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Preparation of field practical training at SUA Training Forest, Olmotonyi, Arusha

Preparations for field practical training underway at SUA training forest, Olmotonyi-Arusha. BSc forestry students are expected to commence 6 weeks practical training starting on July 22nd 2019 where there will participate on various forests activities such as Botany, Applied GIS and Remote sensing, Forest economics, Wildlife Management, Forest management planning, EthnomycologyBeekeeping, Bee resources, Natural and plantation forest silvicultureTree provementAgroforestryForest protectionForest soilsClimate changeBiodiversityIntegrated ecosystem assessment, Ecological impact assessment and planning, Environmental flows assesmentsIntergrated watershed managementInvasive species biology, Detection and control, EcologyRestoration and Eco - physiology.

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Sokoine University of Agriculture - Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) Project Meeting

Partners from Tanzania, Kenya, China and UK are coming together to build capacity so development corridor decision-making can be based on sound scientific evidence and effective use of available planning tools and procedures.

The Partnership will build capacity among researchers, practitioners, government and private sector actors to deliver sustainable development corridors in East Africa. This will include increasing availability of the best tools and analyses and the skill to use them.

The SUA DCP project team conducted a one-day planning meeting on 11th July 2019 at SUA, where among others, the following critical issues were discussed:

  1. Progress feedback from each PDRA, RA and Project Assistants
  2. Overview on SUA-DCP project workplan
  3. SAGCOT- Kilombero Cluster Profile and SUA Workplan
  4. Planning for SUA-DCP baseline study in Mbarali and Kilombero Clusters

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Chairman of the meeting Prof. Pantaleo Munishi giving meeting open remarks

Presentation of activities progress from each PDRA RA and Project Assistants DCP

Presentation of activities progress from each PDRA, RA and Project Assistants

Prof. Japhet Kashaigili presenting overview of SUA DCP project workplan

Prof. Japhet Kashaigili presenting overview of SUA-DCP project workplan

Discussion of SAGCOT Kilombero Cluster Profile and SUA Workplan

Discussion of SAGCOT- Kilombero Cluster Profile and SUA Workplan

Key Meeting Action points

  1. PDRAs and RAs to make sure their study and the collection of data address the project outputs.
  2. Project Assistants to facilitate the communication within SUA team and project partners.
  3. PDRAs to make sure that the coming recruited RAs research topics addresses the project outputs.
  4. Project Assistants to send reminder to Co-PIs and project team member on key milestone as per the agreed plan and timeline.
  5. PDRA and RA to prepare matrix table showing alignment of SAGCOT climate adaptation strategy and DCP-SUA work plan. It has to be ready by the 15th July 2019.
  6. PDRA and RA to harmonize the data collection tool to capture the required information on Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and SAGCOT climate adaptation as much as possible. It has to be ready by the 17th July 2019.
  7. Project team to be trained on ODK before going for field work. Mathew Langeni from WWF-Tanzania will lead the training. It has to be ready by the 18th July 2019.
  8. SUA team to meet on Tuesday 16th July 2019 to finalize the fieldwork planning including selection of study areas.

The Development Corridors Partnership project will run until December 2021 and it is funded by the UK Research Council’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

For more information please contact

Co-PIs: Prof. P.K.T Munishi and Prof.  J.J. Kashaigili

Sokoine University of Agriculture

Development Corridors Partnership Project,

College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism,

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Technical Workshop on plantation mapping methodology

On Monday 10th June 2019 College of Forest Wildlife and Tourism (CFWT) hosted a technical workshop to discuss plantation mapping methodologies at the National Carbon Monitoring Center.

The workshop was conducted by four partner institutions including Forest Development Trust, University of Turku -Finland, Sokoine University of Agriculture and Forest and Beekeeping Division. The main objective was to discuss methodology for mapping plantation forests  in Southern Highlands of Tanzania. The workshop was chaired by Director of Forest and Beekeeping Division Dr. Ezekiel Mwakalukwa and assisted by Dr. Samora Andrew Macrice from Department of Ecosystems and Conservation (DEC).

