Green Rwanda Media Review - 27 October 2017

Read the latest news from the environment sector.

Summary

  • The Government of Rwanda shares that more than 50,000 hectares will be planted as part of the 2017/18 Forest Planting Season
  • Xinhua reports that delegates from 10 countries were in Rwanda for the 5th Nile Basin Development Forum to discuss cooperation on the Nile River
  • Igihe writes that REMA is enforcing restrictions on banned plastic bags in collaboration with the Rwanda National Police Crime Investigation Department
  • The New Times writes about the optimism surrounding the Kigali Amendment one year after its signing
  • The Rwanda Green Fund publishes a story about young Innovator Jean Luc Masabo who won one million francs for his green project in Eastern Province edition of the Youth Connekt Awards
  • View story and photo coverage of the 5th Nile Basin Development Forum on the Ministry of Environment website and Flickr account

 

Review

Rwanda

REMA steps up crackdown on banned plastic bags (The New Times - Friday 27 October 2017) -- Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) in collaboration with Police’s Crime Investigation Department, has resumed a nationwide crackdown on illegal use of plastic bags. Read More

Nile Basin countries to harness water, energy potential through cooperation (The New Times - Friday 27 October 2017) -- The 10 Nile Basin countries have committed to make use of Nile water and other water resources in the Basin to meet various water demands, including in the area energy generation and trade, to spur regional economic growth. Read more

Nile Basin countries vow to boost cooperation for water security (Xinhua - Wednesday 25 October 2017) -- The 10 member states of the Nile Basin Initiative on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to continued cooperation to ensure all people living in the basin have water security. A resolution was announced at the closure of the fifth Nile Basin Development Forum in the Rwandan capital Kigali. Read more

Kwemera gupfunyikirwa mu isashi uracibwa amande ya 5000 cg 100 000Rwf ​​(Umuseke - Wednesday 25 October 2017) -- Kuri uyu wa gatatu ikigo k’igihugu gishinzwe kurengera ibidukikije (REMA) cyatangije ubukangurambaga bwo guhagarika ikoreshwa ry’amasashe mu Rwanda. Read more​​

REMA yatangiye kugenzura abacuruzi bapfunyika mu mashashi (Igihe - Wednesday 25 October 2017) -- Kuri uyu wa Gatatu tariki ya 25 Ukwakira 2017, nibwo abakozi ba REMA na Polisi y’Igihugu batangiye kuzenguruka mu bice bitandukanye by’Umujyi wa Kigali bahereye mu Karere ka Gasabo n’aka Nyarugenge aho bagenzuraga abacuruzi bakoresha amashashi. Read More

Dian Fossey, Africa's mountain gorillas and deadly toll of poaching (The Ecologist - Wednesday 25 October 2017) -- According to Nicholas Gordon, author of the 1994 book Murders In the Mist: Who Killed Dian Fossey, Protais Zigiranyirazo, (a.k.a Monsieur Zed or ‘Mr. Z’), allegedly had Fossey killed because she found out he was selling baby gorillas to European zoos (or had just sold a baby gorilla to a European zoo), which required killing the baby's whole family. Read more

Karongi: Imisozi ya Rugabano iraza guhinduka icyayi gusa (Umuseke - Wednesday 25 October 2017) -- Mu 1960 aha mu Rugabano ngo bafashe Ha300 baziteraho icyayi mu rwego rwo kugerageza, iki cyayi ariko ngo nticyatanze umusaruro ufatika. Ku bufatanye bw’Akarere ka Karongi, NAEB, Wood Foundation n’indi kompanyi y’Abahinde aha mu Rugabano hagiye guhindurwa ahantu h’ubuhinzi bw’icyayi bukomeye kimwe na hariya twavuze haruguru. Read More

