Duration: 5 Years
Objectives: The global objective of the master is to build capacity of executive at national and regional level in order to develop national and regional policies for sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity. Specifically the Master program aims at increasing the availability of national and regional experts in the field of sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity.
Structure and content
The program is implemented by Free University of Brussel (Belgium), University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), University Abdou Moumouni (Niger). The covered subjects are related to biodiversity and natural resources conservation and management, GIS, tropical ecology, conservation genetics of natural resources, habitat and landscape management, biometry, natural resources inventory and modeling, climate change. These courses are provided through theoretical courses, trainings and fieldworks. This Master program is assessed on the basis of performance in the research project, continual assessment of coursework, and examination covering the program as a whole, field course reports and a term essay.
Graduates of this program have diversified opportunities. Because of direct relevance and applicability the graduates can be employed in research, higher learning institutions, Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development and Science and Technology. Besides, there are great employment opportunities in the NGOs. Further, graduated can have immense opportunities to pursue their PhD particularly in areas of Biodiversity and natural resources management, conservation sciences, climate change and sustainable management of natural resources, landscape ecology and protected areas management.
Recognition and Accreditation
The Master program in Management of Natural Resources and Biodiversity (RESBIO) has been accredited by the University of Abomey-Calavi in 2010/11 academic year.