Green Rwanda Media Review - 9 September 2019

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


  • National Geographic writes about Kwita Izina and how it started.
  • The New Times reports more about how climate change threatens human well-being.
  • KT Press reports that Kigali is creating a healing garden to promote herbalists.
  • The New Times reveals the 2019 baby gorillas namers for Kwita Izina.
  • The New Times says that the Rwanda Meteorology Agency predicts moderate rains.
  • View photos of the 15th Edition of Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony.
  • The New Times reports that President Kagame thanked citizens on conservation efforts. 


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Kwita Izina has helped conserve the endangered species (The New Times - Monday, 9 September 2019) -- The gorilla naming event known as Kwita Izina is unarguably a cultural peculiarity of Rwanda. Read More

Reba uko umuhango wo #KwitaIzina19 abana b’ingagi 25 wagenze (amafoto+Video) (Kigali Today - Sunday, 8 September 2019) -- Mu Kinigi mu Ntara y’Amajyaruguru mu Karere ka Musanze, tariki 06 Nzeri 2019 hari hateraniye abantu b’ingeri zitandukanye baturutse hirya no hino bitabiriye umuhango wo kwita izina abana b’ingagi 25. Ibyo birori byarimo na Perezida wa Repubulika Paul Kagame, n’abandi bashyitsi batandukanye, baba aba hano mu Rwanda n’abaturutse hirya no hino ku isi. View Photos

Sullivan arifuza ko umuhate wo kurengera ibidukikije uri mu Rwanda ugera no muri Amerika (Igihe - Sunday, 8 September 2019) -- Mark Sullivan, umunyamerika wiyemeje kurengera ibidukikije yavuze ko umuhate Guverinoma y’u Rwanda ishyira mu kwita no kurengera ibidukikije ukwiriye kubera urugero ibindi bihugu birimo n’igihugu cye cya Leta Zunze Ubumwe za Amerika. Read More

KWITA IZINA | Kinigi, 06 September 2019 (Rwanda Television - Saturday, 7 September 2019) -- Watch a full video of the Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony 2019. Watch Video

Kagame thanks citizens on conservation efforts (The New Times - Saturday, 7 September 2019) -- President Paul Kagame on Friday applauded citizens of Musanze District and neighbouring areas for their role in conservation and encouraged them to continue the good work towards conservation of the environment, gorillas and other species. Read More. Also published in KT Press.

Kwita Izina: The names of the newborn gorillas (The New Times - Friday, 6 September 2019) -- It was pomp as thousands of people, including conservationists, celebrities, and citizens gathered in Kinigi to witness the naming of the newborn mountain gorillas. Read More. Also published in Taarifa

Climate change threatens human well-being through biodiversity loss (The New Times - Thursday, 5 September 2019) -- All organisms modify their environment, and so do humans. As the human population has grown and the power of technology has expanded, the intensity and nature of this alteration has drastically increased. Most of all ecosystems are dominated by humans, and no ecosystem on Earth’s surface is free of prevalent human influence (Vitousek et al., 1997). Read More

Promoting Herbalists: Kigali Creates A Healing Garden (KT Press - Thursday, 5 September 2019) -- Rwanda is making a step further in green therapy following an ongoing creation of a medicinal garden in Nyandungu wetland which stretches between Kanombe and Ndera sectors of Kicukiro and Gasabo districts”. Read More

Kwita Izina: Meet the 2019 Gorilla namers (The New Times - Thursday, 5 September 2019) -- Rwandans, conservationists, celebrities and friends of Rwanda will Friday head to Kinigi in Northern Province to witness the naming of the 25 mountain baby gorillas. Read More

Meteorology agency predicts moderate rains (The New Times - Wednesday, 4 September 2019) -- Rwanda Meteorology Agency has predicted moderate rainfall in most parts of the country but warned that some areas might experience flooding. Speaking at the release of seasonal forecast for September to December 2019, Aimable Gahigi, the Director-General of Meteo Rwanda, said that the northern part of the country will experience highest rainfall. Read More

Kwita Izina: naming Rwanda’s next generation of gorillas (National Geographic - Wednesday, 4 September 2019) -- Inspired by the Rwandan tradition of holding a naming ceremony for babies after their birth, Kwita Izina – or ‘to give a name’ in the national language, Kinyarwanda – is an event like no other on Earth, yet steeped in cultural meaning and ancient custom. Read More

