Green Rwanda Media Review 7 October 2017


  • The New Times reports that the Government of Rwanda has set a target of gaining $1.5 billion annual revenues from mining by 2024
  • Kigali Today writes that residents in locations at disaster risks are being resettled countrywide
  • Rwanda Eye reports that Rwanda Police has arrested a man who tried to export 330kg of minerals illegally
  • Meteo Rwanda publishes a story that Rwandan farmers were encouraged to use weather information to facilitate their activities
  • The Guardian writes that recent research proved pesticides are contaminating bees hence posing threat to vital poll​i​nation
  • The Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) shares the outcomes of a workshop held to validate the Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience and the Forestry Investment Programme ​
  • View and download photos of September's Umuganda in Gikomero at the Government of Rwanda​ Flickr page



Good news on gorilla group adjusting (Gorilla Fund - Wednesday 4 October 2017) --- Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund staff in Rwanda report that the Kuryama gorilla group is doing well, now that young silverback Igihozo has taken over leadership. Read more

Is new dawn beckoning for local mining sector? (The New Times - Thursday 5 October 2017) --- The Government has recently set an ambitious target of collecting $1.5 billion in annual revenues from mineral exports by 2024 (more than double the current earnings). Read more

RNP Intercept 330kgs of Smuggled Minerals (Rwanda Eye - Wednesday 4 October 2017) --- The Police marines unit, Monday, arrested a man who was smuggling about 330 kilogrammes of coltan through Lake Kivu. Patrick Nyamwaba was arrested at about 8am on Blasselie shores in Rubavu District. Read more

​Kirehe: Urugomero rwa Nyamugari rukomeje guhitana abantu (Kigali Today - Wednesday 4 October 2017) -- Uwo mwana wari ufite imyaka 18 y’amavuko yarohamye ubwo yari yajyanye na bagenzi be batatu kogera muri urwo rugomero saa saba za ku manywa ku wa kabiri tariki ya 03 Ukwakira 2017, ubwo bari mu masaha y’ikiruhuko. Read More

Sanitising wastewater to save lives, environment (The New Times - Wednesday 4 October 2017) -- Every day, on average, a human being produces 150 litres of waste water through bathing, flushing the toilet, washing a plate on which they ate, among other needs. Read More

Karongi residents urged to visit environmental museum (The New Times - Wednesday 04 October 2017) --- Karongi residents have been called upon to regularly visit the environment museum, a scientific hub as well as an environmental show in the district. Read more

Ahantu hadasanzwe hakurura abanyarwanda benshi (Amafoto) (Igihe - Wednesday 4 October 2017) -- Ibice bikurura ba mukerarugendo mu Rwanda bimaze kuba imari ishyushye yinjiriza igihugu amadevize, umusaruro ukaba warageze kuri miliyoni $404 mu mwaka ushize ndetse intego ni uko zaba $800 mu myaka irindwi iri imbere. Read More

Amazing wildlife adventures: Gorilla trekking in Rwanda (USA Today - Tuesday 03 October 2017) --- Primate researcher Dian Fossey famously became the first human to closely interact with mountain gorillas, sitting amongst their groups and getting up close and personal. Read more

Rwanda, best African destination for Sustainable Tourism goals (eTurbo News - Monday 02 October 2017) --- Counted as the Country of Thousand Hills, Rwanda is standing a leading and attractive tourist destination, competing with African destinations with rising tourism. Read more

How government plans to increase mineral revenues sevenfold by 2024 (The New Times - Monday 02 October 2017) --- Sustained investments into modernising mining activities, exploration for new types of minerals, and adding value to the gems before they are exported will help Rwanda achieve its target to increase seven times by 2024 the revenues from mineral exports, officials have said. Read more

Rwanda Kicks-off Countrywide Resettlement of Families in Modern Settlements (KT Press - Saturday 30 September 2017) --- In almost every corner of the country, hundreds families formerly living in high-risk zones will start a new breath of life today. Read more

Rwandan national park’s recovery a success story for conservation and tourism (South Chine Morning Post - Friday 29 September 2017) --- In Akagera National Park, another glorious day gives way to a warm, velvety night. A pair of African fish eagles return to roost on the shore of Lake Ihema, their finger-like primary feathers silhouetted against the purple-hued sky. Read more

Kigali declaration calls for 'zero waste programmes' (The New Times - Saturday 30 September 2017) --- Promoting waste management entrepreneurship in Africa is long overdue as waste is a resource that can be used to generate new goods and services such as transforming them into energy and recycling. Read more

From hunting rebels to poachers (CNN - 21 September 2017) -- Meet the canine unit protecting the endangered Eastern African Black Rhino. Watch Video

Across Africa

Tanzanian president splits energy and mining in ministry shake-up (Reuters - Saturday 7 October 2017) -- Tanzanian president John Magufuli split the energy and minerals ministry in two and appointed heads for the new ministries on Saturday, five months after sacking the previous minister. Read More

