Green Rwanda Media Review - 20 August 2018

Read the latest environment news from Rwanda and around the world. 


  • The New Times reports that REMA has incinerated dangerous oils found in transformers
  • Umuseke reports on the incineration of a tonne of expired pesticides by REMA
  • News24 reports that Burundi plans to ban plastic bags by 2020
  • The Guardian reports that extreme weather temperatures are especially likely for next four years
  • View photos from recent REMA events on the institution's Flickr account
  • Read about the climate finance training organised by GGGI Rwanda in partnership with a range of local and international organisations


Upcoming Events

20 August 2018: Visit by Secretary General of WMO Petteri Taalas to Rwanda Meteorology Agency

28 August 2018: Green Drinks Kigali on the Return of the Lions to Akagera, Impact Hub, Kiyovu 7-9 PM

27-28 August 2018: 50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum, Serena Hotel, Kigali

5-8 September 2018: African Green Revolution Forum

7 September 2018: Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony, Kinigi

12-14 September 2018: Africa Regional Mountains Forum 2018, Kigali, Rwanda

16 September 2018: Sustainable House Day 22 September 2018: World Car Free Day




CSAYN Launch Country Chapter In Rwanda (CSAYN - Sunday, 19 August 2018) -- The CSA Youth Network is a group of volunteers that have a strong interest in the climate-smart agriculture and the environment. The group members want to educate the younger generations on increasing productivity, climate change adaptation and mitigation, when possible. Read More

REMA burns 50 metric tons of harmful oils (The New Times - Saturday, 18 August 2018) -- Over 50 metric tons of contaminated oil used in transformers was incinerated on Friday at Cimerwa in Rusizi district. Read More

U Rwanda rwatwitse toni zirenga 50 z’amavuta arimo ibinyabutabire bitera kanseri (Igihe – Saturday,18 August 2018) -- U Rwanda rwabaye igihugu cya kabiri muri Afurika gitwitse amavuta abamo ikinyabutabire cya ‘Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) ashobora gutera kanseri. Read More

Rusizi - REMA yatwitse ibinyabutabire birimo uburozi butera kanseri (TV1 - Friday,17 August 2018) -- Watch video here

Kuri CIMERWA batwitse Litiro 12 500 z’ikinyabutabire gitera cancer (Umuseke – Friday, 17 August 2018) -- PCB iri mu muryango w’ibinyabutabire bibuza umuriro w’amashanyarazi gutwika ibikoresho bitandukanye no guteza impanuka. Iri kandi mu binyabutabire byihanganira ubushyuhe bwinshi kuko ishobora gushya no kwangirika kuri degree 1500 C. Read More

Over tonne of expired pesticides incinerated at Musha (The New Times – Thursday, 16 August 2018) -- Some 1,631.5kg of expired pesticides were on Tuesday incinerated at Musha, Rwamagana District. The chemicals came from Kigali city. Read More

Hatwitswe Toni 1,6 y’imiti ikoreshwa mu buhinzi yari isigaye ari uburozi (Umuseke - Tuesday, 14 August 2018) -- Kuri uyu wa kabiri, Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe kwita ku bidukikije (REMA) bafatanyije n’Urwego rw’Ubugenzacyaha na Ministeri y’Ubuzima batwitse Kg 1631.5 y’imiti ikoreshwa mu buhinzi no mu buvuzi yarengeje igihe, ngo kuyitwika si nk’uko batwika imbagara, ngo bisaba ubushyuhe burenze 12000c. Read More

Kigali City recycling efforts face hurdles (RwandaToday - Monday, 13 August 2018) -- A Kigali’s poor waste disposal systems coupled with lack of incentives are undermining ongoing recycling initiatives that could help the city manage its waste and reduce air pollution. Read More

Climate Experts To Converge In Rwanda (Kenya News Agency - Friday, 10 August 2018) -- Climate Experts from around the globe will be converging in Kigali, Rwanda as from August 27th – August 28th this year, for the Regional Climate Outlook Forum (RCOF) that will provide consensus on seasonal climate guidance aimed at reducing climate related risks in the Greater Horn of Africa. Read More


Across Africa

Center to enhance China-Africa environmental cooperation launched in Kenya (Xinhau - Saturday, 18 August 2018) -- The interim secretariat to manage the China-Africa environmental cooperation center was launched on Friday at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya. Read More

FAO Boosts Uganda Govt’s Efforts To Fight Fall Army worm; Donates Equipment (Chimp Reports - Wednesday, 15 August 2018) -- In a bid to respond to the Fall Army worm (FAW) outbreaks and minimize the pest’s destruction of crops, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations working with the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), have rolled out the use of a mobile phone application –Fall Army worm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS), for FAW monitoring and early warning. Read More

U Burundi bwahagaritse icuruzwa n’ikoreshwa ry’amashashi ya pulasitiki (Igihe - Wednesday 15 August 2018) -- Leta y’u Burundi yashyizeho itegeko rihagarika ikorwa, icuruzwa n’ikoreshwa ry’amasashi mu gihugu, yiyongera ku Rwanda na Kenya mu bihugu bigize umuryango wa Afurika y’Iburasirazuba (EAC) byafashe icyo cyemezo mu gihe gishize. Read More

Cape Town dams: Water levels near the 60% mark after impressive increases (The South African - Monday, 13 August 2018) -- A wetter week for the Mother City has seen the Cape Town dams push ahead once more, following their biggest single-week rise in the last month. Read More


From Around the World

Optimizing airport flight patterns take a toll on human health (Eurek Alert - Wednesday, 15 August 2018) -- Health costs associated with noise from changing flight patterns over populated urban landscapes far outweigh the benefits of reduced flight times, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Queens Quiet Skies. Read More

Climate change has doubled the frequency of ocean heatwaves ( - Wednesday, 15 August 2018) -- Ocean heatwaves will become more frequent and extreme as the climate warms, scientists report1 on 15 August in Nature. These episodes of intense heat could disrupt marine food webs and reshape biodiversity in the world’s oceans. Read More

Extreme temperatures 'especially likely for next four years's (The Guardian - Tuesday, 14 August 2018) -- The world is likely to see more extreme temperatures in the coming four years as natural warming reinforces manmade climate change, according to a new global forecasting system. Read More


Sector Updates

Photos: Official ceremony PCBs Incineration (REMA Flickr - Friday, 15 August 2018) -- View Photos

Sustainable Biodiversity with Kigali Farms - Rwanda Green Fund Investment (Rwanda Green Fund Flickr - Monday, 13 August 2018) -- In 2015, the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) invested in sustainable biodiversity by providing a grant to Kigali Farms to map and domesticate the mycological riches of the country’s forests. View Photos

Incineration of obsolete pesticides (REMA Flickr, Tuesday 14 August 2018) -- On 14 August 2018, REMA in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Rwanda Investigation Bureau incinerated 1.6 metric tons of expired and toxic pesticides at Musha Incinerator located in Musha Sector, Rwamagana District. View Photos

Capacity Building training on Climate Finance for Sector Experts in Rwanda (GGGI, Wednesday 8 August 2018) -- Kigali, August 7-8 – The GGGI Rwanda team and Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) with support of the UNFCCC Secretariat, UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Center based in Kampala, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) collaborated in co-organizing a two-day capacity building training on “climate finance” for Sector Experts in Kigali, Rwanda. Read More and View Photos