Rwamagana: Masabo ukora ifumbire akuye mu nkari z’abantu yegukanye igihembo cya Miliyoni FRW (Rwanda Magazine - Tuesday 24 October 2017) -- Itangwa ry’ibi bihembo byatewe inkunga na Minisiteri y’urubyiruko ifatanyije n’ Ishami ry’Umuryango w’Abibumbye rishinzwe Iterambere (UNDP Rwanda) hamwe na Green Fund Rwanda. Ibihembo byatangiwe muri Salle ya Avega Agahozo iherereye mu Karere ka Rwamagana. Read More ​​

Minisitiri Biruta yasabye ibihugu gushakira hamwe ibisubizo ku bibazo byugarije ikibaya cya Nil ​​(Igihe- Tuesday 24 October 2017) -- Minisitiri w’Ibidukikije, Dr Vincent Biruta, yavuze ko kubona amazi ahagije muri iki gihe ari ikintu gihangayikishije, asaba ibihugu gufatanya mu kurushaho kubungabunga Ikibaya cy’uruzi rwa Nil bisangiye, cyane ko gifatiye runini ibikorwa bitandukanye muri aka karere ka Afurika. Read More

Gare ya Nyabugogo igiye kuvugururwa mu buryo bugezweho ​​(Igihe - Tuesday 24 October 2017​)​ -- Umujyi wa Kigali urateganya kuvugurura mu buryo bujyanye n’igihe Gare ya Nyabugogo imaze imyaka igera kuri 20 ikoreshwa nk’ihuriro rigari ry’imodoka zose ziva mu ntara zose z’u Rwanda. Read More

Inyenyeri and Dalberg form a new partnership to bring clean cookstoves to sub Saharan Africa (Dalberg - Tuesday 24 October 2017) -- Inyenyeri, an organization devoted to bringing clean cookstoves to Rwanda, is working with Dalberg, a collection of impact-driven business, to improve access to clean cookstoves. Read More

Rwanda seeks increased investments in renewable energy (Xinhua - Tuesday 24 October 2017) -- Rwanda is looking for big investments in renewable energy sources in order to stimulate the country’s green economic development, top government officials said Thursday. Read more

Imiryango y’abariwe n’ingona bagiye kuvoma muri Nyabarongo bahawe impozamarira (Igihe - Tuesday 24 October 2017) -- Muri Kanama na Nyakanga 2017 nibwo abaturage bo mu Mirenge ya Rugarika, Akarere ka Kamonyi na Mageragere mu ka Nyarugenge bariwe n’ingona bagiye kuvoma amazi mu ruzi rwa Nyabarongo. Read More

Environment experts seek cooperation to protect Nile Basin (The New Times - Monday 23 October 2017) -- Environmentalists from 10 countries are meeting in Kigali for the Nile Basin Development Forum to chart ways of improving cooperation for sustainable development of the Nile Basin. Read More

Nile Basin countries seek cooperation to manage water resource (Xinhua - Monday 23 October 2017) -- A Nile Basin countries forum kicked off in Kigali highlighting cooperation in the use of Nile Basin waters. Different and conflicting needs of upstream and downstream water users should be the best basis and reason for cooperation in the use of Nile Basin waters, Rwanda's minister of environment Vincent Biruta said at the opening of the 5th Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF). Read more

Solar-powered borehole technology helps double yields (The New Times - Tuesday 24 October 2017) -- A pilot solar-powered project set up to support small scale irrigation in some districts of Eastern Province has been credited with improving crop yields. Read more

Optimism one year after Kigali Amendment deal (The New Times - Monday 23 October 2017) -- Leaders should work together to address hurdles restraining countries from ratifying the Kigali Amendment, meant to see the global use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) cut by around 85 per cent before 2050, the minister for Environment, Vincent Biruta said. Read more

How off-grid subsidisation could deliver Rwanda’s energy targets (The New Times - Sunday 22 October 2017) -- With the government seeking to increase electricity access (both on-grid and off-grid) target to 100% by 2024, sector players say that subsidisation of off-grid will go a long way in reaching energy targets. Read more

