¨ Funded by African Wildlife Foundation through a Dutch grant, ACP is assisting ACC to draw up an environmental vulnerability framework for northern Tanzania and southern Kenya. The analysis will draw on the long-term data for Amboseli to look at the causes of degradation and biodiversity loss.
¨ Dr. David Western was approached last year by John Galaty, well known for his work on East African pastoralists, to submit a joint grant proposal to the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and IDRC to study and influence community-based conservation in the Tanzania-Kenya borderlands. The two institutional bodies are McGill University and ACC. SSHRC and IDRC awarded eight grants at a launch of the joint funding program in Ottawa in early October.
¨ ACC and McGill University were awarded a seven year grant of $2.5 million. The grant covers studies and training as well as regular reviews of the finding and applications. The study will use changes in wildlife numbers and elephants and lions as keystone indicators, drawing heavily on the outputs of work of the Borderlands Conservation Initiative.
¨ Dr. Victor Mose has excelled in setting up a fully integrated database for Amboseli, overseeing the data analysis and designing open source analytical and visualization tools. He attended a spatial ecology workshop in Birmingham, UK in June and has also attended modeling workshops in Lyon France. He recently presented a paper at the annual bioinformatics (TDWG) congress in Sweden. In addition, he sets up databases and press-button analytical programs for ACC, SORALO and other organizations.
¨ Rebecca Kariuki, who began as an intern with ACP two years ago, has won a prestigious EU scholarship to do her PhD at University of York, working on plant dynamics drawn from the long-term Amboseli database.
¨ Eric Ochwang’i was awarded a Masters in social statistics from the University of Nairobi, based on his analysis of cascade effects caused by the compression of elephants in Amboseli National Park.
¨ Kennedy Sakimber, David Maitumo’s son, has joined ACP and is underway on his Masters looking into Maasai views of change in Amboseli, the causes of change, and how the community is affected and responds.
¨ Dr. David Western attended the World Parks Congress in Sydney in November to give a presentation at a special session of human wildlife conflict.