Bilateral Partnership: Makerere University, Uganda and TCD
The Makerere University Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (MUIENR) was established in 1988 in response to increasing concern by the government of Uganda and Makerere University about the Environmental degradation in Uganda with a mandate to promote the development of knowledge, skills and positive attitudes for sustainable management of the environment and natural resources through training and research.
The partnership between MUIENR and TCD supports one student to complete doctoral training at MUIENR.
The student who has been awarded a scholarship through this partnership is: Mr. Alfonse Opio, enrolled at Makerere University.
Alfonse Opio, Uganda
The title of Alfonse’s PhD thesis is “Carbon sequestration and transpiration in Cyperus papyrus tropical wetlands, Uganda”. This research examines carbon sequestration and transpiration dynamics in Cyperus papyrus in tropical African wetlands in Uganda. It will attempt to estimate the relative water loss by C. papyrus and also the dynamics of carbon in the wetland. The research directly relates to water loss by the wetland plants (transpiration) only rather than the additional water loss from open surface water (evaporation) which has been the case in estimation with Monthieth’s equation. It will also provide information about phenomena that are regarded as typical for or critical to C. papyrus and will contribute information to the climate change policy issues which are yet to be developed for Uganda.
Alfonse is jointly supervised by Prof. Frank Kansiime, Makerere University and Prof. Mike Jones, TCD.