CGIS contributes significantly to several tasks and activities across different WPs.


Organisation CGIS

The Centre for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing-University of Rwanda (CGIS-UR) is a Research and Training Centre of the University of Rwanda, under the Ministry of Education.

Training and research centre
CGIS-UR promotes a spatially literate society by serving as a recognized, multi-disciplinary training and research centre of excellence in GIS and remote sensing technologies and applications. Through GIS and remote sensing, it addresses issues of local, national and regional importance such as societal and economic transformation and sustainable development in the domains of land administration, biodiversity conservation, sustainable urban planning, environment management and disaster risk management. Until now, CGIS-UR is the leading institution in Rwanda in the field of geo-information technology. The centre comprises permanent and affiliated researchers and technicians.

National and international projects
CGIS-UR successfully completed national and international projects:
Strengthening educational institutes in providing capacity building services for sustainable agricultural development in Rwanda (funded by NUFFIC, 2015 - 2021);
Spatial development framework of Rwanda in collaboration with UN, Human Settlements Program and University of Twente (funded by UN-Habitat, 2015 - 2016);
Integrated, Flood Modelling for Flood Risk analysis in Kigali City (funded by USAID through SERVIR-Eastern and Southern Africa Project operating under RCMRD, 2014 - 2015);
Updating of the national forest cover mapping using high resolution aerial photography (funded by MINIRENA/PAREF, 2012);
Healthy, environmental change and adaptive capacity: mapping, examining and anticipating future risks of water related vector-borne diseases in Eastern Africa (funded by the European Union through EU FP7-Healthy Futures, 2010 - 2014); Study on climate change and food security (under the Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VicRes), 2012 - 2015);
Providing quality education, research, consultancy and services in the field of geo-information science that meet labour market requirements and support the sustainable environmental and socio-economic development of Rwanda (NICHE/RWA/071, funded by NUFFIC, 2011 - 2015);
Development of a GIS decision support system for the coffee sector in Rwanda (SPREAD/USAID, funded 2007 - 2009);
Development of GIS based information system for malaria prevention in Rwanda for National Malaria Control Programme (project under the Ministry of Health, funded by the Belgium Technical Cooperation and Global Fund 2007 - 2008).


Staff CGIS


Clarisse Kagoyire (leader)



Elias Nyandwi (participant)



Gaspard Rwanyiziri (participant)



Joseph Tuyishimire (participant)




This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 774652