Master of Tropical Natural Resources Management

Degree: Master
University: University of Leuven , Faculty: Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
City: Leuven , Country: Belgium
Discipline: Engeneering & Technology
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  • Start Date of Studies September
  • Admission deadline June 1 (EEA); March 1(Non EEA)
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    The Master´s programme in Tropical Natural Resources Management provides students with in-depth knowledge of three areas:

    1. the conservation and management of agro-biodiversity,
    2. the economics and policy aspects of natural resource use in the tropics, and
    3. sustainable soil management.

    Students will acquire knowledge of biological production systems in the tropics and gain insight into the different environmental factors that interact with and may affect these agro-ecosystems. The first curriculum area teaches students how plants useful to humans can be collected and conserved and how these collections can be managed and utilized for sustainable development. In addition, information is provided on the economic value of agro-biodiversity as well as on the international treaties and legislation regulating ownership of natural resources, with a particular focus on agro-biodiversity.

    The second area examines how and why actors in biological production systems make decisions on the management of these systems and on the use of natural resources. Students learn to optimize such decisions, at both the micro (management) and the macro (policy) level. This will enable them to translate knowledge into projects, interventions and policies for the sustainable management of natural resources while improving food security and reducing poverty.

    The third area, finally, focuses on the diversity of soils in the tropics and their potentials. Students also learn how to study, describe, and predict soil processes quantitatively and to use this information when making decisions on sustainable soil and water management, including soil and water conservation.

    This Master´s programme is highly multidisciplinary and internationally orientated, with participants from many different countries and continents. Moreover, students are given the opportunity to spend a few months in the tropics to carry out fieldwork for their Master´s thesis.


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