Green Rwanda Media Review - 8 May 2018

Read the latest news from Rwanda's environment sector.

Summary

  • The New Times reports that President Kagame noted that climate change mitigation is key to Africa's prosperity
  • Igihe writes that a Muhanga - Ngororero road had been blocked by landslides but now restored
  • Climate Action writes that more than 380,000 residents in Gicumbi District will benefit from Green Climate Fund financing
  • Quartz introduces argues that climate change is not at the forefront of conflicts in Africa
  • REMA publishes a story and video on strategies to improve air quality in Rwanda

Upcoming Events

8 May 2018: Green Drinks Kigali - 'Ghosts of Our Forest' Film Screening at Impact Hub from 7pm-9pm

8 May 2018: Commissioning of Automatic Message Switching System at Meteo Rwanda

14-16 May 2018: Regional Workshop on E-waste Management in East Africa at Park Inn Hotel

15 May 2018: ARCOS Meeting on Climate change adaptation in the private sector

19 May 2018: Endangered Species Day 22 May 2018: International Day for Biological Diversity (World Biodiversity Day)

24-26 June 2018: 54th Global Environment Facility Council Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam

30-31 August 2018: 6th Annual Eastern Africa Waste management Conference, Uganda

 

Review

Rwanda

RURA strengthens regulations to improve efficiency in transport sector (The New Times - Tuesday 08 May 2018) -- In a bid to continuously improve transport operations in the country the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) is in the process of adjusting regulations to encourage necessary innovations corresponding to available investment opportunities as well as ensuring improved service delivery. Read more

Umushinga wo guhanga ikiyaga mu Mujyi wa Kigali ugeze he? (Igihe - Sunday 6 May 2018) -- Mu myubakire igezweho y’Umujyi wa Kigali, ibikorwa remezo bigenewe gufasha abantu kugenda n’amaguru, kuruhuka no kwidagadura, byahawe umwanya bikwiye nubwo bigaragara ko kugira ngo byubakwe, hari ibindi byinshi bigomba kubibimburira. Read more

Karongi: Umusozi wiyashije usenyera abaturage (Kigali Today - Saturday 5 May 2018) -- Ni Ibiza abaturage bafata nk’ibidasanzwe mu mudugudu wa karambo, Akagari ka Kabaya, aho abaturage batunguwe no kubona umusozi ucikamo inkangu zitari zisanzwe zikangiriza abaturage. Read more

Expect more deadly rains, govt warns (The New Times - Friday 4 May 2018) -- With at least 180 people having lost their lives across the country over the last four months due to heavy rains and rain induced disasters across Rwanda, the Government has warned the public to expect more destructive rains in the coming days, urging caution. Read more

Imvura imaze kwangiza ibifite agaciro ka miliyari 4 Frw mu mezi ane (Igihe - Thursday 3 May 2018) -- Mu kiganiro n’abanyamakuru kuri uyu wa Kane, Minisitiri Nsengiyumva yavuze ko imvura imaze amezi ane igwa yangije imyaka ku misozi no mu bibaya, ikaba yaranatwaye ubuzima bw’abarenga 180. Read more

Air pollution, the monster in our midst - By Minister Biruta (The New Times - Thursday 3 May 2018) - Air pollution is perhaps the greatest environmental public health threat we face today. Read more

Who is responsible for poor air quality in Rwanda? (The New Times - Thursday 3 May 2018) The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) and the Ministry of Environment commissioned a study to identify the sources of air pollution and when the report was released yesterday, the top culprits turned out to be vehicle emissions and cooking with charcoal or firewood. Read More

REMA yafashe ingamba zo guhangana n’imyuka ihumanya (Imvaho Nshya) - Ikigo k’Igihugu gishinzwe kubungabunga ibidukikije (REMA) ku bufatanye na Minisiteri y’Ibidukikije bamuritse inyigo igamije kureba umwuka abantu bahumeka uko uhagaze ndetse hagaragazwa n’ingamba zihamye zigamije guhangana n’imyuka ihumanya iterwa n’ibintu bitandukanye. Read More

Hashobora gukoreshwa ingufu mu kwimura abatuye mu manegeka (Igihe - Thursday 3 May 2018) -- Imibare mishya iragaragaza ko kubera imvura ikomeje kugwa hirya no hino mu gihugu, mu mezi ane ashize kugeza kuri uyu wa Gatatu, ibiza bimaze guhitana abantu barenga 180, yangiza hegitari z’imyaka zirenga 4000, utavuze ibiraro, imihanda n’inzu z’abaturage. Read more

Imvura imaze kwangiza ibifite agaciro ka miliyari 4 Frw mu mezi ane (Igihe - Thursday 3 May 2018) -- Umunyamabanga wa Leta muri Minisiteri y’Ubuhinzi n’Ubworozi ushinzwe Ubuhinzi, Nsengiyumva Fulgence, yatangaje ko imvura imaze kwangiza hegitari zirenga 4000 z’imyaka, igenagaciro ry’ibyangijwe rikaba rigaragaza ko ibyangiritse bifite agaciro karenga miliyari enye z’amafaranga y’u Rwanda. Read more

Umuhanda Muhanga – Ngororero wafunzwe n’inkangu (Igihe - Wednesday 2 May 2018) -- Ahagana saa saba n’igice z’amanywa zo ku wa 2 Gicurasi 2018, nibwo inkangu yafungiye umuhanda mu Murenge wa Rugendabari, Akarere ka Muhanga, ibinyabiziga bibura uko bitambuka. Read more

