Green Rwanda Media Review - 22 July 2019

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


  • The New Times reports that Rwanda is committed to addressing the challenge of climate change to become a climate resilient economy by 2050.
  • Igihe reports about Muhoza Rosette, a 22-year-old Rwandan who is making efforts towards environmental protection.
  • Imvaho Nshya reports that Rwandans now understand the importance of beekeeping.
  • APA reports that Rwanda reaffirms its commitment to the Green Climate Fund.
  • CNBC Africa reports that Rwanda hopes to achieve 35% urbanisation by 2024.

Upcoming Events

22-23 July: High-Level Regional Conference on Circular Economy and Green Industry, Dakar

22-23 July: Monitoring and Evaluation Field Visits by the Green Climate Fund NDA and NCT team in Rubavu and Nyagatare

22 July-11 August: 22nd Rwanda International Trade Fair at Gikondo Expo Ground (Meteo Rwanda Participating)

23-25 July: Regional Conservation Forum for Eastern and Southern Africa, Johannesburg

25 July: Opening Ceremony for Kigali as a Sustainable City Exhibition at the School of Architecture and Built Environment (SABE) with the Rwanda Green Fund and Green City Pilot (KfW)

25-26 July: 11th Cross Sectoral Task Force Meeting on Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) and Sustainable Food and Agriculture (SFA) organised by RWFA in Rubavu at Peace View Hotel

31 July-1 August: International Conference on Plant Science Amsterdam Netherlands

19-20 August: 2nd International Conference on Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology London UK

21-22 August: 7th World Congress on Earth and Environmental Science Holiday Inn Atrium Singapore 24 August: Akagera Rhino Velo Race 2019, Eastern Province Rwanda

2-3 September: 6th World Conference on Climate Change Berlin, Germany 6 September: Gorilla Naming Ceremony, Rwanda

8-9 September: Business of Conservation Conference by ALU and RDB, Kigali

14-15 September: 6th World Congress on Green Chemistry and Recycling Seoul, South Korea



Celebrating Rwanda’s Big Cats’ Rebirth Of Lions In Akagera Park (KT Press - Sunday, 21 July 2019) -- Between 1990 to 1994, Akagera National Park went silent. Not even heavy roars from the world’s BIG cats – the lions, could be heard any more. They had sensed the worst danger ever. Read MoreAlso published in Kigali Today

BBOXX Launches Unique Stove In Rwanda To Solve Global Clean Cooking Problem (Taarifa - Saturday, 20 July 2019) -- BBOXX Cook will provide smart, clean and affordable cooking services for both urban and rural areas through Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and biogas solutions. Read More

Ingoro ndangamurage y’Ibidukikije i Karongi ikurura ba mukerarugendo – Meya Ndayisaba (Imvaho Nshya - Saturday, 20 July 2019) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Akarere ka Karongi bwemeza ko kuba mu Ngoro ndangamurage y’ibidukikije harongerewemo ibindi bintu byo gusura byagize uruhare mu kongera abantu bahasura. Read More

Abanyarwanda bamaze gusobanukirwa akamaro k’umwuga w’ubuvumvu (Imvaho Nshya - Thursday, 18 July 2019) -- Perezida w’abakora umwuga w’ubuvumvu mu Rwanda Ntaganda Jean Damascene, arashimangira ko Abanyarwanda benshi bagenda barushaho kumenya akamaro k’ubuvumvu ari nako bagenda bitabira uwo mwuga kubera ko bawubonamo inyungu nyinshi. Read More

Big Returns For Businesses In Rutenderi Thanks To New Mini-Grid ( - Wednesday, 17 July 2019) -- A new 50kW mini-grid in the village of Rutenderi in eastern Rwanda, has kick-started the local economy and is beginning to transform the sleepy rural village into a productive hub. The new mini-grid was formally launched on 16 May 2019 and is now making electricity accessible to the whole village, including its 560 households and 36 businesses. Read More

5TF: 5 Things About The History of Karisoke & Dian Fossey! (The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International - Wednesday, 17 July 2019) -- A Dian Fossey first began her gorilla observations in 1966 at a site located in the Kabara meadow in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is where the first studies of mountain gorillas were conducted by George Schaller a few years earlier. Due to a worsening political situation in Congo, Dian Fossey was forced to leave her research site and was taken into government custody. After making it out of the Congo and into Uganda, Dian was interrogated and warned not to return to the Congo. Read More

