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Welcome to the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB), a clearing house for data and information on biodiversity and natural resources for Rwanda and the region, and a hub for capacity building and knowledge generation on biodiversity conservation and natural resources management. The Center functions as a consortium of governmental and non-governmental institutions called nodes, coordinated by the central hub office at University of Rwanda. The Center recently received Category 2 Center status under the auspices of UNESCO. We collaborate with our nodes and partners to produce firsthand knowledge and play a catalytic, coordinating role to ensure sharing of scientific knowledge, skills and expertise.

Why a Center of Excellence in Biodiversity? Rwanda lies within the Albertine Rift ecoregion, a biodiversity hotspot where scientific research about the environment, biodiversity, and climate adaptation strategies is critically needed. Recognizing the importance of science‐based decision-making to support economic transformation and sustainable development goals, the President of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Paul Kagame proposed the establishment of the CoEB in 2007 during an International Conference in Kigali on Biodiversity & Sustainable Management of Natural Resources. The Ministries of Education and Natural Resources, with support from UNESCO, created the framework to establish the Center, which launched in 2017 at the University of Rwanda. The Center promotes the understanding, monitoring and cataloguing of biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, climate change impacts and adaptation, and science-policy linkages.

Interested in collaborating with us? Learn more at https://coebiodiversity.ur.ac.rw/ where you will find our newsletters and descriptions of our projects. You can email us at coeb@ur.ac.rw or call us at +250 783 651 068. You can join our weekly seminar series, and if you have a topic to present in our seminar, let us know.

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