Green Rwanda Media Review - 26 October 2020

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


  • Xinhua reports on the launch of the Green Amayaga forest landscape restoration project.
  • United for Efficiency reports about a new way to pay for Climate-friendly fridges and air conditioners in Rwanda.
  • The New Times reports that e-waste recycling has generated more green jobs.
  • Farmers Review Africa reports that farmers have been promised disease-resistant cassavas in Rwanda.
  • The New Times reports that the coalition seeks to unlock organic farming potential for youth.
  • Learn about the newly launched Green Amayaga project and 20/21 Forest Planting Season launch and view photos of REMA's Flickr.
  • Read about the 20/21 Forest Planting Season on the Ministry of Environment website.


Upcoming events 

  • October 26, 27 & 29: GGGI Virtual Events on Transformative Green Growth Knowledge Sharing. More here
  • 28 September - 30 October: Rwanda's African Mobility Month. More Here
  • 31 October: 17th World Congress on Recycling and E-waste Management 
  • 31 October: Forest Planting Season event in the Green Gicumbi project intervention areas
  • 6 November: Forest Planting Season event around Sebeya Catchment 
  • 14 November: Forest Planting Season event around Mpazi Sub-catchment
  • 5 November: World Tsunami Awareness Day
  • 18 November: Global Summit on Climate Change




Rwanda launches six-year landscape restoration project (Xinhua - 24 October 2020) -- Rwanda has launched a six-year landscape restoration project that will restore the natural forests and increase the erosion control and protection of marshlands and buffer zones to foster agriculture productivity in the Amayaga region in Southern Province. Read More


Rwf32 billion project to restore forestry in southern Rwanda (The New Times - Friday, 23 October 2020) -- Rwanda has launched an ambitious Rwf31.9 billion landscape restoration project that seeks to restore the natural forests of Amayaga in Rwanda’s Southern Province and benefit 1.3 million Rwandans. Read More. Also reported by IgiheUmusekeTop Africa News and more. 



Leta yashoye miliyari 31.9Frw mu mushinga wo kurengera ibidukikije mu Mayaga (Kigali Today - Thursday, 22 October 2020) -- Leta y’u Rwanda ibicishije mu Kigo cy’Igihugu cyita ku bidukikije (REMA), igiye gutangiza umushinga wo gutera amashyamba no kubungabunga urusobe rw’ibinyabuzima mu gice cy’Amayaga, uzatwara agera kuri miliyari 31 na Miliyoni 900 z’Amafaranga y’u Rwanda. Read More


RGB survey highlights major development issues, remedies (The New Times - Thursday, 22 October 2020) -- In the agriculture and livestock sector, RGB noted that despite its importance to the country’s economy, there are still issues in the service delivery in the agriculture sector as it was revealed by the CRC 2020. Read More


RWANDA: Engie and OffGridBox provide green energy, water and Wi-Fi in Kigali (Afrik 21 - Wednesday, 21 October 2020) -- Engie Energy Access, the subsidiary of French energy company Engie, has just signed an agreement with the decentralised clean energy solutions provider OffGridBox to supply electricity, drinking water and Wi-Fi to households in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Read More

REMA yatangije gahunda nshya yo korohereza abifuza kugura ibikoresho bikonjesha bitangiza ikirere (REMA - Wednesday, 21 October 2020) -- Ikigo cy’igihugu cyo kubungabunga ibidukikije REMA cyatangije uburyo bushya buzorohereza abashaka gutunga ibikoresho bikonjesha bikoresha ingufu neza kandi bitangiza ikirere. Read More


