Kaplin and William Travel to Uganda for RNCEAR Workshop

Beth Kaplin, core faculty in AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies and a founder  and technical advisor to the Regional Network for Conservation Educators in Albertine Rift (RNCEAR), will attend a five-day workshop of the network, from November 27 to December 2, at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. Its theme is Enhancing Effective Research and Education in Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation within the Albertine Rift Region.  Kaplin, along with colleagues in Rwanda and Uganda, organized the workshop.  Twenty-two institutions and seventy individuals from five countries in the Albertine Rift will be represented at the workshop.

Apollinaire William, a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Studies and also a founding member of RNCEAR, will give a GIS training at the workshop.

The RNCEAR was begun in 2008 as part of a project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to build conservation capacity among educational and research institutions in the Albertine Rift region of Africa. It includes organizations from Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi.

The most recent grant of $250,000 is for 2012-2014 and is focused solely on the RCNEAR.  A portion of that grant was awarded to AUNE to integrate the project into AUNE and its existing memorandum of understanding with NUR. With that grant, Kaplin has been awarded a total of about $1.02 million by the MacArthur Foundation for the project since 2006.

Find out more about Kaplin’s work.