Green Rwanda Media Review - 15 March 2021



  • Watch the High-Level Dialogue on Plastic Governance organised by the Geneva Environment Network.
  • Taarifa reports that the Msizi tree can reinforce Rwanda’s forests.
  • The New Times reports about a Nile Basin investment that will benefit the region.
  • Igihe reports that women leaders have been encouraged to participate in environmental protection during International Women's Day celebrations.
  • Read GGGI's report on urban-rural linkages in times of coronavirus pandemic: lessons from Musanze District in Rwanda.


Upcoming Events

  • 17 March: Sustainable Urban Planning Webinar with UR Young Water Professionals Network - see attached
  • 17 March: CoEB Seminar on Dryad - Data publishing for researchers.
  • 18 March: Global Recycling Day
  • 18 March: Webinar - COVID-19: Forests Offering Solutions to Recovery. Organised by Forward Thinkers - see attached
  • 21 March: International Day of Forests
  • 22 March: World Water Day
  • 23 March: World Meteorological Day


Imambo zatangiye gushingwa: Icyerekezo gishya ku mushinga wa gari ya moshi mu Rwanda (IGIHE - Monday, 15 March 2021) -- U Rwanda ni igihugu kidakora ku nyanja ndetse bituma ubuhahirane n’ubucuruzi bwarwo n’ibindi bihugu bushingira ku bwikorezi bwifashisha umuhanda wo ku butaka. Read More
Sebeya yasenyeraga abayituriye ubu yatangiye kuzamura imibereho yabo (IGIHE - Sunday, 14 March 2021) -- Abaturiye umugezi wa Sebeya bahawe inka 120 n’ubuyobozi bw’akarere ka Rubavu zizabafasha kuzamura imibereho, zikaba ziyongereye kuri 475 bahawe ku bufatanye n’umushinga wo kubungabunga icyogogo cy’uyu mugezi. Read More
Gisagara: Ingabo z’Igihugu zafatanyije n’abaturage gusana ikiraro cyambukwaga bigoranye (IGIHE - Sunday, 14 March 2021) -- Ingabo z’Igihugu zafatanyije n’abaturage bo mu Karere ka Gisagara gusana ikiraro gihuza Umurenge wa Kigembe n’ uwa Kansi kuko cyari cyarangiritse ku buryo kucyambuka byagoranaga bigasaba gukambakamba. Read More
Rwanda Mobilises Communities To Conserve River Sebeya Zone (Taarifa - Friday, 12 March 2021) -- The government of Rwanda in collaboration with various stake holders are mobilising for long term conservation of River Sebeya zone that spans through districts of Rubavu, Ngororero, Rutsiro, and Nyabihu. Read More
Energy project to accelerate universal electrification (The New Times - Friday, 12 March 2021) -- The Renewable Energy Fund project that was launched last year officially kicked off operations countrywide and aims to connect at least 445,500 households with solar energy as part of the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) which sets out a target to achieve universal access to electricity for all Rwandans by the year 2024. Read More
Video: High-Level Dialogue on Plastic Governance (Geneva Environment Network - Thursday, 11 March 2021) -- Watch Here
Msizi Tree Can Reinforce Rwanda’s Forests (Taarifa - Thursday, 11 March 2021) -- Eucalyptus and gervaria are the most common tree species grown across Rwanda mostly providing firewood, and construction and other wood work supplies. With the growing demand for quality furniture products because of the rising elitist class, Land owners in Rwanda should consider adopting the Maesopsis eminii tree commonly known in Swahili as Msizi tree. Read More
Rwanda: Imvura iteganyijwe ni isanzwe igwa muri iki gihe (Imvaho Nshya - Thursday, 11 March 2021) -- Mu gihugu hose hateganyijwe imvura mu gihe cy’iminsi iri hagati y’ibiri (2) n’iminsi itanu (5) izagwa hagati y’italiki 15 n’italiki 20. Iyi mvura ikaziyongera mu Pariki ya Nyungwe n’ibice byegeranye byo mu Turere twa Nyamasheke, Rusizi, Nyaruguru na Nyamagabe ndetse n’ibice bimwe na bimwe bya Rubavu na Rutsiro. Read More
Intambwe imaze guterwa n’u Rwanda mu guca AC na Firigo zangiza ikirere zikanatwara akayabo (IGIHE - Thursday, 11 March 2021) -- Ku wa 15 Ukwakira 2016, i Kigali hateraniye inama yahurije hamwe ibihugu 200, bifata umwanzuro wo kwemeza amasezerano azafasha Isi kugabanya ubushyuhe ku kigero cya 0.5°C, hagamijwe kubugabunga akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba. Read More 
Inteko Ishinga Amategeko yemeje itegeko rishyiraho Ikigo gishinzwe iby’isanzure (Kigali Today - Wednesday, 10 March 2021) -- Inteko Ishinga Amategeko y’u Rwanda yatoye itegeko rishyiraho ikigo gishinzwe ibijyanye n’isanzure (Rwanda Space Agency ‘RSA’), ikemeza ko nigitangira gukora kizazanira inyungu igihugu biciye mu bigo bitandukanye. Read More

Ngoma: Hagiye gutunganywa Km 8 z’umuhanda wa kaburimbo (Imvaho Nshya - Wednesday, 10 March 2021) -- Ubuyobozi bw’Akarere ka Ngoma buratangaza ko Umujyi wa Ngoma mu kwezi gutaha utangizwamo ibikorwa byimbitse byo kubaka imihanda ya kaburimbo ireshya na Kilometero umunani, mu Murenge wa Kibungo akaba ari mu rwego rwo kuvugurura isura n’iterambere ry’Umujyi wa Ngoma. More Here