Rwanda is committed to addressing challenges of climate change and to become a climate resilient economy by 2050 (The New Times - Tuesday, 16 July 2019) -- Recognizing that the country’s future development faces uncertainties as the population grows and climate change impacts result in increased demand on land for urbanization and pressure on resources (water, energy, food); the Government of Rwanda has started to implement the National Strategy for Climate Change and Low Carbon Development. Read More. Also published in Kigali Today, KT Press, Igihe, Imvaho Nshya and Relief Web

Uko Muhoza w’imyaka 22 yatangije umushinga wo kurengera ibidukikije akanabihemberwa n’Ubwami bw’u Bwongereza (Igihe - Tuesday, 16 July 2019) -- Iyo havuzwe ‘My Green Home’ humvikana amazina y’abantu babiri, Muhoza Rosette na David Kinzuzi, abanyeshuri babiri biga muri Kaminuza ya Kepler mu Mujyi wa Kigali. Read More

Rwanda reaffirms commitment to Green Climate Fund (APA - Tuesday, 16 July 2019) -- A senior Rwandan government official on Tuesday reaffirmed her country’s intention to embrace climate change action is accessing Green Climate Fund (GCF) which has the mandate to help developing countries. Speaking at high-level event which brought together high-level representatives from governments, GCF accredited entities, UN agencies, financial institutions, private sector and civil society in New York, the Rwandan Minister of State in charge of Economic Planning, Claudine Uwera explained that one of the key achievements for the country was to realise a forest coverage to almost 30 percent of its surface area. Read More

Rwanda hopes to achieve 35% urban population by 2024 (CNBC Africa - Monday, 15 July 2019) -- The development of cities in Rwanda is very recent, and the urbanization rate currently stands at around 18.4 per cent and almost half of it is concentrated in Kigali. Despite the low urbanization rate, the annual growth rate of the urban population far exceeds the worldwide average of 1.8 per cent. It’s also above Africa’s urban growth rate of 3.2 per cent. Inhee Chung, Country Director for Global Green Growth Institute for Rwanda joins CNBC Africa for more. Watch Video


Sector Updates

Agri Show 2019: Meteo Rwanda shares benefits of weather and climate information (Rwanda Meteorology Agency - Monday, 22 July 2019) -- Meteo Rwanda was proud to participate in the recent Agricultural Show held at Mulindi Exhibition Ground, Gasabo District, and to share our meteorological services with showgoers. Guests who visited Meteo Rwanda’s stand learnt about the benefits of incorporating weather and climate information into their business operations and daily lives. Read More

Ministry of Infrastructure and GGGI invite key stakeholders to discuss Public Space agenda in Rwanda (Global Green Growth Institute - Monday, 22 July 2019) -- The Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) in collaboration with GGGI hosted Thematic Sector Working Group Meeting on Public Spaces. Sector Working Groups are set as a mechanism in Rwanda to prepare yearly forward looking Joint Sector Review that monitors activities within the sector. Read More

Awareness Workshop on the newly approved Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System for Architects (Global Green Growth Institute - Thursday, 18 July 2019) -- Kigali, Rwanda – On 11th July 2019, GGGI initiated awareness dialogue for the construction industry stakeholders on the newly approved Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System at the Rwanda Institute of Architects (RIA) Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Workshop. Read More


Across Africa

Kenya promises to work with CSOs (Africa Science News - Thursday, 18 July 2019) -- The Ministry of Environment has promised support for all the work by CSOs and indigenous people geared towards enriching the environment. Read More

New Species of Tree Discovered in Tanzania Mountains (Nature World News - Wednesday, 17 July 2019) -- Researchers have discovered a new species of tree in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania, part of the Eastern Arc Mountains, and a globally important region for species in need of conservation. Read More

Conference tries to tackle climate crisis in Africa (Crux - Monday, 16 July 2019) -- YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - The headquarters of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) in Nairobi Kenya has been the host of the July 15-16 International Conference on the “Laudato Si’ Generation: Young people caring for our common home. Read More


From Around the World

Trump drilling leases could create more climate pollution than EU does in a year (The Guardian - Wednesday, 17 July 2019) -- Donald Trump’s leases of public lands and waters for oil and gas drilling could lead to the production of more climate-warming pollution than the entire European Union contributes in a year, according to a new report. Read More

Two new platforms offer the latest knowledge on green finance and green business (UN Environment - Tuesday, 16 July 2019) -- A global partnership of some of the world’s largest organizations today launched two new knowledge platforms – the Green Industry Platform and the Green Finance Platform – at the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in New York. Read More

Smart wastewater management can help reduce air pollution (UN Environment - Tuesday, 16 July 2019) -- “Walk along the Bagmati river in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, and you are hit by a pervasive stench, underlining the fact that poor wastewater management worsens air pollution,” says Birguy Lamizana, a UN Environment specialist on wastewater and pollution. Read More