Dr. Gaspard RWANYIZIRI

Job Title: 

Director, Senior Lecturer

Contact Info: 

Email: grwanyiziri@ur.ac.rw

Phone: +250 7 88 68 14 38

Office: CGIS-CST/Admin Block, 2nd Floor, A35

 

Biography: 

Gaspard Rwanyiziri has 18 years of experience in Geography and related fields. From 9th August 2011 up to now, he is a Director of the Centre for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (CGIS) of University of Rwanda (UR). He is also a Senior Lecturer of Geographical and Environmental Sciences in the Department of Geography and Urban Planning at the same university. He did hisPhD in Geography and Planning (specialization in Environment and Sustainable Development) from Pau University, France (2004–2009), Master’s Degree in Geography and Planning from Michel Montaigne Bordeaux III University, France (2001-2002), and Bachelor’s Degree in Physical and Human Geography from the former National University of Rwanda (1995–1999. His research interests are Environment and Natural Resources Management, Effects of Climate Change, Spatial Thinking, GIS and its applications.

Publications: 

Selected Publications

3.1 Papers in Peer-reviewed Journals

  • Mugabowindekwe M., Muyizere A., Li F., QiaoY. and Rwanyiziri, G. Application of Multi-Temporal MODIS NDVI Data to Assess Practiced Maize Calendars in Rwanda. Journal of Resources and Ecology, Volume 9(3), pp. 273-280. DOI:10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2018.03.007(http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2018.03.007)
  • Rwanyiziri,G., Tuyishimire, J. and Havugimana, E. 2017. Enjeux socio- économiques du tourisme dans les aires protégées d’Afrique Orientale: L’expérience rwandaise/Socio-economic Aspects of Tourism in East African Protected Areas. The Rwandan Experience. Revue Canadienne de Géographie Tropicale/Canadian Journal of Tropical Geography [En ligne, ISSN: 2292-4108], Vol. 4(2), pp. 34-47]
  • Rwanyiziri, G. and Rugema, J. 2013. Climate Change Effects on Food Security in Rwanda: Case Study of Wetland Rice Production in Bugesera District. Rwanda Journal, Series E: Agricultural Sciences Vol. 1(1), pp. 33 -51 [ISSN 2305-2678 (Print); ISSN 2305-5944 (Online);DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/rj.v1i1.3E

 

3.2 Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings

  • Tomaszewski, B, Vodacek A., Rwanyiziri G., 2018. Innovation for Education, Spatial Thinking and GeoICT: A Rwandan Case Study. 2018 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), San Jose, USA, 16-18 October 2018.

3.3 Book Chapters

  • Rwanyiziri, G. 2013. Climate. InBen Yahmed, D. & Houstin, N. (Ed.), Africa Atlases. Rwanda, Paris: Les Éditions du Jaguar, pp. 82-83, ISBN: 978-2-86950-483-7
  • Rwanyiziri, G. 2013. Fauna and Flora.InBen Yahmed, D. & Houstin, N. (Ed.), Africa Atlases. Rwanda, Paris: Les Éditions du Jaguar, pp. 84-85, ISBN: 978-2-86950-483-7
  • Rwanyiziri, G. 2013. Environment and Biodiversity. InBen Yahmed, D. & Houstin, N. (Ed.), Africa Atlases. Rwanda, Paris: Les Éditions du Jaguar, pp. 86-87, ISBN: 978-2-86950-483-7

 

3.4 Conference Papers

  • Pilesjö, P., Mansourian, A., Shindyapin, A., Assane A-A., Muheca, E-L., Rwanyiziri, G., Mugisha, J., Bamutaze, Y., Nakileza, B., Maiga, G., Kayondo, L-M., 2018.Harmonizing GIS Education: South – North Perspectives. Lessons learnt from Mozambique, Rwanda, Sweden, and Uganda, 2018 AGILE Conference, Lund, Sweden, 12-15 June 2018
  • Rwanyiziri, G, Uwayezu, E. 2016. Available Spatial Data and Data Sharing Habits in East Africa: The Rwandan Experience, 4th ESRI Eastern Africa Education GIS Conference, 23 - 24 September 2016, Africa Hall, United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.20643.86566 
  • Nduwamungu J., Nyandwi E, Mazimpaka J.-D, Mugiraneza T., Mukashema A., Uwayezu E., Rwanyiziri G., and Nzabanita V. 2012. Rwanda Forest Cover Mapping using high-resolution aerial photographs, GSDI Newsletter.

