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Benchmarking a slice of Africa; preserving biodiversity through science
Date:6/27/2011

past, but now depend on the Lake Kivu region as their sole refuge. The species may now be at risk of extinction from geological events that represented only local setbacks to the population in the past.

The team's effort to document the scientific baseline of the Lake Kivu region grew from a workshop Vodacek, Ebinger and Hecky held in Rwanda in January 2010 to address growing concerns about the natural dangers of Lake Kivu. Vodacek's liaison in the Rwandan government, Marie Christine Gasingirwa, director of science and technology in the Rwandan Ministry of Education, has invited local scientists and students from Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, the National University of Rwanda and INES-Ruhengeri to participate in the study.

"Involving our Rwandan colleagues is important to us in terms of building long-term relationships there," Vodacek says. "Developing the capacity of Rwandan scientists to apply lessons learned from these research projects to other issues in preserving these unique environments will be a welcome outcome."

The scientists will share findings from their study at a conference in 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda.


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Contact: Susan Gawlowicz
smguns@rit.edu
585-475-5061
Rochester Institute of Technology
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