Green Rwanda Media Review - 4 June 2018

Read the latest news from Rwanda's green sector. 


  • The New Times writes that the Government of Rwanda is taking firm steps to reduce plastic pollution in Rwanda
  • Igihe, The New Times and Independent report that the gorilla population has exceeded 1,000, thanks to conservation efforts
  • Umuseke writes that REMA is leading the way in cracking down on businesses found using plastic bags
  • The Guardian publishes a story about New Zealand's commitment to protect one endangered species, the kiwi
  • View and download photos of the Launch of National Environment Week on the Ministry of Environment Flickr page 


Upcoming Events

5 June 2018: World Environment Day Celebrations at IPRC Kigali at 8:30am. (The day will feature the launch of an awareness campaign on sorting plastic waste and collecting plastic (PET) bottles by installing collection bins in various locations, an exhibition on alternatives to plastic and materials made from recycled plastics to highlight innovations in the country’s recycling industry and awarding winners of a school environmental competition)

5 June 2018: Green Drinks Kigali on World Environment Day, 7pm at Innovation Village, Kigali Public Library

24-26 June 2018: 54th Global Environment Facility Council Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam

30-31 August 2018: 6th Annual Eastern Africa Waste Management Conference, Uganda




Minister Biruta: Together, we can beat plastic pollution (The New Times - Monday 4 June 2018) -- Environment Minister Dr Vincent Biruta has called on the general public to join efforts to beat plastic pollution in their communities to protect the environment, which is increasingly being endangered by plastic items.​ Read more​

Abanya-Kigali bitabiriye Siporo ya ‘Car Free Day’ basabwa guca ukubiri n’amacupa ya plastique (Igihe - Sunday 3 June 2018) -- Muri siporo ya Car Free Day yitabiriwe n’ibihumbi by’abatuye mu bice bitandukanye bya Kigali kuri iki Cyumweru tariki 3 kamena 2018, hatanzwe ubutumwa bwihariye bwo kurwanya amacupa akoze muri plastique kubera ingaruka mbi agira ku bidukikije.​ Read more​

Rwanda organizes Beat Plastic Pollution Walk campaign during Car Free Day (Devdiscourse - Saturday 2 June 2018) -- Ministry of Environment and Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has organised a campaign called ‘Beat Plastic Pollution Walk’ during Car Free Day on June 3. Read more

Experts discuss priorities for conservation and sustainable forest management (Rwanda Inspirer - Saturday 2 June 2018) -- The central African forest commission (COMIFAC) in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have discussed new priorities for the conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems in central Africa through the COMIFAC convergence plan. Read more

Endangered mountain gorilla population recovers to over 1,000 (Reuters - Friday 01 June 2018) -- The population of mountain gorillas, one of the world’s most endangered species, which survives on the forest-cloaked volcanoes of central Africa, has increased by a quarter to over 1,000 individuals since 2010, wildlife authorities said. Read more

Conservation wins as gorilla population exceeds 1,000 (The New Times - Friday 1 June 2018) -- Conservations efforts to save the endangered mountain gorillas are paying off after the latest census put the figure at over 1,000 up from 800 when the last count was carried out. Read more

Mountain gorilla numbers surpass 1,000 despite challenges (Independent - Friday 1 June 2018) -- Numbers of critically endangered mountain gorillas are on the up, following conservation efforts in the transboundary Virunga Massif, one of the two remaining areas where the great ape is still found. Read more

Rwanda ponders ban on single-use plastics (The New Times - Wednesday 30 May 2018) -- Government is considering revising the current law on plastic products with the goal of banning single-use plastic materials such as straws, disposable cutleries among others, Environment minister Dr Vincent Biruta has said. Read more

Ubushakashatsi bwerekanye imibare mishya y’ingagi ziri mu birunga (Igihe - Thursday 31 May 2018) -- Ubushakashatsi bushya bwashyizwe ahagaragara bwerekanye ko imibare y’ingagi ziri mu birunga kugeza muri Kamena 2016 zari 604 zivuye kuri 480 zabaruwe mu 2010. Read more

