During our workshops at TU Munich and at Salzburg University, the team decided to translate our theoretical findings into practical management advices. This was done by the team and all findings were compiled in policy briefs (equally structured sections on 1. Recent status, 2. Challenges, and 3. Solutions / Recommendations). These policy briefs were then disseminated in January/February (26-05) 2020 to stakeholders, organizations, the local chiefs and members of the three partnering universities (South Eastern Kenya University, Taita Taveta University and Pwani University).
We first presented the findings at South Eastern Kenya University, together with our colleagues, Dr. Kimatu and Dr. Kisangau. Here we underlined, that management schemes are existing to protect riparian forests, however, rarely applied in practice. Find below some impressions, and the presentations showed by Jan C. Habel and Mike Teucher.
We continued our travel to Taita Hills, and had a very fruitful meeting with stakeholders and members of the Taita Taveta University – Ngerenyi campus. Here, also the assistant chief and representatives from policy joined our meeting. We all agreed, that there is an urgent need for developing an action plan to 1. Conserve the last remaining cloud forest patches, and 2. To improve ecosystem health at the landscape level. In particular, the team agreed, that the restoration of the last remaining cloud forest fragments, and the planting of indigenous trees across the agricultural landscape is of high relevance! Find below some impressions, and the presentations given by Jan C. Habel and Mike Teucher.
The workshop at Pwani University took place together with many university members and representatives of Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations, such as the County Government, Nature Kenya, Arocha Kenya, the National Museums of Kenya and many others. Mike Teucher and Jan C. Habel presented the findings of the field work conducted in the Arabuko Sokoke Forest in 2017, about ecology, socio-ecology, and land-cover changes and land tenure. Afterwards we discussed the policy brief, which were compiled. Finally, we discussed future collaborations, which will be on Culture and Conservation. Find below some impressions of our workshop and the presentations given at PU. We are all looking forward having more fruitful research and teaching activities with PU, particularly with Prof. Shauri and Dr. Maarifa.
We closed our DAAD Quality Network Biodiversity Kenya with a final visit at the DAAD office in Nairobi. There, we had a very fruitful discussion with Margareth Kirai, about our success, and the challenges we had during our activities. We are very grateful to the DAAD for funding the Quality Network Biodiversity Kenya.