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Community Service Event:

Yesterday, on 26 June 2015, the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management performed community service in collaboration with Huye District and the UR- Huye campus. The Governor of Southern Province, MUNYENTWARI Alphonse,  Senator Charles Uyisenga, and Honorable Deputy Thierry Karemera joined in the service event.

The community service took place at Mwogo river where the weed plant species, napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum), surrounding the river was removed to protect the river’s crucial environmental and economic importance.

 

Human Resource  Mr Benoit and CoEB  Student Intern
Human Resource Mr Benoit and CoEB Student Intern
Governor ,Honorable Thiery, Local Citizen, CoEB  Assistant Coordinator
Governor ,Honorable Thiery, Local Citizen, CoEB Assistant Coordinator

 

8th Annual Workshop for the Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift (RNCEAR), Jointly with Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management(CoEB)

Memory photo of participants
Memory photo of participants

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8th Annual Workshop for the Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift (RNCEAR), Jointly with Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management(CoEB)

UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA HUYE CAMPUS-CGIS
16-20 June 2015

The Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift (RNCEAR) based in the Biology Department, School of Science, College of Science and Technology at the University of Rwanda (UR) and the College’s newly created Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management are the stronghold of the University’s research and education on biodiversity conservation and climate change. For nearly ten years, the Biology Department has initiated conservation biology curriculum at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Through that curriculum, students and lecturers have carried out applied biodiversity conservation related research with a wide range of local and international stakeholder institutions and organizations. Among these institutions, Antioch University New England, USA, has been active through the work of Prof Beth A. Kaplin.

The RNCEAR  operates in five countries: Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Tanzania. It is a network of instructors, practitioners, and researchers working in environmental and conservation science at academic, research and non-governmental institutions in the Albertine Rift. The RNCEAR’s overall goal is to improve biodiversity conservation and capacity for climate change adaptation in the Albertine Rift region by bringing together regional network members though workshop trainings, collaborative research to share information and experiences. Therefore, RNCEAR works to strengthen the regional capacity of instructors and practitioners in the Albertine Rift and support collaborative conservation initiatives of individuals from member institutions within the region. Among other activities of the RNCEAR, the annual workshops are highly regarded for providing networking and knowledge sharing opportunities, trainings, long-term strategic planning, and evaluations of conservation activities in the region. The CoE aims to offer at least one training in conjunction with each annual meeting we host for the RNCEAR.

The School of Science at the College of Science and Technology, UR is honored to host this 8th annual workshop. The previous workshops have rotated between countries of the region where the RNCEAR operates. For the second time since 2008, the annual workshop returns to Rwanda, after occurring in the following countries twice in each:

  • Rwanda: 2008 1st annual meeting hosted at University of Rwanda, Huye campus
    • Uganda: 2009 at the Makerere University
    • Burundi: 2010 at the University of Burundi
    • Tanzania: 2011 at Mweka College of African Wildlife Management
    • Uganda: 2012 at Mbarara University of Science and Technology
    • Burundi: 2013 at the University of Burundi
    • Tanzania: 2014 at the University of Dar es Salaam
    • Rwanda: 2015 at the University of Rwanda

This 2015 annual meeting will be a joint workshop between the RNCEAR and the recently established Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management in Rwanda. The workshop is possible thanks to the funds from the MacArthur Foundation currently supporting the RNCEAR activities. It will be a way to emphasize the commonalities of the two initiatives and contribute to more cohesive interaction by facilitating the collaboration and the coordination where the two overlap.

Along with this annual workshop meeting, there will be two trainings: Tropical Forest Monitoring using CLASLite Software and How to Assess Indigenous Knowledge for Adaptive Resources Management.
The workshop theme is: “Enhancing Community Based and Institutional Partnership for Biodiversity Conservation Excellence at the Country Level.” Subthemes are:

  • Institutional strength and challenges in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management
    • Biodiversity monitoring through advanced spatial tools
    • Integrating indigenous knowledge for biodiversity conservation and natural resources management.

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