Green Rwanda Media Review - 25 March 2019

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

Summary

  • The New Times reports about the new bid to crack down on projects that pollute the environment.
  • Face2Face Africa reports that Rwanda got China’s help to use bamboos for packaging, paper and edible products
  • KT Press reports that REMA has a new partner – the Rwanda Association of Professional Environmental Practitioners.
  • Igihe reports that Sir David King, the President's Advisor, highlighted Rwanda's Nuclear Industry Project.
  • View photos of the 2019 Integrated Water Resources Management Conference that took place in Kigali.

Upcoming Events

25-29 March: Visit to Rwanda by DRC delegation on Hygiene, Sanitation and Environment

25-29 March: Consultation Meetings on National Land Use and Development Master Plan Revision in Nyamagabe, Nyaruguru, Huye, Gisagara, Nyanza, Ruhango, Bugesera, Kicukiro, Gasabo and Nyarugenge

26 March: Private Sector Dialogue on Single Use Plastics, Lemigo Hotel

28 March: Handover of works executed by RV3CBA Project from Ministry of Environment to Musanze and Nyabihu Districts

22 April: World Earth Day

22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity

5 June: World Environment Day 8 June: World Oceans Day

Rwanda

A sneak peek into the bustling life in and around Nyungwe National Park (The New Times - Monday, 25 March 2019) -- Thick vegetation, the stunning scenery, magnificent wildlife and the tantalising canopy walk will dominate stories people will tell when they visit one of Africa’s wonders, Nyungwe Forest National Park. It is one of the largest natural rainforests on the continent. Read More

Video: Will Payment For Ecosystem Services Work in Rwanda? (Top Africa News - Sunday, 24 March 2019) -- Upper Nyabarongo Catchment is one of the four demonstration catchment where the Ministry of Environment with the support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands through Water for Growth Programme has been implementing the Integrated Water Resources Management Approach. Watch Video

Bugesera residents urged to keep off military land (The New Times - Saturday, 23 March 2019) -- Residents neighbouring Gako military facility in Bugesera District have been asked to stay away from the area, to avoid accidents and disrupting training drills, and help preserve the environment. Read More

Ishimwe Yvette yakabije inzozi zo kugeza amazi meza ku barenga 6000 (Igihe - Saturday, 23 March 2019) -- Ishimwe Yvette w’imyaka 23 wamenyekanye cyane ubwo yahembwaga n’Umwamikazi w’u Bwongereza, yegereje amazi meza abaturage 6 500 batuye mu Kagari ka Nkamba, Umurenge wa Ruramira, Akarere ka Kayonza. Read More

Hope for Eastern Province farmers as Government, Hinga Weze expand access to water for irrigation (Rwanda Inspirer - Friday, 22 March 2019) -- Water scarcity in some parts of Rwanda especially Eastern Province has been an issue, exposing farmers to hunger crisis due to drought that has been causing crop failure. Read More

Experts call for inclusiveness in managing water resources (The New Times - Friday, 22 March 2019) -- Restoring and maintaining integrated water resources require everyone’s participation. Experts made the call Friday during a two-day Integrated Water Resources Management Conference in Kigali. Read More

Umujyanama wa Perezida Kagame yavuze ku mushinga w’u Rwanda w’uruganda rwa nucléaire (Igihe - Thursday, 21 March 2019) -- Umwongereza Sir David King uri mu bajyanama ba Perezida Paul Kagame yakomoje ku mushinga w’u Rwanda wo gutangiza ikigo cy’ubushakashatsi n’ikoranabuhanga mu bumenyi bw’ikoreshwa ry’ingufu za nucléaire kiganisha no ku kubaka uruganda zizatunganyirizwamo mu gihugu. Read More

