Green Rwanda Media Review - 4 November 2019

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


  • Ventures Africa reports about the launch of Volkswagen’s electric cars in Rwanda.
  • DW reports on how green villages help farmers adapt to flooding.
  • The New Times reports on how business has turned to recycling after the ban on single use plastics.
  • Bloomberg reports about Rwanda being a safe haven for the mountain gorilla.
  • Le Journal du Cameroun reports that Rwanda has released five Eastern Black Rhinos into the Akagera reserve.
  • Watch highlights from the launch of the Green Gicumbi project on the Rwanda Green Fund YouTube channel.

Upcoming Events

  • 4-5 November: Africa Regional Dialogue on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture Sectors
  • 20 October-20 November: African Mobility Month
  • 9 November: Launch of Tree Planting Season 2019/20
  • 11-15 November: African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, Durban - South Africa
  • 18-22 November: Africa GIS Conference, Camp Kigali, Organised by UR and Esri Rwanda
  • 2-13 December: UN Climate Change Conference, Madrid, Spain
  • Ongoing/Upcoming: Land Week across Rwanda


Minisitiri Biruta yashimye uruhare rwa Banki ya Kigali mu rugamba rwo kugira igihugu gitoshye (Igihe - Sunday, 3 November 2019) -- Minisitiri w’Ibidukikije Dr Vincent Biruta yasabye ibigo byigenga kugera ikirenge mu cya Banki ya Kigali ikomeje gutanga umusanzu muri gahunda yo gutera amashyamba mu bice by’Intara y’Iburasirazuba. Read More

New project to track corruption trends in climate change initiatives (The New Times - Saturday, 2 November 2019) -- Transparency International Rwanda has launched a Rwf113.5 million project to strengthen accountability and transparency in the implementation of climate change projects in Rwanda. Read More. Also published in Igihe.

Rwanda reaches 30% forest cover target (The New Times - Saturday, 2 November 2019) -- The Minister for Environment, Vincent Biruta, has announced that Rwanda has reached its 30 percent forest cover goal. Read More. Also published in Igihe and Imvaho Nshya.

FEATURED: Minister Biruta commends BBOXX Rwanda on clean cooking innovation (The New Times - Friday, 1 November 2019) -- The Minister of Environment Dr Vincent Biruta commended BBOXX Rwanda on their revolutionary product, BBOXX Cook that is making cleaner and healthier cooking solutions accessible and affordable. Read More

WASAC Moves To Cut Rwf10bn Water Losses, End Rationing (KT Press - Thursday, 31 October 2019) -- The Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) says it will cut water rationing tremendously by May next year after the completion of key water supply and forwarding projects that are currently under construction in a bid to address persistent water shortages. Read More

Rwanda releases five eastern black rhinos into game reserve (Le journal du Cameroun - Wednesday, 30 October 2019) -- The Eastern black rhinos arrive in Rwanda after a batch of other rhinos, which were brought to Rwanda from South Africa in 2017. Read More

A safe haven for mountain gorillas (Bloomberg - Wednesday, 30 October 2019) -- Rwanda's sustained conservation campaign is paying off. Mountain gorillas were last year reclassified from "critically endangered" to "endangered." Watch Video

Rwanda Pioneers Green Transportation With New Volkswagen Electric Cars (Ventures Africa - Wednesday, 30 October 2019) -- Volkswagen in partnership with Siemens under a pilot project has launched four electric e-Golf cars in Rwanda. Read More. Also published in The New Times, IOL and VOA

Rwanda: Green village helps farmers adapt to flooding (DW - Tuesday, 29 October 2019) -- Rwanda's hillside farming communities are increasingly vulnerable to flooding. For some whose livelihoods were washed away, a green village offers hope. Read More

How Rwanda saves endangered gorillas: with lots of human help (The Christian Science Monitor - Tuesday, 29 October 2019) -- A silverback mountain gorilla named Segasira in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, is under what some biologists call "extreme conservation," including monitoring and veterinary care. Read More

Businesses turn to recycling after ban on single-use plastics (The New Times - Tuesday, 29 October 2019) -- LAST MONTH, importers and retailers were given an ultimatum of three months to stop trading or using single-use plastic materials as the country accelerates efforts to protect the environment. Read More

‘Extreme conservation’ saving Africa’s endangered mountain gorillas (Central Maine - Tuesday, 29 October 2019) -- KINIGI, Rwanda — Deep in the rain forest of Volcanoes National Park, a 23-year-old female gorilla named Kurudi feeds on a stand of wild celery. She bends the green stalks and, with long careful fingers, peels off the exterior skin to expose the succulent inside. Read More

Rural communities seek to increase business opportunities in forestry (The New Times - Tuesday, 29 October 2019) -- Rural communities involved in forestry business are upbeat about production following a recent move to restore degraded forests. Read More

Igifenesi, urubuto rushobora kuba imari ishyushye ku isoko ry’u Rwanda (Igihe - Tuesday, 29 October 2019) -- Kankwanzi Anastasie utuye mu Karere ka Kirehe mu Murenge wa Gahara amaze imyaka umunani yenga urwagwa rukoze mu bifenesi benshi bafata nk’igihingwa kidafite umumaro muri aka gace. Read More

