Weekly Green Rwanda Press Review - 23 July 2016

Read a collection of news stories from the environment sector in Rwanda and from across Africa. 
  • The Climate and Clean Air Coalition reports on their Assembly meeting with Minister Biruta.
  • The New Times writes that Senators have requested better management of tourism sites.
  • The East African writes that the Government of Rwanda is committed to tackle climate change.
  • Igihe reports that Minister Biruta encouraged citizens to legally own their land by claiming title documents.
  • Dev Policy publishes a post on efforts in East Africa to restore land. 
  • View photos of Minister Biruta's trip to Vienna where he is attending the Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. 
  • @RwandaResources shares that Land Week in Kigali has been extended until next Friday, 29 July 2016. 


Reducing Hydrofluorocarbons via the Montreal Protocol is the most significant climate action the world can take this year (Climate and Clean Air Coalition - Friday 19 July 2016) -- Ministers and high-level representatives of 25 countries today backed the adoption of an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase-down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are powerful greenhouse gases. The Ministers and high-level representatives of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) are convinced that stopping the fast growth of HFCs and finding alternatives to them is one of the best opportunities to reduce short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), and make a major contribution to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Read More 
Senators want tourist sites better managed (The New Times - Thursday 21 July 2016) -- The Government should move swiftly to ensure that national museums are focused on specific topics, history documented for local tourist sites and made available to visitors, while buffer zones should be extended for Akagera and Volcanoes national parks. Read More
Rethinking energy-efficiency policies (The New Times - Thursday 21 July 2016) -- Improving energy efficiency is a fashionable policy that governments worldwide promote. On paper, it seems a no-brainer: improving energy efficiency is sold as cost-reducing, job-creating, and planet-saving. Win, win, win – and the media often help close the deal, focusing entirely on all the supposed upsides. But there is another side – a downside – to the story. Read More
Former Mazane islanders bask in new life on the mainland (The New Times - Thursday 21 July 2016) -- Nyirabizimana is one of the over 100 families who were relocated from Mazane and Sharita islets on Lake Rweru earlier this month and resettled in a new integrated model village built by the Rwanda Defence Forces and its partners. The mother of six had lived in Mazane islet with her family for all her life until July 4, when she relocated to mainland to be able to access public services just like other Rwandans. Read More
Farmers urged to embrace irrigation (The New Times - Thursday 21 July 2016) -- The call was made on Tuesday by the State Minister for Agriculture, Tony Nsanganira, at Kamiranzovu marshlands in Butaro sector while launching irrigation campaign in the Northern Province. He said irrigation can help in lessening the impacts of climate change and prolonged drought that have affected different parts of the country. Read More
Australian woman knocked down by gorilla in Rwanda (9News - Wednesday 20 July 2016) -- An Australian woman has recounted the moment a silverback gorilla charged at her and pushed her into the ground in Rwanda. Gemma Cosgriff, 29, was honeymooning with her husband Damian when they encountered the gorilla on a tour. Video shows the moment the 300kg animal thumped its chest and rushed towards her, and then slammed her into the ground. Read More 
Rwandans urged to embrace land registration (The New Times - Tuesday 19 July 2016) -- Rwandans have been urged to embrace a culture of registering their land in a bid to reduce land disputes, support proper environment management, among other benefits. Dr Vincent Biruta, the Minister for Natural Resources, made the call during the launch of the Land Week, 2016 at the Independent University of Kigali, yesterday. Read More
Government commits to tackle climate change (East African Business Week - Tuesday 19 July 2016) --- According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources  it is the first time such a drought has occurred in the country in the last 60 years. MINAGRI has taken measures to supply food to the drought affected needy families using the National Strategic Grain Reserves.  Through the arrangement, over 1,200 Metric tonnes (MT) of maize and some 800 MT of beans were distributed to 18,308 affected households. According to the Ministry, the food was given to the households through the food for work system in a bid to avoid the creation of a dependence mindset.  Read More
‘Monster’ El Niño subsides, La Niña hitting soon (The East African - Tuesday 19 July 2016) -- As if human-made armed conflicts, wickedness, rights abuse, gender violence, cruel inequality and climate catastrophes were not enough, now the saying “God Always Forgives, Men Sometimes, Nature Never” appear to be more true than ever. See what happens. Read More
