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Conference Bukavu 2012, First announcement





Bukavu, February 6 to 8, 2012


The African great lakes region ( including Rwanda, Burundi, DR.Congo), has been crossing a very long period of armed conflicts ending to strong Natural resources mismanagement. Especially, collective natural resources underwent the deteriorations and depredations and, and the inefficiency of public institutions in charge of the natural resources. In fact all these institutions have been weakened so that they don't assume their roles anymore.

Facing this challenge, two non -governmental organizations, namely ADISCO (of Burundi) and DIOBASS (from DR. Congo), have defined joint collaborative project involving relevant academic and research institutions in the South-Kivu province and Burundi as well, with a strong focus on sound environmental governance linked to collective natural resources.

With the financial support of the International Development Research Center ( IDRC), the project has developed multi-institutional approach based on Participatory Action Research that have been adopted for the restoration and the rehabilitation of the collective natural resources.

The project has promoted lessons to learn and challenges and opportunities to share!

The International conference to be held in Bukavu in 2012, is seen as a larger room and open windows for sharing knowledge about Environmental governance in fragile ecosystems! Welcome to all participants from diverse backgrounds!


The Conference will take place in the beautiful city of Bukavu (Eastern DRCongo) from Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th in February 2012.


This conference is seen as a meeting room gathering together professional researchers and policy/decision makers in the Great African lakes. The main topic is closed to the Governance of collective natural resources.

Therefore the conference aims at providing opportunities to professionals, scientists, local communities, and policy makers , to talk together around concrete themes of rural poverty alleviation with a liaison on collective natural resources conservation.

As results, the Conference will permit to develop participatory approaches for setting-up guidelines and principles of Good environmental governance, especially in fragile Ecosystems.


The main topic is defined as follows: “Governance of collective natural resources in post-conflict context: challenges and opportunities”


The Conference will be organized in a set of Workshops shared through different thematic axis, including oral presentation, posters, and exhibitions.

Local and abroad key-speakers and facilitators will be selected from available specialists and resource-persons dealing with developed themes in the conference,. This will make the conference a dynamic place of knowledge and technology transfer among participants


WOKSHOP A: Social capital and revitalization of collective natural resources

The topics landed in this workshop will focus on the importance of the communal implication in environmental change processes, looking to the implementation and adoption of existing technologies.


A1. The local committees of environmental Management: assets and challenges

A2. Leadership and environmental governance

A3. Gender, Equity and environment

A4. Local Knowledge and practices of a good governance of the natural resources

A5. Land use and soils fertility management

WORKSHOP B: Regional partnership for participatory action-research in the Environmental change process

This workshop will focus on the importance of a scheduling and, a regional strategy to develop sound environmental programs in post-conflicts phase.

The topics will be about results of research bound to good practices of planning of the sites damaged and on some initiatives that are driven towards developing a regional plan for natural resources management. It will also approach some aspects of inter-institutional collaborations linking research institutions, NGOs, Universities and private sectors for the environmental promotion.

Themes to develop

B1. Role and place of the multi-institutional partnership in the management of resources natural through research action participative

B2. Institutional models of management of the collective natural resources (Survey of the case)

WORKSHOP C: Economic incitements and governance of Natural resources

This forum is describing social and economic parameters encouraging efficient involvement of agricultural operators in conservation of natural resources. It will also be about defining efficient strategies to mobilize dislocated communities in clusters that enhance the protection and conservation of collective natural resources.

Themes to develop:

C1. Food security and environmental governance

C2. Economic Incitements in poor communities for a better management of collective natural resources

WORKSHOP D: Decentralization, Policies and the Governance of the collective natural resources

It will create evidence of the role and place of the national and/or regional policies that promote environmental viability towards well-being of all. The attention will also be focused on Decentralization impacts on the governance of natural resources in post-conflicts societies.

Theme to develop:

D1. Regulations and laws for the Governance of collective natural resources

D2. Advocacy and governance of the natural resources

D3. Policy briefs in the environmental governance

D4. Legal frame for Natural resources management within the Great African Lakes region.


The conference language will be either French or English. Translation will be made automatically!


Two models of communication are acceptable: oral communication and posters presentation. Stands for posters will be arranged by Panels.

