Green Rwanda Media Review - 26 February 2019

Read the latest environment news from Rwanda and around the world.

Summary

  • New Business Ethiopia reports that the Nile Basin Initiative marked its 20th anniversary in Kigali.
  • Rwanda Today reports that the Government of Rwanda has purchased monitors to track air quality.
  • The New Times reports that the weatherman predicts low rainfall in five districts of the country.
  • Arch Daily reports that Rwanda’s Bugesera International Airport is to set records for sustainability.
  • KT Press reports that Olivier Nsengimana, a Rwandan conservationist, has scooped a ‎€50,000 award.
  • The New Times reports that MPs requested that firms should be given more time to phase out single-use plastics.
  • Watch an exclusive interview with Environment Minister Vincent Biruta on the ban of single-use plastics on Rwanda TV.

 

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20-21 March: Integrated Water Resources Management Conference, Kigali Marriott, Rwanda

 

Rwanda

Govt to track air quality (Rwanda Today - Sunday, 24 February 2019) -- Rwanda has purchased monitors to track emissions, as part of efforts towards mitigating the risks associated with air pollution. Read More

U Rwanda ruteganya ibiganiro na RDC ku myanda ijugunywa mu kiyaga cya Kivu (Igihe - Sunday, 24 February 2019) -- Abadepite babajije Minisitiri w’ibidukikije Dr Vincent Biruta ingamba u Rwanda rufitiye imyanda irimo ikomoka kuri pulastiki imenwa mu kiyaga cya Kivu ku ruhande rwa Congo, ishobora kuba imbogamizi mu guhangana n’ibyangiza ibidukikije ku ruhande rw’u Rwanda. Read More

Hagiye kubakwa indi nzira ifasha ba mukerarugendo kwinjira muri Pariki y’Akagera (Igihe - Saturday, 23 February 2019) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Iterambere, RDB, cyatangaje ko kigiye kubaka indi nzira yinjira muri Pariki y’Igihugu y’Akagera, izafasha cyane abatuye mu turere twa Nyagatare na Gatsibo na ba mukerarugendo binjirira ku mupaka wa Kagitumba. Read More

Urugaga rw’Abenjenyeri rwaburiye abashyira ibikorwa by’amashanyarazi hafi y’ingo z’abaturage (Igihe - Saturday, 23 February 2019) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Urugaga rw’Abenjenyeri mu Rwanda, bwaburiye abakora ibikorwa byo gukwirakwiza amashanyarazi mu baturage bakirengagiza amategeko ngenderwaho bakanyuza imiyoboro cyangwa insinga z’amashanyarazi hejuru y’inzu z’abaturage. Read More

Rwandan conservationist wins €50,000 award (CNBC Africa - Friday, 22 February 2019) -- The Grey Crowned Crane, you may recognise it as the symbol on the centre of the Ugandan flag, however, what you may not know is that this majestic bird is an endangered species. It's for that reason that the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association was born. Olivier Nsengimana, made it his mission to protect these birds and now his efforts have been recognized with a 50,000 Euro prize. CNBC Africa sat down with Olivier for more. Watch Video

Ibigo bya leta n’ibyigenga byose bizaba bitekesha gaz mu 2024 (Igihe - Friday, 22 February 2019) -- Ikigo gishinzwe ingufu mu Rwanda, REG, cyatangaje ko gifite intego y’uko mu mwaka wa 2024 ibigo byose byakira abantu benshi byaba ibya Leta n’ibyigenga bizaba bikoresha gaz mu guteka. Read More

David Attenborough's gorilla's heartbreaking cries as her hand pinned in biting trap (Mirror - Thursday, 21 February 2019) -- Igishushanyo mbonera gishya kigenga ikoreshwa ry’ubutaka n’imiturire mu Rwanda biteganyijwe ko gikomeje kuvugururwa aho byitezwe ko muri Werurwe 2020 kizaba cyarangiye, kigasubiza ibibazo bikunze kugaragara by’imiturire y’akajagari hirya no hino mu gihugu. Read More

Igishushanyo mbonera gishya kigenga ikoreshwa ry’ubutaka n’imiturire kizarangira mu 2020 (Igihe - Thursday, 21 February 2019) -- Igishushanyo mbonera gishya kigenga ikoreshwa ry’ubutaka n’imiturire mu Rwanda biteganyijwe ko gikomeje kuvugururwa aho byitezwe ko muri Werurwe 2020 kizaba cyarangiye, kigasubiza ibibazo bikunze kugaragara by’imiturire y’akajagari hirya no hino mu gihugu. Read More

New land use master plan to be released in July (The New Times - Thursday, 21 February 2019) -- Igishushanyo mbonera gishya kigenga ikoreshwa ry’ubutaka n’imiturire mu Rwanda biteganyijwe ko gikomeje kuvugururwa aho byitezwe ko muri Werurwe 2020 kizaba cyarangiye, kigasubiza ibibazo bikunze kugaragara by’imiturire y’akajagari hirya no hino mu gihugu. Read More

