Green Rwanda Media Review - 21 September 2020

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


  • Clean Technica reports that Rwanda’s Gura Ride is looking to jumpstart Africa’s bike-share and micro-mobility industry.
  • Belta reports that Belarus is set to ratify the Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol. The New Times reports that Rwanda launched a Rwf 71bn project to mitigate drought in Kayonza.
  • The New Times reports about what it would take to have more green buildings in Kigali.
  • The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International reports that Rwanda’s gorilla naming ceremony is set to be held virtually on World Gorilla Day.
  • REMA shares another warning on the use of single-use plastic bags and materials.

Upcoming events

  • 21 September: Zero Emissions Day
  • 22 September: World Rhino Day
  • 24 September: World Gorilla Day
  • 24 September: Virtual Kwita Izina Ceremony. Watch it at 3 PM CAT here.
  • 25 September: Conversation on Conservation. Register here.
  • 30 September: Webinar on the circular economy opportunities in Africa’s post-COVID-19 Recovery organised by African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA), African Development Bank, and SITRA. More here


Rwanda’s affordable energy ambitions get $150m boost (The New Times - Saturday, 19 September 2020) -- Rwanda’s quest to avail affordable energy to the population got a boost this week following, the approval by the World Bank Group of $150m (approximately Rwf142bn) to finance energy access for households, enterprises and public institutions in Rwanda. Read More

RUSIZI: Impungenge n'abacukura umucanga ku nkengero z'inzira z'amazi ava mu mugezi wa RUBYIRO (Rwanda TV - Friday, 18 September 2020) -- Watch Video

RUSIZI: I Bugarama babangamiwe n'amashyuza akomeje gukoma mu nkokora ubuhinzi bwabo (Rwanda TV - Friday, 18 September 2020) -- Watch Video

Residents of Bugarama forced to fetch water from hippo-infested River Rusizi (Rwanda TV - Thursday, 17 September 2020) -- Residents of Bugarama sector, Rusizi district decry shortage of clean water, forcing them to fetch dirty water from the Rusizi River which is home to hippopotamus that usually come out to attack them or destroy their crops. Watch Video

Abahinga mu kibaya cya Nyarutovu bishimiye gusubukura ubuhinzi (Imvaho Nshya - Thursday, 17 September 2020) -- Abahinzi bahinga mu kibaya cya Nyarutovu mu Murenge wa Mugunga mu Karere ka Gakenke, barishimira ko icyo kibaya cyatunganyijwe bakaba bongeye gusubukura ibikorwa by’ubuhinzi mu gihembwe k’ihinga 2021A nyuma yo guhura n’ibiza by’imvura idasanzwe byabaye muri Gicurasi 2020. Read More

U Rwanda rukomeje kwifatanya n’Isi mu kurengera akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba (Kigali Today - Thursday, 17 September 2020) -- Imyaka 35 irashize hatangijwe ingamba zo kurengera no kurwanya iyangirika ry’akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba, ingamba zatangijwe n’isinywa ry’amasezerano ya Montreal yo kurengera ako kayunguruzo yasinywe mu mwaka wa 1987, umwanya wabaye mwiza mu kurengera isi n’abayituye. Read More

International Ozone day: Everything you need to know about Vienna Convention, Montreal Protocol (First Post - Wednesday, 16 September 2020) -- This year, the theme for the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is ‘Ozone for life: 35 years of ozone layer protection’. Read More

Belarus to ratify Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol (Belta - Wednesday, 16 September 2020) -- Belarus is getting ready to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry. Read More

Rwanda launches Rwf71bn project to mitigate drought in Kayonza (The New Times - Wednesday, 16 September 2020) -- A Rwf71 billion ($79.93m) Kayonza Irrigation and Integrated Watershed Management Project (KIIWP) that will operate in eight of Kayonza District’s 12 sectors was launched on Tuesday, September 15 and is expected to contribute to poverty reduction in the drought prone district. Read More

Generation Africa Announces Two Grand Prize Winners Of US$100,000 GoGettaz Agripreneur 2020 (Taarifa - Wednesday, 16 September 2020) -- The two winners of the 2020 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize were announced this evening at the Africa Green Revolution Forum Virtual Summit in Rwanda: Moses Katala co-founder and CEO of Magofarm Limited (Tanzania) and Daniella Kwayu co-founder and CEO of Phema Agri (Tanzania). Read More

Isura nshya y’Igishanga cya Mugogo giherutse kurengerwa (Imvaho Nshya - Wednesday, 16 September 2020) -- Nyuma yo kwibasirwa n’imyuzure yatewe n’imvura idasanzwe yaguye mu ntangiriro z’uyu mwaka wa 2020, abaturage bahinga mu gishanga cya Mugogo giherereye mu Murenge wa Busogo, mu Karere ka Musanze kuri ubu barabyinira ku rukoma kubera imyaka iteye ubwuzu biteguye gusarura muri icyo gishanga kigeze kurengerwa ku buryo batabonaga ikizere cyo kongera kugihinga. Read More

