ABS access permit-Microbial ecology on glacier and faunal heritage ……

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND CO-ORDINATION (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2015
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS
Pursuant to legal notice No. 160 of the Environmental Management and Coordination (Conservation of Biological Diversity and Resources, Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing) Regulations, 2006 the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has received application for access permit for the following
1. Applicant: Research Organization of Information And Systems
Address: 2F 4-3-13 Toranomon, Minatoku, Tokyo 105-0001
Activity: The applicant in partnership Kenya wildlife Service and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology intent to carry out a research on Microbial ecology on glacier and its effect to glacier melting in Mt. Kenya. The research activities will involve Collection of 11250g of Glacier Sediment; 250g of Glacier Ice and 200g of Glacier Foreland soil samples. The short-term Glacier ecological monitoring study will is expected to run from September 2015to July 2017. The specific monitoring activities will be 1. Microbiological analysis, 2. Chemical and isotope analysis, 3. Radioisotope analysis, 4. Re-sampling for monitoring the glacier ecology. The snow and ice samples will be melted preserved with a 3%formalin solution in 100ml clean polythene bags. Some will be kept frozen in plastic bags for algal species identification. All samples will be exported to a laboratory at the National institute of polar research where microorganisms will be observed and counted under Microscopy (IX81;Olympus) and measurements of the total carbon and nitrogen weight will be taken by NC analyzer and carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes by EA-IRMS (Delta V Advantage: Thermo Fisher Scientific). Bacterial and archeal 16S Rrna gene and eukaryotic 18S Rrna gene sequenced by both sanger sequencer (3130×1 Genetic Analyzer; Life technologies) after PCR-cloning and barcoded amplification sequencing (Mi-seq: Illumina) Microorganisms will be isolated from glacier and ribosomal RNA gene amplified by PR and sequences will be analyzed by Sanger sequencer Nutrient concentration will be measured by Auto Analyzer II (The Technicon) and other chemical ions by ion chromatography (ICS5000:Dionex) 87Sr/86Sr and 143Nd/144Nd ratios of minerals will then be determined with a TRITON thermal ionization mass spectrometer (Thermo Fisher Scientific K.K.). Photosynthetic characteristics of phototrophic organisms will be measured using a PAM chlorophyll fluorometer (Water-PAM, Waltz) Spectoral reflectance in the visible to near-infrared wave-length range (350-1050nm) will be measured on the glacial surface with a portable spectroradiometer (MS-720, Eiko Seiki, Japan). The information from the analysis will help to understand glacial ecosystem on glacier and its future conservation.

1. Applicant: Kunming Institute of Zoology (KIZ), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Address: 32 Jiaochang Donglu, Kunming, Yunnan Province, P.R. China
Activity: A China-Kenya Collaboration on Zoological Research and capacity building for Sustainability of Kenya’s faunal heritage at five selected sites : Mt Kenya Ecosystem; Lake Victoria Basin; Shimba Hills; Chyulu Hills v Loita Hills / Nguruman Escarpments and Lake Turkana. The project will be implemented jointly in partnership of the three institutions: Kunming Institute of Zoology (China), Kenya Wildlife Service and National Museums of Kenya for the period starting September 2015 to September 2020. Samples collected in the course of this research will be used solely for academic and research purposes and not for any commercial gain. No more than 10 individuals per species per locality will be lethally sampled. Lethal sampling will only be performed on small animals like invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and small mammal species of NO conservation concern of less than 3 kg where need for further off site research may arise. Any sampling of large animals will be done non-invasively through collection of feces, hair or photography. Diverse methods will be used including standard field sampling techniques for various faunal groups, standard morphological and genomic DNA procedures will be used to resolve taxonomic and phylogenetic species complexes. Research equipment will be purchased to support the field surveys and laboratories research in Kenya. Efforts will be put in place to involve local communities in study sites and where possible their indigenous knowledge will be safeguarded. The capacity building component will enhance skills for Kenyan and Chinese participants through technical skills training, MSc. PhD, post docs and scientific exchange visits. This research and capacity building will assist to identify, document and conserve Kenya’s Zoological Heritage.
NOTE:
The full documentation of the proposed activities is available during working hours at the NEMA Headquarters, Popo road, off Mombasa road, P.O.BOX 67839-00200, Nairobi, Tel. No. 020-2183718, and Email: dgnema@nema.go.ke. Website: www.nema.go.ke
The authority is therefore inviting the public to submit oral or written comments within 21 days from the date of publication of the notice to the Director General to assist the Authority in the determination of the application.
PROF. GEOFFREY WAHUNGU,
Director General,
National Environment Management Authority.

ABS access permit-fecal samples from Olive baboon…

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND CO-ORDINATION ACT
(No. 8 of 1999)
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS
Pursuant to legal notice No. 160 of the Environmental Management and Coordination (Conservation of Biological Diversity and Resources, Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing) Regulations, 2006 the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has received application for access permit for the following
DR. CARIE ANN CIZAUSKAS DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY 106 A GUYOT HALL, PRINCETON, NJ 08544 USA Activity: Collection of fecal samples from Olive baboon (Papio anibis) and Velvet Monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) from Mpala Research Centre in Nanyuki, Kenya. The samples will be exported for further parasite and bacterial DNA analysis, hormone measurement and immune factor measure at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA.
NICOLE ALINE THOMPSON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK, NY 10027 Activity: Collection of fecal and urine sample from Cercopithecus mitis in Kakamega Forest. The sample will be exported for further analysis on metabolites at Columbia University.

