The Minister of Natural Resources Stanislas Kamanzi has commended the initiative of the National University of Rwanda (NUR) to run a Master’s Program in Water Resources and Environmental Management.
He said his was at the closing a training on Water Evaluation and planning system software commonly known as WEAP model which is a Windows-based decision support system for integrated water resources management and policy analysis.
The training was held from February 11 to 15, 2013. It brought together different participants including NUR Master’s program students in Water Resources and Environment Management
Kamanzi stated that NUR initiative of putting in place this programme important because there is need of professional Water resources managers or hydrologists in Rwanda.
“I am glad that NUR initiated the master’s program in Water Resources and Environmental Management. We are short of professionals in this sector and we hope that this program will help so much. Our ministry wishes to work together with NUR to elaborate curricula that predispose students to become professional hydrologists.”
He requested practitioners and students in Water resources to work together in order to avoid incidences that hinder Water management due to selfishness of institutions.
According to Kamanzi, Different institutions sometimes do not pay attention to the use of water rather they only care about satisfying their clients and this situation results in jeopardizing water balance.
“It happens that institutions involved in Water resources hump our aspirations as country by wanting their policies and regulations implemented without linking them with other policies in place regarding use of water,” he criticized.
Emmanuel Hakizimana, an agent of Rwanda Agricultural Board and a student in Master’s program in Water Resources and Environmental Management, was satisfied by the skills he got thanks to applications of Water Environment Program system software.
“This software is very important for us as it enables the projection in a long time ahead considering the growth of population and changes of their activities.
For instance, I can now be able to plan for water management in the next 30 years within a particular region, advising on water sharing in different human activities such as Agriculture, water power generation, drinking water… by maintaining water balance.”
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