Green Rwanda Media Review - 23 November 2020


  • KT Press reports that Rwanda National Police opened new automobile inspection centres.
  • REMA reports about the hand-over ceremony of infrastructure installed through the LAFREC Project.
  • Lonely Planet and other outlets report that Rwanda's conservation efforts have scooped a Best In Travel award for Wildlife Program.
  • The New Times reports about plans to transform Kirehe’s Ibanda-Makera forest into a tourist attraction.
  • The New Times reports that Rwanda is set to open Gishwati-Mukura park for tourism in December.

Upcoming events 

  • 25 November: Accelerating the Circular Economy in Africa – Learning from Algeria, Ethiopia, and Rwanda with AfDB
  • 25 November: Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management Seminar: Description of a new species in the family Pisuliidae in Nyungwe at 3pm (Details attached)
  • 5 December: World Soil Day
  • 12 December: Climate Action Summit


Rwanda National Police Opens New Automobile Inspection Centres (KT Press - Sunday, 22 November 2020) -- The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, while officially inaugurating the centre in Huye District, said that the facilities pledged by President Paul Kagame reflects the govenment’s commitment to further build the capacity of RNP to improve road security. Read More
New partnership to ensure transparency in mineral supply chain (The New Times - Saturday, 21 November 2020) -- LuNa Smelter, the sole producer and exporter of tin in both Eastern and Central Africa, has entered partnership with Minespider, Google, and the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum, and Gas Board (RMB) to pilot a tool that will foster transparency in mineral supply chain in Rwanda. Read More
Act now to invest in nature or face biodiversity collapse and further pandemics, ‘Wildlife Conservation 20’ warns G20 (Top Africa News - Saturday, 21 November 2020) -- A new initiative involving 20 of the world’s leading conservation organisations today issued an unprecedented joint declaration to the G20 calling for urgent action to invest in nature to protect biodiversity and reduce the risk of future pandemics. Read More  
Rwanda smelter uses blockchain to comply with EU Conflict Mineral Regulation ( - Thursday, 19 November 2020) -- Minespider, a blockchain protocol for responsible mineral tracking and LuNa Smelter, a tin producer in Kigali, Rwanda, announced that they have partnered to implement Minespider’s OreSource tool, a blockchain-based due diligence tool for mines and smelters. Read More
Decent housing for all will help Rwanda to protect the environment and make its citizens happy people (Top Africa News - Wednesday, 18 November 2020) -- Social scientists believe that in developing countries, protecting the environment, caring for the management of the natural resources and enabling citizens to access decent housing will contribute to increasing the confidence and happiness of the citizens mainly due to the positive effects of the above activities. Read More  
This Rwandan national park and biosphere reserve is opening to primate trekking (Lonely Planet - Wednesday, 18 November 2020) -- The Gishwati-Mukura National Park in Rwanda has become a Unesco biosphere reserve and is opening to chimpanzee and primate trekking for the first time. The park consists of two natural forests Gishwati Forest and Mukura Forest – covering 35.58 sq kilometers in the districts of Rutsiro and Ngororero. Read More 
Best in Travel 2021 Sustainability (Lonely Planet - November 2020) -- Discover the remarkable people and places transforming travel and making the world a better place – for now and future generations. Read More
Rwanda For Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2021 ‘Wildlife Program’ Award (Taarifa - Wednesday, 18 November 2020) -- Rwanda has been given the Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2021 ‘Wildlife Program’ Award as announced Tuesday by Global travel authority Lonely Planet. Read More 
Kirehe: Ishyamba rya Ibanda-Makera rigiye kugirwa icyanya cy’ubukerarugendo (IGIHE - Tuesday, 17 November 2020) -- Ishyamba kimeza rya Ibanda-Makera riherereye mu Kagari ka Nasho, Umurenge wa Mpanga mu Karere ka Kirehe ringana na hegitari 169 ririmo gutegurirwa kugirwa ahantu nyaburanga hakurura abakerarugendo. Read More
Rwanda can become “go-to” for mining in Africa (Mining Review Africa - Tuesday, 17 November 2020) -- “LuNa Smelter in Rwanda shows that beneficiation is possible in the country,” she added, saying the plant has a low carbon footprint and recently underwent a complete refurbishment. The company has also invested in training local staff: “We have made great progress in the training of our Rwandan staff and the plant is run mostly by our local employees.” Read More
Plans underway to transform Kirehe’s Ibanda-Makera forest into a tourist venue (The New Times - Tuesday, 17 November 2020) -- Overlooking residential homes in Nasho Cell, Mpanga Sector in Kirehe District is Ibanda-Makera, a 169-hectare natural forest, which is home to several types of wild animals. It also constitutes of a marshland connected to River Akagera. Read More
LAFREC-supported communities move to protect Gishwati-Mukura Park (Top Africa News - Tuesday, 17 November 2020) -- The communities surrounding Gishwati-Mukura National Park and Biosphere Reserve, say their survival no longer depends on activities leading to its destruction thanks to the support from Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) through Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and conservation (LAFREC) project. Read More
