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About the department

Natural Resource Management Department is one of the five departments in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Arsi University, which runs three important academic programs, namely Natural Resource Management (NRM), Soil Resource and Watershed Management (SRWM) and Forestry (FOR) at undergraduate level. Currently, it is the largest department both in terms of number of programs and student population in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

Natural Resources are the fundamental building blocks of human civilization. They are driving force for economic development and societal wellbeing. The responsibility of this department in economic development and societal wellbeing is much more critically important for developing countries like Ethiopia whose populations are predominantly rural dwellers and directly dependent on natural resources for subsistence. The department thus prepares students not only to care for the natural resources (soil, forest, land and water resources), but also to serve the people whose well-being depends on these resources. Therefore, launching of these programs under the department has been significantly contributes to sustainable management of natural resources and thus contributes towards poverty alleviation and livelihood improvement of rural population as well as urban dweller. Seemore