Green Rwanda Media Review - 6 April 2020

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


  • The New Times reports that lightning killed two people in Nyabihu District during a heavy downpour.
  • The African Exponent reports about the return of the Black rhino to Rwanda.
  • Development and Cooperation reports about alternatives to banned plastics in Rwanda.
  • IUCN reports on how Rwanda has become a land restoration leader.
  • Rwanda National Police reports that three people were arrested for allegedly destroying gazetted forest in Nyamagabe District.


Meteo: Western Rwanda to get above-average rainfall in April (The New Times - Friday, 3 April 2020) -- The April weather outlook indicates rainfall "slightly above average" in most parts of western Rwanda, according to a monthly bulletin released by the Rwanda Meteorology Agency on Thursday. Read More

Abafite ibibanza mu Bugesera bitabyazwa umusaruro bafatiwe ingamba zidasanzwe (Igihe - Saturday, 4 April 2020) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Akarere ka Bugesera, bwaburiye abantu bahafite ibibanza ariko bakaba batabihingamo ndetse batanafite ibyangombwa byo kubyubakamo muri uyu mwaka, ko nibageza tariki ya 5 Mata batarabihingamo bazabyamburwa bikaba bitijwe bamwe mu baturage bakabihingamo. Read More

Rwanda: each district will have an e-waste collection point (Afrik 21 - Friday, 3 April 2020) -- The Rwandan authorities have recently launched a project to provide each district in the country with an e-waste collection point. The project is being implemented in partnership with Enviroserve Rwanda Green Park, the subsidiary of Enviroserve, a company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Read More

An Extraordinary Year for Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (Future for Nature - Friday, 3 April 2020) -- 2019 was an extraordinary year for Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (RWCA), established by Olivier Nsengimana (winner 2019). From increasing the population of Grey Crowned Cranes in Rwanda, to inspiring children to make a difference for the environment, RWCA made great accomplishments last year. Read More. Also published in National Geographic

Making space for birds: Sourcing solutions from the mountain gorilla conservation model in Rwanda (Journal for Nature Conservation - April Edition) -- This article reviews the current conservation approaches in Rwanda, and their effectiveness in addressing threats to the country’s avifauna. Read More

Lightning kills two in Nyabihu District (The New Times - Tuesday, 31 March 2020) -- Residents of Nyabihu District on Monday evening discovered bodies of two persons who are suspected to have been struck by lightning during the weekend heavy downpour. Read More

How Rwanda became a restoration leader (IUCN - Tuesday, 31 March 2020) -- Rwanda is the Land of a Thousand Hills, but are these hills still healthy and productive? This is the story of how a small east African country took the unprecedented initiative to restore lands that had lost the ability to support people and biodiversity. Read More

Returning the Black Rhino to Rwanda (The African Exponent - Monday, 30 March 2020) -- In a world filled with a mixture of beautiful wildlife, so diverse we’ll never know the true extent of it, it can be upsetting to discover that many of these animals are becoming endangered or extinct at alarming rates. Read More

Meet Grace, UR graduate and fervent advocate for green environment (University of Rwanda - Monday, 13 March 2020) -- Ineza Umuhoza Grace is a graduate in Water and Environmental Engineering from the College of Science and Technology. After her graduation in 2018, she started up an NGO known as “Green Fighter” which recently won a grant worth 42,000$ from the Global Environmental Facility. We caught up with her and she talks about her experience and journey so far. Read More

Plastics Ban, finding alternatives (Development and Cooperation - Monday, 17 February 2020) -- Since 2008, travelers entering Rwanda have been warned to leave plastic bags behind. Unlike most other countries that restrict the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags, Rwanda actually threatens people caught with such bags with jail time or stiff fines. Read More


Sector Updates

Nyamagabe: Three arrested destroying gazetted forest (Rwanda National Police - Wednesday, 1 April 2020) -- Three people have been arrested in Nyamagabe District after they were found cutting trees in a protected forest located in Murambi Cell of Kaduha Sector. Read More


