Green Rwanda Weekly Media Review - 24 October 2016

Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) Weekly Media Review - ​Monday 24 October 2016
 
Summary
  • The New York Times reports that nations have reached a landmark deal to amend the Montreal Protocol
  • The Rwanda Focus reports that ​Rwanda has ratified the Paris Agreement​
  • KT Press reports that Rwanda has resumed the search of oil reserves and there are high hopes of discovery
  • The New Times reports that the Rwanda Agriculture Board aims to irrigate 600,000 hectares of farmland
  • Read President Kagame's statement at the High-Level Segment of the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
  • ​The COP 22 website publishes a story about a ministerial meeting was held in Marrakesh for final preparations of the upcoming climate summit
  • ​View and download photos of the ​Norway Environment Minister and GGGI Director General visit​ing Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) investments
  • View and download photos of tree planting and adoption of the Kigali Amendment on REMA's Flickr page
 
Review
 
Rwanda
 
Meteo Rwanda irahumuriza abahinzi bafite impungenge ko imvura yanze kugwa (Imvaho Nshya - Friday 22 October 2016) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu cy’Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere, Meteo Rwanda, kirahumuriza abahinzi bamaze guhinga no gutera imyaka none izuba rikaba rikomeje kuva, kuko hari ikizere ko imvura izongera kugwa muri iyi minsi. Read More 
 
Rwanda ratifies Paris Agreement on Climate Change (The Rwanda Focus - Thursday 21 October 2016) -- Rwanda has joined more than 80 nations to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, an international treaty that aims to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius with an ambition to keep increases below 1.5 degrees. Read More
U Rwanda rwahawe igihembo mu bihugu bifite ahantu habereye ubukerarugendo (Igihe - Friday 21 October 2016) -- Mu guhatanira kwinjira muri iri rushanwa, harebwe ku bigo bikora ibijyanye n’ubukerarugendo, ibihugu 154 byose bisaba kwinjira muri iryo rushanwa ryafunguwe kuwa 8 Nzeri 2016. Gutoranya abahabwa ibihembo byakozwe n’impuguke mu bukerarugendo, ibihugu byahize ibindi n’ahantu nyaburanga bitangazwa mu nama mpuzamahanga igamije guteza imbere ubukerarugendo n’ibidukikije. Read More
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Rwanda: Nta gikozwe ubushyuhe bwazamuka kugera kuri dogere 2.5°C muri 2050 (Umuseke - Thursday 20 October 2016) -- Mu itangazo rigenewe abanyamakuru ryasohowe na Minisiteri y’Ibidukikije n’Umutungo Kamere, riravuga ko u Rwanda rwemeje burundu Amasezerano mpuzamahanga agena uburyo bwo gushyira mu bikorwa ingamba zo gukumira izamuka ry’igipimo mpuzandengo cy’ubushyuhe bw’Isi. Read More
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New GGGI boss pledges ‘speedy action’ on green cities development (The New Times - Wednesday 19 October 2016) --​ The director-general of Global Green Growth institute (GGGI), Dr Frank Rijsberman, is worried about the slow pace of green growth and says will do everything within his powers during his tenure to ensure speedy action. Read More
Africa urged to address challenges that may affect Paris Agreement implementation (Rwanda News Agency Wednesday 19 October 2016) -- Kigali: There is an urgent need for African countries to review and revise their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to address challenges that can affect the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, says Economic Commission for Africa’s Chief Economist and Deputy Executive Secretary, Abdalla Hamdok. Read More
 
Rwanda: Nta gikozwe ubushyuhe bwazamuka kugera kuri dogere 2.5°C muri 2050 (Umuseke-Thursday 20 October 2016) -- U Rwanda mu bihugu 80 byemeje burundu Amasezerano y’i Paris ---U Rwanda rwinjiye mu mubare w’ibihugu bisaga 80 byo hirya no hino ku Isi byamaze kwemeza burundu Amasezerano y’i Paris yerekeye imihindagurikire y’ibihe, ni mu gihe Minisiteri y’Ibidukikije n’Umutungo kamere ivuga ko mu Rwanda, ubushyuhe bwazamutse ku gipimo mpuzandengo cya dogere Celsius 1.4 (1.4°C). Read M​ore
 
Rwanda resumes search for petroleum deposits (KT Press - Tuesday 18 October 2016) -- In 2015 Rwanda locked horns and closed a deal with a Canadian oil exploration company-Vanoil; creating fear that Rwanda had hit a dead end on cashing on the presumed oil deposits shared with other East African countries. Read More
 
