Climate Observatory Secretariat Project

The Climate Observatory Project was initiated in 2011 by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to measure; Green House Gases, Meteorological Parameters, Aerosols and Train Local Capacity in Atmospheric and Climate Science Engineering. The Project is coordinated by The Climate Observatory Secretariat in the Ministry of Education.

The project has already established a lower altitude climate research station at Mt Mugogo in Nyabihu District, in the Western Province of Rwanda. In the same project,  which we also collaborate  with COMESA Secretariat to measure and monitor climatic changes taking place and advise policy makers in the region after scientific analysis of climate data collected. To intensify and broaden our partnerships, we are also collaborating with the University of Stockholm (Sweden) in aerosol (small dwelling particles in the atmosphere) research at Mugogo.

The world Class Station will be constructed on the Summit of Mt Karisimbi upon the completion of the Cable Car System. The Cable Car will be completed in 2016. The station at Karisimbi will measure climate parameters for the whole of Africa and extend as far west as Brazil and as far east as the Indian Subcontinent and the Indian Ocean.

The University of Rwanda will start a Master’s Program in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the College of Science and Technology (UR-CST) to develop skills in various fields related to climate change.

The skills developed will not only contribute to Rwanda’s strategy on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development but also will it benefit the cherished regional integration as depicted by the strong support from COMESA.

The Project will contribute to Rwanda’s economy in terms of preparedness for climate changes and implementation of a green growth economy by utilizing the experienced local capacity that graduate from the Master’s Program.

Regionally, the project is the first of its kind in Africa to avail skills development in pure atmospheric and climate sciences hence Rwandans will gain capacity to be competitive on the International labour market in terms of expertise in climate change related opportunities.

Scientific evidence generated at the station will support and influence decision making that will be guide negotiations at International Conferences on Climate Change.

The project which is a close collaboration of MIT, COMESA Secretariat and Rwanda is envisioned to contribute greatly towards training local and regional capacity that will interpret climate parameters from the stations for the benefit of dealing with climate change issues.