Department of Natural Resources

About the Natural Resources

Natural Resources are the air we breathe, the soil we walk on, the water we drink, the plants we eat and enjoy, the wind that blows, the animal life surrounding us and the sun that warms our world. The role and importance of Natural Resources in economic development and societal wellbeing is nowhere else appreciated than in developing countries like Ethiopia whose populations are predominantly rural in structure and directly dependent on Natural Resources for subsistence.

Today the Natural Resource bases of the country are heavily suffering widespread improper and unwise utilization resulting in their rapid degradation. Deforestation, desertification, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, soil fertility decline, soil acidification, salinization, environmental pollution, fuel wood crisis, water scarcity  and climate change are some of the major expressions of Natural Resources problems in the contemporary Ethiopia.As more users place demands on the scarce Environmental Resources, the need for intelligent conservation and rational Management of the natural assets is ever greater. Natural resources management forms part and parcel of sustainable development and is a systems approach (integrated-holistic approach) to managing our Natural Resources.

About the department

The current trained manpower of the country in the area of Natural Resource Management and the issue of sustainable resource utilization necessitate building the capacity of the country in the field of Natural Resource Management.  This calls for the need to broaden the existing programs into proper Natural Resource Management and quench the thirst of the country as whole and society in particular in Natural Resource Management Sector.

As one of the juvenile and dynamically progressing higher institutions in the country, Arba Minch University has paid paramount consideration to the concern-worthy issue of protection, conservation, management and development of the Natural Resources of the country in general and the surrounding intervention area in particular.

The department of Natural Resources Management is embraced within the College of Agricultural Sciences of Arba Minch University and has started with a focus on risk-prone resources like land, soils, water, vegetation, and wildlife demand integrated, systematic and rational utilization approach to attain sustainability, i.e., productivity tied-up with conservation, for socio-economic and ecological well-being of the country. The idea of this curriculum is incited following identification of the multidirectional problems related to the sustainability of the country’s Natural Resources. This also demands multidisciplinary knowledge in broad areas that combines Natural and Social Sciences.

This Natural Resources Management curriculum is harmonized throughout sister universities to offer a B.Sc. degree preparing graduates to work effectively in broad areas of Natural Resources Management holistically to (i) improve the situations of the resources and also that of the farm households that depend on them, and (ii) give advice and technical support for small scale Natural Resource based industries and for better environment as a whole.

Vision

The Department of Natural Resource Management strives to be ultimately leading in teaching, research and to be a focal point in dissemination of knowledge, skills and information on Natural Resource Management in the country.

Mission

The mission of the Department is to train professionally competent, socially responsible human power, conduct demand driven research and render community services in Natural Resource Management to the country.

Objectives

The Objectives of the Natural Resource Management Department (NaRM) are to:

Offer a up-to-date and multi-disciplinary education that produces competent and qualified professionals in NaRM;

Strengthen Natural Resource Management efforts through demand driven research  and establish partnerships with related development partners (GO an NGOs) in order to promote sustainable Natural Resource Management  and  contribute towards improved livelihoods;

Disseminate technological innovations generated in the course of education and research in NRM by using appropriate dissemination media/channels;

Provide technical advice, consultancy services and tailored short term training to development agents and other stakeholders working in Natural Resources and environmental areas, and,

Integrate teaching – research with extension activities so as to extend appropriate technologies generated through research.

Demand for the program

Given the heavy dependence of the national and local economy in Ethiopia on natural resources on one hand and the wide scale natural resources degradation in the country on the other, the needs for the program are pretty obvious. Furthermore, the nation-wide needs assessment conducted in 2008 clearly provided quantified evidence and justification for pursuing the program. According to the result of the nation assessment nearly 85% the graduates of the program secure job in the first six months of their graduation, while 98% secure within a year. This provides evidence of the wide job opportunities awaiting the graduates as well as the need for their professional contribution to the sustainable management of the nation’s natural resources in an integrated manner. In addition, a recent study carried out by STRONGBOW revealed that there are ample job opportunities for job seekers in the fields of natural resource management (Dondeyne and Mulugeta, 2012).

Currently, the department offer training in:

1. BSc in Natural Resources Management: Regular (Under Graduate I ¬- III Batches)

2. BSc in Natural Resources Management: summer (Under Graduate I-V Batches).

3. MSc in Watershed Management Specialization (Specialization: Soil & Water Conservation)

Service offered

The department is currently working to establish well equipped laboratory and filed demonstration/research site for teaching and research

Partnership

Internal:

The department has been working with Southern Nations, Nationalities and People Regional State to train summer in service students & Strong link with regional sectorial offices in relation with research & community services.