Rwanda to open Gishwati-Mukura Park for tourism in December (The New Times - Tuesday, 17 November 2020) -- Rwanda is set to open, to visitors, Gishwati-Mukura National Park, which was recently upgraded to a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Read More
How Local Farmers' Cooperative Has Led Them to International Markets (The New Times - Tuesday, 17 November 2020) -- Valeria Mukarugerero, a 50-year old member of a pineapple production cooperative "Tuzamurane" tells of struggles in her line of work before she joined a cooperative. Read More 
Rwanda to host virtual African Mining Forum (Foreign Brief - Monday, 16 November 2020) -- Rwanda is seeking to benefit from the forum. Due to the pandemic, Rwanda’s mining sector has suffered from a combination of lockdowns, reduced airline timetables and a global drop in mineral prices. Revenue from Rwanda’s three main mineral exports—tin, tungsten and tantalum fell by 30.9% earlier this year as demand contracted. 
Kwita kuri Gishwati-Mukura, hakozwe iki ngo abaturage bareke kuryangiza? (Umuseke - Monday, 16 November 2020) -- Mu myumvire byasaga nkaho bigoranye kuko abaturage batetekerezaga ko bagiye gukurwa mu mirima yabo, ariko bamaze kwerekwa imiterere y’ibikorwa bazakorerwa ahubwo ngo ni bo bafashe iya mbere mu kwicungira ibyo bikorwa kandi barabyishimiye. Read More 
Sector Updates
REMA handed over to RDB infrastructures installed by LAFREC Project (REMA - Monday, 16 November 2020) -- On Thursday, November 12, 2020, the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has handed over to Rwanda Development Board (RDB), infrastructures and equipment installed and supplied for Gishwati-Mukura National Park and Biosphere Reserve, during an event that took place in Rutsiro District. Read More
Residents of Gicumbi District receive cook stoves that save energy under the Green Gicumbi project (Rwanda Green Fund - November 2020) -- The distribution of cook stoves is one of the activities of the 6-years project being implemented in Gicumbi District by the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) under the financial support of Green Climate Fund (GCF). Read More
Green Gicumbi Project launches the Forestry Planting Season 2020-2021 (Rwanda Green Fund - November 2020) -- The Green Gicumbi Project has on Saturday 7, November launched the Forestry Planting Season 2020-2021, an event that was attended by different project partners and graced by Honorable Minister of Environment Dr Jean D’Arc Mujawamariya who was also the Guest of Honor. Read More
Across Africa 
Women in Mining UK names 22 Africans in 100 list (Mining Review Africa - Thursday, 19 November 2020) -The 100 successful nominees came from more than 30 countries and the 22 African women are from10 countries across the continent. The nominations came from all areas of the mining sector – mining companies, technical, operational, commercial and support services, academia, government, and industry associations. Read More 
Boost smallholder phone access for better crop yields (Science Development Net - Wednesday, 18 November 2020) -- Small-scale farmers across the globe have low access to mobile networks and the internet, the kind of data-driven farming that could boost incomes, a study has found. Read More
World's only known white giraffe fitted with tracker to deter poachers (BBC News - Wednesday, 18 November 2020) -- The world's only known white giraffe has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to keep poachers at bay in north-east Kenya, conservationists say. Read More
From Around the World
Canadians demand G20 leaders stop the wildlife trade to prevent another pandemic (Cision - Thursday, 19 November 2020) -- Over 50,000 Canadians have signed a petition asking Canada to support the closure of wildlife markets and commit to stopping the global commercial wildlife trade. They are part of a growing movement of more than a million people worldwide who support global charity World Animal Protection's campaign urging G20 leaders to take action at the G20 Leaders' Summit this weekend, virtually hosted by Saudi Arabia. Read More 
The 'market' won't save us from climate disaster. We must rethink our system (The Guardian - Thursday, 19 November 2020) -- The massive wildfires that have been rampaging across the American West this year are not purely natural disasters. They are partly products of the unnatural disaster of climate change – “unnatural”, in that the ultimate responsibility for global warming belongs not to physics but our economic system. Nicholas Stern, the former chief economist of the World Bank, calls climate change the “greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen”. Read More 
Climate change: Warmer winters linked to increased drowning risk (BBC News - Wednesday, 18 November 2020) -- Winter activities on ice are becoming increasingly dangerous as the world warms, scientists say. Read More
Floods, droughts and heat waves herald a changing climate (The World Bank - November 2020) -- The world's climate is changing. The cause is well understood: emissions of greenhouse gases resulting from human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels for heat, electricity and transportation; industrial processes; and changes in land use. Read More  
Twitter Highlights
1. REMA Rwanda @REMA_Rwanda: The communities surrounding Gishwati-Mukura National Park and Biosphere Reserve no longer depend on activities leading to its destruction thanks to the support from @REMA_Rwanda through @LAFRECProject @WorldBank @EnvironmentRw @Juliet_Kabera

