The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi has called on joint efforts from various stakeholders to save the Maasai Mara ecosystem.
Speaking to a team from Maasai Mara Science and Development Initiative (MMSDI) Board, the Vice-Chancellor, who is himself a member of the High Level Advisory Board of the MMSDI, noted that the Mara is rich in wildlife and ecosystem. The Mara is the 8th Wonder of the World and should be saved from poachers and tree loggers and those who pose a threat to its existence.
“In a bid to dissolve the ivory tower, the University has embraced community service where students, lecturers and partners work together with the community to solve various challenges in a multi-disciplinary manner” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that Maasai Mara is a jewel and an economic resource that draws visitors from far and wide. Its ecosystem should be protected through concerted efforts. For the successful conservation program to work, the government, the academia and the private sector need to work hand in hand.
Prof. Mbithi adopted the proposal from the Maasai Mara and Development Initiative Board. The Initiative has membership drawn from the University of Nairobi’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation, Maasai Mara University, Aarhus University in Denmark, Justus Liebig University in Germany, the Karen Blixen Club in Maasai Mara and the Mamarianda community.
The Development Initiative has resolved that an academic program on Wildlife Conservation would be developed to build human capacity that will go a long way in conservation efforts.
Also present during the meeting were: Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Lucy Irungu, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Production and Extension, Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal , College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Prof. Richard Odingo, Nobel Laureate, from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies among other distinguished guests.