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We are pleased to announce a new initiative in the Albertine Rift:
REGIONAL NETWORK FOR CONSERVATION EDUCATORS OF THE ALBERTINE RIFT (RNCEAR)
and RNCEAR workshop: Biodiversity conservation in the Albertine Rift Region 21-25 June 2009 at Makerere University, Uganda
This REGIONAL NETWORK FOR CONSERVATION EDUCATORS OF THE ALBERTINE RIFT is composed of conservation biology and environmental science educators and researchers at academic institutions in the Albertine Rift region and was created to strengthen the role of regional universities in the conservation of biodiversity in the AR. The Network is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, USA. This initiative is a subset of the Conservation Biology Education Project (CBEP) in the Biology Department, Faculty of Science, National University of Rwanda.
The main mission of RNCEAR is to enhance conservation science education at universities in the Albertine Rift region, develop the voices of these scientists in the region, and strengthen links between regional universities and policy-makers & managers. An inception workshop was held at National University of Rwanda in 2008 with 5 countries and 14 academic institutions involved. The network is now funded for three years beginning January 2009 through December 2011 with a focus on the following activities:
- Establish an active forum for conservation scientists from universities and research institutions in the Albertine Rift to share resources, collaborate and stay connected and updated
- Promote innovative teaching, research opportunities, and training via the active forum, the list serve, and the workshops
- Host innovative teaching, research opportunities, and training via the active forum, list serve, and workshops
- Create opportunities and approaches for conservation scientists at universities and research institutes in the Albertine Rift to interact with governmental and non-governmental organizations, policy-makers, and decision makers (workshops, symposia, newsletters)
- Explore the feasibility of creating an on-line, peer-reviewed journal devoted to biodiversity research in the Albertine Rift, to increase publishing opportunities.
If you are interested in joining this Network, or would like more information, please contact RNCEAR Coordinator Apollinaire William at email@example.com
Beth A. Kaplin, Ph.D.
Technical Advisor, Conservation Biology Education Project
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, National University of Rwanda
The Regional Network for Conservation Educators of the Albertine Rift (RNCEAR), in conjunction with the Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, Makerere University (MUIENR) and the National University of Rwanda (NUR) is organizing the second annual RNCEAR workshop on the theme: Biodiversity conservation in the Albertine Rift Region.
The workshop will be held 21-25 June 2009 at Makerere University, Uganda.
The objectives of the workshop are:
i) promoting collaborations in teaching and research between Conservation Educators and Practitioners in the Albertine Rift Countries, governmental and non-governmental organizations, policy-makers, and decision makers
ii) creating opportunities for networking and information sharing between conservation scientists at universities and research institutes in the Albertine Rift.
The workshop sub-themes are:
7828512. Climate change and biodiversity conservation
7828513. Research and Monitoring as a conservation tool in the Albertine Rift
7828514. Ethnobotany and value addition
7828515. The status of biodiversity resources within the Albertine Rift and implications for their conservation
7828516. Role of conservation educators and practitioners in attaining MDG 7 in the Albertine Rift : opportunities and challenges
You are invited to participate in this workshop. Deadline for abstracts has passed but you may attend, hear the presentations, and network with other participants. This workshop has been organized in line with the main mission of RNCEAR: ‘to enhance conservation science education at universities in the Albertine Rift region and to strengthen links with policy-makers and managers.” You are therefore invited to attend even if you will not make a presentation.
Please note that we have no more capacity to support delegates to the workshop and funds have been used to bring in those giving a presentation. We however, welcome all delegates who can support themselves wholly for the entire duration of the workshop.
Please contact Dr. John R.S. Tabuti the Chairperson, Organizing committee for this workshop
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