THE government, through the Arusha-based, Forestry Training Institute in Olmotonyi will introduce two new courses, including that of Geo-informatics and Urban Forestry and Landscaping effective from early next year.
Geo-informatics was described as science and technology, which developed and utilised information science infrastructure to address the problems of geography, cartography, geosciences and related branches of science and engineering.
That was revealed at the weekend by Olmotonyi Forestry Training Institute Rector Christognus Haule during the 78th graduation ceremony at the facility’s premises in Ngaramtoni, Arumeru District, which was also the occasion to mark the 81st anniversary of institute.
“We are also glad that more people especially the youth take interest in forestry training courses,” said Mr Haule, adding that last year there were 331 graduates, but the number had doubled to reach 664 graduates this year, which was more than 50 per cent increase.
According to FTI principal, the other new course to be added at Olmotonyi portfolio is Urban Forestry and Landscaping, which will facilitate the efforts to make cities green as a global warming mitigation measure.
Out of the 664 graduates, there were 273 female students. Courses, in which the 2018 batch graduated in, included Certificate in Forestry, Ordinary Diploma in Forestry and Technician Certificate in Forestry.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Prof Adolf Mkenda, said his office would ensure the project on “Empowering Communities through Training on Participatory Forest Management, REDD+ and Climate Change Initiatives” (ECOPRC), funded by Norway would be sustained through a second phase.
The Royal Norwegian government and the government of Tanzania signed a bilateral agreement of a five-year project entitled ECOPRC, whose purpose is to enhance the sustainable management of Tanzania’s forest resources in ways that maximise social, economic, environmental and governance benefits for communities engaged in participatory forest management, REDD+ and climate change initiatives.
The project is implemented by the Forestry Training Institute (FTI) Olmotonyi in partnership with the Mtandao wa Jamii wa Usimamizi wa Misitu Tanzania, the Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and Pacific and FORCONSULT.
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Publish date : 2018-10-29 10:35:43