Green Rwanda Media Review - 27 July 2020

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


  • Rwanda TV reports that the government aims to privatise 80% of state forests by 2024.
  • The New Times reports that Africa is working to protect biodiversity, according to CEO Gatare.
  • KT Press, Igihe, and Kigali Today report about a rare white buffalo spotted in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.
  • The Dispatch reports that pandemic-hit nations are urged to hold nerve on climate finance for the poor.
  • CNBC Africa reports that Rwanda is set to host the first virtual AGRF Summit in September.
  • Rwanda National Police shares that marine operations against poaching in Lake Burera are paying off.


Upcoming Events

  • 27 July: Radio Show - Green City Kigali on Radio One at 11am with the Rwanda Green Fund. More Here
  • 27 July: Webinar - Climate Change in Eastern Africa, Challenges and Opportunities, organised by ICPAC. More Here
  • 28 July: Webinar - E-Environment: E-waste recycling, by UNEP/ITU.
  • 29 July: Webinar - “Climate Technologies: From needs to implementation” by UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee. More Here
  • 31 July: World Ranger Day
  • 10 August: World Lion Day
  • 12 August: World Elephant Day



Government to privatize 80% of the state forests by 2024 (Rwanda TV - Saturday, 25 July 2020) -- According to the Rwanda Water & Forestry Authority, by 2024, 80% of the state's forests will be in the hands of the private sector. It is in the interest of conserving the forest cover, while the United Nations estimates that 420 million hectares of forest have been destroyed in the last 30 years. Watch Video

« Des gorilles dans la tourmente », les grands singes des montagnes en quête d’équilibre (Le Monde - Saturday, 25 July 2020) -- Le chiffre 1 063 peut paraître faible quand on sait qu’il correspond au nombre de gorilles des montagnes recensés dans la forêt de Bwindi et les montagnes des Virunga, entre le Rwanda, la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et l’Ouganda. Read More

Rwandan designers stitch 'zero-waste' unisex outfit (The East African - Saturday, 25 July 2020) -- With the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus having deeply affected the creative sector, not much has been going on in the fashion industry. Read More

Leta yashyikirije abaturage amashyamba yabo angana na hegitari 873 nyuma yo kuyabavugururira (Igihe - Friday, 24 July 2020) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Amashyamba (RFA), cyashyikirije abaturage amashyamba yabo angana na hegitari 873 nyuma yo kuvugururwa hagaterwamo ibiti bishya byitezweho gutanga umusaruro mu myaka itanu iri imbere. Read More

Residents of Nyaruguru petition district administration over a quarry that has destroyed houses (Rwanda TV - Friday, 24 July 2020) -- Resident of Ntanda village in Raranzige cell, Rusenge Sector in Nyaruguru District have petitioned district administration for compensation over the explosives used in drilling and blasting rocks used in the construction of Huye-Nyaruguru Highway. Watch Video

Africa is working to protect biodiversity – Gatare (The New Times - Thursday, 23 July 2020) -- African countries are working together to address issues related to biodiversity, despite the human-induced activities that are threatening life on earth, Francis Gatare, the Chief Executive of the Rwanda Mines, Gas and Petroleum Board (RMB) has said. Read More

I Rutsiro hari kubakwa uruganda rwitezweho gutunganya toni 20 z’amabuye y’agaciro mu isaha (RBA - Thursday, 23 July 2020) -- Mu Karere ka Rutsiro hari kubakwa iuruganda ruzajya rwifashisha ikoranabuhanga mu gutunganya no kongerera agaciro umusaruro w’amabuye y’agaciro aboneka muri ako gace. Read More

City of Kigali in Rwf30 billion deficit for drainages (The New Times - Wednesday, 22 July 2020) -- As the rainy season approaches, the City of Kigali says that it faces a Rwf30 billion funding shortfall for rehabilitating and expanding several drainages that usually cause flooding in the country’s capital. Read More

Dutemberane Pariki y’Ibirunga, inzira ikugeza ku Rugano (Amafoto) (Imvaho Nshya - Wednesday, 22 July 2020) -- Mu gihe kitarambiranye kiri imbere, ba mukerarugendo bazaba baryoherwa no gusura ibice bitandukanye by’Igihugu bibumbatiye amateka y’Urugamba rwo Kubohora u Rwanda. Read More

Rare White Buffalo In Rwanda’s National Park (KT Press - Wednesday, 22 July 2020) -- Rarely seen buffalo has been sighted in Rwanda’s volcano national park, the park veterinarians have said. Read More. Also published in Igihe, and Kigali Today

Rwanda turns harmful plastic into construction material (Anadolu Agency - Wednesday, 22 July 2020) -- To circumvent tough environmental laws, a local firm devised a plan to make tiles and pavers from waste plastic bottles. Read More