Gukumira ikoreshwa ry’amasashi muri Kenya byateje ibura ry’ibyo gupfunyikamo mu Rwanda ​​(Igihe- Sunday 22 October 2017) -- Mu mpera za Kanama uyu mwaka nibwo Leta ya Kenya yashyizeho itegeko ribuza ikoreshwa ry’amasashi mu gihugu hagamijwe kurengera ibidukikije. Read More

Ibibazo bishamikiye ku ikoreshwa ry’ikibaya cya Nil bigiye gucocerwa i Kigali ​​(Igihe- Sunday 22 October 2017) -- Ba Minisitiri bafite amazi mu nshingano, ibigo byita ku bidukikije, abayobozi mu nzego za leta n’abikorera, bagiye guhurira i Kigali biga uburyo buhamye bwo kubungabunga ikibaya cya Nil, bijyanye n’ibibazo bicyugarije birimo ibikorwa bya muntu n’imihindagurikire y’ibihe. Read More

Renowned graffiti artist Roa visits Rwanda (The New Times - Saturday 21 October 2017) -- Internationally acclaimed Belgian graffiti and street artist, Roa is in the country on a mission to promote environmental conservation through art based activism and creative community engagement. Read More

 

Across Africa

Waking Africa up to the realities of climate change (Business Day - Friday 27 October 2017) -- There is a need to explain climate change in a way that bridges the gap between scientific language and general understanding, in the same way that the discussion about HIV/AIDS in Africa had to be broadened. Read More

Elephant poaching drops in Africa but populations continue to fall (The Guardian - Tuesday 24 October 2017) -- Elephant poaching in Africa has declined for the fifth year in a row, experts have said. But elephant populations continue to fall due to illegal killing and other human activities, while seizures of large-scale illegal ivory shipments were at record highs in 2016, a new report reveals. Read More

​​Mu mezi atandatu Cape Town ‘ishobora’ kuzaba nta mazi ayirangwamo ​​(Umuseke - Monday 23 October 2017) -- Umuyobozi w’ingabo za Africa y’Epfo zikorera mu mugi wa Cape Town, yatangaje ko igisirikare kiteguye kurinda amazi make asigaye. Aya mazi ngo ni make ku buryo mu mezi atandatu azaba yashize. Vuba aha abaturage bazajya bahabwa ayo kunywa gusa. Read More

 

From Around the World

How cities can fight climate change most effectively (MIT - Thursday 26 October 2017) -- What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation. Read More

Pollutants from fracking could pose health risk to children, warn researchers (The Guardian - Wednesday 25 October 2017) -- Pollutants released during fracking processes could pose a health risk to infants and children, according to researchers studying chemicals involved in shale gas operations. Read More

​​Ubushakashatsi bwagaragaje ko Abongereza benshi bifuza imodoka zikoresha amashanyarazi ​​(Igihe - Sunday 22 October 2017) -- Iterambere rirakataje mu nzego zose z’ubuzima, kandi rirahindura imibereho y’umuntu uko bwije n’uko bucyeye. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Rwanda to plant millions of trees for 2017/18 Forest Planting Season (Government of Rwanda - Friday 27 October 2017) -- Rwanda’s National Forest Planting Day and Season brings together millions of Rwandans to plant millions of trees in an effort to protect the environment and harness forest resources for economic development and improving the livelihoods of Rwandans. Read More

Rwanda Green Fund Investment Partners Trained in Continuous Improvement & Financial Management (Rwanda Green Fund - Thursday 26 October 2017) -- The Rwanda Green Fund and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Rwanda have trained the fund’s investment partners in continuous improvement, accountability, and financial and risk management. The training brought together many of the managers and accountants from the fund’s 35 investments to improve project implementation and outcomes. Read More

Photos: Nile Basin Development Forum - Closing Session (Ministry of Environment Flickr page - Wednesday 25 October 2017) -- The 5th Nile Basin Development Forum came to a close on 25 October 2017 with a commitment from basin countries to continue close collaboration to ensure water security for all who call the Nile Basin home. View Photos

