Green Rwanda Media Review - 3 June 2019

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

On Wednesday 5 June, Rwanda joins the rest of the international community to celebrate World Environment Day. To mark the occasion this year, the Ministry of Environment, through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority and partners, will host an event at the Kigali Convention Centre under the theme “Beat Air Pollution”. Learn more here.


  • The New Times reports that Burera residents were tipped on the dangers of air pollution.
  • Xinhua reports that vehicle emissions are a leading cause of air pollution in Kigali.
  • The New Times reports on entrepreneurs' bid to improve farming through environmentally conscious technology.
  • Travel Weekly reports about a Big Five experience at Rwanda's Akagera National Park.
  • Read Minister Biruta's remarks at the National Seminar on Air Pollution held in Kigali.
  • Learn more about World Environment Day celebrations on the Ministry of Environment website.

Upcoming Events

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

3-7 June: Land Week in Rutsiro, Nyamagabe, Nyaruguru and Gakenke at District Offices (7am-5pm)

3-14 June: Land Week in Gasabo District at ULK Stadium, Gisozi (7am-5pm)

5 June: World Environment Day, Kigali Convention Centre

8 June: World Oceans Day

11 June: Breakfast Roundtable on Private Sector Investing In Sustainable Forest Management, Lemigo Hotel, Kigali

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 (Remaining)

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

5 June: World Environment Day, Kigali Convention Centre



Kigali Car Free Day Focuses On Beating Bad Air (KT Press - Sunday, 2 June 2019) -- As part of preparations to celebrate the World Environment Day 2019, Rwanda’s car free day, this Sunday took a focus on educating citizens on how protecting the environment can help in fighting air pollution. Read More

Ikibazo cy’amazi yo mu Birunga na Nyabarongo cyahagurukiwe (Imvaho Nshya - Sunday, 2 June 2019) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu cy’Amazi n’amashyamba (RWFA), kiravuga ko gishishikajwe no gukemura ikibazo cy’amazi yo mu Birunga atera abaturage n’umugezi wa Nyabarongo utwara ubutaka. Read More

Construction, manufacturing industries on the spot over air pollution (The New Times - Sunday, 2 June 2019) -- Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has issued a stern warning to industries that are not complying with the adoption of cleaner production technologies aimed to environmental protection and curbing air pollution. Read MoreAlso covered by Igihe.

Vehicle emissions leading cause of air pollution in Kigali: official (Xinhua - Thursday, 30 May 2019) -- Fuel emissions from vehicles rank among the worst air pollutants. Transportation is the largest single source of air pollution globally leading to climate change. Read More. Also covered in the New Times.   

Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi Launch First Augmented Reality Project (The Hollywood Reporter - Thursday, 30 May 2019) -- Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's Ellen Fund has partnered with augmented reality mobile gaming app Krikey to launch Gorillas!, an augmented reality game created to raise awareness for gorillas in Rwanda. Read More

A Big Five experience at Rwanda's Akagera National Park (Travel Weekly - Thursday, 30 May 2019) -- While gorillas undoubtedly continue to be the biggest draw for tourism to Rwanda, the country has a lot more to offer travelers in terms of natural beauty and ecotourism activities than only its apes. This has not gone unnoticed by tour operators that are increasingly adding Rwanda's Akagera National Park to their itineraries. Read More

What you have to know and do in order to beat air Pollution (Rwanda Inspirer - Thursday, 30 May 2019) -- Air pollution refers to the release of pollutants into the air that are detrimental to human health and the planet. Read More

Life Events Of The Last ‘Gorilla In The Mist’ Poppy (KT Press - Thursday, 30 May 2019) -- Two days ago Rwanda’s elderly mountain gorilla poppy, the last gorilla that featured in ‘Gorillas in the mist’ was declared to have died in the wilderness of the Volcano Mountains in Rwanda. Read MoreAlso covered in the Earth Touch News.