EDITORIAL: Affordable housing outcomes yet to be felt on local market (The New Times - Wednesday, 21 October 2020) -- On Tuesday 20th October, Shelter Afrique a housing development financier announced that its board has approved the development of the Kinyinya Park Estate Project- a 10,000 integrated and sustainable large scale housing project in Kigali. Read More Harashakwa uko abahinga mu ishyamba kimeza rya Kibirizi barikurwamo (Kigali Today - Tuesday, 20 October 2020) -- Ubuyobozi bw'Akarere ka Nyanza mu Ntara y’Amajyepfo, buvuga ko burimo kureba icyakorwa ngo abaturage bahinga mu ishyamba kimeza rya Kibirizi barikurwemo, risubiranywe mu rwego rwo kurengera ibidukikije. Read More



E-waste recycling project to generate more green jobs (The New Times - Tuesday, 20 October 2020) -- E-waste collection and recycling has created over 400 green jobs which is expected to increase once the recycling facility and nationwide collection points are fully operational. Read More Coalition seeks to unlock organic farming potential for youth (The New Times - Monday, 19 October 2020) -- As people are gradually being concerned about the choice of food they take, healthy diets are gaining much attention from consumers. And, organic farming is one of the best ways to get healthy foods. Read More


The promise of disease-resistant cassavas in Rwanda (Farmers Review Africa - Monday, 19 October 2020) -- The Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resource Development Board (RAB) and researchers have urged farmers to embrace cassava varieties that will resist diseases and increase production from 10 tonnes to 40 tonnes per hectare. Read More 


New Way to Pay for Climate-friendly Fridges and Air Conditioners in Rwanda (United for Efficiency - Monday, 19 October 2020) -- The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) announces partnership with Banque Populaire du Rwanda to offer on-bill financing to make energy-efficient and climate-friendly refrigerators and ACs more affordable. Read More


The Mysterious Depths of Lake Kivu, Rwanda (Science The Wire - Sunday, 18 October 2020) -- Kivu doesn’t behave like most deep lakes. Typically, when water at the surface of a lake is cooled by winter air temperatures or rivers carrying spring snowmelt, for example, that cold, dense water sinks, and warmer, less dense water rises up from deeper in the lake. Read More 



Sector Updates
Rwanda launches ambitious forest and landscape restoration initiative to address climate change and improve livelihoods (REMA - Friday, 23 October 2020) -- Kigali, Rwanda | 22 October 2020, Rwanda is launching an ambitious landscape restoration project that will restore the natural forests of Amayaga in Rwanda’s Southern Province and benefit 1.3 million Rwandans. The Green Amayaga Project is a six year initiative that will promote biodiversity, foster ecosystem services, increase agricultural productivity and reduce the vulnerability of people and ecosystems to the adverse effects of climate change. Read More
Photos: Green Amayaga Project Launch (REMA Flickr - Thursday, 22 October 2020) -- Rwanda has launched an ambitious landscape restoration project that will restore the natural. View Photos
New Way to Pay for Climate-Friendly Fridges and ACs in Rwanda (REMA - Thursday, 22 October 2020) -- The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has announced a partnership with Banque Populaire du Rwanda to offer on-bill financing to make energy-efficient and climate-friendly refrigerators and ACs more affordable. Read More
Rwanda to plant 25 million trees to restore forests and address climate change (Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 22 October 2020) -- Rwandans will plant 25 million trees during the upcoming Forest Planting Season in an effort to expand and restore forests and contribute to the global effort to address climate change. The large-scale planting effort is taking place as part of the country’s annual Forest Planting Season, which brings together Rwandans to plant trees in an effort to increase forest coverage, economic growth. promote biodiversity as well as protect the environment. Read More


Across Africa 


DRC: a tower to measure the impact of tropical forests on climate change (Africa 21 - Wednesday, 21 October 2020) -- Perhaps the solution to the problem of climate change could come from tropical forests, such as the Congo Basin. According to the scientific community, this tropical forest in Central Africa is an important carbon sink. Read More


Africa: We Are Causing Climate Change, and Climate Change Is Costing us. (All Africa - Tuesday, 20 October 2020) -The common knowledge we have is that every single human activity has something to do with things around him, especially the vegetation and, by extension, the environment. Read More