REMA yavuze aho ijyana ibiribwa biri mu mashashi yambuye abacuruzi (Igihe - Thursday 31 May 2018) -- Abacuruzi baba bahora mu rujijijo bibaza aho ibicuruzwa bambuwe bipfunyitse mu mashashi bijyanwa n’Ikigo cy’Igihugu cyo Kubungabunga Ibidukikije (REMA). Read more

REMA yakoze umukwabu wo guca amande no gufungira abacuruzi bapfunyika mu mashashi (Igihe - Wednesday 30 May 2018) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe kubungabunga ibidukikije (REMA) cyaciye amande kinafunga amaduka y’abacuruzi bo mu bice bitandukanye by’igihugu bapfunyikaga ibicuruzwa mu mashashi. Read more

REMA yahagurukiye amashashi muri Kigali no mu migi iyunganira (REMA - Wednesday 30 May 2018) -- Tariki 05 Kamena ni umunsi mpuzamahanga wahariwe kubungabunga ibidukikije. Ikigo k’igihugu gishinzwe ibidukikije, REMA cyatangiye ubukangurambaga bwo guca ikoreshwa ry’amasashi muri Kigali no mu migi yunganira uyu murwa mukuru kuko ari bimwe mu bihumanya ibidukikije. Read more

Harateganywa kuzazamura ibiciro ku bicuruzwa bipfunyitse muri pulasitiki biza mu Rwanda (Igihe - Wednesday 30 May 2018) -- Mu gihe gito ibicuruzwa bipfunyitse mu bikoresho bya pulasitiki bishobora kujya bicibwa amafaranga runaka y’inyongera kugira ngo byemerewa kwinjira mu Rwanda. Read more

Rwanda steps up environmental campaign on dangers of plastic waste (Xinhua - Tuesday 29 May 2018) -- Rwanda on Tuesday launched a nationwide awareness campaign on the dangers of plastic pollution to humans, farm animals, aquatic lives and the environment. Read more

Minisitiri Biruta yashimangiye umugambi wo guca ibikoresho bya pulasitiki byifashishwa rimwe (Igihe - Tuesday 29 May 2018) -- Minisitiri w’Ibudukikije, Dr Biruta Vincent, yatangaje ko bimwe mu bikoresho bya pulasitiki bikoreshwa rimwe nk’imiheha n’udukombe bizacibwa mu kurengera ibidukikije. Read more

Energy Resources Group pays tribute to Genocide survivors (The New Times - Monday 28 May 2018) -- The staff members of Energy Resources Group Limited a company that deals with creating innovative energy solutions were last week joined by Kamonyi District officials, the representative from the army and residents to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Read more

Understanding climate information services for better communication (Relief Web - Wednesday 28 May 2018) -- The Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture (RCSA) project, led by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, organized a training workshop between 27 and 28 March in Kigali for journalists and communication experts from different media outlets to enhance their communication of climate information services to different users and improve their understanding of it.​ Read more​

Public-Private Pacts Open Doors to Climate Finance in Rwanda and Ethiopia (IPS - Sunday 26 May 2018) -- The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) presented the African model of a National Financing Vehicle in which the governments of Rwanda and Ethiopia have successfully promoted green growth and climate resilience, at an event May 25 on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Busan, South Korea. Read more

Stronger together: communal garden in Rwanda benefits twenty five families (Relief Web - Wednesday 22 May 2018) -- While Rwanda benefits from two rainy seasons, because of its location in the equatorial region, climate change has had a big impact. Rainfall has become more erratic and the rainy seasons are shorter. Water harvesting schemes like these help maximise the use of the water that is available. Read more


Across Africa

Kenya must wake up to the threat of an outbreak of Rift Valley fever (The Conversatio Sunday 3 June 2018) -- Heavy rainfall in Kenya has left a trail of destruction in parts of the country, leading to deaths and rendering roads impassable. Some rivers have burst their banks and dams have overflown for the first time in many years.​ Read more​

Trimming the waste: UN looks to reduce its environmental footprint (UN Environment - Tuesday 29 May 2018) -- The city of Goma, which lies along the eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has for decades been a hub of humanitarian operations in response to conflicts and natural disasters in the region, including neighbouring Rwanda. Read more

