Green Rwanda Media Review - 7 September 2020

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

Summary

  • KT Press, Xinhua and other outlets report that the City of Kigali Launched a new, citizen-centred master plan.
  • The New Times, Imvaho Nshya and Igihe report about a campaign against pollution launched ahead of ‘International Air Quality Day’.
  • IIED shares Grace Ineza's take on how climate change is impacting Rwanda.
  • The New Times reports that there is a need to revisit the strategy on single-use plastics.
  • Taarifa reports that policymakers should think about Kimisagara, Nzove water treatment plants. Watch the launch of the new Kigali City Master Plan.

 

Upcoming events

  • 7 September: Rwanda's International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies event. Join here (Access code: 137 560 2456 | Meeting password: 897562)
  • 7 September: Virtual Event: Blue Skies & Net Zero 2050 Campaign Round Table at 10am ~ 12pm KST. Watch here
  • 8 September: Webinar entitled "Loss and damage – research, policy and lived experience in the least developed countries" organised by IIED. More here
  • 9 September: CoEB Seminar entitled "The Trophic Cascade Hypothesis and Lion Reintroduction" with Drew Bantlin, Akagera National Park. Join here
  • 10 September: Cool Coalition high-level virtual event: "Cool Down to Speed Up Climate Action and Green Recovery". Hosted by the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN and the UNEP-led Cool Coalition. Register here
  • 16 September: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. More here
  • 18 September: World Water Monitoring Day
  • 21 September: Zero Emissions Day
  • 22 September: World Rhino Day
  • 24 September: World Gorilla Day 
  • 30 September: Webinar on the circular economy opportunities in Africa’s post-COVID-19 Recovery organised by African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA), African Development Bank, and SITRA. More here

Rwanda

City Of Kigali Launches New, Citizen Centered Master Plan (KT Press - Saturday, 5 September 2020) -- The City of Kigali has unveiled a new and accommodative master plan that will allow city dwellers to know what and where to invest their resources. Read More. Also published in The New Times, RBA, Igihe, Xinhua

20% by’imodoka zisuzumwa zisohora imyuka ihumanya ikirere (Imvaho Nshya - Saturday, 5 September 2020) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Ikigo cya Polisi y’u Rwanda gishinzwe kugenzura ubuziranenge bw’ibinyabiziga (MIC) bwatangaje ko kuri ubu icyo kigo gifite ubushobozi bwo gupima imodoka 500 ku munsi, muri zo 20% ni zo zisangwa zifite ikibazo k’imyotsi ihumanya ikirere. Read More. Also published in Igihe and The New Times

Raporo ya ‘Bonn Challenge’ yerekanye ko u Rwanda ruhagaze neza mu gutera ibiti (Kigali Today - Saturday, 5 August 2020) -- Raporo ku bijyanye no gutera ibiti muri rusange yasohotse ku itari 2 Nzeri 2020, ikaba yaragaragaje ko hari ibihugu bitari bike byananiwe kongera amashyamba, mu gihe ibindi nk’u Rwanda rwarengeje intego rwari rwihaye. Read More. Also published on KT Press

Gaz méthane iri mu Kivu ishobora kubyazwa ifumbire (Igihe - Saturday, 5 September 2020) -- U Rwanda ruri kwiga ku mushinga wo gukoresha gaz méthane iri mu Kivu mu gukora ifumbire ishobora kwifashishwa mu buhinzi. Read More

10 major changes in the new Kigali master plan (The New Times - Friday, 4 September 2020) -- The City of Kigali, on Friday, September 4, 2020, launched a new city master plan to be implemented from 2020 up to 2050. Read More

East Africa Invests in Strategies to Manage E-Waste (EOS - Friday, 4 September 2020) -- As Uganda develops its e-waste policy, neighboring Rwanda establishes a broad-based plan involving incentives and high-tech facilities. Read More

Kwita Izina to go virtual as local frontliners name gorillas (The New Times - Friday, 4 September 2020) -- Local front liners involved in the wellbeing of gorillas on a day to day basis will this year be given the opportunity to name baby gorillas on the 16th Kwita Izina ceremony this year, the Chief Tourism Officer of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Belise Kariza, has said. Read More. Also published in KT Press

