Green Rwanda Media Review - 27 May 2019

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

Summary

  • The New Times reports that the Ministry of Environment is pushing for green transport initiatives.
  • The PV Magazine reports that BBOXX secured a $8 million loan to boost its Rwanda operations.
  • KT Press reports that the Canopy Walkway in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Park is temporarily closed for maintenance.
  • The New Times reports that the government is to focus on curbing air pollution as it celebrates World Environment Day.
  • View photos of the press conference that was held to announce the 2019 World Environment Day and National Environment Week in Rwanda.
  • Read all the details of this year's National Environment Week on the Ministry of Environment website.

Upcoming Events

23 May-3 June: CITES CoP18, Colombo, Sri Lanka

25-5 June: National Environment Week, Countrywide, Rwanda

27 May: Fifty Second Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

3-5 May: World Circular Economy Forum, Helsinki, Finland

5 June: World Environment Day, Kigali Convention Centre

8 June: World Oceans Day

11-14 June: 2019 Global NDC Conference, Berlin, Germany

17-19 June: Rwanda Cooling Initiative – Strategic Review and Planning Mission

17 June: 2019 World Day to Combat Desertification Ankara, Turkey (also worldwide)

18-20 June: Sustainable Energy For All Charrettes, Amsterdam, Netherlands

National Environment Week / World Environment Day Events

27 May: Inspection of Plastic Pollution by REMA, Countrywide

28 May: Solar Power Installation in Kagogo Sector, Burera District

29 May: Mobile Motor Vehicle Inspection Activity with Rwanda National Police, Kigali

30 May: Air Pollution Seminar, Serena Hotel

31 May: National Environment Week Football Tournament Final in Rutsiro District

2 June: Car Free Day for National Environment Week, Kigali

3-4 June: Industrial Inspection Activity in Kigali, Bugesera and Rwamagana

5 June: World Environment Day, Kigali Convention Centre

 

Rwanda

Rwandan conservationist’s rise from tour guide to African Tourism Board (The New Times - Sunday, 26 May 2019) -- On April 25, Rwandan Conservationist and tour operator Greg Bakunzi made Rwanda proud when he was appointed the latest member of the African Tourism Board (ATB). Read More

Environment ministry pushes for green transport initiatives (The New Times - Friday, 24 May 2019) -- The Ministry of Environment has reiterated that reforms will have to be conducted so as to help commuters embrace the use of public transport buses instead of private cars and introduce electric vehicles in order to reduce air pollution by the transport sector. Read MoreAlso covered in All Africa, Top Africa News, and Kigali Today.

Nyarugenge-Mageragere.ikibazo cy’amasashi mu Rwanda, Eco Plastic yagihinduye ibisubizo (Uruvugiro.com - Thursday, 23 May 2019) -- U Rwanda ni igihugu kiri mu bya mbere muri Afurika mu guca ikoreswa ry’amashashi, ayakoreshejwe akabyazwa ibindi bikoresho bityo nti hakomeze kwinjira amashahi mu gihugu. Hirya no hino mu gihugu usanga amashashi atoragurwa agashyirwa mu bimoteri, uruganda ruyabyazamo ibindi bikoresho narwo ruyagura ku bilo, aho ikilo kimwe kigura amafaranga y’u Rwanda 130 cyangwa 150 bitewe n’ubwoko bwayo. Read More

Inside Magashi, Rwanda’s first luxury safari camp (Chwezi Traveller - Thursday, 23 May 2019) -- Wilderness Safaris has officially opened its new camp, Magashi, overlooking scenic Lake Rwanyakazinga in the north-east of Rwanda’s wildlife-rich Akagera National Park. Read More

Umujyi wa Kigali wegukanye igihembo mpuzamahanga cyo guteza imbere ubuzima rusange bw’abaturage (Igihe - Thursday, 23 May 2019) -- Umujyi wa Kigali wegukanye igihembo mpuzamahanga cy’umujyi uteza imbere ubuzima rusange bw’abawutuye, bitanzwe bwa mbere mu kuzirikana ibikorwa byo guharanira imibereho myiza y’abatuye imijyi haba mu igenamigambi na politiki z’ibihugu. Read More

Press Conference to Announce Celebration of Environment Day in Rwanda (Top Africa News - Wednesday, 22 May 2019) -- Watch Video

Bboxx secures $8 million loan to boost Rwanda operations (The PV Magazine - Wednesday, 22 May 2019) -- The off-grid solar system supplier has received the finance in Rwandan francs to mitigate currency risk and expand operations in its biggest market. Read More

Biological Diversity – Our only hope for the future (The New Times - Wednesday, 22 May 2019) -- Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity – not a day marked on many calendars, but an important one for our planet and life moving forward. Read More

WED: Government to focus on curbing air pollution (The New Times - Wednesday, 22 May 2019) -- As the country prepares to mark World Environmental Day (WED) early next month, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) says it will focus on curbing air pollution. Read MoreAlso covered in All Africa and Rwanda Inspirer.

