RRH presents and exhibits at the Wildlife Research Training Institute Conference
The RRH team participated in the 1st Wildlife Scientific Conference by the Wildlife Research and Training Institute (WRTI) held in Naivasha, Kenya, under the theme “Use of Wildlife Science for Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation and Improved Livelihoods.”.
The purpose of the conference was to showcase wildlife scientific output, share experiences and expertise with other scientists globally, and act as a channel to disseminate information gathered on wildlife science for decision-making. The focus was on well-researched scientific papers on discoveries, innovations, technologies and applications in wildlife conservation and sustainable utilization.
RRH team leader Michael Ngugi sharing about the RRH project with the participants during the conference.
RRH takes part in the Global Landscape Forum
The RRH team participated in the Hybrid Conference of the Global Landscapes Forum 2023. The team presented on the crucial role of monitoring and the subsequent knowledge sharing and exchange on African ecosystems in improving governance and promoting sustainable management will be defended. OFAC and RRH were noted to play key roles in providing relevant, credible, and timely information on forest ecosystems, with the aim of promoting the use of such information for the improved management of forest resources for biodiversity preservation, conservation, and local development in their respective regions in Africa.
In addition to OFAC and OFESA, the work of other regional observatories, such as the Observatory for Biodiversity and Protected Areas in West Africa (OBAPAO), and the engagement of regional stakeholders like the Commission of the Forests of Central Africa (COMIFAC), were also highlighted. The understanding of the work these observatories do in Central, East, and West Africa was emphasized as potentially instrumental in influencing environmental action and curbing hazards that were threatening the well-being of Africa's ecosystems and, subsequently, its peoples.
The RRH Team Lead, Michael Ngugi Kimani, makes a presentation at the GLF2023
RCMRD 2023 Map Competition
RRH was one of the sponsors and judges of the 2023 RCMRD map competition. The competition, spearheaded by the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), runs in RCMRD member states in Eastern and Southern Africa and aims at promoting the use of maps, earth observation, and creating awareness of the data sharing geo-portals and observatories to allow users to discover GIS datasets and creatively use them to develop innovative solutions.
Here are the winners:
RRH Inaugural Sports Tournament
This year, RRH organized the first-ever sports tournament, mainly targeting RCTI students and staff, under the theme of working together in biodiversity conservation
Meet the winners
Peter Nduati, receives the award for emerging as the best in darts.
Stephen Baraka triumphed in the Table Tennis category
Caleb Mutalia emerged the winner in the badminton category
LA Lakers emerged the winners in the Basketball category
RRH Participates in the Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) workshop
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) TFCAs Network annual meeting was hosted by the National Agency for Conservation Areas of Mozambique in Maputo from 13th to 16th November, 2023. The event began with a field visit to the newly established Maputo National Park, part of the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA between Mozambique, South Africa, and Eswatini). During the session in Maputo, TFCA Focal Points from each Member State had the opportunity to discuss the updates provided on each TFCA. The SADC Secretariat also provided feedback on its activities and engagements to foster transfrontier conservation, while new funding opportunities will be presented and explained by the different International Cooperating Partners. Further, independent projects and action research activities will present their work and progress. RRH participation. Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) are founded on the realization that natural resources that straddle international boundaries are a shared asset with the potential to meaningfully contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and the welfare and socio-economic development of rural communities. Also, TFCAs are practical means of demonstrating regional integration.
SADC is one of the four Regional Economic Communities within the intervention area of the Regional Resource Hub (RRH); and thus, a key stakeholder of the hub – strategically, technically, and politically. Currently, RRH is hosting the SADC TFCA portal – support that is likely to continue for the next four years under the forthcoming Regional Centre of Excellence.
Among the topics that were presented and discussed in the meeting include the following: Climate change mitigation and adaptation plans, Transboundary coordination within SADC TFCAs leads for effective ecosystem services, including habitat and species management, Human capital and professional development to support TFCAs Goal - Training institutions working together to support SADC’s TFCA program, Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management, TFCA Network Communications system revamp
Regional Resource Hub was given an opportunity to present on the work it is doing in the region and how it is collaborating with SADC TFCA. RRH reiterated its commitment to work closely with SADC TFCA and offer support where possible.
Participants at the TFCA workshop in Maputo, Mozambique.
RRH GIS specialist Erick Wabwile presents during the panel discussion
RRH through RCMRD identified as a Regional Centre of Excellence for East and Southern Africa
RRH through RCMRD has been identified as a Regional Centre of Excellence for East and Southern Africa set to implement Biodiversity and Forests components. The Centres of Excellence are the European Union’s support for the use of Science, Technology, and Innovation for the green transition and sustainable development. RCMRD hosted in Kenya, is indeed privileged to be one of the three Centres in Africa that will play an active role in helping the 24 countries in our region, tackle the challenges surrounding Biodiversity and Forestry.
The East and Southern Africa Forest Observatory - OFESA
RRH has been partnering with OFESA. This is a regional initiative that aims to improve forest monitoring and management in the region. It covers five countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda).
You can find more details about OFESA here - https://ofesa.rcmrd.org/en/
GMES and Africa
RRH has been partnering with the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES & Africa). This support program is the result of the long-standing cooperation between Africa and Europe in the area of space science & technology, which is one of the key priorities of the long-term EU-Africa Joint Strategy. GMES & Africa Support program is administered by the African Union Commission through the Human Resource, Science and Technology (HRST) Commission and supported by a technical assistance team led by GAF AG.
The program aims at improving African policy-makers, planners’, scientists, business and private sector and citizens’ capacities to design, implement, and monitor national, regional, and continental policies and to promote sustainable management of natural resources through the use of Earth Observation data and derived information.
You can find more information about GMES and Africa here - https://gmes.rcmrd.org/
Mark the date for the 2024 RRH Data Training Workshop
From all of us at RRH we wish you and your a Merry Christmas and a happy 2024. Thank you for consistently journeying with us.