REMA yasabye ko imodoka zishaje zikumirwa mu Rwanda (Igihe - Wednesday 2 May 2018) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu cyo Kubungabunga Ibidukikije (REMA) cyasabye ko imodoka zishaje zikumirwa mu gihugu, izipakira ibintu biremereye nazo zinyura mu mijyi zigashakirwa indi mihanda mu kugabanya umwuka wanduye no kurinda ingaruka wagira ku baturage. Read more

Rwanda set to benefit from new climate resilience funding (Climate Action - Tuesday 1 May 2018) -- Rwanda has, historically, suffered severe weather events, such as flooding and landslides, and it is expected that these will increase due to climate change. Read more

Green growth through green urbanisation: A way to sustainable urban growth in Rwanda (The New Times - Monday 30 April 2018) -- Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (2016), set a new urban agenda about paradigm shift that follows from a realisation that urbanisation is not a threat or a process to be curtailed. Read more

IMIBARE MISHYA: Abantu 183 bamaze kwicwa n’ibiza mu mezi 4 gusa! (Umuseke - Thursday 3 May 2018) -- Imibare yatangajwe uyu munsi na Minisiteri ifite ibiza mu nshingano iravuga ko kugeza ubu abantu 183 aribo bamaze guhitanwa n’ibiza kuva tariki 01 Mutarama kugera 30 Mata 2018. Read more

Inkangu yatenguye umuhanda Karongi-Muhanga ibuza urujya n’uruza rw’ibinyabiziga (Yavuguruwe) (Igihe - Saturday 28 April 2018) -- Polisi y’u Rwanda yatangaje ko imvura nyinshi yaraye iguye yangije umuhanda Karongi-Muhanga, mu gice giherereye mu Murenge wa Rugabano, ahazwi nko ku Rutare rwa Ndaba, ubu ibinyabiziga bibaka bitari kugenda nk’uko byari bisanzwe. Read more

 

Across Africa

Africa grapples with financing climate change programmes (The Herald - Thursday 3 May 2018) -- African countries are faced with the huge challenge of funding climate change mitigation and adaptation programmes to ensure sustainable development. Read more

We need to stop blaming climate change for conflicts in Africa (Quartz - Wednesday 2 May 2018) -- The role of water crises in conflicts in places like Syria, Nigeria and Iran often feature in media and policy outlets. Many believe that climate change could spark future conflicts. Read more

Climate Change Could Bring Drought to Amazon, Greater Rain to Pacific and African Forests (Eco Watch - Monday 30 April 2018) -- Scientists have discovered another factor that might interact with rising carbon dioxide emissions to influence climate change—tropical forests. In a study published in Nature Climate Change Friday, researchers found that the way tropical forests interact with increased atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide could alter rainfall patterns, drying out the Amazon rainforest and increasing precipitation in African and Indonesian forests. Read more

Mitigating climate change key for Africa’s prosperity – Kagame (The New Times - Monday 30 April 2018) -- President Paul Kagame has said that the pursuit of prosperity in Africa ought to be matched with efforts to mitigate climate change to ensure sustainability. Read more

 

From Around the World

Climate change aid to poor nations lags behind Paris pledges (The Guardian - Thursday 3 May 2018) -- Finance for poor countries to help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and deal with climate change is lagging behind the promises of rich countries, an Oxfam report finds. Read more

Powerful Investors Push Big Companies to Plan for Climate Change (Scientific American - Thursday 3 May 2018) -- This year some of the most powerful shareholders, which include giant mutual funds, are supporting the push for businesses to respond to climate change. And the prodding has had more effect than ever before. Read more

Shift to renewables would save Australians $20bn a year – report (The Guardian - Thursday 3 May 2018) -- A total shift to renewable energy would pay for itself through cost savings within two decades, and ultimately save Australians $20bn a year in combined fuel and power costs, a new report says. Read more

Air pollution inequality widens between rich and poor nations (The Guardian - Tuesday 1 May 2018) - Rich cities have improved, but pollution in poorer countries is still rising and kills 7 million people a year globally, WHO data reveals. Read More

 

Sector Updates

Video: Inventory of Air Pollution Sources in Rwanda (REMA YouTube - Wednesday 2 May 2018) - Rwanda releases a study on the sources of Air Pollution in the country. In this short interview, Eng. Coletha U. RUHAMYA, Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), shares the findings of the study and how Rwandans can be part of the solution to address air pollution. Watch here

Call for concerted efforts to preserve air quality (REMA - Wednesday 2 May 2018) -- Rwandans are called to adopt clean cooking systems and embrace practices that reduce vehicle emissions as a way of improving the quality of air in the country. Read more

Remarks by Minister Biruta Sources of Air Pollution in Rwanda - Dissemination Workshop (Ministry of Environment - Wednesday 2 May 2018) -- Good morning to you all! I am pleased to join you today as we review the results of the recently conducted study on the sources of air pollution in Rwanda. Read more

Protecting Rwanda’s air for a healthy population (Ministry of Environment - Wednesday 2 May 2018) -- The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has completed an inventory of sources of air pollution in Rwanda to better understand the current status of air quality and develop policies and strategies to address air pollution across the country. Read more