Green Rwanda Media Review - 4 March 2019

Latest environment news from Rwanda and around the world in one place. 


  • The New Times reports that the Government of Rwanda is to pilot a green model city project in Kinyinya.
  • Rwanda Inspirer reports that Huye residents were encourage to sustain the environment by adopting modern stoves.
  • Igihe reports about Idris Elba's amazing time in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
  • Igihe reports that the Minister of Emergency Management encouraged people living in disaster risk areas to relocate before heavy rain hits.
  • The New Times reports that the Eastern Province and Rwanda Development Board are on the move to promote tourism.
  • Read Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta's remarks at the Land Tenure Regularisation Programme Closure Workshop and view photos from the event.


Upcoming Events

25 February-8 March: Dissemination of Seasonal Forecast MAM 2019 by Meteo Rwanda, Countrywide.

11-15 March: Fourth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya

18 March: World Recycling Day

18-22 March: Africa Climate Week, Accra, Ghana

18-24 March: Rwanda Water Week

20-21 March: Integrated Water Resources Management Conference, Kigali Marriott, Rwanda

21 March: International Day of Forests

22 March: World Water Day

23 March: World Meteorological Day



Government faced with land fragmentation, transfer fee issues (The New Times - Sunday, 3 March 2019) -- The concerns emerged on Friday in Kigali during closure of a workshop of a $52.7 million Land Tenure Regularisation Programme which was implemented in phases since 2009. Read More (Also covered in Kigali Today)

Govt devises sustainable solutions for flood prone areas (The New Times - Sunday, 3 March 2019) -- Officials say that planting trees along the rivers, applying anti-erosion approaches and canalizing water in farms are some of interventions to control flooding. Read More

Mu myaka 10 hatanzwe ibyangombwa by’ubukode bw’ubutaka bisaga miliyoni zirindwi (Igihe - Saturday, 2 March 2019) -- Minisiteri y’ibidukikije ivuga ko guhera mu 2009 hamaze gutangwa ibyangombwa by’ubukode bw’ubutaka bingana na miliyoni 7.2, bikaba byaragabanyije amakimbirane ashingiye ku butaka. Read More

EDITORIAL: Umuganda can play a major role in helping high-risk zone dwellers (The New Times - Saturday, 2 March 2019) -- It is that time of the year when disasters are just a knock away. The meteo agency has said just as much, warning the public of a pending heavy rains season for the next three months. Read More

Nyagatare: Abasenyewe n’ibiza umwaka ushize baracyacumbitse mu baturanyi (Igihe - Friday, 1 March 2019) -- Abaturage 41 bo mu miryango igera kuri 18 yo mu Karere ka Nyagatare, basenyewe n’imvura idasanzwe yaguye mu Ukwakira 2018, barataka guhozwa ku nkeke n’abaturanyi babo bari babagiriye neza bakabacumbikira bazi ko bazahita bafashwa kubakirwa no gusanirwa inzu zabo. Read More

Guverinoma ishobora gushyiraho ibyuma by’impuruza biburira abatuye mu bice byibasirwa n’ibiza (Igihe - Friday, 1 March 2019) -- Minisiteri y’Ibikorwa by’Ubutabazi (Minema) yatangaje ko iri gutegura uburyo bwihariye buzajya bwifashishwa mu kuburira no guhururiza abatuye mu bice bikunze kwibasirwa n’ibiza bakaba bahunga mbere y’uko zibagiraho ingaruka. Read More

48,000 households stuck in high risk zones ahead of heavy rains (The New Times - Friday, 1 March 2019) -- Last year, the economy lost an estimated Rwf204 billion to disasters, which also left 234 people dead and 268 injured. Read More

U Rwanda rwagurijwe miliyari 158Frw zo gukwirakwiza amazi meza mu bice by’icyaro (Igihe - Friday, 1 March 2019) -- Banki Nyafurika Itsura Amajyambere (AfDB), yahaye u Rwanda binyuze mu kigo gishinzwe Amazi, Isuku n’Isukura (WASAC), inguzanyo ya miliyoni 154.1 z’amayero, asaga miliyari 158Frw, azafasha kugeza amazi meza mu baturage batuye mu bice by’icyaro. Read More

Abatuye mu nzu zidakomeye n’amanegeka basabwe kwimuka byihuse mbere y’itumba (Igihe - Thursday, 28 February 2019) -- Minisiti w’ibikorwa by’ubutabazi, Kamayirese Germaine, yasabye ko abantu batuye mu nzu zidakomeye no mu manegeka bimuka byihuse mbere y’uko igihe cy’imvura nyinshi kigera. Read More

