, 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.