Conserving Biodiversity in a Changing Climate

Global Change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START) has been awarded a grant of US$300,000 from the MacArthur Foundation to support capacity building for conservation of biodiversity in a changing climate in the Albertine Rift region of Africa.

START and the Institute for Resource Assessment of the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, will develop and implement postgraduate courses and externships for early to mid-career conservation researchers and professionals and graduate students.

The courses will focus on the risks to biodiversity resulting from climate change,  and strategies to manage the risks.

The program will be implemented at the campus of the University of Dar Es Salaam and will be open to participants from across Africa, with emphasis on the Albertine Rift countries of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Successful participants will receive credits toward a master of science degree and will acquire enhanced knowledge and skills that will enable them to contribute substantively to adapting biodiversity conservation practices to changing risks in a changing climate. Development of the curriculum will be done in 2007 and the courses and externships will be offered beginning in 2008.

Contact details:
Dr. Neil Leary, senior scientist, START

Professor Pius Yanda, director, Institute for Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam