Caroline and Margaret will share with us their experiences with community conservation in Kenya. The overall aim of their project is to empower the local community members to use the ecosystem wisely and ensure sustainability so that the environment thrives, and the community members can meet their livelihoods. After the presentation they look forward to hearing from other WiNN members to gain insights on how community work will proceed post COVID-19 since this requires gathering and face to face participation.
Wednesday, June 24
11 AM EST
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Zoom Link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/265618773
About Dr. Caroline Ouko
Dr. Caroline A. Ouko is a multi-skilled professional with 15 years’ experience in leadership, policy development and facilitating change in the Agriculture and Environment sectors. She has a PhD in Environmental Policy from the University of Nairobi – Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP). With over 15 years progressive involvement in various initiatives geared towards supporting the global agenda on environmental management both in Kenya and Canada, she has a strong track record in networking and stakeholder engagement, partnership modelling and relationship building. She has successfully designed and executed successful programmes applying innovative participatory approaches involving the government agencies, local communities and private partnerships. She has also led the CETRAD team in various research projects funded by the Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Project (ESAPP), National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR), Act Change Transform (ACT!) among others.
About Dr. Margaret Awuor Owuor
Dr. Margaret is a scholar and environment scientist focusing on aquatic ecosystems and ecosystem services. She Lecturers in the Department of Hydrology and Aquatic Sciences, School of Water Resources Science and Technology, South Eastern Kenya University. Currently, the Head of Department. Margaret holds a PhD from the University of Cadiz, Spain and the University of Algarve, Portugal. She has a Masters in Water and Coastal Management. Her research focuses on various areas with her focus being on using the ecosystem services approach to map and value the benefits we receive from nature. She has also been working on enhancing community involvement and participation in conservation through education, awareness through tree planting initiatives. Margaret has a lot of interest in community outreach leading to her experience in working with community groups. With these experiences, Margaret was elected and the Education and Science Officer of the Society for Conservation Biology, Africa Chapter.