A historic day in our fight against climate change (The New Times - Monday 17 October 2016) -- Protecting the air we breathe and slowing the effects of climate change are a core part of EPA’s (US Environmental Protection Agency) mission. And today, I am proud to say that we, alongside nearly every country on Earth, have taken another historic step in carrying out that mission by cutting down on the use of damaging hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. Read More
Montreal Protocol: Nearly 200 countries adopt Kigali amendment to phase out HFCs (The New Times - Sunday 16 October 2016) -- After days of intense negotiations, delegates yesterday agreed to an amendment that sets the dates for the phasing out of highly potent gas, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), used in air conditioning and refrigeration. The final negotiations, which started on Friday morning, were extended throughout the night and the deal was struck on Saturday morning. Read More
 
Historic climate change deal reached in Rwanda (Euro News - Saturday 15 October 2016) -- An historic accord has been reached by over 150 nations to cut back on greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners. At a meeting in Rwanda, representatives from the countries agreed to reduce emissions of factory-made Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases. Read more
 
Ivugururwa ry’Amasezerano ya Montreal ryemerejwe i Kigali (Igihe- Saturday 15 October 2016)--- Ibihugu hafi 200 byemeranyijwe ku mugambi wo gukumira ibyuka bituruka mu byuma bikonjesha, hydrofluorocarcons, HFCs, hagamijwe kubungabunga akayunguruzo k’izuba no kurengera ibidukikije. Read more
 
Sustainable agric: What it takes for govt to irrigate 600,000 hectares of farmland (The New Times - Saturday 15 October 2016) -- Rwanda requires up to Rwf4 trillion to irrigate about 600,000 hectares of land out of estimated 1.5 hectares of cultivatable land in the country, according to Rwanda Agriculuture Board (RAB). Currently, the number of farmers using irrigation technology is estimated at 1.1 per cent of the total number of farmers in the country. Read More
 
​​Mukantabana roots for disaster resilience (The New Times - Saturday 15 October 2016) -- Rwandans and development partners should jointly work toward systematic and sustainable disaster preparedness and resilience to save lives and property lost annually in disasters induced largely by climate change, Seraphine Mukantabana, the minister for disaster management and refugee affairs, has said. Read More
 
Kigali deal on HFCs is big step in fighting climate change (The Guardian - Sunday 15 October 2016) -- They went to Kigali to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and take 0.5C out of future global warming, and the 170 countries that successfully negotiated an amendment to the Montreal protocol treaty agreed to get rid of 90% of them. Not bad for four days and three long nights of hard work. Read More
 
Ivugururwa ry’Amasezerano ya Montreal ryemerejwe i Kigali (Igihe - Saturday 15 October 2016) -- Ivugururwa ry’amasezerano ya Montreal yerekeye imyuka yangiza akayunguruzo k’izuba yemerejwe i Kigali ni imwe mu ntambwe ikomeye Isi iteye mu rwego rwo kugabanya ubushyuhe kugera mu nsi ya dogere 2 nk’uko byemejwe mu nama yabereye i Paris mu Bufaransa, umwaka ushize. Aya masezerano agamije igenzurwa ry’ikoreshwa ry’ibinyabutabire biteza imyuka yangiza akayunguruzo k’izuba, abasaga 1000 bakaba bari bateraniye i Kigali biga kuri iri vugururwa. Read More
 
​GCF Board approves USD 745 million in funding proposals (Green Climate Fund - Friday 14 October 2016) -- The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has reached a new milestone today with the approval of USD 745 million in funding proposals at its fourteenth meeting. The 10 projects and programmes have a total value of USD 2.6 billion, and will help 27 countries across the globe to reduce their emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Read More 
 
Agriculture land information system to help attract private investment (The Rwanda Focus - Wednesday 12 October 2016) -- An Agriculture Land Information System (ALIS) has been launched to help the government attract private investment to the sector. The system, set up with the support of the US Agency for International Development. Read More
 
Rethinking the oil market (The New Times - Tuesday 11 October 2016) -- Oil prices have plummeted by about 65% from their peak in June 2014 (see chart below), and there is now intense debate about why. One thing we know for sure is that the oil market has undergone structural changes, thus making this latest episode different from previous dramatic price fluctuations. Read More
 
