Green Rwanda Media Review - 30 November 2020



  • REMA reports that Rwanda has launched an economy-wide project to advance climate adaptation planning.
  • The New Times reports about what can be done to reduce floods in Kigali.
  • Inside Climate News reports that John Kerry will not be a stranger to international climate negotiations, including the Kigali Amendment.
  • The New Times reports that there is a need to conserve medicinal plants.
  • Top Africa News reports that Rwamagana District plans to put a tree nursery in each cell by 2022.
  • Empower Africa shares an interview with Wastezon Founder, Ghislain Irakoze, on e-waste management in East Africa. 
  • Meteo Rwanda reports an MoU signed with the University of Rwanda to cooperate in research activities related to weather, air quality, Hydrometeorology, and climate
  • Watch an interview with the CEO of the Rwanda Green Fund on e-waste management.


Upcoming events 

  • 30 November - 10 December: GCF NAP Project - GESI Stakeholders consultations and site visits organised by REMA and GGGI.
  • 2 December: CoEB seminar on "How a male-killing microbe hijacked the evolution of the African Queen butterfly". Join Here
  • 3 December: Annual Membership Forum (NDC Partnership)
  • 5 December: World Soil Day
  • 11 December: International Mountain Day
  • 12 December: Climate Ambition Summit


Botanical gardens: The need to conserve medicinal plants (The New Times - Monday, 30 November 2020) -- There is an urgent need to conserve medicinal plants by establishing botanical gardens across the country. Read More
FEATURED: Bank of Kigali in agroforestry drive (The New Times - Monday, 30 November 2020) -- The staff of Bank of Kigali on Friday, November 27, joined residents of Kirenge Sector of Rulindo District to plant trees. Read More
Hashyizweho uburyo bwo kureba amakuru arebana n’ubutaka hifashishijwe ikoranabuhanga (Igihe - Sunday, 29 November 2020) -- Ikigo gishinzwe imicungire n’imikoreshereze by’ubutaka mu Rwanda cyashyizeho uburyo bw’ikoranabuhanga buzajya bufasha abashaka kumenya amakuru ajyanye n’ubutaka kuyabona bakoresheje internet. Read More
Rwanda: Opposition grows to Russian-backed nuclear plants (Anadolu Agency - Sunday, 29 November 2020) -- Plans by the tiny landlocked African country of Rwanda to build nuclear reactors with Russian help are facing stiff opposition in the country. Read More
Booming charcoal business fuels deforestation fears (The New Times - Friday, 27 November 2020) -- An estimated 61,240 sacks of charcoal, equivalent to 380 hectares of forest cover are supplied to the City of Kigali every week, according to official figures, fuelling fears of deforestation. Read More 
What can be done to check the raging floods in Kigali suburbs? (The New Times - Thursday, 26 November 2020) -- Urban planners have disclosed that a stormwater management plan being devised could be the sustainable solution to manage floods that have ravaged the different suburbs of the City of Kigali. Read More
Muhanga: Inka ibihumbi 2 zigiye gushyirwa mu bwishingizi (Umuseke - Thursday, 26 November 2020) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Akarere ka Muhanga buvuga ko bufite intego yo gushyira mu bwishingizi inka ibihumbi bibiri kugira ngo bagabanye igihombo aborozi bahuraga nacyo izo zapfaga. Inka ibihumbi 63 nizo zororewe mu Karere ka Muhanga. Read More
Kangondo, Kibiraro Resettlement Starts This Weekend – Minister Shyaka (KT Press - Wednesday, 25 November 2020) -- The Minister of Local government has announced plans to start resettling families of citizens who have been living in the disputed wetlands in Kangondo 1 and Kibiraro in Remera sector, Gasabo district, commonly known as ‘Bannyahe’. Read More
As Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry Will Be No Stranger to International Climate Negotiations (Inside Climate News - Wednesday, 25 November 2020) -- Two weeks before President Trump was elected President in November 2016, the Secretary of State John Kerry held court in a hotel room in Kigali, Rwanda, to help secure one of the most important and little-known international climate agreements in history. Read More 
Fire safety: RURA bids to enforce electrical installation standards (The New Times - Wednesday, 25 November 2020) -- Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority (RURA) has taken initial steps to enforce requirements electricians must meet before they can be allowed to conduct electrical installations in buildings. Read More
E-Waste Management in East Africa: an Interview with Wastezon Founder Ghislain Irakoze (Empower Africa - Wednesday, 25 November 2020) -- Have you ever wondered where your electronic waste goes? Where is your old TV set, the laptop battery that you replaced recently and had to throw away, the various cell phones you owned over the years and discarded when a newer model came out? What happens to the numerous electronics that remain unbought on the shelves as newer, better ones are released daily? Where do all these devices end up? Read More 
Rwanda invests in cycling, helps boost clean air and jobs (Africa Renewal - Tuesday, 24 November 2020) -- The East African country, characterized by its hilly landscapes, has not only hosted several international cycling competitions (including the Tour du Rwanda), but is also a hub for bicycle innovations in tourism, urban mobility, and entrepreneurship. Read More 
What is holding back cassava yield? (The New Times - Tuesday, 24 November 2020) -- Cassava farmers continue to harvest low yields despite their high potential largely due to lack of quality cassava cuttings (seeds) as well as hesitance to comply with recommended agricultural practices, agricultural researchers have said. Read More
Gicumbi: Akarere kororerwamo ingurube nyinshi ariko katagira ibagiro ryazo (Umuseke - Tuesday, 24 November 2020) -- Bamwe mu batuye mu Karere ka Gicumbi boroye ingurube ndetse n’ubuyobozi bw’aka Karere, bavuga ko hataba ibagiro ry’aya matungo magufi nyamara abayoroye ari benshi. Read More