Idris Elba wagizwe umugabo wa mbere ukurura abagore, yavuze ku bihe bidasanzwe yagiriye mu Rwanda (Igihe - Thursday, 28 February 2019) -- Umukinnyi wa filime akaba n’Umu-DJ ukomoka muri Ghana, Idris Elba’ yavuze ku bihe byiza yagiriye muri Pariki y’Ibirunga n’uburyo yatunguwe no kubona abanyarwanda bariyubatse nyuma Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi mu 1994. Read More

Govt to pilot green model city project in Kinyinya (The New Times - Wednesday, 27 February 2019) -- Property and environmental experts are finalising a feasibility study for a proposed green model city in Kinyinya Sector of Gasabo District accelerating the country’s efforts to protect the environment while settling people in safe places. Read More

Eastern Province, RDB in drive to promote tourism (The New Times - Wednesday, 27 February 2019) -- Eastern Province and Rwanda Development Board (RDB), last week launched an initiative to promote potential areas to uplift domestic and international tourism. Read More

Huye Residients pushed for sustaining environment by taking on modern stoves (Rwanda Inspirer - Sunday, 24 February 2019) -- Rwanda Energy Group (REG), in partnership with its stakeholders, carried out an awareness campaign in Huye District on Thursday about safe and effective cooking using modern stoves, which is a better method to protect environment. Read More

Rwandan charity organization SAEB to tackle malnutrition through youth engagement (Rwanda Inspirer - Friday, 22 February 2019) -- An estimated 38 per cent of Rwandan children below five years are stunted, according to official statistics. So far, government of Rwanda established various tangible strategies to tackle malnutrition and stunting in partnership with development partners. Read More


Across Africa

Rwandan police peacekeepers in CAR engage locals in Umuganda (The New Times - Monday, 4 March 2019) -- The Rwandan Protection Support Unit (PSU) serving under the UN Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Saturday, joined residents of the 8th district in the capital Bangui in a communal exercise (Umuganda) dedicated to promoting sanitation and hygiene. Read More

U.N. seeks $234 million in aid for drought-hit Zimbabwe (Reuters- Thursday, 28 February 2019) -- HARARE (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday launched an international appeal for aid for Zimbabwe following a drought that it expects to affect around a third of the population as crop yields plummet. Read More

Chinese dam project in Guinea could kill up to 1,500 chimpanzees (The Guardian - Thursday, 28 February 2019) -- Up to 1,500 chimpanzees could be killed by a new Chinese dam that will swamp a crucial sanctuary for the endangered primate in Guinea, experts have warned. Read More

Talks underway on the last straw (South African Government News Agency - Wednesday, 27 February 2019) -- The Department of Environmental Affairs is currently engaging industry and consumer bodies on proposals to phase out or completely ban plastic products like straws and microbeads. Read More


From Around the World

Greenhouse gases, explained (National Geographic - Friday, 1 March 2019) -- Learn more about the atmospheric retainers of heat—like carbon dioxide—that are driving global climate change. Read More

Burning issue: are waste-to-energy plants a good idea? (The Guardian - Thursday, 28 February 2019) -- It’s the controversial scheme that’s attracting attention across the nation but as more waste-to-energy facilities get the green light, critics fear the opportunity to improve Australia’s recycling industry is going up in smoke. Read More

The world’s smallest nations: global innovators in combatting the impacts of climate change (UN Environment - Thursday, 28 February 2019) -- Climate change is of great concern to the 53 Commonwealth countries, especially its 31 small and developing states which are often the least polluting, but the first casualties of climate change. At a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings in Malta and in the United Kingdom held in October 2018, Commonwealth leaders committed themselves to tackling climate change. Read More


Sector Updates

Remarks by Minister Biruta at Land Tenure Regularisation Programme Closure Workshop (The Ministry of Environment - Friday, 1 March 2019) -- I am honoured to join you for today’s official close of Rwanda’s Land Tenure Regularisation Programme. This workshop is an opportunity to reflect on the programme’s successes and challenges and, most importantly, recognise its impact on the lives of Rwandans. We are also here to thank those who have worked incredibly hard for more than a decade to implement the programme. Read More

View photos of the Land Tenure Regularisation Programme - Closure Workshop (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Friday, 1 March 2019) -- To celebrate the Land Tenure Regularisation Programme, a Closure Workshop was held with stakeholders from the land management and use sector. The workshop explored the successes and challenges of the programme, and charted a way forward to ensure the next decade of land reform and management support Rwanda's development agenda. View Photos