Kenya to introduce death penalty for poachers: But is it a “hornet’s nest”? (The South African - Monday 28 May 2018) -- Kenya minister for tourism and wildlife recently announced that the country will fast-track a law to make the illegal hunting of wildlife a capital offence punishable by the death penalty. Read more


From Around the World

Save the kiwi: New Zealand rallies to protect its iconic bird (The Guardian - Friday 1 June 2018) -- Below a mottled sky, a lone sea craft cuts across the water towards Kapiti Island. It’s been forsaken by people and gifted to the rare and vulnerable birds of New Zealand to forage undisturbed. Read more

As Trump retreats on climate change, US cities are moving to tackle it (City Metric - Thursday 31 May 2018) -- Despite almost universal scientific consensus that climate change poses a growing threat, President Donald Trump’s recent infrastructure plan makes no mention of the need to build resilience to rising global temperatures. Read more

UN Launches New Coalition on Health, Environment and Climate Change (UNFCCC - Friday 30 May 2018) -- The UN has launched a new global coalition on health, environment and climate change to reduce the annual 12.6 million deaths caused by environmental risks, and especially air pollution. Read more


Sector Updates

Rwandans are invited to join the ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ Walk during Car Free Day in Kigali (REMA Rwanda - Saturday 2 June 2018) -- The Ministry of Environment through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) in partnership with the City of Kigali is hosting a ‘Beat Plastic Pollution Walk’ in Kigali during Car Free Day on 3 June 2018. Read more

Rwanda hosts a regional workshop on conservation of Congo Basin’s forests ecosystems (MINILAF - ​Thursday 31 May 2018) -- The Minister of Lands and Forests Francine Tumushime has called upon member states of the Central African Forest commission (COMIFAC) to work together to ensure sustainable management of the Congo Basin’s forests ecosystems. Read more

Refusing single use plastics will make life and the planet better (Ministry of Environment - Thursday 31 May 2018) --Rwandans have been encouraged to avoid single-use plastics in order to reduce environmental pollution and save the planet from the dangers of plastic pollution. Read more

Refusing single use plastics will make life and the planet better (REMA - Wednesday 30 May 2018) -- Rwandans have been encouraged to avoid single-use plastics in order to reduce environmental pollution and save the planet from the dangers of plastic pollution. Read more

National Environment Week to focus on tackling plastic pollution (Ministry of Environment - Wednesday 30 May 2018) -- Rwanda is dedicating an entire week ahead of World Environment Day to activities that contribute to addressing plastic pollution. Read more

Rwanda Hosts a Round Table Workshop on new priorities for the conservation and sustainable forest ecosystems management in Central Africa-rivesed COMIFAC Convergence Plan (MINILAF - Tuesday 29 May 2018) -- View photos

Remarks by Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta | Launch of National Environment Week, Kigali Convention Centre (Ministry of Environment - Tuesday 29 May 2018) Mwaramutse! It is a pleasure to be with you this morning as we officially launch this year’s National Environment Week. I wish to thank you all for joining us, and I look forward to a lively conversation about how we can join hands to beat plastic pollution. Today’s conference on addressing the challenge of plastic waste is timely. Read more

Remarks by the Director General of REMA at Launch of the National Environment Week (REMA - Tuesday 29 May 2018) -- It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you all to this important conference on the launch of World Environment Week and as a 1st preceding event to the World Environment Day (WED) celebration, that we normally cerebrate on the 5th June every year. Read more

Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Dr Fode Ndiaye at Launch of National Environment Week (REMA - Tuesday 29 May 2018) -- First of all, I would like to thank you for inviting me to the launch of the 2018 National Environment Week. Nyakubahwa Minister, Today, we have gathered to launch a national week for World Environment Day - a week we open with a debate on this year’s theme “Beat Plastic pollution”. Read more

2018 National Environment Week (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Tuesday 29 May 2018) -- National Environment Week launched on 29 May 2018 and will conclude on June 5. It began with a high-level policy conference on strategies and mechanisms to address plastic pollution. View Photos