Ernest Rukangira

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"Ernest Rukangira has been involved in environment and sustainable development issues for more than 20 years at the government and NGO levels. He is currently the Executive Director of Conserve Africa Foundation. Mr. Rukangira acted as the national focal point for co-operation with international organizations and donors involved in environmental issues (e.g. UNEP, World Bank, UNDP, USAID, etc.) for his country. He worked with the UNEP’s Regional Office for Africa on strengthening national environmental programmes for his country including the national environmental law and biodiversity strategy. He was part of government delegations to AMCEN meetings and to international meetings in relation to the conventions on biological diversity, climate change and desertification.

"He prepared the Rwandan National Environmental Action Plan with the support from UNEP, World Bank and UNDP; and influenced successfully the government to establish the first Ministry of Environment in his country. He represented his country and the Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI) in many international programmes and meetings including UNEP Governing Councils, the Conferences of Parties on Biodiversity, Desertification and Climate Change, and the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.

"He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Overseas NGOs for Development (BOND) and is currently a member of London Regional Centre for Expertises on Education for Sustainability. He holds a BSc and MSc in chemistry and Biology, a M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Technology from UNESCO’s International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, Delft, Netherlands; and a MSc Degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London."[1]


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  1. Global Environmental Governance Project Advisors, organizational web page, accessed January 18, 2013.