The project brings together scientist from NMBU, Makerere and Juba to generate knowledge on the Sudd wetland and in the process, build academic and research capacity at the University of juba.
Main Partner: University of Juba (South Sudan)
Noragric project coordinator: Trygve Berg
Other Noragric staff/ researchers involved: Prof. Ruth Haug, Dr. Gry Synnevåg and Dr Frode Sundnes
Other partners: Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Noragric), Makerere University, (Uganda)
Funded by: NORHED programme, Norad.
Project period: 2013-2018
Other NORHED projects at NMBU
South Sudan is endowed with vast natural resources including abundant arable land, forests, rangelands, wildlife, water and human resources most of which remain untapped. While these vast resources are a blessing, their sustainable utilization posses a challenge because the longstanding conflict between Sudan and South Sudan fragmented the knowledge base and eroded capacity for sustainable development. Today, there is an urgent need for skilled manpower that will develop a systematic knowledge base and identify livelihood opportunities and constraints as well as developmental priorities in the country following independence on 9th July 2011.
The Sudd is endowed with natural resources that support agriculture, livestock, fisheries and wildlife (Protected areas include Shambe National Park, Fanyikang and Zeraf game reserves). However, given that considerable changes have occurred in the landscape including oil exploration, and other geological products, there is need to generate knowledge for development of poverty reduction strategies as well as conservation of the wetlands’ biodiversity.
It shall be implemented over a five year period from 2013-2018 and includes three main components:
1. Strengthening capacity at bachelor and masters levels
This component focuses on training teaching assistants to acquire master degrees in various fields of natural resources management, utilization and ecology and in the process develop research skills and generate data on the Sudd wetland. It includes curriculum development to create new curriculum on wetland or incorperate wetland issues in existing curricula. A gender mainstreaming plan for this component is to offer 50% of the available scholarships to female teaching assistants. It will also support 10 female bachelor degree students of the College of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies through payment of tuition fee for a period of 5 years.
2. Strengthening capacity for research and PhD scholarship
This component will focus on developing research skills through scholarship for PhD and collaborative research. It aims at bringing together researchers from the 3 universities to undertake joint researches in order to strengthen existing collaboration and generate much needed information on the Sudd wetland. While the PhD studies will strengthen teaching capability of the 3 men and 3 women to be offered scholarships, there researches will add value to the Sudd wetland database.
3. Strengthening University of Juba’s capacity for research
This component focuses on developing an enabling environment for research by making available research tools in the fields of animal production, fisheries, wildlife, agriculture and forestry through purchase of laboratory and field equipment and training of technicians. In this component, the issue of mobility will also be addressed through provision of a field vehicle and a motor boat.