5. Technical Reports

  • Rwanyiziri G., Kayonga L. and Mugisha J. 2017. Rwanda: Land, Property Valuation and Physical Planning. In Kimani, S., Mugisha, J-Y-J, Rubingisa P. and Yabanga Lu-Lujo, O. Comprehensive Skills Audit Report for the Northern Corridor Integration Projects’ Human Resource Capacity Building Cluster Skills Audit for Other Projects. Nairobi: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
  • Rwanyiziri G., Milindi, D. and Singirankabo, A. 2017. Rwanda: Land, Hydrographic Survey and Mapping. In Kimani, S., Mugisha, J-Y-J, Rubingisa P. and Yabanga Lu-Lujo, O. Comprehensive Skills Audit Report for the Northern Corridor Integration Projects’Human Resource Capacity Building Cluster Skills Audit for Other Projects. Nairobi: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
  • Rwanyiziri G and Uwayezu, E. 2014. Inventory on Available Spatial Data, Data Sharing Habits, and Knowledge Base on Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Development in Rwanda.  Huye/Kigali: SKAT International.
  • Rwanyiziri G. and Uwayezu, E. 2012. Assessment on the Current Status of Policies on Use of EO Data in Land Degradation Mitigation (LDM) and Natural Habitat Conservation (NHC) in Rwanda. Huye/Nairobi: AMESD IGAD.
  • Nsengimana, H. and Rwanyiziri G., 2011. Rwanda Environmental Research Strategy. Kigali/Butare: REMA/NUR-CB.
  • RwanyiziriG., 2007.Guide for community conservation as regards nature conservation in Rwanda. Butare-Kigali, ORTPN, 54p. (French  & English).
  • Rwanyiziri G. and Kayijamahe, E., Lasry, F. and Schilling, M., 2005. Plan de Zonage du Parc National de l’Akagera. Butare – Kigali, ORTPN/DED/CGIS-NUR.
  • Rwanyiziri G. and Kayijamahe, E., 2004. Plan de Zonage du Parc National des Volcans. Butare-Kigali, ORTPN/IGCP/CGIS-NUR, 135p.

4. Awards for Research Grants

  • November 2017 – October 2021:Enhancing Food Security in AFRIcan AgriCULTUral Systems with the Support of REmote Sensing (a 4 years project funded by EU Horizon2020). Role: Senior Research in charge of Policy Analysis and Research Dissemination.
  • November 2014 – May 2018: Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Wetland Agricultural Production and Food Security in Rwanda. Case Study of Rulindo, Kamonyi and Bugesera Districts (under UR-Sweden Cooperation funding); Role: Principal Investigator.
  • February 2012 – March 2014: Trade-Offs and Synergies in Managing Wetlands Resources for Improved Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Lake Victoria Basin (under ViCres/IUCEA funding) (PI: Prof. Mnason Tweheyo, Makerere University/Uganda); Role: Local Principal Investigator.
  • February 2012 – March 2015: Promoting Spatial Thinking in Natural Resources Management through Community Mapping: The Case of Urban and Rural Secondary Schools of Rwanda (under Innovation for Education/DFID)(PI: Prof. Tony Vodacek, Rochester Institute of Technology/USA); Role:Local Principal Investigator.

5. Coordination of Research Projects

  • November 2017 – October 2021: Coordinator, Enhancing Food Security in AFRIcan AgriCULTUral Systems with the Support of REmote Sensing (a 4 years project funded by EU Horizon2020).
  • January 2016 – December 2021: Local Coordinator, Strengthening Education for Agricultural Development Project - SEAD, a NUFFIC fully funded project. 

