Green Rwanda Media Review - 23 April 2018

Read the latest news from Rwanda's environment sector.


  • Reuters reports that Kigali has been described as the cleanest city in Africa by UN Environment head Eric Solheim
  • The New Times writes that gorilla trekking in Virunga has been ranked among the top touristic experiences
  • Igihe reports that heavy rains have costed WASAC more than Rwf 170M
  • Chwezi Travelers publishes a story that 18 baby gorillas will be named at this year's Kwita Izina ceremony
  • Xinhua writes that the UN has urged African countries to adapt to conservation agriculture as part of climate change mitigation efforts
  • Read the latest updates from of the Rwanda Green Fund in its recent newsletter


Upcoming Events 

26 April 2018: Validation Workshop on Updated Country Programme and Strategic Framework for Green Climate Fund 

30 April - 10 May 2018: Bonn Climate Change Conference

8 May 2018: Green Drinks Kigali - 'Ghosts of Our Forest' Film Screening

19 May 2018: Endangered Species Day

22 May 2018: International Day for Biological Diversity (World Biodiversity Day) 

24-26 June 2018: 54th Global Environment Facility Council Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam




Cleanest city in Africa? Kigali scrubs up (Reuters - Friday 20 April 2018) -- Earlier this year, at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, U.N. Environment Programme head Eric Solheim referred to Kigali as the “cleanest city on the planet”, both in terms of lack of rubbish on the streets and green initiatives. Read More

Rwanda commits to halve malaria cases in five years (The New Times - Friday 20 April 2018) -- Rwanda has joined the recently launched Commonwealth Nations initiative to curb malaria by half in the next five years. The initiative, launched on Wednesday at the Malaria Summit London 2018, on the sidelines of the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Read more

Gorilla trekking in Virunga ranked top touristic experience (The New Times - Friday 20 April 2018 ) --- Gorilla trekking in the Virunga National Park has been named among the top tour and travel experiences by World's Best Travel Bucket List Experiences, a renowned travel website. Read more

Nzeyimana yongeye kugaragara muri ba rwiyemezamirimo bato batanga icyizere muri Afurika (Igihe - Friday 20 April 2018) -- Nzeyimana Jean Bosco washinze ndetse akaba ayobora ikigo Habona Ltd gikora ibijyanye no gukusanya imyanda kikayibyazamo ibicanwa birimo amakara azwi nka ‘Briquette, yongeye kugaragara ku rutonde rwa ba rwiyemezamirimo 30 bato batanga icyizere muri Afurika. Read more

Nyagatare: Imvura idasanzwe yahombeje Wasac arenga miliyoni 170 Frw (Igihe - Thursday 19 April 2018) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Amazi, Isuku n’Isukura (WASAC), Ishami rya Nyagatare, cyatangaje ko imvura idasanzwe yahaguye mu mpera z’icyumweru gishize, yangije imiyoboro y’amazi ifite agaciro ka miliyoni 173 z’amafaranga y’u Rwanda. Read more

Fighting plastic waste high on the agenda for Commonwealth summit (The New Times - Thursday 19 April 2018) -- Tackling the global problem of plastic waste is high on the agenda at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is being held in London this week. Read more

Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design (Architect Magazine - Wednesday 18 April 2018) -- The architecture Practice Patrick Schweitzer & Associés responded to the international call launched by the Government of Rwanda in March 2012 for the construction of the new Faculty of architecture in Kigali. Read more

Rwanda honoured with the World Travel & Tourism Council’s first Global Leadership Award (eTurbo News - Thursday 19 April 2018) --- The country of Rwanda has been awarded WTTC’s first Global Leadership Award. The award was presented to Dr. Edouard Ngirente, Right Honourable Prime Minister of Rwanda at the Gala Dinner of the 2018 WTTC Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read more

Government rolls out new Doing Business reforms (The New Times - Wednesday 18 April 2018) -- With the deadline to review the World Bank Doing Business reforms looming, the Government is rolling out reforms in three sectors to improve the business ecosystem. Read more

18 baby gorillas to receive names at Rwanda’s 2018 Kwita Izina ceremony (Chwezi Travelers - Thursday 19 April 2018) ---During this year’s event, 18 baby gorillas born in the past year will receive names. 258 baby gorillas have been named since the ceremony was introduced in 2005. Read more

Rains claim 46 lives in six weeks (The New Times - Wednesday 18 April 2018 ) --- At least 46 people have died and 127 others injured during heavy rains in the last six weeks, according to figures from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR). Read more

Disasters caused by heavy rains kill 41, injure over 160 in Rwanda since March (Xinhua- Tuesday 16 April 2018)---The disasters also killed more than 600 animals, destroyed property including school structures, more than 3,000 houses and more than 1,700 hectares of plantations, said Philippe Habinshuti, director of disaster response and recovery of the ministry. Read more

