Green Rwanda Media Review - 27 January 2020

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


  • The New Times reports on the launch of a multi-billion franc project to control floods from the volcanoes area in the Northern Province.
  • KT Press reports on air pollution in Kigali and the steps being taken to address the issue.
  • The New Times reports on Akagera National Park's 25% revenue growth, which has made the park 90% self sufficient.
  • The New Times reports that the Gikondo Wetland will be vacated by March.
  • UN Environment announces the creation of the Global Fund for Ecosystem-based Adaptation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Upcoming Events

  • 27-29 January: 54th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum, Mombasa, Kenya
  • 29 January: Flood Risk Management Component of RUDPII, Serena Hotel, Kigali
  • 30 January: Breakfast Meeting on Rwanda Catalytic Green Investment Bank at Marriott Hotel hosted by the Rwanda Green Fund
  • 31 January: World Wetland Day Celebrations in Rwanda hosted by REMA
  • 6-7 February: International Conference on Environmental Protection and Ecology, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 10-11 February: International Conference on Waste Management, Recycling and Environment, Barcelona, Spain
  • 8-14 February: World Urban Forum, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Rwanda Green Fund & Green City Kigali will be represented)
  • 15-22 February: Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, Gandhinagar, India
  • 20-21 February: International Conference on Solid Waste, Paris, France
  • 23-28 February: World Biodiversity Forum Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland
  • 24-28 February: 52nd Session of the IPCC, Paris, Ile-De-France, France
  • 27-28 February: International Conference on Climatology and Meteorology, Sydney, Australia
  • 9-13 March: Africa Climate Week, Kampala Uganda


Multi-billion project to control floods from volcanoes launched (The New Times - Monday 27 January 2020) --- Residents from the volcanoes region in Northern and Western provinces can now breathe a sigh of relief after the government launched Rwf35 billion project meant to sustainably control the frequent floods that would claim people’s lives, destroy infrastructure, people’s homes and farmlands. Read More

Authorities to turn Mount Kigali into tourist destination (The New Times - Sunday, 26 January 2020) -- Officials in the City of Kigali have announced that at least 60 hectares on Mount Kigali in Nyarugenge District will be turned into a tourist destination. Read More

Burera: Hatangijwe umushinga wo gukumira amazi aturuka mu gice k’Ibirunga (Imvaho Nshya - Sunday, 26 January 2020) -- Mu Murenge wa Rugarama, mu karere Burera mu ntara y’Amajyaruguru habaye igikorwa cyo gutangiza umushinga wo gukumira amazi aturuka mu gice k’Ibirunga agateza ibiza mu baturage, igikorwa cyahujwe n’umuganda usoza Ukwezi kwa Mutarama 2020. Read More

Natural disasters: What would you take? (The New Times - Sunday, 26 January 2020) -- To be fair, part of it is our fault, seeing as we’re treating the environment as we like and in the process disrupting environmental patterns and in effect contributing to this extreme weather. Read More

Amafoto: Reba uko Umuganda rusange usoza Mutarama 2020 wakozwe (Kigali Today - Saturday, 25 January 2020) -- Umuganda rusange usoza ukwezi kwa Mutarama 2020, ku rwego rw’igihugu wabereye mu Karere ka Nyarugenge mu Murenge wa Nyamirambo mu Mujyi wa Kigali ahazwi ku izina rya Mera Neza. View Photos

Wilderness promotes sustainable development (Mmegi Online - Friday, 24 January 2020) -- Wilderness Safaris’ Magashi Camp, situated in north-eastern Akagera National Park, Rwanda, is strongly rooted in a core purpose: to help contribute towards the conservation and sustainable operation of Rwanda’s last protected savannah ecosystem, and to drive sustainable ecotourism in the wildlife-rich park. Read More

Rwanda Looks To More Electric Vehicles To Combat Air Pollution (KT Press - Thursday, 23 January 2020) -- Smoggy atmosphere in January? Yes, the air you are breathing could be containing pollutants scientifically known as particulate matter, which include carbon monoxide, sulfur-dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide, among others, which go directly into your lungs. Read More

Akagera Park records 25% revenue growth (The New Times - Thursday, 23 January 2020) -- Akagera National Park received more than 49,000 visitors and generated $2.5 million in park revenue last year (2019), a 25 per cent increase compared to 2018. Read More

Magashi – conserving Rwanda’s last protected savannah ecosystem (Botswana Unplugged - Wednesday, 22 January 2020) -- Launched in partnership with African Parks and the Rwanda Development Board, collectively called the Akagera Management Company (AMC), Magashi forms part of Wilderness Safaris’ objective to build sustainable conservation economies in Rwanda, and further entrench its commitment to expanding ecotourism in the region by offering an extended high-end circuit that goes beyond gorillas. Read More

