|The late Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai, Founder & Distinguished Chair, Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies.|
In honour of the late Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai, a renowned environmentalist and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, the County Government of Nairobi will now rename the famous Limuru Road, that branch from Thika Road to Ruaka, to Wangari Maathai Road. Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero said this will go a long way in environmental conservation by emulating the deeds of the late Maathai. Read More
Prof. P. M. F. Mbithi, the Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi visits the wPOWER Hub stand.
wPOWER Hub of the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies ,University of Nairobi, scopes second position in the best stand demonstrating the application of environmental quality standards, at the 2015 Nairobi International Trade Fair.
The Hub is showcasing and promoting clean Cookstoves and environmentally friendly lighting technologies which are in line with this year's trade fair theme dubbed, “Enhancing Technology in Agriculture and Industry for Food Security and National Growth. This annual event has accorded wPOWER Hub of the Wangari Maathai Institute a platform to share information with stakeholders on its programme and activities that include promoting the role of women in clean energy solutions to climate change.
A section of the students following keenly on explaination about moist gardens
Thirty one (31) Postgraduate students at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies visited the community transformational model, “Operation Mwolyo Out (OMO) model in Makutano Sub-location, Yatta Sub-county and Machakos County in Eastern Kenya as part of their experiential learning. The project which derives its name from Kamba word “Mwolyo,” for relief is an initiative of Bishop Dr. Titus Masika, the Founder/Director through the Christian Impact Mission (CIM) which was designed in 2009 as an effort to cut out food aid induced by frequent incidents of drought induced famine. The initiative include couple of interventions especially rain water harvesting to support diversified livelihood activities.
Dr. Dionysious Dan Kiambi, Executive Director of African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovations Centre (ABCIC) delivering a Seminar at Wangari Maathai Institute
Dr. D. D. Kiambi, the Executive Director of African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovations Centre (ABCIC), delivered a thrilling seminar on, “Biodiversity: A Resource for Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods,” at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies on 23rd September 2015.
In a nutshell, Dr. Kiambi indicated that Biodiversity is the variety of all living things viz. the different plants, animals and micro organisms, the genetic information they contain and the ecosystems they form. Biodiversity provides humankind with the ecosystem services, biological resources as well as goods and services that sustain the livelihoods of the majority rural poor. Biodiversity especially the genetic resources and the variability within the germplasm of farmer varieties, landraces and crop wild relatives is the undisputable basis of crop productivity as it provides breeders with the necessary breeding stocks for the development of improved varieties to meet various abiotic and biotic challenges and increasing yields. Moreover, germplasm is also vital in broadening the genetic base and diversification of agricultural production systems for the resilience required to withstand the changing biotic and abiotic stresses including pests, diseases and drought as consequence of climate change. Reducing terrestrial carbon emissions and increasing sequestration is now central to the climate change agenda.
Women at Maragua following keenly on the ongoing training
In efforts to promote the role of women in clean energy solutions to climate change, wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi, organized a three day community training in Maragua, Central Kenya, to showcase how clean cooking and lighting technologies play important roles in unleashing the potential of women for a better future. The aim of the event was to raise awareness among the community, that access to clean cooking and lighting solutions and environmental stewardship are critical drivers to gender equality. It also provided opportunity for all participants to learn something new, to make new partnerships and to inform the wPOWER Hub work to ensure the empowering effect of clean energy, technology and entrepreneurship –on women in the community.
- Green Belt Movement (GBM)
- Science Initiative Group
- Regional Initiative in Science and Education
- University of Copenhagen
- RISE AFFNET UON Node
- U.S. Department of State
- The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
- United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
- Graduate School of Frontier Sciencies, University of Tokyo
- The University of Kentucky (UK) USA
- The Nile Project
- Fundacion Mujeres Por Africa
Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies (WMI),
College of Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences,
University of Nairobi,
P. O. Box 29053-00625
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Physical Location: College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences,
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