Green Rwanda Media Review - 4 January 2021



  • Disrupt Africa reports that how e-health start up Karisimbi is helping hospitals go paperless with electronic medical records.
  • The New Times reports that January and February rains could affect post-harvest handling activities.
  • CNN names Rwanda's Valerie Akuredusenge among environmental heroes to inspire you in 2021.
  • Top Africa News reports that Prof. Egide Kalisa is researching the effects of air pollution on kindergarten and elementary school children.
  • The New Times shares how Rwanda plans to raise $11 billion for climate ambitions.
  • Read GGGI Rwanda's December newsletter.


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How Rwanda’s Karisimbi is helping hospitals go paperless with electronic medical records (Disrupt Africa - Monday, 4 January 2021) -- Rwandan e-health startup Karisimbi Technology Solutions is helping hospitals go fully paperless, offering digital patient files that streamline service delivery and have so far been used to treat more than 30,000 patients. Read More
Urugaryi: Hateganyijwe imvura iringaniye mu Rwanda (Imvaho Nshya - Sunday, 3 January 2021) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere (Meteo Rwanda) kiratangaza ko imvura immvura iteganyijwe u gihe cy’urugaryi mu kwezi kkwa Mutarana na Gashyantare 2021 iringaniye muri rusange ariko hari aho immvura ishibora kuzaba nke hashingiwe ku miterere yaho. Read More
Jan and Feb rains could affect post-harvest handling activities (The New Times - Sunday, 3 January 2021) -- Rwanda Meteorology Agency has warned that the rainfall expected in January and February 2021 may affect post-harvest handling activities if farmers and authorities do not put in place necessary measures. Read More
ADB appoints Aissa Tourà as country manager in Rwanda (ESI Africa - Thursday, 31 December 2020) -- The African Development Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Aissa Touré as Country Manager for Rwanda. Read More
Bugesera: Umusoro ku butaka wahindutse nyuma y’ubusabe bw’abaturage (Kigali Today - Thursday, 31 December 2020) -- Nyuma y’ubusabe bw’abaturage, Inama Njyanama y’Akarere ka Bugesera yasubiyemo ibiciro by’umusoro ku bukode bw’ubutaka. Read More
Environmental heroes to inspire you in 2021 (CNN - Thursday, 31 December 2020) -- The new year is a time for resolutions, and few could be more important than choosing to do better by nature. Read More
Top positive environmental stories from 2020 (Mongabay - Wednesday, 30 December 2020) -- 2020 was a difficult year for many, but positive stories emerged. Read More
Rwandan Professor begins research on the effects of air pollution on kindergarten and elementary school children (Top Africa News - Wednesday, 30 December 2020) -- Dr Kalisa Egide, a professor at the University of Rwanda, Department of Science and Technology (CST), has begun research on the effects of air pollution on kindergarten and elementary school children in Rwanda. Read More
How Rwanda plans to raise $11bn for climate ambitions (The New Times - Wednesday, 30 December 2020) -- In a virtual climate ambition summit two weeks ago, Rwanda unveiled a $11 billion (Rwf10.2 trillion) plan to combat climate change and build adaptation to its effects in the next 10 years. Read More
Rwanda’s green investments have generated 150,000 green jobs (The New Times - Tuesday, 29 December 2020) -- There are multiple business opportunities in environmental conservation which have so far created more than 144,000 green jobs from the 44 green projects funded by Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) with thousands of other green jobs created by other green investments over the past eight years. Read More
Youthful entrepreneur makes potted plants popular (The New Times - Tuesday, 29 December 2020) -- As a child, Adelphine Abewe recalls her dislike for unattended and dried up plants as well as wrongly placed potted plants. Read More
