Green Rwanda Media Review - 24 June 2019

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

Summary

  • Multiple news outlets in Rwanda and around the world report about the translocation of five Eastern black rhinos from Europe to Rwanda.
  • Beverage Daily reports about shaping Rwanda's tea industry to withstand climate change.
  • Xinhua reports that Rwanda launched a financial scheme to support promotion of energy efficient cooling systems.
  • The New Times reports that a Dutch firm will invest $70m in solar factory in Rwanda.
  • View photos of the launch of Coolease Scheme in Rwanda to Promote Adoption of Energy Efficient and Climate Friendly Cooling Solutions.

Upcoming Events

23-25 June: Africa Wildlife Economy Summit, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

24 June: Arrival of five Eastern black rhinos in Rwanda

26 June: World Refrigeration Day

30 June-1 July: UNSG Climate Summit Abu Dhabi Preparatory Meeting

End of June: Regional Meeting of TRAFFIC Central Africa 

11 July: GCF Readiness and Preparatory Support Project Closure and Knowledge Sharing Workshop, Kigali Convention Centre.

24 August: Akagera Rhino Velo Race 2019, Eastern Province

 

Rwanda

Five black rhinos arrive in Rwanda from Europe (The New Times - Monday, 24 June 2019) -- A chartered cargo plane, Boeing 747-400F operated by Air Atlanta under the brand name of 'Magma' carrying the five black rhinos touched down at the Kigali International Airport at exactly 2:45 am on Monday. Read More

Why Rwanda was chosen to champion global biodiversity (The New Times - Monday, 24 June 2019) -- Rwanda is one of the few countries in the world that have been approached by Campaign for Nature, a global initiative working to raise awareness of threats facing natural resources, to serve as a champion or model nation on biodiversity protection. Read More

Rusumo power plant 47 per cent complete – officials (The New Times - Sunday, 23 June 2019) -- The status of construction of 80MW power plant, under Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project (RRFHP), is at 47% percent, according to ministers in the three countries of Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. Read More

How Rwanda Has Successfully Restored The Big Five (KT Press - Sunday, 23 June 2019) -- The arrival of five critically endangered eastern black rhinos in Rwanda on Monday morning will mark a major milestone in the country’s efforts to fully restore the ‘Big 5’ in Akagera National Park and score yet another conservation goal for the East African country. Read More

Relief as Rwf22bn effort to preserve Sebeya, other catchments is unveiled (The New Times - Saturday, 22 June 2019) -- Residents around River Sebeya and other major water catchment areas across the country can breathe a sigh of relief after the Government unveiled a four-year-project meant to prevent disasters. Read More. Also covered in Umuseke.

Europe to Rwanda: Black rhinos embark on journey Sunday (The New Times - Thursday, 20 June 2019) -- Tea plantations in Rwanda face a changing climate: and future conditions will be different to the environment tea is planted in today. But by planning ahead, the tea industry can respond and adapt to ensure it is still thriving decades from now. Read More

Shaping Rwanda's tea industry to withstand climate change (BeverageDaily - Thursday, 20 June 2019) -- Tea plantations in Rwanda face a changing climate: and future conditions will be different to the environment tea is planted in today. But by planning ahead, the tea industry can respond and adapt to ensure it is still thriving decades from now. Read More

Rwanda launches financial scheme to support promotion of energy efficient cooling systems (Xinhua - Wednesday, 19 June 2019) -- Rwanda on Tuesday launched a financial scheme that seeks to support the country's efforts to promote clean, environmentally friendly and energy efficient cooling systems. Read More

Dutch firm to invest $70m in solar factory in Rwanda (The New Times - Wednesday, 19 June 2019) -- At least 900,000 households, or 4.2 million people, will be connected to electricity in the next five years if the proposed solar factory begins operations. Read More

Hatangijwe ubukerarugendo buzenguruka ikiyaga cya Kivu bwiswe ‘Destination Kivu Belt’ (Igihe - Tuesday, 18 June 2019) -- Mu Ntara y’Uburengerazuba bw’u Rwanda, hatangijwe ubukerarugendo bwihariye bwiswe ‘Destination Kivu Belt’ buzajya bukorerwa ku mukandara w’ikiyaga cya Kivu kuva mu Karere ka Rubavu, Rutsiro, Karongi, Nyamasheke na Rusizi. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Rhinos to Rwanda: The Largest Ever Transport of Rhinos from Europe to Africa Begins this Sunday (Rwanda Development Board - Thursday, 20 June 2019) -- Dvůr Králové, Czech Republic, June 20, 2019: On Sunday, June 23, five critically endangered black rhinos, born and bred in Europe, will be flown 6,000 km to Akagera National Park in Rwanda. This is the largest ever translocation of rhinos from Europe to Africa. This historic journey will begin at Safari Park Dvůr Králové (Czech Republic) where all five animals have been gathered since November 2018. Read More

Photos: Environment and Natural Resources Forward Looking Joint Sector Review Meeting (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 19 June 2019) -- The Environment and Natural Resources Forward Looking Joint Sector Review meeting brings together partners from government, the private sector, civil society and development agencies to agree on priority actions for the year ahead. View Photos

