Green Rwanda Media Review - 6 August 2018

Read the latest news from Rwanda's environment sector. 

Summary

  • The New Times reports about the Senate call for the review of the law governing Umuganda
  • Forbes writes about A Perfect Safari in Rwanda: Why a Trip to Akagera National Park is a Must-Do
  • CNBC Africa reports that Rwanda Development Board has donated houses to families as part of Kwita Izina activities
  • The Guardian writes that temperatures in south-west Europe could break a 48C record PAOC announces that Jimmy Gasore has received the 2018 Rossby Award
  • Read a piece by Innocent Kabenga on Rwanda's green growth journey

Upcoming Events

7-8 August 2018: Climate Finance Training led by GGGI Rwanda and REMA, Lemigo Hotel

10 August 2018: World Lion Day

12 August 2018: World Elephant Day

17 August 2018: Official Ceremony of Polychrolinated Byphenils (PCBs) incineration at CIMERWA, Bugarama Sector, Rusizi District

28 August 2018: Green Drinks Kigali on the Return of the Lions to Akagera, Impact Hub, Kiyovu 7-9 PM

5-8 September 2018: African Green Revolution Forum

7 September 2018: Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony, Kinigi

12-14 September 2018: Africa Regional Mountains Forum 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda

16 September 2018: Sustainable House Day

Rwanda

Livestock farmers want timely vaccinations (The New Times - Monday, 6 August 2018) --- Livestock farmers have appealed to the government to ensure that cows get timely vaccination in order to effectively control deadly epidemics in cattle. Read more

Gicumbi Residents experiencing a positive change after being connected to the national electricity grid (The New Times – Sunday, 5 August 2018) -- Many residents in Gicumbi are experiencing a positive change in their living conditions after being connected to the national electricity grid in the last one year. Read More

Local agribusiness entrepreneurs keen on Green Revolution funding (The New Times – Saturday, 4 August 2018) -- African entrepreneurs in agribusiness have a chance to secure funding to scale up their business during the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) due in Kigali next month. Read More

Parliament Passes New Property Tax Law On Land Use And Manufacturing (Taarifa - Thursday, 2 August 2018) -- Parliament has passed a law determining the sources of revenue and property of decentralized entities, commonly known as Property tax. Read More

RAB yijeje abahinzi b’ibirayi ko batazongera kugura imbuto hanze y’u Rwanda (Igihe – Thursday, 2 August 2018) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe ubuhinzi, RAB, cyijeje abahinzi b’ibirayi ko kigiye kuborohereza kubona imbuto nziza kandi mu buryo bubegereye, ku buryo batazongera kuyikura mu bihugu byo hanze nk’uko byajyaga bigenda rimwe na rimwe. Read More

‘Car Free Day’ umunsi wa siporo umaze guhindura ubuzima bwa benshi muri Kigali (Igihe – Thursday, 2 August 2018) -- Bimaze kumenyerwa mu Mujyi wa Kigali ko buri cyumweru cya mbere n’icya gatatu cy’ukwezi, ari umunsi wahariwe siporo rusange ku baturage bawo, aho abawitabira bahamya ko ubafasha gufata neza umubiri bigatuma ubwonko bukora neza kandi bakamenya uko bahagaze. Read More

Senate calls for review of law governing Umuganda (The New Times - Wednesday, 1 August 2018) --- Senators yesterday recommended that Government reviews the law on the monthly community work, known as Umuganda, in order to align it with the current policy on the activity. Read more

Rwanda targets $74 million from conference tourism (The New Times – Wednesday, 1 August 2018) -- Rwanda is looking to nearly double its revenues from conference tourism, Clare Akamanzi, the chief executive of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has said. Read More

Abanyarwanda boroherejwe gutembera Pariki y’Akagera, Nyungwe no kuzamuka Bisoke (Igihe – Wednesday, 1 August 2018) -- Guhera muri uku kwezi kwa munani, abanyarwanda bagiye koroherezwa gusura ibyiza bitatse u Rwanda, bahereye muri Pariki y’Akagera, Nyungwe ndetse no ku gasongero k’ikirunga cya Bisoke. Read More

Nyamagabe: Isura nshya y’ubukerarugendo na Nyungwe Nziza Eco-Lodge na Golden Monkey Hotel (Umuseke – Wednesday, 1 August 2018) -- Kera abakerarugendo n’abashyitsi basuraga Akarere ka Nyamagabe bagombaga kurara muri Hotel z’i Huye ariko ubu ibi biri guhinduka cyane kubera Nyungwe Nziza Eco-Lodge Kitabi na Golden Monkey Hotel zitanga serivisi zo ku rwego mpuzamahanga mu kwakira abantu neza no kubacumbikira. Read More

