Green Rwanda Media Review - 5 April 2021



  • IGIHE reports that National Volcanoes Park will be expanded to accommodate an expected increase in the gorilla population. 
  • KT Press reports about a new bridge in Nyarugenge across the Yanze River.
  • The New Times reports that Volkswagen Rwanda has unveiled a new e-motor charging station.
  • The New Times reports on why Rwanda will include natural resources in GDP calculations.
  • Watch REMA's video on the role of non-governmental organisations in environmental protection.  


Upcoming Events

  • 6 April: Webinar under the "Solve Climate by 2030" campaign organised by CoEB in collaboration with RUCCB.
  • 6 April: Leaders’ Dialogue on the Africa Covid-Climate Emergency. Watch Here  
  • 13 April: International Plant Appreciation Day 2021
  • 22 April: Earth Day 2021 / US Leaders Summit on Climate


Ubwoko icumi bw’inyamaswa ziri gukendera mu Rwanda (IGIHE - Monday, 5 March 2021) -- U Rwanda ni kimwe mu bihugu byinjiriza akayabo mu rwego rw’ubukerarugendo bushingiye ku byiza nyaburanga byarwo birimo n’inyamaswa; gusa zimwe muri zo ziragenda zikendera uko bwije n’uko bukeye ku mpamvu zirimo ubuhigi n’ubushimusi, mu gihe hari n’izamaze gushiraho. Read More
How Rwanda Plans To Eliminate HFCs Under Montreal Protocol (KT Press - Saturday, 3 March 2021) -- The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol was signed in Kigali in 2016 where signatories successfully  penned the historic agreement that sought to avoid up to 0.5°C of global warming by the end of the century: Read More
Umuhanda wa Kagitumba-Kayonza-Rusumo wuzuye utwaye asaga miliyari 164 Frw (IGIHE - Saturday, 3 March 2021) -- Umuhanda wa Kagitumba - Kayonza - Rusumo ufite uburebure bwa kilometero 208, uzifashishwa mu koroshya urujya n’uruza mu bikorwa by’ubucuruzi bwambukiranya imipaka, wuzuye utwaye asaga miliyari 164 Frw. Read More
Ubushakashatsi bwagaragaje imibereho itangaje y’ingagi z’imfubyi (IGIHE - Friday, 2 March 2021) -- Abashakashatsi bagaragaje ko ingagi zibuze nyina zigejeje ku myaka ibiri, zikomeza gukura neza kandi ntizigunge, ndetse zikisungana mu kwiyibagiza ubupfubyi bwazo. Ibyo bituma zikura neza ntizihungabane nk’uko izindi nyamaswa z’ubwo bwoko nk’inkende, inkima n’inguge bizigendekera. Read More
Muhanga: Abatuye i Gahogo bahangikishijwe n’umuhanda w’amabuye wangijwe n’imodoka nini (Umuseke - Friday, 02 March 2021) -- Imodoka nini zitunda ibitaka byo gusiba umukoki zangije umuhanda w’amabuye i Gahogo, abahatuye bavuga ko bibateye impungenge ko izo modoka zishobora kunyerera zikabasenyera inzu. Read More
Rwanda: in Kigali, a sanctuary to protect the royal cranes (RFI - Thursday, 1 March 2021) -- A man decided to dedicate his life to the protection of royal cranes. A species of bird that was until recently in danger of extinction in the Land of a Thousand Hills, but which, thanks to the work and commitment, since 2014, of veterinarian Olivier Nsengimana and his organization, Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association, now sees its population increase exponentially in the country. Read More
New study in Rwanda shows gorilla orphans thrive thanks to strong social ties (RFI - Thursday, 1 March 2021) -- Young gorillas over the age of two that lose their mothers are still able to survive, and even thrive as relatives and group members rally round to ease the loss, a ground-breaking new study in Rwanda has revealed. Read More
Amajyaruguru: Barinubira idindira ry’umuhanda Base-Kirambo-Butaro-Kidaho (Kigali Today - Thursday, 01 March 2021) -- Abaturage bo mu Karere ka Burera mu Ntara y’Amajyaruguru, baratangaza ko imirimo yo gutunganya umuhanda Base-Kirambo-Butaro-Kidaho ikomeje kudindira, yabashyize mu gihombo gikomeye. Read More 
Pariki y’Ibirunga igiye kwagurwa (IGIHE - Thursday, 1 March 2021) -- Ubuyobozi bwa Pariki y’Ibirunga bwatangaje ko mu gihe cya vuba iyo pariki izagurwa kugira ngo ibashe kwakira umubare munini w’ingagi zikomeje kororoka. Read More 
FEATURED: Caravan launched to foster agri-prenuership among youth (The New Times - Thursday, 1 March 2021) -- A coalition made up of different entities aimed at supporting agribusiness entrepreneurship among the youth has launched a Youth and Agroecology National Caravan 2021 intended to nurture their business acumen in sustainable farming. Read More also published in KT Press.
Rwanda banks on tech to get 18% households out of food insecurity (The New Times - Wednesday, 31 March 2021) -- Experts in the agriculture sector have called for robust efforts to increase production and availability of nutritious food following revelations that over 18 per cent of the country’s households face food insecurity. Read More 
Going green: Volkswagen Rwanda unveils new motor charging station (The New Times - Wednesday, 31 March 2021) -- Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda on Tuesday, March 30, unveiled a new charging station, thanks to a partnership between the company, Siemens and Radisson Blue Hotel. Read More also published in KT Press.
Why Rwanda will include natural resources in GDP calculation (The New Times - Tuesday, 30 March 2021) -- National Gross domestic product (GDP) has been a standard or traditional measure for economic performance – income – but does not give insight on the underlying wealth and the assets that sustain the income, or the trends in their use or performance. Read More
Relief As Nyarugenge Launches Suspended Bridge Accross Yanze River (KT Press - Sunday, 28 March 2021) -- As the rainy season worries communities from either side of rivers who lose their right to connect due to floods that are becoming a common trend, communities on two sides of Yanze river located in Nyarugenge district Kigali city, are celebrating. Read More.
Sector Updates
Video: Rwanda Awaits - Virtual Event with Visit Rwanda and Arsenal Football Club on Tourism and Conservation (RDB YouTube Channel - Thursday, 1 April 2021) - Watch Here
Video: Innovation and Sustainability. Identifying synergies between Rwanda and Italy (Africa e Affari - Tuesday, 30 March 2021) -- Watch Video
Across Africa 
Early warnings protect lives on Africa’s Lake Victoria (The Financial - Wednesday, 31 March 2021) -- A successful four-year project in East Africa has demonstrated how improved weather, water and climate services save lives and livelihoods and support socio-economic development of vulnerable communities, according to World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Read More
Which African wildlife experience is right for you? (National Geographic - Wednesday, 31 March 2021) -- Forests, grasslands, heaths and swamps amalgamate to make the diverse ecosystem of this chain of dormant volcanoes in northwest Rwanda. The bamboo and dense rainforest that covers five of the volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains in Volcanoes National Park form one of the last remaining refuges for mountain gorillas. Read More
Uganda climate change: The people under threat from a melting glacier (BBC News - Tuesday, 30 March 2021) -- Ronah Masika remembers when she could still see the snowy caps of the Rwenzori mountains, a Unesco World Heritage site on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.The view was stunning every time she travelled from her home in Kasese town to the Ugandan capital, Kampala - and it was not even that long ago. But now she cannot even catch a glimpse of the ice because the glacier is receding. Read More
AFRICA: AfDB Awards Pine Kazi with Green Footwear Project (Afrik 21 - Tuesday, 30 March 2021) -- The African Development Bank (AfDB) has awarded Pine Kazi, a Kenyan start-up that makes eco-friendly shoes from pineapple waste. The winner of the Fashionomics Africa competition, organised by the pan-African financial institution, will receive an envelope of 2,000,000 dollars. Read More
From Around the World
Giant bluefin tuna return in Wales a 'massive opportunity' (BBC News - Thursday, 01 April 2021) -- The return of giant bluefin tuna to waters off the Welsh coast presents a "massive opportunity" for science and tourism, fishing groups have said. Read More
Call for leaders to go #BeyondRecovery to a Zero Waste Future (Recycling Magazine - Wednesday, 31 March 2021) -- Environmental Justice groups around the world are joining a Global Day of Action to demand that international leaders go beyond recovery, to a future where zero waste practices drive clean air and water, more and better jobs, and a healthy environment for families and communities, as the planet returns to a life-sustaining pathway where nothing and no one is wasted. Read More

