Nature based solutions for sustainable development: Rwanda´s ABS biodiscovery project
Through an ABS partnership between the University of Rwanda and the University of Liège in Belgium, this laboratory research links healers´ traditional knowledge and phytomedicines production, with the aim to initiate a Rwandan pharmacopeia of phytomedicines.
The project includes “gifurina” (derived from the species Datura Stramonium), which is a syrup that reduces the acid produced by the stomach and also has antispasmodic properties; “tembatembe” (made from Neorautanenia mitis), an ointment used to treat scabies and and “rusendina” which is an insect repellent with an antiinflamatory effect.
The university of Rwanda is now processing a permit through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) to take plant samples from Rwanda to the University of Liège. The project is based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two universities, and between the university of Rwanda and NIRDA.
This ABS nature based solution contributes to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, since rwandan phytomedicines may lead to new medical breakthroughs resulting in treatments that may help cure millions of people and contribute to overall well-being. Additionally, it helps to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation (SDG 9).
Learn more about this ABS biodiscovery case here.