The course will improve the managerial and technical capabilities of the farmers and other resource users through the design of improved extension and training materials and also by enhancing the design of courses on offered at the IAWM. These courses will improve the managerial and technical capabilities of the students and to some extent, also the staff.
In addition, students and staff at the EU partner institutions will benefit from the interaction with IAWM and the technical expertise of staff involved will be enhanced. In addition, students from the EU partner institutions will benefit from exposure to problems experienced by farmers in degrading forest areas in the northern Philippines.
To summarise, the project will:
establish best practices for watershed management and agroforestry related topics, especially as it applies in Region 1 of the Philippines;
improve the curricula and course material relating to agroforestry and watershed management as it applies to Region 1 of the Philippines;
produce training material based on student courses for use in extension work;
2.2 Publications and other outputs Maximum 1 page. Be specific and quantify outputs as much as possible
The project plans to produce:
Printed new curricula and course descriptions for all courses being offered at IAWM – these will be contained in a IAWM prospectus;
Teaching materials on in both paper form and also on CD and on the internet, using interactive methods of presentation where possible. These will include the contents of all courses given by the visiting European staff when in Philippines, as well as any given by DMMMSU staff while in Europe.
Extension materials in the local language(s) and based on the courses given to DMMMSU students and the surveys of farmer requirements and the perceptions of development agencies.
A project website that will be in operation by month three. This will be based at Bangor and on a mirror site at DMMMSU in the Philippines to allow easier access from within Philippines. The website will be regularly updated and will also be made available on CD. The site will be kept simple to facilitate access over poor infrastructure.
Project brochures in English by month six. These will be widely circulated to all potentially interested staff in the partner institutions and elsewhere.
Articles in the press and other media items. We will produce at least 1 written and 1 other media article in each language each year.
Annual project reports after 12, 24 and 36 months. These will be made available to all project staff, to concerned EC staff, and on the project website
Visit reports by academic staff within 1 month of the completion of each visit. These will also be made available on the website, and will be submitted as part of the annual reporting process.
MSc dissertations. These will be produced each year: the number will vary according to enrolment on particular courses.
Extension material on new technologies and practices in watershed management and agro-forestry produced in the local language
2 working papers including “state-of-the-art” reviews of watershed management and agro-forestry in Region 1 and documentation of farmers’ perceptions in relation to these issues
A minimum of 1 jointly-authored article submitted to peer-reviewed journal addressing socio-economic and institutional dimensions of sustainable natural resource management in Philippines’ upland areas.
The Centre for Arid Zone Studies is actively pursuing the possibility of developing short tailor-made and post-graduate degree courses in water resource management, rural resource management and other topics of relevance to this project. These courses would be in addition to the Diploma or Master of Science Degree in Forest Industries Technology by distance learning being offered by the School of Agriculture and Forest Sciences (see http://www.safs.bangor.ac.uk/). In fact, the University of Wales at Bangor has extensive expertise in developing distance learning courses. Several postgraduate qualifications are offered using distance learning. See for example the MBA offered by the School of School for Business and Regional Development (http://www.ifm.bangor.ac.uk/) and the use of the internet in the training of nurses and midwives (http://nurse.bangor.ac.uk/eprofile/English/index.htm).
In the same way, the Faculty of Food Science & Technology at the University of Cork in Ireland offers distance learning courses in subjects such as Rural Development, Business Management, Corporate Direction, Management Practice (Consumer Foods) and Food Science and Technology. It too is concerned to develop its distance learning expertise and potential and hopes to develop courses that can be studied using the internet and that will be of interest to students from Philippines and other Asian countries. Currently the Department of Food Business and Development in Cork is participating with other Irish Universities in expanding its successful distance learning Diploma in Rural Development into a degree programme partially delivered through the web. It is expected that the project would enhance the Department’s capabilities in designing and delivering distance learning material in the areas of rural development and natural resource management. The use of the materials developed under this project will be considered for use in the development of new internet based courses related to watershed management and agroforestry at both Bangor (UK) and Cork (Ireland).
The extension materials developed under this project will be piloted in India. If successful, the materials will be made available by advertising on the internet and elsewhere.