2. Ministry of Infrastructure | Rwanda @RwandaInfra: "Rwanda has embarked on promoting the use of renewable energy which is environmentally friendly & less costly. The current renewable energy share is 54%, the Generation is currently dominated by hydro which constitutes 44% of the Energy mix", Minister @claverGatete |#Infra4Dev 2020

3. Lonely Planet @lonelyplanet: Rwanda's conservation efforts have helped save the wild mountain gorilla and have scooped a #BestInTravel award for Wildlife Program
4. Wilderness Safaris @WeAreWilderness: As part of their conservation programme for the #Gishwati sector of the Gishwati-Mukura National Park (GMNP), #WildernessSafaris #Rwanda and #ForestofHopeAssociation (FHA) have embarked on a reforestation programme.
5. GGGI Rwanda @GGGI_Rwanda: Read the @EnabelinRwanda newsletter on Urbanization & climate change, with featured articles on @GGGI_Rwanda @theGCF NAP Readiness to enhance #Rwanda’s capacity to respond to #climatechange in high-risk zones implementing a #NAP for integrated flood & landslide in urban areas.
6. Ministry of Agriculture & Animal Resources |Rwanda @RwandaAgri: Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources @g_mukeshimana received on a courtesy call the Ambassador of #Zimbabwe to #Rwanda Professor Charity Munyeruke. They discussed about ways of strengthening relations and knowledge sharing in Agriculture Sector. 
7. Rwanda Network for Environmental Journalists @EnviroRwanda: Umuyobozi wa @RwandaForestry, @MugaboJP_ yaburiye Abanyarwanda ko kutita ku mashyamba ari intandaro y’ubutayu. Ati “Mu gihe cyose tutabungabunze amashyamba, ya mashyamba akurura imvura, ya mashyamba arwanya ubutayu, ubutayu buzagusanga aho uri.” @REMA_Rwanda @EnvironmentRw 
8. Rwanda Green Fund @GreenFundRw: Mobilizing funds to invest in environment  and climate change needs in #Rwanda remains our prime priority. In the last couple of years, we have invested in different environment &climate change related projects falling into different Sectors. Tremendous achievements were recorded.