Mr. Julius Karanja with other youths on a sessional discussions

Mr. Julius Karanja Mbatia, a 4th year student, BSC Management of Agro-ecosystem and Environment in this department represented Kenya Youth Climate Network  in a workshop on ”Sommer SNU; Enhance capacity in climate change politics, youth engagement and planning"  The meeting was held in Norway, Trondheim from  26th June to 1st July 2016.

In the meeting, Mr. Mbatia shared contribution toward International Change maker work and made presentation on Kenya’s youth engagement in COP 21 Climate Justice Campaign. This was through lessons learnt through his participation in the UNFCCC 21st conference of Parties session which was held in France, Paris from 30th November to 12th December 2015. The theme of the conference was "to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius".

Trondheim, Norway and France, Paris
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Dr. Koech Oscar, of the University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) and pasture researcher at African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS-UoN) conducted a  research on Methane measurements from Livestock and feeds evaluation techniques at Aberystwyth University, Institute of Biological, and Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS), United Kingdom (UK) from 15 March to 15 June 2016 supported by the Stapledon Memorial Trust fund travel research grant and Newton fund.

The Newton Fund supported a workshop on different methods of methane measurements held from 10 to 11 May 2016. The workshop was attended by post graduate research students from the University of Nairobi and scientist from Africa.  The workshop provided exposure to the team on the  various methane measurement techniques as well sharing of results on In vitro and In vivo methane measurement studies done by Dr. Oscar Koech.

The workshop was a success and this supports the interests of UoN and African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) in the upcoming forage for Africa programme to improve forage productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) with care for environmental conservation, especially reducing enteric methane emissions.

Aberystwyth University (IBERS), United Kingdom
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MS. Lalampaa. K. Priscilla defended her MSC  thesis in Range Management on 21st June 2016. The research topic was on "Influence of holistic grazing management on herbaceous species diversity, range use pattern and livestock productivity in Laikipia County Kenya”. We wish her successful future endeavors. 


Faculty of Agriculture boardroom, CAVs
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CAVS student leader and Prof. G Kironchi planting a tree

The University of Nairobi (UoN) staff and students from College of Agriculture and Veterinary sciences (CAVS) and College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) participated in marking the World Environment Day (WED) by planting trees and inter-corporate sports. A total of 44 students and 4 staff members attended the event. They were led by the Coordinator, CAVS Environmental Sustainability (ES) committee and Prof. G. Kironchi, and the former Principal CAVS, Professor Agnes Mwang’ombe assisted by  Ms.Carolyne Kyalo and Ms Esther Waribu both from department of Land Resources and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT). Over 2500 tree seedlings were planted. The following institutions participated in the planting occasion:

  1. Del Monte Kenya Limited
  2. University of Nairobi (CAVS & CHSS)
  3. Total Kenya Limited
  4. Kenya Defence Forces (Moi Air Base Environmental Solders Programme)
  5. Barclays Bank - Thika Branch
  6. Nairobi County Developers
  7. Kyanzavi University College
  8. Members of the local community

Giving remarks as representative of the UoN team, Prof. Mwang'ombe indicated that “planting trees is infectious” hence the participating organizations in the event have history in planting trees together in strive of a greener and cleaner world. Her remarks were echoed by Kenya Defense Force Captain J.S Muli, who said “tree camouflages our dressing code” in military service, hence our passion in marking the WED through tree planting.

THIKA, Kenya
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Flemish promoter: Pascal Boeckx (Ghent University)

Local promoter: Stephen Mureithi (University of Nairobi)

Start: 2016 - End: 2020

Excess nutrient and sediment discharge in Lake Victoria have led to eutrophication resulting into proliferation of water hyacinth, impairment of transportation, decline in drinking water quality and fish population. The catchment supports 1/3 of Kenya's population and accounts for 60% of the country's surface water resources. This project will contribute to developing a nitrate pollution mitigation strategy by developing human resource and technological capacity for application of classical monitoring and isotopic techniques to assess nitrate pollution pressure.

Kisumu, Kenya
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