Whether a ‘Smart Park’ Can Help Both Wildlife and Tourism (Atlas Obscura - Tuesday, 24 November 2020) -- Today, Akagera has been dramatically transformed: a thriving national park just two hours by car from Kigali, the Rwandan capital. Rwanda is famed for the rare mountain gorillas in its northwest, but Akagera is on the eastern side of the country, bordering Tanzania, so it offers an entirely different habitat. Read More 
The city of Kigali seizes over 50 stalled construction projects (The New Times - Tuesday, 24 November 2020) -- The City of Kigali has repossessed some 58 private properties, including plots of land and unfinished construction projects, citing delays in their development. Read More
One Acre Fund-TUBURA to distribute 15m trees to farmers (The New Times - Tuesday, 24 November 2020) -- In 21A Season, One Acre Fund-TUBURA in partnership with the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Board and the Rwanda Forestry Authority, has embarked on a drive to distribute 15 million agroforestry trees to farmers in 23 districts across the country. Read More 
Rwamagana District eyes a Tree Nursery in each cell by 2022 (Top Africa News - Monday, 23 November 2020) -- Officials in Rwamagana District of the Eastern Province of Rwanda have announced that during the fiscal year 2021/2022, each cell will have a Tree nursery which will make it easier for the public to access tree seedlings at a lower cost and even help some find employment. Read More
Rwanda Green Fund CEO on the untapped business opportunities in e-waste (CNBC Africa - Monday, 23 November 2020) -- The Rwanda Green Fund invested close to about $1.5 million to develop a national e-waste management strategy. Watch Interview
Sector Updates
Rwanda launches an economy-wide project to advance climate adaptation planning (REMA - Friday, 27 November 2020) -- The Ministry of Environment and the Rwanda Environment Management Authority are launching a groundbreaking project to build the country’s capacity to plan and implement climate change adaptation initiatives. The four-year National Adaptation Planning Process Project aims to increase the capacity of the government, private sector, and communities to plan, fund, implement and monitor climate change adaptation across the country. Read More 
ILLEGAL MINERAL TRADE: Five arrested with minerals (Rwanda National Police - Friday, 27 November 2020) -- Separate Rwanda National Police (RNP) operations against illegal mining and trade in minerals saw five people arrested on Thursday, November 26, in the City of Kigali and Kamonyi District. Read More 
Stakeholders meet to review Impact Tables and Climate Normals (Meteo Rwanda - Thursday, 26 November 2020) -- From 23rd to 24th a two days workshop was held in Bugesera District to review draft Impact Tables and Rwanda’s Climate Normals for the period 1981 to 2010. The workshop put together participants from Government institutions and Non-government Organizations. Read More 
Meteo Rwanda and University of Rwanda sign an MoU to cooperate in research activities related to weather, air quality, hydrometeorology, and climate in Rwanda (Meteo Rwanda - Monday, 23 November 2020) -- On 20th November, the Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda) represented by Director General Mr. Aimable Gahigi and the University of Rwanda represented by Dr. Papias MUSAFIRI MALIMBA, the Acting Vice-Chancellor; signed the Memorandum of Understanding that seeks to formalize existing-working framework in areas of capacity building and research related to meteorology, air quality, hydrometeorology, and climate change. Read More 
Across Africa 
Closer Africa-Europe Collaboration Needed To Deliver Food And Nutrition Security Roadmap, Says Leading Research Body (EABW News - Thursday, 26 November 2020) -- Africa’s apex organization for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research and innovation has called on more African and European countries to prioritize investment in science, technology and innovation for agriculture on the continent. Read More
SENEGAL: The State is studying the drone trail for the security of its national parks (Afrik 21 - Thursday, 26 November 2020) -- The Senegalese government wants to improve biodiversity conservation in its national parks. It recently organised a training course to equip agents and eco-guards with techniques for piloting, collecting, processing, and analysing UAV data. Read More 
Africa’s reliance on used cars fuelling pollution (Science Development Net - Wednesday, 25 November 2020) -- Used light-duty vehicles imported from wealthy countries are adding to Africa’s air pollution woes, a global overview of the small vehicle export market has found. Read More 
Agriculture, not tourism or oil, is key to economic recovery in Africa (The East African - Tuesday, 24 November 2020) -- Economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Renaissance Capital are projecting that countries with sizeable agriculture sectors and low exposure to tourism will recover quicker from the economic crisis fuelled by the pandemic. Read More
From Around the World
This New App Takes Users To The ‘Frontlines Of Wildlife Conservation’ In Real-Time (Green Queen - Thursday, 26 November 2020) -- While many of us see animal and wildlife conservation as important issues, it’s not always clear what the actionable steps exist to make a difference. Now, a new app is being developed to do exactly that, taking users onto the “frontlines” from the comfort of their homes, showing them real-time nearby opportunities individuals can sign up for to contribute directly to the cause. Read More 
The State of Food and Agriculture 2020: Overcoming water challenges in agriculture (Relief Web - Thursday, 26 November 2020) -- More than three billion people live in agricultural areas with high to very high levels of water shortages and scarcity, and almost half of them face severe constraints. Read More 
Twitter Highlights
1. GGGI Rwanda @GGGI_Rwanda: #happeningnow @GCF NAP Workshop on engaging the private sector in building flood resilience capacities, and elaboration of project concept notes looking at Kigali site Magerwa, RwandeX and Mpazi, co-organised and hosted by @GGGI_Rwanda and @REMA_Rwanda #climateaction

