Denis Rugege

Dr. Denis Rugege is technical advisor on environment and green growth in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Rwanda. He holds a Ph. D. in land ecology modelling from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He spent his formative years in the early 1990s at Institute of Natural Resources of the University of Natal and later held an academic appointment as Senior Lecturer in the School of Environmental Sciences of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

In 2009 he took up and still holds an international position with the United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda as technical advisor for the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, and later extended his services to the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Dr Rugege provides capacity strengthening advisory support to the Ministry of Natural Resources and its technical institutions in meeting long term mandates to implement programmes of the country’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy and the medium term Green Economy priorities of the second phase of the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II). He has provided support as lead author to the biennial Government of Rwanda statutory publications of the State of the Environment Reports and has co-published in cutting edge research in international journals including articles on Remote Sensing for the identification and mapping of wetland vegetation.

In December 2013, Dr Rugege was recognised by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa for the "Most valuable contribution by a member of the Assessment Panel for quality-benchmark rating of researchers". His current research interests include packaging research results and innovations on green and climate resilient economic transformation into gender-aware policy advice and actions.