CoEB_Newsletter_Aug-Sept 2021 Vol.13

Note from the CoEB Director: 
Greetings from the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management. We have had a very busy past couple of months, and this newsletter reflects our activities from August and September 2021. During this period, we hosted a novel course for postgraduate students at UR and students from George Mason University in USA; the course focused on climate policy and the upcoming COP, and featured guest lecturers from WHO and many other global institutions. Rwandan and USA students worked in small groups on adaptation projects, which offered opportunities for cross-cultural learning. We also hosted the first biodiversity and taxonomy summer school, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation in partnership with Senckenberg Biodiversity Inst in Frankfurt, Germany. Our goal in the CoEB is to connect science to policy, to train our young people in biodiversity/climate change/natural resource management, to build research capacity, and to make biodiversity data available for evidence-based decision making. In the following pages you will see examples of the activities we have engaged in to meet our goal. Enjoy and stay safe. Beth Kaplin, Director of CoEB