Green Rwanda Media Review - 21 October 2019

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

Summary

  • Kigali Today reports on a project to promote clean cooking in Rwanda.
  • KT Press reports on how Rwanda is finding alternatives to single use plastics.
  • CNBC Africa announces that Rwanda has imposed an ultimatum on producers of single use plastics.
  • The New Times says that Ellen DeGeneres has raised $5 million for gorilla conservation in Rwanda.
  • The New Times reports about producers readiness to phase out single-use plastics.
  • View photos of the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative Regional Conference and read remarks by Minister Biruta and PS Mukarubibi.

Upcoming Events

  • 1-31 October: Urban October 2019
  • 20 October-20 November: African Mobility Month
  • 21-25 October: Global Green Growth Week
  • 25 October: Pre-launch Dinner for the GCF Gicumbi Project, Marriott Hotel
  • 26 October: Launch of GCF Gicumbi Project, Gicumbi District
  • 29 October: Launch of E-Golf with Volkswagen and Siemens, Kigali Convention Centre
  • 31 October: World Cities Day 2019
  • 31 October - 1 November: Biodiversity Information Management Forum, Kigali, Rwanda
  • 9 November: Tree planting
  • 11-15 November: African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, Durban - South Africa

Rwanda

The case for green buildings in Rwanda (The New Times - Sunday, 20 October 2019) -- The term green buildings has increasingly become synonymous in discussions on the feature of construction projects. For most, however, the components of a green building remain unclear. Read More

This Week In Pictures: 20 Find New Jobs While Meteo-Rwanda Gets It Right (KT Press - Sunday, 20 October 2019) -- Also this week, Rwanda Meteorology Agency defied the odd. There has always been a bias, according to which, the institution does not make accurate forecast. Read More

Rwanda gorilla family migrates to Uganda: National park leaders should take heed (ETurbo News - Saturday, 19 October 2019) -- According to sources in the Virunga conservation area, 20 gorillas from the Hirwa family crossed over to Mt. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwestern Uganda. Read More

Karongi: Umuntu umwe yaguye mu mugezi arapfa mu mvura yaraye iguye (Umuseke - Saturday, 19 October 2019) -- Nyakwigendera ni umugore witwa Yamuragiye Esteri yari abyaye gatatu, yaguye mu mugezi ku wa gatanu nimugoroba anyereye ku kiraro mu mvura yagwaga muri kariya ikaba yangije n’ibindi bikorwa remezo. Yamuragije yari atuye mu Mudugudu wa Kirabo, Akagari ka Tyazo mu Murenge wa Rugabano. Read More

Ibikorwa birenga 1700 byagombaga kwimurwa mu bishanga mu Mujyi wa Kigali ntibirimurwa (Igihe - Saturday, 19 October 2019) -- Nubwo hashize imyaka ibiri hafashwe icyemezo cy’uko abafite ibikorwa mu bishanga by’umwihariko mu Mujyi wa Kigali, babikuramo, ibigera ku 1762 mu turere dutatu tw’uyu mujyi ntabwo birakurwamo. Read More

Ibikombe bya pulasitiki byifashishwaga mu guha amazi abitabiriye Car Free Day byahagaritswe (Igihe - Saturday, 19 October 2019) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Umujyi wa Kigali bwahagaritse ibikombe bya pulasitiki bikoreshwa inshuro imwe, byifashishwaga mu guha amazi abitabiriye Siporo rusange (Car Free Day) mu rwego rwo kubungabunga isuku no kurengera ibidukikije, basabwa kwijyanira ibikoresho byabo. Read More

How to Name a Mountain Gorilla in Rwanda (Atlas Obscura - Friday, 18 October 2019) -- A BABY MOUNTAIN GORILLA’S EYES glow amber amidst the leafy, emerald-green jungle. Here, deep in the lush, shadowy world of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, it’s the gorillas’ domain. Read More

Abubaka bagombye no kugena uburyo bwo gufata amazi ava ku bisenge – Eng. Ruhamya (Umuseke - Thursday, 17 October 2019) -- Umuyobozi Mukuru w’Ikigo k’Igihugu gishinzwe kwita ku Bidukikije (REMA), Eng. Ruhamya Colette yavuze ko mu igenamigambi rikorwa n’abashaka kubaka inzu, bagombye no guteganya uburyo bwo gufata amazi ava ku bisenge by’inzu igihe imvura yaguye kubera ko agira uruhare mu iyangirika ry’imihanda n’ibidukikije. Read More

