To produce adequately trained and equipped professional wood science, forestry, and wildlife, agro-forestry and fisheries human resource manpower and carry out research for sustainable development, management and utilization of forestry, wildlife and fisheries resources in Zambia and beyond.
Foster respect and use research evidence in teaching
Uphold academic freedom
Foster scholarship and research
The sustainable use of natural resources is essential for the survival and development of mankind. The increasing needs and demands for natural resources such as, forests and forest related resources, Wildlife and Fisheries urgently calls for sustainable management of these resources. There is clear evidence that anthropogenic activities are leading to problems of climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation. It is undeniable that green house gases emission from deforestation and forest degradation are causing harm to our environment. Industrial growth and unsustainable agriculture practices are also resulting in loss of biodiversity and soil quality respectively leading to decreased soil productivity. Problems the country and the world at large are facing justify the need for professionally trained human resources in sustainable management of natural resources and conservation agriculture such as agroforestry. Generally, there has been a scarcity for professionally trained human resources in the sustainable management of natural resources in Zambia and elsewhere in Africa. The School of Natural Resources was set up to adequately train and produce professionals in agroforestry, fisheries and aquaculture, forestry, wildlife management and, wood science and technology.
In 1995, the School of Natural Resources started operating as one of the Schools of the Copperbelt University to offer degree programmes in Agroforestry, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Forestry, Wildlife Management and, Wood Science and Technology.
In 1996, the first student intake was enrolled for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry only. Other degree programmes were later introduced as follows; - Wood Science and Technology in 2002, Agrofrestry in 2006, Wildlife Management; Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2009 and Bioenegry Science, Plant and Environmental Sciences as well as Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Climate Change in 2016.
In 2011 Post Graduate programs were introduce and these are MSc. degree in Natural Resource Management, MSc. degree Sustainable Agriculture production and a PhD. in Natural Resources.
The school offers teaching, research and consultancy services in agriculture, environment and natural resources management related fields. The school is also engaged in issues of environmental management and development. It has participated and continues to participate at both national and international levels in issues of climate change, biodiversity conservation, carbon trading, eco-tourism and management of natural resources for socio-economic development.