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• Africa Overview
Richard Eba’a Atyi is currently the Regional
Coordinator of the ITTO project, Promotion of sustainable management
of African Forests. This project covers ten central and western
African nations and promotes the sustainable management of African forest
through the use of Principles, Criteria and Indicators developed by
ITTO and the African Timber organization (ATO). Recent studies conducted
by Dr. Atyi on forest certification include: Forest certification:
pending challenges for tropical timber (ITTO, 2002), The potential
role of phased approaches to certification in tropical timber producer
countries as a tool to promote sustainable forest management, (ITTO,
2003) and a strategic study for the establishment of a regional Office
for FSC in Africa (2003). Dr. Atyi has earned a PhD in Forest Management
and Economics from The Wageningen University, The Netherlands, an Master
of Science from the School of Forestry at Oregon State University, and
a degree in Forestry from the University of Dschang, Cameroon.
Ham is the Founding Member of Ukwazisa Consulting, a closed
corporation specialising in sustainable forest management and forestry
development projects. He is involved in social development research
and consults on subjects such as non-timber forest products, farm
forestry, enterprise development, indigenous product commercialisation,
community resource use, sustainable forest management, forest mensuration
and FSC certification. He is also a Lecturer for community forestry
students at the Department of Forest Science, University of Stellenbosch
and B.Tech community forestry students at the Saasveld campus of
the Port Elizabeth Technicon. He has travelled extensively throughout
southern Africa for his research and consulting work.
Musimami Mwima, a forester by profession, is presently
the acting National Biodiversity Data Bank Manager at Makerere University
Institute of Environment and Natural Resources. Previously, Mr.
Mwima coordinated the Makerere University Institute of Environment
and Natural Resources - GEF Cross-Boarder Biodiversity project,
which trained various stakeholders in Moroto/Kotido and Rakai/Mbarara
districts in agro-forestry, collaborative and sustainable management
of natural resources, developing a monitoring and evaluation programme,
and establishing databases for the two project sites in Uganda.
He has worked as a researcher on Ugandan protected areas and published
several ecological papers and reports. Privately, he has been a
consultant with several organizations and institutions within Uganda
supporting conservation of biological diversity. He is currently
studying aspects of land degradation in Tororo district, Eastern
Uganda, and strategies for increased production to alleviate poverty.
He earned a Master of Environmental Science degree from Makerere
Chilekwa Njovu is currently a Lecturer in Economics, Forest
Economics and Biometry at Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia,
as well as head of the University’s Forest Resource Management
Department and Acting Dean of the School of Natural Resources. He
has worked extensively on beekeeping projects and has researched
the social and economic importance of a variety of non-timber forest
products in Zambia. He has contributed to national and provincial
Forestry Action Plans, analyzing the role of forestry within the
economy. Other consultancy work includes socioeconomic studies of
management plans for the certification of the Ndola Pine Plantations.
He has been a member of the Steering Committee for CIFOR (Southern
Africa) on Management of Miombo Forestry project since 2000 and
a board member for the Institute of Environmental Management since
1999. Mr. Niovu holds an Master of Science in forest economics from
the University of Helsinki, Finland, a Bachelor of Science in forestry
from Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), and a Diploma
in forestry from Zambia Forest College.