On 17th August, 2018 the Sokoine University of Agriculture Vice Chancellor on behalf of Council and Management was officially handed over buildings located at Daraja Mbili Village in Tunduru District (Ruvuma Region) which were formerly used by Road Engineers to be used for academic purposes Read the full story here
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Bamboo is a grass plant that belongs to the family Poaceae. It grows fast and has multiple uses. It is not treated as a tree, but rather a member of the true grass family as you can notice how much this is very different from other grasses we are used to seeing. According to the data obtained in the year 2000, Tanzania has approximately 127,824 ha of bamboo. For more information, visit this link http://www.sua.ac.tz/news/potential-bamboo-tanzania
Speaker : Jens Friis Lund , Associate professor at the University of Copenhagen
About the Speaker
Jens Friis Lund is associate professor at the University of Copenhagen. He is a political ecologist with a keen interest in equity, justice and knowledge production around natural resources governance. He has worked on participatory or decentralized approaches to forestry and wildlife management in Tanzania and Nepal, timber governance and forest history in Ghana, and economic and social issues of hunting and other recreational uses of landscape in Denmark.
Brief introduction of the SCIFOR Project
The Sokoine University of Agriculture in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Institute of Forestry, Nepal is implementing a research project called Science and Power in Participatory Forestry (SCIFOR). Overall, the project investigates politics in the production, circulation, and application of scientific knowledge guiding forest management in Tanzania and Nepal. The project was conceived out of the observation that scientific forestry knowledge that originated in central Europe in early 19th century, initially for taxation purposes, remains the standard today also in Participatory Forest Management (PFM) processes. The project starting point is problems with implementation of PFM: inadequate funding, plans not based on rigorous inventories, unclear whether management plans are used, unclear whether PFM forests generate values that justify the costs of intensive inventories, just to mention a few. Despite all these problems, the framing of PFM in technical and procedural terms endures.
The project is supporting two PhD students at SUA. The overall project leader from Denmark is Associate Prof Jens Friis Lund and the project leader in Tanzania is Prof. Y. Ngaga. The presentation will be drawn on the following works:
1. Lund, J.F., N.D. Burgess, S. Chamshama, K. Dons, J. Isango, G. Kajembe, H. Meilby, F. Moyo, E.E. Mwakalukwa, Y. Ngaga, S. Ngowi, M. Njana, K. Skeie, I. Theilade and T. Treue 2015. Mixed methods approaches to evaluate conservation impact: evidence from decentralized forest management in Tanzania. Environmental Conservation 42(2): 162-170.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271898470_Mixed_method_approaches_to_evaluate_conservation_impact_Evidence_from_decentralized_forest_management_in_Tanzania
2. Sungusia, E. and J.F. Lund 2016. Against all policies: landscape-level forest restoration in Tanzania. World Development Perspectives 3: 35–37. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/310651252_Sungusia_E_and_JF_Lund_2016_Against_all_policies_landscape-level_forest_restoration_in_Tanzania_World_Development_Perspectives_3_35-37
3. Lund, J.F., Mabele, M.B., Sungusia, E and A. Scheba 2017. Promising change, delivering continuity: REDD+ as conservation fad. World Development 89:124-139. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307359237_Promising_Change_Delivering_Continuity_REDD_as_Conservation_Fad
4. Lund, J.F. 2015. Paradoxes of participation: the logic of professionalization in participatory forestry. Forest Policy and Economics 60:1-6. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282123332_Paradoxes_of_participation_The_logic_of_professionalization_in_participatory_forestry
5. Toft, M.N.J., Adeyeye, Y. and Lund, J.F. 2015. The use and usefulness of inventory-based management planning to forest management: Evidence from community forestry in Nepal. Forest Policy and Economics 60:35-49.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282563373_The_use_and_usefulness_of_inventory-based_management_planning_to_forest_management_Evidence_from_community_forestry_in_Nepal
6. Hansen, C.P. and J.F. Lund 2017. Imagined forestry: the history of the scientific management of Ghana’s High Forest Zone. Environment and History 23:3–38. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/310605777_Imagined_forestry_the_history_of_the_scientific_management_of_Ghana%27s_High_Forest_Zone_Environment_and_History_In_press_httpwwwwhpresscoukEHpapers936pdf
GRL visited SUA to inform the final lists on activities of the company so as rise interest of the students to apply jobs in the company.
(Above) GRL staffs and students
Sokoine University of Agriculture is currently undergoing a restructuring process in accordance with the Proposal for restructuring the management system and organisational structure of SUA As approved by the Council at its 133rd meeting held on 27th march 2014. Restructuring is being undertaken to enhance efficiency, effectiveness and visibility of SUA. This is in line with the Corporate Strategic Plan (CSP) 2011 to 2020, whereby one of the objectives to be achieved is to improve efficiency of the management system to address academic, administrative and societal issues. Strategically the university aims to;
Restructure Departments/Faculties/Institutes/Directorates and Centres to improve accountability, efficiency and competitiveness, and
ii) Improve procedure for appointment of senior officers to allow more dynamic use of talent and human resources.
The Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation is now to preparing its proposal for restructuring into a ‘Prospective Campus College’ with effect from 1st July 2016.
What are the expected outcome of this process?
The expected outcome of restructuring is the creation of academic and administrative organizational entities that will function more effectively and more efficiently as envisaged in the CSP. Specifically, it is expected that the faculty shall be:
fully connected to the university’s agreed vision, mission and strategic objectives;
sufficiently independent and flexible to respond to new opportunities but remain focused on the overall institutional aims;
endowed with a critical mass of academic staff with the required coherence across a range of disciplines in ways that maximize opportunity for interdisciplinary research and education including training and outreach;
of a sufficient size to provide financial resilience, and achieve economies of scale and scope in education/training, research, outreach and administration;
able to attract and retain high quality, effective actors who are capable of managing a large academic unit, contributing to institutional planning, and implementation of interdisciplinary research and education;,
decentralized in decision making in order to release quality time for top management to tackle issues of strategic importance to the University; and
characterized by a reduction of the span of control from the centre to the periphery to allow for individual professional growth, development, accountability and personal job satisfaction.
Let’s go together. Remember, “Restructuring as applied to an organization means to organize differently. However, while restructuring involves re-organization, it also implies a transformation of the organization, particularly in terms of how things are done”.
After a very competitive process eventually the Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation (FoFNC) of Sokoine University of Agriculture has been appointed by the Government of United Republic of Tanzania to be the host institution for National Carbon Monitoring Centre (NCMC). This appointment was officiated by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Vice-President’s Office, Mr Sazi Salula, and the SUA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gerald Monela, on 30th July 2014 in Dar es Salaam.
The NCMC is a brainchild of ongoing discussions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the possibility for developing countries to receive financial benefits for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation; forest conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+). In support of these discussions, it was decided by UNFCCC to carry out demonstration projects in developing countries to inform the discussion. In response to this, Norway launched an International Climate and Forest Initiative in 2007, with a global commitment of up to Norwegian Kronner (NOK) three billion annually. In April 2008, Norway and Tanzania signed a Letter of Intent on a Climate Change Partnership; with a focus on supporting REDD+ pilot activities in the field, research and capacity building, and national REDD+ strategy development and implementation. The two countries agreed to cooperate for five years on climate change and REDD+ and Norway committed itself to support the cooperation with up to NOK 500 million (US$ 100 million) for the period. As REDD+ is a result-based mechanism, countries will be required to quantify their achievements in REDD+ by establishing a robust and transparent forest carbon MRV system. MRV provides a system on how to account for the amount of forest carbon, including changes over time. Tanzania envisages participating in the implementation of REDD+ and has started setting up her MRV system for the determination of carbon benefits.
Given the complexity of the MRV process, NCMC was proposed to be established. A functional NCMC will make it possible for Tanzania to participate effectively in an international REDD+ regime and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
The NCMC is being establieshed by support of a Norwegian grant of up to 37 Million NOK over a 3-year (2015-2018) period through an Agreement between the governments of Tanzania and Norway signed on 02nd September 2015.
The NCMC will manage an effective national system of measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of carbon in forest ecosystems for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the international community on behalf of the nation. While initial focus will be on carbon emission reductions in the forestry sector, in the longer term, the NCMC can be expanded to accommodate other sectors such as agriculture, energy, transport and industries.
The NCMC will harness available national capacity and support it with international expertise through an institutional collaboration with the Climate Center of the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research. Specific functions of NCMC will be to:
· Provide technical services on measuring, reporting and national/subnational verification for REDD+;
· Accommodate emissions accounting from new sectors and provide monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) for social and environmental safeguards in MRV activities;
· Hosting and managing the National Carbon Database and REDD+ project registry;
· Verify and standardize research outcomes (models, reference levels and activity data, emission factors)
· Be the custodian of the National MRV system and platform;
· Quality assurance of the national MRV System;
· Be the centre for reporting and documentation on climate change related information including the National Carbon Accounting System;
· Provide policy and regulatory advice; and
· Oversight for governance and advocacy in forest carbon stocks and other carbon sinks and the likes.
Roles and responsibilities of the Host Institution are: receiving funds for the establishment of NCMC; recruitment of NCMC Team Coordinator and International Technical Advisor; engaging and facilitating the Vice President’s Office and other stakeholders in the process of establishing NCMC; facilitating procurement of office space and working facilities during the inception Phase and servicing the NCMC Advisory Committee.
With these developments, SUA has allocated an office space for NCMC initially on the 2nd floor in the Business Centre building. Other processes needed for the establishment of the centre are underway.