Burera residents tipped on dangers of air pollution (The New Times - Wednesday, 29 May 2019) -- It is every Rwandan’s responsibility, regardless of occupation and status, to fight air pollution to ensure cleaner air, an official has said. Read MoreAlso covered in Kigali Today

South African-based Luxury Lodge In Northern Rwanda Has Unique Offering To Nearby Community (Taarifa - Tuesday, 28 May 2019) -- A high-end eco-lodge, Singita, will soon be opened at the footprint of Rwanda’s Virunga Mountain, home to gorillas. Read More

Kirehe: Imvubu zangiza imyaka y’abaturage kuva 2018, barasaba Leta indishyi (Agezweho- Tuesday, 28 May 2019) -- Mu karere ka Kirehe imvubu zimaze kona imyaka ihinze kuri hegitari zirenga 40, ikibazo cyahereye ku myaka yeze mu Ugushyingo 2018 ndetse n’ibyahinzwe muri 2019. Bamwe mu baturage bonewe na ziriya mvubu, bavuga ko zituruka mu ruzi rw’Akagera. Ngo iki kibazo bakibwiye ubuyobozi ariko ntacyo buragikoraho. Read More

25% of Kigali set aside for recreational spaces (The New Times - Tuesday, 28 May 2019) -- Between 22 and 25 per cent of the City of Kigali will in the near future be turned into recreational spaces, it has emerged. Read More

Entrepreneur’s bid to improve farming through environmentally conscious technology (The New Times - Tuesday, 28 May 2019) -- Rwanda Biosolutions Ltd is a local company based in Bugesera District, Nyamata Sector that was founded by Theogene Ingabire and his three colleagues to provide farmers with organic fertilisers to boost farming. Read More


Sector Updates

Rwanda to Celebrate 2019 World Environment Day by Awarding Clean Air Champions (Ministry of Environment - Monday, 3 June 2019) -- Every year on 5 June, Rwanda joins the rest of the international community to celebrate World Environment Day. To mark the occasion this year, the Ministry of Environment, through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority and partners, will host an event at the Kigali Convention Centre under the theme “Beat Air Pollution”. The gathering will award environmental champions who are working to address pollution and raise awareness about the causes of air pollution and how they can be mitigated. Read More

Ikiganiro kuri LAIS 4 - Land Administration Information System (Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority - Friday, 31 May 2019) -- Ikiganiro kivuga ku mikorere ya system ibitse amakuru y'ubutaka izwi nka LAIS (Land Administration Information System) nyuma y'aho ivugururiwe ikaba iri kuri version 4. Watch Video

Three Ways the Global Green Growth Institute is Supporting the Government of Rwanda to Reduce Air Pollution (Global Green Growth Institute - Friday, 31 May 2019) -- Ambient air pollution has risen sharply in recent years, especially in urban centers. Increasing rates of congestion combined with rising levels of personal vehicle ownership and limited public transport infrastructure have resulted in cities in sub-Saharan Africa exhibiting some of the highest levels of PM2.5 particulate matter in the world. Recent research has found that outdoor air pollution causes nearly double the amount of deaths than previously estimated, causing 8.8 million deaths per year. Read More

Video: GGGI Rwanda E-Moto (Global Green Growth Institute Media - Friday, 31 May 2019) -- GGGI Rwanda is working to promote the emerging electric mobility industry in Rwanda through identifying regulatory frameworks that are conducive to increasing the availability of e-motos, policies that can reduce import fees, duties, and taxes for parts and batteries, and identifying pathways for green jobs, especially for women, to enable inclusive, economic growth of the transport sector that is also environmentally sustainable. The disruption of e-Mobility also offers parallel opportunities. Watch Video

Remarks by Minister Biruta at 2019 National Seminar on Air Pollution (Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 30 May 2019) -- Good morning! Mwaramutse! It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2019 National Seminar on Air Pollution. I wish to extend a special welcome to the Minister of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change from Burkina Faso along with your delegation. Thank you for joining us. Read More

