Green Rwanda Media Review - 27 April 2020

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


  • The New Times reports that heavy rain killed four children and destroyed over 110 houses in Rulindo District.
  • The New Times reports on how the government is working on face mask disposal guidelines.
  • Le Monde profiles Jacqueline Mukarukundo, a young entrepreneur who dreams of a world without waste.
  • View how Rwanda celebrated Earth Day with an Immersive Gorilla Trekking Virtual Reality Film.

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Rulindo: Polisi yafashe uwacuruzaga urumogi n’amasashe (Igihe - Monday, 27 April 2020) -- Polisi y’u Rwanda ikorera mu karere ka Rulindo mu murenge wa Murambi mu kagari ka Gatwa ku mugoroba wa tariki ya 25 Mata yafashe umugore w’imyaka 25, afatanwa udupfunyika 90 tw’urumogi n’amasashe 800. Read More

FEATURED: Innovation for a green future: Rwanda’s context (The New Times - Sunday, 26 April 2020) -- Today, Rwanda joins the rest of the world to celebrate the World Intellectual property day. The day is celebrated each year on the 26th of April, a date the WIPO convention came into force in 1970. Read More

Stalled Mpazi project leaves businesses counting losses (The New Times - Thursday, 23 April 2020) -- Business owners in Nyabugogo area in Nyarugenge District are appealing for authorities to manage floods caused by Mpazi drainage overflow that has sunk them into losses valued in tens of million. Read More

Rwanda unveils virtual tours for mountain gorillas (The New Times - Thursday 23 April 2020) -- This week, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), in partnership with The Ellen Fund, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Habitat XR, announced that they were bringing the country’s mountain gorilla trekking experience to people’s living rooms through a Virtual Reality (VR). Read more

Sebeya river protection likely to transform citizens’ livelihoods (Top Africa News - Wednesday, 22 April 2020) -- The Sebeya River originates in the mountains of Rutsiro District along the Congo Nile Divide, in Western Rwanda. The river flows for over 110 kilometers with a catchment area of 286 square kilometers spanning the districts of Rutsiro, Ngororero, Nyabihu and Rubavu. Read More

Manny, Akagera's black rhino dies (The New Times - Wednesday, 22 April 2020) -- One of the five black rhinos brought to Akagera National Park last year from Europe has died. Read More

Heavy rains kill four children, destroy over 110 houses in Rulindo (The New Times - Wednesday, 22 April 2020) -- Heavy rains that ravaged many parts of the whole country on Tuesday night claimed the lives of four children in Cyungo Sector, Rulindo District in the Northern Province. Read More

Ibikomoka kuri peteroli u Rwanda rukenera byagabanutseho 51% kubera Coronavirus (Igihe - Wednesday, 22 April 2020) -- Minisiteri y’Ubucuruzi n’Inganda (Minicom) yatangaje ko kubera icyorezo cya Coronavirus, ibikomoka kuri peteroli igihugu cyakeneraga byagabanutse ku gipimo cya 51%, cyane ko ingendo zagabanutse cyane, abantu bagasabwa kuguma mu ngo. Read More

Musanze: Imvura yarengeye imyaka mu kibaya cya Mugogo, abahinzi barasaba ubufasha (Kigali Today - Wednesday, 22 April 2020) -- Nyuma y’aho imvura nyinshi imaze iminsi igwa ikangiza imyaka yari iri mu mirima y’abaturiye ikibaya cya Mugogo kiri mu Murenge wa Busogo mu Karere ka Musanze, abaturage barasaba ko Leta yagira icyo ibafasha muri iki gihe badafite aho bakura ubundi bushobozi. Read More

Six perish in heavy rains in northern Rwanda (Journal du Cameroun - Tuesday, 21 April 2020) -- At least six people have died after torrential rains caused landslide in Gicumbi, a mountainous district in northern Rwanda, according to the latest update from local administrative authorities obtained late on Monday by APA in Kigali.The Mayor of Gicumbi district, Felix Ndayambaje, explained that that besides lives lost, the heavy rains also damaged private properties and public infrastructure notably roads in various parts of the region. Read More

Postponement of CHOGM 2020 due to Covid-19 (The Commonwealth - Tuesday, 21 April 2020) -- As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is necessary to postpone the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda on 22 – 27 June 2020. Read More

Jaqueline Mukarukondo, l’entrepreneuse rwandaise qui rêve d’un monde sans déchets (Le Monde - Tuesday, 21 April 2020) -- « Tout a commencé par un accident », explique Jacqueline Mukarukundo, à l’autre bout du fil. En 2011, alors qu’elle participe à une campagne de recyclage dans la ville de Musanze, au nord du Rwanda, l’un de ses meilleurs amis échappe de justesse à un glissement de terrain dans une décharge. Read More