Abagore bahawe umukoro wo kurinda u Rwanda ingaruka zo kwangiza ibidukikije zirimo ubutayu (IGIHE - Wednesday, 10 March 2021) -- Ibi iki kigo cyabitangaje ko kuwa 7 Werurwe 2021 mu biganiro n’abantu batandukanye ku rubuga rwa Twitter mu rwego rwo kwizihiza umunsi mpuzamahanga w’Umugore. Ni ikiganiro cyitabiriwe n’abagore batandukanye barimo ndetse n’abahoze bakora mu nzego z’ubuyobozi bafite mu nshingano kubungabunga ibidukikije ndetse n’abandi bafite aho bahuriye n’ibidukikije. Read More
Rwanda: Involving Women in Water conservation is key to Sustainable Development (Top Africa News - Wednesday, 10 March 2021) -- Experts in the management and use of water resources believe that a woman’s role is incomparable, as it is often found that when there is lack of water it is mainly the woman who suffers the most. Read More
Unpacking Nile basin investment benefits for regional countries (The New Times - Tuesday, 09 March 2021) -- Member States of Nile Basin Cooperation have prepared joint bankable investment projects worth more than $6.5 Billion aimed at contributing to food security, energy and water security as well as poverty alleviation in the region. Read More
Sector Updates
Urban-Rural Linkages in Times of Coronavirus Pandemic: Lessons from Musanze District in Rwanda (GGGI - August 2020) -- This report is to provide a detailed assessment of urban rural linkages in Musanze District in Rwanda, especially in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and measures that the Government of Rwanda put in place that are impacting the urban-rural flow of people and goods. Read More 
Across Africa 
17 Organizations Celebrating the Role of Forests in the Food System (Food Tank - Thursday, 11 March 2021) -- ICRAF supports the development of agroforestry policies and practices to stimulate agricultural growth, raise farmers’ incomes, and protect the environment across the globe. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, ICRAF is the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, with programs spanning Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Read More
Over 20 countries found weakening environmental protection during pandemic (CNBC - Thursday, 11 March 2021) -- At least 22 countries enacted or proposed changes during the coronavirus pandemic that weaken environmental regulation, endangering protected areas around the globe, according to a research paper published on Thursday. Read More
Earthquake of 4.7 magnitude hits Mara, Tanzania (The Citizen - Thursday, 11 March 2021) -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 struck off the Mara region, the Regional Commissioner has confirmed. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the 4.7 magnitude earthquake hit 20 km SSW of Tarime, Mara in Tanzania. Read More
Wildlife protections, especially in Africa, cut sharply during pandemic -IUCN conservation group (CNBC - Thursday, 11 March 2021) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is undermining nature conservation efforts, cutting park and anti-poaching patrols in more than half of Africa’s protected sites, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said on Thursday. Read More
From Around the World

UK environmental protections 'being flouted' (BBC - Thursday, 11 March 2021) -- And environmentalists complain that the principles are meaningless anyway, because the government presses on with activities that will harm the planet – such as the planned Cumbria coal mine and a £27bn road building programme. Read More


Air pollution: The silent killer called PM2.5 (McGrill - Thursday, 11 March 2021) -- Millions of people die prematurely every year from diseases and cancer caused by air pollution. The first line of defence against this carnage is ambient air quality standards. Yet, according to researchers from McGill University, over half of the world’s population lives without the protection of adequate air quality standards. Read More


Climate Change Must Be Tackled as a Global Security Risk (Relief Web - Wednesday, 10 March 2021) -- When the United Nations put out emergency appeals for modest amounts of money to help Syria with the drought that preceded its civil war, they were dramatically underfunded—member states only provided a quarter of the amount requested in 2008, and a third in 2009. The United States did not contribute. Read More

The PLASTICS Act and Pollution Poverty (Borgen Magazine - Wednesday, 10 March 2021) -- The bill would, in effect, authorize the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to advance the federal government’s efforts to reduce pollution in the world’s oceans. It would primarily allow the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to invest in integrated waste management systems in developing countries. Read More
Twitter Highlights
1. @MujaJeanne: Thank you very much CEO #GEF @cmrodrigueze for enriching discussion on #Buildingbackbetter with #Rwanda & #GEF and bringing on board as many partners as possible. We are sure we all together can make the world recover back better!
2. GGGI Rwanda @GGGI_Rwanda@GGGI_Rwanda has published "Urban-Rural Linkages in Times of Coronavirus Pandemic: Lessons from @MusanzeDistrict "assessing urban-rural linkages in the context of the current #COVID-19 pandemic & measures required @gatjmv @AMpuhwe @RwandaLocalGov

3. GGGI Rwanda @GGGI_Rwanda: @GGGI_Rwanda Country Rep @oakdanny today met with @EnvironmentRw Minister @MujaJeanne & had a productive meeting discussing ongoing proj support by #GGGI in #Rwanda on urban resilience ; #greenbuildings & construction ;sustainable mobility & #CircularEconomy of waste management.
4. Michelle DeFreese @MDeFreeseThank you @UMUTI_RW for welcoming @GGGI_Rwanda to your office and production site. Great to see the work of #Greenpreneurs continuing. UMUTI applies circular economy approaches to processing banana stalks to produce products such as envelopes, bags, and paper.