Project output area 1 & 3: adequate human capacity for REDD+ in Ugandan and Tanzanian Higher Education Institutions developed and research capacity for REDD+ and evidence based results for policy on REDD+ generated
Fourteen PhD and 8 masters’ students have been recruited to the project. In 2015 8 PhDs travelled to Norway to meet with Norwegian supervisors and discuss their proposals. Three Professors from NMBU travelled to Uganda and supervised students in the field. Three of the PhDs students have finalised with field work and are now writing their results. The rest are undertaking field work. Fifteen research projects are currently ongoing (Annex 1). Two articles have been published, four has been submitted and one scientific report has been written (Annex 2).
Project output area 2: Functional and Specialized training programs on REDD+ created
Two course units on REDD+, one at Makerere University and another at UDSM, have been created. Other relevant courses at the masters’ level have also been revised to include REDD+. Two short course training, one on REDD+ aspects (28 July 2015) and a Gender mainstreaming Workshop for (14th-15th October, 2015) were conducted at Makerere University in 2015. Another one is planned for 2016. Our project also collaborated with Makerere University Center for Climate Change Research & Innovations (MUCCRI) on the 1st Annual Climate Change [training] Boot Camp for undergraduate students that took place January 28-30, 2015, with of Makerere University (http://muccri.mak.ac.ug/training/bootcamps).
Project output area 4, a functional Information system for REDD+ created, the project has a http://reddea.mak.ac.ug/ that communicates the project’s achievements.
Project Output 5: develop networks and partnerships between academic, research institutions and CSOs
Strong collaborative links have been established with two institutions namely MUCCRI (http://muccri.mak.ac.ug/) and FSSD (http://bit.ly/1Nmy45q). We have so far collaborated on training and research with these two institutions. We have conducted a joint research with the Forest Support Sector Department (FSSD) titled “Determining historical rates of afforestation and reforestation (AR) and forest restoration for REDD+ implementation in Uganda”. A report has been prepared and the results disseminated in a workshop. The Ugandan PI was nominated for REDD+ training organised by UN-REDD in Calabar Nigeria by FSSD in 2015. The project is collaborating with MUCCRI and a joint training has been conducted. Meetings are frequently held between these our two projects on matters of mutual interest.