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Environment in Rwanda

  • Why a proper record of birds in Africa is so important – for Europe

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/13 Most of Europe’s birds chief south each year around September to escape the northern winter. Some species only migrate as far south as southern Europe. But most cross the Mediterranean Sea to Africa. And a lot of species cross the Sahara Desert to destinations in West Africa such as Nigeria and in East Africa, such as Kenya. Some travel as far south as South Africa. These European birds are diligently monitored. Each April, during the breeding season in the early part of the northern summer, teams of citizen scientists in most European nations gather vast amounts of data on the distribution and densities of breeding – for almost each bird species. Thousands of citizen scientists are involved. They diligently generate the data in their leisure time.
  • Rwanda: RDB's Good Problem - More Gorillas, Less Habitat

    RWANDA, 2017/09/11 Next a decade of conservation efforts, the people of the endangered rare mountain gorillas has grown by 26.6 %. But the size of their abode has at best remained the same with growing concerns that their habitat is actually getting smaller and smaller due to destructive human activity. Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the agency that leads the conservation efforts, is presently looking for sufficient accommodation for the mighty primates.
  • Working Together For Migratory Birds And People Across Africa And Eurasia

    BOTSWANA, 2015/11/17 One lesson that has been well and truly learned in nature conservation is that for policies to be really effective nations have to collaborate to address common problems. Within the UN system it is as well recognized that this applies to the different Programmes, Conventions and Agreements set up over the years. That each of these bodies has a distinct niche and a clear role does not justify a bunker mentality. By synergizing, cooperating and collaborating they can find common cause with natural allies and seek compromises with those whose agendas do not necessarily match their own. AEWA, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds, is a prime example of an organization that embodies this approach.
  • Beauty Queens in Environmental Conservation Drive in Rwanda

    RWANDA, 2015/09/15 Rwandan beauty queens under the forum, Happy Generation, have urged the youth to play a lead role in environment conservation. This was during Umuganda- monthly communal work, at Nyabugogo swamp on Saturday. The group comprising 50 people included Solange Mukasonga, the mayor of Nyarugenge District, Doriane Kundwa, Miss Rwanda 2015, and other beauty queens inclunding artistes. The activity involved clearing a place famously known as a hideout for drug abusers in Nyabugogo area.
  • Hunting in Africa - to Ban or Not to Ban Is the Question

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/21 Hunting has long been a highly controversial activity, whether as a sport (leisure or recreational), for commercial purposes or if done for cultural reasons. African nations that legalise hunting activities experience scrutiny around their conservation efforts, and how much money they make from it. Trophy hunting, which is offered in 23 sub-Saharan African nations, generates an estimated US$201 million per year. Out of the 23 nations taking part in legal hunting activities, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa have the majority effective controls and the highest levels of transparency.
  • African meteorologists warn of heavy rain in Rwanda, the Great Horn of Africa

    RWANDA, 2014/10/10 The period between September and December 2014 will witness above average rainfall season over the equatorial sector, with heavy rains likely to bring about major disruptions in 11 nations, inclunding Rwanda and the Great Horn of Africa, according to an official statement. Part the nations in the region that are likely to be affected by this climate change includes Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, according to the statement issued by the Nairobi-based IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC).
  • Rwanda: Accounting for Natural Assets for Efficient Use

    RWANDA, 2013/10/18 The ministry of natural resources (Minirena) and the World Bank this Tuesday completed an agreement to begin natural capital accounting (NCA), for Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES). NCA is a tool that can measure and manage the real price of domestic natural assets such as land, water, forests and fisheries. Essentially, it puts an estate price on the natural assets a country possesses in order to again use such resources most entirely, to their highest potential. Stanislas Kamanzi, the Minister of Natural Resources, observed that while the Rwandan economy is calculated basing on revenue, knowing the price of natural resources could help the country improve its gain generation.
  • Farms, Settlements Shrinking African Lion Habitat

    BOTSWANA, 2012/12/24 The people of lions in sub-Saharan Africa is dwindling at a quick pace, according to a recent study, which found that lions have declined by additional than 75 % in the past 50 years, as farms and settlements proliferate. The study found that there are probably only around 32,000 lions still living on the continent. In 1960, there were as a lot of as 100,000 lions living in Africa. West African lions have experienced the greatest decline in people with only as few as 500 left in the region. Duke University researchers led the study, which was published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.