Nyaruguru: Abaturage biyubakiye urugomero rw’amashanyarazi ruzacanira imiryango hafi 300 (Igihe – Tuesday, 31 July 2018) -- Abaturage bo mu Murenge Ruheru mu Karere ka Nyaruguru, bageze kure umushinga wo kubaka urugomero rw’amashanyarazi uzwi nka ‘Mudasomwa Pico Hydro project’, uzatanga KW 34, zizacanira imiryango igera kuri 300, ibikorwa by’ubucuruzi n’amashuri biri hafi aho. Read More

RDB yashimangiye ko nta mpinduka nshya zakozwe mu biciro byo gusura ingagi (Igihe – Tuesday, 31 July 2018) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu cy’Iterambere (RDB) cyatangaje ko nta mpinduka zabayeho mu bijyanye n’igabanuka ry’ibiciro kuri ba mukerarugendo basura ingagi, nk’uko bimwe mu bitangazamakuru byari byabitangaje. Read More

Rwanda Development Board donates houses (CNBC Africa – Tuesday, 31 July 2018) -- Rwanda Development Board has donated houses to families that previously lived in the buffer zone of Nyungwe National Park. This is part of the on-going conservation activities dedicated to the gorilla naming ceremony “Kwita Izina 2018”. Read More

A Perfect Safari in Rwanda: Why a Trip to Akagera National Park is a Must-Do (Forbes – Tuesday, 31 July 2018) -- It may not have the cachet of a safari in neighboring Kenya or Uganda, but what a Rwandan safari also lacks is something you won’t miss at all: tourist hordes. Read More

Jimmy Gasore Receives the 2018 Rossby Award (Program Atmospheres Oceans and Climate – Tuesday, 31 July 2018) -- The prize is given for the best PhD thesis done the preceding year within PAOC. Read More

VIDEO: ••| ROA in #Rwanda |•• Creative Conservation (Kurema Kureba Kwiga YouTube – Tuesday, 31 July 2018) -- This video explores some of the creative contributions of artists and educators to Rwanda's conservation efforts with a special focus on the works of the semi-anonymous street artist ROA created in October 2017. Watch Video

Plastic ban: Rwandan women adopt innovative ways to grow seedlings (Chwezi Traveller – Monday, 30 July 2018) -- In Nyakinama village in Musanze district, northern Rwanda, local women running under different cooperatives came together under the Igihoho project to seek ways through which they can not only engage in activities that promote environmental conservation but also sustainable community development. Read More

Ngoma: Ab’i Rurenge begerejwe amazi meza…Ijerekani yari 200 ubu ni 20Frw (Umuseke – Monday, 30 July 2018) -- Abatuye mu murenge wa Rurenge mu karere ka Ngoma barishimira ko begerejwe amazi meza, ubu ijerekani bari kuyigura igiceri cya 20 Frw mu gihe uwashakaga amazi meza yatanganga 200, utabishoboye agashoka ibishanga. Read More

Au Rwanda, sur les traces des gorilles des montagnes (Paris Match – Friday, 27 July 2018) -- C’est le pays des Mille Collines, mais on en connaît surtout l’atroce génocide de 1994 qui causa la mort de 800 000 personnes. Aujourd’hui, le Rwanda s’est relevé et est devenu le pays d’Afrique avec le plus fort taux de croissance. En partie grâce à l’écotourisme et à la préservation des grands singes, que l’on peut observer selon un protocole très strict. Une rencontre stupéfiante et émouvante. Read More

 

Across Africa

Tanzania promotes nature-based tourism (The New Times – Thursday, 3 August 2018) -- Tanzania is set to venture into the hefty promotion of nature-based tourism in the east African nation's nature forest reserves, a senior official said on Thursday. Read More

EAC mobilises resources for clean energy projects (The New Times – Thursday, 2 August 2018) -- The East African Community (EAC) is mobilising funds for renewable energy projects which can lead to the reduction of firewood and charcoal use by 50 per cent. Read More

South Sudan cracks down on charcoal trade (United Nations Environment – Thursday, 2 August 2018) -- The country’s forests are under immense pressure from charcoal and fuel wood production and consumption. Read More

West Africa: The Lake Chad Basin Problem (AllAfrica – Thursday, 2 August 2018) -- In the course of his recent official visit to The Netherlands, President Muhammadu Buhari discussed with the Dutch Prime Minister, Mr Mark Rutte a number of issues, including the shrinking Lake Chad and its impact on the economy of the communities living in the area. Read More

Stop using vets as scapegoats for rhino deaths, union tells Balala (The Star – Wednesday, 1 August 2018) -- The Union of Veterinary Practitioners has criticised Tourism CS Najib Balala for "unfairly blaming doctors" for the deaths of 10 rhinos owing to salty water. Read More

Environment minister, EU’s Surkos talk 2018 Biodiversity Convention (Egypt Today – Wednesday, 1 August 2018) -- CAIRO – 1 August 2018: Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad held talks on Tuesday with head of the European Union (EU) delegation to Egypt, Ivan Surkos, about the United Nations Biodiversity Convention set to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November. Read More