Who will conserve conservation in Africa? (Sunday Times - Tuesday, 20 October 2020) -- For decades the perceived wisdom around preserving much of Africa’s wilderness areas has been simple: set aside large swathes of land for conservation, and charge well-heeled international travellers mostly from Europe, the US and Asia — a hefty fee to enjoy them in relative seclusion. Read More


Tanzania Finalizes Plan To Implement Top World Bank Tourism Project (EABW Digital News - Monday, 19 October 2020) -- Best for domestic, rural and regional tourism in East and Southern Africa, the World Bank-funded Resilient Natural Resource Management for Tourism and Growth project is under implementation in Tanzania. Read More



From Around the World

Climate change: 'Cooling paint' could cut emissions from buildings (BBC News - Wednesday, 21 October 2020) -- A new type of white paint has the potential to cool buildings and reduce the reliance on air conditioning, say researchers. Read More 

Recycled Metal Market to Reach $85 Billion by 2025 (eTurbo News - Wednesday, 21 October 2020) -- With the proliferation of rapid industrialization and urbanization trends across the globe, the demand for metals has observed a meteoric rise. However, having considered the adverse impact of mining on the environment, metal product manufacturers have been inclining toward recycled metals, thereby providing a major impetus to recycled metals industry. Read More 


World on fire 2020: Experts explain the global wildfire crisis (Global Landscape Forum - Wednesday, 21 October 2020) -- Across continents and climates, uncontrollable and destructive wildfires are becoming an expected part of annual calendars. Read More


Scotland ‘should lead the way' in climate change support for poor countries (The Herald - Monday, 19 October 2020) -- Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said rich nations responsible for fuelling the climate emergency must offer developing countries more financial support to help them adapt to climate change. Read More



Twitter Highlights


1. Born Free Foundation @BornFreeFDNCongratulations to Dr Olivier Nsengimana, Founder of @RwandaWildlife, who has won the McKenna-Travers Award for Compassionate Conservation 2020. Dr Nsengimana protects endangered grey crowned cranes - ending their captive exploitation in just five years.


2. REMA Rwanda @REMA_RwandaHappening now: @REMA_Rwanda is taking part in today’s #GreenRwanda Sector Review Meeting. The meeting is reviewing implementation progress of 2019/20 sector targets & discussing upcoming priorities, resource mobilisation & integrating Rwanda's #ClimateAction plan in development.


3. GGGI @gggi_hqDid you know that the #climatecrisis has direct & indirect impacts on human #health? Learn more on health & #climate interactions in GGGI's new #InsightBrief on Green Deals to Accelerate #ClimateAction #PostCOVID19!


4. GGGI Rwanda @GGGI_RwandaAs part of #AfricanMobilityMonth, take part by sharing a photo of infrastructure investments that districts in #Rwanda have made to promote low-carbon mobility. @HuyeDistrict @Muhangadis @RusiziDistrict @RubavuDistrict @MusanzeDistrict @NyagatareDistr @RwandaLocalGov


5. IGIHE @IGIHEU Rwanda rwaje ku rutonde rukorwa na Forbes Magazine rw'ibihugu 20 ku Isi ba mukerarugengo bakwiriye gusura mu 2021.
6. Ministry of Infrastructure | Rwanda @RwandaInfraMinister @claverGatete and Minister @MujaJeanne of @EnvironmentRw held a virtual bilateral meeting with HE Ban Ki Moon, President of the Global Green Growth Institute. They discussed @GGGI_Rwanda ’s main area of partnership in green urbanization and sustainable city development. 
7. Ministry of Infrastructure | Rwanda @RwandaInfraMinister @claverGatete called GGGI for enhanced future collaboration in areas such as storm water management, greening of new and existing public buildings, solid waste & hazardous waste management, sustainable/electrical mobility & Greening the New Bugesera International Airport.