The first graduates from the Urban Action Lab (UAL) Buyinza Ambrose Wabwire and Teddy Kisembo graduated on the 15th Jan 2015 with MA Land Use and Regional Development.
Ambrose’s research thesis was on Seasonal Variability of Pasture Biomass and Carrying Capacity in Karamoja Sub-Region, he determined the grazing carrying capacity of pasture biomass for livestock (grazers) by classifying and quantifying pasture biomass for grazers in Karamoja rangelands and assessing the spatial-temporal variability of pasture biomass quantity. The study shows that the use of GIS/Remote sensing to complement field data is a dependable approach to quantifying pasture biomass and determining the carrying capacity of rangelands. The study was funded by BRACED (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change Extremes and Disaster)
Teddy’s research thesis was on Flood Risk Induced Relocation in Urban Areas: “Case studies of Bwaise and Natete Kampala”, she analyzed the decisions regarding relocation from flood risk areas by characterizing flood risk induced relocation, assessing the tipping points that make people relocate and the tolerable risk that makes people that make people live with risk and assessing the city level strategies for mitigating flooding. The study shows that flood risk induced relocation is a coping for households affected by flooding and can afford to relocate. The study was funded by CDKN (Climate and Development Knowledge Network) under the Disaster Risk Reduction project.
Congratulations Ambrose and Teddy