News

9 May 2018

New paper on sheep grazing and land degradation of Icelandic ecosystems

A new paper on sheep grazing and Icelandic ecosystems has been recently published in the journal Land Degradation & Development. The paper “The sheep in wolf’s clothing? Recognizing threats for land degradation in Iceland using state‐and‐transition models” is led by Isabel C Barrio, project manager at UNU-LRT and co-authored by several UNU-LRT lecturers.
UNU-LRT 2018 cohort
28 March 2018

The 2018 UNU-LRT fellows have arrived

We have a new group of energetic and enthusiastic fellows at UNU-LRT. They are 17 this year, ten women and seven men. The fellows are all experts in their respective countries working on issues related to land use and land management. They will stay for six months at UNU-LRT to advance their knowledge and skills on halting land degradation, restoring degraded land and sustainable land management.
27 February 2018

UNU’s work toward the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

UNU recently launched its Sustainable Development Explorer, a new campaign highlighting UNU’s work to support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015, the SDGs unite global action to overcome the world’s biggest challenges, from hunger and poverty to equality and peace.
19 December 2017

Season´s greetings

Dear friends of UNU-LRT. The year 2017 will soon come to an end - the year we celebrated our 10-year anniversary. In those 10 years, over 100 specialists have been trained in Iceland, short courses have been developed and implemented, and staff as well as former fellows have been active in many events worldwide. We are grateful to all who have collaborated with us on this amazing journey. We send our best wishes for the festive season ahead and wish you a Happy New Year. The UNU-LRT Team
15 December 2017

External evaluation of UNU-LRT

In 2017, UNU-LRT went through a comprehensive external evaluation. The evaluation also included the other UNU training programmes in Iceland on geothermal, fisheries and gender equality. The evaluation was carried out by the Scandinavian consultancy company NIRAS. The recently published evaluation report was very positive and shows that UNU-LRT and the other three UNU training programmes are highly relevant to the trained specialists (the fellows) and their institutions as well as for the Icelandic development cooperation strategy.
Participants and facilitators of the course
1 November 2017

Course in Uganda on sustainable land management, land restoration and linkages to climate change

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.