Organic Fertiliser Innovator wins Rwanda Green Fund sponsored Youth Connekt Prize (Green Fund website - Tuesday 24 October 2017) -- Young innovator Jean Luc Masabo from Ngoma District has walked away with prize money of one million francs after he won first place at today's provincial level Youth Connekt Awards competition in the Eastern Province. Read More

Nile Basin Member States to Boost Cooperation for Water Security (Ministry of Environment - 24 October 2017) -- The ten member states of the Nile Basin Initiative have committed to continued cooperation to ensure that all people living in the basin have water security. Read More

Photos: 2017 Nile Basin Media Awards - Kigali, Rwanda (Ministry of Environment Flickr page - Monday 23 October 2017) -- The Nile Basin Initiative recognised 12 winners in the 2017 edition of the Nile Media Awards competition. The awards ceremony took place on 23 October 2017 in Kigali as part of the Nile Basin Development Forum. View Photos

Photos: Nile Basin Development Forum - Opening Ceremony (Ministry of Environment Flickr page - Monday 23 October 2017) -- October 23, marked the opening of the 5th Nile Basin Development Forum, taking place at the Kigali Convention Centre. The Nile Basin Development Forum is a biennial science-policy dialogue that brings together stakeholders from across the Nile Basin and around the world and build consensus on the Nile cooperation agenda. View Photos

Ibihugu 10 biri mu Rwanda byiga ku bufatanye mu guteza imbere ikibaya cy’uruzi rwa Nil (Ministry of Environment website - 23 October 2017) -- Abarenga 500 baturutse mu bihugu 10 bikikije ikibaya cy’uruzi rwa Nil n’u Rwanda rurimo ndetse n’imiryango mpuzamahanga, bateraniye i Kigali mu Ihuriro ku iterambere ry’ikibaya cya Nil. Read More

Ten countries come to Rwanda to discuss sustainable development and cooperation in the Nile Basin (Ministry of Environment - Monday 23 October 2017) -- More than 500 participants from ten Nile Basin countries including Rwanda and the international community are in Kigali for the fifth Nile Basin Development Forum. Read More

Photos: Official Opening - Nile Basin Development Forum Exhibition (Ministry of Environment Flickr page - Monday 23 October 2017) -- View Photos

Remarks Rwanda's Minister of Environment Vincent Biruta at the Nile Media Awards (Ministry of Environment website - Monday 23 October 2017) -- Good evening. It is a pleasure to be with you for tonight’s Nile Media Awards ceremony. We are fortunate to have guests and media representatives from across the Nile Basin and I am grateful that you could join us. Read More

Remarks by Rwanda's Minister of Environment at Opening of the 5th Nile Basin Development Forum (Ministry of Environment - Monday 23 October 2017) -- Good afternoon, On behalf of His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to Rwanda and to commend your decision to hold this important gathering here in Kigali. Read More

Rwanda’s Climate Investment Approach Shared at Global Green Growth Week (Green Fund website - Saturday 21 October 2017) -- A delegation from Rwanda has shared the country’s approach to green growth and investing to adapt to climate change at this year’s Global Green Growth Week, which took place from 17-20 October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read More

Photos: Global Green Growth Week 2017 - Rwanda's Experience (Green Fund Flickr page - Wednesday 18 October 2017) -- At the Global Green Growth Week in Addis Ababa, Rwanda shared its experience in matching international finance with climate resilience projects. Read More

 

Upcoming Sector Events

  • 28 October 2017: Launch of the 2017/18 Forest Planting Season, Nyagatare
  • 6-17 November: 23rd Conference of the Parties to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP23 - UN Climate Change Conference, Bonn, Germany
  • 20-24 November: 29th Meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP29), Montreal, Canada
  • 4-8 December: Rwanda Green Growth Week
  • 4 December 2017: International Day of Mining
  • 11-15 December 2017: Climate Investment Funds Board Meeting, Washington DC, USA
  • 23 January 2018: World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
  • 27 February - 1 March 2018: Green Climate Fund Board Meeting