Meteo yaburiye abanyarwanda ku mvura nyinshi irimo inkuba n’umuyaga (Igihe - Thursday, 17 October 2019) -- The term green buildings has increasingly become synonymous in discussions on the feature of construction projects. For most, however, the components of a green building remain unclear. Read More

Asaga miliyari 4.5Frw agiye gushorwa mu bicanwa bitangiza ibidukikije (Kigali Today - Wednesday, 16 October 2019) -- Umuryango w’Ubumwe bw’Ibihugu by’i Burayi (EU) ugiye guha u Rwanda asaga miliyari 4.5 z’Amafaranga y’u Rwanda azifashishwa mu gukomeza kubona ibicanwa bitangiza ikirere mu rwego rwo kurengera ibidukikije. Read More. Also published in Igihe, The New Times

Rwanda imposes ultimatum on producers of single use plastics (CNBC Africa - Wednesday, 16 October 2019) -- Rwanda has moved another step towards phasing out single-use plastics, granting a three-month grace period to importers and retailers of single-use plastic items and 2 years for manufacturers before starting to penalise them. Eng. Coletha Ruhamya, Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) joins CNBC Africa for more. Watch Video. Also published in The New Times and KT Press

DeGeneres raises $5 million for gorilla conservation in Rwanda (The New Times - Wednesday, 16 October 2019) -- Celebrated American comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi over the weekend organised a fundraiser that raised over $5 million (about Rwf4.6 billion) for gorilla conservation in Rwanda. Read More

Rwanda Finds Alternative: What Plastics Do, Paper And Bamboo Will Do (KT Press - Tuesday, 15 October 2019) -- Rwanda has relaxed regulations on imported Single Use Plastic (SUPs) bottles but has given a strict deadline to local traders and factories to shift to producing materials that can act as alternative replacements of plastics. Read More

Are producers ready to phase out single-use plastics? (The New Times - Tuesday, 15 October 2019) -- In July this year, parliament passed a draft law prohibiting the manufacture, importation, use and sale of single-use plastics. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Closing Remarks by PS Fatina Mukarubibi at GCCA+ 2019 Regional Conference (Ministry of Environment - Monday, 21 October 2019) -- On behalf of the Minister, and the Government of Rwanda, I extend my sincere thanks to the organisers - GCCA, IUCN and the European Union - for bringing together such a distinguished group of policy makers, practitioners and private sector representatives for this important event. Read More

Gutaha Ibiraro by'Abanyamaguru byubatswe mu Karere ka Ngororero (Rwanda Environment Management Authority - Sunday, 20 October 2019) -- Ibiraro bya Kivomo na Rwamamara mu Karere ka Ngororero byubatswe ku migezi ya Satinsyi na Secoko ubusanzwe yuzura kubera imyuzure cyane mu gihe cy'imwura, ndetse rimwe na rimwe igahitana n’ubuzima bw’abantu. Watch Video

Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative Regional Conference | Kigali, Rwanda - Day Four Field Trip (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Thursday, 18 October 2019) -- The GCCA+ is hosting a regional climate change conference in Kigali, Rwanda, from 15-18 October 2019, bringing together climate change project managers, policy experts and decision makers to consider how and adaptation and ecosystem based approaches, sustainable landscapes, and systemic approaches to NDCs and climate finance could help to unlock growth and long-term development for African countries. View Photos

Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative Regional Conference | Kigali, Rwanda - Day Three (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Thursday, 17 October 2019) -- View photos of day 3 of the conference. View Photos

View Photos Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative Regional Conference | Kigali, Rwanda - Day Two (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 16 October 2019) -- View photos of day 2 of the conference. View Photos

Meteo Rwanda to enhance climate and hydro-meteorological disaster knowledge during FY2020/21 (Rwanda Meteorology Agency - Wednesday, 16 October 2019) -- Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda) intends to enhance climate and hydro-meteorological disaster knowledge base to support decision-makers during the Next Fiscal Year 2020/2021. Read more

Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative Regional Conference | Kigali, Rwanda - Day One (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Tuesday, 15 October 2019) -- The GCCA+ is hosting a regional climate change conference in Kigali, Rwanda, from 15-18 October 2019, bringing together climate change project managers, policy experts and decision makers to consider how and adaptation and ecosystem based approaches, sustainable landscapes, and systemic approaches to NDCs and climate finance could help to unlock growth and long-term development for African countries. View Photos

