Green Rwanda Media Review - 23 September 2019

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


  • The New Times reports that Rwanda is to get a gold rated green building complex.
  • Ada Derana reports that Otara Gunewardene, a young Sri Lankan entrepreneur was invited in Rwanda to name endangered baby gorilla.
  • Kigali Today reports that e-motorcycles are going to be used instead of petrol motorcycles to tackle air pollution.
  • View photos of the celebration of World Ozone Day 2019 in Rwanda.
  • The New Times says that Rwanda is seeking special conservation of islands since they are biodiversity hotspots and home to rare species.
  • Read Minister Biruta's remarks at the High Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition in New York.

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City development needs smart, synchronised ecosystem - Mayor (The New Times - Monday, 23 September 2019) -- In an interview with The New Times’ Donah Mbabazi, he outlined his plans and also spoke widely on how he intends to make Kigali more vibrant and attractive to tourists. Read More

Govt seeks special conservation of islands (The New Times - Saturday, 21 September 2019) -- Remy Duhuze, REMA’s Director of Environmental Regulations and Pollution Control at Rwanda Environment Management Authority said that the draft law was under discussion with various institutions. Read More

Kwita Izina: A conservation practice with immense lessons (The New Times - Saturday, 21 September 2019) -- The practice originates from Rwanda’s old cultural tradition where family members would invite friends and relatives to give a name to a newborn child in the family. Read More

Rwanda to get gold rated green complex (The New Times - Thursday, 19 September 2019) -- As Rwanda positions itself to become a regional technology, financial services and conference hub, demand for the right infrastructure is growing. Read More. Also published in Region Week

Rwanda's trash warrior tackles E-waste with blockchain (Ozy - Thursday, 19 September 2019) -- When Ghislain Irakoze was 12, he discovered the weight of the waste problem in his hometown of Musanze in Northern Rwanda. Together with a classmate, Irakoze had ventured into the local landfill to do research fora school assignment, when suddenly a garbage heap detached and came sliding toward them. Read More

Icya kabiri cy’ibinyabiziga mu Rwanda ni moto zigiye kuvanwa mu muhanda (Kigali Today - Thursday, 19 September 2019) -- Umukuru w’Igihugu yavugaga ko ibi bizakorwa bitewe n’uko ibinyabiziga binywa essence bihumanya umwuka abantu bahumeka. Read More

Road Creator: Niringiyimana’s Road To A New Life (KT Press - Wednesday, 18 September 2019) -- Only a few months ago, twenty-three-year-old Emmanuel Niringiyimana was living a quiet life in his home village of Kakirinda, Nkoto cell; Murambi sector in Karongi District of Western Province. Read More

Bimwe mu byuma bikonjesha bifite gazi zangiza akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba (Panorama - Tuesday, 17 September 2019) -- Ku bufatanye n’Ikigo cy’igihugu gishinzwe kurengera ibidukikije (REMA), abacuruzi b’ibyuma bikonjesha biyemeje kugabanya iyinjira ry’ibifite ibinyabutabire byangiza akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba (Ozone); kugira ngo ikoreshwa ryabyo rigabanuke. Read More

U Rwanda rwishimira intambwe rugezeho mu kubungabunga akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba (Igihe - Tuesday, 17 September 2019) -- Buri mwaka tariki ya 16 Nzeri isi yizihiza umunsi wahariwe kubungabunga akayunguruzo k’izuba. Mu muhango wo kwizihiza uyu munsi, umuyobozi w’Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe kubungabunga ibidukikije (REMA), Eng. Colette Ruhamya, yavuze ko hari ingamba zashyizweho mu kugabanya imyuka yangiza akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba. Read More

Otara Gunewardene in Rwanda to name endangered baby gorilla (Ada Derana - Monday, 16 September 2019) -- Sri Lankan entrepreneur, philanthropist and animal rights advocate Otara Gunewardene was invited by the Rwandan Government as an honorary guest to name a baby Mountain Gorilla at the annual Kwita Izina naming ceremony. Read More

