The Mt Elgon region in Eastern Uganda is confronted with very rapid environmental degradation, including rapid deforestation in up-slope areas, severe erosion and frequent landslides in mid-slope areas, and sedimentation and recurrent flooding in down-slope areas. This project aims at understanding the complex chain of causal links that can explain these land degradation processes and their ecological and economic effects; and at identifying and promoting effective strategies for more sustainable land use and for increasing the resilience of farm-households to environmental risks and shocks. At the same time, the project seeks to increase the human and infrastructure capacity at BU - Namasagali campus, and to increase the research culture at this institution. The project will result in 2 finished PhDs, several international conference contributions, several international scientific journal articles, and increased research capacity at BU.
- Flemish promotor: Miet Maertens (KU Leuven)
- Local promotor: Moses Isabirye (Busitema University)