AI Champions Driving New Industry Solutions For Climate Change (Forbes - Wednesday, 31 March 2021) -- Climate change is the planet’s greatest challenge. The UN has already stated that 2021 is the final year for us to make real change in the fight against rising global temperatures. Read More

How We Can Put a Halt to Biodiversity Loss (The Progressive - Monday, 29 March 2021) -- To counter biodiversity loss, annihilation, and ecological apocalypse, the film calls for a strategic partnership between industry, the private sector, local communities, and government. Read More
Twitter Highlights
1. REMA Rwanda @REMA_RwandaIbidukikije ni twe twese ndetse n'urundi rusobe rw'ibinyabuzima tubana nabyo umunsi ku munsi, twaba tubizi cyangwa tutabizi. Tutariho byabaho, ariko bitariho ntitwabaho kuko ubuzima bwacu ari byo bushingiyeho. @CivilSocietyRW ibabaniye ite?  
2. GGGI Rwanda @GGGI_Rwanda: Discover the benefits of #agroforestry in our latest Compendium of Practices in #ClimateSmart Agriculture & #Solar Irrigation! Agroforestry supports both #ClimateAdaptation & #mitigation as well as numerous social, economic, & agricultural advantages!
3. Ministry of Infrastructure | Rwanda @RwandaInfra: Rwanda Urban Development Project aims to improve access to basic services, enhance resilience & strengthen integrated urban planning & management in City of Kigali & six secondary cities of Rwanda. Here is the summary of projects under Phase II, ready for completion by June 2021.