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Green Rwanda Media Review - 8 November 2021

Follow the #GreenRwanda hashtag on Twitter to stay up to date on Rwanda's delegation at COP26 in Glasgow.


  • Several outlets report on Rwanda's delegation at the COP26 UN Climate Conference in Glasgow.
  • The New Times reports that Rwanda will set up $100m facility for private sector green projects.
  • Igihe reports that Rwanda plans to plant around 43 million seedlings this year.
  • KT Press interviews Teddy Mugabo on why Rwanda is one of the best destinations for green investment.
  • Watch Prime Minister Dr Edouard Ngirente delivering Rwanda's National Statement at COP26 Summit in Glasgow.
  • RDB shares five ways Rwanda is investing in ecotourism and conservation.
  • Read GGGI's report on the signed MOU to establish the Rwanda Greenpreneurs Network.
  • Read Akagera National Park's latest newsletter.
Upcoming Events
  • 31 October - 12 November: UN COP26 Climate Summit, Glasgow 
Ni gute u Rwanda ruzabona miliyari 11$ akenewe mu guhangana n’ingaruka z’imihindagurikire y’ikirere? (Igihe - Monday, 8 November 2021) -- Kugera mu 2030, ubwo u Rwanda ruzaba rumaze kugabanya 38% by’umwuka wangiza ikirere rwoherezayo, rukeneye miliyari 11$ azakoreshwa muri ibyo bikorwa, amafaranga aruta umusaruro mbumbe w’igihugu ku mwaka. Read More
Rwanda Green Fund CEO Teddy Mugabo On Why Rwanda Is One Of The Best Destinations For Green Investment (KT Press - Sunday, 7 November 2021) -- Rwanda has become a champion in fighting impacts of climate change. Several initiatives and actions in place are now bearing fruits. Among many others, Rwanda Green Fund, is a model that speaks loud. We met Teddy Mugabo the CEO of the Fund to elaborate on ambitious projects that will require $ 11 billion budget in the next ten years and here are the excerpts. Read More
Trail Blazer: Rwanda Among Countries To Establish New Access To Climate Finance (KT Press - Sunday, 7 November 2021) -- Rwanda is to be “a pioneer country” that will establish a template for disbursing finance to fight climate change. Together with Fiji, Jamaica, Bangladesh and Uganda, Rwanda will serve as a template for how poorer nations receive funding to adapt their development to climate change. Read More
China Supports Rwanda In Providing More Roads, Clean Water For All (KT Press - Sunday, 7 November 2021) -- Counting a couple of days remaining, to the celebrations of the China-Rwanda 50 years of cordial bilateral relations, the Chinese embassy in Rwanda has showcased some two pending ‘big projects’ that will mark the event and are also expected to contribute to the social-economic development of the country. Read More
How vital is adapting to a changed climate? Just ask a poor country (The Guardian - Sunday, 7 November 2021) -- The world’s least-developed countries are calling on rich ones to help protect vital infrastructure, before their lands are irrevocably damaged. Read More
Meteo Rwanda yatanze icyizere ku kwiyongera kw’imvura mu Ugushyingo (Igihe - Sunday, 7 November 2021) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe iteganyagihe, Meteo Rwanda, cyatanze icyizere ku kwiyongera kw’imvura mu kwezi ku Ugushyingo, nyuma y’uko mu Ukwakira haguye imvura nke ku yari iteganyijwe bikagira ingaruka ku buhinzi n’ubworozi. Read More
Parliament asks Prime Minister to solve Rwamagana steel factory emission issue (The New Times - Friday, 5 November 2021) -- The Chamber of Deputies has requested the Prime Minister to solve, within two years, the issue of emissions discharged by SteelRwa – a steel manufacturing factory based in Rwamagana District – which nearby residents complain are harmful to them. Read More
Rwanda selected as pioneer country in taskforce on access to climate finance (Igihe - Friday, 5 November 2021) -- Rwanda has been selected as a Pioneer Country for the Taskforce on Access to Climate Finance, co-chaired by the United Kingdom and Fiji. Read More
COP26: ARCOS received a grant for a project to protect and regenerate thousands of hectares surrounding the degraded Mukura Forest (Top Africa News - Friday, 5 November 2021) -- Kigali (November 5, 2021)— During a side event of the Cop26 titled “A New Phase for AFR100: Accelerating Africa’s Locally Led Land Restoration Movement”, which took place in Glasgow on November 2, 2021, alongside with other 19 African non-profit community organizations and for-profit businesses that are restoring land by planting and growing trees, ARCOS received a grant for restoring trees for suitable landscapes in Rwanda. Read More
