Green Rwanda Media Review - 4 May 2020

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


  • The New Times reports that floods have ravaged Gakenke rice farms.
  • Igihe reports that over 120,000 plastic bags were seized by the police.
  • Watch how the GCF funded Green Gicumbi project has provided jobs to more than 3,000 people.
  • Kigali Today reports that the Muhanga, Ngororero, Karongi road was impassable due to a landslide.
  • Mongabay reports that Rwanda’s Akagera National Park has thrived and acknowledges the community-led anti-poaching drive.

Upcoming Events

  • 17 May: International Recycling Day
  • 19 May: Endangered Species Day

Rwanda Musanze: Dozens of households evacuated from high risk zone (The New Times - Monday, 4 May 2020) -- At least 28 households from environs of Mugogo Wetland in Musanze District have been relocated to Groupe Scolaire Busogo I, a public school from the district as local authorities move to protect them from potential floods during this rainy season. Read More

Imyuka ihumanya ikirere yagabanutseho 24% i Kigali (Igihe - Sunday, 3 May 2020) -- Umwuka mwiza uri mu by’ingenzi umuntu akenera mu buzima bwe ngo abeho neza! Ibi bituma ingaruka ziterwa n’imyuka ihumanya ikirere iza ku isonga mu bihangayikishije Isi. U Rwanda ruri mu bihugu byafashe ingamba zigamije kubungabunga ikirere hirindwa gukwirakwiza imyuka ihumanya ikirere. Read More

Imvura ikomeye yishe abantu umunani, inzu zirenga 100 zirasenyuka (Igihe - Saturday, 2 May 2020) -- Minisiteri ishinzwe ibikorwa by’ubutabazi yatangaje ko imvura yaguye ku itariki ya 1 -2 Gicurasi 2020, yahitanye abantu umunani, batanu barakomereka mu gihe inzu zirenga 100 zasenyutse. Read More

Karongi: Inkangu yasenye ‘igice kinini’ cy’umusozi (Umuseke - Saturday, 2 May 2020) -- Mu Karere ka Karongi haraye habaye inkangu imanukana ubutaka ku musozi muri mu kagari ka Nyamushishi mu murenge wa Murundi. Ifoto igaragaza ko buriya butaka bwamanutse ari bwinshi ariko ubuyobozi bw’Umurenge bukavuga ko hari hasanzwe hari umukingo muremure watewe n’inkangu yabaye mu myaka ya 1960. Read More

Govt issues guidelines for disposal of face masks (The New Times - Thursday, 30 April 2020) -- The Government has announced rules that will guide the disposal of face masks as it moves to protect the environment. Read More

Polisi yafashe abinjije mu gihugu amasashe asaga ibihumbi 120 mu buryo bwa magendu (Igihe - Thursday, 30 April 2020) -- Polisi y’u Rwanda ikorera mu karere ka Muhanga no mu karere ka Burera kuri uyu wa Gatatu tariki ya 28 Mata yafashe abacuruzi b’amasashe bayinjizaga mu gihugu mu buryo bwa magendu. Read More

Gicumbi: Imvura yahitanye umwana w’imyaka 2 wari wugamye n’umubyeyi we (Umuseke - Thursday, 30 April 2020) -- Imvura yaguye ejo hashize tariki 29 Mata 2020 mu Karere ka Gicumbi yahitanye umwana w’imyaka ibiri wo mu kagari ka Shangasha, mu Murenge wa Shangasha yari kumwe n’umubyeyi we bugamye imvura nyinshi yiriwe igwa. Read More

Floods ravage Gakenke rice farms (The New Times - Wednesday, 29 April 2020) -- Rice farmers in Gakenke District are counting massive losses after flood water from River Mukungwa submerged their farms Tuesday. Read More

Inkangu yafunze umuhanda Muhanga - Ngororero - Karongi (Kigali Today - Wednesday, 29 April 2020) -- Polisi y’u Rwanda iratangaza ko imvura nyinshi yaguye mu ijoro rishyira kuri uyu wa gatatu tariki 29 Mata 2020 yateje inkangu mu muhanda werekera i Karongi uturutse i Muhanga. Read More. Also published in Igihe

Rwanda’s Akagera park thrives thanks to community-led anti-poaching drive (Mongabay - Wednesday, 29 April 2020) -- An informal network of community members, including former poachers, that delivers information to the ANP security team has bolstered internal response to potential poachers even before they enter ANP limits. Read More