What would it take to have more green buildings in Kigali? (The New Times - Tuesday, 15 September 2020) -- The words ‘green buildings’ are hard to miss during talks and projections of the ideal City of Kigali in the coming years. What would it take to actualize the projections and plans? Read More

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (Earth911 - Tuesday, 15 September 2020) -- People think of the ozone layer as a past-tense environmental issue. The thinning of the ozone layer near the Antarctic was one of the biggest environmental topics of the 1980s. Read More

Humanity at crossroads, biodiversity report cards warn (Sci Dev Net - Tuesday, 15 September 2020) -- Developing countries that have been pushing for stronger ecosystems protections have been armed with a cache of evidence, released in a series of biodiversity report cards that warn the world teeters at a crossroads. Read More

Rwanda’s Gorilla Naming Ceremony to be held virtually on World Gorilla Day (The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International - Tuesday, 15 September 2020) -- We are excited to learn that the Rwanda Development Board plans to hold its annual ceremony to name the new infant gorillas born this year virtually on September 24—World Gorilla Day This will be the 16th annual naming ceremony celebration known as Kwita Izina. Read More

Rwanda’s GURARIDE Looks To Jumpstart Africa’s Bikeshare & Micro mobility Industry (Clean Technica - Monday, 14 September 2020) -- The Covid-19 crisis and the need for strong social distancing protocols have resulted in people seriously looking into how they commute. Read More. Also published in Agence Ecofin

Extinction: The Facts review – a heartbreaking warning from David Attenborough (The Guardian - Sunday, 13 September 2020) -- It is hard to absolutely, positively look forward to an hour-long programme about the many varied, catastrophic ways we have ruined the world around us. Read More


Sector updates

Rwanda to Celebrate 2020 Africa Mobility Month (GGGI Rwanda - Friday, 18 September 2020) -- As part of the African Mobility Month, the EU Delegation in Rwanda, We Do Green, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) have collaborated to promote the use and acceptability of non-motorized transport to contribute towards reducing Green House Gas emissions (GHG). African Mobility Month is a campaign that aims to promote sustainable mobility in African cities. Read More

Kurengera akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba biri mu nyungu za buri wese (REMA - Wednesday, 16 September 2020) -- U Rwanda rwifatanyije n’isi mu kwizihiza umunsi mpuzamahanga wo kurengera akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba wizihijwe tariki 16 Nzeri 2020 hifashishijwe uburyo bw’ikoranabuhanga. Read More. Also published on the Ministry of Environment website.

REMA yongeye kuburira abagikoresha amasashi n’ibikoresho bya pulasitiki bikoreshwa inshuro imwe (REMA - Thursday, 10 September 2020) -- Ikigo cy’igihugu cyo kubungabunga ibidukikije REMA kuri uyu wakane tariki 10 Nzeri 2020 cyatangiye igenzura ku iyubahirizwa ry’itegeko ribuza ikorwa, itumizwa mu mahanga, ikoreshwa n'icuruzwa ry'amasashe n'ibikoresho bikozwe muri pulasitiki bikoreshwa inshuro imwe. Read More


Across Africa

Breathing Easier: Two New Oxygen Plants are Helping COVID-19 Patients in Ethiopia (Environmental XPRT - Wednesday, 16 September 2020) -- It is the one substance that doctors worldwide agree is critical for any COVID-19 patient struggling with reduced lung capacity: oxygen. And in many developing nations, bottles of it can be too expensive and in achingly short supply. Read More

Africa’s climate change fight gets a boost as Global Center on Adaptation sets up regional home at the African Development Bank (Relief Web - Wednesday, 16 September 2020) -- African leaders welcomed the opening of a regional office of the Global Center on Adaptation on Wednesday, voicing hopes it will spur the continent’s efforts to combat climate change. Read More

Kenya urges bold action to tackle climate change challenges in Africa (CGTN - Wednesday, 16 September 2020) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday called for urgent and bold interventions to deal with the challenges posed by climate change in Africa. Read More

Chimpanzees in volatile habitats evolved to behave more flexibly – it could help them weather climate change (The Conversation - Tuesday, 15 September 2020) -- One of the reasons humans are so resilient is our ability to mould our behaviour to ever changing situations. Read More


From Around the World

Facilitating Trade Along Circular Electronics Value Chains (World Economic Forum - Friday, 18 September 2020) -- Electronics are a critical part of our lives and even more so in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

The pandemic didn't solve climate change. This week's disasters are proof (CNN - Friday, 18 September 2020) -- If you thought Covid-19 restrictions, like enforced lockdowns and social distancing, would put a lasting dent in our collective carbon footprint and save the world from warming, you were mistaken. Read More

Governments should invest to overcome the coronavirus crisis — but don’t forget climate change, says expert (CNBC - Thursday, 17 September 2020) -- Governments should continue to make investments that combat climate change, even while they focus on coping with the coronavirus pandemic, said Judith Rodin, President Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania. Read More

As we reboot the global economy, a sustainable pathway is the only road ahead (UNEP - Monday, 14 September 2020) -- Statement prepared for delivery at the 151st meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives. Read More