Cuppa at COP26: Focus on youth and public empowerment (RTE - Friday, 5 November 2021) -- Day five of COP26 will focus on Youth and Public Empowerment. Young climate leaders around the world will take to the stage. Read More
The first sip was rather shocking’: Cop26 delegates try Irn-Bru for the first time (The Guardian - Friday, 5 November 2021) -- Some conference visitors are now hooked on Scotland’s famous fizzy drink, while others can’t wait to leave it behind. Read More 
Africa’s path towards tackling climate crisis (CNBC Africa - Friday, 5 November 2021) -- From tropical cyclones, floods, and wildfires in the United States and Europe, to extreme droughts across parts of Middle East and Africa, it is now clear that the world is witnessing an unprecedented change in climate. Watch Video
30% of Rwanda Green Fund set for private investors (The New Times - Friday, 5 November 2021) -- Teddy Mugabo Mpinganzima, the CEO of Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), has disclosed that the government, “aims to have a minimum of 30 percent of total fund commitments target the private sector.” Read More
Imyuka ihumanya ikirere yongeye kubadukana ingoga nyuma y’agahenge ka COVID-19 (Igihe - Thursday, 4 November 2021) -- Abashakashatsi ku mihindagurikire y’ibihe batunguwe n’ubwiyongere bukabije bw’imyuka ihumanya ikirere nyuma y’igihe gito COVID-19 itangiye kugenza make ku buryo ishobora no kugera ku rwego yariho mbere y’uko icyorezo cya Coronavirus cyaduka mu mpera za 2019. Read More
Rwanda to benefit from £100 million climate finance (The New Times - Thursday, 4 November 2021) -- Rwanda is among five pioneer countries that have been selected to trial and find new ways for vulnerable countries to easily access climate finance. Read More
Rwanda to set up $100m facility for private sector green projects (The New Times - Wednesday, 3 November 2021) -- The Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) is working with the Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) to set up a facility to spur the country’s ability to meet the growing opportunities for climate finance in the private sector. Read More
Abadepite bafatiye umwanzuro imyotsi y’uruganda rwa Steel-Rwa ibangamiye abaturage (Imvaho Nshya - Wednesday, 3 November 2021) -- Inteko Rusange y’Abadepite yafashe umwanzuro wo gusaba Minisitiri w’Intebe gukemura ikibazo cy’imyotsi ituruka mu ruganda Steel-Rwa Industries rwubatswe hafi y’abaturage mu Karere ka Rwamagana, Umurenge wa Mwurire, Akagari ka Bushenyi mu Mudugudu wa Byange, isaba ko cyaba cyakemutse bitarenze imyaka ibiri. Read More
Energy Transitioning- Rwanda Renewables Uptake And IRENA’s Role (KT Press - Wednesday, 3 November 2021) -- The world is in a race for a climate mitigation agenda aimed at averting the eminent dangers posed by climate change. As the global leaders gather in Glasgow, UK for the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, energy transitioning has emerged as an important pillar of addressing climate change. Read More
Kigali deploys sensor-fitted bins to improve waste management (The New Times - Wednesday, 3 November 2021) -- Waste management in the City of Kigali has started improving thanks to a Smart Waste Management and Collection pilot project that has been launched. It uses locally fabricated dustbins fitted with sensors to monitor waste levels in real-time. Read More
Climate talks: Ngirente rallies countries to ratify Kigali Amendment (The New Times - Tuesday, 2 November 2021) -- Rwandan prime minister Edouard Ngirente has commended countries that have ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, and encouraged all remaining parties to ratify. Read More

U Rwanda rukomeje guhangana n’ingaruka z’imihindagurikire y’ikirere rukoresheje ubushobozi bw’imbere mu gihugu (Kigali Today - Tuesday, 2 November 2021) -- Minisitiri w’intebe, Dr. Edouard Ngirente avuga ko n’ubwo guhangana n’ingaruka z’imihindagurikire y’ikirere bikiri ihurizo ku bihugu bikiri mu nzira y’amajyambere, ariko ngo u Rwanda rukomeje kwishakamo ibisubizo, rukoresheje ubushobozi buva imbere mu gihugu. Read More
How can Rwanda make the most of the global clean energy investment platform? (The New Times - Tuesday, 2 November 2021) -- As the global leaders gather in Glasgow, UK for the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, energy transitioning has emerged as an important pillar of addressing climate change. Read More

