25 new certifications in “Landslides and slope stability analysis in Rwanda”

News added on: 7 September 2023

Also this year ended the Summer School in “Landslides and slope stability analysis in Rwanda held in Rwanda in the framework of the EnRHEd Project, in strict collaboration. with IPRC-Musanze, University of Parma and Rwandan Water Board. Specifically, this year the theme was dealt with “Use of software in the service of land protection against landslides and flooding”.

During five days, teaching staff and professionals in the field of hydrogeology and civil engineering were trained by Prof. Roberto Valentino, Prof. Marco D’Oria and Dott. Valeria Todaro from University of Parma, as well as fromtechnicians operating in private industries such as MACCAFERRI, about methods for dealing with land protection problems such as landslides and floods.

Moreover, Civil Engineers and technicians gained in-depth knowledge on the approaches, data and possible solutions to protect the territory against natural hazards. The participants were also introduced to different software used in tackling and solving both slope stability and flood problems.

Dr. Hussein Bizimana, Hydraulic Flood Modelling Specialist at Rwanda Water Resources Board, emphasized the necessity of technology in addressing the challenges posed by landslides and floods.Dr Hussein Bizimana said:

“You witnessed the hazards we encountered in May concerning landslides and floods. We lack a sufficient number of capable staff members to effectively combat these issues and develop sustainable solutions. This includes conducting studies to identify citizens residing in high-risk zones and determining appropriate relocation measures… High-risk zones can’t be measured through eyes, technology is needed”

At the end of the Summer School week, the 25 participants obtained an attendance certificate that will demonstrate the acquisition of new knowledge and skills in the field of land protection against landslides and flooding.

Lead partner
Università Parma
Project partners
University Rwanda
University Ruhengeri
IPRC Musanze
Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme