Green Rwanda Media Review -- 27 August 2018

Read the latest news on the environment sector in Rwanda and around the world. 


  • Multiple outlets report that the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Lands and Forestry have organised a special Umuganda for wetland conservation
  • The New Times shares Minister Biruta's warning against wetlands unsustainable use
  • Igihe writes about the uniqueness of Bisoke volcano, which will increase the number of Rwandan tourists
  • The New Times reports that Ethiopia has inaugurated Africa's first waste-to-energy project
  • Read coverage and view photos of the 50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum, which opened in Kigali today


Upcoming Events

27 July-5 September: Kwita Izina Community Project Launches

27-28 August 2018: 50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum, Serena Hotel, Kigali

28 August 2018: Validation workshop for the Third National Communication Report on Climate Change

28 August 2018: Green Drinks Kigali on the Return of the Lions to Akagera, Impact Hub, Kiyovu 7-9 PM

28-30 August 2018: The Kigali Panafrican ABS Workshop (on Nagoya Protocol) at Marriott Hotel.

29 August 2018: Meeting with importers of Ozone Depleting Substances on Kigali Amendment implementation to phase down HFCs at Lemigo Hotel

31 August-8 September: Kwita Izina Familiarisation Tours

4 -5 September: Kwita Izina Conservation Exhibition, Conservation on Conservation

5-8 September 2018: African Green Revolution Forum 6-7 September: Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) Board Meeting

7 September 2018: Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony and Igitaramo Cultural Celebratory Dinner

12-14 September 2018: Africa Regional Mountains Forum 2018, Kigali, Rwanda

12-14 September 2018: Exhibition of environmental-friendly refrigerants equipment at Car Free Zone, Kigali

14 September 2018: Celebration of the International Ozone Day 2018 at Car Free Zone

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



Minister Biruta calls for ways to improve delivery of climate information (Rwandan Inspirer - Monday 27 August 2017) The minister of Environment Dr Vincent Biruta has encouraged different stakeholders in weather predictions to explore ways to improve the quality, packaging and delivery of climate information so that it is gender sensitive and suits the needs of diverse users. Read More

Scientists Gather In Kigali To Develop Regional Climate Outlook (Taarifa - Monday, 27 August 2018) -- Rwanda is currently hosting hundreds of climate scientists and specialists at the 50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (#GHACOF50). These climate scientists at the forum (August 27-28th) held at Kigali Serena Hotel, seek to develop the regional climate outlook. Read More

Environment ministry warns against wetland degradation (The New Times - Sunday, 26 August 2018) -- Activities degrading wetlands are not acceptable, Environment Minister, Dr Vincent Biruta has said revealing that the government has embarked on a restoration campaign for threatened marshy land. Read More

Kigali Gets Ready For Africa Green Growth Forum (Taarifa - Sunday, 26 August 2018) -- Kigali is preparing to host the Africa Green Growth Forum later from 26-30 November aimed at drawing attention to the importance of sustainable economic transformation. Read More

Rwanda in wetland rehabilitation campaign (Xhinua News - Saturday, 25 August 2018) -- Rwanda's ministries of environment and lands and forestry Saturday led Rwandans in a nationwide campaign to rehabilitate wetlands. It involved teaching communities about the role of wetlands in environmental management and protecting biodiversity.The activities brought together national and local leaders, communities and environmental experts including engineers. Read More

Gasabo: Minisitiri Vincent Biruta yasabye ab’i Nduba kudatwarwa n’inyungu z’akanya gato bangiza ibishanga-AMAFOTO+VIDEO ( - Saturday, 25 August 2018) -- Minisitiri w’Ibidukikije Bwana Dr. Vincent Biruta yasabye abaturage b’Umurenge wa Nduba mu karere ka Gasabo kudatwarwa n’inyungu z’akanya gato ngo bangize ibishanga. Biruta avuga ko ibishanga ari indiri y’urusobe rw’ibinyabuzima bisobanuye byinshi ku buzima bwa muntu kandi ngo ibishanga bitunze umubare utari muke mu batuye u Rwanda. Read More

Ikibazo cy’ubutaka bwo guhinga bwubakwaho cyahagurukije inzego (Igihe - Wednesday, 22 August 2018) -- Minisiteri y’Ubuhinzi n’ubworozi ifatanyije na Minisiteri y’Ubutaka n’amashyamba batangiye inyigo izarangira igaragaje bidasubirwaho ubutaka bwagenewe guhingwa gusa. Read More

MIDIMAR scaling up disaster resilience mission (The New Times - Tuesday, 21 August 2018) -- After disasters killed 222 people, destroyed 14,491 houses and 8,978 hectares of crops, 49 bridges, and claimed 754 livestock, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDIMAR) supported the affected households but also embarked on a mission to enhance understanding on disaster risk mitigation for effective scaling up of disaster preparedness and risk reduction activities. Read More

Byinshi ku kirunga cyihariye cya Bisoke, kigiye gukundisha abanyarwanda ubukerarugendo (Igihe - Monday, 20 August 2018) -- Kuwa Gatandatu tariki 25 Kanama 2018, abanyarwanda babyifuza bazoroherezwa kuzamuka no gusura ikirunga cya Bisoke, gifite umwihariko wo kuba ari cyo cyonyine gifite ikiyaga ku gasongero. Read More


Across Africa

African youth decry poor access to agri-business loans (The New Times - Wednesday, 22 August 2018) -- African young agricultural entrepreneurs on Tuesday decried poor access to soft agricultural loans which is hampering growth of their agri-businesses. Read More

Air pollution is shaving a year off our average life expectancy (Science News - Wednesday, 22 August 2018) -- Breathing dirty air exacts a price — specifically, months, or even years, off of life. Read More

Capital Connection EP10: Impact of climate change on African economies (CNBC Africa - Tuesday, 21 August 2018) -- In this episode of Capital Connection CNBC Africa’s Arnold Segawa, discusses the impact of climate change on African economies joined by Romy Chevallier, senior researcher on the Governance of Africa's Resources programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), and Charles Karangwa, eastern and southern Africa regional coordinator for International Union for Conservation of Nature Forest Restoration Programme. Watch Report

Ethiopia inaugurates Africa's first waste-to-energy project (The New Times - Monday, 20 August 2018) -- Ethiopia's first waste-to-energy facility was inaugurated on Sunday in the presence of high-level Ethiopian and foreign dignitaries. Read More


From Around the World

Species-rich forests better compensate environmental impacts ( - Thursday, 23 August 2018) -- Forest ecosystems are elementary for a climatic balance. Countries such as China have recognised this fact; for years, they have been conducting extensive afforestation programs to compensate their rising CO2 emissions. Read More

Is China Worsening the Developing World’s Environmental Crisis? (Eco Watch - Wednesday, 22 August 2018) -- The developing world is in the midst of an environmental crisis. Simply breathing the air is a leading cause of death. Read More Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record (The Guardian - Tuesday, 21 August 2018) -- The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. Read More


Sector Updates

Rwandans encouraged to protect and restore wetlands at special Umuganda (Ministry of Lands and Forestry - Monday, 27 September 2018) -- Rwandans across the country have been encouraged to join the national campaign to protect and restore degraded wetlands. The call was made during the monthly Umuganda community service on Saturday, 25 August 2018. Read More (Ministry of Lands and Forestry) and Here (Ministry of Environment)

Remarks of the Minister of the Environment at the 50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (Ministry of Environment - Monday, 27 August 2018) -- Good morning! It gives me great pleasure to be with you today for the opening of the 50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum. On behalf of the Government of Rwanda, I warmly welcome you to the land of a thousand hills. We are very pleased to host this forum here in Kigali, and we look forward to discussions on developing the regional outlook and the theme of this edition: how to ensure our weather and climate services are gender sensitive. Read More

Photos: Opening Ceremony of the 50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (Ministry of Environment Flickr page - Monday, 27 August 2018) -- Climate scientists, user groups and other stakeholders have met in Kigali to deliberate the regional consensus climate outlook for the October-December 2018 rainfall season. Minister of Environment Vincent Biruta officially opened the 50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF50). View Photos

Photos: Special Umuganda on wetland protection Iin Nduba Sector, Gasabo (Ministry of Environment Flickr page - Monday, 27 August 2018) -- View Photos

Photos: Special Umuganda on wetland protection Iin Nduba Sector, Gasabo (Ministry of Lands and Forestry Flickr page - Monday, 27 August 2018) -- View Photos

Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Lands and Forestry Organise Special Umuganda for Wetland Conservation (Ministry of Environment - Friday, 24 August 2018) -- As part of efforts to further protect Rwanda's wetlands, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Lands and Forestry are organising a special countrywide Umuganda (community service) that will be conducted at National Level in Nduba Sector, Gasabo District, on Saturday, 25 August 2018. Read More

Kigali to Host the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (Meteo Rwanda - Thursday, 23 August 2018) -- The 50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF50) will be held on 27th and 28th August 2018 in Kigali. The Government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Meteorology Agency will host the forum that IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) organises in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in the region. Read More