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Land is an important resource for humanity as livelihoods depend on it. Humans utilize land to sustain livelihoods, but it is degraded partly because of the increasing human population and climate change, among other factors. Land degradation is thus a threat that needs to be addressed globally, partly through restoration. Within Eastern Africa, as is indeed the case in developing countries globally, there is a scarcity of professionals in land restoration. This paper evaluates an effort undertaken by the United Nations University Land Restoration Training Programme partnering with Makerere University and the National Environment Management Authority in Uganda, to offer training in land restoration. We compare this to other land restoration training initiatives in East Africa. We examined curricular of training institutions, including universities, to understand the inclusion of land degradation and restoration issues. We also interviewed practitioners involved in land management to assess their knowledge and skills. Two trainings have so far been conducted in Uganda, targeting district local officers in the Natural Resources Sector, which is a novel approach for spreading skills in land restoration. Case studies of participants in the trainings are used to show that they are causing change. Aroused interest in land restoration issues following the trainings shows that the existing capacity (knowledge and skills) in land degradation and land restoration is inadequate. This study provides basic guidelines to training institutions regarding strategies for re-aligning their programmes to enhance their contribution to addressing land degradation, demonstrating benefits of the north-south collaboration.
Audio/Video, Conference Presentation, SER2019
Society for Ecological Restoration