Folder National Herbarium of Rwanda Upgrading and Digitizing Project

Herbaria contain primary data in the form of dried and labeled plant specimens arranged to allow for easy retrieval access and archival storage. The specimens can span hundreds of years depending on the history of plant collections in a country.

The National Herbarium of Rwanda contains about 17,000 specimens dating from the 1930s.   

The herbarium was founded during the Belgian colonial period as part of the Institut de Recherche Scientifique en Afrique Centrale (IRSAC) which later bacame IRST (Institut de Recherche Scientifique et Technologique), which is today NIRDA (National Industrial Research and Development Agency).

The National Herbarium of Rwanda Upgrading and Digitizing Project is a 2 year project funded by SEP2D (Sud Expert Plantes Développement Durable), and aims to valorise this national treasure which represents the rich flora of the Great Lakes and Albertine Rift Region.

The Project will upgrade and update specimens, protect them from insect damage, and digitise the collection, cleaning and publishing the data through an online global database to be hosted by the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management (CoEB) at the University of Rwanda.

Project partenaires include:

  • Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management (CoEB)
  • National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA)
  • Institute of National Museum of Rwanda (INMR)
  • Biodiversity Institute, The University of Kansas, USA
  • Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)
  • Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town

Recently, an MoU on transfer of the Herbarium from NIRDA to UR was signed, and the the official handing over of the Herbarium was done on 17 August 2018. 

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