Green Rwanda Media Review - 8 October 2018

Read the latest news from the environment sector - Rwanda and around the world. 



  • The New Times reports that the New Forests Company was delighted to be the first in Rwanda to receive FSC certification.
  • Ishusho quotes Amb. Nicola Bellomo's words from the Green Drinks event that it is everyone's responsibility to act against climate change.
  • The New Times reports about the affordable urban housing project that launched in Kimisagara.
  • Taarifa reports that young Africans and blockchain experts have landed in Kigali for Youth Connekt Summit.
  • The New Times reports on whether tourist sites are accessible by disabled people.


Upcoming Events

8-9, 12 October: GCF Global NDA Conference Songdo, Republic of Korea

9 October: Green Drinks Kigali - Year of the Bird, 6pm, Impact Hub, Kiyovu

10 October: Awarding of Youth Connekt Green Growth Innovation Award

10-11 October: GCF Private Investment Climate Conference Incheon, Republic of Korea

27 October: Rwanda's 2018/19 Tree Planting Season and Celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of Tree Planting Day

30 October: Green Drinks Kigali - Smokeless Rwanda

6 November: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflicts 15 November: World Clean Air Day

19-22 November: GCF Structured Dialogue with Least Developed Countries Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

27 November: Green Drinks Kigali - Green Urbanisation: Buildings and Design

26-30 November 2018: Africa Green Growth Forum, Kigali, Rwanda



Ibiti miliyoni 20 ni byo bizaterwa mu gihembwe 2019A mu Rwanda (Imvaho Nshya - Saturday 6 October 2018) -- Minisiteri y’Ubutaka n’Amashyamba (MINILAF) iratangaza ko ibiti 20 625 206 ari byo bizaterwa mu gihembwe cy’ihinga 2019 A muri gahunda isanzwe ya Leta. Umuyobozi w’ishami ry’Amashyamba muri MINILAF, avuga ko hari n’abafatanyabikorwa babo bateguye ingemwe ziganjemo ibiti bivangwa n’imyaka zigera kuri miliyoni 6,5. Read More

Young Africans, Blockchain Experts Land In Kigali For Youth Connekt Summit (Taarifa - Saturday, 6 October 2018) -- Distinguished representatives from the Pan-African Council and blockchain hackers from Benin, Somalia, Nigeria, South Africa and even as far as Brazil and Haiti have started arriving in Kigali to attend EcoHack Africa 2018, the official green economy blockchain hackathon of Youth Connekt Africa 2018. Read More

Are tourist sites accessible by disabled people? (The New Times - Saturday, 6 October 2018) -- Tourism is increasingly becoming part of the lifestyle in Rwanda after aggressive campaigns by the Rwanda Development Board through Tembera u Rwanda, which had special packages for different sections of Rwandans. Read More

“Ni uruhare rwa buri wese mu guhashya ihindagurika ry’ikirere” Amb. Nicola Bellomo (Ishusho - Monday, 1 October 2018) -- Mu mugoroba wo kuganira ku ruhare rwa buri wese mu guhashya ihindagurika ry’ikirere wabaye kuwa kabiri tariki 25/09/2018, Amb. Bellomo yashimangiye ko iki kibazo kireba buri wese. Read More

FEATURED: New Forests Company delighted to be the first in Rwanda to receive FSC certification (The New Times - Wednesday, 3 October 2018) -- Today, the New Forests Rwanda (NFR) Company’s Nyungwe Buffer Zone Concession area is certified to the internationally recognized Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management certification. Read More

Kigali: Abahoranaga ubwoba bwo gutwarwa n’ibiza batujwe mu nzu igezweho (Igihe - Tuesday, 2 October 2018) -- Imiryango umunani y’ahazwi nko kuri Mpazi mu Mudugudu wa Nyakabingo, Akagari ka Kimisagara mu Murenge wa Kimisagara, bishimiye gutuzwa mu nzu y’icyitegererezo bahamya ko ibaruhuye kurara babunza imitima kubera ibiza. Read More

