On 31 May 2016 at the Ministry of Education, the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity (CoEB) and Natural Resources Management held a joint meeting between the Steering and Technical Advisory committees. The aim of the meeting was to update the committee on the CoEB’s activities and achievements during the past quarter.Various activities were conducted to raise biodiversity conservation awareness, education, information sharing and research. Speaking during the meeting, the Director General for Science, Technology and Research in the Ministry of Education and Chair of the CoEB steering committee, Dr. Marie Christine Gasingirwa, commended the Center and its various nodes for their hard work and achievements.
Rwanda is considered a biodiversity hotspot in the Albertine Rift region. This is due to its rich biodiversity, high endemism, and biodiversity threats. Despite the economic and ecological importance of Rwanda’s biodiversity, various threats are destroying it. It is in this regard that H.E. President Paul Kagame recommended the establishment of the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management to overcome these challenges.
The CoEB is composed of a central Hub hosted at the University of Rwanda Huye Campus, coordinated by Acting Director, Prof Beth Kaplin, Vice Dean of the School of Science in the College of Science & Technology. The CoEB has eight Nodes which are accommodated by Research and Higher Learning Institutions and relevant NGOs in Rwanda. The major role of the center reflects its mission to “enhance knowledge of biodiversity and natural resource management for sustainable development”.