Chair of Department's Message
The Departmental emphasis is placed on the ecological approach relative to conservation and management. This approach increases opportunities for the employment of graduates in areas such as range management, wildlife, apiculture, aquaculture, forest management, soil conservation; resource use planning, wetland management, environmental monitoring, impact studies, natural resource development, conservation information, regulatory activities, education and management of drilling and mining zones. It feels honored when one employs trusted graduates with character, who are competent and values the community (3 C Values of ANU). The 3 Cs brings out a whole person into the society.
|The ANU Bachelor of science in Environment and Natural Resource Management pogramme aims at producing competent environmental resource managers with relevant technical and profession knowledge that will enable them to effectively manage conserve and utilize resources wherever they are employed. The specific objectives at the end of the program are that the trainees will be able to synthesis and apply the acquired knowledge in ecological, sociological and economic concepts to the theory and practice of environment and natural recourses management. They will also be able to conserve and communicate this knowledge to the stakeholders.|
The population of Africa has grown over the past century with the consequence that there is a large youth bulge with low life expectancy of below 50 years. According to United Nations estimates the population doubled in the period 1982–2009 and quadrupled from 1955–2009. The total population of Africa is estimated at 1.2 billion (2014). The increase in population has a significant impact on the natural resources and currently the Sub-Saharan Africa has a massive problem in food security, mediated by unsustainable land uses, unpredictable extreme weather conditions and strict market and trade conditions. Africa remains basically a rural society largely dependent on agriculture, pastoralism and is endowed with abundant biophysical diversity. Natural resources and agri-business have the potential to moderate the constraints relating to un sustainability of land use.
Accreditations Networks and Affiliations of the school / department
• Kenya Forest Services
• East Africa Wildlife Society
• Wild life clubs of Kenya
• Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
• Kenya Forestry Research Institute
• Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate
• International Research and Livestock Institute (ILRI)
• International Center for Research and Agroforesty
• International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology(ICIPE)
• The National Museums of Kenya
• Kenya Wildlife Services(KWS)<
• African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya limited (AFEW (K) LTD) also known as the Giraffe Centre
CLIMATE CHANGE DIALOGUE
Climate change dialogues were conceived in 2015 as one of pre-cop activities, preceding COP 21 that was held from 30th November 2015 to 12th December 2015 in Paris, France.
The initiative was spearheaded by the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC-Kenya) in conjunction with university clubs. The aim was to spark conversation on climate related concerns among the youth.
This year, AYICC-Kenya has organized a series of dialogues which are a build up to the second African Youth Conference on Climate Change (AfriYOCC) scheduled for 10th to 13th October 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The second inter university climate change dialogue and art expo was held at Africa Nazarene University main campus in Ongata Rongai on 15th July 2015. It was organized by the Africa Nazarene University Department of Environment and Natural Resources Management in collaboration with the ANU Business School, Oikos International, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change and the Africa Nazarene Wildlife and Environmental Club.
The dialogue themed “Role of Disaster Risk Management towards climate change Mitigation and Adaptation” is a culmination of a series of mini dialogues undertaken by African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) Kenya during university clubs meetings. The aim is to create awareness on international policies under (UNFCCC and Conference Of Parties process) and national climate change polices (National Climate Change Action Plan 2013-2017) and how young people can translate this into local action by embracing knowledge, courage and advocacy.
Participating delegates represented the following institutions and organizations: Africa Nazarene University, Kenyatta University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT),. University Of Nairobi (UON), Wild World Fund (WWF), Wildlife Project, WCK, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), County Council of Kajiado, Miss Tourism Kajiado ,Technical University of Kenya, Riara University, Kenya Institute of Management, Management University of Africa, Environment 254, ,Kenya Television Service, Open Mic Africa, Trendsetters, Africa Research Consortium, Young Men Christian Association(YMCA), Africa 24 Media
During the dialogue, speaker after speaker reiterated the importance of climate conservation and challenged the participants present to be the leading voice of climate conservation in Africa and beyond.
ANU’s Chair of Environment and Natural Resource Management department Prof. Isaac Kigatiira , encouraged the participants to embrace climate conservation as a lifestyle .Echoing his sentiments, Beth Wokabi from the Education department also spoke on behalf of all the universities on Education and awareness- she said that this was important in raising an essential role in increasing the climate change adaptation and mitigation capacities of communities by enabling individuals to make informed decisions.
Africa Nazarene University would like to thank the sponsors, OIKOS ANU, +254 Environment and the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change for bringing together environmentalists to have this dialogue going on.
“What begins here, transforms the world”
OIKOS ANU HOST INTERVARSITY YOUTH DIALOGUE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Oikos ANU played host to the 2nd Intervarsity Youth Dialogue on Climate Change on November 20, 2015 at its Main Campus. Themed “Be the Driving Force”, the event attracted the participation of youth gathered in common unity to effect their responsibility towards curbing the climate change.
Represented at the forum were over 80 participants from Multimedia University, Technical University of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Mount Kenya University, University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University.