Across Africa

Government "locks" SA into deadly air pollution amid Covid-19 pandemic (IOL - Wednesday, 1 April 2020) -- Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbara Creecy gazetted air pollution standards for sulphur dioxide (SO2) twice as weak as the previous standards on the first day of South Africa's national lockdown. Read More

EGRI Launches Campaign against Plastic Waste Pollution (Daily Observer - Wednesday, 1 April 2020) -- The Ever Green Recycling Institute (EGRI), a social enterprise organization, has launched an awareness campaign against plastic waste pollution in the country. Read More

5 questions with Amanda Mkhonza, environmental lawyer (University of Cape Town - Wednesday, 1 April 2020) -- Amanda Mkhonza joined the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institute of Marine & Environmental Law in 2018 as a lecturer in environmental law. She has a special interest in the legal protection of South Africa’s strategic water source areas. This will form the foundation of her PhD, which she will commence next year. Read More

168m Nigerians Living in Unclean Environment, Says Report (This Day Live - Wednesday, 1 April 2020) -- Clean-Up Nigeria, an environment group, in its 2019 report on Nigerian Environment Performance Index Ratings, revealed that over 168 million of Nigerians are still living in an unclean environment. Read More

From waste to wealth: Her innovative business model (The Citizen - Tuesday, 31 March 2020) -- Green entrepreneurship is the way to go in efforts to save the environment. This is why Hellen Silas, create a business model with consideration to preserving the environment. Read More


From Around the World

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 postponed (IUCN - Friday, 3 April 2020) -- In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of participants and visitors, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the French government have decided to postpone the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020. Previously scheduled for 11 to 19 June 2020, it will now take place from 7 to 15 January 2021 in Marseille. Read More

COP26 Postponed (UNFCCC - Wednesday, 1 April 2020) -- The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19. Read More

Global environmental developments in March 2020 (Anadolu Agency - Wednesday, 1 April 2020) -- March saw falling carbon emissions due to drops in industrial production and transportation use amid nationwide lockdowns across the world as well as bans on wildlife consumption to curb the novel coronavirus outbreak. Read More

UN Climate Change Secretariat Has New Organizational Structure (UNFCCC - Wednesday, 1 April 2020) -- Effective today, the UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat is operating according to a new structure, as part of an organizational change initiative to overhaul the secretariat as the UN lead entity supporting the intergovernmental Climate Change process and to mobilize Climate Action towards global transformation to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement in an effective, efficient manners. Read More

Environmental disasters across world in March 2020 (Anadolu Agency - Wednesday, 1 April 2020) -- The third month of 2020 saw numerous environmental disasters that impaired climate change and vice versa, including a deadly tornado in the U.S., landslide in Brazil and heavy rains in Pakistan. Read More

Report reveals ‘massive plastic pollution footprint’ of drinks firms (The Guardian - Tuesday, 31 March 2020) -- Four global drinks giants are responsible for more than half a million tonnes of plastic pollution in six developing countries each year, enough to cover 83 football pitches every day, according to a report. Read More

OPINION: Power in a pandemic - why energy access matters during coronavirus (Thomson Reuters Foundation News - Tuesday, 31 March 2020) -- A pandemic puts pressure on every part of a country’s economy and society. For developing countries that were already facing major challenges before COVID-19, this pressure will be particularly painful. Read More

How Coronavirus Could Help Us Fight Climate Change: Lessons From The Pandemic (Forbes - Monday, 30 March 2020) -- It is a truly global emergency. By March 30, 2020, the coronavirus pandemic had claimed more than 35,000 lives worldwide, with about 750,000 confirmed cases across more than 170 countries. Read More

Thinking ahead: For a sustainable recovery from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (World Bank Blogs - Monday, 30 March 2020) -- Across the World Bank Group, efforts are underway to help governments respond to the crisis triggered by COVID-19. The priority today is to support overwhelmed health systems and the millions of workers and business owners who are being hit hard. Thinking ahead, however, the response also offers a significant opportunity to build a more resilient and sustainable future. Read More