecological destruction after a drastic decrease in insects over the past 25 years
  • View and download photos of Minister Biruta's visit to environment protection investments across the country
  • Meteo Rwanda reports that four new automatic weather stations have been installed across the country to improve forecasting

 

Review

Rwanda

Rwanda seeks increased investments in renewable energy (XinhuaNei - Friday 20 October 2017) -- Rwanda is looking for big investments in renewable energy sources in order to stimulate the country's green economic development, top government officials said Thursday. Read More

New App To Update Citizens On Weather Patterns (KT Press - Thursday 19 October 2017) -- Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda) is developing an application to enable citizens to access timely updated weather predictions. Read More

EDITORIAL: Fast-track ratification of the Kigali Amendment (The New Times - Wednesday 18 October 2017) -- October 15, 2017 marked the first anniversary of the Kigali Amendment to the 1989 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Read More

Rwanda could be the country to lead the region’s green energy push (The East Africa Monitor - Wednesday 18 October 2017) -- Over the last decade, Rwanda has established itself as a key innovator in the East Africa region. It’s a grand transformation from a country famous for the most memorable genocide in recent times, among other challenges typical for African nations in recent decades. Read more

Renewable Energy Experts to Meet in Rwanda For Potential Market (Rwanda Eye - Wednesday 18 October 2017) -- More than 200 experts and officials in the energy sector will tomorrow descend in Rwanda’s capital Kigali to discuss possible potentials in the country’s renewable energy. Read more

Kamonyi: Imvura idasanzwe yasenyeye imiryango 22 (Igihe - Wednesday 18 October 2017) -- Imvura yaraye iguye mu mirenge itandukanye y’Akarere ka Kamonyi cyane cyane uwa Runda, Rugarika na Nyamiyaga yasenye inzu z’abaturage inangiza ibindi birimo imyaka. Read More

Environment museum gets new artifact (Thew New Times - Tuesday 17 October 2017) -- The new items on the list include zoological, botanical, minerals items brought in from the natural history museum (Kandt House), the home of a former German colonialist in Rwanda, and believed to be the first modern house in Kigali. Read More

Mining accidents claim 14 lives in one week (The New Times - Tuesday 17 October 2017) -- Police investigations have narrowed down to irregularities within the mining industry, precisely illegal mining to be responsible for the death of 14 people recorded last week in the Southern Province. Read More

Muhanga: Ikirombe cy’amabuye y’agaciro cyishe abantu umunani, abandi barakomereka (Igihe - Sunday 15 October 2017) -- Umuyobozi w’Akarere ka Muhanga, Uwamariya Beatrice, yatangarije IGIHE ko iyo mpanuka yebereye aho abaturage bacukuraga amabuye y’agaciro mu buryo butemewe n’amategeko, 11 akaba ari bo bahise bamenyekana ko cyagwiriye. Read More

Meet The Men Turning Kigali Green (KT Press - Sunday 15 October 2017) --- Turasabimana, a father of two is one among a multitude of nursery tree vendors who have played a pivotal role in the beautification of Kigali City today. Read more 

Pikiwash eyes investors at continental starts-up summit (The New Times - Sunday 15 October 2017) -- The forthcoming Seedstars continental summit in Maputo, Mozambique presents Rwanda start-ups a big opportunity as it brings together entrepreneurs, investors and other industry players. Read more

How Rwanda’s Amahoro Tours has established itself as a leader in eco and community-based tourism (eTurbo News - Saturday 14 October 2017) -- Over the years, Amahoro Tours has established itself as a market leader in eco and community-based tourism in Rwanda. The company’s dynamic and tailor-made tour packages have been designed to offer tourists as much interaction with the locals and likeminded visitors as possible, while at the same time enabling guests to enjoy the trappings of nature. Read more

Olympic committee launches environmental protection drive (The New Times - Saturday 14 October 2017) -- Rwanda National Olympic and Sports Committee has launched a campaign aimed at helping local authorities acquire environmental education to deal with global warming, air pollution and many other ills that ruin the environment. Read More

Natural Disasters Caused Frw 6.5 Billion in Damage (Rwanda Eye - Friday 13 October 2017) -- Natural disasters may have caused Frw6.5 billion in wind and flood damage to residential and commercial property, according to MIDMAR a preliminary estimate. Read More

Imikoranire idahwitse ituma ibiza byibasira igihugu kandi Meteo Rwanda yari ibizi (Kigali Today - Friday 13 October 2017) -- Iteganyagihe mu Rwanda riracyabangamiwe n’uko guhanahana amakuru hagati y’Ikigo gishinzwe iteganyagihe (Meteo Rwanda) na Minisiteri ishinzwe guhangana n’ibiza no gucyura impunzi (MIDIMAR) bitaranoga. Read More

Umuhanda Kigali– Musanze wangijwe n’imvura bibangamira ingendo (Igihe - Thursday 12 October 2017) -- Imvura nyinshi yaguye ku mugoroba wo kuri uyu wa Kane tariki ya 12 Ukwakira 2017 yangije umuhanda Kigali Musanze, ugeze i Gakenke, ibinyabiziga. Read More ​​