Photos: Minister Biruta meets the Minister of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change from Burkina Faso (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Thursday, 30 May 2019) -- Minister Biruta has received the Minister of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change from Burkina Faso. The meeting took place as part of an experience sharing mission led by the Minister from Burika Faso. During the mission, the delegation took part in the National Air Pollution Seminar as part of World Environment Day celebrations and visit the Rwanda Green Fund to learn more about their work. View Photos

Photos: Rwanda Green Fund Experience Sharing Meeting with Burkina Faso Delegation (Rwanda Green Fund Flickr - Thursday, 30 May 2019) -- Rwanda Green Fund Experience Sharing Meeting with Burkina Faso DelegationThe Rwanda Green Fund has hosted a delegation from Burkina Faso to share the experiences and best practices that have driven the fund since it was established. The participants discussed the fund's milestones and its contribution to advance Rwanda's green growth and sustainable development. View Photos

Remarks by Teddy Mugabo, Head of Business Development, at Rwanda Green Fund Experience Sharing Meeting with Burkina Faso Delegation (Rwanda Green Fund - Thursday, 30 May 2019) -- Good morning to you all.Thank you for being with us today, and taking the time to travel to East Africa to learn more about the Rwanda Green Fund. It is a pleasure to host you here in Kigali. Read More

Gicumbi: Man arrested for felling trees in gazetted forest (Rwanda National Police - Monday, 27 May 2019) -- A man identified as Jean Baptiste Uwihanganye, 39, was arrested on Sunday in Gicumbi District for allegedly cutting trees in a gazetted forest in Rwamiko Sector. Read More


Across Africa

Tanzania latest African nation to ban plastic bags (Daily Mail - Friday, 31 May 2019) -- A plastic bag ban comes into force in Tanzania on Saturday, as Africa leads efforts to stem the tide of plastic blighting the farthest reaches of the globe, and depths of the ocean. Read MoreAlso covered in All Africa. 

AfDB calls for increased focus on building climate change resilience (The New Times - Thursday, 30 May 2019) -- African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina has said that Africa must be more active in finding solutions to climate change challenges. Read More

Africa's elephant poaching is in decline, analysis suggests (The Guardian - Tuesday, 28 May 2019) -- Elephant poaching rates in Africa are declining, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications. Read More

Increased likelihood of drier than normal conditions over much of Ethiopia, parts of Eritrea, South Sudan and Sudan and above normal rainfall for most of Sudan, Djibouti and parts of Ethiopia (Climate Predictions and Applications Center - Tuesday, 28 May 2019) -- The 52nd Greater Horn Of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 52) for June, July, August and September organized by the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in collaboration with the Ethiopian National Meteorological Agency and partners on “Mitigation of Climate Risks for Resilience building” closed today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read More


From Around the World

Foreign Ministry focuses on Africa at the World Circular Economy Forum 2019 (Ministry for Foreign Affairs - Monday, 3 June 2019) -- The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will attend the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) 2019, organised by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. At a discussion session organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the African Development Bank on Monday 3 June, speakers will include Vincent Biruta, Minister of the Environment of Rwanda, and Anthony Nyong, Head of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank. Read More

5 June is the people's day for environmental action (The UN Environment - Friday, 31 May 2019) -- June 5th 2019 was the day the world took action to #BeatAirPollution. Watch Video 

World Meteorological Congress drives for more integrated earth systems strategy (World Meteorological Organization - Thursday, 30 May 2019) -- Congress agenda includes better weather, climate, water and related services, public-private partnerships, observations and data exchange, research and capacity development. Read More

We have a responsibility to undo the harm we’ve done the world (Daily Nation - Tuesday, 28 May 2019) -- Humanity is suffocating in its own civilisation. And the statistics are staggering: A million species face extinction mainly due to human activity. The ecosystems on which species depend is deteriorating at an unprecedented pace. Read More

United Nations Says 80 Countries May Ramp Up Climate Pledges (The New York Times - Tuesday, 28 May 2019) -- UNITED NATIONS — About 80 countries want to increase their climate pledges ahead of schedule under the Paris climate accord, the United Nations said Tuesday, signaling that some of them would do so at a summit of world leaders in September. Read More