2. REMA Rwanda @REMA_Rwanda: Ubucukuzi bw'amabuye y'agaciro si impamvu yo kwangiza ibidukikije. Bushobora gukorwa mu buryo butangiza ibidukikije, kandi inyungu ziba nyinshi kurushaho @Mines_Rwanda @RMA_MiningRw @wmpRwanda @Mining_RWANDA @EnvironmentRw @RwandaWiamo

3. Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning @RwandaFinance: This morning @RwandaGov and the Republic of #Korea signed a financing agreement worth Frw 64 billion (USD 66.2 million) to reinforce power transmission & grid expansion. This will complement #NST1 target of 100% access to electricity for every Rwandan by 2024 from current 56%.
4. Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority @Lands_Rwanda: After launching the land information portal with only the desktop version, a few months ago (last June), now you can access it on your smartphones and tablets by simply browsing Remember you have first to create an account on the portal and then you log in.
5. SEforALL @SEforALLorg: #SEforALLForum is rescheduled to 2022. In light of COVID-19 and after in-depth discussions regarding the format and desired outcomes of the Forum with @RwandaGov and @UN, we've decided to reschedule the forum to an in-person event in 2022.
6. Meteo Rwanda @MeteoRwanda: The rainfall forecast for December 2020: The expected rainfall is in the range of long-term mean over most parts of the country, with few regions (Nyungwe forest and surroundings) expected to have increased rainfall which is slightly above the long term mean.
7. Rwanda Green Fund @GreenFundRw: Uyu munsi, itsinda ryacu riri kumwe n'irya @CityofKigali hamwe n'umufatanyabikorwa wacu @KfW basuye ibikorwa by'umushinga ugamije kwagura Ruhurura ya Mpazi hamwe no kubaka ibiraro bigezweho Nyabugogo mu rwego rwo guhangana n'ikibazo cy'imyuzure ikunze kwibasira aka gace.
8. Ministry of Environment - Rwanda @EnvironmentRw: Today, Min. @MujaJeanne, Min. @mskayisire, the team from @EnvironmentRw & @REMA_Rwanda joined residents in @NyagatareDistr to plant bamboo trees along Muvumba Riverbanks as part of the launch of the National Adaptation Planning Project. #GreenRwanda