Green Rwanda Media Review - 21 December 2018

Read the latest news on the environemnt sector in Rwanda and around the world. 

Summary

  • The Christian Science Monitor reports on Rwandan's surprising idea to protect wildlife: recruit poachers.
  • Relief Web reports that the African Development Bank approved €115 million to provide 1.5 million people with access to water in Rwanda.
  • Igihe reports about 15 years old children's adventure visiting gorillas.
  • The New Times reports that volunteers planted over 8,000 trees in 30 districts in a special Umuganda drive.
  • The New Times reports that the environmental watchdog has moved to identify intervention areas pending climate funding.
  • Info Afrique reports that Rwanda is to launch eco-friendly electric motor cycle transportation in March.
  • East African Business Week reports that a Rwandan doctor won a research grant in Climate Change Science.
  • Read all the news from Rwanda's delegation to the COP24 UN Climate Talks in Poland on the Ministry of Environment website.

Rwanda

Rwanda Debate: Advancing sustainable development in Africa (CNBC Africa - Wednesday, 19 December 2018) -- Experts say that a green economy would result in improved human well-being and social equity. While it will significantly reduce environmental degradation, concerns remain on whether nations backing this frontier can really walk the talk. Watch Video

One Rwandan's surprising idea to protect wildlife: Recruit poachers (The Christian Science Monitor - Wednesday, 19 December 2018) -- After the Rwandan genocide, survivors turned to poaching for survival. Ange Imanishimwe made it his life’s work to show poachers their livelihood lies in preserving, not destroying, the forest. Read More

One & Only Nyungwe House Ranked 5-Star In RDB Tourism And Hospitality Establishments Grading (Taarifa - Wednesday, 19 December 2018) -- Fifty seven hospitality establishments have been awarded between 1 (one) to 5 (five) stars by RDB (Rwanda Development Board) during the 2018 Hospitality Grading ceremony today. Read More

REG yatahuye ibigo byibye amashanyarazi (Igihe - Wednesday, 19 December 2018) -- Sosiyete y’Igihugu ishinzwe Ingufu (REG), ikomeje guhiga abiba amashanyarazi n’ibikoresho byayo, aho ku mugoroba wo kuri uyu wa Kabiri yatahuye abafatabuguzi bayakoreshaga mu buriganya bayibye. Read More

Serivisi z’Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere mu Rwanda zahawe Icyemezo Mpuzamahanga cy’Ubuziranenge (Igihe - Tuesday, 18 December 2018) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere (Meteo Rwanda) cyahawe Icyemezo Mpuzamahanga cy’Ubuziranenge gitangwa n’Umuryango Mpuzamahanga mu by’Ubuziranenge (ISO). Read More

Akanyamuneza ku bana bujuje imyaka 15 bahawe amahirwe yo gusura ingagi (Amafoto) (Igihe - Monday, 17 December 2018) -- Mu rwego rwo kubafasha kurushaho kugira umuco wo kurengera ibidukikije n’urusobe rw’ibinyabuzima, Ikigo cy’Igihugu cy’Iterambere, RDB, cyafashije abana 20 gusura imiryango itandukanye y’ingagi ziri muri pariki y’igihugu y’Ibirunga. Read More

Hagiye kuba uruzinduko muri Pariki y’Akagera ruzasiga urwibutso ku bazitabira bose (Igihe - Monday, 17 December 2018) -- Abanyarwanda n’abanyamahanga babyifuza bagiye koroherezwa gutembera bareba ibyiza bitatse pariki y’Akagera muri izi mpera z’umwaka, rukazaba amateka ku bazitabira bose. Read More

Rwamagana: Abanyamategeko baturutse mu bihugu bya Afurika basuye ahacukurwa amabuye y’agaciro (Amafoto) (Igihe - Monday, 17 December 2018) -- Itsinda riteraniye i Kigali mu mahugurwa ku mategeko akoreshwa mu bucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro muri Afurika, batemberejwe mu kirombe cya gasegereti cy’Ikigo PIRAN Resources Limited gikorera mu Murenge wa Mwurire mu Karere ka Rwamagana. Read More

Rwanda: African Development Bank approves €115 million, providing 1.5 million people access to water (Relief Web - Monday, 17 December 2018) -- The African Development Bank’s Board has approved additional funding support of €115 million to Rwanda’s Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Program, enabling 1.5 million people to access improved, reliable and sustainable water supply services. Read More