Shyogwe: Abaturage 1,009 bahawe amashyiga ya cana rumwe azabakemurira ikibazo cy’inkwi (Kigali Today - Sunday, 27 December 2020) -- Abaturage bo mu midugudu itatu y’akagari ka Ruli mu murenge wa Shyogwe mu karere ka Muhanga bahawe amashyiga ya kijyambere ya cana rumwe arondereza ibicanwa, bakemeza ko azabakemurira ikibazo cy’inkwi cyari kibabangamiye. Read More
REMA launches campaign to curb Lakeshores damages (Top Africa News - Saturday, 26 December 2020) -- The Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) has launched a campaign to combat the effects of climate change through the protection of lakeshores where human activities have to comply with the required distance. Read More
Sector Updates
GGGI Rwanda December Newsletter (GGGI Rwanda Thursday, 31 December 2020) -- Read Here
Lakeshores and Riverbanks are public property, their use can only be authorized by the Minister in charge of Environment (REMA - Monday, 21 December 2020) -- The Ministry of Environment and the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) are conducting a campaign aiming at reminding Rwandan residents that no activities or buildings are authorized on the land considered as buffer zone of lakes and rivers, as it is public property. Read More. Also published in Kinyarwanda
Across Africa 
Zimbabwe: Zim to Unlock Insurance Against Extreme Weather Risk (The Herald - Monday, 4 January 2021) -- Germany's state development bank KfW and the World Food Programme (WFP) have committed to contribute US$2 million each, to African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited (ARC) to support premium financing of insurance against risks caused by extreme weather events in Zimbabwe, Treasury has said. Read More
Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan Resume Nile Dam Talks (DW - Sunday, 3 January 2021) -- The three countries are seeking to resolve a row over the huge dam on the Blue Nile. The controversial structure has been almost a decade in the making but there is optimism a deal could be reached by the end of January. Read More
Tunisia: African Youth Climate Hub Launches Incubation Programme for Green Start-Ups (Tunis Afrique Presse - Friday, 1 January 2021) -- The African Youth Climate Hub (AYCH) has launched a call for applications to train climate entrepreneurs in Africa as part of its Climate Start-up Incubation Programme promoting sustainable development. Read More
Africa: The Long Shadow of Colonial Forestry Is a Threat to Savannas and Grasslands (The Conversation - Thursday, 31 December 2020) -- Tree planting to restore forests, capture carbon and improve the land has gained strong momentum in recent years. Read More
From Around the World
We Need a Paris Agreement for Plastics (Scientific American - Wednesday, 30 December 2020) -- My entry into the ocean plastics crisis began when our organization, SoulBuffalo, ran the first ever activist-to-industry ocean plastics summit in May of 2019. Read More
WFP in 2020: Conflict, climate change, coronavirus and the Nobel Peace Prize... in pictures (Relief Web - Wednesday, 30 December 2020) -- A look back at the year in which WFP stepped up to unprecedented challenges and fed 100 million people in 88 countries. Read More
2020 was meant to be the year of climate action. Instead, it crowned a wasted decade (CNN - Wednesday, 30 December 2020) -- 2020 was supposed to be the watershed moment for action on climate change, the year the world woke up to the challenge and started taking it seriously. Read More
Twitter Highlights
1. Mujawamariya Jeanne d'Arc @MujaJeanne: Rwanda will not leave any stone unturned in protecting our environment! @REMA_Rwanda @EnvironmentRw @GomeraM @ndcpartnership
2. REMA Rwanda @REMA_Rwanda: Kuva kuri uyu wakabiri @REMA_Rwanda ku bufatanye na @RwandaForestry na @Rwandapolice bari mu bugenzuzi bugamije guhagarika ikoreshwa ry' ibiti bisarurwa biteze bigakoreshwa mu mirimo y'ubwubatsi.
3. Meteo Rwanda @MeteoRwanda: Iteganyagihe ry'Urugaryi: Muri Mutarama na Gashyantare 2021 mu #Rwanda hateganyijwe imvura iringaniye muri rusange ariko hari aho iyi mvura ishobora kuzaba nke hashingiwe ku miterere yaho. Soma Icyegeranyo>