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31.12.2015 08:27 Age: 1 year

Rwanda's Top 10 Environment Stories of 2015

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As 2015 comes to an end, Rwanda's environment and natural resources sector reflects on the stories that made headlines over the last twelve months. In striving to build a green and climate resilience nation, Rwanda is ensuring that its development can be sustained for generations to come. Enjoy our recap of Rwanda's top 10 environment stories of 2015.

 

Vehicle emissions testing to begin in January 2015 (1 January 2015) -- The Government of Rwanda will begin mandatory vehicle emissions testing from January 2015 in an effort to improve air quality as well as the health and environment of all Rwandans. The testing is mandated by Prime Minister’s Instructions n°005/03 of 27/12/2013 preventing air pollution caused by vehicular emissions and machines using petroleum products. Read More


Best performing industries in resource efficiency and cleaner production awarded (3 April 2015) -- For the first time, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) in partnership with Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) and Rwanda Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production Centre, on 2 April 2015, awarded best performing industries in Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production techniques. Seven industries among over 110 industries that have embraced Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) technologies were rewarded. Read More

 

Rwanda marks World Environment Day as LAFREC Project launches (6 June 2015) -- Rwanda, on 5 June 2015,joined the world to celebrate World Environment Day (WED). Under the theme “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”, WED celebration 2015 took place in all Districts of the country. However, the national celebrations were held in Rutsiro District, Western Province with the launch of the Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation (LAFREC); a project which aims to rehabilitate Gishwati and Mukura Forest Reserves. Read More

 

Rwanda’s Ministry of Natural Resources granted accreditation status by the global Green Climate Fund (9 July 2015) -- The international Green Climate Fund has today granted accreditation status to Rwanda’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA). The accreditation allows the ministry to access project-based climate finance from the world’s largest climate change adaptation and resilience fund. The ministry is among only 20 institutions accredited by the Green Climate Fund worldwide and is the only non-financial government institution to receive accreditation status. Read More

 

Government of Rwanda reaffirms its commitment to green growth and climate resilience (27 July 2015) -- The Government of Rwanda has strengthened its commitment to green economic transformation at a high-level policy workshop on the country's Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy. The workshop, organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources in collaboration with UNDP, aimed to deepen collaboration between stakeholders and policy makers and reflect on the progress made since the launch of the strategy four years ago. Read More

 

Gishwati-Mukura Forest becomes Rwanda's newest national park (2 September 2015) -- On 2 September 2015, members of the Chamber of Deputies passed a Law establishing the Gishwati - Mukura National Park. The law also determines its boundaries, surface and buffer zone. It was during a Plenary Session presided over by the Deputy Speaker Hon. UWIMANIMPAYE Jeanne D’Arc; in which the Government of Rwanda was represented by the Minister in Charge of Natural Resources Dr. Vincent Biruta. Read More

 

Rwanda joins the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group of Nations (3 November 2015) -- Rwanda has joined forces with other climate vulnerable countries to call for more action to reduce global emissions and better financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in developing nations. Read More

 

Rwanda celebrates the 40th anniversary of forest planting season by planting 30 million trees (27 November 2015) -- Rwanda’s National Forest Planting Day and Season brings together millions of Rwandans to plant millions of trees in an effort to protect the environment and avail forest resources needed for economic development and the improvement of the livelihoods of Rwandans.The launch of the 2015/16 season is taking place in Gatsibo District on 28th November 2015. Read More

 

International Mining Day 2015: Rwanda urges for green mining (4 December 2015) -- Every 4th December, Rwanda joins the rest of the world to celebrate the International Mining Day to raise mining activities awareness and progress made in the sector and its contribution the development of the country. The theme of this year’s Mining Day is “Green mining as the pillar of growth and sustainable development”. This theme rose from the Government’s objective to model efficient, safe and sustainable mining sites that are profitable and friendly to the environment. Read More 

 

Rwanda welcomes historic Paris agreement on climate change (15 December 2015) -- The Government of Rwanda welcomes the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change that paves the way for substantive action to limit global temperature increases to lower than 2 degrees with the ambition to reach lower than1.5 degrees Celsius below pre-industrial levels. The agreement represents the first ever international commitment to take concrete measures to reduce emissions and help vulnerable countries adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. Read More