GU Management Meets 1MT Nation (1MTN) for a Collaboration
Gulu University Management led by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Associate Professor, Okello David Owiny has on the morning of 25th July 2023 met the team from 1MTN, an environmental organization sensitive of removing carbon dioxide pollution from the atmosphere and restoring degraded lands in Africa.
The 1MTN team was led by Kristjan Raude their Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer and accompanied by the organizational top leadership as the Co-Founder and Chief Climate Officer Anete Garoza and Chief Operations Officer Kaspar Jogeva.
According to 1MTN leadership, they would like to partner with Gulu University in growing Bamboo plantation and need support of research from the university to explore the contingencies of sustainable bamboo silviculture and green charcoal out of the proposed project.
The 1MTN team also responded and clarified on a number of concerns pertaining the proposed project that would take about 30 years of developing the bamboo economic value chain in support of sustaining vegetation cover in northern Uganda currently being eaten away by charcoal and logging trade.
The team also noted that the project in the long run would create 2500 direct jobs for the local people from common labour such as loggers, security petrols to skilled positions such as head of forestry, biologist in a tissue-culture laboratory and transport business among others.
Obol David Otori, the Gulu University Secretary said the University is already in research and would not miss that component part of the partnership and welcomed the team for allowing to think of Gulu University in the project.
In his concluding remarks, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor immediately instituted a committee to be led by the Directorate of Planning and Development to look into the proposal so that a quick report is prepared and presented to the Gulu University Council for decision on the project to allow signing of memorandum of understanding between the two entities.