Fellows were introduced to cartography work
20 June 2014

Visit to the Icelandic Institute of Natural History

The UNU-LRT fellows visited the Icelandic Institute of Natural History recently in the Institute’s impressive new facilities in Gardabaer. The Director of the Ecology Department, Dr Borgþór Magnússon, and his staff welcomed the fellows and introduced the cartography work at the institution and research on rangeland condition, effect of climate change on vegetation and the distribution of the introduced Nootka lupine in Iceland.
Ms Monique Barbut at the UNU-LRT meeting
3 June 2014

The Executive Secretary of the UNCCD visits UNU-LRT

The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Ms Monique Barbut, was in Iceland this week. During her stay she had a meeting with fellows, staff members and the Studies Committee of UNU-LRT. This was an honour for the programme, especially because it is rooted in the Convention and works towards the same objectives: to combat land degradation and desertification.
Mr Illo with the UNU-LRT group
27 May 2014

Ambassador from Niger visits UNU-LRT

The Brussels based ambassador of Niger to Iceland, Mr Adani Illo, paid the UNU-LRT programme a visit earlier this month. Mr Illo was introduced to the six-month training programme as well as to the fellows of this year´s programme. Among this year´s fellows are two men from Niger Republic which also discussed shortly with the ambassador the benefits of the programme to their institutions in Niger.
Ms Yaro in the podium at the seminar
16 May 2014

UNU-LRT fellow gives a presentation at a seminar at the University of Iceland

The UN Association in Iceland hosted a seminar in cooperation with the UNU programmes in Iceland, Institute of International Affairs, and Ministry for Foreign Affairs at the University of Iceland this week. The theme of the seminar was on performance management in the development sector, focusing on the UNU programmes in Iceland. Fellows from all four UNU Iceland based programmes gave a talk about their experiences and expectations of the training. Presenting on behalf of the UNU-LRT programme was Ms Irene Jemilatu Yenuyet Yaro from Ghana. She described the challenges she faces as a Programme Officer at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Eastern Region in Ghana with the mining sector.
8 April 2014

Visit from Ethiopian ambassador

UNU-LRT was honoured to welcome a distinguished guest last week when the ambassador of Ethiopia to the Nordic countries, Ms Woinshet Tadesse, paid a visit to the programme. The ambassador and Mr Daneal Tenkir Arga, Counsellor II at the Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia based in Stockholm, were introduced to the activities and facilities of UNU-LRT. Furthermore, a continued fruitful collaboration between UNU-LRT and local Ethiopian institutions, working on land restoration and sustainable land management, was discussed and recommended.
At Sagnagardur in Gunnarsholt
31 March 2014

UNU-LRT programme 2014 has started

About three weeks ago, the annual UNU-LRT six-month training programme started with 12 fellows, seven men and five women. The fellows this year come from six different countries in Central-Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The countries are: Ethiopia (2 fellows), Ghana (3), Mongolia (2), Niger (2), Uganda (2) and Uzbekistan (1).