Rubavu: Abasaga 2000 bahawe ibyangombwa bya burundu by’ubutaka badasiragiye (Imvaho Nshya - Monday, 17 December 2018) -- Mu cyumweru cy’ubutaka, abaturage basaga 2123 bo mu mirenge itandukanye igize Akarere ka Rubavu bashyikirijwe ibyangombwa bya burundu by’ubutaka bwabo. Read More

Ubukemurampaka bwagaragajwe nk’iturufu mu gucoca ibibazo mu bucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro (Igihe - Sunday, 16 December 2018) -- Abanyeshuri biga amategeko, impuguke mu bucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro n’amategeko akoreshwa muri uru rwego bateraniye i Kigali mu mahugurwa ya African Mining Legislation Atlas ‘AMLA2018’ agamije kunoza imikorere y’uru rwego. Read More

Over 100,000 Rwandans can cope with climate change – Biruta (The New Times - Saturday, 15 December 2018) -- Since the Rwanda Green Fund was established, more than 100,000 people have been supported to cope with climate change, Vincent Biruta, the minister of Environment has said. Read More

Volunteers plant over 8,000 trees in 30 districts in a special Umuganda drive (The New Times - Thursday, 13 December 2018) -- As a symbolic gesture to celebrate 20 years of serving and transforming the Rwandan community, over 200 VSO volunteers (including staff members) planted more than 8,000 trees across the 30 districts of Rwanda. In a special Umuganda exercise carried out a couple of weeks ago, at least 200 trees in each district (at government schools’ premises), were planted during a single day. Read More

Abanyeshuri ba Kaminuza za Afurika beretswe ishusho y’ubuzima n’impanuka mu bucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro (Igihe - Wednesday, 12 December 2018) -- Abarimu, abanyeshuri biga amategeko muri kaminuza zo muri Afurika n’impuguke mu mategeko akoreshwa mu bucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro, beretswe ko hakiri ikibazo gikomeye mu kubungabunga ubuzima no kugabanya impanuka mu bucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro. Read More

Rwanda, des motos taxis électriques (Info Afrique - Wednesday, 12 December 2018) -- En mars de l’année prochaine, des taxis de motos électriques pourraient commencer à sillonner les rues rwandaises en réduisant les émissions de gaz que le pays subit à cause des motos brûlant de l’essence. Read More

Rwandan Doctor Wins Research Grant In Climate Change Science (East African Business Week - Wednesday, 12 December 2018) -- The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) – has announced the first cohort of the Small Research Grants in Climate Change Science winners. Read More

Financing for Climate Friendly Investment - Narrated by Bertrand Piccard (Rwanda Green Fund - Tuesday, 11 December 2018) -- Rwanda is humbled to have been awarded the UNFCCC Momentum for Change award for our work providing innovative climate finance solutions to support Rwanda's green growth journey. Watch Video

Rwanda plastic bag ban: How this would benefit the glass industry? (CNBC Africa - Tuesday, 11 December 2018) -- Rwanda’s bid to beat plastic pollution saw the country ban plastic bags in 2008. 10 years on, the government initiated campaigns against use of single use plastic which might be followed by a ban. How would this benefit the glass industry? For more CNBC Africa is joinedby Hemant Jeendger, Managing Director of v-plus glass industries Ltd. Watch Video

Environmental watchdog moves to identify intervention areas pending climate funding (The New Times - Monday, 10 December 2018) -- Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has started consultations with national stakeholders, including the private sector, to decide priority issues to be addressed under the sustainable cities project set to attract funding from the Global Environment Facility. Read More

Gatare yagaragaje intambwe imaze guterwa mu bucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro mu Rwanda (Igihe - Monday, 10 December 2018) -- Umuyobozi Mukuru w’Ikigo gishinzwe Mine, Peteroli na Gaz, Francis Gatare yavuze ko urwego rw’ubucukuzi bw’amabuye y’agaciro mu Rwanda rumaze gutera intambwe, harimo gushyiraho amategeko agenga uru rwego no kuruha umurongo ngenderwaho. Read More

Nyamagabe: Amashanyarazi yahinduye imibereho y’ingo zisaga 2800 zayahawe umwaka ushize (Igihe - Monday, 10 December 2018) -- Sosiyete y’u Rwanda Ishinzwe Ingufu (REG) mu Karere ka Nyamagabe, igaragaza ko umwaka ushize (2017/18), ingo zisaga 2831 zahawe amashanyarazi mu gihe intego yari ugucanira 2421. Read More

