Dr. Benson Okita, Director of the East Africa Hub of the Wyss Academy for Nature, and Prof. Stephen Kiama Gitahi, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, after signing the agreement. Image provided by Wyss Academy for Nature

Wyss Academy enters partnership with University of Nairobi

21 November 2023 13:11

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Bern/Nairobi - The Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern is joining forces with the University of Nairobi in Kenya. The partners will work together in the areas of biodiversity, water, climate change, sustainability and environmental management.

The Wyss Academy for Nature, which is based at the University of Bern, has formed a strategic partnership in environmental studies with the University of Nairobi (UoN) in Kenya. According to a statement, Benson Okita, Director of the Wyss Academy for Nature's East Africa Hub, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, Professor Stephen Kiama Gitahi, signed the agreement in Nairobi. It includes cooperation with the university-based Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies and covers the areas of biodiversity, water, climate change, sustainability and environmental management.

The institute in Nairobi is named after the environmental scientist and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai. According to the statement, the strategic partnership with the institute came about through the initiative of several people committed to promoting greater cooperation between institutions in the Global North and South. The initiators are Professor Thuita Thenya from the University of Nairobi, Professor Margaret Awuor Owuor (Wyss Academy) and Christine Nyangweso, a doctoral student at the UoN. The University of Nairobi’s extensive expertise will be combined with the Wyss Academy's approach to translating knowledge into action, writes the statement. 

The goal of the Wyss Academy for Nature is to find better ways "to turn knowledge about climate change, biodiversity loss and unjust land use into concrete solutions", according to the organization's website. It has hubs in East Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. The Wyss Academy for Nature employs a total of more than 60 people. ce/gba

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