Prudence Ndabasanze has over three years of experience in biodiversity conservation and natural resources management. He was coordinating a regional project, Conservation of birds and biodiversity in the Lake Victoria Basin at Akanyaru wetlands, focusing on local empowerment and engaging local communities in sustainable conservation before his placement at University of Maine under Mandela Washington Fellowship 2016 for the past six weeks.
Prudence is the founder of Nature Rwanda, youth run and lead organization, which aims to connect young people with nature through empowerment and engagement of concerned, responsible and informed citizens. Priory, Prudence volunteered with WWF International on the conservation of mangroves and climate change adaptation in Madagascar in 2014, and he continues to volunteer with various environmental organizations.
Prudence holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Conservation and is currently pursuing his master’s in Geo-Information in Environment and Sustainable Development at University of Rwanda. In additional, Prudence took international short courses on climate change adaptation with Global Climate Adaptation Partnership in Kenya, and Spatial Ecotoxicology and Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment at University of Landau in Germany, among others.
During his six-week Professional Development Experience in the Global Responsibility, Public Policy and Community Department at Starbucks in Seattle, Washington; He hopes to get hands-on experience in sustainable development. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Prudence plans to continue his work in biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation with a focus on youth empowerment and engagement in order to build a community where people live in harmony with nature.