Kurengera akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba bidufitiye inyungu n’abana bacu- DG REMA (Ijambo ry'umwana - Monday, 16 September 2019) -- Iyangirika ry’akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba ni ikibazo gihangayikishije isi muri iki gihe, aho mu bice bitandukanye no mu Rwanda hatangiye kugaragara indwara zitewe n’iyangirika ry’aka kayunguruzo. Read More


Sector Update

Remarks by Minister Vincent Biruta - 11th High Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (Rwanda Green Fund - Sunday, 22 September 2019) -- It’s a pleasure to join old friends, and new ones, for this meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. I extend my thanks to the Members and Secretariat for your efforts to ensure this is a coalition of action. Read More

Remarks by Fatina Mukarubibi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment World Ozone Day 2019 - Kigali, Rwanda (Ministry of Environment - Monday, 16 September 2019) -- It is an honour to join you to celebrate International Ozone Day. Today, we come together to celebrate being a part of the Montreal Protocol and affirm Rwanda’s commitment to protecting the ozone layer. It is an important opportunity to take stock of how far we have come to achieve this goal, and what still remains to be done. Read More

Rwanda joins the rest of the world to celebrate the World Ozone Day 2019 (Ministry of Environment - Monday, 16 September 2019) -- Rwanda is this coming Monday joining the rest of the world to celebrate the World Ozone Day celebrated under the theme “32 years and healing”. The day is celebrated annually on 16th September, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly to be the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Read More. Also published on REMA

View photos of the Celebration of the World Ozone Day 2019 (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday, 16 September 2019) -- View photos

Rwanda Celebrates the World Ozone Day under the theme “32 Years and Healing" (REMA - Monday, 16 September 2019) -- This Monday, Rwanda has joined the world to celebrate the Ozone day with the theme: "32 Years of Healing." This year's theme celebrates three decades of remarkable international cooperation to protect the Ozone Layer and the climate under the Montreal Protocol. Read More


Across Africa

Africa: Climate Change - A Race We Must Win (All Africa - Wednesday, 18 September 2019) -- The timing of the Climate Action Summit later this week, only three months before the annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate (COP25), hints at the growing sense of urgency among world leaders to tackle climate change head-on. Read More

Climate explained: how much of climate change is natural? How much is man-made? (The Conversation - Wednesday, 18 September 2019) -- For nearly all climate scientists, the case is proven that humans are the overwhelming cause of the long-term changes in the climate that we are observing. And that this case should be closed. Read More

New project in Seychelles seeks to ensure locals benefit from environmental initiative (Seychelles News Agency - Wednesday, 18 September 2019) -- Locals in Seychelles will have the chance to play an equal role in decision-making and the management of marine protected areas in a first-of-its-kind participatory project. The project -- enhancing coastal and marine socio-ecological resilience and biodiversity conservation in the Western Indian Ocean -- is being funded by the German Climate Initiative (IKI) through the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Read More


From Around the World

Seven entrepreneurs win top United Nations Young Champions of the Earth prize for outstanding work to protect our world (UN Environment - Thursday, 19 September 2019) -- The Young Champions of the Earth prize is awarded every year to seven entrepreneurs under the age of 30 with big ideas for environmental change. The young champions recognized from across the globe receive seed funding, mentoring and communications support to amplify their efforts. Read More

'We're losing the race': UN secretary general calls climate change an 'emergency' (The Guardian - Wednesday, 18 September 2019) -- The UN secretary general says that he is counting on public pressure to compel governments to take much stronger action against what he calls the climate change “emergency”. Read More

World Car-Free Day: London prepares to close its city centre for what will be its biggest car-free day to date (UN Environment - Wednesday, 18 September 2019) -- On Sunday 22 September, roads around London Bridge, Tower Bridge and much of the City of London will be closed in an effort to tackle the city’s air pollution crisis. Air pollution kills thousands of people every year and two million more live in areas where levels of air pollution are above the limit established by the World Health Organization. Read More

From recycled leather to natural dyes, fashion tries to limit environmental damage (Reuters - Wednesday, 18 September 2019) -- Fashion is supposed to make you look and feel good, and the apparel industry is finally making efforts to have the same effect on the planet. Fashion is one of the world’s most damaging industries. It is responsible for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to Oxfam. Read More