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Biodiversity and Natural Resources


Departments

  • Natural Resource Management/NRM/
  • Forestry
  • Eco-tourism and Biodiversity Conservation/ETBC/

The School of Biodiversity and Natural Resources

Dear readers! Fortunately, Bale zone in which Madawalabu University was established in 2004 is gifted with natural tourist attracting features like Bale Mountains National Park with the hand picked high altitude horse and foot trekking routs in the world, the fascinating Sof-Umar Cave, the Harenna forest with diversified species of vegetation and the nation’s endemic animals such as Mountain Nyala, Ethiopian wolf (Red fox), Giant mole rat, Diresheik Husein and many other endemic plant species. The amazing and surprising Bale Mountains massif is one of the most important conservation areas in the country as well as one of the 34 international biodiversity hot-spots and qualities for the World Heritage Site and Biosphere reserve listing with an area coverage of 2,200 km2 of mountains and forest that supports the most extensive Afro-alpine ecosystems on the continent and has the most extensive altitude continuum of natural vegetation in the country mainly comprising forests. These features of Biodiversity and Natural Resources of the Zone need to be conserved by collaborative involvement of the local community and the other stakeholders which actually need problem based research, outreaching and problem solving community services and supplying highly qualified and competent professionals as an input. For the ultimate objectives of addressing the issues mentioned above, the School of Biodiversity and Natural Resources came into existence in 2010 to play great role in conserving the natural resource and biodiversity so as to achieving the country’s growth and transformation plan through provision of market based quality and practical education, participatory environmental conservation, undertaking problem solving researches and providing outreach community services. With this brief vision, since its existence, the school has been playing a pivotal role via producing high quality and market-based professionals. In addition, the school has been carrying out problem solving research and providing community services which is actually promoted as soon as possible. Under this umbrella, currently, the school consists of three course teams: Namely, Natural Resource Management/NRM/, Eco-tourism and Biodiversity Conservation/ETBC/, and Forestry course team which was established in 2004, 2005 and 2010 respectively. The school delivers practical oriented education via three mechanisms: 1. Short Educational Tour Program: This program is used to provide practical oriented education by letting the students of the three course team to visit the natural laboratory of Bale zone Students visit those tourist attracting areas of Bale zone, often second year students of the three course team. Students usually exercise practically what they have learn in the class rooms through this techniques 2. Long Educational Tour – This provide the opportunity of visiting relevant places of different regions of the country out of the Zone to fill the gap that most probably cannot be filled by Short Tour Program. Students practicing their education on the long educational tour 3. Laboratory and nursery site development-the School is developing one nursery demonstration site and one well equipped soil laboratory to strengthen the delivery of practical oriented education. 

Endalew Muluneh 
Director of the School of Biodiversity and Natural Re sources