Toxic Smoke Is Africa’s Quiet Killer. An Entrepreneur Says His Fix Can Make a Fortune (The New York Times - Thursday, 6 December 2018) -- Eric Reynolds will tell you that he is on the verge of freeing much of humanity from the deadly scourge of the cooking fire. He can halt the toxic smoke wafting through African homes, protect what is left of the continent’s forest cover and help rescue the planet from the wrath of climate change. Read More

Across Africa

UN Environment joins campaign to green Kenya (News Desk - Thursday, 20 December 2018) -- Building on the momentum of climate action from the just concluded Conference of Parties (COP24), UN Environment today joined the government of Kenya for the launch of ‘Greening Kenya Campaign’, which focuses on growing trees in schools, universities, education centers, farmlands and dryland. Read More

SDG Knowledge Weekly: Spotlight on Green Growth and Investment in Africa (International Institute for Sustainable Development - Wednesday, 19 December 2018) -- The African Development Bank Group published a brochure on the regional Africa NDC Hub; AfDB and the Global Green Growth Institute previewed findings from a joint assessment of Africa’s Green Growth Readiness; the Government of Rwanda hosted the inaugural Africa Green Growth Forum. Read More

How African cities can harness green technologies for growth and jobs (The Conversation - Wednesday, 19 December 2018) -- In 1967 one gigabyte of hard drive storage space cost US$ 1m. Today it’s around two US cents. Computer processing power has also increased exponentially: it doubles every two years. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to technological progress in the 21st century. Read More

Aims Awards Research Grants To Six Researchers In Climate Change Science (Africa.com - Wednesday, 12 December 2018) -- The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) – today announces the first cohort of the Small Research Grants in Climate Change Science: Dr. Daniel Akinyele of Nigeria, Dr. Lindani Ncube of South Africa, Dr. Ayansina Ayanlade of Nigeria, Dr. Adanna Henri-Ukoha of Nigeria, Dr. Timothy Dube of Zimbabwe and Dr Muhire Innocent of Rwanda. Read More

Kenya Renews Commitment for Climate Change Action Plan at COP24 (Capital News - Wednesday, 12 December 2018) -- Katowice — The Kenyan delegation to the ongoing 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commonly known as COP 24, have affirmed the Government's commitment to ensure a speedy implementation of climate change action plans. Read More

Africa: Study Shows How African Countries Are Preparing for Green Development (Inter Press Service - Tuesday, 11 December 2018) -- Katowice, Poland — In order for African countries to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), they will require further human capacity building, and there must be involvement of the private sector from the start of the planning process. Read More

 

From Around the World

Last day in Paradise: the untold story of how a fire swallowed a town (The Guardian - Thursday, 20 December 2018) -- A bucolic community was reduced to ash by a new kind of wildfire – the deadliest in California’s history. Survivors recall that horrible day. Read More

We need to change the way we live (UN Environment - Thursday, 20 December 2018) -- Ireland recognizes that climate change, which interacts with so many other aspects of the environment, such as biodiversity loss, is the great global threat for this century. However, we must not ignore all the other aspects of environmental protection, such as air quality and waste management. Read More

COP24: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Katowice (Carbon Brief - Sunday, 16 December 2018) -- This year’s annual UN climate conference concluded late on Saturday evening in Katowice, Poland, after two weeks of tension-filled talks. Read More

Video: Momentum for Change. Financing for Climate Friendly Investment (UNFCCC - Thursday, 13 December 2018) -- Watch the presentation of the Rwanda Green Fund as part of the Momentum for Change Awards. Watch Video

London mayor unveils plan to tackle 'climate emergency' (The Guardian - Tuesday, 11 December 2018) -- London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has declared a climate emergency and urged the UK government to do more to avert an ecological breakdown that he says poses an existential threat to future generations. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Rwanda Talanoa Story Telling by Minister Biruta 11 December 2018 | COP24, Katowice, Poland (The Ministry of Environment - Wednesday, 19 December 2018) -- Good afternoon! It is great to be with you for this important Talanoa Dialogue. We thank the Government of Fiji for initiating this facilitative dialogue where countries have the opportunity to share the climate action stories. I am honoured to share some of Rwanda’s story with you today. Read More