U Rwanda rurateganya gutera ibiti miliyoni 43 muri uyu mwaka (Igihe - Tuesday, 2 November 2021) -- Minisitiri w’Ibidukikije, Dr Mujawamariya Jeanne d’Arc, yatangaje ko u Rwanda ruteganya gutera ingemwe z’ibiti miliyoni 43 muri uyu mwaka, hagamijwe gukomeza guhangana n’imihindagurikire y’ibihe. Read More
COP26: More than 100 countries pledge to end deforestation by 2030 (The New Times - Tuesday, 2 November 2021) -- More than 100 countries have promised to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by the end of 2030, underpinned by $19bn in public and private funds to invest in protecting and restoring forests. Read More
Rwanda’s efforts in securing land for women, wildlife commended (The New Times - Tuesday, 2 November 2021) -- The government of Rwanda’s “great efforts” in securing land for women and protecting landscapes for wildlife that forms the basis for a thriving tourism sector were on Monday, November 1, applauded by officials including Mama Keita, Director of the Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Read More
New Effort to Fast-Track $2 Billion for African Forests by Next COP (Ecosystem Marketplace - Tuesday, 2 November 2021) -- Several donor groups have joined the environment ministers of Rwanda, Malawi, and Nigeria in a push to raise $2 billion for the restoration of African forests by the next COP. Read More
COP26: Climate financing emerge as key concern (The New Times - Monday, 1 November 2021) -- As world leaders gather in Glasgow, Scotland for 26th UN climate conference (COP26), there are many expectations regarding financing mechanisms aimed to mitigate climate change and build resilience to its effects. Read More
Bimwe mu byigirwa mu nama ya COP26 | Ikiganiro na Munyazikwiye, Umuyobozi Mukuru wungirije wa REMA (Rwanda TV - Monday, 1 November 2021) -- Kuri uyu wa mbere mu gihugu cy’Ubwongereza mu mujyi wa Glasgow haratangira inama ya COP26, inama yiga ku mihindagurikire y’ikirere kw’isi. U Rwanda narwo rwitabiriye iyi nama turi kumwe na bwana Faustin Munyazikwiye, Umuyobozi Wungirije w’Ikigo k’Igihugu Gishinzwe kubungabunga Ibidukikije (REMA). Watch Video
COP26: UN climate change meet kicks off amidst global emergency (The New Times - Monday, 1 November 2021) -- On Monday, November 1, leaders from around the world are gathering in Glasgow for 26th UN climate change conference (COP26) to be held until next week on November 12, to make clear their commitment to tackle climate change and raise ambition on all fronts and finalize the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement. Read More
COP26: A crucial summit for Rwanda and the world (The New Times - Monday, 1 November 2021) -- This week, leaders from around the world are meeting in Glasgow for the world’s largest climate summit. The decision taken at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference will affect every citizen, in every country. Read More. Also published on Kigali Today
Uruhisho u Rwanda rujyanye i Glasgow aho Isi igiye gusasa inzobe ku iyangirika ry’ibidukikije (Igihe - Sunday, 31 October 2021) -- Kuri iki Cyumweru, i Glasgow muri Ecosse haratangira inama karundura yiga ku hazaza h’Isi mu bijyanye no guhangana n’ihindagurika ry’ikirere, inama yitabirwa n’ibihumbi by’abayobozi baturutse mu bihugu hafi ya byose byo ku Isi. Read More

Sector Updates 
Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Training Workshop - GCF NAP on building flood resilience capacities in Rwanda (GGGI - Monday, 8 November 2021) -- The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Training Workshop took place from the 12th -14th October 2021 in one of the satellite cities Muhanga in Southern province of Rwanda with objectives of providing the participants with basic gender knowledge to challenge their own understanding of GESI. Read More
Five ways Rwanda is investing in ecotourism and conservation (RDB - Sunday, 7 November 2021) -- Rwanda is located in the Albertine Rift, a region considered especially rich in biodiversity, making it ideal for conservation and ecotourism. Read More
Technical Training Workshop on the National Adaptation and Preparatory Support for Building Flood Resilience Capacities in Rwanda (GGGI - Friday, 5 November 2021) -- In Muhanga Satellite City/Southern Province of Rwanda from October 12-13 2021 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) held a Technical Workshop on National Adaptation and Preparatory Support for Building Flood Resilience Capacities in Rwanda with the aim of building the capacity of the sub-national technical staff in terms of technical studies and findings of the GCF NAP Project. Read More