Heavy rains claim three lives, destroy 40 houses (The New Times - Wednesday, 29 April 2020) -- Heavy rains in several parts of the country on Tuesday, April 28, claimed three lives and destroyed 40 houses. Read More GICUMBI: Abaturage barenga 3000 babonye akazi mu mushinga wiswe ''Green Gicumbi' (Rwanda TV - Wednesday, 29 April 2020) -- Watch Video

Nyabarongo yuzuye ifunga umuhanda Muhanga-Ngororero-Mukamira (Igihe - Tuesday, 28 April 2020) -- Polisi y’u Rwanda yatangaje ko umuhanda wa Muhanga-Ngororero-Mukamira utari nyabagendwa kubera imvura nyinshi yaguye mu ijoro rishyira kuri uyu wa Kabiri, bigatuma umugezi wa Nyabarongo wuzura ugafunga umuhanda). Read More

Rwanda pushes to heighten intellectual property awareness (CNBC Africa- Tuesday, 28 April 2020) -- This Sunday, the 26th of April, is World Intellectual Property Day. This year’s theme is ‘Innovate for a Green Future’ and earlier we spoke to the Registrar General of the Rwanda Development Board and the Deputy DG of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority on how the theme connects to the day, and what innovators should know about having their ideas and products protected. Watch Video

Govt to set up telemetry stations to monitor floods (The New Times - Tuesday, 28 April 2020) -- Rwanda Water Resources Board is set to establish telemetry stations to monitor the trends or peak flow of rivers, drainages and other flood hotspots as part of early warning systems aimed at minimizing the likely impacts of floods and plan for flood-resilient infrastructure. Read More

Pictorial: Places In Rwanda You Probably Miss (KT Press - Sunday, 26 April 2020) -- It’s now 42 days since Rwanda started Covid-19 lockdown and no wonder, everyone, leave alone the tourists is already missing the beauty of the fauna and flora of the country in its thousands hills and valleys, including its meandering rivers. Read More


Sector Updates

Why Food Markets Matter During and After a Pandemic (Global Green Growth Institute - Friday, 1 May 2020) -- Since December 2019, the global community has been faced with the challenge of limiting the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed the COVID-19 outbreak and declared it a pandemic. Read More

Two motorcycles, vehicle intercepted trafficking plastic bags (Rwanda National Police - Wednesday, 29 April 2020) -- A vehicle and two motorcycles were impounded on Tuesday in Burera and Muhanga districts, respectively, after they found carrying varied quantities of outlawed plastic bags. Read More

Video: Minister Mujawamariya's Statement - 2020 Petersberg Climate Dialogue -- Watch Minister Mujawamariya's statement to the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. The dialogue offers a platform for informal political discussion on topical issues of international climate policy. Watch Video


Across Africa

Is the environment minister captured by vested interests? (Daily Maverick - Wednesday, 29 April 2020) -- Millions of rand are being spent by the Minister of Environment, Barbara Creecy, on a high-level panel to advise her on issues regarding lions, elephants, rhinos and leopards. But the scientific advice she’s requesting already exists. Read More

Floods Caused By Heavy Rains Leave 10 People In Qardho Town Dead (Shabelle Media Network - Wednesday, 29 April 2020) -- At least ten people died on Tuesday after floods hit Qardho town in Somalia’s northern region of Bari, an official confirmed. Read More

Civilians and Rangers Who Protect Gorillas Were Attacked at Virunga National Park (One Green Planet - Tuesday, 28 April 2020) -- Twelve rangers and five others were killed in an attack at a national park in the Congo on April 24. Read More


From Around the World

Earth Day took on an extra special meaning for many Islanders this year (Manitoulin Expositor - Wednesday, 29 April 2020) -- Earth Day took on a special meaning this year. With the pandemic, community events are not possible, but many people on Manitoulin marked the importance of nature in their own way. Read More

Transforming the energy system—a post-COVID-19 win-win for people and planet (UN Environment - Wednesday, 29 April 2020) -- As large parts of the world hunker down and social distance to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, more and more research is being released and studied suggesting that we can build back better to create a healthy, resilient, prosperous, just, and decarbonized world after the current crisis dies down. Read More

Time to Sound Alarm Bells on Climate Change: An Economic Perspective (Modern Diplomacy - Tuesday, 28 April 2020) -- The year 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade. The world as we see today has risen from the ashes of Global Financial Crisis of late 2000s and the hegemony of a few developed countries. Read More