UNU-LRT will carry out a short course in Uganda in September this year with its Ugandan partner institutions, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and Makerere University. The short course will be on sustainable land management, land restoration and linkages with climate change. In mid-May, the Ugandan members of the curriculum development team visited Iceland to attend a working meeting with their counterparts from UNU-LRT, in order to develop the short course curriculum. The four Ugandan specialists are Dr Jerome Sebadduka Lugumira, a Natural Resources Manager at NEMA in Uganda, Ms Evelyn Mugume, a District Environment Officer in Kasese municipality and former UNU-LRT fellow, and two lecturers from Makerere University: Dr Daniel Waiswa and Dr Gerald Eilu.
The team of four had a very productive five-day stay in Iceland. Besides working on the curriculum development, the two visitors from Makerere University gave a presentation to the UNU-LRT fellows and staff about Invasive species in Uganda: Status and management challenges in view of land restoration. UNU-LRT also hosted, in partnership with the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland, an open seminar at the Harpa Concert Hall entitled: Climate Change and Land Management in Uganda. The keynote speaker was Dr Jerome Sebadduka Lugumira from NEMA and the UNU-LRT Director, Dr Hafdis Hanna Aegisdottir, as well as Dr Jon Geir Petursson, Director at the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources and UNU-LRT Studies Committee member, also provided inputs to the meeting.