From 8th to 16th July 2013, the National University of Rwanda (NUR) through the department of Biology hosts a training workshop of the Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift(RNCEAR). This training has brought together almost 30 individuals from 20 institutions in five different countries namely Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
All along eight days of this training, participants will be introduced to the Geographic information Science training during five days and other three days will be dedicated to the training on using R software important in analyzing statistical data.
At the opening ceremony, Beth A. Kaplin, the technical Advisor of RNCEAR mentioned that this training is very important for the developing countries to cope with the climate change adaptation. She encouraged the members of the network to call upon their colleagues to join the network in view of sharing experience and opportunities.
The Acting vice Rector for Academic Affairs of NUR, Prof. Herman Musahara who was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony, welcomed the participants and thanked the organizers of this training. Prof. Musahara urged the participants to do their best to build capacity and research in biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and environmental protection. Musahara said: â€śWe believe that you will gain important skills which will help you contribute more effectively and efficiently to environmental problems and environmental change. These skills should assist you in analyzing and processing environmental data using the tools you are going to learn in the coming daysâ€ť. The Acting Vice Rector for Academic Affairs also indicated that it is very important for participants to bear in mind that this training should be an opportunity to gain skills which help to respond to the current numerous environmental challenges such as climate change, ecological degradation, over-exploitation of natural resources through over-grazing, pollution, deforestation, poaching and illegal trade in flora and fauna.
This training intends mainly to enable participants to get familiar with the use of R software for statistics, Advanced GIS, and Social Science Research Methods to respond to biodiversity conservation and climate change research and teaching needs. The funding for these trainings comes from Antioch University New England (AUNE) as a co-organizer of those trainings beside NUR and the organization based in the USA called Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START), devoted to capacity building for climate change adaptation. The aim of these trainings is not only capacity building oriented but also to bridge existing strengths in the Albertine Rift (AR) region within a framework of linkages between academic institutions and other professionals and practitioners in the Albertine Rift and Great Lakes region. At NUR, the Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift (RNCEAR) is based in the department of Biology/Faculty of Science.
Pictorial Presentation of the opening ceremony of the eight-day workshop of the Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift hosted by NUR:
Prof. Herman Musahara, the NUR Acting Vice Rector for Academic Affairs.
Beth A. Kaplin, the technical Advisor of RNCEAR.
Mr. Theodomir Mugiraneza, the Deputy Director of NUR’s Centre for Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing(CGIS).
Participants in the training hall of CGIS.
Participants, Trainers and the Guest of Honour in a group photo.
By Jean Baptiste Micomyiza