Green Rwanda Media Review - 8 June 2020

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


  • CNBC Africa reports that Rwanda has unveiled a $11 billion climate action plan.
  • CGTN Africa reports that Rwanda plans to ban charcoal as a means of cooking in Kigali.
  • The New Times reports on what Rwanda has gained from banning the use of plastic bags.
  • The Sunrise reports on why frogs need to be conserved in Rwanda.
  • The Guardian and other outlets report that six elephants were killed in one day by poachers in Ethiopia.
  • Read and watch remarks by Minister of Environment, Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, on World Environment Day.

Upcoming Events

  • 9-11 June: Climate Change Education Week Webinar - Organised by the Green Fighter. More here.
  • 10 June: Webinar on 'The Rwandan and Italian Business to Business Exchange for Sustainable Development' - Organised by Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) More here.
  • 17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
  • 21 June: World Giraffe Day
  • 26 June: World Refrigeration Day



Human encroachment on biodiversity has contributed to an increased number of diseases like COVID-19 (Rwanda TV - Sunday, 7 June 2020) -- INHEE CHUNG, GGGI Rwanda Country Representative talks to RBA about the relationship between human encroachment on biodiversity and the increasing number of diseases and epidemics like COVID-19, and more. Watch Video

Minisitiri Mujawamariya yavuze uburyo yateze ‘bus’ agiye ku kazi abagenzi bagasigara bamwibazaho (Igihe - Saturday, 6 June 2020) -- Minisitiri w’ibidukikije Dr Mujawamariya Jeanne d’Arc, yashishikarije abantu gukangukira gukoresha imodoka rusange zitwara abagenzi, mu rwego rwo kugabanya ibinyabiziga bikoreshwa ari nako byongera imyuka ihumanya ikirere. Read More

Ibidukikije ni byo dukesha ubuzima na byo tubyiteho- Min Mujawamariya (Umuseke - Saturday, 6 June 2020) -- Minisitiri w’Ibidukikije, Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya avuga ko igihe kigeze ngo abantu bibuke isano bafitanye n’ibidukikije by’umwihariko urusobe rw’ibinyabuzima bityo ko bakwiye guhagarika ibikorwa bibyangiza kandi ari byo bakesha kubaho. Read More

Nature is sending us clear signals, we need to change our ways – Environment Minister (The New Times - Saturday, 6 June 2020) -- The Minister for Environment, Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, told participants at a webinar, organized in celebration of World Environment Day (WED) that nature is sending signals so that people change their ways. Read More

Rwanda: Environment Minister calls for active role in building a Biodiversity Value Nation (Top Africa News - Saturday, 6 June 2020) -- Rwanda’s Minister has announced that the country is investing more efforts in building a climate Resilient Nation that values Biodiversity protection and Nature conservation. Read More

Tubungabunge imigezi, ibishanga n’ibiyaga kera byafatwaga nk’aho kujugunya umwanda - Min Mujawamariya (Kigali Today - Friday, 5 June 2020) -- Minisitiri w’Ibidukikije, Dr Mujawamariya Jeanne D’Arc, yashimye uruhare rw’Abanyarwanda n’Abafatanyabikorwa, bakomeje kubungabunga imigezi ibishanga n’ibiyaga kera byafatwaga nk’aho kujugunya umwanda. Read More

One Million Animals And Plant Species Face Extinction Threats ─ Research (KT Press - Friday, 5 June 2020) -- The new research from Intergovernmental science-policy says one million plants and animal species will face extinction over the next ten years worldwide if nothing is done to reverse the trend of biodiversity loss. Read More

CLIMATE CHANGE: Rwanda Targets 38% Reduction In Greenhouse Emissions - (EABW News - Friday, 5 June 2020) -- Rwanda has announced an ambitious climate action agenda that features a 38% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions compared to business as usual by 2030, equivalent to estimated mitigation of up to 4.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). Read More

Rwanda to set up plant to make toilet paper, other products from bamboo (The New Times - Friday, 5 June 2020) -- Negotiations, with a potential investor are in advanced stages to set up a mega factory that will be producing toilet papers and other Made-In-Rwanda products from bamboos. Read More

