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CSDES FORGES TIES WITH A COMMUNITY BASED RESOURCE CENTRE

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Date and time: 
Sat, 2012-06-30 15:25
Location / Venue: 

LOITA District

In an effort to fulfill its fourth objective (community outreach and engagement), the Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies’ (CSDES) Coordinator, Prof. J.T Njoka together with his communication team recently embarked on a community outreach program in Loita Division, Narok County where CSDES and Loita Cultural and Resource Centre agreed to work together to develop management approaches for dryland systems.

Present at the meeting where the partnership was made were Mr. Josiah Odongo, Loita Division Officer, Mr. Charles Ole Saitabau, Chairman of Loita Cultural and Resource Centre, Dr. Cecila Onyango, CSDES Management Committee member, CSDES Communication team and Community members.

Addressing the meeting, Mr. Charles Ole Saitabau, welcomed the partnership and cited that the move was a great step in helping the Community overcome the ever-increasing challenges affecting their ecosystems and human livelihoods. He called on CSDES to support more students from the community to pursue higher education and also build the capacity of the community to conserve the environment.

In his remarks, Prof. Njoka, acknowledged the importance of the partnership between the two Centers. He emphasized on the significance of higher education for dryland communities as a lasting solution to the myriad of dryland challenges. The Coordinator pledged more educational support and urged the leaders to send more students to pursue higher education at our universities.

Those in attendance appreciated that the two Centers’ are endowed with a lot of resources which if utilized can be beneficial to both CSDES and the Community. The Loita Cultural and Resource Centre possess a lot of indigenous and cultural knowledge while CSDES, through the University of Nairobi has a lot of scientific knowledge. These two spheres of knowledge are vital in the management of natural resources.

 

 

Expiry Date: 
Wed, 2014-04-30 15:25
Contact Person: 

Prof. Njoka

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