8 July 2015

Field education excursion focusing on climate change

Last week the UNU-LRT fellows went on a three day excursion to the southeast of Iceland. The purpose of the excursion was to provide the fellows with first hand experience on land management issues and the influence of climate change in the region. The characteristic of this region is the close proximity to glaciers, including Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull. The consequences of climate change are vividly expressed in the area in the retreat and thinning of the glaciers, which have exposed new land, displaced river channels and changed river discharge, affecting transportation routes, erosion and restoration potential.
2 July 2015

UNU-LRT workshop in Uganda

UNU-LRT held a successful workshop in Kampala, Uganda on 30 June and 1 July. The workshop was organized in collaboration with Ugandan partners of UNU-LRT, hence Makerere University, National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and District Local Governments. The objective with the workshop was to explore how Ugandan partners could see UNU-LRT expand its activities within Uganda in coming years. The workshops was attended by former Ugandan UNU-LRT fellows and facilitated by Dr Jon Geir Petursson, UNU-LRT studies committee member.
15 June 2015

Guest lecturers from UNU-EHS teach ecosystems and disaster risk reduction

UNU-LRT welcomed two guest lecturers from UNU-EHS in Bonn last week, Dr Julia Kloos and Dr Zita Sebesvari. They gave lectures on ecosystems and disaster risk reduction, emphasising the link between social and ecological systems and how disaster risks can be reduced by sustainable management, conservation and ecosystem restoration. Throughout those sessions the UNU-LRT fellows worked in groups on several case studies to identify the different components of disaster risk, such as exposure and vulnerability, and to identify ecosystem services and beneficiaries.
9 June 2015

Introduction to mobile apps that help define land potential

Last week, Dr Jeffrey Herrick, a renowned soil scientist from the Jornada Research Unit, USDA-ARS, New Mexico (USA), gave lectures and hands-on training to the fellows in the six-month training programme. In his teaching, he focused on the Global Land-Potential Knowledge System (LandPKS), which is being developed and will allow the potential of land to be defined.
29 May 2015

Fact-finding mission to Lesotho

On 7-15 May, the UNU-LRT Director went on a fact-finding mission to Lesotho in Southern Africa. The mission was a response to a collaboration interest of the government of Lesotho on combating land degradation and restoring degraded land.
Fellows of UNU-LRT 2015
20 March 2015

New group of UNU-LRT fellows start the six-month training programme

The UNU-LRT six-month training programme for 2015 started on 10 March. 13 fellows, seven women and six men from seven countries and two continents, participate in the training programme this year. The fellows from Central Asia are five, two from Kyrgyzstan and tree from Mongolia. From Sub-Saharan Africa the fellows come from Ghana (1 fellow), Ethiopia (2), Uganda (2), Malawi (2) and Namibia (1). This is the largest group that has participated in the training programme since it was launched in 2007.