Green Rwanda Media Review - 9 March 2020

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


  • The New Times reports that Rwanda and DR Congo have signed a deal to protect biodiversity.
  • Africa Feeds reports that Rwanda is refurbishing damaged laptops for use in schools.
  • Rwanda TV reports on how Rwanda joined the rest of the world to mark World Wildlife Day.
  • KT Press reports about an eco-park to be built in Kigali.
  • View photos of the E-waste Awareness Campaign launch in Musanze by RURA, GIZ and Enviroserve.

Upcoming Events

  • 12-13 March: Addressing wildlife crimes in conflict zones through non-violent & community conservation event, University of Rwanda, Kigali
  • 17-25 March: Water Week Celebrations in Rwanda
  • 17-18 March: Conference on Water, Climate Change and Biodiversity, Marriott Hotel, Kigali hosted by RWFA
  • 21 March: International Day of Forest
  • 22 March: World Water Day
  • 23 March: World Meteorological Day
  • 20-24 April: Africa Climate Week, Kampala Uganda


Districts to get e-waste collection points (The New Times - Monday, 9 March 2020) -- The Government and its partners last week unveiled a countrywide awareness campaign that will see every district have an e-waste collection point within the next two months in a move aimed at building a sustainable e-waste management ecosystem in Rwanda. Read More

Recycled laptops help Rwandan students (DW - Monday, 9 March 2020) -- Rwanda has become a hub for digital technology. Now it has to tackle growing electronic waste. A specialized recycling facility refurbishes damaged phones and laptops, which are then put to good use in schools. Watch Video

Mindset change listed among the major milestones in Rwanda's push to become a Green economy (Rwanda TV - Friday, 6 March 2020) -- It’s been 10 years since Rwanda adopted 14 pillars for the Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy (GGCRS). Watch Video

What if we fully implement Sebeya Catchment Plan? (Top Africa News - Friday, 6 March 2020) -- Sebeya catchment plan was developed by taking into consideration national orientations as articulated in National Transformation Strategy (NTS1), vision 2050 and the Nation’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy (GGRS). Read More

Five die in flooded cave while praying (The New Times - Friday, 6 March 2020) -- An incessant rainstorm that pelted down last night has killed five among eleven believers who were praying in a cave located in Nyamagabe District, southwestern Rwanda. Read More

Rwanda, DR Congo sign deal to protect biodiversity (The New Times - Thursday, 5 March 2020) -- Rwanda and DR Congo have signed an agreement aimed at monitoring safe exploitation of methane gas and protection of biodiversity in Lake Kivu. Read More. Also published at Rwanda Broadcasting Agency.

Rwanda is refurbishing damaged laptops for use in schools (Africa Feeds - Thursday, 5 March 2020) -- In Rwanda, damaged laptops are no longer waste and nuisance to the environment. They are being refurbished so they can be put to good use in schools. Read More

Heavy rains: 53 people killed since January (The New Times - Thursday, 5 March 2020) -- Statistics from the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) have revealed that 53 people died and 84 others were injured since January this year due to heavy rains. Read More. Also published at Bloomberg.

Imishinga ikomeye yitezweho gutuma u Rwanda rwihaza mu rwego rw’ingufu (Igihe - Thursday, 5 March 2020) -- Urwego rw’ingufu ni imwe mu nkingi ya mwamba y’iterambere rirambye ry’igihugu, aho Guverinoma y’u Rwanda igenda ishyira imbaraga mu kongera ingano y’ingufu z’amashanyarazi, yaba afatiye ku muyoboro mugari cyangwa akomoka ku zindi ngufu. Read More

Rwanda: a French funding for a citizen portal and sensors for the monitoring of air pollution to improve the sustainability of the city of Kigali (Ecofin Agency - Thursday, 5 March 2020) -- The Kigali Sustainable City project is one of the first citizen platform project aimed at improving the sustainability and quality of life of urban populations in Africa. According to Hon. Minister of ICT of Rwanda, Paula Ingabire: "This project is very timely not only for Africa, but also for developed countries who are looking for ways to be more effective". Read More

Rwanda joins the rest of the world to mark World Wildlife Day (Rwanda TV - Wednesday, 4 March 2020) -- Every 3rd March is world wildlife day and the United Nations has produced a report that shows that over one million wild animals are dying and that wildlife is being threatened. There are fears of extinction if nothing is done to protect them. The theme for this year’s world wildlife day is sustaining all life on earth. Watch Video

One dead, 11 injured in heavy rains downpour (The New Times - Tuesday, 3 March 2020) -- Heavy rains on Sunday and Monday killed one person in Ndera Sector, Gasabo District and injured 11 others while several infrastructures were damaged, the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) said on Monday evening. Read More

MINEMA irasaba abatuye mu manegeka kwitwararika muri ibi bihe by’imvura nyinshi (Rwanda Broadcasting Agency - Tuesday, 3 March 2020) -- Minisiteri Ishinzwe ibikorwa by’ubutabazi MINEMA iraburira abantu bose by’umwihariko abatuye mu manegeka kuhimuka ndetse no kwitwararika muri ibi bihe by’imvura kuko bashobora kwibasirwa n’ibiiza. Read More

