“The three main components of NILALEG are to improve - environmental governance; sustainable management of our natural resources; and enhance livelihoods for poverty eradication in our rural areas through nature-based enterprises,” remarked Hon Pohamba Shifeta, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism.
Ms Alka Bhatia, the UNDP Resident Representative commended NILALEG for catering to almost all the Sustainable Development Goals, in terms of addressing social, economic and environmental challenges.
Five of the beneficiaries are from NUST’s Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences, who will be pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resources Sciences. They are: Paulina Naupu; Epfania Sheyavali; Clarence Ntesa; Kamuhelo Lisao; and Johannes Munango.
The candidates expressed their profound gratitude to the various stakeholders for the funding.
“The research projects that the candidates will be working on all have linkages to the main goals of the NILALEG Project. This too is well aligned with the NUST Strategic Goals, specifically the one which focusses on Driving Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The University is working tirelessly to grow its student profile, particularly at postgraduate level,” remarked NUST Vice-Chancellor, Dr Erold Naomab.
In their studies, each of the beneficiaries will investigate topics that range from determining the impacts of nature-based enterprises or ecological restoration on livelihoods, to determining the tolerance of native plants to droughts.