School of Forestry and Biodiversity and Biological Sciences

Forestry is comparatively new field in Rwanda education system; with most people working in forestry sector either being educated in agriculture

Department of Forestry and Nature Conservation Staffs

or agroforestry, but not in oriented plantation forestry. However, the need to improve forest resource management in Rwanda was recognized, leading amongst others to a change in the curriculum of schools.  Accordingly the CAVM has added forestry curriculum in its Program.

The programme provides training to impact knowledge and skills for managing forest resources, the environment and natural resources (biodiversity, water, wildlife)

The programme prepares graduates to pursue and specialize in various aspects of forest sciences and technology such tree breeding and genetics, tree biotechnology, forest ecology and Management, plant physiology, taxonomy etc. The programme offers opportunity to training in all aspects of forestry including developing research and analytical capacity to address Rwanda’s forest problems, to help the forestry sector to grow and increase its contribution to national development, enhance employment opportunities and alleviate poverty.

The general objective of the degree programme is to produce graduates who are:

  • Broadbased, and able to plan, manage and develop forest resources for multiple benefits according to ecological and socio-economic demands.
  • Able to maintain and improve the quality of the environment through forestry.
  • Effectively plan, supervise and mobilise human, financial, capital and natural resources for efficient achievement of the goals of a forestry organisation.
  • Participate in the process of forest policy formulation and implementation
  • Identify community needs, and offer advisory and extension services.
  • Venture into entrepreneurship and marketing.
  • Capture, process and disseminate information.


  • To impact education in Forestry and Agroforestry “A0” Degree Level to a sufficient number of technicians engineers and provide them with adequate skills to meet the requirements of their duties.
  • To contribute to the ongoing poverty reduction, economic development and food security programs in the country through increased agricultural production as a result of training, research and transfer of technology in the domain of Forestry and Agroforestry.


  • By the year 2020, Department of Forestry and Nature Conservation is committed to  becoming a centre of excellence and influence in education, research, technology transfer in Forestry, Agroforestry and Nature  conservation for sustainable agriculture while conserving available natural resources in the region and Africa.
  • To ensure that all academic staff accomplishes PhD and department begins Master degree programme in Forestry and Agroforestry.

Way forward

  • Efficient forest management
  • Efficient silvicultural management
  • Appropriate input (seeds, forest equipments, chemicals, etc.) management.
  • Agro forestry technologies
  • Efficient use of forest product
  • Appropriate Forest harvest technology
  • Development of competent human resource
  • Research, development and transfer of technology