Rwanda organizes Circularity in Built Environment (CBE) validation workshop (GGGI - Friday, 5 November 2021) -- 19th October 2021, Kigali – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Rwanda held a virtual validation workshop for the research study on circularity in Built Environment (CBE) in Rwanda. GGGI has been appointed by the One Planet Network (OPN) to conduct an assessment on circularity in built environment in Africa. Read More
RWANDA LAUNCHES ENERGY COMPACT ON CLEAN COOKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL AT COP26 (Ministry of Infrastructure - Thursday, 4 November 2021) -- Rwanda and Sustainable Energy for All are delighted to announce the launch of the Energy Compact on Clean Cooking. The compact represents a crucial step in the transformation of the country’s energy usage and the path towards a greener, more sustainable future. Read More
HOW RWANDA IS PUTTING ITS FORESTS FIRST IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE (Ministry of Environment - Thursday, 4 November 2021) -- In 2011, Rwanda introduced a Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy to guide the country to become a developed, low carbon economy by 2050. Read More
Press Release: COP26: ARCOS received a grant for a project to protect and regenerate thousands of hectares surrounding the degraded Mukura Forest (ARCOS Network - Thursday, 4 November 2021) -- During a side event of the Cop26 titled “A New Phase for AFR100: Accelerating Africa’s Locally Led Land Restoration Movement”, which took place in Glasgow on November 2, 2021, alongside with other 19 African non-profit community organizations and for-profit businesses that are restoring land by planting and growing trees, ARCOS received a grant for restoring trees for suitable landscapes in Rwanda. Read More
Video: National Statement by Prime Minister Dr Edouard Ngirente at COP26 Summit in Glasgow (Rwandan High Commission UK - Wednesday, 3 November 2021) -- Watch Here. Also published on the Ministry of Environment YouTube Channel
GGGI and Youth Connekt Africa Hub & Fund sign MOU to establish Rwanda Greenpreneurs Network (GGGI - Tuesday, 2 November 2021) -- Rwanda like many countries faces effects of climate change which has led to natural disasters and economic disruption. Read More
Rwanda Calls for Ambitious Action at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference (REMA - Monday, 1 November 2021) -- From 1-12 November 2021, Rwanda will join the rest of the international community at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland and call for ambitious action to address the climate crisis. The event will bring together thousands of delegates from governments, the private sector and civil society to renew commitments to limit the warming of the planet. Read More. Also published on the Rwanda High Commission in UK
How Rwanda is Using Climate Change Data and Projections to Plan for the Future (REMA - Monday, 1 November 2021) -- In 2011, Rwanda adopted a Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy to bcome a developed, climate-resilient and low-carbon economy by 2050. To achieve this goal, the government and its stakeholders are working to reduce emissions and foster climate resilience. Read More
Akagera News (Akagera National Park - July - September 2021) -- Hello friends, welcome to our third quarterly newsletter of 2021. The dry season is finally behind us and Akagera is green and lush. This quarter was a good one for important bird sightings in the park. Read More
Resilience to Climate Change News (ARCOS Network - July - September 2021) -- Between 26th to 29th September 2021, the Government of Uganda hosted the Africa Climate Week (ACW). The ACW 2021 set out to accelerate collaboration and integrate climate action into global pandemic recovery. Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) together with UNEP, GRID-Arendal, the East African Community (EAC) and partners organized a virtual-side event on Wednesday, 29th September 2021. Read More
Across Africa 