Cotex imeswa igakoreshwa imyaka itatu!- Ikiganiro na Umuziranenge washinze uruganda rudasanzwe mu Rwanda (Igihe - Tuesday, 3 March 2020) -- Uwineza [izina ryahinduwe], wiga muri GS Cyahafi mu Karere ka Nyarugenge, buri kwezi asiba ishuri iminsi ine kuko nta bushobozi afite bwo kugura ibikoresho by’isuku akenera mu gihe cy’imihango ‘Cotex’. Read More

Heavy rains: Death toll rises to five (The New Times - Tuesday, 3 March 2020) -- The Ministry of Emergency Management (Minema) has confirmed that five people died while infrastructure was destroyed on Monday night due to heavy rains. Read More

Changing Face Of Kigali: Carwash, One Love & Cadillac Pave Way For Eco-Park (KT Press - Tuesday, 3 March 2020) -- They were all in the same location and were certainly etched on Kigali’s social scene and night life for the last two decades or so. But now, they are no more – the end of an era, old paving way for new. Read More


Sector Updates

Remarks by Minister Dr Jean d’Arc Mujawamariya High Level Policy Dialogue on Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy Implementation | 5 March 2020 (Ministry of Environment - Monday, 9 March 2020) -- It is a pleasure to be with you today. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend this important dialogue. While today’s discussion is hosted by the Ministry of Environment, we all share ownership and responsibility for green growth and climate resilience. That’s why it’s terrific to see so many people from diverse sectors with us. Read More

Police urges against illegal and risky practices (Rwanda National Police - Friday, 6 March 2020) -- Rwanda National Police (RNP) has appealed to the general public to exercise precautionary measures against disasters and to desist from any practices that put their lives at risk. Read More

RUTSIRO: Police seize 6,000 pieces of smuggled polythene bags (Rwanda National Police - Friday, 6 March 2020) -- Police in Rutsiro District seized 30 cartons (6, 000 pieces) of banned non-biodegradable plastic bags, on Thursday. Read More

Cabinet communiqué (Office of the Prime Minister - Friday, 6 March 2020) -- On Friday, March 6th 2020, His Excellency Paul KAGAME, the President of the Republic of Rwanda chaired an extraordinary Cabinet meeting at Village Urugwiro. Read More

E-waste Awareness Campaigns Launch - Musanze (Enviroserve Flickr - Thursday, 5 March 2020) -- Enviroserve Rwanda Green Park and GIZ Eco-Emploi Programme in collaboration with Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), and Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) today launched a nationwide awareness campaign to build a sustainable e-waste management ecosystem in Rwanda. View Photos

Photos: High Level Policy Dialogue on GGCRS implementation, 5 March 2020 (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Thursday, 5 March 2020) -- View photos of the High Level Policy Dialogue on GGCRS implementation. View Photos

Press Release: GCF Approves the National Adaptation Readiness and preparatory support for building flood resilience capacities in Rwanda (Global Green Growth Institute - Monday, 17 February 2020) -- On 26 January 2020, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat approved the Readiness Proposal for the Republic of Rwanda that was submitted on the 3rd April 2019 . This proposal has been approved for the amount of USD 1.823,993 for National Adaptation Readiness and Preparatory Support for Building Flood Resilience Capacities in Rwanda. Read More


Across Africa

Living Planet: Plastic bag bans across Africa — effective or not? (DW - Wednesday, 4 March 2020) -- Plastic bags have become a symbol of the waste problem. Not only do they clog our oceans and waterways, they also foul cities and neighborhoods. In Africa, more than 30 countries have either completely or partially banned lightweight plastic bags, or charge taxes on them. Is it working? Isaac Mugabi is a DW journalist who's been following the issue, and he fills us in on the latest. Listen to Audio

DRC To Build Electric Fence Around Virunga Park (Taarifa- Wednesday, 4 March 2020) -- Reports from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo indicate that a 70km stretch along Virunga National Park will be sealed off using an advanced Electric Fence to protect this natural habitat. Read More

African countries need rich nations to take the lead on ambition at Cop26 (Climate Home News - Saturday, 29 February 2020) -- Developed countries must deliver on their promise to mobilise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help vulnerable countries unlock ambition. Read More

Three African Lodges Lead the Way in Wildlife Conservation (National Geographic Traveller - Friday, 28 February 2020) -- Here’s where to see majestic animals and help to preserve their habitat in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and South Africa. Read More


From Around the World

Analysis shows climate finance not reaching most vulnerable (The Guardian - Thursday, 5 March 2020) -- Funding is intended to help countries protect their people from the climate breakdown. Read More

Tropical forests losing their ability to absorb carbon, study finds (The Guardian - Wednesday, 4 March 2020) -- Amazon could turn into source of CO2 in atmosphere by next decade, research suggests. Read More

Climate Change Affected Australia’s Wildfires, Scientists Confirm (The New York Times - Wednesday, 4 March 2020) -- Confirming what had been widely suspected, researchers have found that human-caused climate change had an impact on Australia’s recent devastating wildfires, making the extremely high-risk conditions that led to widespread burning at least 30 percent more likely than in a world without global warming. Read More

Rich countries could be asked to pay billions to protect biodiversity (The Guardian - Monday, 2 March 2020) -- NGOs express disappointment with ambition of UN talks on global nature agreement. Read More