Prof. Michael

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    Amb. Prof. Michael K. Koech

    Prof. Michael K. Koech is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Education, School of Environmental Studies at Kenyatta University. His teaching concentrations include: Environmental Education, Education for Sustainable Development, Ecology, Climate Change and Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit.


    Prof. Koech has vast experience stemming from his work as Dean of School of Environmental Studies, Kenyatta University, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Planning) at Kenyatta University, Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Founding Director General, Kenya National Environment Management Authority.


    His major accomplishments at NEMA include successful completion of the First 3 year Strategic Plan of NEMA, successful completion of the First Budget (450 million) for the Authority, launching of the Provincial and District Environmental Committees, gazettment and operationalization of EIA/Environmental Audits Regulations, establishment of relevant organs of the Authority e.g. EIA Technical Advisory Committee and Environmental Tribunal Court facilities at the Authority, initiation of Environmental Action Plan Process, instituting the Committee to deliberate the phasing out of leaded gasoline in Kenya, issuing the EIA license to the Tiomin Kenya Inc. to mine tiomin in Kwale, completion of several MOU’s with partners of NEMA, establishment of key Departments within NEMA, personnel and grading systems of staff, and staff integration from various defunct Departments.


    Prof. Koechholds BA in Biology/Ecology and Environmental Studies from Lake Forest College, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A, M.Ed. in Educational Planning, Management and Administration and Ed.D in Science/Environmental Studies and Curriculum Development from University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.


    Prof. Koechholds BA in Biology/Ecology and Environmental Studies from Lake Forest College, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A, M.Ed. in Educational Planning, Management and Administration and Ed.D in Science/Environmental Studies and Curriculum Development from University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.


    His publications and research works include:

    Publications

    • 1. Koech M.K, Kinoti M.K and Ngetich P.K. (2005) Assessment of Pollution of Rural Water Supplies in Kenya. A Case Study of TheKipsonoi River in Bureti District.
    • 2. Koech M.K, and Kinoti M.K.(2005) Environmental Impacts of Tea Growing and Processing - The Case Study of Kenya.
    • 3. Koech M.K. The Development of Environmental Assessment Guidelines and Procedures in Kenya. African Journal of Environmental Assessment and Management Volume 1 No. 1, January 1999.
    • 4. Koech M.K (1999): Pastoral Production Systems in North Eastern Kenya: Development and Capacity towards potential solutions. Pastoral Information Network
    • 5. Koech M.K. Science and Environment in the book: Science Education in the African Context, Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, 1998.
    • 6. Koech M.K. Methods Used to Count (Monitor) Animal Vegetation: Trends in East African Protected Areas." Third Regional Seminar for the UNESCO Project - Biosphere Reserves for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in Anglophone Africa (BRAAF), Cape Coast, Ghana, March 9 - 15, 1997.
    • 7. Koech M.K (1997). Environmental Education (EE) Dimension of Curriculum for Secondary School (Grades 7-12) in Africa, UNESCO-UNEP
    • 8. Koech M.K (1997) An Environmental Education Dimension of Curriculum for Preserve Training of Secondary School (Grades 7-12) Teachers in Africa, UNESCO-UNEP

    Research Activities

    • 1. AEO Cities: The City of Nairobi Environment Outlook Report. Done in Collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 2005-2007.
    • 2. Koech M.K Impact Assessment of Woodfuel Production on Biodiversity. A Case Study from Kenya, 2009.
    • 3. Koech M.K, Kinoti M.K., and Buigutt K.S.A. Environmental Dimension of Traffic Congestion and Pollution in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area.
    • 4. Koech M.K, Kinoti M.K., and Buigutt K.S.A. Tools for Environmental Management (TFEM).
    • 5. Kinoti M.K, Koech M.K. and Mbwiria L.N Municipal Solid Wastes Management in Kenya: Process and Technicalities of Relocating a Disposal Site in the Meru Municipality.