Rwandan Miners seek for more Government Support (TVC News - Tuesday 11 October 2016) -- Rwandan miners are seeking for more government support as low metal prices persist.Commodity and metal prices have been on a free fall over the past two years as the global economy continues to experience challenges. The drop in prices particularly for metals is attributed to scale down of mineral purchases by China owing to poor performance of its industrial and manufacturing sectors. Read More

Asaga Miliyari 16 mu kubungabunga amazi y’u Rwanda (Izuba Rirashe - Monday 10 October 2016) -- Leta y’u Buholandi yiyemeje gutanga amafaranga Miliyoni 18.6 z’amayero ahwanye na Miliyari zisaga 16 z’amanyarwanda mu rwego rwo kubungabunga amazi y’u Rwanda hirindwa by’umwihariko ibyonnyi bibyarwa n’amazi birimo isuri ikunze kwibasira ibice byinshi by’igihugu. Read More

 
​Ibikorwa bya muntu byangiza amazi akibasira ubuzima bw’abantu (Kigali Today - Monday 10 October 2016) -- Byatangajwe na Vincent de Paul Kabalisa, umuyobozi mukuru wungirije ushinzwe umutungo muri RNRA, ubwo hasozwaga amahugurwa y’iminsi itatu yabereye mu Karere ka Musanze, yari agenewe inzego zitandukanye zifite aho zihuriye no kubungabunga amazi; tariki ya 06 Ukwakira 2016. Read More ​
 
Stakeholders seek ways to optimise water use (The New Times - Sunday 9 October 2016) -- At least 80 stakeholders from various institutions of the four water catchments of Muvumba, Nyabugogo, Sebeya and Upper Nyabarongo convened in Musanze District for a three-day workshop to assess progress on integrated catchment development plans and to define a roadmap for finalising them. Read More
 
 
Across Africa
 
Pre-COP Ministerial Meeting opens in Marrakech for final preparations before COP22 (COP 22 website - Tuesday 18 October 2016) -- The Moroccan Presidency of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hosted today, the start of the Pre-COP Ministerial Meeting (October 18 &19), in preparation for the COP22 Marrakech Climate Change Conference, November 7 to 18. Read More
​Mandated and other events that will take place at the Marrakesh Conference (UNFCCC Newsroom) -- There are three events mandated to be convened during the Marrakech Conference: 1) The facilitative dialogue on enhancing ambition and support; 2) The second biennial ministerial high-level dialogue on climate finance; and 3) The high-level event on enhancing climate action. Read More
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​Information Hub Overview Marrakech Conference (UNFCCC Newsroom - Wednesday 5 October 2016) -- At the Marrakech Climate Change Conference - November 2016 (7-18 November), nations of the world will continue their work on strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, with the central focus placed on enhancing ambition, promoting implementation and providing support. Read More
African nations hail 'historic' maritime deal (IOL - Monday 17 October 2016) -- African leaders on Saturday signed a deal to boost security off the continent's economically crucial coasts, hoping to shore up development by tackling maritime crimes like piracy and smuggling. Read More 
 
Bid for strongest protection for all African elephants defeated at wildlife summit (The Guardian - Monday 3 October 2016) -- A bid to give the highest level of international legal protection to all African elephants was defeated on Monday at a global wildlife summit. The EU played a pivotal role in blocking the proposal, which was fought over by rival groups of African nations. Read More
 
 
From Around The World
 
World Food Day: coping with the climate's impact on food security – in pictures (The Guardian - Sunday 16 October 2016) -- Every day, one in nine people around the world do not have enough food to support a healthy, active lifestyle. The problem has been compounded by climate change, which often has a devastating impact on food security. View Photos
 
Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal (The New York Times - Saturday 15 October 2016) -- Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. Read More
 
Kigali deal on HFCs is big step in fighting climate change (The Guardian - Saturday 15 October 2016) -- They went to Kigali to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and take 0.5C out of future global warming, and the 170 countries that successfully negotiated an amendment to the Montreal protocol treaty agreed to get rid of 90% of them. Not bad for four days and three long nights of hard work. Read More ​
 
Google for Mother Earth - Big data, meatless mondays, and recyclable menstrual cups (Travelers Today - Thursday 13 October 2016) -- Following news by the Google Blog that its Data Centers at Singapore and Taiwan both have achieved Sustainability measyres for the Environment, Google unveils new info on their next project for Mother Earth. Read More
 
