FBL 207: Climate Change


Subject Ante and Title: FBL 207 Climate Change


Subject status:                       Elective

Credits rating:                       7.5

Time distribution:

Lectures:                     30 hours

Seminars/Tutorials:      15 hours

Practical:                     7.5 hours

Assignments:               7.5 hours

Independent study:     15hours

Prerequisite: None

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Explain different concepts and key terminologies used in Climate change
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of general and scientific principles of climate change and variability, mitigation and adaptation.
  3. Apply the acquired knowledge and skills to design carbon emission mitigation projects.
  4. Actively participate in climate change negotiations and relevant policy development

Contents: Definition of climate change. Climate change theory and science, Principles underlying climate change. Greenhouse gases: types, sources and sinks. Ecological, social and economic impacts of climate change: global and regional impacts on natural ecosystems, human health, agriculture, forestry, wildlife, biodiversity, fisheries, water resources, energy production and use. Climate change mitigation - the role of forestry and technology. Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. The role of policies and decisions for sustainable development in climate change mitigation. International Conventions on Climate Change – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate. Change (UNFCCC), UNFCCC mechanisms e.g. the Kyoto Protocol – CDM, REDD policy. Global Carbon Markets – CDM and Voluntary Markets.

Required readings

  1. Low, P.S. (2005). Climate change and Africa. Cambridge University Press.
  2. Beever, E.A. and Belant,J.R (2011).Ecological Consequences of Climate Change :Mechanisms, Conservation and Management.CRC Press.
  3. Groom, M.J., Meffe, G.K., Carroll, C.R. (2006). Principles of conservation biology. 3rd Ed. Sinauer Associates, Inc. Publishers, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Recommended readings

1. Grover, V.I (2012). Impact of Climate Change on Water and Health.CRC Press.

2.URT, (2004). Environmental Management Act. Government Printer. Dar es salaam

3.Sills, E.O et al. (2014). REDD+ On the Ground: A case Book of Sub national Initiatives Across the Globe. CIFOR