Remarks by Minister Vincent Biruta at GCCA+ 2019 Regional Conference (Ministry of Environment - Tuesday, 15 October 2019) -- It’s a pleasure to be with you for today’s Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative regional conference. For those who have travelled from abroad, I warmly welcome you to Rwanda and hope you enjoy your stay in Kigali. Read more

Press Conference - Single Use Plastics Law in Rwanda (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday, 14 October 2019) -- On 14 October 2019, the Ministry of Environment and the Rwanda Environment Management Authority hosted a press conference on a new law that bans single use plastics in Rwanda. Visit www.environment.gov.rw to learn more about the new law. View Photos

 

Across Africa

Weathermen warn of heavy, destructive rains (The East African - Sunday, 20 October 2019) -- Poor management of surface run-off in East Africa has come to the fore, with the onset of rains and a forecast of above normal rainfall in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania in the later part of October. In Tanzania, 29 people were killed in floods in Tanga and Morogoro, as eight died in Kenya. A week of torrential rains in northeastern Ghana had also left 28 dead by Friday. Read More

Cameroonian Chemist Cleans Up Environment with Waste Oil Soap (VOA - Wednesday, 16 October 2019) -- In Cameroon’s port city of Douala, most used cooking oil from hotels and restaurants was once dumped down the drain, where it fouled up plumbing systems and caused pollution. A Cameroonian chemist decided to use his knowledge to change that practice. Read More

PICS: Durban's first Green Diwali shines light on climate change (News24 - Wednesday, 16 October 2019) -- As Hindus worldwide gather to observe Diwali, a group of forward-thinking Durbanites are attempting to change the perception of the auspicious day. Read More

Plastic pollution major threat to migratory birds, environment (Daily News - Tuesday, 15 October 2019) -- A Botswana Wildlife Training Institute official has called for concerted efforts to protect migratory birds and their habitats. The institute’s Maun-based acting principal Mr Mpiga Mangubuli said plastic pollution, which remained a major threat to migratory birds and the environment, needed to be addressed at all costs. Read More

Madagascar: African Development Bank launches Africa Disaster Risk Financing Programme (African Development Bank Group - Monday, 14 October 2019) -- The African Development Bank, in partnership with the Government of Madagascar and the African Risk Capacity (ARC), has launched the Africa Disaster Risks Financing Programme (ADRiFi) in Madagascar. Read More

 

From Around the World

Rebuilding Forests Help Climate, Habitats (VOA - Sunday, 20 October 2019) -- Forests can be destroyed quickly. Regrowth happens much, much slower. But around the world, people are working to help it happen. In the Peruvian Amazon, illegal gold mining damaged forests and poisoned the ground. Now scientists work to change this wasteland back to wilderness. Read More

Forests of German myth in 'catastrophic' situation due to drought and heat (NBC News - Sunday, 20 October 2019) -- In the last two years, Germany has experienced long summer droughts and rising temperatures, both of which are putting the country’s woodlands in peril. The potential fate of this forest and millions of German trees shows the danger climate change and changing weather patterns pose to biodiversity and raises questions of how states and citizens should protect their local green spaces. Read More

China and Africa are building 'great walls' of trees to hold back the desert. But will it work? (Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Thursday, 17 October 2019) -- "About a quarter of all of China's land mass is desert, and those deserts, up until very recently, were expanding; they were growing at the rate of about 1,000 square miles per year," journalist and author Vince Beiser says. Read More

Today we pledge to give the climate crisis the attention it demands (The Guardian - Wednesday, 16 October 2019) -- At the Guardian we believe the climate crisis is the most urgent issue of our times. And we know that Guardian readers are equally passionate about the need for governments, businesses and individuals to take immediate action to avoid a catastrophe for humanity and for the natural world. Read More

Climate change: Rallying cry for solution in Wales (BBC - Wednesday, 16 October 2019) -- More than 300 businesses, public sector bodies and community leaders are meeting at a conference in Cardiff. Read More

Drawing forestry lessons from the Republic of Korea to enhance livelihoods in Afghanistan (UN Environment - Tuesday, 15 October 2019) -- Najiba Sajjadi is passionate about education. Having grown-up in Afghanistan’s central Daikundi Province, the 35-year-old political science graduate is actively involved in raising awareness about women’s rights. Read More