Dr.Vincent Biruta,newMinister of Natural Resources kicks off his duties. PDF Print E-mail

31stJuly 2014-Appointed Minister of Natural Resources on 24th July 2014, Dr.Vincent Biruta assumed office after a handover ceremony that took place yesterday 30th July 2014, at the Ministry of Natural Resources Headquarters.

The Minister of State in charge of Mining, EvodeImena, who represented the outgoing Minister of Natural Resources, Amb. StanislasKamanzi during the handover ceremony; welcomed Dr. Biruta and pledgedefficient collaboration to keep ensuring proper management of environment and natural resources, as enshrined in EDPRS II targets.

Companies need to consider their plastic footprint, as concern grows over microplastics PDF Print E-mail

26th June 2014- Concern is growing over the threat that widespread plastic waste     posesto marine ecosystems, tourism, fisheries and businesses. Conservative estimates of the overall financial damage of plastics to marine ecosystems stands at US$13 billion each year, according to two reports released on the opening day of the first United Nations Environment Assembly taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from 23-27th June 2014.

Valuing Plastic, a UN Environment Programme-supported report, finds that the overall natural capital cost of plastic use in the consumer goods sector each year is US$75 billion—financial impacts resulting from issues such as pollution of the marine environment or air pollution caused by incinerating plastic.

REMA disseminates the “Kigali State of Environment and Outlook Report” into Kigali City Council and respective District’s Consultative Councils PDF Print E-mail

14th June 2014– With an aim to disseminate recommendations of the Kigali State of Environment and Outlook Report –“a report produced by REMA last year on the status of environment in City of Kigali”; REMA is presenting this important report to Kigali City Council and respective District’s Consultative Councils.

The main objective of disseminating this report into Kigali City Council and respective District Consultative Councils, is to communicate to their members as decision makers and community representatives, how environment stands in City of Kigali, the threats it is facing but also opportunities for better environmental management in order to sustain economic growth and wellbeing of city dwellers.

Rwanda hosts Ozone Officers from 28 African Countries for a workshop on Refrigeration Certification and Associations PDF Print E-mail

Kigali, 11 June 2014 – Ozone Officers from 26 Anglophone and 2 Portuguese Speaking African countries are gathered in Kigali, from 11-13 June for a capacity building workshop that also bring together regional refrigeration and air-conditioning experts, European Refrigeration Association and resource persons at the initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)Compliance Assistance Programme in Africa.

Organized by UNEP in partnership with REMA, the workshop aims to train participants on alternative/environmentally friendly technologies available on the market, which can replace the ozone depleting substances notably used in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector. The meeting is also intended to help the technicians to set up associations that would guide and assist the operations in the refrigeration sector.

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