Kenyan scientist Dr. James Kairo is among eight global environmentalists awarded the 2019 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.
The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute Chief Scientist was recognised for his work in fighting climate change and carbon emission in the country through promoting the conservation of mangrove at the Coast.
He has been a key advocate in the conservation of Kenya’s mangrove forests by supporting their inclusion in the country’s climate mitigation strategy based on their potential to store carbon.
As a PEW fellow, Dr. Kairo will receive Sh15 million to engage in a three-year-project that seeks to study and estimate how much carbon Lamu’s mangroves store and the effects of their loss or degradation.
The other seven scientists include Apple Pui Yi Chui (Hong Kong), Shari Fox, Rima Jabado, Jamaluddin Jompa, Haruko Kurihara, Loren McClenachan, Richard Sherely.
The eight scientists are currently working on issues ranging from ocean acidification, coral reef and mangrove loss to fisheries management species such as african penguins.
The PEW fellowship was started in 1948 in Philadelphia and is currently in 46 states.