Rwanda launches Coolease scheme to promote adoption of energy efficient and climate friendly cooling solutions (Ministry of Environment - Tuesday, 18 June 2019) -- Rwanda’s Business Development Fund (BDF), in partnership with the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), UN Environment’s United for Efficiency initiative and the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) have today launched the ‘Coolease’ financial mechanism to promote adoption of energy efficient and climate friendly cooling solutions in Rwanda. Read More

Welcome Remarks by Minister Biruta Launch of Rwanda Cooling Initiative Coolease Scheme (Ministry of Environment - Tuesday, 18 June 2019) -- It is a pleasure to be with you for today’s launch of the Coolease Financial Mechanism. I wish to thank our guests from UN Environment and the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy for travelling to Kigali for this important occasion, and our partners at BDF, BRD, EUCL and the Rwanda Green Fund for being with us. Read More

Photos: Rwanda Launches Coolease Scheme to Promote Adoption of Energy Efficient and Climate Friendly Cooling Solutions (Rwanda Green Fund Flickr - Tuesday, 18 June 2019) -- Rwanda’s Business Development Fund (BDF), in partnership with the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), UN Environment’s United for Efficiency initiative and the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) have today launched the ‘Coolease’ financial mechanism to promote adoption of energy efficient and climate friendly cooling solutions in Rwanda. View Photos

Remarks by Rwanda Green Fund CFO at Coolease Scheme Launch (Rwanda Green Fund - Tuesday, 18 June 2019) -- I’m very pleased to be here for the launch of Coolease representing the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA). I would first like to pass on the regards of the CEO of the Fund, Mr Hubert Ruzibiza, who travelled for the Sustainable Energy for All charrettes in Amsterdam, where he has already received a lot of interest in the Coolease scheme. Read More

 

Across Africa

Wildlife Economy Summit to launch African-led vision for conservation (UN Environment - Sunday, 23 June 2019) -- Nairobi/Victoria Falls, 23 June 2019 - Heads of State, business leaders, technical experts and community representatives will gather in Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls from 23-25 June for the Africa Wildlife Economy Summit, which aims to radically change the way the continent's nature-based economy is managed. Read More

Tanzania's ban on use of plastic bags face challenges: official (Xinhua - Friday, 21 June 2019) -- The government of Tanzania admitted on Thursday that the recently imposed ban on the use of plastic bags was facing challenges, including shortage of alternative bags. Read More

Help Conserve Wildlife for Future Generations - Nana Adu-Nsiah (All Africa - Thursday, 20 June 2019) -- Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah, the Executive Director of the Wildlife Division of the Ghana Forestry Commission, has called for the conservation of the country's wildlife for future generations. Read More

Climate change in West Africa (Eurek Alert - Monday, 17 June 2019) -- How can the impacts of climate change on agriculture in West Africa be measured and minimized? African and German research teams have examined this question over five years in the large-scale project WASCAL, with the support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In the interest of sustainability, the Ministry is now also funding the successor project "WASCAL-DE Coop" in an amount of 3.7 million euros, spread out over three years. Read More

South African youth take to the streets over climate change (Ground Up - Friday, 14 June 2019) -- Hundreds of youth in Cape Town and Pretoria marched on Friday to demand that the government urgently act on climate change. Read More

 

From Around the World

Renewable energy investment in 2018 hit USD 288.9 billion, far exceeding fossil fuel investment (UN Environment - Tuesday, 18 June 2019) -- Global investment 11 per cent down compared to 2017, driven in part by falling solar costs. Read More

New York to Approve One of the World’s Most Ambitious Climate Plans (The New York Times - Tuesday, 18 June 2019) -- The state would pledge to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with all its electricity coming from carbon-free sources. Read More

Japan wraps everything in plastic. Now it wants to fight against plastic pollution (The Washington Post - Tuesday, 18 June 2019) -- My bagels come individually wrapped in sealed plastic bags. At the counter, if I’m not paying attention, they’re carefully packed together in another plastic bag, before being placed inside a third plastic with the rest of my shopping. Read More

UN Climate Chief Urges Action on Climate Emergency (UNFCCC - Tuesday, 18 June 2019) -- UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, sent out very clear signals for more ambitious climate action at the start of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (SB50). She described the current situation as a ‘climate emergency’ and called on everyone to take part in ‘the fight of our lives. Read More

Climate change threatens nearly 40% of the world's primates, study says (CNN - Monday, 17 June 2019) -- TAs cyclones and droughts are expected to grow in frequency and intensity while global temperatures rise, humankind's closest relatives will become increasingly vulnerable to extinction, scientists say. Read More

Cooling as a Service (Long Version) (Stiftung BASE - Thursday, 13 June 2019) -- Cooling as a Service (CaaS) is a promising financial instrument to overcome key market barriers to clean and efficient cooling, without upfront investment, with integrated financial tools to recapitalize technology providers. Based on the servitisation concept which is rapidly penetrating other marketplaces, CaaS enables customers to base their investment decision on life-cycle cost rather than on the purchase price of the equipment, benefitting companies, governments and society at large. Watch Video