Green Rwanda Media Review - 24 December 2019

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


  • The New Times reports on how Rwanda is going green with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • Devdiscourse reports that Rwanda is experimenting with eco-friendly motorcycles in Kigali.
  • The Union Journal says that Kigali homes built near wetlands are being destroyed for evacuation.
  • The New Times reports about the reasons of evacuating people in high risk zones.


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Rwanda going green — the Mitsubishi way (The New Times - Sunday, 22 December 2019) -- Victoria Motors Rwanda Limited (VMRL), Rwanda’s Authorised Mitsubishi distributor has unveiled the car maker’s hybrid electric SUV. Aptly named the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), the Mitsubishi PHEV Outlander is a status symbol made with the environment in mind. Read More

Josh Whale: putting electric motorbikes onto Rwanda's roads (RNZ - Saturday, 21 December 2019) -- Kiwi tech entrepreneur Josh Whale is building Africa's first electric motorbike business and an associated battery recharging network in Rwanda. Read More

Kwimura abatuye mu manegeka birakorwa ku nyungu z’Abanyarwanda - Minisitiri Shyaka (Kigali Today - Wednesday, 18 December 2019) -- Yabivugiye mu kiganiro Minisiteri y’Ubutegetsi bw’Igihugu (MINALOC), iy’Ibikorwa Remezo (MININFRA), iy’Ibikorwa by’Ubutabazi (MINEMA) n’iy’Ibidukikije zagiranye n’itangazamakuru kuri uyu wa gatatu tariki 18 Ukuboza 2019. Read More. Also published in The East African

City high-risk zone evacuations explained (The New Times - Tuesday, 17 December 2019) -- Since Saturday, the small residential houses and shops that lined the road are being razed by the City of Kigali, in a move authorities say is aimed at protecting residents from dire consequences of the heavy rains that continue to pound the country. Read More. Also published in KT Press

Rwanda paves way to ‘green mobility’ by experimenting eco-friendly motorcycles in Kigali (Devdiscourse - Tuesday, 17 December 2019) -- Kigali is currently experimenting the eco-friendly motorcycles to see how it helps in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases and enhances user mobility. Read More

Rwanda climate change: Kigali homes built near wetlands are destroyed (The Union Journal - Monday, 16 December 2019) -- Authorities in Rwanda have begun demolishing properties within the capital Kigali which they are saying are threatened by “local weather risks”. Read More


Sector Updates

Police cautions public against illegal mining (Rwanda National Police - Saturday, 21 December 2019) -- Police in Muhanga District has warned residents against illegal mining activities, which sometimes result into disasters, loss of lives and destruction of the environment. Read More

First Technical Consultation meeting on the development of Urban Neighborhood Planning & Design Guidebook (Global Green Growth Institute - Wednesday, 18 December 2019) -- The Ministry of Infrastructure and GGGI Rwanda held the first Technical Consultation meeting on the development of Urban Neighborhood Planning & Design Guide book with officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA); Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA), Ministry of Environment (MoE), Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority (RLMUA), City of Kigali, Kicukiro District, Gasabo District, Nyarugenge District and Global Green Growth Institute. Read More

Infrastructure Gender Mainstreaming Strategy Review Workshop (Global Green Growth Institute - Tuesday, 17 December 2019) -- In Musanze District, Rwanda from 9-12 December a group of sector experts gathered for the Infrastructure Gender Mainstreaming Strategy Review Workshop. The workshop was organized by GGGI Rwanda in collaboration with Ministry of Infrastructure. Read More

Capacity Building conducted for Ultimate Developers Limited on Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System and Templates (Global Green Growth Institute - Tuesday, 17 December 2019) -- 11 December 2019, Nyagatare, Rwanda: GGGI with their government partner Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) conducted a one day capacity building training program for the staff from Ultimate Developers Limited (UDL) on the approved Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System and the recently developed excel-based green building minimum compliance templates. The capacity building is in line with the implementation of the Green Building Minimum Compliance System by RHA supported by GGGI and partners. Read More

