Green Rwanda Weekly Media Review - 1 August 2016​​

Green Rwanda Weekly Media Review - 1 August 2016​​
 
Summary
 
  • Numerous local and international media outlets report on the just concluded Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable held in Kigali
  • The New Times reports that a new policy to promote urban forestry will be introduced
  • KT Press writes that Rwanda will destroy 49 tons of expired explosives
  • The IUCN website publishes a story about the participation of countries in the Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable
  • The Exchange reports that Rwanda has banned mineral trade with middlemen
  • View and download photos of the Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable and Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Forest Landscape Restoration on MINIRENA's Flickr page
 
Review
 
Rwanda
 
Déclaration de Kigali sur la Restauration des Paysages Forestiers en Afrique (Rwanda News Agency - Thursday 28 July 2016) -- Kigali: Les participants à la Conférence Africaine de Kigali sur les Forêts ont signé une Déclaration sur la restauration des Paysages forestiers en Afrique, et le but est, en 2030, d’atteindre 350 millions d’ha de forêts qui vont générer US$ 170 milliards de bénéfice net par an. Lire la Déclaration qui suit: Read More 
 
Countries commit to restore 350m hectares of forests (The New Times - Thursday 28 July 2016) -- African countries have reaffirmed commitment to the Bonn Challenge targeting to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. This is one of the key elements of the Kigali Declaration on Forest Landscape Restoration in Africa announced at the closure of a two-day session in Kigali yesterday. Read More
 
New policy on urban forestry in offing (The New Times - Thursday 28 July 2016) -- Random species of trees have been planted across Kigali and other towns around the country with less regard to international standards for urban forestry, officials say. It is against this background that the government has embarked on formulating a policy, which will complement Kigali City Master plan and the national green-growth agenda. Read More
 
Weather disasters can fuel war in volatile countries, study finds (Salon - Thursday 28 July 2016) -- Following the warmest two years on record and spikes in violence that fueled a global refugee crisis, climate scientists on Monday reported that armed fighting is prone to follow droughts, heatwaves and other weather-related calamities in turbulent countries. Read More
 
Environmentalists push for restoration of forests in Africa (New China - Tuesday 27 July 2016) -- Environment experts from Africa and beyond have called on African governments to put much emphasis on the restoration of forests on degraded land as part of the global efforts to address climate change hazards. They made the remarks on Tuesday while speaking at the Africa high level Bonn Challenge roundtable, and the international knowledge sharing meeting on forest landscape restoration (FLR) in the Rwanda capital Kigali. Read More
 
Sir David to name baby gorilla at Kwita Izina 2006 in Rwanda (eTurbo News Wednesday 27 July 2016) -- The veteran broadcaster and conservationist was invited by Her Excellency Yamina Karitanyi, the High Commissioner of Rwanda to the UK (in cooperation with the Rwanda Development Board), to visit the High Commission and name a newborn gorilla as part of this year’s Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony. While there, Sir David met with select guests to discuss conservation in Rwanda, his famous encounter with mountain gorillas there in 1978, and the special place these remarkable animals hold in the hearts of people all around the world. Read More
 
Importance of forests to socio-economic growth (Debate411 YouTube Channel - Wednesday 27 July 2016) -- Watch Video
 
Restoration commitments from Africa push the Bonn Challenge beyond 100 million hectares (IUCN - Tuesday 26 July 2016) -- The ‘Africa High-Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable’ was convened by the Government of Rwanda, the East African Community (EAC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to build regional cooperation on the Bonn Challenge – a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. Read More
 
Rwanda hosts Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of forests (Rwanda Eye - Tuesday 26 July 2016) -- The Bonn Challenge is a global aspiration to restore 150 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. In the opening remarks of “Africa Bonn Challenge” roundtable at Kigali Convention Centre today, Dr. Vincent Biruta Rwanda’s Minister of Natural Resources emphasized that forest restoration in Rwanda is a must. Read More
 
RNP urges on prevention of bush fires (The Rwanda Focus - Tuesday 26 July 2016) -- Rwanda National Police (RNP) has urged the public to take precautions to mitigate and prevent wildfires that tend to be common in the dry spell. The call follows spate of bush fires in different parts of the country partly attributed to recklessness and illegal activities. Read More
 
Environmentalists push for restoration of forests in Africa (Shanghai Daily - Tuesday 26 July 2016) -- Environment experts from Africa and beyond have called on African governments to put much emphasis on the restoration of forests on degraded land as part of the global efforts to address climate change hazards. Read More
 
Rwanda bans the sale of minerals to middlemen (Exchange - Sunday 25 July 2016) -- The Rwanda Geology and Mines Authority has banned the sale of minerals to middlemen saying that the move, backed by a ministerial order, will help to streamline the domestic mineral trade by removing price distortions and curbing hoarding. The move is part of measures the government is putting in place to position the sector as a key foreign exchange earner from the sale of value added products.Read More
 
Rwf 560m still remain for uncompensated residents evicted from Gishwati buffer zone (The Rwanda Focus - Tuesday 26 July 2016) -- Rwf 560m will be reimbursed to residents who have remained uncompensated after they were evicted from Gihwati forest buffer zone land in Nyabihu district, the Natural Resources Ministry has said. The expropriation started when government realized that people were prone to disasters due to Gishwati forest degradation. Read More
 
Africa’s environment leaders and experts are meeting in Rwanda to boost global forest landscape restoration commitments to 100 million hectares (MINIRENA website - Monday 25 July 2016) -- More than 50 environment leaders and experts are meeting in Kigali on July 26th and 27th to boost forest landscape restoration (FLR) across the region through two parallel events: the Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable, and the International Knowledge Sharing Workshop on FLR. New pledges that will be made at the meeting are expected to take global FLR commitments to 100 million hectares. Read More 
 
