Two of our Kenyan alumni have been selected as 2014 Kinship Conservation Fellows — earning international recognition as conservation leaders. Dr. Mwangi Githiru (Kibale 1997) and Faith Milkah Muniale (Kibale 2004) joined a select group of other fellows from 10 countries for the one month Kinship programme in market-based approaches to environmental issues, held in Bellingham, Washington.
Breaking the news to the TBA Nairobi office, Faith applauded TBA for its commitment to raising a new generation of conservationists who are becoming a force to reckon with globally. She added that TBA support and mentorship has tremendously helped her grow in her career over the years. As Programs Coordinator for Environment Research, Mapping and Information Systems in Africa, Faith works with communities in rehabilitating degraded forests, and arid lands in Kenya’s Rift Valley region. She is also an AWARD (African Women in Agricultural Research and Development) fellow, a position she won with TBA support.
Dr. Githiru is Director of Biodiversity and Social Monitoring for Wildlife Works, based in Voi, Kenya. He leads teams in assessing the environmental and social impacts of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) projects in Africa. His career is dedicated to environmental conservation and helping communities to improve livelihoods through education and harnessing ecosystem services.