Remarks by Minister Biruta at CCAC High-Level Assembly COP24 UN Climate Talks, Katowice, Poland (The Ministry of Environment - Wednesday, 19 December 2018) -- Distinguished Guests. Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be with you today for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition High-Level Assembly. Read More

Remarks by Minister Biruta Adaptation Fund Contributor Dialogue and Reflections from the Developing Countries (The Ministry of Environment - Wednesday, 19 December 2018) -- Good afternoon! It is a pleasure to be with you today and to join dignitaries and colleagues in support of the Adaptation Fund. Read More

Rwanda and Green Climate Fund Sign Funding Agreement on Major Climate Resilience Investment (The Ministry of Environment - Wednesday, 19 December 2018) -- Rwanda and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have signed the Funded Activity Agreement for Rwanda’s first major project supported by the GCF. The project, worth 32.8 million dollars, will strengthen the resilience of rural communities in Gicumbi District in northern Rwanda. The new project forms an essential component of Rwanda’s ongoing efforts to build the resilience of communities, particularly those at risk from the impacts of climate change. Read More

Rwanda Green Fund Honored in Poland as Winner of UN Climate Action Award (Rwanda Green Fund - Tuesday, 18 December 2018) -- Fifteen game-changing initiatives in fourteen countries were honoured as winners of the United Nations Climate Action Award at a special ceremony at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, this evening. Read More

Remarks by Minister Biruta at 3rd High Level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance - COP24 (Rwanda Green Fund - Tuesday, 18 December 2018) -- Good afternoon. I am pleased to join today’s dialogue on climate finance and I thank the organisers for convening this important event. There is little doubt that finance continues to be the missing piece of the puzzle for large scale climate action. That’s why we here today. Read More

Government of Rwanda National Statement at COP24/CMP14/CMA by Mininster Vincent Biruta (Rwanda Green Fund - Thursday, 13 December 2018) -- I would like to express my appreciation to the Government of Poland for hosting and presiding over the 24th Conference of the Parties. I also thank the people of Poland for the warm hospitality you have afforded to all delegates. Read More

Rwanda and Green Climate Fund Sign Funding Agreement on Major Climate Resilience Investment (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Thursday, 13 December 2018) -- Rwanda and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have signed the Funded Activity Agreement for Rwanda’s first major project supported by the GCF. The project, worth 32.8 million dollars, will strengthen the resilience of rural communities in Gicumbi District in northern Rwanda. The new project forms an essential component of Rwanda’s ongoing efforts to build the resilience of communities particularly at risk from the impacts of climate change. View Photos

World Bank and NDC Partnership Event - Deep Dives on NDP Implementation (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Thursday, 13 December 2018) -- View Photos Showcasing Fast Action on the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol - Joint UN Environment and Rwanda COP24 Event (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 12 December 2018) -- View Photos COP24 Event - Financial Solutions for NDC Implementation (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 12 December 2018) -- View Photos

NDC Partnership High-Level Celebration at COP24 (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 12 December 2018) -- View Photos

Minister Biruta delivers Rwanda's National Statement at COP24 (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 12 December 2018) -- View Photos

Remarks by Minister Biruta at AfDB-GGGI Study on Africa Green Growth Readiness Assessment COP24 | 10 December 2018 (The Ministry of Environment - Tuesday, 11 December 2018) -- I am pleased to join you for this important discussion on the Green Growth Readiness Assessment in Africa. I would like to thank the Global Green Growth Institute and the African Development Bank for selecting Rwanda as one of seven countries to be part of this exciting initiative. Read More

Remarks by Minister Biruta 3rd High Level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance COP24 UN Climate Conference | 10 December 2018 (The Ministry of Environment - Tuesday, 11 December 2018) -- Good afternoon. I am pleased to join today’s dialogue on climate finance and I thank the organisers for convening this important event. There is little doubt that finance continues to be the missing piece of the puzzle for large scale climate action. That’s why we are here today. Read More

COP24 Event - Adaptation Fund Contributor Dialogue and Reflections from Developing Countries (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Tuesday, 11 December 2018) -- View Photos

World Climate Summit - COP24 Side Event (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Tuesday, 11 December 2018) -- View Photos

Climate and Clean Air Coalition High-Level General Assembly - COP24 Side Event (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Tuesday, 11 December 2018) -- View Photos

UNFCCC Momentum for Change Awards Showcase at COP24 (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Tuesday, 11 December 2018) -- View Photos