The Department of Geography, Geo-Informatics & Climatic Sciences (DGGCS) is coordinating a multi disciplinary project titled Capacity building to promote sustainable governance of petroleum resources, biodiversity and livelihoods in East African communities – PELIBIGO which brings together partners from University of Dodoma(UDOM)-Tanzania, Norwagian University of Science and Technology(NTNU)-Norway and Norwagian University of Life Science(NMBU)-Norway.The project is funded by the Energy and Petroleum Programme (EnPe) of NORAD,Norway.
The project was motivated by the ongoing oil and gas exploration in Uganda and Tanzania for commercial production to spur socio-economic growth and development. Of concern are criticisms from the current and future oil and gas activities from environmentalists, human rights activists and livelihoods due to the numerous socio-ecological challenges which if not addressed may lead to marginalization, environmental degradation and increasing poverty levels. These challenges are exacerbated by weak institutional capacities and lack of skilled workforce. Thus, through this project new education and research programs will be designed to address the often conflicting claims between biodiversity conservation, livelihood security and petroleum exploration and production.
At this meeting, partners as well as beneficiary Masters and PhD students discussed a range of issues pertaining research themes and processes.See Attached
Prof. Goret Nabanoga, Deputy Principal- CAES and Gender Focal Point for the PELIBIGO project shared tips on how to engender the project activities.
Strengthened Higher Education Institutions (Makerere University – MAK and University of Dodoma – UDOM) with strengthened educational systems and research capabilities in the oil and gas sector in East Africa.
- Capacity building through Masters, PhD and Post Doctoral training at MAK and UDOM
- Library and Institutional capacity building at MAK and UDOM through Staff training/exchange and infrastructure
- Project administration and capacity building at UDOM
- Gender mainstreaming as an integral part of all project activities
Achievements to far
Research Focus Areas
Future activities- Competence Building Activities
>> Dr. F. Mugagga -MAK
>> Prof. G. Nabanoga – MAK
>> Dr. C. Nakakaawa – MAK/NTNU
>> Prof. J. Nyahongo – UDOM
>> Prof L. Haakon – NTNU
>> Prof E. Roskaft – NNTU
>> Prof P. Vedeld – NMBU
>> Joanna Boddens –Hossang – NMBU
Agreement Partner: DGGCs, Makerere University
Coordinator: Dr. Frank Mugagga