Dr. Dennis Garrity giving a seminar on 24th October, 2014.
Dr. Dennis Garrity delivered a Seminar on Creating an Ever Green Agriculture in Africa for Food Security and Environmental Resiliance at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies on 24th October, 2014.
Dr. Garrity is the Drylands Ambassador, UN Convention to Combat Desertification and Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi. He is a systems agronomist and research leader whose career has been focused on development of small-scale farming systems in the tropics. He was formly Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre. Dr. Garrity is currently leading an effort to reinvent agriculture in the 21st Century by deploying unconventional ways to build more productive and environmentally sound farminig systems through a global Partnershipo to Create an Evergreen Agriculture. He also chairs the Steering Committee for Landcare International, a world wide effort to support grassroots community-based natural resource management.
Martha Isabel Pati Ruiz Corzo
6 October 2014, Salt Lake City, USA – The Mexican environmental campaigner Martha Isabel ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo has won the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) Wangari Maathai Award 2014 for her pioneering work to preserve forests and alleviate rural poverty in her native country.
One of the most prestigious forest accolades, the Wangari Maathai Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual to improve and sustain forests and the people who depend on them. The award was established by the CPF to honour the memory of Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a champion of forest issues worldwide and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ruiz Corzo is recognized for making conservation profitable for rural communities in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, one of the most ecologically diverse areas of Mexico and home to threatened species such as jaguars and green macaws as well as 800 types of butterfly. Through her Sierra Gorda Ecological Group, Ruiz Corzo successfully lobbied the government for the creation of the reserve in 1997 and instituted an intensive programme of conservation education and training for local communities, turning the reserve into a flagship for public-private ecosystem management.
From left, Prof. Jens Emborg, UC, Prof. Linda Nielsen, UC, Prof. R.G. Wahome, UoN, Aisha Karanja, Executive Director, GBM, Prof. S.G. Kiama, Director, Wangari Maathai Institute, Joshua Chebolwo, KEFRI, Ms. Wanjira Mathai, GBM Board Chair/WMI Board Member and Dr. Thuita Thenya, UoN/STAKE Projector Coordinator after the 2ndSTAKE Project Steering Commitee meeting held on 8th October, 2014 at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi.
The STAKE project is an exciting partnership between the Wangari Maathai Institute, the Green Belt Movement (GBM), Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is expected to contribute to stability in Kenya by understanding and targeting the underlying factors that lead to conflicts over forest related resources. This 3-year project funded by the Danish Development Agency (DANIDA) will also contribute to Kenya’s long-term development by mentoring and training the next generation of talented, young academics through provision of scholarships for Masters and PhD training.
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