This autumn, UNU-LRT offered a short course in Uganda on “Sustainable land management, land restoration and linkages to climate change”. The 9-day course was organised in cooperation with the Ugandan partner institutions of UNU-LRT, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and Makerere University. The course was held in Kasese municipality in Western Uganda and the participants were 25 officers from 18 different districts in Western Uganda, who work on environmental issues within their districts.
During the course, the participants took part in interactive lectures, group assignments and exercises as well as two short field trips to visit restoration sites. The final day of the course was devoted to a comprehensive evaluation of the content and practicalities. The outcome of the evaluation showed that the course was very well received by the participants and it was mentioned that they now feel better equipped to deal with unsustainable land use and other environmental challenges in the era of climate change. Overall this first UNU-LRT short course held in a partner country, turned out to be a successful one according to both participants and facilitators but the course team included three instructors from Iceland, seven instructors from Uganda, and four additional support staff. A similar course is now being planned in another district in Uganda in 2018.