Archer's Post, Samburu DistrictKenya
About Jon Trimarco
Jon is a Master’s student in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR), at the Warner College of Natural Resources. His major advisor is Dr. Brett Bruyere, an Associate Professor in HDNR. The traditionally pastoralist people of Samburu County (Ewaso East), Kenya, have expressed strong concerns about the problem of increasing deforestation and desertification on their landscape, and its implications for their livelihoods. Jon’s project will bring together Samburu elders/community-leaders, local conservation practitioners and local educators to find tradition-based solutions to land degradation problems. This entails three elements: 1) A joint-learning process where local Samburu traditional knowledge on land use strategies is combined with science-based management practices to design culturally appropriate means for addressing deforestation and desertification, 2) an educational component, where local students learn and apply these strategies/objectives through hands-on experiential practices in local settings, and 3) a process of networking through collaboration on the part of project partners, such that future dialogue and collaborative planning is ensured.