Rutsiro residents cautioned against illegal mining (The New Times - Wednesday, 22 May 2019) -- Residents of Rutsiro District were on Wednesday sensitized against environment-related crimes, especially illegal mining, in a campaign organised by Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB). Read More

Gicumbi: Imvura yishe abana 2 yangiza imirima ya hegitari 36 (Umuseke - Wednesday, 22 May 2019) -- Mu mpera z’Icyumweru gishize imvura irimo amahindu yagiye mu murenge wa Rushaki, akagari ka Kamutora yuzuza umugezi, amazi agera no mu mirima y’abaturage. Abana babiri bagiye kureba iby’ayo mazi bayagwamo arabica. Ejo nabwo haguye imvura nyinshi yangiza hegitari 36 z’imyaka. Read More

Dr Biruta yasobanuye impamvu hari ibikorwa bikiri mu bishanga nyuma ya nyirantarengwa byashyiriweho (Igihe - Wednesday, 22 May 2019) -- Minisitiri w’Ibidukikije, Dr. Biruta Vincent, yavuze ko ibikorwa byose byagiye mu bishanga mu buryo butubahirije amategeko byavanwemo, ibikirimo byatewe n’uko bifite umwihariko watumye bihabwa igihe cyo kuhavanwa. Read More

Canopy Walkway In Rwanda’s Nyungwe Park Temporarily Closed (KT Press - Tuesday, 21 May 2019) -- Local and Foreign visitors planning to enjoy the Canopy Walkway in the thick Nyungwe National Park in Western Rwanda may have to wait for nine days, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) announced on Tuesday. Read MoreAlso covered in Umuseke.

Abantu icyenda ku icumi ku isi bahumeka umwuka uhumanye (Kigali Today - Tuesday, 21 May 2019) -- Ikibazo cy’umwuka uhumanye abantu bahumeka kigenda kiyongera kuko kuri ubu abagera ku 9/10 bahumeka umwuka uhumanye. Nyamara ntihafatwa ingamba ngo ingaruka zidakomeza kubageraho. Read More

REMA yatangije amarushanwa agamije gukora ubukangurambaga bwo kurwanya ibihumanya ikirere (Imvaho Nshya - Sunday, 19 May 2019) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Ikigo k’Igihugu Gishinzwe kubungabunga Ibidukikije “REMA” bwatangije amarushanwa y’umupira w’amaguru muri tumwe mu turere tugize Intara y’Iburengerazuba mu rwego rwo gukaza ubukangurambaga mu kurwanya ibihumanya ikirere. Read More

 

Sector Updates

National Environment Week Encourages Rwandans to Beat Air Pollution (Ministry of Environment - Monday, 27 May 2019) -- The 2019 National Environment Week has been organised from 25 May - 5 June 2019 to draw attention to the challenges posed by air pollution and encourage efforts to improve the quality of the air we breathe. National Environment Week comes ahead of the annual World Environment Day, which will be celebrated on 5 June 2019 under the theme ‘Beat Air Pollution’. Read More

Press Conference to announce the World Environment Day & National Environment Week 2019 (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday, 22 May 2019) -- View Photos

 

Across Africa

Ramaphosa signs carbon tax bill into law (ENCA - Sunday, 26 May 2019) -- JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Carbon Tax Act into law and it will come into effect from 1 June 2019. Watch Video

East Africa’s green economy shift off to shaky start (The East African - Saturday, 25 May 2019) -- East African countries lack the institutional capacity to implement policies on clean and environment friendly technologies, which is stifling sustainable growth of green economies across the region, according to a new report by UK-based research firm Chatham House. Read More

Ibihugu bya EAC biri kwigira hamwe ibyatuma amashanyarazi agera kuri bose (Igihe - Friday, 24 May 2019) -- Impuguke n’abakora mu rwego rw’ingufu mu bihugu byo muri Afurika y’I Burasirazuba zisanga gushyiraho amategeko ahuriweho no koroshya imisoro ku bashora imari muri uru rwego ari bimwe mu byafasha kugeza amashanyarazi ku baturage bose cyane cyane abo mu bice by’icyaro. Read More

Botswana condemned for lifting ban on hunting elephants (The Guardian - Thursday, 23 May 2019) -- Country with Africa’s largest elephant population says its growth is affecting farmers. Read More

It's not only humans who grieve for the dead - gorillas mourn too (Standard Digital - Sunday, 19 May 2019) -- Humans were once considered the only species to care for the dead. But researchers who saw the deaths of three gorillas in Rwanda and the Dem­­ocratic Republic of Congo found other members of the group gathered around the bodies. Read More

One overlooked way to fight climate change? Dispose of old CFCs (National Geographic - Monday, 29 April 2019) -- AT CITY WASTE Recycling in Accra, Ghana, owners Jürgen Meniel and Vivian Ahiayibor mostly focus on plastics and metals, but they also reclaim refrigerants from old equipment. Several years ago, they learned of a large cache of unused canisters of a refrigerant called CFC-12. The containers looked like small propane tanks, but the gas inside was illegal. Read More

 

From Around the World

Turning air pollution into art (UN Environment - Friday, 24 May 2019) -- Artists are known to take inspiration from the world around them. So it’s no surprise that some have begun shining light on one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time—air pollution. Read More

Plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers to be banned in England (The Guardian - Wednesday, 22 May 2019) -- Plastic straws and drink stirrers, and cotton buds with plastic stems will be banned from sale and use in England from next April, the government has confirmed. Read More