Green Rwanda Media Review - 5 August 2019

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


  • Singapore Tatler reports that Singita opened Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House in Rwanda, dedicated to gorilla conservation.
  • Taarifa reports that President Kagame inaugurated Singita Kwitonda Lodge.
  • The New Times reports that Rwandans in Turkey are committed to environmental conservation.
  • Imvaho Nshya reports that the police is inspecting vehicle emissions as a major pollutant of our air.
  • The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund reports about the celebration of World Ranger Day with Fossey Fund gorilla trackers.
  • Global media reports on Ethiopia's major tree planting campaign.


Upcoming Events

  • 8 August: National Circular Economy Forum, Kigali
  • 19-20 August: 2nd International Conference on Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, London
  • 21-22 August: 7th World Congress on Earth and Environmental Science, Singapore
  • 24 August: Akagera Rhino Velo Race 2019, Eastern Province Rwanda
  • 2-3 September: 6th World Conference on Climate Change Berlin, Germany
  • 4-6 September: World Economic Forum, Africa in Cape Town 6 September: Gorilla Naming Ceremony, Rwanda
  • 8-9 September: Business of Conservation Conference by ALU and RDB, Kigali
  • 14-15 September: 6th World Congress on Green Chemistry and Recycling Seoul, South Korea
  • 17-30 September: UN General Assembly, New York
  • 23 September: UN Secretary-General's Climate Action Summit, New York
  • 23-29 September: World Green Building Week 2019
  • 8 October: 2019 WTO Public Forum, Geneva, Switzerland



Nyarugenge: Yagwiriwe n’ikirombe arapfa, nyiracyo yatorotse (Umuseke - Monday, 5 August 2019) -- Mu gitondo cyo kuri Cyumweru taliki 04, Kamena, 2019 umugabo w’imyaka 44 y’amavuko yagwiriwe n’ikirombe yagiye gucukura amabuye ahita apfa. Read More

Polisi yaburiye abacuruzi bakomeje gukoresha amashashi (Igihe - Saturday, 3 August 2019) -- Muri gahunda y’ukwezi kwahariwe ibikorwa Polisi ifatanyamo n’abaturage ndetse n’izindi nzego hirya no hino mu gihugu, icyumweru cya Gatatu cyahariwe ubukangurambaga ku kubungabunga no kurengera ibidukikije, gifite insanganyamatsiko igira iti “Tubungabunge ibidukikije twiteganyirize ejo heza." Read More. Also published in Tariffa

President Kagame Inaugurates Singita Kwitonda Lodge (Taarifa - Thursday, 1 August 2019) -- President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame have this afternoon inaugurated Singita Kwitonda Lodge at Volcanoes National Park alongside Luke Bailes, Chairman of Singita. Read More. Also published in The New Times, KT Press and Kigali Today

Singita Opens Kwitonda Lodge And Kataza House In Rwanda, Dedicated To Gorilla Conservation (Singapore Tatler - Thursday, 1 August 2019) -- An award-winning hospitality and conservation brand based in Africa, Singita adds two new properties to its portfolio of ecotourism lodges and camps this month with the opening of Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House in Rwanda. Read More

Umuganda: Rwandans in Turkey commit to environmental conservation (The New Times - Tuesday, 30 July 2019) -- The Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Ankara, Turkey, in collaboration with Duzce University as well as the Rwandan Community in Turkey have pledged to protect the environment through the monthly community work, known as Umuganda. Read MoreAlso published in All Africa 

Polisi yasuzumye ibyuka bihumanya ikirere igira inama abashoferi (Imvaho Nshya - Monday, 29 July 2019) -- Polisi y’u Rwanda ishami rishinzwe umutekano wo mu muhanda yongeye guha abafite imodoka mu Rwanda serivisi zo gupima ibyuka zisohora, hagamijwe kureba niba zidasohora ibyuka bihumanya ikirere mu rwego rwo kurengera ibidukikije. Read More

Celebrating World Ranger Day with Fossey Fund gorilla trackers (The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund - Monday, 29 July 2019) -- Trackers and rangers are the heroes of gorilla conservation, navigating through dense and remote forests every day to find and protect endangered gorillas. In Rwanda, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s trackers trek daily to locate specific mountain gorilla groups that we monitor every day of the year. The gorillas in these groups are habituated to the presence of human observers, so we are able to collect detailed information on their status and behaviors. Read More


Sector Updates

Inauguration of Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House | Musanze, 1 August 2019 (Paul Kagame Flickr - Thursday, 1 August 2019) -- View photos of the inauguration of Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House. View Photos


Across Africa

Ethiopia plants 350m trees in a day to help tackle climate crisis (The Guardian - Monday, 29 July 2019) -- About 350m trees have been planted in a single day in Ethiopia, according to a government minister. The planting is part of a national “green legacy” initiative to grow 4bn trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings. Public offices have reportedly been shut down in order for civil servants to take part. Read MoreAlso published in Climate Home News 

Senegalese authorities to crack down on environment polluters (CGTN Africa - Monday, 29 July 2019) -- Authorities in Senegal are planning to crack down on polluters by imposing fines and further restricting plastic use. This even as it faces ever-growing mounds of cheap plastic bags. Read More


From Around the World

Samoa makes history with the first green Pacific Games (UN Environment - Thursday, 1 August 2019) -- They have been dubbed the “Miracle Games”. After the original host country withdrew, many were wondering if there would be a 16th iteration of the Pacific Games at all in 2019. Read More

Indonesia sends thousands of security personnel to combat forest fires (Reuters - Wednesday, 31 July 2019) -- Indonesia is deploying thousands of military and police to douse forest fires after declaring an emergency in six provinces on the island of Sumatra and in the province of Kalimantan on Borneo, a disaster mitigation official said on Wednesday. Read More

Air pollution-eating moss cleans hotspots in Europe (UN Environment, Wednesday 31 July 2019) -- When 26-year-old Peter Sänger and 34-year-old Liang Wu got together, they realized right away that they had something in common. Both firm advocates in the fight against air pollution, they believe that if you can’t measure it, you can’t beat it. Read More

Scientists: "Environmental damage is a war crime" (World Economic Forum - Tuesday, 30 July 2019) --Damage to protected areas during a military skirmish should be considered a war crime on par with violations of human rights, the scientists say. If the UN adopts their suggestions, the principles would include measures to hold governments accountable for the damage done by their militaries, as well as legislation to curb the international arms trade. Read More