Green Rwanda Media Review - 29 January 2019

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


  • The New Times reports that the Cabinet has approved a draft law that would ban single-use plastics.
  • Afrik21 reports that Rwanda climate and greenhouse gas control laboratory has been launched.
  • The New Times reports that former honey poachers are now earning from bee farming.
  • Cooling Post reports that the Republic of Albania has become the first ECA country to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
  • CNN reports about Rwanda relaxation, a luxury jungle escape with volcanoes, gorillas and adventure.

Upcoming Events

27-28 January: High-level Event to celebrate Entry into Force of the Kigali Amendment at Kigali Marriott Hotel

28 January - 1 February: World Wetlands Week

29-31 January: Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme (K-CEP) Annual Meeting, Kigali, Rwanda

2 February: World Wetlands Day

6-7 February: National Urban Forum at Kigali Marriott Hotel

11-12 February: African Ministers' Council on Water General Assembly

22 February: Regional Nile Day

3 March: World Wildlife Day 2019

18 March: World Recycling Day

18-22 March: Africa Climate Week, Accra, Ghana

20-21 March: Integrated Water Resources Management Conference, Kigali, Rwanda

21 March: International Day of Forests

22 March: World Water Day

23 March: World Meteorological Day



Rwanda moves closer to banning single use plastics (The New Times - Tuesday 29 January 2019) -- A cabinet meeting on Monday approved a draft law that will ban the single use of plastics, a move that is likely to transform the way of life in the country towards better protection for the environment. Read More

CoK, REMA resume crackdown on wetland encroachers (The New Times - Tuesday, 29 January 2019) -- The City of Kigali and Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) have resumed operations to clamp down on illegal activities on wetlands. Read More

Rwanda Cabinet Approves Ban Of Single-use Plastics (Taarifa - Tuesday, 29 January 2019) -- As the name suggests, plastics used just once and then thrown away, could be banned in Rwanda following a cabinet resolution agreed upon on Monday evening. Read More

A new dawn for urban street lighting? (The New Times - Monday, 28 January 2019) -- The fast growing urbanisation in Rwanda is often characterised by an increase of street lighting across different city roads which often puts pressure on city authorities as it drives up energy consumption. Read More

Andorra ratifies Kigali Amendment (Cooling Post - Sunday, 27 January 2019) -- ANDORRA: Landlocked Andorra, a European microstate sandwiched between France and Spain has become the latest country to ratify the Kigali amendment to phase down HFC refrigerants. Read More

Report released on 7th ARGeo Conference held in Kigali, Rwanda, Nov. 2018 (Think Geoenergy - Sunday, 27 January 2019) -- The 7th African Rift Geothermal Conference was held successfully in Kigali/ Rwanda in November 2018. In its report on the conference, UNEP in Africa highlights details on key issues faced by the geothermal sector in Africa and the program of the event. Read More

Ruhango: Ahatoranijwe umudugudu w’ikitegererezo hatangiye guhangwa imihanda (Umuseke - Saturday, 26 January 2019) -- Bamwe mu batuye Umurenge wa Byimana mu kagari ka Mpanda mu mudugudu wa Karenge,uyu ukaba ari umudugudu watoranijwe mu midugudu ikenda ngo uzabe uw’ikitegererezo muri Ruhango, bavuga ko bishimiye ko umudugudu wabo ugiye kubakwemo irmihanda izazana iterambere. Ngo bizatuma babona amazi, ubucuruzi, amashanyarazi n’ibindi. Read More

Relief for farmers as Gatsibo, Nyagatare boundaries are shifted (The New Times - Friday, 25 January 2019) -- The problem will now become a thing of the past after Gatsibo and Nyagatare districts agreed to shift their boundaries. This will see land in question go to Nyagatare. Read More

Rwanda’s Greg Bakunzi receives UNWTO award (Chwezi Traveller - Friday, 25 January 2019) -- Rwanda has once again featured on the global tourism and conservation map when Greg Bakunzi, the founder of Red Rocks Cultural Center, stepped in to claim another award during the 10th Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) awards. Read More

Kigali envisions adopting cable-car transport (The New Times - Thursday, 24 January 2019) -- “Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda is a highly sloped region and the construction of roads to reach all remote areas within the city is economically and socially unfeasible,” three Rwandan researchers argue in their detailed research, which has been published in an internationally reputable journal. Read More

