In a bid of providing students with some practical experiences, on May 23rd, 2017 second year and third year students of the faculty of environmental studies visited Rugezi wetland in the North of the country, Burera District.
The field visit was linked to two courses studied in class which are environment hazard and mitigation, and waste management.
The aim of the visit was to observe the Rugezi wetland, see how is it protected and its major impacts on the biodiversity, and what is done on the site,” said Mr. Abias Maniragaba, the lecturer at UNILAK and head of delegation.
During the visit, students were explained that the Rugezi wetland is a shield and a habitat of different species of rare birds that attract tourists, it attracts rainfall by its physical chance of evaporation, it sustains agriculture productivity since it saves and keeps water during dry season, and linked to disaster, the wetland regulates and diminishes the pressure of floods.
The Rugezi wetland also provides 2.5 MG of electricity for household and there is a project to build more power plants to reach 5MG of electricity which will cover the whole district and even the Kigali city.
Students were excited by such an experience.
“Such field visits are of a great importance for us as they allow us to practically see what we learned during classes. We are thankful to the management of UNILAK”, said Miss. Yvonne Kabarebe, one of the students who attended the field visit.