A lecture entitled “Lack of Information on the Environment and Biodiversity in the Sudan, Impacts and Expectations“, recommended the establishment of the Environment Information Bank, the support of the Sudanese Society for Environmental Protection initiative, establishing the Centre of Environmental Information in coordination with the Universities of Gezira and Khartoum, in addition to raising awareness of the importance of long-term environmental studies by establishing a number of seminars in other relevant universities.
The lecture emphasized the need to attach training programmes and raising the capacity of researchers and students in this project, forming a national committee that concerned with the planning, development and implementation of long-term environmental studies in Sudan, including representatives of relevant faculties in different universities.
The lecture was organised by the Department of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources of the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources at University of Gezira in Al-Nisheishiba, University City, on January 3th, which was chosen as a focal point for this work.
The lecture was delivered by the assistant professor of ecology and biodiversity conservation at the University of Khartoum, Faculty of Forestry, and a researcher at Harvard University, Dr Ahmed Siddiq, discussed the environmental and human threats surrounding natural resources and biodiversity. He also addressed the problems of lack of information in terms of causes, effects and scientific solutions. Pointing out the need to establish a site for long-term environmental studies to improve knowledge stocks, disclosing that it aims to create a regular system for the collection of environmental and agricultural information, which helps to link the local environmental information with information similar to other countries, especially Africa. He said that this step enhances student training opportunities and capacity development in environmental observation and monitoring. He attributed the lack of information to the absence of the idea of information gathering, lack of integration of roles, coordination with relevant actors, lack of funding and infrastructure and research equipment.
Dr Ahmed Siddiq, presented an environmental tourism, including environmental regions in Sudan, and the rich biodiversity, which helps in economic support and local community development.
The lecture was attended by a number of deans, heads of departments, representatives of the Agricultural Research Corporation, master students and interested parties, as well as officials of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.