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On Tuesday 30th November 2021, the University of Kabianga School of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources received donations of laboratory and field sampling equipment from partners in Giessen University (Germany) and Lancaster University (UK).

The materials received are from the following three projects that are closing their activities in the Mau Forest Complex Catchment:

  1. Land use impact on hydro-biogeochemical fluxes and processes in tropical catchments of Kenya (DFG Grant BR2238/23‐1, PI Prof. Dr. Lutz Breuer)
  2. The Water Towers of East Africa: policies and practices for enhancing co‐benefits from joint forest and water conservation (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Grant 81206682, PI Prof. Dr. Mariana Rufino)
  3. Low cost methods for monitoring water quality to inform upscaling of sustainable water management in forested landscapes in Kenya (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ Grant 81195001, PI Prof. Dr. Mariana Rufino)

The list of 15 items was handed over to the Dean SASNR, Dr Joseph Hitimana. They include four (4) automatic ISCO water samplers among other items. Dr. Suzanne demonstrated how the water samplers are used and their importance in analysing sedimentation and siltation levels in our rivers. More training on the use of the machines will be covered in January 2022 by Prof. John Quinton of Lancaster University, who is a partner under the ongoing and active ReDEAL project.

During the handing-over and reception of the donations, DVC A&SA Prof E. Omwenga was represented by Dr. Isaac Naibei who received the donations on behalf of University of Kabianga. Dr Suzanne Jacobs handed over the materials on behalf of Prof. Mariana Ruffino and Prof Dr Lutz Breuer. She reiterated the spirit and commitment to support research and teaching capacity of University of Kabianga in areas the equipment shall apply.  Present were the Division of Planning, Research and Development, the Directorate of Planning, Research and Linkages represented by Dr. Rev. Edwin Too, the School of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources represented by Dr. Joseph Hitimana and Dr George M. Kere, Lab Technologists Lily Too (SASNR) and Selina Kotut (SST), Ms Pauline Kimani - Research Assistant on ReDEAL Project, Ms Sharifa - UoK webmaster, and Dr Biorn (Giessen University).

The donations are a testimony of growing partnerships between University of Kabianga and researchers from Giessen University and Lancaster University.

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