Rwanda Raises The Bar In Response To Climate Change (KT Press - Friday, 5 June 2020) -- Appositely, or maybe paradoxically, or perhaps, paradoxically opposite, a virus that attacks respiratory pathways has reminded the world of the urgent need to cut air pollution, which costs millions of lives globally every year. Read More

World Environment Day 5th June 2020 (CoEB Rwanda Youtube Channel - Friday, 5 June 2020) -- The CoEB brought together its Research Associates and Fellows in an almost 4 minutes video to highlight how seemingly trivial species contribute to a healthy ecosystem. Watch Video

UR researchers show the benefits of frogs and Toads towards proper management of wetlands ecosystem in Rwanda (University of Rwanda - Thursday, 4 June 2020) -- Anurans (Frogs and Toads) are known excellent bioindicators of ecosystem health such as wetlands where their populations’ survival is constituted. However, studies on Rwandan anurans are still few and this has prompted a scientific interest by local researchers at the University of Rwanda. Read More

WED: What has Rwanda gained from banning the use of plastic bags? (The New Times - Thursday, 4 June 2020) -- Every June 5 is World Environment Day, a day dedicated to global awareness and action to protect the environment. Some people could have been skeptical when the law against the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags was put in place in Rwanda, in 2008, as a way to save the environment. Read More

Rwanda: The Secrets Treasure Behind Why Frogs Need to be conserved. (The Sunrise - Wednesday, 3 June 2020) -- The World Environment week has become a powerful platform for environmental advocacy to help accelerate, amplify, and engage communities, adding that protecting a safer and healthier environment for a future generation can be attained through a collaborative partnership and individual responsibility and involvement to deliver the common environmental vision. Read More

Hagiye kubakwa ibikorwaremezo 14 bizafasha abatuye mu cyaro kubyaza umusaruro amashanyarazi (Igihe - Wednesday, 3 June 2020) -- Mu Rwanda, ingo zisaga 53% zamaze kubona amashanyarazi kandi hari intego ko mu myaka ine iri imbere nta rugo na rumwe ruzaba rutayafite. Read More

World Bicycle Day: How cycling can change lives (The New Times - Wednesday, 3 June 2020) -- Jacqueline Tuyishime, who lives in Nyabihu District, is a 21 year-old cyclist who represented Rwanda at the African Continental Road Championships Bahir Dar, Ethiopia last year. Read More

#DUSANGIRE_IJAMBO: Kubungabunga urusobe rw'ibinyabuzima mu Rwanda (Rwanda TV - Tuesday, 2 June 2020) -- Watch Video

NGOMA: Uburobyi bwasubukuwe (Rwanda TV - Tuesday, 2 June 2020) -- Watch Video

Rwanda bans charcoal for cooking in Kigali (CGTN Africa - Tuesday, 2 June 2020) -- Rwanda is banning the use of charcoal for cooking in the capital, Kigali, and restricting supplies to the city from rural areas. Read More

Umuhinzi wahinze amatunda akuma ateze yakoresheje imbuto n’ifumbire bitizewe - RAB (Kigali Today - Tuesday, 2 June 2020) -- Umukozi wIkigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe guteza imbere Ubuhinzi n’Ubworozi (RAB), ushinzwe kurwanya indwara n’ibyonnyi, Bahunde Ernest, arasaba abahinzi gukoresha imbuto zizewe kuko ari zo zitanga umusaruro, bakanakoresha ifumbire y’imborera iboze neza kuko iyo itaboze izana udukoko mu murima tukangiza umusaruro. Read More

The 14 Countries Doing the Most to Protect the Environment (Readers Digest - Monday, 1 June 2020) -- These environmentally friendly nations are going the extra mile for planet Earth. Read More

Rwanda unveils $11bn climate action plan (CNBC Africa - Monday, 1 June 2020) -- The government of Rwanda announced a climate action agenda worth about $11 billion which features a 38 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. CNBC Africa spoke to Juliet Kabera, Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority for more. Watch Video


