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2011/9 Modeling and Managing Watersheds Workshop/Training (Kigali, Rwanda)

by Rose Hessmiller last modified Jan 31, 2013 09:36 PM
Contributors: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), United States Forest Service, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
WCS, USDA Forest Service, USAID
September 13 - 16, 2011, Kigali, Rwanda - Umubano Hotel, Boulevard de l'umuganda. This workshop was hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the United States Forest Service and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and was made possible by support from USAID through the TransLinks Cooperative Agreement and the US Forest Service.

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Overview

Watershed Modeling Workshop Group photo

The workshop addressed the key challenges to watershed management and explored the data, tools, research and resource needs required to strengthen watershed management throughout Africa. Case studies were presented for pilot projects in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia, undertaken by the US Forest Service and the Wildlife Conservation Society to address the influence of forest cover/land-use on water quality/quantity. The second half of the workshop focused on technical training on different approaches and tools for modeling the impacts of land-use practices on water quality and quantity. Models specifically covered were: WaSSI-CB (Water Supply Stress Index-Carbon and Biodiversity), InVest (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs), and ARIES (ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services).

 

Key Documents

US Forest-WCS Final Project Summary: Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda; The Ruaha River Landscape, Tanzania; and Luangwa Valley, Zambia

Workshop/Training Proceedings

Part 1 - Modeling & Managing Watersheds

SEPTEMBER 13

Time Description

08:00

Registration

09:00

Welcome and Introductions
Michel Masozera, Wildlife Conservation Society

09:30

Keynote address
Hon. Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi, Minister of Natural Resources, Republic of Rwanda

09:45

Introduction to the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Collaborative Project on Watershed Modeling and Management in Rwanda, Zambia and Tanzania
Matthew Edwardsen, US Forest Service

10:15

Watershed Management and Development in the Nile Equatorial Lakes Region: Perspectives and Challenges
Francoise Kayigamba, Nile Basin Initiative

10:45

Coffee Break

11:15

Understanding the Use of Water Resources in the Nyabarongo Catchment
Antoine Niragire, Nile Basin Initiative

11:45

Watershed Management Challenges in Rwanda
Leon Nabahungu, Rwanda Agricultural Board

12:30

Lunch

14:00

Watershed Management Issues at Project Site in Zambia
Japhet Seulu, Wildlife Conservation Society- Zambia

14:30

Watershed Management Issues at Project Site in Tanzania
Grace Chitanda, Rufij Water Basin, Ole Meingataki, Ruaha National Park, Rogasian Mtana, Wildlife Conservation Society - Tanzania

15:00

How Project Models Have Been Applied to Address Watershed Management Challenges Around the World and Within Each Case Study Site
Steve McNulty, Ge Sun , Erika Cohen, US Forest Service

16:00

Coffee Break

16:30

Model Overview
Ge Sun, Steve McNulty, Erika Cohen, Matt Wingard, US Forest Service

17:00

Adjourn

17:30

Reception at the Umubano Hotel

SEPTEMBER 14

Time Description

8:00

Welcome and Introduction to the Day
Michel Masozera, Wildlife Conservation Society

9:15

Kivu and Ruzizi River Basin Authority: A new initiative for integrated water resources management at a regional scale
Ir Kayitenkore Claude, Directeur de l'Energie de l'EGL

9:45

Results and Recommendations, Rwanda Project
Ge Sun, Steve McNulty, Erika Cohen, Matt Wingard, US Forest Service

10:45

Morning Break

11:00

Results and Recommendations, Tanzania Project
Erika Cohen, Steve McNulty, GeSun, Matt Wingard, US Forest Service

11:45

Results and Recommendation, Zambia Project
Steve McNulty, Ge Sun, Erika Cohen, Matt Wingard, US Forest Service

12:30

Lunch

13:30

General Discussion on Project Results and Introduction to Working Groups

14:00

Break into Working Groups on the Use of Model Results to Address Watershed Management

15:00

Reports from Working Groups

15:30

Afternoon Break

15:45

Reports from Working Groups - continued

16:30

Conclusions: Synthesis of the Meeting and Next Steps
Michel Masozera, Wildlife Conservation Society

17:30

Adjourn

 

Part II - Technical Training

SEPTEMBER 15

Time Description

9:00

Welcome and Introductions
Michel Masozera, Wildlife Conservation Society

9:30

What is the Water Supply Stress Index-Carbon and Biodiversity (Wassi-CB) model?
Ge Sun, US Forest Service

10:15

Morning Break

10:45

What is the Water Supply Stress Index-Carbon and Biodiversity (Wassi-CB) model? - continued
Ge Sun, Erika Cohen, and Matthew Wingard, US Forest Service

11:30

Install Wassi on Computers and Walk through WaSSI model on computers
Ge Sun, Erika Cohen, and Matthew Wingard, US Forest Service

12:00

Lunch

13:00

Wassi Exercise and Break Into Groups
Steve McNulty, Ge Sun and Erika Cohen, US Forest Service

15:30

Afternoon Break

16:00

Finish Wassi Exercises/ Start Group Presentations

17:30

Wrap-Up and Adjourn

SEPTEMBER 16

Time Description

9:00

Review of Wednesday

Steve McNulty, Ge Sun and Erika Cohen, US Forest Service

10:00

Assessing Soil Erosion with the Universal Soil Loss Equation and the use of the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVest) Model
Erika Cohen, Steve McNulty, Ge Sun, and Matt Wingard, US Forest Service

11:00

Morning Break

11:15

Assessing Soil Erosion with the Universal Soil Loss Equation and the use of the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVest) Model - continued
Erika Cohen, Steve McNulty, Ge Sun, and Matt Wingard, US Forest Service

12:00

Lunch

13:00

What is Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services (ARIES)?
Jon Erikson,  Brian Voigt, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont

15:00

Afternoon Coffee

15:30

Wrap Up Discussion and Synthesis

17:00

Adjourn

Partners involved in producing this event included:

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