Former Man Utd Manager Van Gaal In Rwanda For Gorilla Naming Ceremony (KT Press - Wednesday, 4 September 2019) -- Louis Van Gaal – former Manager of British football club Manchester United and Spanish club FC Barcelona has arrived in Rwanda to join other listed celebrities in the annual Gorilla naming ceremony – Kwita Izina. Read More

Nduba is a ticking time bomb that needs to be defused (The New Times - Tuesday, 3 September 2019) -- Kigali is one of the few modern cities with no central sewerage system for domestic waste disposal. Its hilly terrain and many unplanned neighborhood also make it a challenge to manage waste. Read More


Sector Updates

Rwanda celebrates mountain gorilla conservation success by naming 25 baby gorillas (Rwanda Development Board - Saturday, 7 September 2019) -- Thousands of Rwandans, conservation partners, special guests and friends of Rwanda gathered today at Kinigi, Musanze right on the foothills of Volcanoes National Park to celebrate this year’s milestone 15th Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming ceremony. Read More

RDB, ALU partner for this year’s Business of Conservation Conference (Rwanda Development Board - Saturday, 7 September 2019) -- The African Leadership University (ALU), through its School of Wildlife Conservation (SOWC), in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) are organizing this year’s Business of Conservation Conference (BCC) in Kigali from tomorrow 8th to 9th September 2019. Read More

Kwita Izina 2019: Gorilla Naming Ceremony (Kwita Izina - Saturday, 7 September 2019) -- The 15 edition of the naming ceremony of Baby Gorillas, Kwita Izina in Kinigi, Musanze. View Photos


Across Africa

Drama to educate children on good environmental practices launched (Ghanaian Times - Wednesday, 4 September 2019) -- The management of Adwinsa Publications, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last Friday, launched BIN THE BOLA drama for school children at the 17th Ghana International Trade Fair Centre in Accra. Read More

Nigeria to Tackle Natural Disasters, Climate Change Challenges (This Day Live - Tuesday, 3 September 2019) -- The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), the Civil Society Network for the Lake Chad Basin (North East Nigeria), the Humanitarian Forum, UK with the support of the International Islamic Charity Organisation (IICO), have called on Nigerians to tackle natural disasters and climate change challenges, adversely affecting the people, especially those in the North-east. Read More

Transforming African conservation from old social cause into next-gen growth market (Mongabay - Tuesday, 3 September 2019) -- One Ghanian entrepreneur sees conservation as one of the great opportunities for Africa, though: Fred Swaniker, the Founder and CEO of the African Leadership Group, has won accolades for his efforts to transform higher education in Africa. Read More

Surfer Launches Dakar's First Zero-Waste Restaurant (Voice of Africa - Monday, 2 September 2019) -- DAKAR, SENEGAL - Plastic bags, bottles, cigarette butts and other debris lap against the shore of Virage Beach in northwest Dakar, Senegal. Workers from beachside restaurants and surf shops rake the sand to try to capture the waste, but the garbage always returns. Read More


From Around the World

After bronze and iron, welcome to the plastic age, say scientists (The Guardian - Wednesday, 4 September 2019) -- Plastic pollution is being deposited into the fossil record, research has found, with contamination increasing exponentially since 1945. Scientists suggest the plastic layers could be used to mark the start of the Anthropocene, the proposed geological epoch in which human activities have come to dominate the planet. They say after the bronze and iron ages, the current period may become known as the plastic age. Read More

Germany, land of the car, develops taste for electric cargo bikes (Reuters - Tuesday, 3 September 2019) -- Think tricycles for the age of global warming: A rising number of environmentally conscious Germans are buying electric cargo bikes, which last year outsold electric cars in a country known for its love of the combustion engine. Read More

Extreme heating: are we hot enough to act now on climate? (UN Environment - Tuesday, 3 September 2019) -- The cautionary tale of the boiling frog describes how a frog that jumps into boiling water will save itself by jumping straight out, but the frog that sits in the water while it gradually gets hotter and hotter will boil to death. Read More

U.S. presidential candidate Booker proposes $3 trillion climate change plan (Reuters - Tuesday, 3 September 2019) -- U.S. presidential hopeful Cory Booker unveiled a $3 trillion plan to address climate change on Tuesday, vowing to reach a 100% clean energy economy by 2045 by sharply curbing fossil fuels while investing heavily in renewable energy sources. Read More