Best ICT solutions for Smart Cities rewarded (The New Times - Tuesday, 2 October 2018) -- The government has rewarded the best ICT based innovative solutions for smart cities that were developed by young innovators. Read More

Affordable urban housing project launched in Kimisagara (The New Times - Wednesday, 3 October 2018) -- Eight families that lived in high risk zone have been given abode in a newly built housing block located in Nyakabingo Village of Kimisagara sector in Nyarugenge District. Read More

EDITORIAL: Industries should brace for the ban of single-use plastics (The New Times - Friday 28 September 2018) -- Now the Government is talking the war against plastics a notch higher. During the ongoing UN General Assembly, in one of the sideline meetings, the Minister for Environment, Dr Vincent Biruta, revealed what has been expected for some time; Rwanda will soon introduce a new law to ban single-use plastic. Read More


Across Africa

South Africa: Here's How Much Plastic Every South African Uses - and the Number Is Shocking (All Africa - Thursday, 4 October 2018) -- South Africans use a lot of plastic - and much of it ends in up rivers and oceans.The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says South Africans use between 30kg and 50kg of plastic per person per year. Read More

Nigeria: Effect of Global Warming and Climate Change (All Africa - Thursday, 4 October 2018) -- GLOBAL warming and climate change refer to an increase in average global temperatures. Natural events and human activities are believed to be contributing to an increase in average global temperatures. Read More

PAVECO – It’s Time to Start Treating Waste As a Resource (IPS News - Wednesday 3 October 2018) -- Plastic waste has become a major global problem, and one that must be addressed in order to solve the world’s resource and energy challenges. Millions of plastic items are improperly disposed of on a daily basis, creating piles of plastic waste everywhere. Read More


From Around the World

Temperatures to rise 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030-2052 without rapid steps: U.N. report (Reuters - Monday, 8 October 2018) -- LONDON/SEOUL (Reuters) - Temperatures are likely to rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2052 if global warming continues at its current pace and if the world fails to take rapid and unprecedented measures to stem the increase, a U.N. report said on Monday. Read More

The world has barely 10 years to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say (The Washington Post - Sunday, 7 October 2018) -- The world stands on the brink of failure when it comes to holding global warming to moderate levels, and nations will need to take “unprecedented” actions to cut their carbon emissions over the next decade, according to a landmark report by the top scientific body studying climate change. Read More

Bet on ‘green economy’, Guterres urges world leaders, bestowing top UN award on Indian PM (UN News - Wednesday, 3 October 2018) -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday conferred the Organization’s highest environmental honour on India’s Prime Minister, recognizing Narendra Modi’s efforts against climate change and pollution. Read More

Moving the global mining industry towards biodiversity awareness (UN Environment - Wednesday, 3 October 2018) -- UN Environment and partners are working with businesses to highlight the benefits of biodiversity-sensitive best practices in the mining sector. Read More

'This drought is different': it's drier and hotter – and getting worse (The Guardian - Wednesday, 3 October 2018) -- On the land and in the towns across Australia they’re affected to varying degrees; some find it harder to cope. But they all agree something has changed. Read More


Sector Updates

GGGI partners with ISCA to support Rwanda on Sustainable Infrastructure (GGGI - Thursday, 4 October 2018) -- On October 04, 2018, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in partnership with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) hosted a knowledge sharing meeting (via teleconference) on Sustainable Infrastructure for Government of Rwanda officials, critical infrastructure asset owners and key private sector infrastructure players in Kigali, Rwanda. Read More

CALL FOR PROPOSALS TO PARTNER WITH RWANDA GREEN INCUBATORS (Rwanda Green Fund - Thursday, 4 October 2018) -- The National Fund for Environment now solicits proposals from interested firms for partnership to Develop, Establish and Manage their own Green Incubation or Acceleration Fund as a Sub-Fund of FONERWA’s GIAF. FONERWA’s GIAF plans to invest between USD 1 to 5 Million in each selected partner Incubator and Accelerator Fund. Read More