Gamo-Gofa Zone and districts around Gamo-Gofa zone the department work in collaboration with experts in SWC, watershed restoration and Natural resources Management activities

Nech SAR National Park is one of the training and filed demonstration sites for Natural Resources management students in the area.

External:

Sustainable Tourism based on Natural resource management with Gender Balance towards Women (STRONGBOW)

Period: January 2011– December 2014 Financed by: NICHE program- Nuffic Partners: Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre - Ethiopia, Addis Abeba University, Arba Minch University, Hawassa University, Jimma University, Mizan Tepi University, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Central University of Technology – South Africa, VU University Amsterdam

STRONGBOW has been developed to fully take into consideration the four priorities of the NICHE programed: these are (a) focus on gender; (b) response to market demand; (c) use of local expertise; and (d) organizational learning.

Holistic approach in Natural Resources Management (Czech republic)

Research Areas in Natural Resources Management

Soil and Water Conservation

Watershed Protection & Management

Environmental Pollution & Control

Natural Resources Police & Conflict Management

Alternative Energy Production  & Management

Forest ecology and Biodiversity Conservation

Agroforestry for Community Livelihood Production

Conservation and Management of Wildlife resources

Ecosystem Rehabilitation and Restoration

Natural Resources Management for Ecotourism Development

 

On-going Community Service Project activities

S.No

Title of the Project

Service Provider

Remark

1

Appraising the impact of LULC dynamics on soil erosion, implications for natural resources management.

Mr. Biruk Zewedie, Habtamu W & Tizeta Endale, Yimegnu Yisehak

On Going

2

Solid Waste disposal Mechanisms in kulefo Catchment, SNNPR, Ethiopia.

Bantalem Birhanu & Marta Kinfe

On going

Staff profile

SR.No

Name

Educational Level

Area of Specialization

Staffs

Remark

1

Habtamu Worku

M.Sc.

Watershed Management

 

Head of the Dept.

2

Yibeltal Yihunie

M.Sc.

Hydrology

 

 

3

Biruk Zewedie

M.Sc.

Irrigation & drainage engineering

 

 

4

Yimegnu Yisehak

M.Sc.

Sustainable natural resource management

 

 

5

Biriki Terecha

M.Sc.

Natural Resource economics

 

 

6

Yohannes Golida

M.Sc.

Environmental Science

 

 

7

Bantalem Birhanu

M.Sc.

Soil Science

 

 

8

Gedamu Yenew

B.Sc.

NaRM

 

 

9

Abere Amogn

B.Sc.

NaRM

 

 

10

Tesfa Hussien

B.Sc.

NaRM

 

 

11

Samson Tsegaye

B.Sc.

NaRM

 

 

12

Muluken Abera

Diploma

NaRM

 

 

13

G/Medhen Chameno

M.Sc.

Agroforestry

 

Dean, Sawula Campus

14

Talef Tilahune

B.Sc.

NaRM

M.Sc. Hawassa

On study leave

15

Abebe Fekade

B.Sc.

NaRM

M.Sc. AA

On study leave

16

Oloba Jobe

B.Sc.

NaRM

M.Sc. A/Minch

On study leave

17

Ayinalem Gochera

B.Sc.

NaRM

M.Sc. A/Minch

On study leave

18

Bereket Markos

B.Sc.

NaRM

M.Sc. A/Minch

On study leave

19

Yohannes Dikola

B.Sc.

NaRM

M.Sc. A/Minch

On study leave

20

Ayele Chora

B.Sc.

NaRM

M.Sc. A/Minch

On study leave

21

Marta Kinfe

M.Sc.

Watershed Management

PhD AAU

On study leave

22

Genaye Tsegaye

M.Sc.

Soil Water Conservation Engineering

PhD Belgium

On study leave

23

Gezahegn Kasa

M.Sc.

Agroforestry

PhD AAU

On study leave

24

Wakishum Shiferaw

M.Sc.

Watershed Management

PhD AAU

On study leave

25

Liuelseged Belayneh

M.Sc.

Soil & water conservation Eng.

PhD Belgium

On study leave

26

Tizeta Endale

M.Sc.

Soil Science

PhD Belgium

On study leave

27

Tadiyos Girma

M.Sc.

Env’tal Science

PhD China

On study leave

28

Genet Assefa

Diploma

Computer Science

Secretary

Contact Us:

Habtamu Worku (M.Sc.)

Head, Department of Natural Resources Management

P.O. Box 21
Arba Minch University, Ethiopia

Tel: +251-91683-1276
Fax: +251-46881-0279
E-mail:
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