Green Rwanda Media Review - 30 March 2020

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


  • Afrik21 reports about Rwanda's plan to install one million m² of cool roofs by 2021.
  • The New Times and other outlets report that heavy rain displaced several families in Rubavu.
  • Kigali Today reports about the decrease in the production of fish ponds due to erosion in Burera District as a result of heavy rain.
  • Rwanda National Police reports that over 7,100 polythene bags have been seized.
  • Watch a video to explore Nyungwe National Park and the incredible wildlife that lives in the forest with park guide Claver Ntoyinkima.


Rwanda government to install 1 million m² of cooling roofs by 2021 (Afrik21 - Friday, 27 March 2020) -- Rwanda is one of 10 countries competing in the 2021 Million Cool Roofs Challenge. It is a global competition aimed at accelerating access to sustainable and affordable cooling through the rapid deployment of refrigerated roofing materials for residential, municipal and commercial buildings. The winning country will receive close to 940 million Rwandan francs ($1 million). Read More

Camera traps in trees reveal a richness of species in Rwandan park (Mongabay - Friday, 27 March 2020) -- Camera traps set high up in trees in Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park captured 35 different mammal species over a 30-day period, including a rare Central African oyan (Poiana richardsonii), a small catlike mammal that has not previously been seen in the park. Read More

Heavy rains displace several families in Rubavu (The New Times - Wednesday, 25 March 2020) -- Heavy rain has swept away at least 17 houses in Rubavu District, leaving dozens of residents homeless. Read More. Also published in Igihe and Umuseke

Burera: Imvura yangije ibyuzi yatumye umusaruro w’amafi ugabanuka (Kigali Today - Monday, 23 March 2020) -- Abororera amafi mu byuzi biri mu Murenge wa Kinoni mu Karere ka Burera mu Ntara y’Amajyaruguru bavuga ko bateganya kuvugurura ubu bworozi, buheruka gushegeshwa n’imvura yaguye mu mezi ashize, ikangiza bimwe mu byuzi bororeramo, bigabanya umusaruro w’amafi. Read More

A walk through the land of a thousand hills (Chema Domenech YouTube Channel - Tuesday, 29 October 2019) -- Claver Ntoyinkima, a native park ranger, shares the secrets of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda as he guides us through the forest. With almost 300 bird species, over 1,000 plant species, and dozens of large and small mammals, Nyungwe is one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Watch Video


Sector Updates

Over 7100 pieces of polythene bags seized (Rwanda National Police - Monday, 23 March 2020) -- Separate Police operations conducted Sunday in Gakenke and Huye districts seized over 7164 pieces of banned polythene bags. Read More


Across Africa

Endangered gorillas at risk of coronavirus (Independent - Saturday, 28 March 2020) -- Congo’s Virunga National Park, home to about a third of the world’s mountain gorillas, is barring visitors until 1 June, citing “advice from scientific experts indicating that primates, including mountain gorillas, are likely susceptible to complications arising from the COVID-19 virus”. Read More

Africa: Climate Crisis - The 'Scramble for Resources' And How it Fuels Conflict (All Africa - Wednesday, 25 March 2020) -- Nairobi — She may not be from central Africa, but 17-year-old Makenna Muigai would like African leaders to rally their political muscle to save the endangered Congo Basin - for a good reason. Read More

Cameroon: Environmental and Social Assessment - Stakeholders Share Notes (Cameroon Tribune - Tuesday, 24 March 2020) -- The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for exploration/ appraisal drilling and early field development within the onshore "Matanda Block", in the Douala sedimentary basin is currently going on. Read More

Egypt: Over 30 Killed in Egypt Floods (CAJ News Africa - Tuesday, 24 March 2020) -- Cairo — FLOODS have left more than 30 people dead in Egypt. Among those killed are children. Read More

NiMet to intensify efforts towards providing accurate climate information (Vanguard - Monday, 23 March 2020) -- The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), says it is determined to intensify efforts toward providing timely, accurate and reliable weather and climate information to guide policy and decision making. Read More

Coronavirus and Climate Change: Observing World Water Days (African Development Bank Group - Monday, 23 March 2020) -- The theme of this year’s World Water Day, observed on 22 March, is water and climate change. The issue has taken on greater urgency, given the global spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, responsible for over 13,000 deaths worldwide to date. Read More


From Around the World

Can the godfather of natural history television help save the planet? (The Economist - Thursday, 26 March 2020) -- FOR DECADES Sir David Attenborough has brought the natural world into people’s homes. But his upcoming film, “A Life On Our Planet”, offers a stark message about human impact on the environment. Read More

We can not let COVID-19 'destroy' environment: Advocate (Anadolu Agency - Thursday, 26 March 2020) -- Suspension and cancellation of many conservative activities and events due to the coronavirus outbreak should not allow the destruction of the environment, according to the conservation law center. Read More

Environmentally friendly diving to conserve marine life for sustainable development (UN Environment - Wednesday, 25 March 2020) -- Tourists and divers flock the pristine Nusa Penida Island in Bali, Indonesia for the scenic views, beautiful beaches, towering limestone cliffs and life underwater. Read More

Climate change: Green energy plant threat to wilderness areas (BBC - Wednesday, 25 March 2020) -- Researchers found that over 2,200 green energy plants have been built within the boundaries of the Earth's remaining wilderness. Read More

Waste management an essential public service in the fight to beat COVID-19 (UN Environment - Tuesday, 24 March 2020) -- Geneva, 24 March 2020 - With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continuing to spread and its impacts upon human health and the economy intensifying day-by-day, governments are urged to treat waste management, including of medical, household and other hazardous waste, as an urgent and essential public service in order to minimise possible secondary impacts upon health and the environment. Read More

Coronavirus pandemic leading to huge drop in air pollution (The Guardian - Monday, 23 March 2020) -- The coronavirus pandemic is shutting down industrial activity and temporarily slashing air pollution levels around the world, satellite imagery from the European Space Agency shows. Read More