The outcome of this four years activity is a very active north-south and south-south network of scientists, students and representatives of various GOs and NGOs, from the field of natural and social sciences. We intensively worked in three study regions, with three partnering universities and various local stakeholders. Most of these activities were conducted as project studies (Projektarbeiten), Bachelor theses and Masters theses. In total, 83 students and 39 scientists, and 10 field assistants participated in the DAAD Quality Network Biodiversity Kenya (with in total 182 individual fundings) (see pie-chart below).
The DAAD Quality Network Biodiversity consisted of a large number of workshops and field courses, in Kenya and Germany. There are various short-term and long-term effects arising from our activities:
- Exchange of students and scientists (from Kenya to Germany, and vice versa);
- Improving the understanding of conflicts between land- and resource management and the conservation of fragile forest ecosystems;
- Knowledge- and technic transfer;
- Establishing of networks (between the two partnering countries, Kenya and Germany);
- Establishing of networks among the three universities within Kenya;
- Establishing and improving networks and collaborations between universities and the local/national stakeholders, from policy and practical land management and conservation (GOs, and NGOs);
- Establishing of official university collaborations, by signing Memorandum of Understandings MoUs – for long-term collaboration;
- Qualification of students (also via PhD fellowhips).
The findings of the distinct thematic working groups are manifold, but created a clear holistic picture: Intact ecosystems are crucial for both, endangered species as well as for the human being and a high human livelihood quality. A compilation of most of the findings for each study area (Kitui, Kilifi and Taita Hills) is provided in a table, which considers the following aspects: status/challenges, drivers, and solutions.
We all agreed, that, beside of scientific reports and scientific (peer reviewed articles) we also would like to translate our theoretical findings into applied practical policy briefs – for policy makers and other pracitioners. Thus, based on our compilation table we created three summaries (policy briefs), one for each study region. Here we considered the following aspects and used identical structures: Introduction, current status, recommendations for policy makers. The three policy briefs are provided here:
As many scientists were involved in this activity, we also have written a large number of book chapters, (peer reviewed) international research articles, but also contributions for the media press. A list of all articles will be provided shortly, including a synthesis article on the entire activity.