Green Rwanda Media Review - 7 January 2020

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


  • The New Times reports on how Rwanda joined the global efforts to mitigate plastic pollution
  • KT Press reports on how Rwanda prisons set zero firewood Target
  • Igihe reports on how Rwanda will soon create a Green Bank
  • The New Times reports on how floods threaten to erode gains from multi-billion project
  • The New Times reports on how 2019 has been a bumpy year on climate action

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Rwanda joins global efforts to mitigate plastic pollution (The NewTimes - Monday, 6 January 2019) -- There’s a global battle against single-use plastics, particularly when it comes to the once-ubiquitous plastic bag. A new report from UN Environment has recently found that at least 127 countries have adopted some form of legislation to regulate plastic bags as of July 2018. Read More

Rwanda Prisons Set Zero Firewood Target (KT Press - Sunday, 5 January 2019) -- Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) target 100% usage of cooking technologies to improve health and reduce environmental damage caused by the excessive use of firewood for cooking, this year. Read More

Mu Rwanda hagiye gutangizwa banki itera inkunga imishinga y’ibidukikije (Igihe - Sunday, 5 January 2019) -- Mu Rwanda mu gihe kiri imbere hazatangizwa banki itera inkunga imishinga igamije kurengera ibidukikije, aho yitezweho kongera amafaranga yashorwaga mu mishinga igamije kurengera ibidukikije mu gihugu. Read More. Also reported by Afrik21

How floods are threatening to erode gains from multi-billion project (The New Times - Tuesday, 31 December 2019) -- Farmers who had started to celebrate the rehabilitation of Mugogo Lowland in Musanze District which had been saved from persistent flooding are again recounting losses after the agricultural area got submerged again. Read More

2019 has been a bumpy year on climate action (The New Times - Monday, 30 December 2019) -- The 25th negotiating year by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Conference, held in Madrid, Spain, from 2 to 13 December 2019, also known as COP25, failed to make a breakthrough. Read More


Sector Updates

U Rwanda Rwitabiriye Inama Mpuzamahanga ya 25 ku mihindagurikire y' ibihe. Yatanze uwuhe musaruro? (Rwanda Environment Management Authority - Monday, 6 January 2020) -- Ibyaganiriwe n' ibyavuye mu Nama Mpuzamahanga Ku mihindagurikire y' ibihe u #Rwanda rwitabiriye I Madrid kuva kuwa 2- 15 Ukuboza, 2019. Watch video

Solid Waste Management in Secondary Cities of Rwanda: Muhanga & Huye Situation assessment and potential intervention areas (Global Green Growth Institute - Sunday, 5 January 2020) -- The Global Green Growth Institute’s thematic approach to green cities supports an integrated and cross-sectoral approach and responds to local, national, and global needs and commitments, through five priority areas. Read More


Across Africa

Climate change has brought parts of Zambia to the brink of famine (BBC - Friday, 3 January 2020) -- Zambia is wrestling with a devastating drought caused, according to experts, by a dramatic shift in weather patterns. Read More

8 ways Seychelles has been recognised for its dedication to the environment, Blue Economy (Seychelles News Agency - Thursday, 2 January 2019) -- Forbes Africa recently recognised Seychelles – 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean - as a pioneer in protecting the beating blue heart of the planet. Read More

Groups Partner to Curb Plastic Waste Badagry (This Day - Wednesday, 1 January 2019) -- The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has partnered Green Janitors sustainability initiative to curb plastic waste in Badagry community as part of the three months Pick-a-Plastic campaign which was launched on December 21. Read More

Expect more rains in January, weatherman says (Daily Nation - Wednesday, 1 January 2019) -- The weatherman says a few areas in western Kenya are likely to have episodes of heavy rainfall resulting in flooding in the first half of the month. Read More

'As Greta Thunberg inspires a world revolution, one young Ugandan is bringing the climate fight home (BBC - Monday, 30 December 2019) -- Gravely brandishing a banner reading “Climate Justice” and guiding a crowd of young people through a muddy Kampala market, Leah Namugerwa is in her element. Read More


From Around the World

Britons reach Africans’ annual carbon emissions in just two weeks (The Guardian - Sunday, 5 January 2020) -- Research for Oxfam shows inequality between footprints of people in UK and in countries including Rwanda, Ethiopia and Malawi. Read More

A warm welcome? The wildlife visitors warning of climate disaster (The Guardian - Thursday, 2 January 2020) -- Britain’s milder weather is attracting exotic guests. While we may celebrate their arrival now it should also alert us to what’s ahead. Read More

The plastic polluters won 2019 – and we're running out of time to stop them (The Guardian - Thursday, 2 January 2019) -- The beach at Muncar on the island of Java was revolting. The 400-yard wide, mile-long stretch of sand was feet deep in foul-smelling sauce sachets, shopping bags, nappies, bottles and bags, plastic clothes and detergent bottles. Read More

A plateful of plastic (Reuters - Tuesday, 31 December 2019) -- Microscopic pieces of plastic have been discovered in the most remote locations, from the depths of the ocean to Arctic ice. Another place that plastic is appearing is inside our bodies. We’re breathing microplastic, eating it and drinking plastic-infused water every day. Read More

Five New Year resolutions with a green twist (UN Environment - Monday, 30 December 2019) -- “The amount we consume to meet our needs and live our aspirations is increasing exponentially for some. Yet many do not have enough to survive. We need to rethink how to live better and lighter,” says United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Lifestyles Officer Garrette Clark. Read More

Bank of England chief Mark Carney issues climate change warning (BBC - Monday, 30 December 2019) -- The world will face irreversible heating unless firms shift their priorities soon, the outgoing head of the Bank of England has told the BBC. Read More

The Top Sustainability Stories of 2019 (Gibraltar Chronicle - Monday, 30 December 2019) -- In my annual review of big themes in sustainability and business — in other words, how companies manage environmental and social issues and opportunities — I’ve always included a changing climate as a big story. But it’s now not an annual story; it’s permanent. Read More