Green Rwanda Media Review - 28 September 2020

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


  • The New Times reports that Rwanda reduced ozone warming gases by 54%.
  • Watch the 16th Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony on the Visit Rwanda YouTube Channel.
  • Read about Rwanda's wildlife through National Geographic.
  • Global Citizen and other outlets report about the 16th Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony.
  • The New Dehli Times reports about Rwanda's National E-waste Management Policy.
  • Rwanda National police reports about 2,000 pieces of polythene bags seized from a trafficker in Nyagatare.

Upcoming events

  • 30 September: Webinar on the circular economy opportunities in Africa’s post-COVID-19 Recovery organised by African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA), African Development Bank, and SITRA. More here
  • 2 October: World Habitat Day 4 October: World Animal Day
  • 14 October: International E-Waste Day
  • 24 October: International Day of Climate Action


Rwanda reduces ozone warming gases by 54% (The New Times - Saturday, 26 September 2020) -- Rwanda has drastically reduced, by 54%, the importation of gases known as ‘hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)’ that deplete ozone layer paving the way for implementing the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Read More

Akanyamuneza nyuma y’itangira ry’Umushinga ’Green Gicumbi' (Igihe - Friday, 25 September 2020) -- Nyuma y’umwaka mu Karere ka Gicumbi hatangijwe umushinga ukubiyemo ibikorwa bigamije kubungabunga ibidukikije no guteza imbere imibereho y’abaturage uzwi nka’‘Green Gicumbi Project’, abagenerwabikorwa bawo barishimira ibyo umaze kubagezaho birimo amaterasi yakozwe, ubu imirima yabo ikaba itagitwarwa n’isuri nk’uko byahoze. Read More

Know Your Cat Family: A Leopard Is Mourned, But A Serval Cat Died (KT Press - Thursday, 24 September 2020) -- It caught the imagination of many, a family trapped indoors, staying clear of an uninvited visitor, believed to have been a Leopard. But not all spotted cats are Leopards. Read More

Up close with Rwanda's wildlife (National Geographic - Thursday, 24 September 2020) -- Across a lush, interwoven tapestry of wetlands, dense forests, and savanna, Rwanda’s national parks teem with life. Read More

World Gorilla Day might as well be World Bamboo Day (The Hill - Thursday, 24 September 2020) -- The ratio of people for every one of the remaining 880 critically endangered mountain gorillas left on our planet is 8,850,000:1. How can this iconic animal be saved? Bamboo. Read More

Kwita Izina: The Historically-Rooted Rwandan Ceremony That Helps Protect Mountain Gorillas (Global Citizen - Thursday, 24 September 2020) -- Since 2005, Rwanda has officially held the Kwita Izina — a mountain gorilla naming ceremony — to promote conservation, biodiversity, and encourage environmental sustainability. Read More

Mountain gorillas born in Rwanda being named in annual ceremony (Central Fife Times - Thursday, 24 September 2020) -- Two dozen mountain gorillas born in Rwanda in the last year are being named in an annual ceremony taking place virtually for the first time due to the pandemic. Read More. Also published in The Independent

Rwanda Holds Gorilla Naming Ceremony As The World Celebrates Gorillas (KT Press - Thursday, 24 September 2020) -- Rwanda is today Thursday, September 24, set to hold the first virtual annual Kwita Izina -the annual ceremony to name newly born baby gorillas, an event that has become a household activity but this year’s will take place online due to the New Coronavirus outbreak. Read More

Kwita Izina 16: Meet this year’s namers (The New Times - Wednesday, 23 September 2020) -- This week on Thursday, September 24, Rwanda will hold its signature conservation event, the Gorilla Naming Ceremony, known locally as Kwita Izina. Read More

Gakenke: Barakangurirwa guhinga batarindiriye ko imvura igwa (Imvaho Nshya - Wednesday, 23 September 2020) -- Abahinzi bakangurirwa guhinga batarindiriye ko imvura igwa, ahubwo bagahinga kuko ihinga rigeze nk’uko byatangajwe n’Ubuyobozi bw’Akarere ka Gakenke. Read More

Why Gorillas Matter- Save Gorillas. Save the Planet (The New Times - Wednesday, 23 September 2020) -- September 24 is World Gorilla Day, which recognizes not just the majesty of gorillas, with whom we share more than 98% of our DNA, but also the threats to survival they face on our warming planet. We share our DNA with the gorillas, but we share our planet with them as well—and our efforts to save this endangered species will ultimately help us save ourselves. Read More

Avoiding a climate lockdown (The New Times - Wednesday, 23 September 2020) -- As Covid-19 spread earlier this year, governments introduced lockdowns in order to prevent a public-health emergency from spinning out of control. In the near future, the world may need to resort to lockdowns again – this time to tackle a climate emergency. Read More

