Interview with Dzineku Bismarck on the 2017 IFSA Northern Africa Regional Meeting (NARM) in Ghana
(by Ositadinma Evaristus)
Dzineku Bismarck is a senior student in Forestry at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Suniyani, Ghana. He is a founding member and former President of the Natural Resources Students’ Association (NARSA) and the president of the IFSA LC. He is also the head of the organizing committee for 2017 the IFSA Northern Africa Regional Meeting which will be hosted by the University of Energy and Natural, Sunyani, Ghana.
You were a delegate to the NARM 2016 that was held in Nigeria, given that experience how do you feel hosting NARM 2017?
Our LC is humbled and honored to have the privilege of hosting this great event. We are only one year and some months into our membership with IFSA, so having been selected as hosting institution among other universities in the region is a huge privilege for our LC and the University. We are very much looking forward to welcome everyone to Ghana.
What are the official theme and topics for NARM 2017?
The theme official for NARM 2017 is “Improving Resilience to Climate Change and Realizing Sustainable Use of Land, Forest and Water Resources, the Role of the Youth.” The official program is then divided into topics centered on issues such as nature-based solutions to climate change, experiments on various land and water resource management techniques, development green jobs and many more. The selected topics are designed to train and equip participants on latest internationally accepted best practices on climate change mitigation.
What are the expected outcome for this conference?
Ultimately, it is the realization of capacity building of students to undertake climate change mitigation activities. In that sense, it is hoped that this event will foster collaboration among youth across cultures and spur greater awareness with respect to responsibilities over forest resources, thus making contribution to efforts associated with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
When is this event going to happen?
NARM will take place between May 21-28, 2017 at the University of Energy of Natural Resources (UENR), Sunyani, Ghana. Registration is still open. We are expecting over 250 attendees from Nigeria, Liberia, Egypt, Niger Republic, Tanzania, Kenya, Ivory Coast and many other countries.
More information is accessible online via the official website: Webpage NARM 2017. Updates on NARM17 will also be launched on the following social media platforms: Facebook: NARM17; Instagram: NARM17 and twitter: @NARM17.
For comments or questions please contact the author Ositadinma Evaristus, a recent graduate of Forestry and Wildlife Technology from the Federal University of Technology Owerri Nigeria. He is currently training with the Imo State Zoological Gardens, Nekede, Owerri, and can be contacted via evarsergio(a)gmail.com.