 
Government of Rwanda Environment & Natural Resources Sector
 
Rwanda proudly ratifies the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (Gov.rw - Wednesday 19 October 2016) -- Rwanda has joined more than 80 nations to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change – a historic international treaty that aims to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius with an ambition to keep increases below 1.5 degrees. Read More 
 
Rwanda's National Coordination Team for global Green Climate Fund holds first meeting (REMA Website - Wednesday 19 October 2016) -- Members of Rwanda's National Coordination Team (NCT) for the international Green Climate Fund have held their first meeting to review and confirm national priority investment areas. The meeting took place at Lemigo Hotel in Kigali yesterday the 18th October 2016. Read More
 
MOP28: Closing session and adoption of Kigali Amendment (REMA Flickr page - Monday 17 October 2016) -- View Photos 
 
Remarks by Rwanda's Minister of Natural Resources after adoption of Kigali Amendment (Green Fund website - Sunday 16 October 2016) -- We did it! Congratulations! When we first started this journey, it was not certain it would be possible. But the Montreal Protocol has delivered for our people and our planet – just as it has time and time again. Read More
 
Historic amendment to the Montreal Protocol adopted in Kigali, giving renewed hope in fight against climate change (MINIRENA Website - Saturday 15 October 2016) -- An ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol has passed at the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol in Rwanda. The Kigali Amendment is the most significant climate mitigation step the world has taken since the ratification of the Paris Agreement. Read More 
 
MOP28 Closing Plenary (MINIRENA Flickr page - Saturday 15 October 2016) -- The final session of negotiations at the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol where nations made final adjustments to the proposed amendment of phasing down the use of hydrofluorocarbons as part of efforts to protect our climate. View Photos 
 
President Kagame calls for an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol to make the world safer and more prosperous (Green Fund website - Friday 14 October 2016) -- Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has opened the High Level Segment of the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP28) with a call on the world to quickly end the production and use of potent greenhouses gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).Read More

MOP28: Delegates gather for tree planting (MINIRENA Flickr - Friday 14 October 2016) -- Delegates to the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol were joined by Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, the Minister of Natural Resources, Vincent Biruta, and the Mayor of Kigali, Monique Mukaruliza. View Photos

MOP28: Contact Group of HFCs conducts final discussion (MINIRENA Flickr page - Friday 14 October 2016) -- Members of the Contact Group on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) convene on the final evening of negotiations to confer on the details of the proposed amendment to the Montreal Protocol. View Photos

Norway Environment Minister and GGGI Director General visit Green Fund (Green Fund Flickr page - Friday 14 October 2016) -- View Photos

MOP28: Gala Dinner for Delegates (MINIRENA Flickr page - Friday 14 October 2016) -- The Government of Rwanda holds a special Gala Dinner for Delegates from 197 countries attending the 28th Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol. View Photos 

MOP28: Delegates gather for tree planting (REMA Flickr page - Friday 14 October 2016) -- Delegates attending the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol were joined by Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, the Minister of Natural Resources, Vincent Biruta, and the Mayor of Kigali, Monique Mukaruliza, to plant trees at the Kigali Convention Centre. View Photos 
 
Statement by President Paul Kagame at the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montréal Protocol (Green Fund - Thursday 13 October 2016) -- I am very pleased to welcome you to Kigali for this important meeting. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the preparatory work that has brought us to this point. We are on the cusp of momentous progress. We have the chance to make a major step forward in the fight to limit the effects of climate change on our environment and our people. Read More
 
MOP28: Gala Dinner for Delegates | Kigali, 13 October 2016 (REMA Flickr page - Thursday 13 October 2016) -- The Government of Rwanda holds a special Gala Dinner for Delegates from 197 countries attending the 28th Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol. View Photos
 
Opening Remarks by Rwanda's Minister of Natural Resources at the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (Green Fund - Monday 10 October 2016) -- On behalf of the Government of Rwanda, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Kigali for the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. Murakaza neza, Welcome, Bienvenue. I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to all Parties for choosing Rwanda to host this important meeting. Thank you for the trust you have placed in us. Read More
 
28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol opens in Kigali, Rwanda (MINIRENA Website - Monday 11 October 2016) -- Delegates from almost 200 nations have convened in Kigali for the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The meeting will decide on the most significant action on climate change since the adoption of the Paris Agreement: a groundbreaking amendment to the Protocol. Read More