During the workshop two teams (Turku-SUA-PFP and FDT) involved in plantation mapping   presented there methodologies and findings. Follow up with a very long discussion from participants until the decisions made.

At the end of workshop the two methodologies were harmonized and one precise methodology was developed. The final methodology will be submitted to Director of Forest and Beekeeping Division for further actions.

Director of Forest and Beekeeping Division Dr. Ezekiel Mwakalukwa second from right giving his remarks during the workshop

Director of Forest and Beekeeping Division Dr. Ezekiel Mwakalukwa (second from right) giving his remarks during the workshop

participatory mapping for plantation mapping in Tanzania

Mr. Joni Koskinen from Turku University-Finland presenting on the plantation mapping methodology 1 where they use remote sensing open tools together with participatory mapping for plantation mapping

Mosses Cho from Pretoria University presenting on the plantation mapping methodology in Tanzania

Prof. Mosses Cho from Pretoria University presenting on the plantation mapping methodology 2 where they use Landsat and Sentinel 2 images for Scene wise classification.

Mosses Cho from Pretoria University presenting on the plantation mapping methodology

Various stakeholder attended the mapping of forest plantation methodology workshop

Various stakeholder attended the workshop

 

 

 

Tanzanian PhD student who graduate at SUA in 2018 is to be awarded a prize in Denmark

The Ester Boserup Prize for Research on Development 2019 will be awarded to Ian Scoones, Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

Ian Scoones will give an open lecture titled 'Why embracing uncertainty means rethinking development'.

The Ester Boserup Thesis Prize 2019 will be awarded to Eliezeri Sungusia for the PhD thesis 'Reproducing Forestry Education, Scientific Authority, and Management Practices in Tanzania', and will give a presentation of the theses.

Livestream

The event will be livestreamed here:

Livestream of the Ester Boserup Award 2019

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About the Ester Boserup Prizes

The Ester Boserup Prize for Research on Development is awarded for outstanding social science research on development and economic history. The prize is presented to a scholar whose research has improved and deepened our knowledge of development dynamics and economic history, of poverty and wealth, of marginalisation and political participation, and of lawlessness and justice.

The Ester Boserup Thesis Prize is awarded to a brilliant PhD thesis that treats one or several issues of development dynamics, of poverty and wealth, of marginalisation and political participation, and of lawlessness and justice. The thesis must be successfully defended at the University of Copenhagen within the year in question.

More about Ester Boserup and the Ester Boserup Prizes at ccdr.ku.dk

 

Copenhagen Centre for Development Research (CCDR)

The Ester Boserup Prize for Research on Development and the Ester Boserup Thesis Prize are awarded by the Copenhagen Centre for Development Research (CCDR).

For more information, see ccdr.ku.dk

Practical information

The event is open to all, and you do not have to register.

Location:
A1-01.01 Festauditoriet
Bülowsvej 17
1870 Frederiksberg C

If you have any questions about accessibility, feel free to contact Elsebeth Vidø.

Ester Boserup Prizes

GIS, Modeling and Social Science Training Workshop

The Development Corridors Partnership Project is a South-South research and capacity building collaboration among the UK, Chinese and African institutions.

Partners from Tanzania, Kenya, China and UK are coming together to build capacity on decision-making based on  a sound scientific evidence and effective use of available planning tools and procedures.

The Partnership will build capacity among researchers, practitioners, government and private sector actors to deliver sustainable development corridors in East Africa. This will include increasing availability of the best tools and analyses and the skills to use them.

The DCP project is running a one-week training on GIS, Modeling and Social Science Research Methods from Monday 3rd to 9th June 2019 in the Bioprocess Harvest Engineering Hall, Department of Engineering Sciences and Technology (DEST), College of Agriculture, Main Campus, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania.