Representing Vice Chancellor Prof. Leah Marangu, Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Rodney Reed urged the youth to take on challenges presented by climate change and play their God ordained role towards achieving sustainable development.
Mr. John Kioli, Chairman of the Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG) additionally sought to urge the youth on policy advocacy issues regarding climate change calling on them to spearhead the climate change agenda using the different channels availed to them.
Mr. Stephen Kinguyu of the Ministry Of Environment, Natural Resource and Rural Development Authority assured the youth of the government’s plans and mechanisms to tackle climate change for which he asserted that the youth have to embrace and be a part of.
“Have a vision and a broad mechanism for change so as to look things differently and come up with new solutions to bring change.”, he urged the youths.
Mr. Paul Mbole, Chair of Sustainable Energy Network touched on the global framework for energy development and opportunities that the youth can participate in towards confronting climate change through a Q & A session.
The event also presented a panel discussion with Anita Negri, President of OIKOS International, Ms. Cecile Kibe from KCJWC, Mr. Kevin Kinusu of TechforTrade, East Africa and Mr. John Kioli. where issues on climate change and sustainability were discussed. The panelists gave the visiting youth further insight into key topics which included but not limited to, funding of climate change projects, gender roles in tacking climate change, youth leadership, just to mention a few.
The event ended on a high as students got an opportunity to plant trees.
We thank Oikos ANU for organizing an insightful forum.
Honoring Prof. Wangari Maathai
“It is the little things that individuals do that make a difference, my little thing is planting trees.” Prof Wangari Maathai.
In commemoration of the Late Prof. Maathai, environmental activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, ANU hosted an Environment Day organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resource Management.
The event was graced by the University’s partners Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Worldlife Clubs of Kenya (WCK), Wildlife Direct, Mazingira Yetu, JKUAT, East Africa Wildlife Society, Olesirkon Secondary School and Ongata Complex Secondary School.
The event started off with a chapel service led by Pastor Albert Esilaba Outa, Head of youth section and mobilization of the campaign “Hands off our Elephants” who discussed the effects of social media on environmental issues.
Speaker of the Day, Mr. Peter Frederick II Moll, President & Founder of Stand Up – a youth driven campaign and Shout Out World Organization – youth empowerment program shared with the congregation ways in which the youth can make a difference to avert environmental degradation.
“Until you dig a hole, plant a tree, water it & make it survive, you have not done a thing”. Prof. Wangari Maathai.
We acknowledge our guests and partners for a rewarding experience.
“What begins here, transforms the world”
My Environment, My Responsibility
The Departments of Environment and Natural Resource and Management (ERM), Estates and Chaplaincy led the day’s chapel themed “My Environment, My Responsibility” geared at enlightening the ANU community on ways to conserve the environment. Emphasizing on the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for environmental conservation, the departments with assistance from the Drama Club demonstrated practical ways to dispose waste and be stewards of the planet as God ordained for mankind in living a holy life.
The departments launched their “Paperless Campaign”, urging the ANU Community to adopt other means of sharing documents as opposed to printing. This was together with their “3 Colors Litter Bin Campaign” that the community would use to dispose biodegradable, paper and bottle waste separately in an effort to conserve the environment.
In the spirit of community, the ERM Department through its Chair Prof. Isaac Kigatiira donated a wheelchair to the Drama Club to facilitate the club’s performances.
We thank the ERM, Estates and Chaplaincy Departments for an enlightening chapel service.
God Bless you all.
The Future of Creation
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Chaplaincy and the Facilities Departments joined forces to lead the day’s chapel themed, “The Future of Creation” drawn from Romans 8:18-20. The chapel enlightened the ANU Community on ways to train themselves for a Godly life in relation to creation.
ANU lecturer Rev. Joseph Kisoi shared ways in which Christians should relate with God’s creation and taking care of the environment to the glory and manifestation of God. He further mentioned each person’s responsibility towards nurturing the environment emphasizing that the heavenly Kingdom is about peaceful co-existence of all creation.
He concluded by posing a challenge to the community on their role as Christians in relation to honoring and taking care of the environment and creation at large.
We thank the three departments for an enlightening sermon. God bless you all.
“What begins here, transforms the world.”
The ANU Wildlife & Environment Club led by its patron John Henry, joined the world to celebrate the World Environment Day #WED2015 on June 5, 2015 by participating in tree planting exercises at the Lang’ata Road Primary School and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Nairobi National Park – East Gate.
Themed “Seven Billion, Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care”, the University partnered with the events’ sponsors Green Generation Association and the Nairobi County Government to plant over 1000 trees at the perimeter of the Lang’ata Road Primary School playground and with KWS and Nairobi Green Line (an association of Kenya Industrial Manufactures) in support of their project to plant over 300,000 indigenous trees in a 30km long,50 meter wide forest boundary around the Nairobi National park aimed at barring human encroachment and poaching.
ANU would like to appreciate members of the University Community who participated in this noble and worthy cause.
Truly “What begins here, transforms the world.”