Green Rwanda Media Review - 25 September 2018

 Read the last news from the environment sector in Rwanda and around the globe. 

Summary

  • The New Times reports that the Rwf 14 billion scheme helps build Rulindo farmers’ resilience to drought.
  • The New Times reports that the Govt is to spend Rwf 4 billion on restoring degraded forests.
  • Taarifa reports that Akagera Game Park is a success story in the making.
  • AllAfrica reports that a draft law to ban single-use plastics was submitted for cabinet approval.
  • The New Times reports that a draft law banning single use plastics has been submitted to the Cabinet.

 

Upcoming Events

25 September: Green Drinks - EU Climate Diplomacy Week Event "It Starts With You", Urban City Blue, Kiyovu, 6pm

26 September: Address by Minister Biruta at Yale University, USA

4 October: World Animal Day

9 October: Green Drinks - Year of the Bird

27 October: Rwanda's 2018/19 Tree Planting Season and Celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of Tree Planting Day

30 October: Green Drinks - Smokeless Rwanda

6 November: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflicts

15 November: World Clean Air Day

26-30 November 2018: Africa Green Growth Forum, Kigali, Rwanda

27 November: Green Drinks - Green Buildings and Design

 

Rwanda

Impamvu zatuma amazi ahinduka icyatsi, amafi menshi agapfa bitunguranye (Igihe - Tuesday, 25 September 2018) -- Abahanga bagaragaza ko amafi ari ibinyabuzima bigirwaho ingaruka n’ihindagurika ry’ikirere, by’umwihariko iyo umwuka mwiza ubaye muke mu mazi bishobora gutuma apfa ku bwinshi. Read More

Team formed to probe death of fish in Northern Province waters (The New Times - Monday, 24 September 2018) -- A team of experts from various institutions responsible for marine life has begun an investigation into the cause of the sudden death of fish in different water bodies in Northern Province. Read More

Govt to replenish fish ponds, impose fines on water polluters (The New Times - Monday, 24 September 2018) -- The Government has outlined plans which include applying ‘polluter pays principle’ as well as replenishment of River Mugara, River Mukungwa and three ponds owned by farmers in Musanze District with fresh fish following massive death of fish caused by water contamination last Friday. Read More

Kicukiro: Abanyeshuri biyemeje kuba ba ambasaderi b’ibidukikije (Igihe - Sunday, 23 September 2018) -- Abanyeshuri b’abahungu n’abakobwa biga mu bigo bine by’amashuri yisumbuye mu Karere ka Kicukiro biyemeje kuba ba ambasaderi b’ibidukikije mu rwego rwo kurushaho kubibungabunga babirinda uwabyonona. Read More

Law against single-use plastics pending cabinet approval (The New Times - Sunday, 23 September 2018) -- The Ministry of Environment has tabled a draft law which seeks to ban single-use plastics in Rwanda to cabinet, Sunday Times has established. The plastics that will be affected by the new law include some plastic bags, which were not affected by the 2008 legislation as well as straws, utensils and some plastic cups. Plastic bottles could fall victim of the proposed law, according to officials. Read More

Akagera Game Park Is A Success Story In The Making (Taarifa - Sunday, 23 September 2018) -- The road through Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda was blocked. Two giraffes had positioned themselves smack in the middle of the dirt road and were rubbing their necks together. Read More

Public warned of potential disasters ahead of wet season (The New Times - Wednesday, 19 September 2018) -- The public has been cautioned of potential disasters that could come with the wet season ahead, especially lightning, landslides, floods, storms and hailstorm. Read More

Govt to spend Rwf4 billion on restoring degraded forests (The New Times - Wednesday, 19 September 2018) -- The Ministry of Land and Forestry has unveiled a plan to plant 225,440 fruit trees across the country in this financial year in partnership with stakeholders, a project that will contribute to the fight against malnutrition. Read More

Exact prediction of disasters can help save lives (The New Times - Wednesday, 19 September 2018) -- The Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) has sounded alarm bells warning the public to brace themselves for severe weather in the upcoming rainy season. Read More

World of Adventures: You can explore Rwanda in private jet (The New Times - Wednesday, 19 September 2018) -- Four Seasons Hotels Limited, an international luxury hospitality firm based in Toronto, Ontario, has added Rwanda on the list of ‘World of Adventures’ 2019 trip. Read More

Rwf39 billion Fund set up to support agri-businesses (The New Times - Wednesday, 19 September 2018) -- Access to capital related challenges faced by local agriculture could ease, albeit marginally, following the launch of a Rwf39 billion Fund by U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID). Read More

Rwf14 billion scheme helps build Rulindo farmers’ resilience to drought (The New Times - Wednesday, 19 September 2018) -- State Minister for Agriculture Fulgence Nsengiyumva officially launches the Rwf14 billion irrigation project for in Rulindo yesterday. Read More

