Green Rwanda Media Review - 22 June 2020

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


  • The New Times reports that a new web-based app eases access to land information.
  • Scoop Independent News reports that New Zealand coffee companies have helped flood-ravaged farmers in Rwanda.
  • Inter Press Service reports on why Rwanda is a great green growth investment.
  • The New Times reports that a green mall is set to be developed at the former justice ministry premises.
  • Read remarks by Minister of Environment, Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya during the webinar on "Biodiversity and Preventing Future Pandemics in Africa"
  • See attached a specific media review for the Green Rwanda Trade Webinars hosted by REMA Rwanda, GGGI Rwanda and the Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection with Africa e Affari. 

Upcoming Events

  • 22 June: World Rainforest Day
  • 23 June: Webinar: Impact of COVID-19 on Wildlife Conservation in the East African Community. Register here.
  • 24 June: Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management Research Seminar on a preliminary checklist of ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in Rwanda. Attend at 3pm here.
  • 25 June: Cool Coalition Webinar on Pathway to Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Cooling. Register here.
  • 26 June: World Refrigeration Day
  • 26 June: Environment and Natural Resources Sector Forward-Looking Joint Sector Review from 9am at here.


Climate Change As Bad As Covid-19 – Nyamagabe Farmers (KT Press - Sunday 21 June 2020) -- Donatille Mukakomeza is one of the farmers in Nyamagabe district and also chairperson of Agro-Dealers Cooperative of Nyamagabe (KOPABINYA). Though farming activities were not halted by COVID-19 lockdown, their activities in this season have been affected by lack of access to inputs coupled with several disasters. Read More

A Kigali, qu'elle sera verte ma cité (Liberation - Saturday, 20 June 2020) -- Fin 2021, une ville 100 % écologique va naître à quelques kilomètres de la capitale rwandaise. Un projet ambitieux mêlant urbanisme, développement durable et biodiversité, dans un pays déjà exemplaire dans ces domaines. Read More

Inside Bella Flowers, a Rwf13 billion worth flower farm based in Rwamagana (Rwanda TV - Friday, 19 June 2020) -- Bella Flowers, a project that exports Flowers has so far brought in revenue worth more than 10.3 Billion Rwf in the last 4 years. Tonight, Serge Ntore takes us through the flower farming project that is worth 13 Billion Rwf. Watch Video

Government introduces an online-based one-stop land information centre to minimize land disputes (Rwanda TV - Friday, 19 June 2020) -- Currently, in Rwanda, there is a new way one can get all the land-related information. This new online-based one-stop information centre helps buyers to know properties that have been mortgaged in financial institutions, in disputes or unpaid debts hence reducing losses to the unsuspecting buyers. Innocent MUGABO has more. Watch Video

Singita Kwitonda: Eco-friendly luxury in Rwanda (The East African - Thursday 18 June 2020) -- Rwanda has been particularly successful in attracting large number of business and conference travellers who then become eco-travellers and explorers. The market is open for even more luxury hotels as the business environment has improved. Read More

City authorities to auction properties left in Gikondo wetland (The New Times - Friday 19 June 2020) -- The City of Kigali has ordered former occupants of Gikondo Industrial Zone to remove their machinery, old cars, and heavy steel and other materials remaining in the wetland within seven days or risk losing them. Read more

Rwanda lands management goes digital (The New Times - Thursday, 18 June 2020) -- The Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority (RLMUA) has launched a web-based application which allows anyone interested in a plot of land anywhere in the country to check it out by themselves, at any time, as another way to ease business. Read More

Girl Guides: Of personal growth and community outreach (The New Times - Thursday, 18 June 2020) -- On a Wednesday morning, girls are seen cultivating a small plot at the Hameau des Jeunes orphanage in Musha, Rwamagana District, to plant the seeds of five different varieties of vegetables. Read More

