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Environment & Natural Resources Management

School of Environment and Natural Resources Management

 

 

 

The establishment of the School of Environment and Natural Resources Management is part of the fulfilment of making the institution’s major focus on natural resources and environmental management. The existing three departments in the Schoolare mandated to prepare programmes of study geared towards the rational management and exploitation of natural resources and the environment forsustainable development with emphasis on local, national, regional andglobal environmental issues like global warming, climate change, water,& air pollution, waste management, deforestation, soil degradation,etc.

Vision

To be a leading Centre of Excellence in Teaching, Research and Innovativeness in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development in Africa.

MISSION

To train and impart necessary knowledge and skills towards stewardship and sound natural resources management for sustainable development.

OBJECTIVES

(i) To develop personnel with the necessary research and policy analysis competences so as to contribute to informed decision-making towards sustainable community livelihoods.

(ii) To generate the necessary technical knowledge on the impacts of development on the environment so as to encourage harmonious interactions between man and the natural environment.

(iii) To produce professionals and technocrats capable of spearheading sustainable development agenda by focusing on sustainable technologies enhancing environmental conservation and management.

DEPARTMENTS

The School currently has three departments:-

1. Department of Environmental Science and Technology (EST)

2. Department of Environmental Conservation, Management and Extension (CME)

3. Department of Forest Resources Management (FRM)

PROGRAMMES OFFERED

The three departments have started off by focusing on certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate diploma and degree programmes. Postgraduate diploma and certificate programmes lasting one year and 1-3 months, respectively, are organized for people already engaged in environmental management activities. Short courses of 1-14 days have also taken off.

The undergraduate programmes are designed to produce graduates who are both professionally competent and marketable and who should also be capable of conducting further in-depth studies and/or research work at the same time appreciating the exigencies of the interactive physical, chemical, and biological processes that regulate the total Earth System, the unique environment that it provides for life, the changes that are occurring in this system, and the manner in which the changes are influenced by human actions.

The following courses are offered in the two departments:

CURRENT PROGRAMMES

1. BSc. in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management

2. BSc. in Management of Agro-Ecosystems & Environment

3. BSc. in Environmental Management

4. B.Sc. in Forestry

5. Diploma in Forestry

6. Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment & Auditing

Career Goals and Employment Opportunities

Graduates from the school will gain employment in an ever expanding range of areas including national parks and other protected areas, environmental impact assessment/ auditing and monitoring, environmental education, sustainable forestry, fisheries management, aquaculture, ecotourism and land/ river/ coastal

Conservation programmes.

The school trains professional Environmental Managers with a multi-disciplinary foundation to work in the national environmental agencies like National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), research institutions like the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), the International Centre for Research in Agro-forestry (ICRAF), National Museums of Kenya (NMK) among others. They will also have capacity to work in international organisations like Nature Kenya , the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), World Agro-forestry Centre, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Bank’s Division of Environment, UN-Habitat, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) World Health Organisation (WHO) and all other UN agencies engaged in environmental related programmes and activities. Gradutes will also be absorbed in local corporate bodies involved in timber plantations e.g. Panpaper mills, Kenya Power and Lighting Company etc, KENGEN, Water Companies, etc.They can also take up teaching jobs in many colleges offering environmental and natural resources management as a subject. Other career options available to school graduates are still film making and environmental and wildlife journalism. There may also be opportunities in television channels like National Geographic. Further, the graduates can also work in private consulting firms or run their own private consultancy in environmental impact assessment and audit of large development projects.

ACADEMIC STAFF IN THE SCHOOL

Prof. Jacob Kibwage, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Dean,

School of Environment and Natural Resources Management

Tel: +254-722-479061

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Dr. Matheaus K. Kauti, Ph.D.

Lecturer & Chairman,

Department of Environmental Science and Technology

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Mr. Heeran Mutuku, MSc

Ass. Lecturer, Tel: +254-725-007789

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Dr. Muusya Mwinzi, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer & Chairman,

Department of Environmental Conservation & Community Development

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Mr. Charles Ndung’u, MSc

Ass. Lecturer, Tel: +254-722-472706

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Dr. Jecinta Kimiti, Ph.D.

Lecturer & Chairman,

Department of Forestry and Wildlife Resources Management

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Mr. Festus Mutiso, MPhil.

Ass. Lecturer, Tel: +254-723-769694

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Dr. Peter G. Njuru, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Tel: +254-724-147913

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Ms Felista W. Muriu, M.Env.

Ass. Lecturer, Tel: +254-722-663735

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