Nile Basin Initiative Marks 20th Anniversary In Kigali (New Business Ethiopia - Thursday, 21 February 2019) -- Ikigo cy’igihugu gishinzwe ubumenyi bw’ikirere (Meteo Rwanda) uyu munsi cyatangaje ko imvura y’itumba izahera mu kwa gatatu ikageza muri Gicurasi gusa ikazagwira igihe ariko ikazaba ihagije muri rusange. Mu burasirazuba izaba nke ugereranyije n’ahandi. Iteganyihe ritangazwa ngo hafatwe ingamba zireba cyane cyane umusaruro ndetse n’ibiza. Read More

Crested crane conservationist Olivier Nsengimana dedicates award to country (The New Times - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- Nsengimana protects the crowned crane birds in Rwanda by fighting illegal trade, facilitating reintroduction programmes and engaging the local population to understand their importance. Read More

Weatherman predicts low rainfall in five districts (The New Times - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- The weatherman warned that heavy rainfall in some districts might cause disasters such as floods, landslides, water borne diseases, destruction of houses, loss of life and other properties if there are no adaptation measures. Read More (Also covered in Umuseke, Imvaho Nshya, Kigali Today, Rwanda TV, Rwanda Nziza, The Profile)

Rwanda’s Bugesera International Airport to Set Records for Sustainability (Arch Daily - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- Rwanda’s largest publicly funded project, Bugesera International Airport is on track to be the first certified green building in the region. A few pieces of this net zero emission complex include: a 30,000 square metre passenger terminal, 22 check-in counters, ten gates, and six passenger boarding bridges. Funded by Public Private Partnership, the project is cost estimated at $414 million USD. The international hub was only one of several initiatives discussed by the Africa Green Growth Forum (AGGF) in Kigali at the end of last year. Read More

First Rwandan Cable Car For 2025 (KT Press - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- By 2025, Rwandans and visitors could start navigating the capital Kigali on aerial cable cars – saving them from growing traffic issues in land transport means. Read More

The right to a good environment (The New Times - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- Ikigo cy’igihugu gishinzwe ubumenyi bw’ikirere (Meteo Rwanda) uyu munsi cyatangaje ko imvura y’itumba izahera mu kwa gatatu ikageza muri Gicurasi gusa ikazagwira igihe ariko ikazaba ihagije muri rusange. Mu burasirazuba izaba nke ugereranyije n’ahandi. Iteganyihe ritangazwa ngo hafatwe ingamba zireba cyane cyane umusaruro ndetse n’ibiza. Read More

Rwanda set to extend plastic ban (BBC Africa - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- The Rwandan government wants the parliament to pass a bill banning single use plastics in the country to protect environment. Read More

Ibihugu bikikije uruzi rwa Nil byasabwe guteganya ingengo y’imari yo kurubungabunga (Igihe - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- Ibihugu 10 bihuriye ku ruzi rwa Nil byasabwe guteganya ingengo y’imari yo kurubungabunga kugirango rutazagirwaho ingaruka n’imihindagurikire y’ibihe, kuko atari umurimo wakorwa n’igihugu kimwe. Read More

Rwandan Conservationist Scoops ‎€50,000 Award (KT Press - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- Olivier Nsengimana, a Rwandan private conservationist has been awarded the ‘Future for Nature (FFN) 2019 – a prestigious international award that celebrates tangible achievements in protecting wild animal and plant species. Read More

Meeting the gorillas in Rwanda who owe their lives to David Attenborough (Mirror - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- After clambering over fossilised lava flows at 9,000ft, we duck into vegetation, my guide slashing his machete through tendrils that grip your legs like lassoes. Read More

Senators raise concerns over uncoordinated land plans (The New Times - Tuesday, 19 February 2019) -- According to a documentary put together by the committee, there were major issues stemming from poor coordination between local administrators, with some pieces of land said to have several planned activities. Read More

Exclusive interview with Environment Minister V. Biruta on ban of single-use plastics in Rwanda (Rwanda TV - Tuesday, 19 February 2019) -- On Monday, Minister Vincent Biruta presented to the Parliament the draft law banning single use plastics in Rwanda as part of the efforts to protect the environment. Rwanda TV had an exclusive interview with the Minister who expounded more on this Bill. Watch Video

Firms should be given more time to phase out single use plastics: MPs (The New Times - Tuesday, 19 February 2019) -- Under the draft law, Government has proposed to give a two year grace period for companies to stop manufacturing single use plastics. Read More

Abarusiya bari mu bushakashatsi ku bimera bisigaye ku butaka bw’u Rwanda gusa (Igihe - Tuesday, 19 February 2019) -- U Rwanda ni igihugu cy’imisozi 1000, iriho uruhurirane rw’ibimera bitabarika, ikanacumbikira urusobe rw’ibinyabuzima biri mu moko atandukanye bitewe n’imibereho yabyo. Read More

New project seeks to extend water to 38,000 Kamonyi residents (The New Times - Saturday, 16 February 2019) -- Over 38,000 residents of Runda Sector in Kamonyi District are set to benefit from a Japanese grant that is set to bankroll a water project that aims at increasing access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation in the area. Read More

