Green Rwanda Media Review - 23 March 2020

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


  • Igihe reports that the Muhanga, Ngororero, Mukamira road was impassable due to a heavy rain.
  • Rwanda National Police reports that three people were arrested trafficking 20kgs of plastic bags.
  • Igihe reports about the efforts to reduce gas emissions and cooling facilities which pollute air.
  • Watch a video of the landslide in Nyamagabe District.
  • Igihe reports that Rwanda Energy Group is encouraging schools to use clean cooking.


Rwanda closes primate conservation parks over COVID-19 outbreak (Xinhua - Saturday, 21 March 2020) -- KIGALI, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda on Friday announced that it has suspended tourism and research activities in three primate-dominated national parks effective immediately. Read More

Abimuwe n’ibiza hafi ya Mpazi bageneye ubutumwa abagituye mu manegeka (Igihe - Thursday, 19 March 2020) -- Abimutse bitewe n’ibiza bya ruhurura ya Mpazi iri mu rugabano rw’Umurenge wa Gitega na Kimisagara mu Karere ka Nyarugenge, baraburira abakiri mu manegeka hirya no hino mu gihugu kumvira inama z’ubuyobozi bakahava. Read More

Umuhanda Muhanga-Ngororero-Mukamira wafunzwe by’agateganyo kubera imvura idasanzwe (Igihe - Wednesday, 18 March 2020) Polisi y’u Rwanda yatangaje ko bitewe n’imvura nyinshi yaguye kuri uyu wa 18 Werurwe 2020 umuhanda Muhanga-Ngororero-Mukamira utakiri nyabagendwa, igira abantu inama yo gukoresha umuhanda Kigali-Musanze-Rubavu. Read More

REG mu rugamba rwo gukangurira amashuri gutangira gukoresha gaz mu guteka (Igihe - Tuesday, 17 March 2020) -- Umuyobozi w’Agashami gashinzwe ibijyanye n’Ingufu zikoreshwa mu guteka muri REG, Niyonsaba Oreste, yavuze ko bahisemo kwagura ubukangurambaga bukagera no mu bigo by’amashuri nyuma yo kubona ko ari bo bakoresha inkwi nyinshi. Read More

Nyamagabe: Imvura nyinshi yatwaye igice cy’umusozi gifunga umuhanda (Amafoto+Video) (Kigali Today - Monday, 16 March 2020) -- Imvura nyinshi yaguye kuwa Gatanu tariki 13 Werurwe 2020, mu Murenge wa Uwinkingi mu Karere ka Nyamagabe yatwaye umusozi, utsukaho nka metero 15, nk’uko bivugwa n’umunyamabanga nshingwabikorwa w’Umurenge wa Uwinkingi byabereyemo. Read More

U Rwanda rugeze he rukumira imyuka yangiza ikirere n’ibikoresho bikonjesha ikoreshwamo? (Igihe - Tuesday, 17 March 2020) -- Mu 2016 nibwo u Rwanda rwashyize umukono ku masezerano avuguruye ya Montréal yerekeye gukumira ibintu byangiza akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba, atangira kubahirizwa mu 2017. Read More

Video of land appearing to float on land goes viral, Scientists say it is normal (The New Times - Tuesday, 17 March 2020) -- A video of a large chunk of land shifting ground has been going viral on social media. In the background, you could hear people speaking Kinyarwanda and in shock saying this is a sign of the end of the world. Read More


Sector Updates

BURERA: Three arrested trafficking 20kgs of plastic bags (Rwanda National Police - Thursday, 19 March 2020) -- Police said that the trio was intercepted in Kagogo sector, Kayenzi cell in Kabashotsi village with consignments of the banned non-biodegradable bags after sneaking them into the country from Uganda through a porous border. Read More

Smuggled minerals intercepted in Musanze (Rwanda National Police - Tuesday, 17 March 2020) -- At least 15kgs of untagged minerals were recently intercepted in Musanze District as they were being smuggled to Kigali. Read More


Across Africa

Africa's mountain gorillas also at risk from coronavirus (ABC News - Sunday, 22 March 2020) -- KAMPALA, Uganda -- As the coronavirus infects more people around the world, conservationists are warning of the risk to another vulnerable species: Africa's endangered mountain gorilla. Read More

An appeal to Cabinet: South Africa’s standstill on climate crisis response (Daily Maverick - Thursday, 19 March 2020) -- A group of civil society organisations have sent the following open letter to Cabinet ministers. While it may not initially appear pertinent to our immediate national challenges and opportunities, it is both important and urgent. Read More

In The Shadow Of Climate Change: The Need To Focus On Better Water Quality In Nigeria (Nigeria Health Watch - Wednesday, 18 March 2020) -- Water is one of our most essential human needs. It enables people to practice both personal and environmental hygiene. It is needed for drinking, washing, cleaning, bathing, and cooking, including of course, the popular Nigerian Jollof rice. Read More

Promoting African green business and circular economy for better policies (UN Environment - Tuesday, 17 March 2020) -- On the shores of Lake Victoria, just outside Kampala city in Uganda, State Minister for Environment of Uganda Beatrice Anywar addressed over 300 African entrepreneurs and policymakers gathered in February 2020 at the Switch Africa Green regional forum to discuss how to advance green economy in Africa. Read More

Proposed Bill To Ban Plastics (This Day Live - Tuesday, 17 March 2020) -- Plastic is harmful to the environment, not only because it is produced from nonrenewable resources, but also because of the difficulties of disposal, since it does not decompose. Respiratory issues are increasing because of air pollution from burning plastic, animal lifespans are shortened because of consuming plastic, littered plastic is clogging drains and causing floods, and unmanaged plastic is contaminating our precious oceans and waterways. Read More


From Around the World

Coronavirus: Air pollution and CO2 fall rapidly as virus spreads (BBC - Thursday, 19 March 2020) -- Researchers in New York told the BBC their early results showed carbon monoxide mainly from cars had been reduced by nearly 50% compared with last year. Read More

Study: global banks 'failing miserably' on climate crisis by funneling trillions into fossil fuels (The Guardian - Wednesday, 18 March 2020) -- The world’s largest investment banks have funnelled more than £2.2tn ($2.66tn) into fossil fuels since the Paris agreement, new figures show, prompting warnings they are failing to respond to the climate crisis. Read More

As climate heats up, planners urged to look beyond history to judge risks (Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wednesday, 18 March 2020) -- BARCELONA, March 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate predictions based only on what has happened in the past underestimate the likelihood of extreme weather, which could leave people and infrastructure like homes and roads unprotected from global warming, a study warned on Wednesday. Read More

McDonald’s to scrap plastic in UK ‘Happy Meal’ toys (The Citizen - Tuesday, 17 March 2020) -- McDonald’s pledged on Tuesday to end the use of plastic found in toys served with children’s “Happy Meals” in the UK and Ireland by the beginning of 2021. Read More

How the west can really help tackle the ‘climate crisis (The Spectator - Wednesday, 18 March 2020) -- Researchers at the university of Leeds have published a study claiming that rich people use more energy than poor people; or as the BBC have it, “Climate change: The rich are to blame". Read More