ITCER e.V. and ITCER Kenya are non-profit, privately sponsored partner organisations in the tertiary education sector, focusing on scientific research, teaching and outreach in an international training centre in Siaya County in Western Kenya (see Location)
East Africa’s natural ecosystems are rapidly degrading due to unsustainable exploitation and mismanagement resulting from an unprecedented human population increase combined with land use practices that are not sufficiently adapted to the adverse effects of climate change. Identifying solutions to the environmental problems requires a new class of managers with practical skills that enable timely identification and assessment of current and emerging indicators of unsustainable land use practices, which lead to land degradation.
ITCER is a regional organisation, registered in Germany (e.V.) and Kenya as an international NGO. Both, ITCER Kenya and ITCER e.V. has a Board of Directors comprised of elected Board members. These Board members include representatives from Kenya and other international experts from different countries. ... more
Members and Memberships
The members of ITCER Kenya and ITCER e.V. have so far been recruited mainly from members of Egerton University, University of Eldoret, JOUUST, and Maseno University (Kenya), of University of Bamenda (Cameroon), furthermore of University of Bayreuth, University of Hohenheim, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, and Hochschule Karlsruhe (Germany), as well as of institutions dedicated to environmental diagnostics, environmental protection, and public relations (BIO-Diverse, SNSB IT Center, Stiftung Pfennigparade (all Germany) and others).
Cooperation agreements with local universities on the basis of MOUs will be listed here.
ITCER e.V. and ITCER Kenya themselves will become partners and members in other organisations, which will be listed here.
To offer high quality, use case-based training in environmental sciences for postgraduate students (MSc and PhD level), scientists, and members of various stakeholder groups from Kenya and neighbouring countries. ... more
- act as an outreach centre for concepts and materials to implement up-to-date environmental knowledge in tertiary institutions as well as to inform key actors and the local community in Kenya and its neighbour countries
- improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources
- promote community development through resource self-sufficiency
- carry out sustainable agriculture planning and development activities within the community
- sustainably cultivate indigenous mushroom species and sensitize communities on mushroom and tree conservation, mushroom identification and uses
- encourage group farming especially in food crop production, animal husbandry and fish farming and other self-help activities
- work in close collaboration with related organizations, village development committees and other NGOs
- enhance capacity building of its members by organizing and attending training workshops and conferences
- carry out scientific research in related fields to improve on production skills and facilities
Environmental Science Research and Training
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: integrate sustainable management of natural to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services for community livelihoods and human well-being.
- Climate Change: facilitate regional mechanisms for assessing and addressing the impacts of climate change and promote grass-root actions to build community resilience.
- Sustainable Agriculture: work with communities to promote sustainable agriculture.
- Engaging strategic partnerships with leading players ... more
and facilitate regional collaboration and networking for better environmental, climate and conservation action as well as community empowerment
- Development of a regional reference centre ... more
for information on environmental, climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development
- Partnering with and empowering grass-roots community-based groups ... more
and working with responsible industries and companies to promote corporate social and environmental responsibility
Many higher education curricula focus more on theoretical aspect and have a gap in teaching of practical skills in newest methods. ITCER will fill this gap ... more
- ITCER facilitates networking with local, national and international players to enhance sustainable development through information and experience sharing.
- ITCER empowers it’s network through policy dialogue, capacity building and policy engagement when implementing it’s work. ITCER works with all kinds of organizations including NGOs/CBOs, academic institutions, governments, industries, companies and business.
- ITCER’s activities on the ground take an integrated landscape approach focusing mainly on environmental science research and training, protecting biodiversity and enhancing ecosystem services, mitigating impact of climate change, and building shared vision among stakeholders to address threats.