How Rwanda’s mining sector plans to dig itself out of the COVID-19 crisis (CNBC Africa - Wednesday, 17 June 2020) -- On the 9th of June, the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board unveiled a set of strategies aimed at supporting mining companies to resume full operations and help the sector recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More

NZ coffee companies help flood-ravaged farmers in Rwanda (Scoop Independent News - Wednesday, 17 June 2020) -- For a small country, New Zealand punches well above its weight in the coffee world. New Zealand created the flat white, started many respected specialty coffee companies globally, and the country’s cool little capital city has the most cafes per capita in the world. But do we know where our coffee beans come from? Read More

FEATURED: How GGGI is connecting Rwanda-Italy investors exploring green investment opportunities (The New Times - Wednesday, 17 June 2020) -- The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) has partnered with Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) and Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) in connecting entrepreneurs, investors and institutions between Rwanda and Italy for green investment opportunities in the private sector. Read More. Also published in Kigali Today

Why Rwanda is a Great Green Growth Investment (Inter Press Service - Wednesday, 17 June 2020) -- In its effort to accelerate Rwanda’s green growth development initiative, its local businesses encouraged their Italian counterparts to invest in the East Africa region. Read More

How young graduate is producing organic fertilisers from earthworms (The New Times - Tuesday, 16 June 2020) -- Dominique Xavio Imbabazi is an engineer based in Musanze District who uses red worms to make manure and earn a living. Read More

Inside Rwanda’s 10 multi-billion dollar green projects (The New Times - Tuesday, 16 June 2020) -- Rwanda recently submitted its new national climate plan dubbed “Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)” to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Read More

Rwanda Parliament Approves Establishment Of Center For Nuclear Technology (KT Press - Tuesday, 16 June 2020) -- Rwanda has approved the establishment of a center for nuclear technology and science which will leverage the country to compete in latest technology innovations by 2050. Read More

Umujyi wa Kigali wahaye igihe ntarengwa abatarakura ibikorwa byabo mu bishanga (Kigali Today, 16 June 2020) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Umujyi wa Kigali bwahaye iminsi irindwi (7) uhereye kuri uyu wa 16 Kamena 2020, abagifite ibikorwa mu bishanga byo muri uwo mujyi by’umwihariko ahahoze ari icyanya cy’inganda i Gikondo, ko baba babikuyemo bitaba ibyo bigatezwa cyamunara. Read More. Also published in Igihe

Imirimo yo gutunganya aho abantu bazajya baruhukira mu Mujyi wa Kigali igeze he? (RBA - Tuesday, 16 June 2020) -- Umujyi wa Kigali uratangaza ko ibikorwa byo gutunganya ahantu hagenwe ko abantu bazajya baruhukira birimbanyije, aho hamwe hari gutungwanywa ahandi aho imirimo itaratangira ngo haracyashakwa ba rwiyemezamirimo bahatunganya. Ni mu gihe bigaragara ko hamwe na hamwe imirimo yo gutunganya bene aha hantu igenda biguruntege. Read More

Green mall to be developed at former justice ministry premises (The New Times - Monday, 15 June 2020) -- Duval Great Lakes Ltd, a subsidiary company of a French company “Groupe Duval” is going to construct a multibillion environmental-friendly complex at a building that used to house the ministry of justice near Kigali Convention Centre, The New Times has learnt. Read More

Amashyamba ku isi yangiritse ku kigero cya 150% muri iki gihe cya Covid-19 (Kigali Today - Sunday, 14 June 2020) -- Umuryango utari uwa Leta wita ku bidukikije WWF (World Wide Fund) uvuga ko amashyamba yangiritse ku kigero cya 150% mu gihe isi yose yari yugarijwe n’Icyorezo cya Covid-19 ku buryo ubuso burenga hegitari ibihumbi 654 bw’amashyamba bwangiritse. Read More


