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Francis Mwaura is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi where he also serves as thematic head in Biogeography and NRM sections. He is a PhD, MSc and BSc holder in tropical biogeography with considerable experience on issues concerning the interface between society and natural heritage with emphasis on biodiversity and ecosystems in tropical areas especially Eastern Africa. He is actively involved in a number of scientific collaborations with several partners including McGill University (Canada), Kyoto University (Japan), University of Southern Maine and Miami University (USA). Francis is a member of the Editorial Board for the East African Journal of Science Technology and Innovation (EAJSTI) of the EAC (EASTECO). He is a member of a number of professional bodies including the Environment Institute of Kenya (EIK), Africa Nature People for Nature (P4N), Heritage Conservation and Human Rights (HCHR) Network (University of Nairobi), and Eastern Africa Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Network. He served as one of the experts in the preparation of the IAEA guidelines for Strategic Environmental Assessment for nuclear power programmes and was the Africa Biodiversity Lead Author for the UNEP GEO-5 State of the World Environment Report 2012. Francis was a Fellow of the 2012 African Climate Change Fellowship Programme (ACCFP) of the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) and the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START). He has undertaken a wide range of consultancy assignments for local and international clients including UNDP, WWF, AWF, NEMA, KWS, KenGen, KEPHIS, NCAPD, Matt MacDonald Netherlands, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC-Kenya), Howard Humphreys, Somaliland Development Fund and UNEP among others

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