Ghostbusters to Dory: Sigourney Weaver is friend to animals (Indy Star - Tuesday 19 July 2016) -- If asked to describe what Dian Fossey looked like, many people might paint a picture of Sigourney Weaver, who played the primatologist in the 1988 movie about her life, “Gorillas in the Mist.” But that film did more than bring Fossey and her work to the attention of millions. Read More
Ubutaka wita ubwawe niba butakwanditseho uribeshya-Minisitiri Biruta (Igihe - Monday 18 July 2016) -- Muri rusange abanyarwanda bitabiriye gahunda yo kwandikisha ubutaka, abatarabikora bakaba bamenyeshwa ko ubutaka bita ubwabo igihe cyose batabwibarujeho atari ubwabo. Ibi byagarutsweho na Minisitiri w’Umutungo kamere, Dr Vincent Biruta, ubwo hatangizwaga icyumweru cy’ubukangurambaga kuri servisi z’ubutaka, kuri Stade ya ULK mu Mujyi wa Kigali. Read More
Across Africa
Restoring land in East Africa for the environment, the economy, and for women (Dev Policy - Wednesday 20 July 2016) -- Throughout East Africa immense tracts of farmland, grazing lands and forests have become degraded to the point they are barely productive. Where this land was once able to produce nutritious food, trees for firewood and grass for livestock, it is now unable to provide these resources for the community. Read More
From Around The World
How Markets Can Help Us Adapt to Climate Change (The New York Times - Thursday 21 July 2016) -- We are on course to set another record for the hottest year, the third year in a row, and 2016 may well have the most billion dollar weather disasters. Adaptation to a changing climate looks both necessary and inevitable. Adaptation is most successful when we let markets identify the best opportunities to protect us. Read More
Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can (The Guardian - Friday 15 July 2016) -- Earlier this year media outlets around the world announced that February had broken global temperature records by a shocking amount. March broke all the records too. In June, our screens were covered with surreal images of flooding in Paris, the Seine bursting its banks and flowing into the streets. Read More
GoR Environment & Natural Sector
Land Week 2016 in Kigali Extended (MINIRENA Twitter - Friday 22 July 2016) - Land Week 2016 activities in Kigali have been extended by an extra week to ensure all citizens who require land services can receive them. View Post
Minister Vincent Biruta attends the Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MINIRENA Flickr - Friday 22 July 2016) -- On 22 July 2016, Rwanda's Minister of Natural Resources, Vincent Biruta, attended the Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Vienna. During the meeting, he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Senegal Minister of Environment Abdoulaye Balde. He also attended the Climate and Clean Air Coalition Executive High Level Assembly. View Photos 
Secretary Kerry Meets With Senegal Minister of Environment Balde and Rwanda Minister of Natural Resources Biruta in Vienna (State Department Flickr - Friday 22 July 2016) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Senegal Minister of Environment Abdoulaye Balde and Rwanda Minister of Natural Resources Vincent Biruta July 22, 2016, at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria, amid negotiations to amend the Montreal Protocol climate change agreement. View Photos
3rd Programme Steering Committee For Water For Growth Held (Water for Growth Rwanda website - Friday 22 July 2016) -- The third meeting for the Programme Steering Committee (PSC) for Water for Growth Rwanda was held to discuss progress made and future plans for the programme. Chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Fatina Mukarubibi the high level meeting was attended by all members and key partners in the water sector. In her opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary noted that PSC meetings are very important because they track progress of what was agreed upon in previous meetings and that it is an important platform to agree on future plans for the programme. Read More 
Water for Growth interns learn about best practice water resource management (Water for Growth Rwanda website - Friday 22 July 2016) -- A team of eight interns at Water for Growth visited the Rurambi Marshland in the Eastern Province, Bugesera District to see firsthand how different stakeholders collaborate to use water efficiently. The trip organised by Water for Growth, an initiative of the Ministry of Natural Resources, aimed to educate the interns on water resource management in relation to irrigation activities in a bid to showcase the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) approach. Read More
ICYUMWERU CYAHARIWE SERVICES Z’UBUTAKA KIGANA KU MUSOZO, GIKOMEREJE MU MUJYI WA KIGALI (RNRA Website - Tuesday 19 July 2016) -- Kuva tariki 18 kugeza tariki 22 Nyakanga 2016, mu turere tugize umujyi wa Kigali harimo kubera igikorwa ngaruka mwaka cyahariwe services z’ubutaka kizwi nka Land week 2016, kikaba kirimo kubera kuri Stade ya Kaminuza yigenga ya Kigali ku Gisozi (ULK-Gisozi). Read More