Department of Forestry

1. About  the Department

Forests are among the most valuable resources of humanity rendering natural, social and economic values. They are home for a wide range of fauna and flora and source of wood and non-wood forest products and other direct and indirect use values for mankind. Ethiopia owns diverse vegetation resources that include high forests, woodlands, bush lands, plantations, and trees outside forests. Each of these vegetation resources variously contributes to the production, protection and conservation functions, and play significant role in the national and local economy. There are six key economic roles that forest resources play in Ethiopia: (i) foreign currency earnings, mainly from export of non-wood forest products; (ii) import substitution for energy; (iii) contribution to the GDP; (iv) employment opportunity; v) livelihood support for millions of citizens, and vi) provision of environmental services that support other sectors, particularly agriculture, construction and energy. At local level forests and trees provide food, medicine, energy, fodder, farm implement and construction materials. Environmental benefits of forests are well studied and a large volume of evidences exist supporting the role of forests to soil and water conservation, amelioration of local climate and provision of a range of ecosystem services. Forest ecosystems currently receive attention as potential sinks for carbon and a means to addressing climate change, and thus the area of planted forests is increasing while rate of deforestation show signs of decreasing at global scale. By contrast, Ethiopia has been known as one of countries whose forest resources are severely deforested and degraded. Population growth, urbanization and unplanned settlement, unstable land tenure, forest property rights, lack of forest and land use policies and socio-political instability, overgrazing and many other factors are suggested as causes for depletion and deterioration of the forest resources. Thus, in order to fill this gap, Arba Minch University has opened a general forestry BSc program in the year 2014 at the College of Agricultural Sciences campus.

2. Vision

The department of general forestry envisions being center of excellence in forestry education and research, dissemination of knowledge and skills relevant for sustainable management, utilization and conservation of forest and forest resources of the country contributing to food security and poverty alleviation, economic improvement and environmental sustainability.

3. Mission

The mission of the department is to provide up-to-date and problem-solving training at BSc and Msce level and carrying out research and extension for the advancement of science and technology in forestry and forestry related resources. The program will also play an important role in producing and disseminating forestry research outcomes to all stakeholders including policymakers and local communities.

4. Objectives :

Provide high quality and relevant professional level education in forestry and related fields to address the human power needs of the Country.

Conduct demand driven research in forestry and related fields and disseminate research findings to users through appropriate dissemination mechanisms;

- contribute to the national development goals of poverty alleviation and increased food security by increasing the opportunities for forest-based income generating activities;

- maximize the contribution of the forestry sector to income, employment and trade through the development of appropriate wood processing activities;

- ensure that forestry development contributes to national development goals and international commitments (including regional cooperation and trans-boundary issues) and is coordinated with other relevant branches of government; and

- Ensure that activities in the forestry sector (including forest management, plantation development, harvesting, conservation and industrial development) are based on sound scientific and technical principles.

5. Student and Teachers profile

The departments have 10 teachers two of them are expatriate who came from Indian.

Table 1. Student and teachers information

Students information

Teachers on work

Teachers on study

No

Level

M

F

T

Level

M

F

T

M

F

T

G.Total

1

1 st year

22

40

62

PhD

2

-

2

1

-

1

3

2

2nd year

17

12

29

MSc

1

-

1

3

1

4

5

3

3rd year

27

6

33

BSc

2

-

2

-

-

-

2

4

MSc student

8

1

9

Total

74

59

133

TA

3

-

3

-

-

-

3

Total

8

-

8

4

1

2

13

Table 2. List of staff of department of forestry

No

Name

Academic rank

Specialization

1

MS Hooda

Professor (PhD)

Forestry

2

Rajesh Chuahan

Assistant Prof (PhD)

Forestry

3

Mr Yonas Ugo

Lecturer (MSc)

Forest Ecology

4

Mr.Tesfay H/mariam

Lecturer (MSc)

Agroforestry & soil management

5

Mr. Daba Misgana

GA-II (BSc)

Forestry

6

Mr. Angasa Bekele

GA_II (BSc)

Forestry

7.

Mr.Aman abeje

Ga-I

Forestry

8.

Mr.Esubalew Girmma

Ga-I

Forestry

9.

Mr.Baiesa Bekele

Ga-I

Forestry

10.

Mis. Shashie Shta

Ga-I

Forestry

6. Research and community services

Even though the department is opened recently, it serves community in several ways. The department was raising Haleko/Shiferaw (Moringa stenepetala) seedlings and providing for local farmers to plant this miracle tree on their farm yard, in cities as ornamental to increase the uses of this tree for food security. The research to improve the quality of Morigna tree was ongoing in Gamo Gofa Zone, Segen Area peoples zone and South Omo zone. This is implementing by selecting the best mother trees of the tree.

6.1. External funded Researches

The department is working with national organization of Ethiopian health institute on maximizing the development and safe utilization of Moringa stenopetala through interdisciplinary investigational approach. The objective of this research is meant for increasing the benefits of this miracle tree for the surrounding community. The research includes Moringa for agroforestry and Moringa for climate change mitigation and food security issues.

Department head: Mr Tesfay Hailemariam

Mo: +251913526576

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