Video Highlights of the Closing of the 2019 IWRM Conference (Top Africa News - Thursday, 21 March 2019) -- Kigali, 21 March 2019-Rwanda’s Ministry of Environment through Water for Growth Programme has convened fourth Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) conference which is held annually to create an opportunity for water users and for professional people and technicians involved in managing Rwanda’s water resources, to meet, exchange knowledge and best practices, and discuss ways forward to meet the water challenges ahead. Watch Video

PHOTOS: The power of poo: How biogas has become a cleaner alternative fuel in Rwanda — but is still out of reach for most (Yahoo News - Thursday, 21 March 2019) -- Nearly half of Rwandans live in poverty, relying on small-scale farming for survival and without gas or electricity. With so many people spending hours foraging for wood for cooking and light, often damaging their eyes, lungs, forests and the atmosphere, a little inventiveness helps. Enter cows and pigs — not just as a source of food but also for the heat needed to cook them. Or more specifically, their droppings — the fuel fed to a biogas digester, a tank that converts organic waste into methane gas. Read More

Rwanda National IWRM Conference Convenes with “Leaving No - One Behind" Theme (Top Africa News - Wednesday, 20 March 2019) -- Kigali, 20 March 2019-Rwanda’s Ministry of Environment through Water for Growth Programme has convened third Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) conference which is held annually to create an opportunity for water users and for professional people and technicians involved in managing Rwanda’s water resources, to meet, exchange knowledge and best practices, and discuss ways forward to meet the water challenges ahead. Read More

New bid to crack down on projects that pollute the environment (The New Times - Wednesday, 20 March 2019) -- Rwanda Association of Professional Environmental Practitioners has been launched, with an aim to improve professionalism on assessing the impact of different projects on the environment. Read More

Rwanda gets China’s help to use bamboos for packaging, paper and edible products (Face2Face Africa - Wednesday, 20 March 2019) -- As part of its Green Growth strategy, the Rwandan Ministry of Environment under its water and forestry division is set to cultivate bamboos on a large scale and subsequently process them for environmentally friendly and sustainable packages as well as for the production of paper products and possibly edible foods. Read More

Remera: Ingo ziri mu gishanga ziri gufungwa. Abazibamo bati ni akaga (Umuseke - Wednesday, 20 March 2019) -- Gasabo – Kuva ku gasusuruko ka none mu mudugudu wa Izuba Akagari ka Rukiri I mu murenge wa Remera hari rwaserera y’abafungirwa inzu zabo n’abayobozi hamwe na DASSO baje kuzifunga. Ni nyuma yo kubaha integuza ko bagomba kuva aha batuye kuko hateje akaga ubuzima bwabo. Abari gufungirwa bo bavuga ko batunguwe. Ni ikibazo kireba abaturage bagera kuri 600. Read More

Nyanza: Bavoma mu bishanga mu gihe batuririye uruganda rw’amazi rwa Mpanga (Igihe - Wednesday, 20 March 2019) -- Abatuririye uruganda rw’amazi rwa Mpanga ruri mu Murenge wa Mukingo mu Karere ka Nyanza, basaba ko bahabwa amazi meza nk’ayo rutunganya, bakareka kujya kuyavoma kure n’aho batizeye ubuziranenge bwayo. Read More

REMA Gets A New Partner – Environment Professionals’ Association (KT Press - Tuesday, 19 March 2019) -- Rwanda has witnessed the inauguration of the first association of environment professionals adding to other existing careers-based organisations like in the media, medics, lawyers and business community in Rwanda. Read More

Honoring Women Who Take Care Of Gorillas (Taarifa - Saturday, 16 March 2019) -- In honor of women’s history month, we are thrilled to introduce you to a mother-daughter conservation duo based in Rwanda. Please meet Elisabeth Nyirakaragire, a Veterinary Officer for the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and her daughter, Clementine, Regional Data Clerk for Gorilla Doctors. Read More