Prof. Munishi

Prof. Pantaleo Munishi introducing the Development Corridor Partnerships Project to the participants

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Prof. Japhet J. Kashaigili introducing Trainer (Joe Gosling from UNEP-WCMC with the blue shirt) to participants

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Joe Gosling teaching the application of QGIS

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Group photo of the participants and facilitators

The Development Corridors Partnership project will run until December 2021 and is funded by the UK Research Council’s Global Challenges Research Fund

Get in touch

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Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Change Adaptation in Forestry

On May 27th, 2019, the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism hosted an Alumni Seminar delivered by Dr. Deogratias Rweyongeza from Canada on climate change adaptation. This seminar was examining and prompt discussion on climate change adaptation options in various aspects of forestry.Dr. Deogratias Rweyongeza

A greater emphasis was much on climate change adaptation in planted forests through selection and use of reproductive materials such as seed and vegetative propagules.

Trees owe their ability to survive, grow and reproduce (adaptation) to their ability to continually evolve with a changing environment. Silviculture can use this intrinsic characteristic of trees for climate change adaptation.

The speaker was arguing that, not all adaptation options will be applicable or equally successful in all countries.Hence, countries have an obligation to approach climate change adaptation in ways that suite their environments and forest operations. Readmore

Photo: Dr. Deogratias Rweyongeza presenting Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Change Adaptation in Forestry
 
Dr. Deogratias Rweyongeza is a graduate of Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania (BSc in Forestry; class of 1991) and University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada (MSc & PhD, specializing in forest genetics and tree breeding; class of 1997 and 2002, respectively). He previously worked at the National Tree Seed Centre in Morogoro, Tanzania (1992-1994). He is currently a scientist with the Forest Management Branch, Forestry Division, Ministry of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
 
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Staff and Students of College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism pay attention to the Alumni Seminar
 

Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Change Adaption in Forestry

You are warmly welcome to the seminar presentation organized by the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism

 

Title: Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Change Adaption in Forestry

 

Guest Speaker: Deogratias Rweyongeza, PhD, P. Biol. from Forest Management Branch, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Edmonton,  Alberta, Canada

 

Date & time: Monday 27th May, 2019 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon

 

Venue: National Carbon Monitoring Centre

 

 

Fore more information please download abstract Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Change Adaption in Forestry

SUA Tree Planting Campaign 2019

Since March 1997, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) through its College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism has been organizing the tree planting week campaign to ensure proper utilization of university land, to protect the university land and surrounding areas against soil erosion, restoration of degraded hill tops, extension and establishment of forest plantations to be used for training and research purposes.

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Sokoine University of Agriculture's students and staff participating in tree planting campaign at Kasanga village in Morogoro

The tree planting campaign for this year was launched today, 6th May 2019, by Morogoro Regional Secretary, Mr. Clifford Tandari at Kasanga Village area in Morogoro region whereby the Sokoine University of Agriculture's  community in collaboration with Kasanga villager planted trees as boundary between SUA area and Kasanga Village as the Theme of this year states that “PLANT TREES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR BOUNDARIES AND REDUCE LAND DISPUTES”. Other trees were planted at Bondwa Secondary Schools. SUA is expecting to plant 5,000 trees in this year to protect its area at Kasanga to Lugala Village. 

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Morogoro Regional Secretary, Mr. Clifford Tandari (centre) speaking during the launching of tree planting campaign 2019 at Kasanga Village area in Morogoro. Standing is Deputy Vice Chancellor - Administration and Finance Prof. Fredrick Kahimba (left) and Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic Prof. Peter R. Gillah (right) of Sokoine University of Agriculture 


Speaking at the event, Mr. Clifford Tandari explained that the environment consists of everything that is around us including living or non-living things such as animals, forests, lands, mountains, valleys, rivers, and humans. Unfortunately, the major causes of environmental degradation is various human economic activities.

"Various areas in Tanzania, including Morogoro, face problems of environmental degradation due to various factors such as expansion of cities (new construction), Uncontrolled cutting of forest trees, waste disposal especially plastic products that takes long time to rot, Artificial burning (especially forest), Livestock feeding (in the countryside and even in urban areas) and Uncontrolled agriculture” said Mr. Tandari.

He also added that tree planting certainly has many benefits for us humans including to increase income by selling wood products such as columns, wood, charcoal and wood; reducing deforestation, reducing soil erosion on steep slopes, availability of water even during the dry season; availability of seeds and fruits as well as availability of rain.