UK ivory trade ban to help end 'shame' of elephant poaching (The Guardian - Friday 6 October 2017) -- The UK government has bowed to campaigners and will ban the sale of ivory regardless of age, according to a new consultation. Read More

UNEP official calls for ‘coherent planning’ as Aichi falters in Africa (Mongabay - Thursday 5 October 2017) -- Forests cover about 40 million square kilometers – around 30 percent – of the Earth’s surface. Read More

From Around the World

Victory against climate change is within reach (Eco-Business - Friday 6 October 2017) -- After a season of record-breaking hurricanes in the United States and floods across Asia, it would be easy to despair about the accelerating pace of climate change. Read More

Honey tests reveal global contamination by bee-harming pesticides (The Guardian - Thursday 4 October 2017) -- Honey from across the world is contaminated with potent pesticides known to harm bees, new research shows, clearly revealing the global exposure of vital pollinators for the first time. Read more

CCAC Prepares Communiqué for High-Level Assembly at COP 23 (IISD - Tuesday 3 October 2017) -- The 21st meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) Working Group prepared a ‘Bonn Communiqué’ for discussion at the CCAC High Level Assembly (HLA). Read More

Sector Updates ​

​Water for Growth Rwanda Steering Committee ​Commits to Scale Up Successes ​​(Water for Growth - Friday 6 October 2017) -- The Programme Steering Committee (PSC) of the Water for Growth Rwanda programme has met for the fifth time since the start of the program in 2015 to review progress over the last twelve months and plan for the future. Read More

Rwandans to benefit from enhanced weather radar information thanks to Rwanda Green Fund investment (Green Fund - Thursday 5 October 2017) -- Radar engineers and operators from the Rwanda Meteorology Agency and Ministry of Defence are undertaking a training to maximise the use of the country's sophisticated Doppler Weather Radar system. Read More

Farmers encouraged to use weather and climate information to boost agricultural productivity (Meteo Rwanda - Thursday 5 October 2017) -- The Rwanda Meteorology Agency has encouraged farmers to use weather and climate information to improve their agricultural productivity and adapt to the adverse effects of a changing climate. Read More

Rwandans to benefit from enhanced weather radar information (Meteo Rwanda - Thursday 5 October 2017) -- Radar engineers and operators from the Rwanda Meteorology Agency and Ministry of Defence are undertaking a training to maximise the use of the country's sophisticated Doppler Weather Radar system installed at Maranyundo Hill in Bugesera District. Read More

Rwanda Green Fund holds Validation Workshop for Major Climate and Forest Programmes (Green Fund website - Wednesday 4 October 2017) -- The Rwanda Green Fund has brought together a range of experts from across the public and private sector and civil society for a validation workshop on two major environment programmes. Read More | View Photos

​Programme Steering Committee (Water for Growth Rwanda Flickr page - Tuesday 3 October 2017) -- The Programme Steering Committee of the Water for Growth Rwanda programme met to review progress over the last twelve months and plan for the future. View Photos

Photos: September to December 2017 Seasonal Forecast dissemination Workshop Nyanza and Huye District (Meteo Rwanda - Tuesday 3 October 2017) -- View Photos

Photos: The launch of Sustainable Development of Mining in Rwanda (SDMR) programme (Rwanda Mines Petroleum and Gas Board - Tuesday 3 October 2017) -- View Photos

Rwanda Green Fund team shares experience at Sustainable Development of Mining in Rwanda Launch (Green Fund - Tuesday 3 October 2017) -- The Rwanda Green Fund team has attended the launch of the Sustainable Development of Mining in Rwanda initiative supported by fund partner, the UK Department for International Development (DfID). Read More

Photos: Umuganda | Gikomero, 30 September 2017 (Government of Rwanda Flickr - Saturday 30 September 2017) -- View Photos

Upcoming Sector Events

  • 11-13 October 2017: East African Community Green Customs Workshop, Portofino Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda
  • 17-21 October 2017: GGGI Global Green Growth Week, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 23-25 October 2017: Nile Basin Development Forum, Kigali, Rwanda
  • 28 October 2017: Launch of the 2017/18 Forest Planting Season, Nyagatare
  • 6-17 November: 23rd Conference of the Parties to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP23 - UN Climate Change Conference, Bonn, Germany
  • 20-24 November: 29th Meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP29), Montreal, Canada
  • 4-8 December: Rwanda Green Growth Week (Proposed)
  • 4 December 2017: International Day of Mining : 
  • 4-6 December 2017: United Nations Environment Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya 
  • 11-15 December 2017: Climate Investment Funds Board Meeting, Washington DC, USA
  • 23 January 2018: World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
  • 27 February - 1 March 2018: Green Climate Fund Board Meeting