Nine more countries to leverage green banks as climate action mechanism (Smart Energy International - Tuesday, 17 December 2019) -- The countries made their pledge during the Green Banks for Country-Driven Climate Finance: Showcasing Country Ambition event which was held at the COP25 conference. Read More


Across Africa

HUSSAIN: Climate change is a real threat to our growth agenda and must be defeated (The East African - Thursday, 19 December 2019) -- Africa south of the Sahara is surging, lifted by renewed economic optimism, business-friendly reforms, greater trade, and improved regional integration. Read More

Ghana Climate Innovation Centre graduates 20 entrepreneurs (Ghanaian Times - Wednesday, 18 December 2019) -- About 20 entrepreneurs have graduated from the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC)’s business incubator, after receiving 12 months of training and nurturing to expand their businesses. Read More

Seek investors conscious of impact of projects on environment – CONAMA tells government (Ghanaian Times - Wednesday, 18 December 2019) -- The Coalition of NGOs against mining Atewa Forest (CONAMA) has urged the government to act consistently with Vice President Bawumia’s advice that market actors should be guided by social and environmental sustainability in decision-making, recognise the risks to financial stability from environmental damage and climate change. Read More

Bad land use blamed for biodiversity loss (The Namibian - Tuesday, 17 December 2019) -- Amon Andreas, who is responsible for issues of sustainable land management and biodiversity at the ministry, said unsustainable land use practices include forest clearing for agricultural purposes. Read More

Reducing climate change and disaster risk in Mauritius (UN Environment - Tuesday, 17 December 2019) -- Sun-drenched Mauritius, with its breathtaking mountains, pristine beaches and turquoise waters, is a tourist paradise. Located at the tail of the Indian Ocean cyclone belt, the archipelago is also highly vulnerable to adverse impacts of climate change. So much so that the 2018 World Risk Report ranks it 16th among the highest disaster risk countries. Read More

Gorilla Population In Virunga Massifs Increases To 1063 (KT Press - Tuesday, 17 December 2019) -- The Southern African Development Community's Climate Services Centre (SADC-CSC) said in a heavy rainfall advisory that the rains are likely to result in localised flooding in certain areas. Read More


From Around the World

Statement by the Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, on the Outcome of COP25 (UNFCCC - Thursday, 19 December 2019) -- Several days have passed since the closing of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, and it is important to conduct an honest and realistic assessment of what happened so that appropriate measures can be taken by the international community in guiding the next crucial steps in the multilateral climate process next year. Read More

Here's how businesses can make the circular economy a reality (World Economic Forum - Thursday, 19 December 2019) -- The principles of the circular economy are simple: be more efficient with the resources you have, reduce waste, and reuse what you can. Do more with less. Read More

Madrid's fight over carbon markets moves to Montreal aviation talks (Reuters - Thursday, 19 December 2019) -- The failure of global climate talks in Madrid last week to decide the fate of billions of old carbon credits raises the stakes for the U.N aviation body in Montreal, which must choose in March which offsets can be used for its carbon market. Read More

Climate change: Met Office says warming trend will continue in 2020 (BBC - Thursday, 19 December 2019) -- This weather phenomenon sees sea surface temperatures increase in the central and eastern Pacific and it's associated with a range of impacts around the world, including the overall global level of warming. Read More

Go green this holiday season (UN Environment - Wednesday, 18 December 2019) -- The holiday season is here! Time to take a break from daily life and unwind. Many people pack their bags and set off to see the beauty of the world. Read More

Depression and suicide linked to air pollution in new global study (The Guardian - Wednesday, 18 December 2019) -- People living with air pollution have higher rates of depression and suicide, a systematic review of global data has found. Read More

Climate crisis: Australian businesses back net zero carbon emissions by 2050 (The Guardian - Wednesday, 18 December 2019) -- Australian businesses are calling for a more ambitious national climate policy, backing a target of net zero emissions by 2050 and raising concerns about the lack of a coordinated energy policy and the government’s proposed use of carryover credits. Read More