Mining Workers Disregard Anti-#COVID-19 Measures (Taarifa - Tuesday, 21 July 2020) -- A mining site at Cyabingo and Busengo in Gakenke district, mine workers descend into mines and interact with each other as though #Covid-19 is a very distant or foreign pandemic that they only hear about on the radio. Read More

21-31 Nyakanga: Hateganyijwe imvura mu bice bimwe na bimwe by’Igihugu (Imvaho Nshya - Tuesday, 21 July 2020) -- Ikigo k’Igihugu k’Iteganyagihe (Meteo Rwanda) kiratangaza ko hateganyijwe imvura mu bice bimwe na bimwe by’Igihugu hagati y’itariki 21- 31 Nyakanga 2020, iri hagati ya mirimetero 0 na 20. Read More

Nta munyarwanda wari ukwiye gutangwa ibyiza by’igihugu cye (Rwanda TV - Monday, 20 July 2020) -- Watch Video

Rwanda to host first virtual AGRF Summit in September (CNBC Africa - Monday, 20 July 2020) -- Rwanda is set to host the Tenth Annual Summit of the African Green Revolution Forum, which brings together over thousands of delegates from governments, the civil society, the private sector, research community and development partners. The summit will be held virtually from 8-11 September 2020. Jean-Paul Ndagijimana, Country Director in Rwanda for Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa joins CNBC Africa for more. Watch Video

Pandemic-hit nations urged to hold nerve on climate finance for the poor (The Dispatch - Monday, 20 July 2020) -- East African nation Rwanda was one of the first countries to submit a stronger climate action plan to the United Nations this year – and it hopes that can serve as a basis for a “better, green COVID recovery”, its environment minister said this week. Read More

RWANDA: GGGI educates young entrepreneurs on green entrepreneurship (Afrik21 - Monday, 20 July 2020) -- Four young Rwandan entrepreneurs, grouped together in their start-up Umuti Paper, which specialises in making packaging paper bags from tree trunks, are receiving training in green entrepreneurship as part of the 2020 edition of the "Greepreneurs" competition. Read More. Also published in Journal du Cameroon

Charles Karangwa – The Emerging Conservation Finance Leader (ALU School of Wildlife and Conservation - Wednesday, 24 June 2020) -- The fear of the future for the conservation industry post-COVID-19 is probably spreading to the majority of conservationists across the globe. Read More


Sector Updates 

Marine operations against poaching in Lake Burera paying off (Rwanda National Police - Wednesday, 22 July 2020) -- Strengthened joint operations by the Police Marine and fishing cooperatives in Lake Burera in the fight against poaching and other illegal activities in the water body, are paying off. Read More


Across Africa

COUNTRIES IN AFRICA AND ASIA LEAD THE WAY ON CLIMATE ACTION AS EUROPE FALLS BEHIND (Euro News - Thursday, 23 July 2020) -- The UN's 13th Sustainable Development is climate action; countries have to reach five targets, including measures for reducing carbon emissions and investment in climate resilience. Read More

Africa can become a renewable energy superpower – if climate deniers are kept at bay (The Guardian - Monday, 20 July 2020) -- The power of climate science denial in the UK, thankfully, has been in retreat over the past decade. Nigel Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) may still boast a prime Westminster address, but its influence has waned. Read More

Wildlife crime syndicate members jailed for a total of 56.5 years – kingpin due up later (Environmental Investigation Agency - Monday, 20 July 2020) -- Nine members of one of Southern Africa’s most prolific wildlife trafficking gangs were today (20 July) sentenced by a Malawi court to a total of 56.5 years’ prison time. Read More

Zimbabwe painted dog populations plummet in Mana Pools National Park (RFI - Sunday, 19 July 2020) -- They found fame in the 2018 David Attenborough documentary "Dynasties". But numbers of painted dogs in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park are at their lowest level in 10 years. Read More


From Around the World

Recovering better: Global opportunities to jumpstart the real economy (UNEP - Wednesday, 22 July 2020) -- Every year the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development meets to advance the UN System’s agenda on sustainable development. Read More

How Much Will the Planet Warm if Carbon Dioxide Levels Double? (The New York Times - Wednesday, 22 July 2020) -- How much, exactly, will greenhouse gases heat the planet? For more than 40 years, scientists have expressed the answer as a range of possible temperature increases, between 1.5 and 4.5 degrees Celsius, that will result from carbon dioxide levels doubling from preindustrial times. Read More

Major new climate study rules out less severe global warming scenarios (The Washington Post - Wednesday, 22 July 2020) -- The current pace of human-caused carbon emissions is increasingly likely to trigger irreversible damage to the planet, according to a comprehensive international study released Wednesday. Read More

Global electronic waste up 21% in five years, and recycling isn’t keeping up (World Economic Forum - Monday, 20 July 2020) -- When discarded, electrical goods can pollute habitats and harm people and wildlife. In 2019, only 17.4% of the 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste was properly collected and recycled. With the amount of e-waste predicted to rise, the systems and incentives to manage it need to improve. Read More