Pay Africa for carbon offsets to save the planet and support livelihoods, leaders say (The East African - Saturday, 6 November 2021) -- Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta wants businesses and corporations in the global North to take advantage of the unique ecological opportunity offered by Africa as a natural carbon sink and compensate the continent. Read More
‘It will save the world’: Put Africa at heart of climate fightback, Cop26 told (Independent - Thursday, 4 November 2021) -- The battle against climate change can only be won if Africa’s carbon-rich landscapes are protected for future generations, delegates at the Cop26 climate summit were told on Wednesday at an event co-staged by The Independent. Read More
Fighting climate disasters across Africa: Germany announces support for climate insurance at COP 26 (Relief Web - Wednesday, 3 November 2021) -- Glasgow, Scotland, November 3rd, 2021 - The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany today announced, on the margins of the ongoing United Nations 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the sum of €18million to subsidize the cost of disaster risk insurance for qualifying African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group Member States. Read More

COP26: European Commission announces €1 billion pledge to protect world forests (European Union - Tuesday, 2 November 2021) -- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced today €1 billion at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow as the European Union contribution to the Global Forests Finance Pledge. Read More
COP26: Evening Standard event to focus on Africa’s vital carbon sinks (Evening Standard - Monday, 1 November 2021) -- The global importance of protecting Africa’s carbon-rich natural landscapes will be centre stage at the COP26 climate summit this week at an event being co-staged by the Evening Standard. Read More
From Around the World
COP26 climate change summit: So far, so good-ish (BBC News - Wednesday, 3 November 2021) -- Let's start with the bad news. Governments are far, far from achieving their goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C. We've already got dangerous warming in the form of floods, record heatwaves and wildfires, with a rise of just 1.1C. Read More
COP26: 'Moment of truth' as world meets for climate summit (BBC - Sunday, 31 October 2021) -- The highly anticipated COP26 climate change summit has begun in the Scottish city of Glasgow. Delegates from around 200 countries are there to announce how they will cut emissions by 2030 and help the planet. Read More

Twitter Highlights

Rwanda Green Fund @GreenFundRw
Minister of Environment Dr @MujaJeanne is now speaking a the "A New Phase for AFR100: Accelerating Africa’s Locally Led Land Restoration Movement" event at #COP26.
2. Ministry of Environment - Rwanda @EnvironmentRwThis afternoon at #COP26, the Minister of #Environment @MujaJeanne delivered remarks during A New Phase for AFR100: Accelerating Africa’s Locally Led Land Restoration Movement. She said that #GoR remains committed to play its part and supporting continental efforts. #GreenRwanda 
3. Rwanda in UK @RwandaInUKWatch Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente deliver's National Statement at #COP26 & encourage remaining parties to ratify the Kigali Amendment: "If implemented fully, the Amendment could avoid up to 0.4⁰C of warming by the end of the century" #GreenRwanda
4. GGGI Rwanda @GGGI_RwandaAt @COp26 @gggi, Members & partners will share knowledge, lessons & experiences on #carbonpricing & market mechanisms; approaches to climate smart #COVID-19recovery; #NDC targets & #greenjobs creation; #net-zero strategies; sustainable finance & more.
5. Office of the PM | Rwanda @PrimatureRwandaToday in Glasgow, Prime Minister Dr. Edouard Ngirente is participating, on behalf of H.E Paul Kagame, in the #COP26 Climate Change Conference. At the opening ceremony, he was received by Elizabeth Truss MP, UK's Foreign Secretary and Patricia Espinosa UNFCCC Executive Secretary.
6. BBC Young Reporter @BBCYoungReport: 'I was exposed to climate change from a very young age - five or six - because I have the memory of floods in my house and my bedroom was like a lake.' - Ineza Umuhoza Grace, 25, who is a environmental activist from Rwanda attending COP26.
7. BBC World Service @bbcworldservice: Several pledges were made last week at #COP26, but how will these actually be executed? That's today's theme, and Rwandan campaigner Ineza is feeling the urgency #COP26BBC Watch more on climate change action: