Summit 21.-24. April 2015

The Maasai Mara – a research and development challenge for the next 20 years



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21. April 2015

4.00 - 4.30PM    

The plan for the Summit, the Workshop, the White Paper and the Development of the Strategy including Discussions
Børge Obel and Pernille Kallehave

4.30 - 4.50

Remote sensing to monitor and study ecosystem dynamics and degradation in the Maasai Mara
GIS Coordinator Peder Klith Bøcher, Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University

4.50 - 5.10

Long-term Research, Conservation and Sustainability in Protected Areas
Jessica Hartel, Post Doc, Centre for Biocultural History, Aarhus University

5.10 - 5.30

Education for community participation in restoration of Maasai Mara National Game Reserve and the Ecosystem
Dr. Florence Kisirkoi, Maasai Mara University

5.30 - 5.50

Exploring Online Eco-linguistic Communication Strategies on the Conservation of Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Mr. Bonface Isalambo Khadohi, Maasai Mara University

5.50 - 6.10

Interrogating Previous Research Studies in the Restoration of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and the Mau Forest complex
Prof. Tabitha Sew

22. April 2015

8:00 - 8:30       

Morning coffee and tea

Faciliator: Ms. Faith Njeru
Rapporteur: Professor Almadi Obere

8:30 - 9.10

Professor Mary K. Walingo, Vice-Chancellor, Maasai Mara University welcomes chairman of the council Professor J. Okumo to make remarks, then invites the Chancellor Professor P. Ngunjiri to make remarks and lastly invites the PS Education Dr. Belio Kipsang to address the audience

9.10 - 9.30

Introduction to the Maasai Mara Science and Development Action
Professor Richard Odingo, University of Nairobi and Professor Børge Obel, Aarhus University will present the Maasai Mara Science and Development Action.

9:30 - 9.50

Honorable William Ole Ntimama

9.50 - 10.05 Healthbreak

Facilitator: Dr. Alice Odingo
Rapporteur: Professor Jess Hartel

10.10 - 10.30

Future plans of the Ministry on the Development of the Maasai Mara
Dr. Alice Kaudia, Environment Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources 

10.30 - 10.50

Restoration of the Mara Eco-system - Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Jepkemboi R. Choge – PhD (Presenting), Prof. Tabitha Sewe – PhD , Prof. Mary Walingo – PhD, Ms. Nancy Adagala. Mr. Khadoi Isalambo, Maasai Mara University

10.50 - 11:20


11.20 - 11.30


Facilitator: Professor Henrik Balslev
Rapporteur: Dr. Florence Kisirkoi

11.30 - 11.50

Todays’ challenges in the Mara conservancy movement; the constraints and challenges in a 10-year perspective
PhD. Lars Lindkvist, Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association

11.50 - 12.10

Organization audit and design of the collaborative community of Maasai Mara
Professor Børge Obel, Interdisciplinary Centre for Organizational Architecture, Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University 

12.10 - 12.30

State and Society - a Danish contribution
The Danish Ambassador in Kenya, Mr. Geert Aagaard Andersen

12.30 - 1.30PM


Facilitator: Professor Frederick Ogola
Rapporteur: Professor Lars Bach

1.30 - 1.50

Biodiversity in a World of Human Dominance and Rapid Change - Anthropocene Challenges and Opportunities
Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, PhD, Aarhus University

1.50 - 2.10

Climate Change and Survival of the Maasai Mara Ecosystem
Prof. E.M.Irandu (presenting), Prof. R.S. Odingo and Dr. Christopher Oludhe, Dr. G.Wayumba, Prof. E.H.O. Ayiemba, Dr. S.M. Mukhovi, Dr. S.O. Owuor, Dr. A.A. Oluoko-Odingo, University of Nairobi

Facilitator: Dr. Samuel Owuor
Rapporteur: Ms. Jennifer Koikai

2.10 - 2.30

An Overview of the Structure, Goals & Challenges of Mara North Conservancy (A Camp Perspective)
Jesper Stagegaard, Chairman of the board of Karen Blixen Camp in Mara North and Chania Frost, Chief Operating Officer, Mara North Conservancy

2.30 - 2.50

Maasai People in Partnership in Wildlife and Tourism Development in the Mara
Jackson Looseyia, Professional Safari Guide, Maasai Mara

2.50 - 3.10

Population threat to tourism and development in Maasai Mara
Prof. Elias H. O. Ayiemba, University of Nairobi

3.10 - 3.30


3.30 - 3.45

Health break

Facilitator: Ms. Chania Frost
Rapporteur: Dr. Peder Klith Bøcher

3.45 - 4.05

Land use, Livestock and Conservation: A Difficult Balance
David Noosaron, maasai Landowner, Local Community Representative of Mara Rianta, member of Mara North grazing committee 

4.05 - 4.30

Sustaining pastoralism in Maasai Mara
Dr. Gordon Wayumba, Prof. R.S. Odingo, Prof. E.M. Irandu, Dr. A.A. Oluoko-Odingo, Prof. E.H.O. Ayiemba, Dr. S.O. Owuor, Dr. C. Oludhe, Dr. S.M. Mukhovi, University of Nairobi

4.30 - 4.50

How farm-animal management may support wildlife conservation and social development
by PD Dr. Rainer Hospes (presenting), Prof. C. Hermosilla, Prof. Dr. A Wehrend, Prof. Dr. M. Lierz, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

7.00 - 8.30


23. April 2015

8.00 - 8.30       

Facilitator: Professor Elias Ayiemba
Rapporteur: Mr. Khadohi Isalambo

8.30 - 8.55

Conclusions from the First Summit Day
Professor Børge Obel and Professor Oyaro Nathan 

8.55 - 9.15

A Contested Paradise: Contextualising the Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Managing Boundary Resource
Mr. Salaton Tome


9.15 - 10.05
10.05 - 10.25

Gender Implications of Community participation, tourism and development in the Maasai Mara
Dr. Stellah Mikalista Mukhovi, Dr. A. A. Oluoko-Odingo, Prof. E. M. Irandu, Dr. C. Oludhe, Dr. G. Wayumba, Prof. R. S. Odingo, Dr. S. O. Owuor, Prof. E. H. O. Ayiemba, University of Nairobi

10.25 - 10.45

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve Conservation: Integrating the Maasai Woman into the Conservation Matrix through Social Entrepreneurship
Joslyn Nzau (M.A-Gender & Environment) & Dr. Gladys Ngao (PhD)

Facilitator: Professor Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson
Rapporteur: Ms. Nancy Adagala

10.45 - 11.00

Food security and the eco-system
Professor Mary K. Walingo, Vice-Chancellor, Maasai Mara University 

11.20 - 11.40

Ethnoecology in a changing World
Professor Henrik Balslev R., PhD, Dr. h.c, FLS, Aarhus University


11.40 - 12.00

Energy systems/dynamics in Narok County
Dr. Christopher Oludhe, University of Nairobi

12.00 - 12.10

Environmental Costs and Opportunities of Agricultural Modernization in Maasai Mara: National Accelerated Agricultural Input Access Program (NAAIAP) Implementation in Narok County
Rose M. Mwangi, National Coordinator, Ministry of Agriculture in the Kenya Government

12.10 - 12.20

Final Remarks, Conclusions and Next Step
Dr. Alice Odingo (University of Nairobi) Professor Tabitha Sewe (Maasai Mara University) and Head of Development Pernille Kallehave (University of Aarhus, Denmark)

12.20 - 12.30

Closing Remarks
Maasai Mara University

24. April 2015

9.00 - 9.20 Mara River Research - a short synthesis of 7 years of our research
Christopher Dutton, Amanda Sublusky, David Post and Emma Rosi-Marshall
Blog   Research Website  Network                    
9.20 - 9.40 The Maasai Mara for the Mara Elephant Project
Marc Goss

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