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Morogoro Regional Secretary, Mr. Clifford Tandari planting tree to mark the beginning of tree planting campaign at SUA in 2019 at Kasanga area in Morogoro 
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Sokoine University of Agriculture's students , staff  and Kasanga village members planting trees at Kasanga area in Morogoro
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Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Prof. Fredrick Kahimba planting trees

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Tree planting week event at SUA is always conducted during the start of long rains (in late March to mid April), However it is important to make sure that there is enough moisture build-up in the area to be planted with trees.

Areas set aside by the University farm for tree planting are Lugala, Lugoba, Mazimbu, Barongo, Morning Side, area around Mindu Dam and along Iringa road. These areas were underutilized and/or threatened by soil erosion.

FREE Biodiversity Finance BIOFIN MOOC

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Do you need to make a stronger business case for biodiversity conservation? Do you want to become more skilled at developing financially sound and politically feasible solutions to conservation and development challenges? Do you need to know how to develop an effective biodiversity finance plan? Do you want access to more tools to assess the policy, institutional, and economic context for biodiversity finance, and to conduct a financial needs assessment to achieve a country’s biodiversity goals? We are offering a FREE seven-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called Biodiversity Finance. It will be facilitated in English, French, Spanish and Russian, and will run from 15 April to 31 May 2019. The course is aimed at conservation planning and biodiversity finance practitioners and policymakers, but is open to everyone.
 

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Biodiversity Finance MOOC highlights and outcomes:

  • Gain an overview of key issues related to biodiversity finance 
  • Interact with experts in national biodiversity finance from more than a dozen countries 
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  • Receive a certificate of completion from premier development institutions 
  • Take a deep dive into rich online lessons, webinars, assignments, finance solutions and discussions


The course will cover the following topics:

  • Week 1: Introduction to biodiversity and sustainable development
  • Week 2: Introduction to biodiversity finance
  • Week 3: Biodiversity finance policy and institutional review
  • Week 4: Biodiversity expenditure review
  • Week 5: Biodiversity financial needs assessment
  • Week 6: Biodiversity finance plan
  • Week 7: Implementing the biodiversity finance plan 


Learning objectives:By the time the course is completed, you will be able to:

  • Assess the policy, institutional, and economic context for biodiversity finance;
  • Conduct a financial needs assessment to achieve a country’s biodiversity goals;
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We invite you to watch this brief introductory video about the course! In it, leading biodiversity finance experts will greet you and explain how this course will help you see biodiversity in a different light. Learn how nature is also  a core component for economic growth, job creation, poverty reduction, an investment in national food security, water security, and climate resilience.

 

This course is offered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), in partnership with the UNDP Global Programme on Nature for Developmentthe NBSAP Forum, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Financial support is provided by the governments of the European Union, Flanders, Norway, Germany and Switzerland, and the GEF.

 

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Commonwealth Forestry Association – Young Forester Award 2020 launched

The Commonwealth Forestry Association’s commitment is pleased to announce the launch of the CFA Young Forester Award2020 in conjunction with the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia.

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 The CFA Young Forester Award provides a short-term work placement of three months hosted by the University of British Columbia at their Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, between September and December 2020, where the successful applicants will be able to develop their practical skills.  The Award covers flights, accommodation, local travel, subsistence costs and a small bursary to cover the period of the placement.

 

Key focus

The 2020 Award will focus on forest wildlife management.  The two winners will assist in a research project focusing on mammal community dynamics in human-impacted ecosystems which will assist in the development of conservation strategies for human-wildlife coexistence.
 

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a national of a Commonwealth country.
  • Hold a forestry qualification.
  • Be able to exhibit a genuine interest in forest wildlife management.
  • Be below 35 years of age on 1st January 2020.
  • Be able to travel to Canada and apply for a Canadian Study Permit.
  • Hold a valid driving licence.


Application process

The Application Form below should be completed and submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 15th 2020.  The following information must also be sent at the same time:

  • An essay of at least 400, but no more than 500, words explaining why you are applying for the CFA Young Forester Award.
  • A Curriculum Vitae/ Résumé of no more than two pages.


Short-listed candidates will undergo a Skype interview.

Please note that only applications that meet these requirements will be considered.

To download the application form, click here