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An Introduction to BSc. Natural Resource Management


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1. A general overview of natural resources and renewable natural resource management;
2. Course Entry Requirements;
3. What to expect throughout the duration of the course;
4. Prospects after the degree; and
5. Did you knows.

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An Introduction to BSc. Natural Resource Management

  1. 1. 06/02/2014 An Introduction to BSc. Natural Resources Management at KNUST By Eric Kumeh Mensah Year 4, Agroforestry FRNR-CANR KNUST
  2. 2. s06/02/2014 Presentation Outline  Introduction  Definition  Types of Natural Resources  Renewable Natural Resource Management  Foundation Courses (1st and 2nd years)  Specialization (3rd and final years)  Agroforestry  Fisheries and Watershed Management  Forestry and Silviculture  Wildlife and Range Management  Wood Science and Technology
  3. 3. s06/02/2014 Presentation Outline  Staff  Opportunities after reading Nat. Res. Mgt.  Entry Requirements  Conclusion
  4. 4. s06/02/2014 Introduction  Natural Resource – a material source of wealth, such as timber, fresh water, or a mineral deposit, that occurs in a natural state and has economic value.  Management – “To manage is to forecast and to plan, to organize, to command, to co-ordinate and to control” (Henri Fayol, 1916).
  5. 5. s06/02/2014 Types of Natural Resources  Non Renewable Natural Resource – finite materials that occur in nature and are helpful in wealth creation but cannot be replenished by natural means ate the same rates they are used.  E.g. Fossil fuel, certain aquifers, minerals. Cut Diamond
  6. 6. s06/02/2014 Types of Natural Resources  Renewable Natural Resources; Plants and animals and their support systems that have the potential for wealth creation and can be regenerated over time by biological reproduction or other processes.  E.g. Timber and Fisheries Harvesting of forest products
  7. 7. s06/02/2014 Renewable Natural Resources Mgt. Renewable Natural Resource Management The scientific control of life support systems and their associated plants and animals for the benefit of man. A team of foresters carrying out stock survey
  8. 8. s06/02/2014 First and Second Years  Foundation Courses They give you a firm footing to pursue the applied courses. Most are taught with a few involving fieldwork and field visits.  Statistics  Meteorology and Remote Sensing  Ecology  Communication Skills  Principles of Land Surveying  Computer and Computer Applications  Pathology and Microbiology  Biological Chemistry
  9. 9. s06/02/2014 Foundation Courses (cont’d)  Literature-in-English  Genetics  Technical Communication  Entomology  Environmental Physiology …  Introductory courses in  Agroforestry (AGF)  Fisheries & Watershed Mgt. (FSA)  Forestry and Silviculture (FRM)  Wildlife & Range Mgt. (WRM)  Wood Science and Technology (WST)
  10. 10. s06/02/2014 Other General Courses  These are courses that are compulsory in all departments during the 3rd and final. They include:  Environmental Issues in Nat. Res. Mgt.  Application of Remote Sensing and GIS  Natural Resource Policy and Legislation  Experimental Design  Business Management  Natural Resources Economics  Student Project  Seminars (Presentation of Research Work) …
  11. 11. s06/02/2014 Specialization Courses (AGF) Agroforestry involves the deliberate integration of trees or other woody perennials, agricultural crops and/or animals on the same land management unit in a manner that ensures, productivity, sustainability and can be easily adopted. AGF Courses  Collaborative resource management  Agroforestry systems  Agroforestry multipurpose trees  Tree nursery establishment  Integrated agro-aquaculture …
  12. 12. s06/02/2014 Specialization Courses (FRM) Forestry and silviculture involves the cultivation and management of forest tree. FRM Courses  Principles of forest measurement  Forest product harvesting  Forest fire management  Forest plantations  Urban forestry  Forest tree improvement  Plantation silviculture
  13. 13. s06/02/2014 Specialization Courses (FSA) Fisheries and watershed management draws on fisheries science in order to find ways to protect fishery resources and catchments so sustainable exploitation is possible. FSA courses include:  Biodiversity and conservation of fisheries of resources  Wetland conservation and management  Fish nutrition  Fisheries ecology  Aquaculture engineering  Fish pathology …
  14. 14. s06/02/2014 Specialization Courses (WRM) Wildlife and range management attempts to balance the needs of wildlife with the needs of people using the best available science. It involves disciplines like game keeping, wildlife conservation and pest control. WRM Courses include:  Range utilization  Mammalogy  Range utilization and improvement  Wildlife survey  Wildlife utilization  Domestication and animal improvement
  15. 15. s06/02/2014 Specialization Course (WST) Wood science and technology is the study of wood as a material that is renewable and of biological origin, how man uses it and the tools he utilizes. WST courses include:  Wood chemistry  Wood physics  Furniture & joinery design & production  Pulp and paper making  Timber grading  Adhesives, finishes and wood  Wood energy …
  16. 16. s06/02/2014 Teaching and Learning NRM Staff of the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources are approachable and provide a good atmosphere for learning in and outside the classroom with their open door policy. A student asking a question during a field visit. A lecture demonstrating a technique to students.
  17. 17. s06/02/2014 Teaching and Learning NRM Lecturers give assignments which helps to improve student research skills and understanding of subjects under consideration. A student (Eric Kumeh Mensah) presenting a research assignment
  18. 18. s06/02/2014 Opportunities After Reading NRM After reading Natural Resources Management, one has the prospects of working with the following agencies; Consultancy Firms Ministry of Food and Agriculture Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Forestry Commission Mining Industries Non-Governmental Agencies Banks … There is also the prospect for further studies in NRM related fields and beyond.
  19. 19. s06/02/2014 Entry Requirements General Science General Agriculture Biology General Agriculture Chemistry Chemistry Physics Physics/Elective Maths Elective Mathematics Integrated Science Core Mathematics English Language CUT OFF EIGHTEEN (18) OR Diploma in Natural Resource Management
  20. 20. s06/02/2014 Did You Know  Bamboo can grow up to three feet in a 24 hour period (INBAR, 2012).
  21. 21. s06/02/2014 Did You Know  Electricity- producing organ of an electric eel takes 80% of their body. It is used both for defense against predators and for stunning of the prey.
  22. 22. s06/02/2014 Did You Know  One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles (Save-a-Tree, 2014).
  23. 23. s06/02/2014 Did You Know  Grasshopper Mouse uses Scorpion Venom as a “Painkiller” (Michigan State University, 2013).
  24. 24. s06/02/2014 Conclusion The study of natural resources management is the way forward to addressing challenges of:  Depleting renewable natural resources that support increasing world population;  Conflicts arising from multiple use of RNRs;  Cost and benefits estimation of RNRs; and  Achieving the much anticipated environmental revolution.
  25. 25. s06/02/2014 Thank You