South Africa: How Cities Can Work With Nature When Droughts Take Their Toll (AllAfrica – Wednesday, 1 August 2018) -- Models of the earth's changing climate suggest that extreme weather events, including droughts, will become more frequent. As city populations grow, it will be harder for governments to provide enough water for everyone. Read More

 

From Around the World

Our climate plans are in pieces as killer summer shreds records (CNN – Sunday, 5 August 2018) -- Deadly fires have scorched swaths of the Northern Hemisphere this summer, from California to Arctic Sweden and down to Greece on the sunny Mediterranean. Drought in Europe has turned verdant land barren, while people in Japan and Korea are dying from record-breaking heat. Read More

Hot, dusty and on fire: Portugal's heatwave breaks records (The Economic Times – Saturday, 4 August 2018) -- LISBON (PORTUGAL): Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian peninsula — and officials predicted the scorching temperatures could get even worse over the weekend. Read More

Forest Green Rovers: The world's first carbon neutral football club (CNN – Friday, 3 August 2018) -- Named by global governing body FIFA as the greenest football club on the planet, it has worked with the United Nations and achieved climate neutral status -- the first club in the world to do so. Read More

Temperatures in south-west Europe could break 48C record this weekend (The Guardian – Thursday, 2 August 2018) -- Large parts of southern and western Europe are expected to experience high temperatures this weekend with forecasters warning that thermometers could reach up to 48C in Spain. Read More

World weatherwatch: Flooded Japan battered again by Typhoon Jongdari (The Guardian – Wednesday, 1 August 2018) -- Following a summer of severe weather, Typhoon Jongdari is the latest storm system to batter those regions of Japan already devastated by flooding. Winds in excess of 100mph (160km/h) and torrential rain made landfall in Mie Prefecture, Honshu, during the early hours of Sunday morning, local time. Read More

Degrading plastics revealed as source of greenhouse gases (ScienceDaily – Wednesday, 1 August 2018) -- Researchers from the University of Hawai'i at M?noa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) discovered that several greenhouse gases are emitted as common plastics degrade in the environment. Read More

Iceland becomes first UK supermarket to sell plastic-free, biodegradable chewing gum (Independent – Wednesday, 1 August 2018) -- 85 per cent of people do not know chewing gum usually contains plastic, research finds.Iceland has become the first supermarket chain in the UK to sell plastic-free chewing gum. Read More

Feds easing proposed carbon tax for big emitters (CTV News – Wednesday, 1 August 2018) -- OTTAWA -- Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is defending the federal government's move to relax its proposed carbon tax limits on large emitters, giving industry more room before companies start paying. Read More

NIEHS road trip opens eyes to San Joaquin health challenges (National Institute of Environmental Health and Sciences – Wednesday, 1 August 2018) -- In California’s San Joaquin Valley, Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., director of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program, and others saw local organizations responding to the region’s environmental health challenges. Read More

Allow nuclear waste disposal under national parks, say MPs (The Guardian – Wednesday, 31 July 2018) -- Highly radioactive nuclear waste could be permanently buried under national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs), under government plans backed by a committee of MPs. Read More

Energy-intensive Bitcoin transactions pose a growing environmental threat (Eurek Alart – Wednesday, 31 July 2018) -- Amsterdam, July 31, 2018 A study published in Energy Research & Social Science warns that failure to lower the energy use by Bitcoin and similar Blockchain designs may prevent nations from reaching their climate change mitigation obligations under the Paris Agreement. Read More

 

Sector Updates

GGGI Rwanda Team conducts city wide surveys to assess Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) in Secondary Cities of Rwanda (GGGI – Saturday, 4 August 2018) -- Four GGGI Rwanda team members traveled to two secondary cities of Musanze and Rubavu in July to conduct on-site assessments in preparation for a sustainable mobility project. The team was assisted by two volunteers, Clarisse Mukamana and Sébastien Musabyimana, who performed manual traffic volume counting to help the GGGI Rwanda team gain insight into the modal split of transport by usage in the two cities during peak hours. Read More

Is Rwanda heading toward a green growth pathway? (GGGI – Saturday, 4 August 2018) -- In 2011, the Government of Rwanda (GoR) approved a bold and ambitious strategy titled “National Strategy for Climate Change and low Carbon Development”; commonly known as Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy (GGCRS). Read More

Documentary Film PEI REMA UNDP-UN Environment (Michael Stanley-Jones YouTube – Tuesday, 31 July 2018) -- A co-production of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) and Poverty-Environment Initiative Rwanda, the video presents an overview of poverty-environment mainstreaming in Rwanda. Watch Video

Rwanda Development Board establishes committee to combat wildlife trafficking (Rwanda Development Board – Thursday, 26 July 2018) -- The Rwanda Development Board (RDB), in collaboration with the Rwanda Wildlife and Conservation Association, has held a meeting to establish an inter-agency committee for combating wildlife crimes today. Read More