Green Rwanda Media Review - 4 April 2018


  • The New Times reports that 445,000 households will access off-grid power thanks to BRD funding
  • Igihe writes that REMA has called for the private and public sector to establish green initiatives to help fight climate change
  • The New Times reports that African experts have recommended the circular economy to spur Africa's transformation
  • Business Wire reports that the first eco-friendly air conditioner has been launched in reference to Kigali Amendment values
  • View and download photos of the Training of Environmental Practitioners on National Engagement with the Green Climate Fund




Four Rwandan miners rescued after three days trapped underground (Xinhua- Tuesday 3 April 2018) -- Five people were trapped underground at the mine in the Rwamagana district when a weak cliff caved in but one escaped, the police said. Read more

Govt to offer incentives to farmers dedicated to conserving ecosystems (The New Times - Sunday 01 April 2018) --- Land users dedicated in conserving natural resources will be offered incentives as experts devise the introduction of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), an official from Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority has said. Read more

Intare yo mu Akagera yari iherutse kubyara eshatu, yapfuye (Igihe - Saturday 31 March 2018) -- Pariki ya Akagera yatangaje ko intare yitwa Shema yari iherutse kubyara ibyana bitatu, yapfuye nyuma y’igikomere yagize mu mutwe ishobora kuba yarakigize igerageza kwica indi nyamaswa. Read more

445,000 households to access off-grid power under new BRD Rwf4bn funding (The New Times - Thursday 29 March 2018) --- Private sector-lead projects geared at boosting access to power will now find it easier to secure funding, thanks to a new deal signed between Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) and commercial banks. Read more

REMA ihangayikishijwe n’uko igihugu gikennye imishinga yo kurengera ibidukikije n’ihindagurika ry’ibihe (Igihe - Wednesday 28 March 2018) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe kubungabunga ibidukikije (REMA) cyatangaje ko ikibazo gikomeye abahanga mu kurengera ibidukikije n’ihindagurika ry’ibihe bo mu Rwanda bafite, ari uko nta mishinga ihagije, ikigega mpuzamahanga cyo kubirengera cyitwa Green Climate Fund gishingiraho. Read more

Green growth through carbon trading (The New Times - Tuesday 27 March 2018) -- Rwanda is one of fastest growing economy in Africa and has had a stable rate of economic growth since 2010. Read more

Circular economy will spur Africa’s transformation—experts (The New Times - Wednesday 27 March 2018) --- Adoption of circular economy practices will go a long way in delivering economic growth, jobs and positive environmental outcomes needed for Africa, experts said yesterday. Read more

Kamonyi: Kompanyi 102 zicukura nta byangombwa zihanijwe (Umuseke - Tuesday 27 March 2018) -- Kampani 139 z’ubucukuzi bw’amabuye na Kariyeri nizo zibarizwa mu Karere ka Kamonyi, 102 muri zo ntizifite ibyangombwa, Francis Gatare umuyobozi mukuru w’ikigo cy’igihugu gihinzwe Mine, Gaz na Peteroli yazisabye kuzuza ibisabwa zitabyubahiriza zigafatirwa ibihano. Read more

Umunyamerikakazi Ellen DeGeneres ategerejwe mu Rwanda gutangiza ibikorwa byo kwita ku ngagi (Igihe - Tuesday 27 March 2018) -- Umunyamerikakazi Ellen DeGeneres umenyerewe mu kiganiro gisetsa gitambuka kuri televiziyo kizwi nka ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, ategerejwe mu Rwanda muri Kamena mu gutangiza umushinga wo kubaka ikigo kizafasha mu bikorwa bya Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund bimaze imyaka 50 byo kwita ku ngagi. Read more

New Rwf23bn project to revamp water transport, boost cross-border trade (The New Times- Tuesday 27 March 2018) --- According RTDA, the new marine system transport project will greatly improve water travel between Rwanda and DR Congo and boost trade. Read more

Former UN Chief Takes the Helm of Global Green Growth Institute (Relief Web - Tuesday 27 March 2018) -- In the face of climate change and growing energy demand in developing countries, Ban Ki-moon, the new president and chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), unveiled his vision for a more sustainable path by helping countries in their transition to greener economies and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more

Rwanda Gets Solar Powered Irrigation Technology (KT Press - Friday 23 March 2018) -- Thousands of households from districts that are victims of persistent dry seasons will soon have irrigation tools to be able to grow crops and harvest throughout the year. Read more


Across Africa

Tanzania mulls banning plastic materials (The New Times - 2 April 2018) -- Tanzania is still weighing the impact of the envisaged ban on the use of polythene materials before effecting it. Read More

