Application for Access permit

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND CO-ORDINATION ACT

(No. 8 of 1999)

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY

INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS

Pursuant to legal notice No. 160 of Environmental Management and coordination (Conservation of Biodiversity and Resource, 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. DETAILS OF THE APPLICANT:

Dr. Jens Zinke

Research assistant professor, UWA/AIMS

University of Western Australia, 35 stirling Highway – WA 6009 crawley.

PROJECT TITTLE:

Evaluating Current Responses and Projecting the Effects of Climate Change on WIO and Reef Ecosystem from Historical Variability.

SPONSOR:

The project is supported by a WIOMSA MASMA grant and the advanced Geochemical Facility for Indian Ocean Research at the University of Western Australia in collaboration with Stanford University (US) and RWTH Aachen (GERMANY)

ACTIVITY:

Drilling of cores from living massive porites sp. Corals along a transect covering Mombasa, Malindi and Tana Coral Reefs.

Sample coral fragments from ancient Swahili ruins to precisely date the Swahili settlements and to simultaneously reconstruct the climate that prevailed during the various settlement periods for the past 1000 years.

The primary objective is to determine the seasonal variability in sea surface temperature (SST), the hydrological balance and sediment river discharge due to climate changes, foremost of year and decadal-scale variability. The climate baseline includes hydrological re-organization during e.g. the medieval warm period around 800-1200 AD, the little ice age around 1550-1850 AD.

METHODS TO BE USED

Use commercially available hand-held pneumatic air tool (RODCRAFT) with working pressure of 6 bars. One dive cylinder of 220 bars is needed to drill 30cm of coral core section. Each 30cm core section is broken at the base to remove the single pieces. The drill holes in the massive corals will be plugged with concrete cylinders to prevent bio-eroding organisms to damage and weaken the corals.

The element analysis will be done at the advanced Geochemical Facility for Indian Ocean Research (AGFIOR) at the University of Western Australia in Perth and at the RWTH Aachen in Germany.

Stable isotopes will be measured at Stanford University (US) in the lab of Prof. Rob Dunbar.

PROJECT DURATION

13th June 2014 to 31st may 2017

PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH:

The study proposes to examine the spatial and temporal environmental changes affecting coastal ecosystems and livelihoods in the western Indian Ocean on historical time scale covering the last 1000 years.

 

  1. DETAILS OF THE APPLICANT:

Prof. Susan Claire Alberts

Department Of Biology

Duke University, 2813 Mcdowellrd-27705 Durham,Nc.

 

PROJECT TITTLE:

Research on Demography and behavior of baboons in Amboseli Ecosystem, Kenya

ACTIVITY:

Designing sampling protocols and analysis of samples that include blood, feaces, hair and tissues from the study populations of baboons in Amboseli Ecosystem.

PROJECT DURATION

11th September 2015 to 30th September 2018

PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH:

The study will generate data and information to enhance conservation and management of species in Amboseli Ecosystem

 

  1. DETAILS OF THE APPLICANT:

Dr. Daniel Rubenstein

Department Of ecology and evolutionary biology

Princeton University

25 East Frank Line Road, Pennington, New Jersey, USA 08534

PROJECT TITTLE:

Research on Wildlife behavior, ecology and ranging in relation to vegetation, predation and livestock in the greater laikipia-samburu ecosystem.

ACTIVITY:

Collecting fecal specimens from variety of wildlife species including equine, bovine, elephant, hippopotamus, caprine, porcine, murine, canine, reptile, feline, and laporidae species.

They will be collected non-invasively, after the feces has been deposited by the animal. The feces will be used for DNA analysis to identify the specific species fed upon.

A sample of the collected feces to be thoroughly dried and analyzed for nutrients contents. Sample of the vegetation to be collected as baseline reference, which will be similarly dried and tested for nutrients.

 METHODS TO BE USED

Deploy 16 radio collars, divided evenly between the two species, and between the sexes, and distributed across the geographic area where population survey is conducted.

Use permutation tests to identify differences between the two species in their movement responses to bottom-up, top-down, and competitive forces. Used an array of statistical techniques to learn much from the rich data set primarily focusing on permutation tests and Bayesian Monte Carlo Approaches.

Test the balance between forage and water use by measuring various spatiotemporal statistics relating to water use and proximity, including distance from water, temporal correlations in such distances, and interval between successive visits to water.

PROJECT DURATION

The project will run for 5 years

PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH:

The study proposes to investigate the forces shaping interindividual interactions as well as interspecies interactions as affected by bottom-up factors ( food and water), top-down factors (predation and diseases) , and side-ways factors (completion fir resources and mutualism) , among the community of herbivorous in central Kenya.

NOTE:

The full documentation of the proposed activities is available during working hours at national environmental authority (NEMA) headquarters, popo road, off Mombasa road, P.O. BOX 67839-00200 Nairobi, Tel 020-2183718. Email: dgnema@nema.go.ke Web : www.nema.go.ke

Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu

Director General

National Environment Management Authority 

 

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