The acts of the conference will be published subsequently.


Participants are strongly requested to send the participation letter and the application form to Professor Pascal Isumbisho Mwapu with copy Mr. Innocent Balagizi Karhagomba to following electronic addresses: and


Participation fees for the Conference are fixed as follows:

- Nationals of the Region (Rwanda, Burundi, DR. Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya): 200 USD

- others: 450 USD

Students and Young scientists and researchers from the Region can benefit from a small grants covering the participation costs to the Conference. However the number of purses being limited alone the candidates who will submit a summary of presentation appreciated by the scientific Committee in time; will be able to benefit from this support.


October 15th, 2011: Deadline to submit the application form and the abstracts of communication

October 30th, 2011: Publication of the titles of communications by the scientific committee

December 20th, 2011: Deadline to submit the full paper / poster to present

January 05th, 2012: Last announcement of the Conference

January 20th, 2012: Final program

February 2012: Conference


The conference will be co-organized by following institutions:

- DIOBASS platform in the Kivu

- ADISCO of Burundi

- University of Burundi

- Evangelical university in Africa (UEA)

- Center of Academic research of the Kivu (CERUKI)

- High institute of Farming Development (ISDR)

- Institute of the Agronomic Sciences of Burundi


Sylvain Mapatano (DIOBASS) Déo Niyonkuru (ADISCO)

Prof. Pascal Isumbisho (CERUKI and UEA/Bukavu) Prof. Samuel Bigawa (University of Burundi)

Balagizi innocent (DIOBASS) Libère Bukobero (ADISCO)

Tél: (+243) 815217572 Tél (+243)994213502 Téls: (+243) 859442033

10. Model of presentation (to underline): oral presentation or posters

To submit to following electronic addresses : and


The original works, in French or in English, that won't have been yet published or submitted elsewhere for publication, will be accepted in the Acts of the conference.

The manuscripts, will be presented in Times New Roman, size 12 points, of spacing 1,5 with a margin of 2,5 minimum cm, will count to 12 pages amximum (pictures and faces including) for the original articles. They will be submitted to the organizers of the symposium in electronic version, to the following electronic addresses: with copy to


The first page of the manuscript will carry: the title, the sub-tile, names and complete first names of authors and their professional addresses. The name of the correspondence author will be marked of a "* ", and his/her complete address, telephone numbers, and electronic address.

The second page will start with the title in the language of the article (notably English or French). It includes besides, a summary (200 words to the maximum), followed of the key words (5 to the maximum) in the language of the article. It also includes the title of the article followed of the summary and the key words in the second language.

The third page 3 will consist of the body of the article. The text will be, of preference, divided in introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, findings, possible acknowledgments and bibliographic references. The decimal numbering will be used to indicate the hierarchy of divisions and subdivisions, without passing three levels.


All references will be mentioned in the text by the names of authors followed of the publication year, in brackets. For more of two authors, the name of the first author is followed of "and al". When several references are mentioned together, they are ordered chronologically.

Bibliographic references.

The presentation of the bibliography will conform to the international norme ISO 690, while separating the Books, papers, personal communications and the references pulled from internet (Webography). The references will be classified by alphabetic order of the first author and by chronological order for a given author.

Illustrations, pictures and graphic

Each illustration and picture will be provided on a separated leaf and will carry a title and a legend, and will be numbered in the order given inside the text, while using the Arabian numbers (Fig. 1, Table1, Picture 1, etc.).

The drawings, graphic, charts, etc. will be executed to the black feature on white and well stocked bottom on a definitive scale. They will be conceived in order to enroll in a column (width 7 cm, height maximum 18 cm) or on the site of two columns (width 15 cm, height maximum 18 cm). in any case, it will be necessary to be careful to align the axes, that must be strictly parallel to the sides of the leaf perfectly.

Units of measure

The Units of the International System should be respected for what concerns the physical sizes, the equations, the measurements and the symbols of the sizes and units. The abbreviations of these units will be able to be used without other definition. In the text, the units will be spelled, except if they are preceded of a number, to which case it is the international abbreviation that will be used (min, d, g, m, J, etc.).

International Conference on Collective Natural Resources (Bukavu 2012, pdf, 486 kb)

Application form (479,9 kb)

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