9 June 2011

Training with Ingrid Gevers from the Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR

Included in the UNU-LRT six-month course curriculum is training in environmental governance and land management planning.  The input of Ingrid Gevers from the Centre for Development Innovation, within the Social Sciences Group of Wageningen University and Research Centre (UR), has been highly significant in the development of this part of the training.  Ingrid has taught at our programme since its initiation in 2007 and her input and the cooperation with the Centre for Development Innovation in Wageningen has been effective and important for UNU-LRT.
26 May 2011

Visit to ICEIDA and MFA

Today the fellows of this year’s six-month training programme visited the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) and the Directorate for International Development at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA).
Dr. Ingvar Birgir Fridleifsson (director of UNU-GTP), Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi (UNU Vice-Rector and director of UNU-ISP), Dr. Hafdis Hanna Aegisdottir (director of UNU-LRT), and Dr. Tumi Tomasson (director of UNU-FTP). Photo: Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir.
3 May 2011

Visit from the Vice-Rector of United Nations University

The Vice-Rector of UNU, Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, visited UNU-LRT at its headquarters at Keldnaholt yesterday.  He was introduced to the current fellows of the six-month training programme, the UNU-LRT staff, some studies committee members, and the Director of SCSI and the Rector of AUI.  Prof. Takeuchi is also the Director of UNU-Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) in Tokyo and we had good discussions on the importance of sustainable use of natural resources, restoration of degraded land, and the mutual benefits of creating cooperation between UNU-ISP and UNU-LRT.
Photograph: Jon Ragnar Bjornsson
14 April 2011

New group of UNU-LRT fellows

Fellows attending this year’s six-month training programme have arrived.  This is the second group of fellows attending the programme since it became a UNU training programme.  The fellows this year are eight and come from Ethiopia, Ghana, Niger, Mongolia and Uganda.
Bulgamaa Densambuu (left) with the 2007 fellows and the programme staff
8 March 2011

News from a 2007 LRT fellow from Mongolia

Bulgamaa Densambuu from Mongolia was in the first group of fellows participating in the LRT programme in 2007.  She is currently the head of the Research and Technology Department at the Mongolian Society for Range Management (MSRM) and is starting her post doctoral program at the New Mexico University, NM, USA.  Bulgamaa says that the LRT training was a great opportunity that gave her a better understanding of the importance of capacity building in the field of land management in Mongolia.  Since attending the programme in Iceland, Bulgamaa has worked towards integrating research and knowledge transfer to local people, directly applying experience and knowledge she accumulated during the LRT programme.  She coordinates several projects at the MSRM.  One is the creation of a nationwide network of institutions with the aim to enhance flow of data and information on rangeland health in order to improve decision-making at the policy level.  Another project she oversees is how to transfer knowledge, gathered from previous projects on rangeland rehabilitation, to herders and other rangeland-user groups.
20 December 2010

Best wishes for the Festive Season and a Happy New Year!

The UNU-LRT team in Iceland sends you their best wishes for the upcoming Festive Season and a Happy New year 2011!  At the end of the year we look back at the progress made, and achievements and milestones reached in 2010.  Please see our recap here.