  • January 2015 – December 2020:Coordinator, Strengthening East Africa Land Administration Network (SEALAN), a NUFFIC fully funded project. 

  • July 2013 – June 2019:Team Leader of GIS Subprogram, UR Sweden Programme for Research, Higher Education and Institutional Advancement.
  • January 2011 – December 2019:Coordinator, Cooperation Agreement in the Field of Geographic Information Systems between University of Rwanda and ESRI Deutschland Group GmhH. 


6. Conference Attendance (with Oral Presentations)

  • Rwanyiziri G., Mutabazi A., Hategekimana S, Munyeshyaka J.-D., 2016. Understanding the Vulnerability to Climate Change Effects in East Africa. Case Study of Rice Farmers in Bugesera District, Rwanda. In Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 21-23 February 2016.
  • Rwanyiziri G., 2014. Community-based Tourism around Protected Areas of Rwanda. Case Study of Kinigi and Nyange Community Walk Activities around Volcanoes National Park (VNP), Musanze District.In"Understanding Oneself and the Others: New Domestic and International Tourism Practices and the Promotion of Heritage and Tourism in East Africa"(a symposium organized by French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nairobi) in collaboration with Nairobi National Museum.
  • Rwanyiziri G. and J. Rugema, 2012. Climate Change Effects on Food Security in Rwanda: Case Study of Wetland Rice Production in Bugesera District. In the 5th International Scientific Research Conference, 5th to 7th December 2012, National University of Rwanda.
  • Rwanyiziri G., 2011. Minor Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites in East Africa. Case study of Buhanga and Cyamudongo Sites in Rwanda. In Minor Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites in East Africa, French Institute of Research in Africa (IFRA), Nairobi, 17-18 January, 2011 (Oral Presentation).

7. Selected Professional Trainings/Workshops/Meetings

  • 9th– 13th July 2018: "ESRI International User Conference", San Diego, California, USA (a conference organized by ESRI USA).
  • 9th – 13th November 2017:"Training Workshop on Effective Land Administration in Africa", UNECA Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (organized by the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development - RCMRD, GIZ, Land Policy Initiative LPI, UN-Habitat and the Global Land Tool Network -GLTN).
  • 8th – 9thJune 2017: "Participation to the Northern Corridor Integration Projects Human Resource Capacity Building Strategy Validation Workshop”,Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology - JKUAT”, Nairobi, Kenya. 

  • 5th – 6thJune 2017: "Presentation of the Comprehensive Skills Audit and the Draft of Human Resource Capacity Building Strategy to the Regional Technical Oversight Committee of the Northern Corridor Human Resource Capacity Building Cluster", Makerere, University, Kampala, Uganda. 

  • 29th April – 5th May 2017: "University of Rwanda – Sweden Program Annual Planning Meeting", Lund, Sweden (a meeting organized by UR – Sweden Program for Research, Higher Education, Institutional Advancement). 

