The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the world’s second largest area of contiguous tropical forests distinguished by their rich biodiversity. In 2005 the country’s entire forestry research cadre boasted just six persons with Masters Degrees. A long‐term capacity building programme with the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Kisangani (UNIKIS), Province Orientale ‐ supported by the European Commission (EC) with CIFOR as the key implementing partner ‐ has since successfully trained 77 Masters students in ‘Biodiversity and Forestry Management’ with an additional two cohorts of 42 Masters students underway. In addition, 9 PhDs have been successfully completed, 5 more are close to completion, and with an additional 10 new doctoral candidates contracted in 2014.
Authors: CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)
Subjects: capacity development, governance
Publication type: Corporate Publication, Program Records, Program record