Loss and damage in Rwanda: a young climate activist reports (IIED - Thursday, 3 September 2020) -- On 8 September 2020, IIED and ICCCAD are hosting a webinar on climate-related loss and damage in the least developed countries. Here one of the speakers, Ineza Umuhoza Grace, reports on how climate change is impacting Rwanda. Read More

EDITORIAL: There is need to revisit strategy on single-use plastics (The New Times - Thursday, 3 September 2020) -- Last year, the Government gazetted the law prohibiting the manufacture, importation, use, and sale of single-use plastic items in Rwanda. Read More

YouTube Videos Inspire Unsafe Mountain Gorilla Tourism, Study Finds (The Revelator - Thursday, 3 September 2020) -- Videos of people getting too close to, and touching, the rare apes motivates other people to want to do the same — and that could spread diseases like COVID-19 to a critically endangered species. Read More

Lack of alternative material threatens Rwanda’s war on single-use plastics (The New Times - Wednesday, 2 September 2020) -- Slightly over a year since the law prohibiting the manufacture, importation, use, and sale of single-use plastic items in Rwanda was passed, The New Times has learned that enforcing the law has been challenging due to some internal and external factors. Read More

Miss Uwase calls for Investment in FLR youth movement as a global challenge to ‘Restore Our Future’ takes momentum (Top Africa News - Wednesday, 2 September 2020) -- UWASE HIRWA Honorine, Miss Popularity Rwanda 2017 and AFR100 & IUCN-FLR Youth Ambassador, as well as Founder of Youth FLR Movement, has called for the tangible investments in Youth’s Forests and Landscape Restoration movements if countries are to achieve the target of restoring over 210 million hectares of forest landscapes under the Bonn Challenge and creating an opportunity to boost climate ambition. Read More

Policy Makers, Think About Kimisagara, Nzove Water Treatment Plants (Taarifa - Wednesday, 2 September 2020) -- The clouds above Rwanda have begun gathering and rumbling as the rainy season pushes away the past four months of the scorching sun. Read More

MINEMA: Gukumira ibiza ni igikorwa nkomatanyanzego (Imvaho Nshya - Wednesday, 2 September 2020) -- Gukumira no guhangana n’ibiza ni igikorwa gihuza inzego nyinshi bitewe n’ibiba byangiritse, kandi buri wese akwiye kugira uruhare mu gukumira ibiza mu buryo butandukanye kubera ko ibiza byibasira ibyiciro bitandukanye by’ubuzima. Read More

Hope of Family rehabilitates more Houses as time for rain season is coming (Imvaho Nshya - Wednesday, 2 September 2020) -- Within the time rain season is coming, Hope of Family, a National Non-Governmental Organization which operates in Muhanga District, Southern Province of Rwanda has started to rehabilitate 20 damaged houses belonging to 20 direct beneficiary families. Read More

Kigali to pilot ‘smart’ waste management system (The New Times - Tuesday, 1 September 2020) -- The Ministry of ICT and Innovation has started the search for a firm to implement a smart system for waste management in Kigali city. Read More

IUCN Global Environment Series To Discuss Reforestation Of 150M Ha (KT Press - Tuesday, 1 September 2020) -- The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will this Wednesday hold a series of a global digital events to celebrate the first major milestone of the Bonn Challenge and the enormous impact of the forest landscape restoration (FLR) movement. Read More. Also published in The New Times

Rwanda Miners seek to revive the Mining and Extraction Industry as COVID 19 continues to pose threats (Top Africa News - Monday, 31 August 2020) -- Rwanda Mining industry has not been spared out by the effects of COVID 19 despite quick resumption of mining activities after the Government announced partial removal of lockdown in May 2020. Read More

Experts Explain Disappearance Of Rusizi Hot Springs (KT Press - Sunday, 30 August 2020) -- A team geologist and environment experts led by Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) has concluded its finding on the cause of the sudden disappeared of tourist hot springs in Rusizi district. Read More