Show me Around yateguye uruzinduko rwihariye muri Pariki y’Akagera (Igihe - Thursday, 24 January 2019) -- Sosiyete Show Me Around Rwanda Safaris, igiye kujyana abanyotewe kureba ibyiza by’u Rwanda, gutembera muri Pariki y’Akagera ibamo inyamaswa nyinshi. Read More

Death of 14 miners was preventable – labour union (The New Times - Thursday, 24 January 2019) -- A labour union involved in the mining sector has told The New Times that Monday’s death of 14 workers at a tin quarry in Rwamagana District would have been averted had mine owners cared enough. Read More

Rwanda relaxation: A luxury jungle escape with volcanoes, gorillas and adventure (CNN - Wednesday, 23 January 2019) -- Just meters from the balcony of the hotel room, a troop of black and white colobus monkeys scouts the treetops for tender leaves. Read More

Pariki y’Ibirunga yashyizwe muri enye nziza muri Afurika (Igihe - Monday, 21 January 2019) -- Pariki y’igihugu y’Ibirunga iherereye mu majyaruguru y’u Rwanda, yaje ku rutonde rwa pariki nziza kurusha izindi muri Afurika, rwakozwe n’Ikinyamakuru Deutsche Welle (DW). Read More

Former honey poachers now earning from bee farming (The New Times - Monday, 21 January 2019) -- Before 2015, honey production for beekeepers from Nyabihu District in Western Province was not sustainable. Read More

Albania ratifies Kigali Amendment (Cooling Post - Monday, 21 January 2019) -- The country’s ratification, confirmed by the Ozone Secretariat, makes Albania the 67th country to ratify the global agreement to phase down HFC refrigerants. Read More


Across Africa

Clean Seas-Flipflopi expedition hits the waves to beat plastic pollution (UN Environment - Thursday, 24 January 2019) -- Kenya’s revolutionary Clean Seas-Flipflopi expedition – a boat made entirely from re-used plastic collected on beach clean-ups – set sail this morning, kicking off the first leg of its journey towards Zanzibar. The day before the departure, the crew got their sails ready for the journey cheered on by the local community and members of the press. Read More

SA on global warming front line (Independent Online - Thursday, 24 January 2019) -- DURBAN - Southern Africa is on the front line of rising global temperatures and is in need of greater research and assessment to quantify the likely effects of climate change, says the Department of Environmental Affairs. Read More

Mozambique: Severe Flooding Hits Beira (All Africa - Wednesday, 23 January 2019) -- Maputo — Cyclone Desmond swept up the Mozambique Channel on Tuesday, and though it did not make landfall on the coast of Sofala province, it brought torrential rains and serious flooding, particularly to the provincial capital, the city of Beira. Read More


From Around the World

China takes on illegal lead battery recycling in new plan (Reuters - Thursday, 24 January 2019) -- SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will crack down on illegal lead recycling and aims to raise the collection rate of lead acid batteries for recycling to 70 percent by 2025, the environment ministry said on Thursday in a new plan to tackle a major pollution problem. Read More

Analysis warns of lack of progress on 2020 global emissions target (The Guardian - Tuesday, 22 January 2019) -- Removing coal from the global energy mix is taking too long, too many forests are still being destroyed, and fossil fuel subsidies are ongoing despite their distorting effect on the market, a study has found. Read More

What can we do, right now, about climate change? (The Guardian - Monday, 21 January 2019) -- Calamitous weather events and warnings from scientists that the planet is warming faster than previously believed are causing alarm. Global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, describes the shifts needed to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5C. Read More


Sector Updates

Statement on Cabinet Decisions of 28.01.2019 (Government of Rwanda - Monday, 28 January 2019) -- Read More

Partners to Meet in Rwanda to celebrate the entry into force of Kigali Amendment (The Ministry of Environment - Friday, 25 January 2019) -- Leading environmentalists, policy makers and philanthropists from around the world will meet in Rwanda to celebrate the entry into force of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The amendment is considered the single most impactful step taken to address global climate change and will see hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), chemicals used in cooling appliances, replaced with environmentally-friendly alternatives. The amendment entered into force on 1 January 2019. Read More