Green Rwanda Media Review - 26 August 2019

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


  • Cooling Post reports that the Cook Islands has ratified the Kigali Amendment.
  • Voice of America reports that Rwanda is encouraging young drivers to use electric motorcycles.
  • Igihe reports about Rwibutso, a young lady who makes chairs out of old tires in an effort to protect the environment.
  • Condé Nast Traveller announces that Rwanda’s newest luxury lodge is perfect for tracking silverback gorillas.
  • The New Times reports on the destination Kivu Belt, a new hiking trail.
  • Taarifa and CNBC report on the 15th Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony in Rwanda and that 25 baby gorillas will be named.

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Cook Islands ratify Kigali (Cooling Post - Friday, 23 August 2019) -- COOK ISLANDS: The Cook Islands, the tropical archipelago of 15 islands in the South Pacific, has become the latest country to ratify the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs. Read More

Kwita Izina Update: Cycling Race Excites Kayonza Residents As RDB Hands Over 729 Cows (KT Press - Sunday, 25 August 2019) -- This year’s gorilla naming ceremony is already promising to be the most exciting, thanks to the different activities Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has lined up to mark the 15th edition of the annual event locally known as Kwita Izina. Read More

Akagera Rhino Velo Race Winner Gets Arsenal Jersey (Taarifa - Saturday, 24 August 2019) -- The annual Gorilla naming ceremony packaged as Kwita Izina is days away and preparations at the site are progressing. Read More

Rwanda Encourages Youth to Use Electric Motorcycles (VOA - Thursday, 22 August 2019) -- Rwanda has introduced the use of electric motorcycles as part of its efforts to protect the environment and cut fuel costs. Passengers and motorcyclists say the electric vehicles could dramatically change how Rwandans do business. Read MoreAlso published in Sierra Leone Times

Rwibutso mu rugamba rwo kurengera ibidukikije afata amapine ashaje akayakoramo intebe (Igihe - Thursday, 22 August 2019) -- Iyo ugeze mu ruganiriro iwabo ntushobora gupfa kubyemera atabikoze ngo ubyibonere. Usanganirwa n’intebe n’amezi ateye ubwuzu, akoze nk’uruziga agapfukishwa ibitenge by’amabara meza ku buryo utakwemera ko ari intebe cyangwa ameza bikorerwa mu Rwanda. Read More

Rwanda’s newest luxury lodge is perfect for tracking silverback gorillas (Condé Nast Traveller - Thursday, 22 August 2019) -- Rwanda’s volcanic mountains are prime gorilla-watching territory. The latest in a crop of luxury outposts here is Singita Kwitonda Lodge, named for a gentle silverback patriarch that used to roam these forests. It sits on the edge of Volcanoes National Park, home to about a third of the world’s mountain gorillas. Read More

Destination Kivu Belt – A new hiking trail is set to boostcultural tourism and inform about colonial history (The New Times - Thursday, 22 August 2019) -- The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH carried out a three-day familiarization trip to promote cultural tourism as a lucrative and exciting experience. The trip was conducted under the theme “Discovering the Richard Kandt Trail”. Read More

25 Baby Gorillas Ready For Kwita Izina 2019 (Taarifa - Tuesday, 20 August 2019) -- The candidates for the upcoming Kwita Izina 2019 edition are 25 baby Mountain gorillas munching away bamboo shoots in the misty Volcanoes National Park in remote northwestern Rwanda. Read More. Also published in CNBC Africa and CGTN


Sector Updates

Akagera Rhino Velo Race - Kwita Izina 2019 Side Event (Kwita Izina - Saturday, 24 August 2019) -- More than 150 Kayonza District residents, visitors and friends of Akagera National Park took part in the Akagera Rhino Velo Race, an annual cycling event that aims to promote conservation awareness through sport. View Photos

Kayonza residents participate in Kwita Izina bicycle race (RDB - Saturday, 24 August 2019) -- Today, Kayonza District residents, visitors and friends of Akagera National Park took part in the Akagera Rhino Velo Race, an annual cycling event that aims to promote conservation awareness through sport. Over 150 people participated in the event. Read More


Across Africa

Air pollution is major killer in Ghana - EPA (Ghanaian Times - Thursday, 22 August 2019) -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified air pollution as a major cause of death in the country. According to the Agency, lower respiratory infection, mainly caused by air pollution, ranks second to malaria in the top 10 diseases in Ghana, with children under five years most affected. Read More

Water pollution an 'invisible threat' to global goals, economists warn (Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tuesday, 20 August 2019) -- Water pollution threatens nearly all the globally agreed development goals to end environmental destruction, poverty and suffering by 2030, economists warned in a report on Tuesday, citing the largest-ever database on the world’s water quality. Read More

Climate Change War & the African’s Inferiority Complex (Concord Times - Tuesday, 20 August 2019) -- All sane national leaders, religious leaders, business leaders now agree that Climate Change is an existential threat to the human race. Is US President Donald Trump not sane then? Trump has pulled the United States out of the 2016 “Paris Agreement” (The Paris Agreement is within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance. Read More


From Around the World

Brazil environment minister heckled over Amazon fires (BBC News - Thursday, 22 August 2019) -- Brazil's environment minister, Ricardo Salles, has been heckled at a meeting on climate change over the record number of fires in the Amazon. Read More

Rummaging through trash to find clean energy (UN Environment - Wednesday, 21 August 2019) -- A recent report by UN Environment’s International Environmental Technology Centre outlines one technology that has the potential to reduce the volume of waste entering landfills by up to 90 per cent. Read More

Plastics maker Indorama commits $1.5 billion to recycling (Reuters - Wednesday, 21 August 2019) -- BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai chemicals company Indorama Ventures (IVL.BK) has committed $1.5 billion of investment in recycling as consumers become more aware of the environmental impact of single-use plastic and regulators push for more recycling, it said on Wednesday. Read More

OPINION: Grasslands and savannas : the overlooked solution to climate crisis (Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tuesday, 20 August 2019) -- We must change the way we use our land and we must do it now. That’s the overall message of the recently published IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land. Through deforestation, conversion and unsustainable agriculture we have increased emissions and reduced the carbon sequestering abilities of our lands. Business as usual makes it impossible to achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement and threatens our food security. Read More