Inzozi za Tabaro wakoze urugomero rw’amashanyarazi akagerageza n’indege (Igihe - Wednesday, 19 September 2018) -- Tabaro Anastase wamamajwe n’ubukorikori bwe bwo gukora urugomero rw’amashanyarazi n’indege, afite inzozi zo kuzifashisha moteri na batiri, bikabyara ingufu z’amashanyarazi mu buryo budasanzwe kandi buhendutse. Read More

Two Motorcyclists Arrested With Minerals (Taarifa - Wednesday, 19 September 2018) -- Two people were arrested on September 17, in Mushishiro Sector of Muhanga District with about 70 kilogrammes of untagged minerals. Read More

MIDMAR, Disasters advocates trained on Disaster Risk Reduction (Rwanda Inspirer - Tuesday, 18 September 2018) -- Officials from Rwanda Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDMAR) with members of the private sector are being trained on disaster risk reduction to mitigate the effects that still involve various damages of properties and lives. Read More

Tourism sector opening up opportunities for businesses (The New Times - Tuesday, 18 September 2018) -- Officials from Rwanda Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDMAR) with members of the private sector are being trained on disaster risk reduction to mitigate the effects that still involve various damages of properties and lives. Read More

Polluter pays principle is a push-button for environmental protection (The New Times - Monday, 17 September 2018) -- In the pursuit of environmental protection, States have recently redefined the principles of environmental protection, including, among other measures, the ‘polluter pays’ principle – a principle that assigns liability to the polluter. It, however, requires to prepare environmental impact assessment for activities that may have a significant harmful transboundary effect. Read More

Editorial: Addressing key challenges will unlock mining sector potential (The New Times - Monday, 17 September 2018) -- The chief executive of the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, in an exclusive interview with this newspaper, has painted a positive picture of the country’s mining sector, pointing out that the new legislation governing the sector will only make things better. Read More

Inyigo irakomeje ku ruganda rwa mbere muri Afurika rutunganya coltan ruzakorera mu Rwanda (Igihe - Monday, 17 September 2018) -- Umuyobozi Mukuru w’Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Mine, Peteroli na Gaz, Gatare Francis, yatangaje ko sosiyete yitwa PRG Plc izubaka uruganda rutunganya Coltan mu Rwanda, itararangiza inyigo ariko yamaze kubona ubutaka mu Karere ka Bugesera. Read More

Only 5% of green fund go to local private sector (The New Times - Monday, 17 September 2018) -- There is need to refine mechanisms to unlock climate financing to the local private sector to build more resilience to climate change effects, environmental experts have said. Read More

Gatsibo: Abari bamaze igihe bavoma ibishanga bahawe ivomero ryatwaye miliyoni 6 (Umuseke - Monday, 17 September 2018) -- Abaturage bo mu kagari ka Bukomane, umurenge wa Gitoki mu karere ka Gatsibo bari bamaze imyaka myinshi bavoma amazi mabi yo mubishanga barishimira ivomero bahawe ryuzuye ritwaye miliyoni 6,5 z’amafaranga y’u Rwanda. Read More

 

Across Africa

The Cost of Climate Change to Uganda's Coffee Sector (AllAfrica - Monday, 17 September 2018) -- This blog post looks at the impact of climate change on Uganda's primary export crop-coffee. It gives recommendations on how the government could combat climate change and help the coffee industry achieve the 20 million bags target by 2020. Read More

100 Die in Nigeria Flooding as Toll Expected to Rise (VOA - Tuesday, 18 September 2018) -- LAGOS, NIGERIA — Nigerian authorities say 100 people have died in flooding after heavy rains in recent days. Read More

 

From Around the World

Tech companies unclear over stance on potential new EU climate targets (The Guardian - Wednesday, 19 September 2018) -- Companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft have failed to distance themselves from a lobby group’s proposal to fight any effort by the EU to set more ambitious climate change goals. Read More

Vietnamese Fighting Back on Plastic Pollution (VOA - Wednesday, 19 September 2018) -- HO CHI MINH CITY — For many Vietnamese people, it is a ritual as circadian as the sunrise: On the way to work, they pull over their motorbikes to grab an iced coffee from a street vendor, complete with a plastic cup, plastic lid, plastic straw, and plastic case to hang from the bikes as they drive. Read More

Air pollution linked to much greater risk of dementia (The Guardian - Tuesday, 18 September 2018) -- Air pollution may increase the chance of developing dementia, a study has suggested, in fresh evidence that the health of people of all ages is at risk from breathing dirty air. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Financing Sustainable Landscapes: Global Challenges and Opportunities - UN Environment Event, New York (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Tuesday, 24 September 2018) -- On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Minister Biruta and Rwanda Green Fund CEO Hubert Uuzibiza attend the UN Environment event on “Financing Sustainable Landscapes: Global Challenges and Opportunities”. Read More

Africa Adaptation Initiative - Enhancing Action on Adaptation in Africa Roundtable - New York, USA (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Tuesday 24 September 2018) -- On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Minister Biruta represented Rwanda at the Africa Adaptation Initiative - Enhancing Action on Adaptation in Africa - event. The AAI leverages support and expertise to significantly scale up climate adaptation on the African continent. View Photos