 

Across Africa

Are climate change pressures driving more mental illness in Africa? (Reuters - Thursday 19 October 2017) -- Losses, displacement and worsening poverty from extreme weather may be bringing a growing disease burden, experts say. Read More

How Big Water Projects Helped Trigger Africa’s Migrant Crisis (Yale - Tuesday 17 October 2017) -- The Hadejia-Nguru wetland was once a large green smudge on the edge of the Sahara in northeast Nigeria. More than 1.5 million people lived by fishing its waters, grazing their cattle on its wet pastures, and irrigating their crops from its complex network of natural channels and lakes. Read More

 

​​From Around the World ​

Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined (NPR - Thursday 19 October 2017) -- The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease. The report links them to pollution, drawing upon previous studies that show how pollution is tied to a wider range of diseases than previously thought. Read More

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers (The Guardian - Wednesday 18 October 2017) -- The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Read More

World Hunger Is Increasing, Thanks to Wars and Climate Change (Scientific American - Wednesday 18 October 2017) -- Around the globe, about 815 million people – 11 percent of the world’s population – went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was the first increase in more than 15 years. Read More

Fiji announces $50m ‘climate bond’ ahead of COP23 presidency (Climate Home - Wednesday 18 October 2017) -- Fiji is set to issue the first sovereign green bond from a developing country, prime minister Frank Bainimarama revealed on Wednesday. Read More

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 – the winners (The Guardian - Tuesday 17 October 2017) -- View Photos

How changing refrigerants will help slow down global warming (The Guardian - Friday 13 October 2017) -- One year ago Monday, the world’s governments took the single biggest step yet to curb global warming. Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, they agreed to eliminate one of the six main pollutants causing climate change, thus avoiding a full half a degree of warming by the end of the century. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Minister Biruta tours Rwanda Green Fund investment at Meteo Rwanda Maranyundo weather radar site (Green Fund website - Friday 20 October 2017) -- Rwanda’s Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta, has toured Maranyundo weather radar site and urged engineers undergoing a six weeks training course to maximise the use of the radar system. Read More

Rwanda expands weather monitoring capacity with Green Fund investment (Green Fund website - Friday 20 October 2017) -- The Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda) has installed four new automatic weather stations as part of efforts to expand its observation network and improve climate and weather forecasting. Read More

Meteo Rwanda installs four new automatic weather stations to improve forecasting (Meteo Rwanda - Thursday 19 October 2017) -- The Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda) has installed four new automatic weather stations as part of efforts to expand its observation network and improve climate and weather forecasting. Read More

Minister Biruta encourages radar engineers to maximise use of Maranyundo Weather Radar System (Meteo Rwanda - Thursday 19 October 2017) -- Rwanda’s Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta, has toured Maranyundo weather radar site and urged engineers undergoing a six weeks training course to maximise the use of the radar system. Read More

Photos: Minister of Environment Dr. Vincent Biruta visited Maranyundo Weather Radar site (Meteo Rwanda Flickr - Wednesday 18 October 2017) -- Today, Tuesday 18th October 2017, Minister of Environment Vincent Biruta visited Maranyundo Weather Radar site in Bugesera District Eastern Province. View Photos

Rwanda to share experience at Global Green Growth Week in Addis Ababa (Green Fund website - Tuesday 17 October 2017) -- Rwanda has been invited to share its experience in matching international finance with climate resilience projects at this year’s Global Green Growth Week taking place from 17-20 October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read More

Photos: Minister Biruta visits Water for Growth Rwanda Investment Projects (Water for Growth Rwanda Flickr - Tuesday 17 October 2017) -- Rwanda's Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta, has toured Water for Growth Rwanda investment projects in the Sebeya and Upper Nyabarongo catchment areas. The Minister visited a number of landscape rehabilitation sites which are helping to reduce soil erosion and improve the health of the catchments. View Photos

Minister Biruta tours Rwanda Green Fund investments (Green Fund website - Tuesday 17 October 2017) -- Rwanda's Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta, has visited a range of Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) investments to assess their progress and to meet beneficiaries. Read More

Photos: Minister Biruta visits Rwanda Green Fund Investments (Green Fund Flickr page - Friday 13 October 2017) -- Rwanda's Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta, visited a number of Rwanda Green Fund investments to assess their progress. View Photos

 

Upcoming Sector Events

  • 23-25 October 2017: Nile Basin Development Forum, Kigali, Rwanda
  • 28 October 2017: Launch of the 2017/18 Forest Planting Season, Nyagatare
  • 6-17 November: 23rd Conference of the Parties to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP23 - UN Climate Change Conference, Bonn, Germany
  • 20-24 November: 29th Meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP29), Montreal, Canada
  • 4-8 December: Rwanda Green Growth Week 4 December 2017: International Day of Mining
  • 11-15 December 2017: Climate Investment Funds Board Meeting, Washington DC, USA
  • 23 January 2018: World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
  • 27 February - 1 March 2018: Green Climate Fund Board Meeting