LAND DEGRADATION AND ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION IN UGANDA’S FRAGILE ECOSYSTEMS

DVC . Assoc. Prof. Umar Ahmed Kasule

The symposium on land degradation and ecosystem restoration in Uganda’s fragile ecosystems was successfully held on 24th June, 2022 at Muteesa I Royal University at the MRU Research and Seminar Center and attracted a total of 35 participants from academia, practitioners, early career researchers and advocacy institutions.
The symposium was opened by Dr. Aisha Jjagwe Lutale, the Director of Research and Postgraduate School at 9:30 am and modulated by Dr. Hannington Wasswa from Makerere University and was closed by assoc. prof. Umar Ahmed Kasule who also officially launched Muteesa I Royal University Journal.

The Presentations were as follows:

  1. Assessing Adaptive Capacity of Agro-pastoral Farmers to Drought Hazards within the Cattle Corridor of Uganda; presented by Mr. James Mbaziira from Gulu university. 
  2. Characterisation of cracks in the landscape for landslide prediction and early warning in Bududa district, Upper Manafwa catchment; presented by Ms. Joyce Lunyolo from Makerere university.
  3. Extent and rate of deforestation and forest degradation (1986-2016) in West Bugwe Central Forest Reserve, Uganda; presented by Ms. Fatuma Mutesi from Makerere University.
  4. Assessing the Socio-Cultural Determinants for the Adoption of biogas technology in Mpigi District, Uganda; presented by Ms. Grace Namirembe from Makerere university.
  5. Analysing the effectiveness and determinants of local Conservation practices for landscape restoration in Luweero, Central Uganda; presened by Ms. Nakato Jovia from Makerere university.
  6. Analysis of land use/cover changes on mount Elgon slopes; presented by Ms. Nagawa Goretty from Muteesa I Royal University.
  7. The Performance of Infiltration modelling for soil and water conservation on agrarian hillslopes, South Western Uganda; presented by Mr. Yeeko Kisira from Ndejje University.

Experts in the field Dr. Turyabanawe Loy Gumisirize from Kyambogo University, Mr. Moses Egaru from International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Dr. Benard Barasa from Kyambogo University as well as peers gave feedback to the presenters.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Umar Ahmed Kasule closed the symposium and encouraged the presenters to share their findings with the communities where the research is carried out in addition to publications.