Sector Updates

Rwanda hosts webinar on “The engagement of the Italian private sector to enhance green investments and trade in Rwanda” (Global Green Growth Institute - Monday, 8 June 2020) -- The Global Green Growth Institute hosted the first of two webinars between Rwanda and Italy. The virtual meeting was hosted on the Africa e Affari network platform and organized in collaboration with the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) and in partnership with the Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS). Read More

Rwanda commits to a green recovery on World Environment Day (Rwanda Environment Management Authority - Friday, 5 June 2020) -- At this year’s World Environment Day celebration, Rwanda has committed to a green, sustainable recovery as the country manages the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made by Minister of Environment, Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, while speaking to more than 250 partners and friends from around the world who joined a digital event marking the important annual occasion. Read More

Remarks by Minister of Environment Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya World Environment Day (Ministry of Environment - Friday, 5 June 2020) -- Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning! Mwaramutse! It is my pleasure to welcome you to our celebration of this year’s World Environment Day. Every year on June 5th, we take time to reflect on the importance of our environment and the tangible steps we can take to protect Mother Nature. Read More

Watch: 2020 World Environment Day Message - Minister Mujawamariya (Ministry of Environment - Friday, 5 June 2020) -- At the 2020 World Environment Day celebration, Rwanda has committed to a green, sustainable recovery as the country manages the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch Video

Rubavu: 13 arrested over environmental degradation (Rwanda National Police - Monday, 1 June 2020) -- Separate Police operations against environment degradation conducted on Saturday and Sunday in Rubavu District led to the arrest of 13 people, who found cutting trees in a gazetted forest. Read More


Across Africa

Protected areas need better and more diversified funding, says new IUCN study (Top Africa News - Thursday, 4 June 2020) -- The current COVID -19 crisis has brought into sharp focus the underlying financing and resourcing challenges facing protected and conserved areas around the world. Protected areas are a mainstay of biodiversity conservation, while also contributing to people’s livelihoods and well-being, especially at the local level. Read More

South Africans urged to save water as climate change becomes new normal (The Citizen - Thursday, 4 June 2020) -- National water storage declined again this week, but small changes in consumer behaviour could help mitigate continued water losses. Read More

Six elephants killed in one day by poachers in Ethiopia (The Guardian - Tuesday, 2 June 2020) -- Poachers have killed at least six elephants in a single day in Ethiopia, wildlife officials said on Tuesday, the largest such slaughter in memory in the East African nation. Read More. Also published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Daily Mail, and Afrik21

Africa’s Biodiversity Webinar series – World Environment Day and World Oceans Day (African Development Bank Group - Monday, 1 June 2020) -- World Environment Day has been celebrated on June 5 every year since 1974 to raise awareness about protection of the environment and the need to take positive action in the context of sustainable development goals. World Environment Day 2020 is dedicated to biodiversity. Read More


From Around the World

How Small Family Forests Can Help Meet the Climate Challenge (E360 - Thursday, 4 June 2020) -- As efforts grow to store more CO2 emissions in forests, one sector has been overlooked — small, family-owned woodlands, which comprise 38 percent of U.S. forests. Now, a major conservation initiative is aiming to help these owners manage their lands for maximum carbon storage. Read More

Green light for the green recovery? (Business Green - Thursday, 4 June 2020) -- Over the past week the government's most senior figures have all gone out of their way to signal that climate action will be right at the heart of their imminent economic recovery plan. Read More

Safer use of chemicals can help protect biodiversity (UN Environment Programme - Wednesday, 3 June 2020) -- From the smallest parasitic bacterium living in the bladder of a primate to the blue whale - biodiversity refers to the vast variety of life on this planet. Read More

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez named new CEO of Global Environment Facility (Global Environment Facility - Tuesday, 2 June 2020) -- Costa Rican Environment and Energy Minister Carlos Manuel Rodriguez has been selected as the next CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, the largest multilateral trust fund supporting environmental action in developing countries and the main financing mechanism for multiple United Nations environmental conventions. Read More