The Department of Forest Science is one of the five Departments of the School of Natural Resources. The Department seeks to empower human resources with requisite knowledge and skills in natural resources management, especially in the area of forest resource management, social forestry and environmental governance. The rationale is to train professionals to sustainably manage the nation’s forest resources for enhanced resource conservation, revenue generation and fringe communities’ livelihood security.

The Department runs an undergraduateprogramme in Natural Resource Management with options in Social Forestry and Forest Resource Management. At the Graduate level, Masters of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy programmes in Social Forestry and Environmental Governance are also run.

The Department also has a curatorial unit responsible for producing quality forest and ornamental seedlings for commercial purposes and also for the beautification of the University landscape. The Unit serves as a practical learning field for the students in nursery management. The Unit has 11 staff members made up of the Principal Curator of the unit, National Service Person (annually posted), four permanent workers (a male and three females) and five casual workers (a male and four females).

In the coming year, the Centre intends to run the following courses:

  • Short Course on Climate Change and Energy
  • Short Course on Organizational conflict management, succession, planning and monitoring

Short Course on Proposal Writing and Project Management

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The Centre for Climate Change and Gender Studies (3CGS), officially started operation on August 1, 2016 after the University Council approved its establishment. The Centre is a research, capacity building and policy advocacy Centre, focusing on issues bordering on climate change and sustainable development under overarching gender and intersectionality perspectives.

Overall objective

To strengthen research capacity and harness it in the service of policy making, planning, sustainable development in the area of climate change and gender, and its linkages with energy, agriculture,  natural resources and technology. The objectives of 3CGS among other things are to:

  • Promote inter and intra-disciplinary research in the University that keeps up with international research and developments trends through proposal development and strategic institutional collaborations in Ghana and
  • Co-ordinate and promote research that contributes to sustainable development, especially in the area of climate change, gender, poverty reduction, population growth and other social
  • Develop a fundraising strategy document in securing research funds from national and international
  • Promote community outreach and advocacy on climate change and gender-related issues through existing and new networks
Activities carried out

The Centre during the year under review organised Statistical Analysis with SPSS training in March and November 2016. In all over 40 participants took part in the training. Similarly, a one week Research Methodology and Proposal Writing workshop was also organized by the Centre.