Green Rwanda Media Review - 4 January 2019

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


  • The European Commission reports that the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol entered into force.
  • Igihe reports that the year of 2018 has been a remarkable year in the energy sector of Rwanda.
  • Igihe reports that heavy rain destroyed 228 houses and 183 hectares of crops.
  • The New Times reports that five were rescued from the collapsed mining site in Kamonyi District.
  • Watch Rwanda's climate solution featured in the Top 5 Climate Change Videos of 2018.
  • Read about the highlights of Rwanda's environment sector in 2018.

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Shelly Ann Murphy | Lessons From Rwanda On Plastic Bag Bans (The Gleaner - Friday, 4 January 2019) -- Today, Kigali, the country's capital, is one of the cleanest cities in Africa. Jamaica's single-use plastic ban needs to be tailored according to our specific situation and culture; however, these are some of the things that worked for Rwanda. Read More

In 2018, Rwanda walked the talk on climate change but hard work lies ahead (The New Times - Thursday, 3 January 2019) -- Over 230 people lost their lives in Rwanda in 2018 alone in incidents linked to climate change. Properties worth billions of Francs were also destroyed as torrential rains, lightning strikes and landslides had their toll on the country. Read More

Rwanda: Relocation Of Mazane Island Dwellers To Be Completed In March (KT Press - Thursday, 3 January 2019) -- The last batch of residents living at the remote and high risk Mazane Island in Lake Rweru, Bugesera district will be relocated to an inland model village by March 2019 officials say. Read More

Nyanza residents appeal for energy access expansion, rainwater harvesting technologies (Rwanda Inspirer - Thursday, 3 January 2019) -- Nyanza District residents have called for the scale-up of energy access as well as means for harvesting rainwater in a bid to help them run income generating activities, and address water shortage concern which makes it difficult for some households to have food ready for their school children. Read More

Environmentalists buoyant as the Kigali Amendment enters into force (The New Times - Thursday, 3 January 2019) -- The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol has entered into force, paving way for nations to reduce powerful climate-warming gases known as Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by more than 80 per cent in the next 30 years. Read More

Investments in infrastructure in 2018 reflect resolve, direction Rwanda chose (The New Times - Thursday, 3 January 2019) -- The investment in infrastructure in Rwanda in 2018 is a true reflection of the resolve and direction the country has chosen, says Prof. Herman Musahara, an economist. Read More

Kirehe: Imvura idasanzwe yasenye inzu 228 yangiza na hegitari 183 z’imyaka (Igihe - Wednesday, 2 January 2019) -- Abaturage b’Akarere ka Kirehe batangiye umwaka nabi kuko imvura idasanzwe yaguye kuri uyu wa Kabiri, yabasenyeye inzu 228, ikanangiza hegitari 183 zihinzeho imyaka itandukanye. Read More

Global HFC phasedown starts – the EU already below their first limit (European Commission - Tuesday, 1 January 2019) -- Today (1 January 2019) the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol enters into force. Both developed and developing countries have taken on mandatory commitments to reduce the global production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), harmful man-made greenhouses gases. Read More

Hatagize igikorwa tumwe mu duce tw’Iburasirazuba twahinduka ubutayu (Igihe - Tuesday, 1 January 2019) -- Tumwe mu duce two mu Ntara y’Iburasirazuba, twugarijwe n’izuba mu buryo bukomeye ku buryo hatagize igikorwa hamera nko mu butayu. Read More

2018, umwaka usigiye byinshi urwego rw’ingufu mu Rwanda (Igihe - Tuesday, 1 January 2019) -- Uko iminsi ishira indi igataha niko u Rwanda rugenda rwiyubaka mu nkingi zifatiye runini iterambere n’imibereho myiza, guhera ku muturage wo hasi kugera ku rwego mpuzamahanga. Read More

Five rescued from collapsed mining site in Kamonyi District (The New Times - Monday, 31 December 2018) -- Five people, all employees of African Minerals Petroleum, a mining company based in Kamonyi District were on Saturday rescued from a mining concession located in Rukoma Sector, Kamonyi District, police has said. Read More

Top 5 Climate Change Videos Of 2018 (Clean Technica - Monday, 31 December 2018) -- As we wrap up 2018, let’s take a look back at the most popular videos among Climate Reality supporters. It’s been an incredible year for climate action around the globe. And an incredible year for videos telling this story! Watch Video Rusizi: REG yatashye umuyoboro w’amashanyarazi wavuguruwe ukanongerwa (Igihe - Saturday, 29 December 2018) -- Mu mpera z’icyumweru gishize nibwo Sosiyete y’u Rwanda ishinzwe ingufu (REG), yatashye umuyoboro w’amashanyarazi mu Kagali ka Shagasha, Umurenge wa Gihundwe, Akarere ka Rusizi. Read More

How access to electricity is improving citizens welfare in Kayonza district (The New Times - Friday, 28 December 2018) -- Residents of Kabarondo, Murama and Kabare sectors in Kayonza district are reaping big from a project which aims to improve access to reliable on-grid electricity services for households and priority public institutions in the Eastern province. Read More

‘Conservation never ends’: 40 years in the kingdom of gorillas (Mongabay - Friday, 28 December 2018) -- While studying Rwanda’s critically endangered mountain gorillas in the 1970s, newlywed graduate students Amy Vedder and Bill Weber learned that the government was considering converting gorilla habitat into a cattle ranch. Read More


Across Africa

UN Environment positively reports on geothermal activities in Africa in 2018 (Think Geo Energy - Thursday, 3 January 2019) -- The Energy team at the UN Environmental Program in Africa proudly reports on achievements in 2018, highlighting the successful 7th African Rift Geothermal Conference held in Rwanda in November 2018, as well a series of short courses as part of capacity building efforts, e.g. with the African Geothermal Center of Excellence. Read More

Uganda’s Animal Genetic Centre positioned as a leader in Africa (The Observer - Wednesday, 2 January 2019) -- It’s one of the statutory semi-autonomous bodies of the ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF). NAGRC&DB’s core mandate is the commercialization for the production, conservation, and promotion of efficient and effective delivery of animal genetic resources in Uganda. Read More

Implications of Emissions Gap report for Africa: Incentivizing climate action uptake (UN Environment - Friday, 28 December 2018) -- The United Nations Environment Programme released this week its annual Emissions Gap Report. The report showed that world’s original level of ambition needs to be tripled to stay within 2°C warming and increased around fivefold for the 1.5°C scenario. A continuation of current trends will likely result in global warming of around 3.2°C by the end of the century, with continued temperature rises after that. Read More


From Around the World

Plastic recycling: an underperforming sector ripe for a remake (UN Environment - Wednesday, 2 January 2019) -- While there is no silver-bullet solution to the toxic tide of plastic surging into our oceans, recycling must form part of the answer. The problem, many experts say, is that current processes are not fit for purpose. Read More

Plastic bottle deposit scheme in UK proving hit with shoppers (The Guardian - Wednesday, 2 January 2019) -- Shoppers have received the equivalent of more than £30,000 in total for recycling plastic bottles in the first supermarket trial using “reverse vending machines” installed to reduce littering. Read More

Govt Plans to Increase Height of Solar Panels so Farming Can Continue Below (The Wire - Tuesday, 1 January 2019) -- The biggest victim of India’s solar revolution has been land – especially hundreds of acres in arid and semi-arid regions. When a large solar park is set up, a vast patch of land goes under the solar panels. The Government of India has maintained that most such land is barren and unfit for farming. However, if India is to generate 100 GW of solar power by 2022, it is only a matter of time before agricultural land also goes under. Read More