FIELD PRACTICAL TRAININGS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREST AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

Field practical trainings for 3rd year forestry students started on 22nd July 2019 at SOKOINE UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE TRAINING FOREST (SUATF) located in Olmotonyi, Arusha. The supervisors were Dr.Lusambo and Mr.Kosei from the Department of Forestry and Environmental Economics. The main theme for the practical is to transpose theoretical knowledge into practical experience i.e. exposing students to the actual field situation. The practicals covered three sections; financial resources management, law enforcement and extension education. Financial resource management section was covered by Mr. Msola the accountant at SUATF.
Mr. Msola as the accountant for SUATF shared his experience on financial resource management at SUATF with the students. He insisted that financial resource management is very important section for the development of any organization.
On 23rd July 2019 the field practical continued by shifting the focus to the second section which was law enforcement. Students visited Meru/USA forest office at Olmotonyi, Arusha .The aim of the visit was to expose students on Forest law enforcement through the forest act of 2002 under the section of permit and licensing.
Students got the chance to meet with the Meru/USA plantation manager Mr.Robert Faustine and protection officer Mr.Japhary Hassan who shared their experience on forest law enforcement under the forest act of 2002. They also visited the plantation checkpoint where the attendants share their experience on how inspection is done at the checkpoint.
Finally, third year forest students visited Shiboro village for Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) on 24th of July 2019. The aim of the visit was to identify the challenges and problems facing the adjacent communities’ mainly from forest activities and management of SUA training forest using matrix scoring and ranking approach. The exercise was a success and the students appreciated a taste of field circumstances as well as capturing the perception of the locals in forestry and forest management activities.

Congratulations Professor G.C.Monela

The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism has handed a memorial shield to the former Vice Chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture, Professor Gerald Monela for his excellence in leadership. His leadership voyage at the University reached a climax last year when he retired from administrative duties.

For eleven years, Professor Monela served as a leader at different levels in the University. He is a senior member of the Department of Forest and Environmental Economics which is under the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism. His leadership career at the university started in 1996 when he was appointed as the head of the Department of Forest and Environmental Economics (which was known as Forest Economics by then). From there, he went on to become the Dean of Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation (Colleges were known as Faculties by then), Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration and Finance) and finally the Vice Chancellor. The Principal, Professor John Kessy led the staffs of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism to express their gratitude to Professor Monela at a small event that took place nearby the College. Apart from being appreciative, Professor Monela invited more cooperation from the staffs as he is accessible and ready to help where he can. The department of Forest and Environmental Economics is proud of him and thanks him a lot for the marvellous work that he did in different administrative positions before his retirement as a Vice Chancellor in 2017.    

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My experience regarding the 1st Summer and Field School under the WoodCluster Project in Tanzania

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In late July and early August of this year, the department of Forest and Environmental Economics under the College of Forest, Wildlife and Tourism hosted a Summer School programme ‘first summer and Field School’. The 10 days international programme was designed for students, academic staff and project officers under the WoodCluster Project whose overall objective is to Narrow the East African Wood Supply Gap through Research and Teaching for Farm-Wood-Production base national Bio-Economies with funding from the German ministry for Education (BFMF) to promote Partnerships for Sustainable Solutions within Sub‐Saharan Africa.

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Kapinga's successful PhD defence

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This is to inform the SUA community that, Consolatha Kapinga who was registered in the Department of Forest and Environmental Economics, Successfully defended her PhD viva voce on Friday 24th August, 2018. Her PhD study focused on Value Chain Analysis of Sawn Wood from Tanzania Forest Plantations. Let's join hands to congratulate Consolatha for this significant achievement.

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The Wood Cluster Project Team Visited Sao Hill Plantation

Wood Cluster Project Participants Visits Sao Hill Plantation

On 6th August, 2018 the WoodCluster project team visited Sao Hill Plantation in Mafinga which is owned by the government of Tanzania. The visit was one of the activities in the first summer and field school which was organised by the department of Forest and Environmental Economics. The Team included coallegues from Huwassa University (Ethiopia), Makerere University (Uganda), Technical university Dresden (Germany) and Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania) who were the hosts through the department of Forest and Environmental Economics.

The Project team learned a lot from the discussion with the staff of Tanzania Forest Service (TFS) who are managing the Plantation and also provided their comments on some issues concerning the operation of the farm. The visit generated mutual benefits and experiences for each participant including the opportunity to supplement the theoretical knowledge with field circumstances.

It was established that academic institutions which basically creates professionals should cooperate with the stakeholders such as TFS and others so as to understand the gaps and demands in the forestry sector and tackle the identified setbacks in a viable approach.