Govt to issue facemasks disposal guidelines (The New Times - Tuesday, 21 April 2020) -- Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), on April 20, said it was working on the disposal guidelines of the masks that will be worn during this period of the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Stray Dogs Threatening Human Life: Who Should Be Accountable? (KT Press - Sunday, 19 April 2020) -- For the last three months, Nyamasheke district authorities have reported fourty(40) cases where people were attacked by stray dogs inflicting injuries on them. Read More


Sector Updates

Rwanda Celebrates Earth Day with Immersive Gorilla Trekking Virtual Reality Film (Rwanda Development Board - Wednesday, 22 April 2020) -- The Rwanda Development Board in partnership with The Ellen Fund, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Habitat XR, are bringing the country’s mountain gorilla trekking experience to people’s living rooms through a Virtual Reality (VR) film as the world celebrates this year’s Earth Day on Wednesday 22 April. Read More

Innovative Solutions in Response to COVID-19: Achieving Post-Pandemic Green Growth in Rwanda (GGGI Rwanda - Wednesday, 22 April 2020) -- The post-pandemic coronavirus response should be viewed as an opportunity to drive investments and deliver green growth initiatives to city residents with significant co-benefits including long-term impact on public health, air quality, and environmental restoration. Read More


Across Africa

Drought-Hit San Communities Starve During Lockdown (New Zimbabwe - Thursday, 23 April 2020) -- THE San communities in Tsholotsho and Plumtree have raised complaints of hunger and neglect following the recent extension of the country’s lockdown against the spread of COVID-19. Read More

“Earth School” launches to keep students connected to nature in the time of COVID-19 (UN Environment - Wednesday, 22 April 2020) -- In response to the COVID-19 crisis, an unprecedented coalition has come together to launch “Earth School,” which provides free, high-quality educational content to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home. Initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and TED-Ed, Earth School takes students on a 30-day “Adventure” through the natural world. Read More

Lockdown brings unintended ‘positive’ environmental impact (University of Cape Town - Wednesday, 22 April 2020) -- The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has severely impacted the University of Cape Town (UCT), but on Earth Day UCT’s director of environmental sustainability, Manfred Braune, shares some of the positive effects of lockdown on the environment. Read More

COVID-19 today, climate change tomorrow: Seychelles faces dual threats on Earth Day (Seychelles News Agency - Wednesday, 22 April 2020) -- The rise in temperatures that Seychelles is experiencing will have a profound impact on the agriculture and fisheries sectors, two areas also being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a top official said on Wednesday, as the world observed Earth Day. Read More

2 dead, hundreds displaced after heavy rains in Samburu (Daily Nation - Tuesday, 21 April 2020) -- At least two people died after they were swept away by floodwaters in Illaut, Samburu North, on Tuesday evening. Read More

Highest Risk Areas for Desert Locust Invasion in Eastern Africa (Science Africa - Monday, 20 April 2020) -- Despite efforts to curb the spread of the desert locusts in Eastern Africa, climatic conditions continue to favour locust development, especially in South Sudan, eastern Ethiopia, northern Somalia, northwestern Kenya an northeastern Uganda. Read More


From Around the World

Open Letter by the Executive Secretary on COVID-19 (UNFCCC - Thursday, 23 April 2020) -- The world faces an unprecedented threat from COVID-19. It is a global crisis unlike any in recent history — one that is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions of people around the globe. Read More

Earth Day at 50: The World's Satisfaction With the Environment (Gallup - Wednesday, 22 April 2020) -- On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Gallup offers a snapshot of how satisfied people in 145 countries and areas around the world were in 2019 with their efforts to preserve the environment and with the quality of their air and water. Read More

Myanmar gears up for action on climate change (UN Environment - Tuesday, 21 April 2020) -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his recent report on the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 that governments should not respond to the COVID-19 crisis by making policy and investment decisions that exacerbate existing crises such as air pollution and the climate emergency. Read More

Air pollution may be ‘key contributor’ to Covid-19 deaths – study (The Guardian - Monday, 20 April 2020) -- High levels of air pollution may be “one of the most important contributors” to deaths from Covid-19, according to research. Read More

A crash course on climate change, 50 years after the first Earth Day (The New York Times - Sunday, 19 April 2020) --The science is clear: The world is warming dangerously, humans are the cause of it, and a failure to act today will deeply affect the future of the Earth. Read More