Rwanda as a country interested in reducing disasters has prepared a one Month period
of disaster risk reduction activities from 1 st to 31 st October 2019.
In this regard, the Rwanda’s Ministry in Charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA),
in collaboration with the University of Lay Adventists of Kigali (UNILAK) and Rwanda
National Commission for UNESCO (CNRU) organized a conference on Disaster Risk
Reduction this October 15th, 2019.
The conference theme “Build to last for disaster resilience” seeks proposals for
practical solutions to address the research responsibility to solve complex challenges of
disasters at local, regional and global level.
The conference aimed at sharing and identifying practical, evidence-based solutions
that can support the Disaster Risk Reduction.
In his speech, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lay Adventists of Kigali
highlighted the strong commitment of the university in disaster risk reduction.
“We offer quality education in our department of disaster and emergency management
in collaboration with partners like: Chinese academy of Sciences, Rwandan government
institutions, private sectors and non-government organizations. Behind this program,
quality researches have been conducted; new ways of doing things have been
discovered as well as new skills and sustainability,” said Dr. Jean Ngamije, the vice
chancellor of UNILAK.
His speech was echoed by Hon. Minister of Emergency Management who emphasized
on some challenges that the Ministry faces on its way of mitigating disasters.
“We still have some challenges in disaster risk reduction which are due to rapid
urbanization, unplanned settlement, uncontrolled mining and quarrying and many more
but some policies, laws, strategies plans and programs mainstreaming disaster risk
reduction have been put in place;”said Minister Kamayirese.
In their presentations, researchers revealed that, some of the houses are vulnerable to
inadequate storm water drainage not resilient even though they are located in
appropriate sites, installing rain water harvesting systems on roads and house roofs in
addition to constructing check dams in existing gullies upstream to reduce water velocity
could reduce danger to the risk.
They urged the community members to actively participate in flood risk reduction as it is
This conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Rwanda was the first of its kind and
brought about many scientists, engineers, policy makers, NGOs and practitioners who
presented their latest research results, ideas, developments, and applications in all
areas of disaster risk reduction.