NOTE:
The full documentation of the proposed activities is available during working hours at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Headquarters, Popo road, off Mombasa road, P.O.BOX 67839-00200, Nairobi, Tel. No. 020-2183718, and Email: dgnema@nema.go.ke. Website: www.nema.go.ke
The authority is therefore inviting the public to submit oral or written comments within 21 days from the date of publication of the notice to the Director General to assist the Authority in the determination of the application.
Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu, Director General, National Environment Management Authority.

ABS access permit- Collection of Macromycetes

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND CO-ORDINATION ACT
(No. 8 of 1999)
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS
Pursuant to legal notice No. 160 of the Environmental Management and Coordination (Conservation of Biological Diversity and Resources, Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing) Regulations, 2006 the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has received application for access permit for the following

PROF: JOSPHAT CLEMENT MATASYOH EGERTON UNIVERSITY, P. O. BOX 536, EGERTON-20107 Activity: Collection of Macromycetes and tropical fungi for cataloging, analyzing and preservation of specimen from Kakamega and Mt. Elgon Forests in Western region. The samples will be exported for firther analysis in MUCL/ HZI in Germany. Applicant: Noah Dunham,
Address: 2310 Waterfall Lane, Columbus OH, 43209, USA
The Ohio State University, Department of Anthropology, Columbus OH, USA
Activity: Collection of Bones from naturally deceased (i.e., traffic accidents and accidental electrocutions from power lines) Colobus angolensis palliates from Diani Forest, Kenya. The skeletal specimens will be exported from Diani to The Ohio State University (OSU) Primatology Laboratory in the USA for examination of the Colobus dental microwear using a scanning electron microscope and limb bones measurement and digitization with a Microscribe 3DX. The dental wear patterns will be analyzed in relation to the mechanical properties of described food items for a more nuanced understanding of Colobus masticatory functional morphology. While the three-dimensional renderings will be for comparative analysis with monkeys inhabiting the Tai Forest and Ivory Coast, in reference to colobus forelimb use behavior during feeding.
Applicant: Dr. George Omondi Paul,
Address: 51002-00200 Nairobi, Kenya
Activity: Collection of Blood and fecal material from sample baboons and chimpanzees through capture and chemical restraint of the animals at both Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Nairobi Orphanage. Complete physical examination will also be performed, with special focus on symptoms consistent with TB infection. All samples will be transported to the field laboratory where they will be incubated at desirable atmospheric conditions before being shipped to the University of Minnesota veterinary Department. Blood samples will be taken to the Molecular Laboratory where the concentration of IFN- γ in the harvested plasma will be determined by ELISA test kit and the results interpreted based on a selected tuberculin cut-off point. Fecal samples will be taken to the research lab for mycobacterial testing via PCR. DNA will be extracted from fecal samples using the Qiamp Fast DNA stool mini kit (Qiagen, Inc.) and tested by IS6110 realtime PCR using LightCycler 480 II (Roche). Samples will be tested in duplicate and Tm calling analysis will be used to confirm positive samples in comparison with positive controls. This will leverage new diagnostic technologies to create and validate a more practical and epidemiologically sound protocol for surveillance of TB in captive, reintroduced and free ranging chimpanzees.
NOTE:
The full documentation of the proposed activities is available during working hours at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Headquarters, Popo road, off Mombasa road, P.O.BOX 67839-00200, Nairobi, Tel. No. 020-2183718, and Email: dgnema@nema.go.ke. Website: www.nema.go.ke
The authority is therefore inviting the public to submit oral or written comments within 21 days from the date of publication of the notice to the Director General to assist the Authority in the determination of the application.
Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu, Director General, National Environment Management Authority.

ABS access permit-collection of 1,000 Fecal samples of Equus grevyi (Grevy’s zebra)

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND CO-ORDINATION (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2015
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS
Pursuant to legal notice No. 160 of the Environmental Management and Coordination (Conservation of Biological Diversity and Resources, Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing) Regulations, 2006 the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has received application for access permit for the following:
Applicant: SARA ELIZABETH HEISEL
Address: 140 East Green Street, Athens, Georgia, USA 30602
University of Georgia
Activity: Opportunistic collection of 1,000 Fecal samples of Equus grevyi (Grevy’s zebra) and not more than 30 tissue and/or blood samples ONLY from animals that are deceased from natural causes for DNA and hormone extraction, and fecal protein analysis to genotype individual animals from Mpala ranch, Ol Jogi ranch, Samburu National Reserve, Meibae Community, WestGate, Kalama and Lewa Conservancy. As per the Material Transfer Agreement with Kenya Wildlife Service, the collected samples will be held at the University of Georgia and the information obtained will be used for academic and conservation purposes only.
NOTE:
The full documentation of the proposed activities is available during working hours at the NEMA Headquarters, Popo road, off Mombasa road, P.O.BOX 67839-00200, Nairobi, Tel. No. 020-2183718, and Email: dgnema@nema.go.ke. Website: www.nema.go.ke
The authority is therefore inviting the public to submit oral or written comments within 21 days from the date of publication of the notice to the Director General to assist the Authority in the determination of the application.
PROF. GEOFFREY WAHUNGU, Director General, National Environment Management Authority.