The Department of Environmental Management is one of the 3 Departments in the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Makerere University. The Department offers courses that contribute to the School degree programs in research and training, leading to both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees Programmes

Our research and training activities are aimed at integrating biophysical and social sciences to promote development and application of knowledge and skills that enhance ethical and sustainable use and management of forest resources. High quality learning opportunities are offered to students in order to enable them think critically analyse and synthesize knowledge and to communicate effectively.

Further, given the current development of plantation forestry in the region, the school is launching (Academic year 2011/12) a degree option in Commercial Forestry as a major. It is the mandate of the Department of Forest Management in collaboration with key stakeholders such as the Sawlog Production Grant Scheme, Uganda Timber Growers Association and National Forest Authority to produced specialised cadre of graduates to promote forest plantations as a viable investment in Uganda’s forest sector for improved livelihoods, transformation of societies through economic growth and attainment of sustainable development. In so doing, the programme will promote national development through training; research and technology transfer in forest plantations hence contributing to the strategic plan of the Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation and that of Makerere University at large. Further, the programme is well suited in fulfilling MDGs 1 & 7.

 

The Department has 9 full time academic staff members, 3 of whom have PhD degrees specializing in various areas of quantitative and qualitative natural resources management. 4 of the staff are registered for PhD and are at various stages of completion whereas the one Teaching Assistants is in the final stages of his MSc degree training.

Owing to an ever-increasing demand and a heavy work load, the Department continues to draw on the expertise available from other Departments within the School of Forestry, Environment and Geographical Sciences; the School of Agricultural Sciences, and civil organizations dealing with natural resources management. Hence, another 3 members of staff serve the Department on a part-time basis. In addition to their primary teaching responsibilities, all academic staff members are involved in a diversity of research and outreach activities.

Collaborations

  • The Sawlog Production Grant Scheme, and EUfunded project aiming at promoting commercial tree growing in the country
  • The Department is strengthening its linkages with the Department of Ecology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway) through collaborative research.