The UNESCO Chair in Ecohydrology and Transboundary Water Management of Sokoine University of Agriculture, in collaboration with UNESCO Chair in Ecohydrology Water for Ecosystems and Societies of University of Algarve,
Portugal, recently organized an international training on ecohydrology in Tanzania at Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education (SMCoSE) in Mazimbu, Morogoro.
The aim of the training was to equip trainees with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and the tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards ecohydrology, biotechnology practices and valuation of ecosystem services.
The training helped to equip trainees with knowledge on environmental and natural resource economics applied in the valuation of ecosystem services and provided examples of ecohydrological biotechnology solutions implemented in practical case studies in other parts of the African Continent and Europe.
Trainees were also imparted with theoretical and methodological debates in ecohydrology and environmental conservation to better understand the complex emergence of water resources problems, ecosystem degradation and their implications for human-nature relations and how to deal with them in practice for ecological sustainability and societal needs.
The beneficiaries of the training were professionals in Environmental Sciences and Management, Marine Biology & Limnology, Environmental Engineering, Forestry and Wildlife, Education (Geography / Biology / Mathematics) and those with basic knowledge on ecology/environmental economics and/or water related sciences. Twenty (20) trainees attended the training – 10 females and 10 males while instructors came from Portugal, Malaysia, Ethiopia and Tanzania.
UNESCO Chair in Ecohydrology and Transboundary Water Management of Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania is a Project hosted at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education (SMCOSE). The Chair, which was in 2018, is coordinated by the founder, Dr Makarius C.S. Lalika who is also the Lecturer of Environmental Sciences at the college.