Kirehe: Urubyiruko rwigishijwe uburyo burambye bwo gusana umuhanda (Imvaho Nshya - Saturday, 29 August 2020) -- Mu Karere ka Kirehe urubyiruko rugera kuri 50 rumaze ibyumeru bisaga 3 rwigishwa uko basana bakanatunganya imihanda y’imigenderano mu buryo burambye hifashishijwe uburyo bugezweho “Do-nou” bukomoka mu Buyapani. Read More

 

Sector updates

Abafite imodoka barasabwa kuzirinda gusohora imyotsi ihumanya umwuka (REMA - Saturday, 5 September 2020) -- Ikigo cy’igihugu cyo kubungabunga ibidukikije REMA ku bufatanye na Polisi y’u Rwanda, kuri uyu wagatandatu tariki 05/09/2020 batangiye igikorwa cyo gusuzuma ingano y’imyotsi imodoka zisohora kandi bigakorerwa mu mihanda bitabaye ngombwa ko nyir’imodoka ayijyana ku kigo gishinzwe kugenzura ubuziranenge bw’ibinyabiziga. Read More

Abanyarwanda barakangurirwa kwirinda ibyahumanya umwuka n’ikirere (REMA - Friday, 4 September 2020) -- Uyu mwaka u Rwanda ruzifatanya n’isi kwizihiza ku nshuro ya mbere umunsi mpuzamahanga w’Umwuka Mwiza n’ Ikirere Gikeye. Uyu munsi wemejwe n’inama ya 74 y’Inteko rusange y’Umuryango w’Abibumbye yateranye ku wa 19 Nzeri 2019. Read More

Rwandan Circular Economy business model selected to compete globally in the 2020 Greenpreneurs Program (GGGI - September 2020) -- Youth entrepreneurship and engagement are critical to the long-term sustainability of green growth. As part of ongoing work in Rwanda, GGGI works to support and amplify the initiatives of young, emerging leaders combining climate action and sustainable business models to develop new products and services. Read More

LAUNCH OF MASTER PLAN / CITY OF KIGALI 04 SEPT 2020 (City of Kigali Youtube Channel - Friday, 4 September 2020) -- Watch Video

Video: TONI MIRIYONI 300 Z'IBIKORESHO BYA PLASTIC BURI MWAKA| INGARUKA ZIRENZE UKO UZITEKEREZA (REMA Youtube Channel - Wednesday, 2 September 2020) -- Our Environment, Our Future! Buri mwaka ku isi hajugunywa toni miriyoni 300 z'ibikoresho bya plastic. Uribaza ikibazo ibyo bikoresho biteye ubuzima bwa muntu? Dupfunyike byujuje ubuziranenge. Watch Video

 

Across Africa

Floods Washed Away More Than 25% of Nigeria’s Rice Harvest (Bloomberg Africa - Saturday, 5 September 2020) -- Floods washed away at least two million tons of rice in Nigeria, the second-largest importer of the grain. Read More

11 more jumbos found dead in Hwange game park (New Zimbabwe - Thursday, 3 September 2020) -- ELEVEN more elephants were found dead in the Pandamasue forest, located between Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls, bringing the total number to 22. Read More

The Wildlife and Protected Areas Management Bill (The Namibian - Thursday, 3 September 2020) -- The wildlife and protected areas management bill has been under discussion for over 20 years. This proposed new law would introduce new approaches to nature conservation based on eight key principles. Read More

Let plastics ban stay (Nation - Wednesday, 2 September 2020) -- Banning plastics is one of the most remarkable policy decisions by the government in recent times. Its impact has already been greatly felt across the country. Read More

 

From Around the World

Climate Change And The Circular Economy (Forbes - Thursday, 3 September 2020) -- Every year, boy scout kids learn about Leave No Trace principles when they arrive at summer camp. Read More

How Fast Is the Climate Changing?: It’s a New World, Each and Every Day (The New Yorker - Thursday, 3 September 2020) -- The struggle over climate change is necessarily political and economic and noisy—if we’re going to get anything done, we’ll have to do it in parliaments and stock exchanges, and quickly. Read More

5 things COVID-19 has taught us about fighting climate change (World Economic Forum - Wednesday, 2 September 2020) -- The immediate crisis we are facing today has much to teach us about an even more existential threat: climate change. We have no time to wait - but, as COVID-19 has shown, we do have the means to meet this challenge. Read More