The core function of the Life Science Division (LSD) is to play a leading research role in managing and utilizing the natural resources for sustainable development, conservation of the biodiversity and provision of ecosystem services. The objectives of the Division are to:
- Undertake and promote collaborative scientific research in biodiversity, and ecosystem services, climate change impacts/adaptation and social ecological systems.
- Provide specialized and applied research on natural resources policies in support of national development goal
- Conduct academic and theoretical applied research as well as contributing to teaching in priority areas;
- Contribute to publications, dissemination of research findings and facilitate the interaction between researchers , natural resources managers and practitioner
- Promote mentoring, capacity building and postgraduate research fellowship program (PGRF).
The Life Sciences Division has three Research Programmes with several projects.
Biodiversity, Ecology ad Ecosystem Services
- Population biology of indigenous plants of conservation priority
- Monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem integrity
- Restoration Ecology
Climate change and Disaster risk management
- Community based adaptation strategies
- Vulnerability and risk assessments
Social Ecological Systems (SES)
- Community-based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM)
- Common Pool Resources (CPRs) governance
- Human Wildlife Interaction