Mr Amane Kobayashi delivered a seminar on “Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Regional Security: a case study of Kajiado District,” at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies on Monday 23rd March, 2015.
Amane Kobayashi is a PhD Candidate, Graduate School of Media and Governance; Research Associate, Global Environmental System Leaders Program, Keio University, Japan and an affiliated researcher at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies at the University of Nairobi. His academic research concerns the Impact of Climate Change to the Regional Security and Governance of Middle Eastern and African countries. He also holds M.A in Media and Governance and B.A. in Policy Management from Keio University, Japan
According to Amane, this research was conducted to examine the impact of climate variability, particularly drought on the regional security in Kenya, with the supports of the Wangari Maathai Institute and United Nations University. Many African countries have been facing severe problems on governance and security issues caused/intensified by climate variability. Although Kenya is one of the most developed countries in the African region, climate change suffers the country by frequent disputes and influx of refugees caused by drought in Northern region, famine, disease expansion and shortage of water and agricultural resources inside/outside of the country. Therefore not only the geographic or meteorological situation but also aspects of security and governance are focused in this research to achieve a more comprehensive analysis on the climate variability issue.
From the left, David Kuria, Director, KENVO, Prof. S.G. Kiama, Director, Wangari Maathai Institute, Faculty members, WMI and University of Copenhagen, students from both University of Copenhagen, Roskilde University and the University of Nairobi, Wangari Maathai Institute and Community members group photo after successful conclusion of SLUSE 2015.
Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen and kENVO conducted a successful two weeks experiential training. The training was held in Lari District, Kiambu County, Kenya from the 27th February to 11th March 2015 with focus on hands on experience. The course was attended by 20 international students (from both University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University) and 10 local Kenya students. The students were organized into five groups each dealing with a specified thematic areas which included Livestock, Agriculture, Water, Forestry and Domestic Energy.
Seated from Left: Mr. Bernard Kinyua Deputy County Commissioner, Prof. Mungai Deputy Director, WMI, Mr. Stephen Kiiru Lari Sub-County Administrator, Hon. Esther Njuguna, Minister of Environment Kiambu County, Prof. Stephen G. Kiama, Director Wangari Maathai Institute together with Director KENVO, WMI Faculty Members, Community Members and Msc students from University of Copenhagen and Wangari Maathai Institute
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