Habuze Abanyarwanda bafata amafaranga yagenewe imishinga y’ihindagurika ry’ikirere (Igihe - Tuesday 17 April 2018) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe kubungabunga ibidukikije (REMA) cyatangaje ko habuze imishinga y’abanyarwanda ku ihindagurika ry’ikirere no kurengera ibidukikije mu gihe Ikigega mpuzamahanga cyo kurengera ibidukikije ‘Green Climate Fund’ (GCF) kibitse amafaranga menshi yo kuyitera inkunga. Read more

Why markets can’t cool the planet (The New Times - Tuesday 17 April 2018) -- With global temperatures rising at an alarming rate, the race is on to lower the world’s consumption of fossil fuels and accelerate the adoption of greener forms of energy. Read more

Instead of Chopping Down Trees, Man Gets Kids Into School and Saves Environment at the Same Time (Good News Network - Tuesday 17 April 2018) -- The overwhelming majority of his fellow villagers relied on wood charcoal as their main source of fuel. Because of this, he was instilled with a passion to change the status quo, by providing more ecological and affordable biofuels. Read more

Energy for all realistic target, says UN envoy (The New Times - Monday 16 April 2018) -- According to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), energy is at the centre of every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Read more

May trend towards sustainable energy solutions continue apace (The New Times - Friday 13 April 2018) -- The recent series of gatherings highlighting the shift toward sustainable energy solutions are both timely and necessary and continue to urge haste towards renewable resources in powering development. Read more


Across Africa

Kagame: Africa must improve business environment to benefit from AfCFTA (The New Times - Thursday 19 April 2018) -- President Paul Kagame has said that even with the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), African leaders must work to improve the business environment for citizens to fully benefit from the trade deal. Read more

Africa crafts message of sustainability for international climate negotiations (Relief Web - Wednesday 18 April 2018) -- Action on climate change and sustainable development together is the way forward for Africa. That is the top-line message that regional, public and private sector delegates will carry to international climate negotiations after a week of deliberations in the Kenyan capital. Read more

UN expert urges Africa to embrace conservation agriculture to fight climate change (Xinhua - Wednesday 18 April 2018) -- A UN environment expert has called for the adoption of conservation agriculture in Africa to help save the continent from climate change. Read more

Glencore warns on child labour in Congo’s cobalt mining (Financial Times - Monday 16 April 2018) --- Glencore, the largest producer of cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has warned that a new focus on sourcing cobalt from small-scale miners in the resource-rich country increases the risks of child labour. Read more

Climate change hurting the poor, Mali President says in call for action (Green Climate - Friday 6 April 2018) -- Climate change hurting the poor, Mali President says in call for action. Read more


Around the World

Michael Bloomberg pledges $4.5m to cover US Paris climate commitment (The Guardian - Sunday 22 April 2018) -- The former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he will write a $4.5m cheque to cover this year’s US commitment to the Paris climate agreement. Read More

How the private sector is stepping up on climate change (Green Biz - Friday 20 April 2018) -- Michael Vandenbergh points out that 70 percent of us think that companies should be doing more on climate change. Read more

Want to fight climate change? Read these 3 books first (Conservation - Thursday 19 April 2018) -- Climate change can seem like an impossibly large problem — what can any one of us do? Read more

Climate change could alter ocean food chains, leading to far fewer fish in the sea (The Conversation - Thursday 19 April 2018) -- Climate change is rapidly warming the Earth and altering ecosystems on land and at sea that produce our food. Read more

7 Ways to Make Your Travel More Sustainable (Vogue - Thursday 19 April 2018) -- From increasing cultural understanding to aiding in the conservation of wildlife, there’s no denying the positive impact travel can have on the world. Read more

Extreme weather becoming the new normal (Decanter - Thursday 19 April 2018) -- Extreme weather across many wine regions in 2017 may be more than a blip, according to fresh data from one of Europe's leading science agencies that says wildfires, droughts and flooding are becoming more common globally due to man-made climate change. Read more]

Glencore warns on child labour in Congo’s cobalt mining (Financial Times - Monday 16 April 2018) --- Glencore, the largest producer of cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has warned that a new focus on sourcing cobalt from small-scale miners in the resource-rich country increases the risks of child labour. Read more

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles (The Guardian - Monday 16 April 2018) --- Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. Read more


Sector Updates

Members of Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Environment visit Meteo Rwanda (Meteo Rwanda - 19 April 2018) -- Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Environment have toured meteorological infrastructure at Meteo Rwanda's headquarters in Kigali and at sites across the country. Read More

Photos: Members of Parliament's Standing Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Environment tours meteorological infrastructure (Meteo Rwanda Flickr - 18 April 2018) -- On Tuesday, 17th April 2018, Members of Parliament's Standing Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Environment visited meteorological infrastructure at both Meteo Rwanda's Headquarters and upcountry. View Photos

Green Climate Fund shares climate finance opportunities with Rwanda’s private sector (REMA - Tuesday 17 April 2018) -- The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), in partnership with the Ministry of Environment (MoE), has organised a breakfast meeting on private sector in engagement with the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Read more

Rwanda Green Fund Newsletter (Rwanda Green Fund - April 2018) -- Welcome to the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) quarterly newsletter. Meet our new Board Members and CEO, Hubert Ruzibiza, read about the impact of the fund, and find out about upcoming events. Read more