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Africa's future topic of symposium at CSU

March 28, 2014

Dr. David Nkedianye, Governor of Kajiado County, Kenya, will speak at 4 p.m. April 8 at CSU's Organ Recital Hall in the University Center for the Arts.

The event is free and open to the public, and opens the 2014 SAES Future of Africa under Global Environmental Change: Solution-Based Approaches to Sustainability and Development Symposium.

Nkedianye’s address is presented by CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) and the Sustainable African Ecosystem and Societies (SAES) under Global Change Global Challenges Research Team. SAES’s vision is for collaborative engagement for sustainable ecosystems and societies in Africa to enhance biodiversity, advance human and animal health, empower communities, and promote environmental, economic and social sustainability. 

Nkedianye leads policy making for nearly one million people in southeastern Kenya. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, and has led research on drought mitigation, climate change and human livelihoods in dryland systems. He established the Maasai-led Reto-o-Reto Foundation to better link local pastoral communities with policy makers and scientists. 

Nkedianye has served as a Practitioner Fellow for the Center for Collaborative Conservation at CSU, a project manager for the African Wildlife Fund, and the Deputy Coordinator of the Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies, a USAID Higher Education for Development project as part of an international collaboration with the University of Nairobi and CSU. 

Day of duscussion

The symposium will continue April 9, with a poster session and a day of panel discussions with a diverse group of scientists and practitioners at the Lory Student Center. The discussions will be organized around important processes in the earth system and human development that point ways to transformations for sustainability of African ecosystems and societies.