Dr. Jean Kayira Leads a Training Workshop at the Annual Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift (RNCEAR) Workshop in Rwanda

Dr. Jean Kayira, core faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England (AUNE), presented a two day session on Indigenous Knowledge at the 8th Annual Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift (RNCEAR) Workshop. The University of Rwanda’s Biology Department hosted the workshop which focused on “Enhancing Community Based and Institutional Partnership for Biodiversity Conservation Excellence at the Country Level.” This year’s conference took place at the Credo Hotel in Huye, Rwanda, from June 15 to 20, 2015.

Dr. Beth Kaplin, core faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies at (AUNE), organized the week-long workshop along with colleague Erasme Uyizeye.  Kaplin serves as the technical advisor for the Conservation Biology Education Project at the University of Rwanda. She is also the technical advisor and founder RNCEAR in collaboration with colleagues in the Biology Department at the University of Rwanda. The RNCEAR Network includes universities and research institutions involved in conservation and environmental management.

“I’m so proud of the conservation work we’ve accomplished in the Albertine Rift,” said Kaplin. “In addition, organizing this workshop with my colleagues at the University of Rwanda for the eighth year is just one of many examples that highlights our international work, capacity building work, and the strong collaboration between AUNE and the University of Rwanda.”

Bernadette Arakwiye, a 2014 AUNE alumna who earned an MS degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Conservation Biology, hosted a session on remote sensing for biodiversity conservation using ClasLite. Arakwiye is a PhD student at Clark University studying Geographic Information Science.

Binama Blaise, a Rwandan student interns created a short video highlighting some workshops attendees.

For more information about Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift, visit: http://www.rncear.org/

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