The Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism is headed by Assoc. Prof. Edward Nector Mwavu as Head (Chair). The department has the mandate to develop human resources, generate knowledge in the fields of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism. The department links up production and natural resource use with conservation and education.. It has two training field stations namely: Makerere University Biological Field Station (MUBFS) Kibaale and Budongo Conservation Field Station in Masindi. The department aims at promoting, sustainable utilization of natural and cultural resources while enhancing socio economic development and conservation. The department is extensively engaged in outreach activities with diverse stake holder institutions like Nyabyeya Forest College and Budongo Forest conservation. The department conducts student internships and attachments, open day and exhibitions and short training programmes. The department has links with Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NORAD,EU, Gateby Foundation, FAO,UNDP and others. There are good linkages with other local institutions like Nyabyeya Forest College, NARO, Budongo Forest Conservation, National Forest Authority and Uganda Wild Life Authority. The department links with other African institutions like Kenya Forest Reserve Institute, University of Nairobi, ICRAF, Sokoine University of Agriculture, University of Dar es salaam and Stellenbosch University South Africa.
The Department coordinates undergraduate and graduate training through the following
- BSc. Conservation Forestry and Product Technology which has been reviewed and changed to
- Bachelor of Social and Entrepreneurial Forestry
- Bachelor of Tourism which has been reviewed and changed to BSc. Tourism and Hospitality
- MSc. Forestry that has been reviewed and changed to MSc. Forestry and Biodiversity
- MSc. Agroforestry that has changed to MSc. Agroforestry and Community Development
- PhD in Forestry