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About This Course

Philosophy of the Programme

The programme is designed to provide knowledge and skills on approaches, technologies/practices and tools that are gender, participatory and integrated complaint to mentor Dryland Environment and Natural Resource Management Experts that are always useful to the society both public and private sector and employers in defining, assessing, analysing current global, national and local environmental issues and the complex human-environment relationships that created them to sustainably manage and use natural resources in the drylands. 

Rationale of the Programme

The drylands also known as Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) make up more than 40% of the earth’s surface, 40% of Africa and nearly 90% of Kenya. In terms of population, the drylands are home to 35% of the global population, 40% in Africa and 14 million in Kenya. Furthermore, approximately 50% and 70% of livestock in the world and in Kenya respectively, and more than 90% of the wild game in Kenya are found in the drylands. The drylands are rich with unique ecosystems, endangered and endemic biodiversity, natural resources including renewable energy (wind and solar) and minerals, and cultures rich in the conservation and protection of natural resources.

Goal of the Programme

To professionally train learners in theory and practice to understand and implement integrated research and development cum extension on the sustainable management of dryland environment and natural resources for enhanced productivity and healthy ecosystems.

Expected Learning Outcomes of the Programme

The curriculum will produce expert graduates with appropriate knowledge and skills to sustainably manage dryland environment and natural resources. By the end of the programme, the graduates should be able to acquire appropriate knowledge, skills and attitude to:

  1. Understand the concepts and principles of natural and anthropogenic causes of environmental and natural resources degradation in the drylands and how best to overcome them for sustainable management, production and use 
  2. Equip with the current and future interactions between environment and natural resources and socio-economic factors including existing policies and practices for improved productivity and healthy ecosystems 
  3. Critically plan, research, analyze, make environmental decisions and then implement, monitor and evaluate, and disseminate best technological options that hybridizes science and indigenous knowledge for the sustainable management of natural resources in the drylands  

Mode of Delivery of the Programme

The mode of delivery will involve open learning, face to face sessions, field trips and practical, and e-learning and each will involve the following minimum contact hours that add up to the 738 hours of learning:

  • Open learning for 150 hours
  • Face to face learning 360 hours
  • E-learning 68 hours
  • Practical learning 160 hours. 

Admission Requirements for the Proposed Programme 

An applicant must satisfy the following minimum qualification for admission to the Master of Science in Dryland Environment and Natural Resources Management: 

  1. Holders of at least upper second class degree in B.Sc., B.Sc. in Environmental Science, B.Sc. in Earth Science, BA in Geography, B.Sc. in Geography and Natural Resources Management, B.Sc. in Climate Change and Development, BA in Urban and Regional Planning, BA in Development Studies, B. Ed or other relevant disciplines with upper second class honours degree of Garissa University or any other recognized University by the senate of Garissa University.
  2. Holders of a lower second class honours degree of Garissa University or any other recognised University and Postgraduate Diploma of Garissa University or any other recognised University, or evidence of extensive research experience as demonstrated by publications in peer reviewed journals or at least (two (2) years of working experience.

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