  • 9th – 13th January 2017: "Landscape Management & Law Enforcement Regional Technical Committee", Ihusa Hotel, Goma Town, Democratic Republic of Congo (a meeting organized by Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration – GVTC).
  • 14th – 17th November 2016:"27th Annual Meeting of the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries", Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda.
  • 21st- 23rd July 2013: "The 2016 Eastern Africa Land Administration Network - EALAN Annual General Assembly and Conference", Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (a conference organized by EALAN).
  • 27th June– 1st July 2016: "ESRI International User Conference", San Diego, California, USA (a conference organized by ESRI USA).
  • 5th – 12th May 2016: "University of Rwanda – Sweden Program Annual Planning Meeting", Gothenburg, Sweden (a meeting organized by UR – Sweden Program for Research, Higher Education, Institutional Advancement).
  • 24th – 28thJanuary 2015: "Inception Workshop on strengthening the regional EALAN network to build capacity in Land Administration and Land Governance in the Great Lakes Region – NICHE/GLR/262", RCMRD – Nairobi, Kenya (a conference organized by EALAN).
  • 1st – 10th May 2015: "University of Rwanda – Sweden Program Annual Planning Meeting", Uppsala, Sweden (a meeting organized by UR – Sweden Program for Research, Higher Education, Institutional Advancement).
  • 12th – 16th May 2014: "University of Rwanda – Sweden Program Annual Planning Meeting", Linkoping, Sweden (a meeting organized by UR – Sweden Program for Research, Higher Education, Institutional Advancement).
  • 30th September – 11th October 2013: "Project and Programme Management", Arusha, Tanzania (a course conducted by MDF - ESA Training & Consultancy in Arusha)(certificate).
  • 7th - 9th August 2013: "Social Sciences Research Methods", Bujumbura, Burundi (a workshop organized by RCEAR in collaboration with University of Burundi/Biology Department)(certificate).
  • 8th- 12th July 2013: "ESRI International User Conference", San Diego, California, USA (a conference organized by ESRI USA).
  • 15th- 17th May 2013: "Illegal Timber Trade in Greater Virunga", Lake View Hotel-Entebbe, Uganda (a workshop organized by Greater Virunga Transboundary Cooperation, GVTC).
  • 9th- 19th December 2012: "Use of Geographic Technologies for Climate Change, Food Security, and Agriculture, and of Professional Development of Fellow and Mentors",RCMRD-Nairobi (a workshop organized by NASA-AAG under My Community, our Earth SERVIR East Africa)(certificate).
  • 3rd  - 7th December 2012: “Use of Geographic Technologies for Planning and Sustainable Development”, CGIS-NUR (a training workshop organized by EIS-Africa and AAG) (certificate).
  • 17th July – 10th September 2010: ˝Education Programme on Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation in Albertine Rift˝, Institute of Resources Assessment/University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Sponsored by Pan-African START and International START) (Certificate).
  • 22th February – 5th March 2010: "Competing Claims on Natural Resources. Professional Qualities for Managing Conflict in NRM towards Sustainable Development", Wageningen/Netherlands, Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation (Certificate).
  • 5th – 16th October 2009: "Use of Low cost Earth Observation Data in Environment and Climate Monitoring Applications", CGIS-NUR/ITC, Butare, Rwanda Certificate).
  • 7th – 17th August 2008: Bergen Summer Research School “Global Development Challenges: Rich and Poor Countries: Global History Matters”. University of Bergen, Bergen/Norway (Certificate).
  • 3rd January – 31st March 2006: “Geo-Information for Biodiversity Conservation”, International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC/Netherlands) (Certificate).

8. Modules Taught at

i. Postgraduate Programmes

  • Local Environmental and Climate Change Mitigation: Master of Social Sciences in Local Governance College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Rwanda (since November 2017).
  • Environment and Sustainable Development:MA Program in Development Studies,College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Rwanda (since June 2012).
  • Environmental Governance:MSc Program in Geo-information Science for Environment and Sustainable Development, School of Science, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda (since July 2013).

ii. Undergraduate Programmes

  • Climatology and Hydrology – Component of Climatology:1st Year, Department of Geography, School of Architecture and Built Environment, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda (since January 2013).
  • Geographical Thoughts and Approaches to Science: 2nd Year, Department of Geography and Urban Planning, School of Architecture and Built Environment, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda (2013-2018).
  • Research Project for Environmental Management: 3rd Year Environmental Management Option, Department of Geography, School of Science, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda (since January 2012).
  • Regional Ecology and Environmental Degradation: 3rd Year Environmental Planning and Management, Department of Geography, School of Architecture and Built Environment, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda (since January 2013).
  • Principles of Meteorology:3rd Year Social Sciences,Bachelor of Social and Military Sciences, Rwanda Military Academy – Gako (since April 2018-).

9. Memberships

  • January 2016 – to date: Member of Eastern Africa Land Administration Network (EALAN)
  • September 2015 – to date: Member of the Human Resource Capacity Building Cluster of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIPs).
  • 2012 – to date: Member of Association of American Geographers (AAG)
  • 2012- to date:Member of Environmental Information System-Africa (EIS-Africa)
  • June 2010 - to date: Member of the Landscape Management Committee - Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC), UR Representative

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