Coordinators Message Mountain Studi

Coordinators Message

Mountain Studies and Climate Change

The idea of developing a Centre for Mountain Studies and Climate change was conceptualized to support Karatina University’s Green University concept. Mountains form green patches of ecosystems and in Tropical areas, they are not only a source of livelihoods for the Communities living adjacent but also support social economic development for governments and communities far downstream.

Karatina University wishes to capitalize on its closeness to the 2nd highest mountain in Africa (and in the topical zone) to spearhead Research and collaboration in support of conservation and sustainable use of tropical mountain ecosystems and the associated climate change parameters. To achieve this, the university seeks to

  • Develop partnerships with relevant actors in Mountain Ecosystems and Climate change
  • Support Research in Tropical Mountain Ecosystems and Climate change
  • Be a Centre for information on mountain Ecosystems and Climate Change
  • Be actively involved in local, regional, national and international discussions on mountain studies and Climate change
  • Be an incubation Centre for students who wish to pursue careers in mountain studies and Climate change

In the past two years, the Centre has been involved in activities including

Ongoing community support activities include

  • Development of Kenya’s REDD+ strategy and Investment Plan under the UNDP
  • Supporting the ICPAC programme on developing REDD+ alerts in the IGAD region
  • Together with Aberdare conservation action Group and the mount Kenya conservation Forum, Supporting integrated conservation of the Mountain ecosystems of Mt Kenya and the Aberdares

The Centre has targeted to provide at least 2 partial scholarships for Karatina University Masters Students in the Academic year 2021/2022 to study topics related to Mountain studies and climate change