ALERT partners with Copperbelt University
ALERT Zambia and Copperbelt University’s School of Natural Resources (CBU, Kitwe, Zambia) are pleased to announce that the two organizations have formed a partnership under a Memorandum of Understanding signed on 17th June 2015 to cooperate in conservation research in Zambia. Present at the signing was: Prof. Ngoma (the Vice Chancellor), Prof. Mbale (the Director of Research), Mrs Kabwe (Director of External Relations) and Dr Vinya (Head of Department for Plant & Environmental Sciences) from Copperbelt University, also in attendance was David Youldon, Director and Executive Committee Member from the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust.
For five years now ALERT has offered fully-funded internships to students of the University to support local capacity building for conservation in Zambia. The new MoU will increase cooperation between the parties in a number of ways.
ALERT is facilitating links between CBU and Coventry University (UK) – the university of ALERT’s Director of Research, Dr. Jackie Abell – that will include lecturer exchanges; the first of which will take place later in 2015 when CBU’s Professor Jacob Mwitwa visits Coventry for a month. ALERT is also facilitating a collaboration between CBU, Coventry University and Midlands State University (Gweru, Zimbabwe) to improve the provision of conservation education programmes in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Over the coming months ALERT and CBU will develop a variety of conservation research programs to assist the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and the Forestry Department in their roles to protect and manage the country’s natural resources. These programs will also include further linkages with both national and international academic institutions. Discussions are already underway to link ALERT, CBU, ZAWA and a university in the USA to undertake research on an important conservation issue for the Livingstone area.
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