Green Rwanda Media Review - 6 July 2020

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

Summary

  • The New Times and KT Press reports that four miners have died in a mining accident.
  • Rwanda TV reports that local researchers have embarked on a study that hopes to reduce air pollution.
  • The New Times reports that a Kigali wetland has been turned into a reserve for grey crowned cranes.
  • Cooling Post reports that the Vatican City is the latest to ratify the Kigali Amendment.
  • Read remarks by Minister Mujawamariya during "A New Development Reality: NDCs at the Heart of COVID-19 Responses" Webinar.
  • Read remarks by Minister Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya during "Resilience in light of COVID-19: Climate Action on the road to COP26" Webinar.

Upcoming events

  • 7 July: Webinar: Building a Clean and Resilient Recovery from the COVID-19 Crisis in Support of Climate Action and the Sustainable Development Goals. Organised by the World Resources Institute. More here
  • 7-8 July: Media Tour of Flood Management In Volcanoes Region Project and Landscape Restoration and Integrated Water Resources Management in Sebeya and other Catchments Project by Rwanda Water Resources Board
  • 11 July: World Population Day
  • 31 July: World Ranger Day Rwanda

 

Rwanda

beekeepers struggle to meet demand (The New Times - Friday, 3 July 2020) -- Inadequate honey production continues to limit the export of this natural and healthy sweet product from Rwanda to the European Union (EU) markets. Read More

Four Miners Die In Mine Accident (KT Press - Thursday, 2 July 2020) -- Four people have been confirmed dead in an illegal mining site located in Rutsiro district, Western Province – June 1, 2020. Read More. Also published in The New Times

Up-Power, ikoranabuhanga rishya rishobora kuzagabanya ibyotsi bisohorwa n’imodoka (RBA - Wednesday, 1 July 2020) -- Hari Abanyarwanda barimo gukora ubushakashatsi ku ikoranabuhanga ryakwifashishwa mu kugabanya imyotsi yanduza ikirere nibura ku gipimo cya 38%. Baremeza ko mu kwezi kwa 9 buzaba bwarangiye kandi ngo babwitezeho umusaruro. Read More

HOW RWANDA’S NEW EXPORT CERTIFICATE WILL CURB ILLEGAL MINERAL IMPORTS (Ventures Africa - Wednesday, 1 July 2020) -- The Rwandan government recently launched a new mineral export certificate to curb the illegal smuggling of precious metals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read More

Rwanda Mini-Grid Market Study, 2016-2026 - Solar-Powered Mini-Grids Anticipated to Grow Significantly (Global News Wire - Tuesday, 30 June 2020) -- The "Rwanda Mini-Grid Market (2020-2026): Market Forecast by Type (Fossil Fuel, Hydro, Solar and Solar Hybrid, Others (Wind and Biomass)), by Capacity (Below 50 KW, 50 KW-1 MW) and Competitive Landscape" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Read More

Holy See ratifies Kigali (Cooling Post - Tuesday, 30 June 2020) -- Vatican City: The Holy See, the central governing body of the Roman Catholic Church located within the Vatican City, is the latest to ratify the Kigali Amendment. Read More

Kigali wetland turns into reserve for grey crowned cranes (The New Times - Tuesday, 30 June 2020) -- Last year, the number of wild grey-crowned cranes in Rwanda reached impressive levels, hitting nearly 750, a step that was then seen as a milestone given that five years ago it was a completely different story. Read More

Local researchers embark on a study that will reduce air pollution by 38% (Rwanda TV - Tuesday, 30 June 2020) -- There are Rwandans who are researching on technology that can be used to reduce air pollution emissions by at least 38% and believe that by September they will have completed their work, resulting in the 38% reduction in emissions. Watch Video

Rwanda’s move to stop illegal mineral imports (The East African - Sunday, 28 June 2020) -- Rwanda has launched a new mineral export certificate to curb allegations of smuggling of precious metals from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read More

Bangladesh Ratifies Kigali Amendment, Bringing Ratifications to 95 (R744 - Saturday, 11 June 2020) -- The People’s Republic of Bangladesh has ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, becoming the 94th country, plus the European Union, to ratify the global agreement to cut HFC emissions. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Remarks by Minister Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya during "Resilience in light of COVID-19: Climate Action on the road to COP26" (Ministry of Environment - Friday, 3 July 2020) -- Distinguished panelists and speakers, Ladies and gentlemen, Hello and warm greetings from Kigali, Rwanda! It is a pleasure to join you today for this important discussion on resilience and how we can improve our collective capacity to adapt to the warming of our planet. I am honoured to share some of Rwanda’s experiences and plans in this area. Read More

Remarks by Minister Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya during "A New Development Reality: NDCs at the Heart of COVID-19 Responses" (Ministry of Environment - Monday, 29 June 2020) -- President-designate for COP26, and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Distinguished panelists and speakers, Ladies and gentlemen, Hello and warm greetings from Kigali! Read More

 

Across Africa

Five African climate solution projects given global recognition (KBC Channel - Friday, 3 July 2020) -- Five projects in Africa offering climate solutions were given global recognition in the prestigious annual Ashden Awards this year. Read More

‘COVID-19 is a wake-up call’: Ghana to develop national plan for climate adaptation (UNEP - Thursday, 1 July 2020) -- The Government of Ghana has launched the process to develop a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in efforts to build nationwide resilience to climate change impacts. The project is the first of its kind in Ghana to use future climate projections to plan over large timescales, up to the year 2080. Read More

Dust pollution linked to infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa (Scope - Wednesday, 1 July 2020) -- Environmental science and medical researchers at Stanford and UC San Diego have collaborated on a new study, published recently in Nature Sustainability, that explores how dust pollution in the air contributes to infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read More

Hundreds of elephants dead in mysterious mass die-off (The Guardian - Wednesday, 1 July 2020) -- More than 350 elephants have died in northern Botswana in a mysterious mass die-off described by scientists as a “conservation disaster”. Read More. Also published on BBC

 

From Around the World

$10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN (The Guardian - Thursday, 2 July 2020) -- At least $10bn (£7.9bn) worth of gold, platinum and other precious metals are dumped every year in the growing mountain of electronic waste that is polluting the planet, according to a new UN report. Read More

Air pollution likely to make coronavirus worse, says UK government advisers (The Guardian - Wednesday, 1 July 2020) -- Air pollution is likely to be increasing the number and severity of Covid-19 infections, according to the UK government’s expert advisers. Read More

UN and Sony PlayStation team up with new virtual experience to raise gamers’ awareness of climate change (UNEP - Monday, 29 June 2020) -- The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Sony PlayStation have teamed up to create an immersive virtual reality experience designed to increase global awareness about what a climate change-friendly lifestyle looks like. Read More

Global E-waste Monitor 2020 (ITU - June 2020) -- The third edition of the Global E-waste Monitor 2020 launched in July 2020 by the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership, provides comprehensive insight to address the global e-waste challenge. Read More