This is one of the few places in the world to see gorillas in the wild (CNBC - Wednesday, 22 January 2020) -- We have contact,” revealed the ranger to the seven wildlife enthusiasts standing at the foot of Mount Sabyinyo, an extinct volcano in the Rwandan Virunga Mountains. Read More

Gikondo industrial zone to be vacated by March (The New Times - Wednesday, 22 January 2020) -- By the end of March this year, the decades-old industrial park in Gikondo in Kicukiro District, will have been vacated, according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM). Read More


Sector Updates

Review of GGGI’s Experience to Design and Operationalize National Financing Vehicles to Finance Climate and Green Growth Policy Implementation (GGGI - Monday, 27 January 2020) -- The Global Green Growth Institute has identified national financing vehicles (NFVs) as a potential solution to overcome some of the known disadvantages of international climate finance. Read More

Engineers from IER trained on Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System and Templates at the Continuous Professional Development Workshop (GGGI- Wednesday, 22 January 2020) -- GGGI with Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) conducted a capacity building on the Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System and excel-based green building minimum compliance templates for the Institution of Engineers Rwanda (IER) at the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Workshop. Read More


Across Africa

Heavy rains leave Redcliff with dry taps (New Zimbabwe - Thursday, 23 January 2020) -- HEAVY rains which have been pounding most parts of the Midlands province have ironically left the town of Redcliff with dry taps, Mayor Clayton Masiyatsva has said. Read More

Water sachet use in Ghana: how to stop the pollution (The Conversation - Wednesday, 22 January 2020) -- Almost 2,500 tons of waste is generated daily in Accra. This is as a result of refuse being dumped and the environment being littered with polythene, bottles and drinking water sachets. Garbage blocks the gutters and can cause flooding and disease outbreaks. Read More

Bequeathing a Sordid Environmental Mess! (Daily Trust - Tuesday, 21 January 2020) -- The illogical, uncaring and unprincipled manner in which the three arms of government behave these days is making the international community and indeed most Nigerians fear for the future of the nation. Read More

ACCF grants $4.7m to support projects in African countries (African Development Bank Group - Tuesday, 21 January 2020) -- The approval of these projects increases ACCF’s overall portfolio to 15 projects. These projects demonstrate how the ACCF helps Regional Member Countries to finance climate-resilient, low-carbon development. They will expand the ACCF’s geographic reach and diversify its field of intervention. Read More


From Around the World

Make big polluters pay for mass tree planting, officials say (The Guardian - Thursday, 23 January 2020) -- The planting of 100m trees a year in the UK to tackle the climate emergency could be paid for by new carbon levies on oil companies and airlines, the government’s official climate adviser has proposed. Read More

Rome's Fiumicino airport tests pioneering eco-friendly tarmac (Reuters - Wednesday, 22 January 2020) -- Rome’s Fiumicino airport is testing a pioneering tarmac developed by an Italian company, made of a material that has twice the lifespan of traditional asphalt and is better for the environment as it uses waste plastic. Read More

Space mission to reveal 'Truths' about climate change’ (BBC - Wednesday, 22 January 2020) -- The UK is going to lead a space mission to get an absolute measurement of the light reflected off Earth's surface. Read More

Reducing Environmental Impact Is Now A Business Imperative (Forbes - Wednesday, 22 January 2020) -- Nearly every day, another research finding, news story or environmental-related disaster piles more evidence on the reality that our planet is in crisis. Read More

UNEP, IUCN to launch new €20m programme on ecosystem-based adaptation (UN Environment - Tuesday, 21 January 2020) -- The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are jointly launching the Global Fund for Ecosystem-based Adaptation [2020-2024], which aims to provide targeted and rapid support mechanisms through seed capital for innovative approaches to ecosystem-based adaptation. Read More


Popular Social Media Posts

The New Times @NewTimesRwanda · Akagera National Park received more than 49,000 visitors and generated $2.5 million in park revenue last year (2019), a 25% increase compared to 2018. 48% of the visitors were Rwandan citizens

Rwanda Youth Environmental actors @Environactors · The Economic zone(Industrial zone) up there around #Nyandungu wetland which is under restoration, Wondering if those industries waste water are treated to the point can't harm the ecosystems of the wetland

GGGI Rwanda @GGGI_Rwanda · @dheerajarabothu GGGI's Green Buildings Senior Officer gives a detailed breakdown training to the participants on the Green Buildings Minimum Compliance System modules, indicators and gives practical examples using the benefits of system @Rwanda_Housing #greenbuildings #GBMCS.

Ministry of Environment @EnvironmentRw · Today, Min. @MujaJeanne received a courtesy call from @AmbRonAdam and discussed possible area of partnership between @RwandaGov and State of Israel in environment, climate change and water resources management.

Rwanda Green Fund @GreenFundRw · The @GreenFundRw is holding a half-day workshop on establishment of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the @GreenCityKigali. This SPV will ensure proper financial & technical management for realization of the pilot 16-ha affordable housing project within the 600-ha project area