Rwanda to destroy 49 tons of expired explosives (KT Press - Monday 25 July 2016) -- Rwanda will on Thursday destroy 49 tons of expired and faulty explosives, to avoid hazardous effects they would cause to the environment. To be destroyed include grenades, bombs and ammunitions, in compliance with the non-proliferation of Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). The exercise will be conducted at Gabiro Military Barracks and coordinated by the Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, Horn of Africa and Bordering States (RECSA). Read More
 
Event: Building regional cooperation on forest landscape restoration in Africa (IUCN website - Monday 25 July 2016) -- The Government of Rwanda, the Secretariat of the East African Community and IUCN, supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), are organising a Bonn Challenge ministerial roundtable on forest landscape restoration (FLR). This is being held in conjunction with a technical workshop on FLR research hosted by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).Read More
 
Deal on cutting greenhouse gases in sight for this year: Vienna delegates (Reuters - Sunday 24 July 2016) -- A global agreement on cutting the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - potent greenhouse gases used in aerosols, refrigerants and air conditioning - seems within grasp, delegates said on Sunday after ten days of talks on climate change in Vienna. A final deal is expected to be reached at a meeting in October in Kigali, Rwanda. If successful, it would be the biggest single measure to limit global warming since governments adopted the Paris Agreement last December, seeking to limit heat waves, floods, droughts and rising seas. Read more
 
Rwanda set to reduce greenhouse emissions (The New Times - Sunday 24 July 2016) -- Ministers and high-level representatives of 25 countries, including Rwanda, have backed the adoption of an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase-down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Rwanda supports the promotion of energy efficient technologies that use climate-friendly HFC alternatives, and additional funding through the Multilateral Fund to support implementation, including funding the freeze. Read more
 
Rwanda Plans Nuclear Center of Excellence (KT Press - Saturday 23 July 2016) -- Rwanda is expected to establish a centre of excellence that will help the country in advancing its handling and protection of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats. As the country experiences both economic growth and technological development  which bring along better life for citizens, this also creates new CBRN risks. Read more
 
Vienna HFC Talks: Progress, High Expectations, & Work Ahead (Huffington Post - Saturday 23 July 2016) -- The HFC talks in Vienna wound up early Sunday morning with strong progress towards a Montreal Protocol amendment to phase down these super potent climate pollutants, and high expectations that the deal will be sealed in Kigali, Rwanda, this October. Phasing down HFCs is the biggest climate protection step countries can take in the year after the Paris Climate Agreement.  Success in Kigali can help avoid 0.5˚C of global warming by the turn of the century. Read more
 
 
Across Africa
 
Disasters linked to climate can increase risk of armed conflict (The Guardian - Monday 25 July 2016) -- Climate-related disasters increase the risk of armed conflicts, according to research that shows a quarter of the violent struggles in ethnically divided countries were preceded by extreme weather. The role of severe heatwaves, floods and storms in increasing the risk of wars has been controversial, particularly in relation to the long drought in Syria. Read More
 
 
From Around the World
 
Climate change increases the risk of war, scientists prove (The Independent - Monday 25 July 2016) -- Heatwaves, droughts and other severe weather events are increasing the risk of wars breaking out across the world, scientists say they have proved. The researchers carried out a statistical analysis of the outbreak of armed conflicts and climate-related natural disasters between 1980 and 2010. Read More
 
 
GoR Environment & Natural Resources Sector
 
Twahirwa Anthony mu kiganiro RWANDAFUL MORNING kuri TV 10 1 (Meteo Rwanda YouTube Channel - Friday 29 July 2016) -- Watch Video
 
Kigali Declaration on Forest Landscape Restoration in Africa (MINIRENA Website - Thursday 28 July 2016) -- We, Ministers of African countries and representatives gathered in Kigali on July 26th and 27th, 2016 for the Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Round table, hosted by the Government of Rwanda, in collaboration with the East Africa Community and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Read More
 
Remarks by Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources at the Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable (MINIRENA - Wednesday 27 July 2016) -- It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable and the Knowledge Sharing Workshop on FLR. On behalf of the Government of Rwanda, Murakaza Neza – Bienvenue. I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to all those who have travelled from near and far to be with us. With such a wide range of leaders, policy makers and experts from across the continent, I have no doubt discussions over the next two days will bear fruit.Read More
 
Bonn Challenge Knowledge Sharing Workshop on forest landscape restoration by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA Flickr - Wednesday 27 July 2016) -- The Bonn Challenge Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Forest Landscape Restoration brought together more than 60 experts from around the world. View Photos
 
Africa Bonn Challenge Roundtable (MINIRENA Flickr - Tuesday 26 July 2016) -- The Ministry of Natural Resources was pleased to host the Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable. View Photos
 
Africa’s environment leaders and experts are meeting in Rwanda to boost global forest landscape restoration commitments to 100 million hectares (MINIRENA Website - Monday 25 July 2016) -- More than 50 environment leaders and experts are meeting in Kigali on July 26th and 27th to boost forest landscape restoration (FLR) across the region through two parallel events: the Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable, and the International Knowledge Sharing Workshop on FLR. New pledges that will be made at the meeting are expected to take global FLR commitments to 100 million hectares. Read More 
 
Photos of Rwandan citizens and the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority in Land Week (RNRA Flickr - Friday 22 July 2016) -- View Photos