From the 1st to the 3rd July 2019, in Musanze (Rwanda), the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) is organizing a three day academic workshop for Master and PhD students, academics of research institutions, Protected Areas Authorities form Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The workshop is held under The CCC Project (From Conflict to Collaboration for Conservation) funded by the Netherlands Government and managed by a consortium of local and international partner organizations: The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Ghent University, GVTC and Search for Common Ground. The projects aims at capacities building of GVTC partners working in conservation field (UWA and ITFC (Uganda), ICCN and OVGC (DRC), RDB and INES (Rwanda), etc.
The CCC Project is currently providing Master and PhD students scholarships with scholarships through local and foreign universities so that they may improve their knowledge in conservation of wildlife and contribute significantly sot conservation efforts and initiatives in the Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL).
The 3 day academic workshop was officially opened by Dr Andrew Seguya, the GVTC Executive Secretary and Telesphore Ngoga, from the Rwanda Development Board, as a representative of the hosting country.
The objective of this workshop consisted of increasing participants’ understanding on why and how conflict (re)occurs and in and around protected areas in the GVL. A deeper understanding is highly need since conservationists and stakeholders want to search for sustainable solutions to Human-Wild life conflicts affecting conservation of protected areas. Moreover, the objectives of this workshop allowed participants to reflect on research ethics while linking academic research to the formulation of the formulation of policy recommendations and the creation of a community of critical scholars in the region working on conservation and conflict.
Professor Gedefroid Muzalia and Dr Esther Marijen, respectively from GEC-SH/ ISP-Bukavu (DRC) and Ghent University were the key-speakers of the workshop, facilitated by Fidele Ruzigandekwe, the GVTC Deputy Executive Secretary in charge of Programs, as the moderator.
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