Sector Updates

Abajyaga bakenera amakuru ku butaka bashyiriweho uburyo buborohereza kuyabona binyuze mu ikoranabuhanga (Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority - Thursday, 18 June 2020) -- Guhera mu mwaka wa 2009 ubwo hatangiraga igikorwa cyo kubarura no kwandika ubutaka, Leta y’u Rwanda yashyizeho uburyo bwihariye bw’imicungire y’ubutaka binyuze mu buryo bw’ikoranabuhanga aho amakuru yose yerekeye ubutaka abitse, ubwo buryo bukanafasha mu mu koroshya serivisi zinyuranye zijyanye n’ubutaka. Read More

Remarks by Minister of Environment, Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya Biodiversity and Preventing Future Pandemics in Africa (Ministry of Environment - Wednesday, 17 June 2020) -- Distinguished panelists and speakers, ladies and gentlemen, Good afternoon, and I extend warm greetings from Kigali! It is a pleasure to be part of this important discussion on the role of biodiversity in preventing future pandemics in Africa. Read More

Ngororero: Residents warned over environmental degradation (Rwanda National Police - Wednesday, 17 June 2020) -- Police in Ngororero District have warned residents against acts of environment degradation, especially the common practices of illegal mining and deforestation. Read More

Video: GCK - Creation of "Keza and the Green City" (Green City Kigali - Thursday, 18 June 2020) -- Together with the Rwandan publishing house and social enterprise, Imagine WE, we developed a comic book for children and youth to familiarize the younger population with the topic of sustainable urban development and its relevance for Rwanda's future growth trajectory. We hope that “Keza” will empower youth and children to become ambassadors for the environment. Watch Video


Across Africa

CAMEROON: Africa’s 4th biodiversity reserve calls for eco-citizenship (Afrik21 - Wednesday, 17 June 2020) -- The Cameroonian government calls for national unity around biodiversity. Deforestation and poaching have not yet reached red alert in the country that holds the second-largest forest massif in the Congo Basin. Read More

Egypt: African Development Bank Approves 225 Million Euros Budget Support Loan For Electricity Sector To Bolster Economic Resilience And Sustainability Amid COVID-19 (EABW News - Wednesday, 17 June 2020) -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on Wednesday approved a 225 million euros loan to finance Egypt’s Electricity and Green Growth Support Program (EGGSP). Read More

AFRICA: HEC Paris launches green entrepreneurship programme (Afrik21 - Wednesday, 17 June 2020) -- The School of Business Administration of Paris (HEC Paris) has recently initiated a programme to bring together entrepreneurs, scientists, mentors and investors around sustainable solutions to climate change. Read More

How California legislation would be harmful for African wildlife conservation efforts (CAL Matters - Wednesday, 17 June 2020) -- As director general at Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, known as ZimParks, I am keenly aware of the reliance we have on revenue provided by international hunting tourism. Read More


From Around the World

Nature is everyone’s business: a call for collective action to reverse nature loss (World Economic Forum - Thursday, 18 June 2020) -- Nature loss is one of the greatest systemic risks to the global economy and the health of people and the planet. Business for Nature asks global businesses to join a call for collective action and urge governments to establish policies to reverse nature loss within this decade. Read More

Significant Potential to Increase Impact of Climate Finance, New Report Finds (World Bank - Wednesday, 17 June 2020) -- Although global climate finance has grown significantly in recent years, there remains a sizable gap between the public resources that are available and the investment needs to address climate change in developing countries. Read More

Desertification and Drought Day: Food, Feed, Fibre (Relief Web - Wednesday, 17 June 2020) -- Desertification and Drought Day, which this year has the motto Food. Feed. Fibre, has heard calls for sustainable production and consumption. WMO is committed to these goals. Read More

Video: Action For Nature on World Environment Day (UN Environment Programme - Tuesday, 16 June 2020) -- From countries taking action on policy issues to people raising their voices #fornature, World Environment Day was a major 2020 milestone featuring how biodiversity provides critical services for all of use. Watch Video