Shadrack Stephene Achilla is a PhD candidate of the Joint PhD Programme in Integrated Management on Water, Soil, and Waste between Technische Universität Dresden and UNU-FLORES. Prior to joining UNU-FLORES, Shadrack has participated in designing and implementing several national and international projects and published on sustainable land resources use and management, climate change adaptations, biodiversity conservation, forestry, and wildlife management aspects in Tanzania. Such projects have attracted funding from both local and international organisations such as the World Bank, Denmark’s development cooperation agency (DANIDA), the European Union (EU), and the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA). Some of his notable interventions are in the restoration of the Great Ruaha River Ecosystem which was degraded as a result of unsustainable agricultural practices, among others, and the establishment of the Tanzania Biodiversity Information Management Tool (BIMT) which provides a means of prioritising areas for plant conservation based on comprehensive and reliable biodiversity information.
Currently, Shadrack has expanded his focus to include issues such as the role of both traditional and modern natural resource use and management regimes to shape/define resource properties or yield, what role the social-ecological systems play in such interaction across diverse landscapes and land-use systems, and the implications of such interaction in relation to land-use practices and including but not limited to policy.
Shadrack is fascinated by the application of modern technologies and approaches in the analysis of the human-environment dynamics in the face of environmental, economic, and institutional changes over time.