At F&ES, Rwanda Official Makes Case for
Stronger Policy-Academic Partnership

Last year, Rwanda became the third of 39 countries to ratify the Kigali Amendment, an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that, among other goals, set a timetable for reducing the production and usage of hydrofluorocarbons, a category of potent planet-warming gases, in cooling and refrigeration systems.
 
The agreement, which struck a balance between the need for these air-cooling technologies in a warming world and the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was named for the Rwandan capital that hosted the meeting where the agreement was reached. It was approved by nearly 200 national “parties” to the historic Montreal Protocol, the 1987 international treaty that sought to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances.
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Rwanda, Yale Partner to Advance Sustainable Development, Environmental Conservation

On Sept. 26, Yale President Peter Salovey (above left), F&ES Dean Indy Burke, and Rwanda’s Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster greater cooperation and collaboration between Yale and the government of Rwanda. Read more

Vincent Biruta, Rwanda’s Minister of Environment, says these important changes to the Montreal Protocol would not have been possible without the “work of scientists” — like those found across the Yale community.
 
“Policymakers and academics must work together,” Biruta told an audience at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) on Sept. 26. “It’s why we need people like you to come and work with us.”
 
Biruta was on the Yale campus to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize greater collaboration between the university and Rwanda in the areas of education and research in sustainability and environmental protection and conservation. The reciprocal relationship will pursue opportunities for collaborative teaching and research in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, foster an exchange of resources, and create new opportunities for Yale students to study, intern, and conduct research in Rwanda.
 
Biruta and a delegation of Rwandan environmental leaders and academics also took time to tour Yale’s science labs and facilities, and met with students and staff who have conducted research on Rwanda. F&ES students were able to engage Biruta on environmental issues during a question-and-answer session, and were invited to take part in a roundtable discussion on sustainable development opportunities in Rwanda with Beth Kaplin, director of the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management at the University of Rwanda.
– Joshua Anusewicz    joshua.anusewicz@yale.edu    203 436-8994
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PUBLISHED: October 3, 2018
 

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