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UR teams up with REMA towards forest restoration and conservation

17 Dec 2020

Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) and the University of Rwanda (UR) signed a collaborative agreement to provide financial support to UR postgraduate students to carry out research theses through the Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation (LAFREC). The collaboration is around the project titled “Research project to improve management knowledge of Gishwati-Mukura Forest.”

The Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB) in the College of Science and Technology took a leading role to coordinate all activities related to this agreement. Already sixteen (16) students - fifteen (15) masters’ students and one (1) Ph.D student from College of Agriculture, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) and College of Science and Technology (CST) received the grant. These grantees were selected through a rigorous proposal review process conducted by the Oversight Board, a team of experts in conservation established by REMA and the CoEB for this purpose.

Field work by CoEB students

Several trainings were conducted to boost students’ knowledge on proposal writing, Geographical Information System (GIS), statistical analysis, academic writing, and giving professional presentations. To date all of the students successfully completed their research and produced theses and manuscripts. The results of each of the student’s research highlight good practice in agroforestry, co-management of natural resources, primate conservation, forest ecosystem restoration, Riparian Zone (RZ) management, flood and erosion control, and buffer zone management.

The CoEB is grateful to REMA for supporting student research. The Centre also acknowledges student’s supervisors and the Oversight Board for their effort to build capacity for students.

Story by Joselyne Barakagwira, CoEB staff


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