Mu myaka 100 ishize ubutayu bwa Sahara bwagutseho 10% (Umuseke - Friday 30 March 2018) -- Nibwo butayu bunini kurusha ubundi ku isi. Buherereye mu gace k’Africa kegereye umurongo mbariro witwa Tropic of Cancer. Abahanga barasuzumye basanga kubera kugabanyuka kw’igipimo cy’imvura mu bihugu bikikije buriya butayu byaratumye burushaho kwaguka, bukaba bwariyongereyeho 10% mu myaka 100 ishize. Read more

The Sahara is growing, thanks in part to climate change (Washington Post - Thursday 29 March 2018) -- Earth’s largest hot desert, the Sahara, is getting bigger, a new study finds. It is advancing south into more tropical terrain in Sudan and Chad, turning green vegetation dry and soil once used for farming into barren ground in areas that can least afford to lose it. Read more

Invest in climate information services to handle climate change shocks, ECA’s Murombedzi urges Africa (Relief Web - Thursday 29 March 2018) -- Experts in climate information services (CIS) and other related fields from across the continent on Tuesday unanimously agreed CIS has socio-economic benefits (SEB) that are helpful for disaster risk reduction (DRR), in particular supporting Africa’s response to climate change. Read more


From Around the World

Climate scientists debate a flaw in the Paris climate agreement (The Guardian - Thursday 29 March 2018) -- In September 2017, a team led by the University of Exeter’s Richard Millar published a paper in Nature Geoscience, which was widely reported as suggesting that the Paris climate agreement’s aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures is still technically within our reach. Read more

'But will it cut waste?': reader concerns about bottle deposit scheme (The Guardian - Thursday 29 March 2018) -- Cash in exchange for returning a used drinks container sounds like a good idea, but how much of an impact will it have in our fight against reducing waste? Read more

Midea Launches World’s First Eco-Friendly Air Conditioner Certified by Blue Angel (Business Wire - Tuesday 20 March 2018) -- Midea Group, the world leading home appliances manufacturer announced on March 14th that its All Easy Series R-290 residential split systems air conditioner recently became the first of its kind to obtain the Blue Angel Certification for its ultra-low global warming potential (GWP), high energy efficiency, low noise, and stringent material safety control, which provides a mass-producible, efficient and reliable solution for the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Read more


Sector Updates

Meteo Rwanda's achievements 2017-18 (Meteo Rwanda YouTube - 3 April 2018) -- This film documentary highlights key Meteo Rwanda's achievements attained in FY2017/2018. It gives insights on application of weather and climate services into different socio-economic sectors. Watch the video to learn more on use of weather and climate information. Watch Video

Rwanda’s environment practitioners trained on engaging with the Green Climate Fund (REMA - Friday 30 March 2018) -- Members of the Rwanda Association of Professional Environmental Practitioners (RAPEP) have gathered for a three-day training on how to best engage with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).The training was prepared by the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) and took place as part of a GCF Readiness Support Project. Read more

Rwanda’s environment practitioners to learn about engagement with the Green Climate Fund (REMA - Tuesday 27 March 2018) -- The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), in its capacity as National Designated Authority (NDA) of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), is training environmental practitioners on engaging with the Green Climate Fund from 27-29 March 2018. Read More

Photos: Urban Low Emissions Development Strategy Project Launch (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday 28 March 2018) -- The Ministry of Environment and Rwanda Environment Management Authority hosted the launch of the Urban Low Emissions Development Strategy (Urban-LEDS II) Project. View Photos

Urban Low Emissions Development Strategy Project launches in Rwanda (Ministry of Environment - Wednesday 28 March 2018) -- The Ministry of Environment and Rwanda Environment Management Authority have hosted the launch of the Urban Low Emissions Development Strategy (Urban-LEDS II) Project. Read more

Photos: Training of Environmental Practitioners on National Engagement with the Green Climate Fund (Green Fund Flickr - Tuesday 27 March 2018) -- The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), in its capacity as National Designated Authority (NDA) of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), has trained environmental practitioners on engaging with the Green Climate Fund. View Photos

Photos: Media Visit Upper Nyabarongo Catchment (Water for Growth Rwanda - Thursday 15 March 2018) -- From 14th to 15th March 2018, Media visited Upper Nyabarongo catchment to see issues and Interventions done by Water for Growth to address the problem of soil erosion for the protection of Nyabarongo Hydropower dam and contributing to landscape restoration. View Photos


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