Rethinking waste: Africa’s challenges and opportunities (The New Times - Tuesday, 12 February 2019) -- Waste management is a growing problem across the continent, but there are signs that Africa is starting to wake up to the urgency – and opportunity – of sustainable waste management. Read More

 

Across Africa

Gweru City to introduce anti-litter law (The Herald - Thursday, 21 February 2019) -- Gweru City Council will come up with city by-laws that will punish residents who litter streets and the environment in an effort to complement Government’s national clean-up campaign programme. Read More

Ugandan parliament enacts stringent wildlife law (Xinhua - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- The Ugandan Parliament on Tuesday enacted a stringent wildlife law that would see poachers jailed for life if found guilty. Read More

We need to mitigate climate change (The Observer - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- The tragic reality is that the earth is reaching a tipping point faster than ever before and this will affect all of us. The atmospheric temperatures are expected to increase across the globe and rainfall may increase or decrease, depending on location. Ultimately, climate change will have significant negative impacts on the economy, human health, energy use, and biodiversity and ecosystem services. Read More

Tanzania Court Convicts ‘Ivory Queen’ for Trafficking Elephant Tusks (The New York Times - Tuesday, 19 February 2019) -- DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — A Tanzanian court on Tuesday sentenced a Chinese businesswoman known as the “Ivory Queen” to 15 years in prison for smuggling the tusks of more than 350 elephants to Asia — a major victory in the effort to stamp out poaching in Africa. Read More

 

From Around the World

White House readies panel to question security risks of climate (Reuters - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is readying a presidential panel that would question U.S. military and intelligence reports showing human-driven climate change poses risks to national security, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Read More

Call for strengthened governance to improve the social and environmental outcomes of mining (UN Environment - Tuesday, 19 February 2019) -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The mining sector, if carefully managed, presents enormous opportunities for advancing sustainable development, particularly in low-income countries, the International Resource Panel says in its latest report. The Panel calls for an international mineral agency – or a global treaty – to address priorities of transformation and economic diversification, along with concerns about security of supply. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Nile Basin Countries Celebrate 20 Years of Cooperation & Partnership (Ministry of Environment - Sunday, 24 February 2019) -- Representatives of the ten Nile Basin States that form the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, on February 22, 2019 to mark Regional Nile Day 2019 and celebrate 20 years of cooperation and partnership through the NBI - an intergovernmental partnership of Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda with Eritrea also participating as an observer. Read More

Remarks by Minister Biruta at 20th Anniversary of Nile Basin Initiative and 2019 Nile Day (Ministry of Environment - Saturday, 23 February 2019) -- It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 20th Anniversary of the Nile Basin Initiative and 2019 Nile Day celebrations. We are indeed honoured to host this important gathering here in Kigali, and we extend a warm welcome to Rwanda for those who have joined us from abroad. Read More

2019 Nile Day & Nile Basin Initiative 20 Year Anniversary (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Friday, 22 February 2019) -- The 2019 Nile Day and anniversary of the Nile Basin Initiative celebrates 20 years of existence. This major milestone was an opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of 20 years of Nile cooperation in the Nile Basin agenda and management of shared resources. View Photos

Nile Basin Initiative to commemorate 20 years of promoting cooperation on the River Nile (Ministry of Environment - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- KIGALI, Rwanda - The Nile Basin Initiative will on February 22, 2019 mark 20 years since it was established to provide a platform for Nile Basin countries to work jointly in using and taking care of the shared water resources of the River Nile efficiently. Read More

Meteo Rwanda cautions public over potential rainfall hazards during March to May 2019 (Rwanda Meteorology Agency - Wednesday, 20 February 2019) -- The Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda) has cautioned the public over possible hydro-meteorological hazards, such as storms and flooding, during the March to May 2019 rainfall season. The warning came at the release of the national climate outlook for the upcoming season. Read More

ITEGANYAGIHE RY'ITUMBA 2019 (Rwanda Meteorology Agency - Tuesday, 19 February 2019) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere (Meteo Rwanda) kinejejwe no gutangariza abaturarwanda bose ko imvura y’itumba iteganyijwe izaba nyinshi mu turere twose tugize Intara y’Amajyaruguru, Umujyi wa Kigali, igice kinini cy’Intara y’Iburengerazuba ndetse no mu turere twa Ruhango, Kamonyi, Muhanga na Nyamagabe two mu Ntara y’Amajyepfo. Muri rusange, mu Ntara y’Iburasirazuba hateganyijwe imvura ihagije usibye Akarere ka Kirehe, igice cy’amajyepfo y’Akarere ka Ngoma na Bugesera hateganyijwe imvura nke. Imvura nke kandi iteganyijwe mu karere ka Gisagara ndetse n’amajyepfo y’Akarere ka Rusizi. Watch Video

Advocating for Green Cities and Green Buildings during the “Urban Walk” in Kigali (Global Green Growth Institute - Friday, 8 February 2019) -- As a parallel event to the Third National Urban Forum, GGGI in partnership with the City of Kigali and the University of Rwanda, led an “Urban Walk” in Kigali on 8th February 2019. Read More