Students of Dept. of Forestry garner
Dschang SIC/UDs- 26/11/15.The Department of Forestry of the University of Dschang under the Head of Department, Prof. Tchamba Martin organized a one day conference at the University auditorium on the 26th of November 2015. This conference which saw the participation of students from FASA especially those from the Department of Forestry was aimed at giving the students knowledge on topics related to their field of studies. The conference that started at 9 a.m was coordinated by Dr. Ziengui Marcellin (Dr. Ing), Regional Representative of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) Africa. It is worth noting that IITO is an action-oriented organization which formulates policies relevant to its objectives and assists members to implement those policies through a program of pre-projects (or scoping studies), projects and other activities. Most of the projects are implemented by national and local-level organizations, including those in government, civil society and the private sector and supervised by a small secretariat which equally monitors and evaluates the field program under the direction of the International Tropical Timber Council.
Dr. Ziengui Marcellin from Gabon during his three hour working session with the students offered them three exposes on three relevant topics which enriched their knowledge on forestry and related fields. The work sessions were followed by a question and answer session during which questions on the functioning of IITO, the relationship between different forestry fields were raised. Dr. Ziengui at the end of the conference seized the opportunity to inform the students of scholarship opportunities within his organization encouraging them to apply. The creation of a center for geomatics to be sponsored by IITO was revealed at the end of the session by Professor Tchamba, “this will help in training the student adequately to be able to embark on a sustainable forest development and help us to multiply the channels of cooperation for development”. The center will be a great asset for the Department and University at large giving the fact that it will not only help to ease studies for the students but will cover for the expensive cost of their equipment. At the end of the conference, the students left satisfied and optimistic knowing that a new dawn for the progress and success of their department and the forestry field in general had risen./
Interview with Dr Ziengui Marcellin (Regional representative of ITTO Africa)
You just presented a conference to the students of the Faculty of agronomy and Agricultural Sciences, what is the importance of such a conference to the students?
Thank you, on a serious note, it was very important to present our organisation, its strategy, mission and objectives that it brings to the different member states. Secondly it was important to highlight key aspects on forest and natural resource management and bring forth the valuable tenet of geomatics in the collection, integration and management of geographic data
At the end of the conference how can you appreciate the reception and participation of the students?
I am very satisfied with their participation during the conference and impressed with their level of attention and concentration during the presentation of the different themes and the exchange session with the students. They showed curiosity in domains they knew little about and asked pertinent questions, all in a bid to develop their intellect. It is thus with much satisfaction that I envisage a bright future in geomatics for the Department as the construction of a laboratory is on-going alongside other beneficial initiatives. This is geared towards developing study programmes in geomatics for the students of the Department.
You have spoken a lot on Tele-detection and Geomatics how are they important?
It’s a technology par excellence that helps us to detect and know our ecosystem and environment from a distance. We do not come in physical contact with objects, from a distance we can possibly analyse the structure an organisation of the territory and ecosystem. So it’s a tool or equipment that is important in inventory of resources. We cannot valorise resources without identifying them, thus tele-detection in a global sense as a discipline in geomatics helps us to manage data in time, gain, quantity, quality and finance. There is also the global diffusion of geomatics in the Universities of Central African states; a reflection that is on-going and taking different tunes in different countries.
Thank you and hope to meet you again in the University of Dschang
Thank you too, the pleasure is mine
The students of the Department of forestry expressed their sincere appreciations for the conference, as it gives them an optical view on the ways of forest management through technology. Some of the students of the department were interviewed on the benefits of the conference.
“The conference the students of the department of Forestry of the University just attended is very beneficial. During the presentations and expose by the regional representative of ITTO Africa, we learnt of geomatics. This is very important because in Cameroon today this knowledge is almost absent, but with today’s presentation it makes us conscious on how to ameliorate works done in forest research. Thus giving the students of the department the possibility of contributing their own quota to national development come 2035. This knowledge will also guide us in helping Africa as a whole in the domain of forest management” Engbwem Ngo’O Paul FASA/Foret IV
“I am filled with pride to be part of this conference. This initiative was of paramount benefit to me as training is not just in the classrooms but also through seminars and conferences as such. From the conference today we have understood why an organisation as the ITTO was put in place, geomatics; which is a science that helps in facilitating the exploitation of forest, measure the physical impact. We appreciate this effort and implore that such activities should be multiplied in the university calendar for students to profit from the vast existing knowledge. This will help at large protect the forest which is vital.” Njieya Njeiya Steve FASA/FORET III
Excerpts from an interview from DUR