Kigali: Uyu mwaka uzasiga ubusitani bwashyizwe ahimuwe inganda bwatangiye kubyazwa umusaruro (Igihe - Tuesday, 29 October 2019) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Umujyi wa Kigali bwatangaje ko uyu mwaka wa 2019 uzarangira ubusitani bwashyizwe i Gikondo ahimuwe inganda bwiswe “Gikondo Recreation Park” bwatangiye gukoreshwa no kubyazwa umusaruro. Read More

Ambasade y’u Bubiligi yahuje imbaraga n’ab’i Rulindo mu muganda wo gusazura amashyamba (Amafoto) (Igihe - Monday, 28 October 2019) -- Ambasade y’u Bubiligi mu Rwanda yifatanyije n’abaturage bo mu Karere ka Rulindo mu gikorwa ngarukakwezi cy’umuganda rusange cyibanze ku gutera ibiti no gusazura amashyamba. View Photos

AfDB sets up climate change initiative, Rwandan appointed on it’s board (The New Times - Saturday, 26 October 2019) -- The African Development Bank has appointed a group of renowned experts to the board of a continental initiative to mobilise financing for resilience to the negative impacts of climate change. Read More


Sector Updates

Video: Rwanda's GCF Green Gicumbi Project - Launch Highlights (Rwanda Green Fund - Friday, 1 November 2019) -- Rwanda, through the Ministry of Environment and Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), launched the ‘Strengthening Climate Resilience of Rural Communities in Northern Rwanda’ project in Gicumbi District on 26 October 2019. Watch Video

Video: Rwanda's GCF Green Gicumbi Project Launch (Rwanda Green Fund - Friday, 1 November 2019) -- Rwanda, through the Ministry of Environment and Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), launched the ‘Strengthening Climate Resilience of Rural Communities in Northern Rwanda’ project in Gicumbi District on 26 October 2019. Watch Video

Urban Cinema in Muhanga: Advocating for sustainable secondary cities in Rwanda (Global Green Growth Institute - Thursday, 31 October 2019) -- To celebrate “Urban October” a month dedicated to activities and events organized worldwide that advocate on urban sustainability, the Global Green Growth Institute with the Ministry of Infrastructure ; District of Muhanga ; Rwanda’s Film Institute and University of Rwanda organized “Urban Cinema” on 30th October in Rwanda’s rapidly urbanized secondary city: Muhanga. Read More

Photos: Green Rwanda Sector Annual Review Meeting 2018/19 (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday, 28 October 2019) -- The Green Rwanda Sector Annual Review Meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Environment and held in partnership with the private sector and civil society organisations. View Photos

Visit Rwanda shares mountain gorilla conservation efforts and unique tourism offering with Arsenal fans in London (Rwanda Development Board - Monday, 28 October 2019) -- Today at the Emirates Stadium in London, Visit Rwanda, Arsenal’s Official Tourism Partner and Sleeve Sponsor, gave fans the opportunity to learn about gorilla conservation and the country’s unique ecotourism offerings. Read More

RLMUA, RCMRD and GLTN held a joint learning training on land administration in Rwanda (Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority - Wednesday, 23 October 2019) -- In partnership with Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority (RLMUA),Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development(RCMRD) and Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) we held a 5 day training from 14th to 18th October 2019 where we brought together land officials and technical personnel in the land sector from member states of RCMRD for a joint learning on innovative and effective land administration tools and practices. Read More


Across Africa

Nairobi Startup Pushes Cleaner Home Cooking Fuel (VOA - Wednesday, 30 October 2019) -- NAIROBI, KENYA — Catherine Mutua has always used charcoal and gas to cook for her young family. Read More 

Environment sector strengthens awareness actions (Agencia Angola Press - Wednesday, 30 October 2019) -- Luanda - The Angolan Environment Ministry will reinforce, in the coming times, the awareness actions on good environmental practices, for better preservation of nature and sustainable use of natural resources. Read More

Liberia’s Forest Management Guide Launched (Liberian Observer - Wednesday, 30 October 2019) -- A forest management guide intended to ensure the effective management and monitoring of forest resources in the country has been launched in Monrovia. Officially unveiled over the weekend by the National Union Community Forestry Development Committee (NUCFDC), the guide is intended to be used by the Community Forest Development Committee (CFDC), CSOs and other community groups to ensure the implementation of social agreements, and other agreements that forest communities sign with concessionaires. Read More


From Around the World

New standards for air condition and refrigerators set to tackle climate change (UN Environment - Thursday, 31 October 2019) -- Growing demand for air conditioning units and refrigerators is threatening to accelerate global warming, but new guidelines could help reduce emissions by setting clear performance standards for new appliances. Read More

German court to rule on farmers' climate change challenge (Reuters - Thursday, 31 October 2019) -- BERLIN (Reuters) - A family of farmers worried that their windswept North Sea island will be engulfed by rising sea-levels is among a Greenpeace-led group of plaintiffs seeking a court ruling that Germany must act faster on climate change. Read More

Protected Status Not Enough to Guard Threatened Nature Reserves, Scientists Find (VOA - Wednesday, 30 October 2019) -- LONDON - Expanding the planet's protected natural areas to safeguard vanishing forests and other ecosystems, and the species they protect, is unlikely to be effective on its own as human encroachment into reserves grows, scientists warned Tuesday. Read More

'The climate doesn't need awards': Greta Thunberg declines environmental prize (The Guardian - Tuesday, 29 October 2019) -- The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has refused to accept an environmental award, saying the climate movement needed people in power to start to “listen” to “science” and not awards. Read More. Also published in Umuseke