Water shortage, food insecurity, and climate change call for extensive regional cooperation (The New Times - Tuesday, 22 September 2020) -- International borders have had a crucial meaning since the dawn of mankind. Armies have fought to determine where the border will cross, millions of people have died to defend borders (or break through them), and politicians are constantly talking about the need to maintain and protect them. But the simple truth is, that all borders in the world are nothing more than human-made fiction. And as such, a border can only create certain limitations. People and goods, for example, can be easily stopped. But there is no wall or fence that can stop environmental challenges. Read More

KCV-Rebero: The $40M Cultural Village In The Making At Kigali’s Best Point Of View (KT Press - Tuesday, 22 September 2020) -- A French investor is implementing a project called Kigali Cultural Village (KCV), a 30-hectare entertainment facility that is set to offer the best of Rwandan culture. Read More

Rwanda’s National e-waste Management Policy (New Delhi Times - Monday, 21 September 2020) -- Non-Aligned Movement has continuously laid stress on the need to protect the environment and ensure sustainability. Management of e-waste is becoming increasingly pivotal in sustainable development policies as initiatives to enhance Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) gain momentum. E-waste encompasses all discarded and disposed Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), which is defined as equipment dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields. Read More

Food and climate change; the impact (The New Times - Monday, 21 September 2020) -- The food production set-up has evolved in recent decades, increasing the availability of food. Experts say this can easily be underestimated by the enormous impact that food production has created to support human societies trying to reach today’s nutritional needs, as we deal with the world’s rapidly growing population. Read More

Polisi yaburiye abacuruza amashashi nyuma yo guta muri yombi umusore wari uyakuye muri Uganda (Igihe - Sunday, 20 September 2020) -- Inzego z’umutekano zikorera mu Murenge wa Kiyombe mu Karere ka Nyagatare zafashe umusore w’imyaka 20, afite umufuka wuzuyemo amashashi ibihumbi bibiri ayinjije mu Rwanda aho yagombaga kuyacururiza mu Rwanda. Yafatiwe mu nzira zitemewe zo mu Kagari ka Gataba mu Mudugudu wa Rwagikunengwa mu Murenge wa Kiyombe. Read More


Sector updates

16th Kwita Izina - Rwanda's Gorilla Naming Ceremony (Visit Rwanda YouTube Channel - Thursday, 24 September 2020) -- Join one of Africa’s most important celebrations of nature. Kwita Izina has modeled off a centuries-old tradition in which Rwandans name their children in the presence of family and friends. Watch Video

Conversation on Conservation (Visit Rwanda - September 2020) -- This year’s Conversation on Conservation was a virtual session organised as part of celebrations marking the 16th Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony. Read More

2000 pieces of polythene bags seized from trafficker in Nyagatare (Rwanda National Police - Saturday, 19 September 2020) -- Police in Nyagatare District have seized 2000 pieces of non-biodegradable plastic bags from the trafficker identified as Juma Mugisha. Read More


Across Africa

MOZAMBIQUE: Lion population rebounds in Gorongosa National Park (Afrik21 - Thursday, 24 September 2020) -- The actions undertaken for the protection of lions in Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique are satisfactory. The big cat population is increasing significantly in this protected area with a total of 146 individuals, while in the rest of the continent, alerts are being issued due to the risk of extinction of African lions by 2050. Read More

Uganda experiences mountain gorilla baby boom (ABC News - Wednesday, 23 September 2020) -- Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a host to more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas, is experiencing an unprecedented baby boom, never recorded before, according to experts. Read More

Botswana authorities say bacteria behind deaths of 330 elephants (ABC News - Tuesday, 22 September 2020) -- Bacteria found in water and moist soils is being blamed for the deaths of 330 elephants in Botswana. Read More

Protecting African wildlife: A defense of conservation territories (commentary) (Mongabay - Thursday, 27 August 2020) -- African Parks Network (APN) recently announced it would formally take over the management of the Benin side of W National Park, which comprises a major portion of the largest intact ecosystem in West Africa. Read More


From Around the World

World leaders responding to pandemic must not forfeit action on climate crisis (Relief Web - Thursday, 24 September 2020) -- World leaders must stop using COVID-19 as an excuse to delay urgent action to tackle the climate crisis or risk failing children and future generations further, Amnesty International said ahead of a global day of school strikes against climate change planned for 25 September by young people. Read More

Few countries living up to Covid 'green recovery' pledges – analysis (The Guardian - Wednesday, 23 September 2020) -- Few countries are living up to their promises of a “green recovery” from the coronavirus crisis, with hundreds of billions of dollars likely to be spent on economic rescue packages that increase greenhouse gas emissions, research has found. Read More

Multilateral action for a green post-COVID-19 recovery (UNEP - Tuesday, 22 September 2020) -- As we look at the impact of our actions on the planet’s ecological and atmospheric stability, we can see there is something seriously wrong with how our economies and societies operate. While COVID-19 is deadly and destructive, we were already deep in the throes of these three planetary crises. Read More

World Rhino Day, 22 September (UNEP - Tuesday, 22 September 2020) -- Some species of rhinoceros are among the world’s most endangered animals, threatened by both habitat loss and poaching. Learn more about these iconic animals by taking this quiz to mark World Rhino Day on 22 September. Read More