Across Africa

Nigerian students use poetry to warn on climate change (Premium Times - Thursday, 21 March 2019) -- Sequel to the widespread misconceptions in the traditional African society that climate change and its impacts manifest only when the gods are angry, some students have, through poetry, debunked this and submitted that human actions and inaction were mostly responsible. Read More

'We don't have anything': the fight for survival after Cyclone Idai (The Guardian - Thursday, 21 March 2019) -- The main road connecting the cyclone-devastated Mozambican city of Beira to neighbouring Zimbabwe comes to an abrupt end. A section almost 100 metres long is almost entirely under water, an angry muddy gash where the tarmac was ripped away by the floods and raging currents. Read More

The last of Africa's big tusker elephants – in pictures (The Guardian - Wednesday, 20 March 2019) -- Like living relics from a bygone era, the last of Africa’s big tusker elephants roam in a vast, remote wilderness in Kenya. In partnership with the Tsavo Trust NGO and the Kenya Wildlife Service, Will Burrard-Lucas spent months photographing these rare animals. His series of intimate portraits are captured in his book, Land of Giants. View Photos

From Around the World

What Are Green Bonds and How ‘Green’ Is Green (Bloomberg - Sunday, 24 March 2019) -- Trillions of dollars of investment are needed to combat global warming. Enter green bonds, a way for issuers to raise money specifically for environmentally friendly projects -- such as renewable energy or clean transport -- and to be able to boast about it publicly. Fund managers also like the notes as a way of meeting growing investor demand for sustainable options. The market, which opened slowly more than a decade ago, has boomed in recent years, helping spur development of other socially conscious debt products. Read More

Six countries, one forest, one future (UN Environment - Thursday, 21 March 2019) -- One of the world’s most vital ecosystems is set to take a step closer to a sustainable future, with the announcement of a US$63-million programme to stabilize forest cover, peatlands, and wildlife populations across the Congo Basin. Read More

UNEA-4 Commits to Global Environmental Data Strategy, Reducing Single-use Plastics (International Institute for Sustainable Development - Tuesday, 19 March 2019) -- At the close of the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), ministers adopted 26 resolutions and decisions, as well as a Ministerial Declaration that commits to significantly reduce single-use plastic products by 2030, and to support a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) global environmental data strategy by 2025. Read More

Sector Updates

Photos: Celebration of World Water Day 2019 in Ngororero (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Friday, 22 March 2019) -- View photos of the celebration of the World Water Day 2019. View Photos

Remarks by Minister Biruta at 2019 Integrated Water Resources Management Conference (Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 21 March 2019) -- It is a great pleasure to be with you today to officiate this year’s Integrated Water Resources Management conference and I welcome you to this important gathering. Read More

Photos: Minister Vincent Biruta Officiates the Launch of RAPEP (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday, 18 March 2019) -- Minister Biruta launched RAPEP, a new association of professional environmental practitioners in Rwanda. The association was established to streamline focus of the country's environmental experts and uplift their work with support from the Government of Rwanda. View Photos

Photos: 2019 Integrated Water Resources Management Conference (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday, 18 March 2019) -- The Ministry of Environment, in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, hosted the annual Integrated Water Resources Management conference as part of World Water Day celebrations in Rwanda. The conference is an opportunity for water users and professionals and technicians involved in managing Rwanda's water resources to meet, exchange knowledge and best practices, and discuss ways forward to meet the challenges ahead. View Photos

Photos: Water Walk 2019 & Car Free Day (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Sunday, 17 March 2019) -- View photos of the Walk of Water that took place on the regular Car Free Day that takes place in Kigali City. View Photos

Photos: Minister Vincent Biruta Meets with UN Goodwill Ambassador (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Sunday, 17 March 2019) -- Minister Vincent Biruta received UN Goodwill Ambassador and Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, with delegation. Nikolaj learned about Rwanda's green growth initiatives, and strides towards climate action. The famous Game of Thrones actor is using his platform to promote SDGs with focus on women empowerment and environment protection around the world. View Photos