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Dr Joseph K. Kurauka


Title/Qualifications
: Dr.
Department/Unit/Section: Environmental Studies & Community Development
Contact Address
: P.O. Box 43844-00100
Position
: Lecturer
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Specialization:
Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Energy Resources and Community Development.

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Publications, Research and Technical Reports

Preparation of the following farmers’ agroforestry extension manuals:

  •  Mugo, F. W. and Kurauka, J. K. (2004). Acacia species in Kenya. A reference manual for extension. Acacia species discussed in this manual includes: A. abyssinica, A. lahai, A. mearnsii, A. nilotica, A. polycantha, A. senegal, A. seyal, A. tortilis and A. xanthophloea.
  •  Mugo, F. W. and Kurauka, J. K. (2004). Selected highland species in Kenya. A reference manual for extension. Selected species discussed in this manual includes: Bridelia micrantha, Cordia africana, Croton macrostarchyus, Croton megalocarpus, Maesopsis eminii, Markhamia lutea, Olea capensis subsp. welwitschii, Prunus africana, Psidium guajava, Vitex keniensis and Ocotea usambarensis.
  • Dr. Masake R., Boit A., Dr. Mugo, F. W., Muyenge S. and Kurauka, J. K. (2007). Subsistence Wood and Tree Requirements for Household Use and Ecological Sustainability in Kamelili Sub-location of Tinderet Division, Nandi South. CARPA Working Paper Series, No. 1, 2007.
  • Kurauka, J. K. (2004). An Investigation of Wood Products Consumption in Kisumu: Implications for Sustained Tree planting. Unpublished M. Env. Sci. Thesis, Kenyatta University.
  • Kurauka, J. K. and others (2005-2015). Several Consultancy reports outlined in this CV as a Lead Expert.

Papers Presented in Workshops/Seminars/Conferences:

  •  Kurauka, J. K. Factors that mitigate gender disparity in education among refugees in dadaab refugee camp, Kenya. A Paper Presented in Restructuring Refuge and Settlement: Responding to the Global Dynamics of Displacement Conference Organized by the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada May 16-18, 2012.
  •  Kurauka, J.K. Resource Person - Climate change to support the inclusion of adaptation strategies within Narok County Government policies. Indigenous Information Network (IIN), Narok Town, 29th September, 2014.
  • Kurauka, J.K. Presented a paper on Oil and Gas Discoveries in Kenya and the Region: Opportunities and Challenges. ISS and Hanns Seidel Foundation Seminar, Nairobi, 6th November, 2012.
  • Kurauka, J.K. Resource Person/Facilitator: Climate Change, Sectoral Vulnerabilities and Impacts on People and Livelihoods in the Meru County. Multi-stakeholder Inception Workshop for The Meru County Climate Change Resilience Project Victoria Hotel, Laare, Meru County Date: Monday 17th August, 2015.
  • Kurauka, J.K. Resource Person/Facilitator: Climate Change, Sectoral Vulnerabilities and Impacts on People and Livelihoods in the Meru County. Multi-stakeholder Inception Workshop for The Meru County Climate Change Resilience Project Alba Hotel, Meru County Date: Monday 12th October, 2015.

Papers/ papers under review for publication:

  •  Kurauka, J. K., Dharani, N., Waswa, F., and Otor, S. O. (in review). Farmer-based assessment of the effect of selected tree species on soil fertility crop-land systems in Kitui Central sub-County, Kenya.
  •  Kurauka, J. K., Waswa, F., Dharani, N. and Otor, S. O. (in review). Emerging agro-forestry practices in crop production systems among smallholder producers in Kitui Central sub-County, Kenya.
  • Kurauka, J. K., Waswa, F., Dharani, N. and Otor, S. O. (in review). Emerging agro-forestry practices in crop production systems among smallholder producers in Kitui Central sub-County, Kenya.
  • Kurauka, J. K., Misana, S., and Waswa, F., (in review). Evaluating Food-Energy Agroforesty Systems for Rural Development in East Africa.
  •  Kurauka, J. K., Misana, S., and Waswa, F., (in review). Evaluating Economic Potential of Gasification Systems in East Africa.

 

Research Experience:

Major Consultancies:

  • July-August, 2015: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Lead Expert, Environmental & Social Impact Assessment for the proposed micro hydro-power plant in Mwea West Sub-County, Kirinyaga County. Project is under global program on “Low Carbon Emission Clean Energy Technology Transfer Program” jointly with the Government of Japan.
  • October, 2014-January, 2016: World Bank/ Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MoLH & UD) through the Consortium of VisionRI Connexion Services Private Limited (India) in Partnership with Norken International Limited (Kenya) and Sunjin Engineering & Architecture (South Korea). Position: Environment Expert - Preparation of Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plans for Twelve (12) Towns in 4 Clusters within the Nairobi Metropolitan Region (Kiambu, Machakos and Kajiado Counties).
  • April, 2015: Ministry of Energy & Petroleum through Que Energy Ltd: Lead Expert, Environmental & Social Impact Assessment for the Three (3) Small Hydro-power plants feasibility studies along river Thika (Yatta Sub-County), River Athi (Kayatta, Sub-County) and River Athi (Ikalaasa, Mwala Sub-County) in Machakos County.
  • January, 2015: Lead Expert, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the proposed Star Children Hospital within Kisumu City, Kisumu County.
  • December, 2014 - January, 2015: Ministry of Energy & Petroleum through Que Energy Ltd: Lead Expert, Environmental & Social Impact Assessment for the Three (3) Small Hydro-power plants feasibility studies along river Turasha (Kipipiri, Nyandarua County), River Pesi (Ndaragwa, Nyandarua County) and Ragati River (Mathiara, Nyeri County) in Central Kenya.
  • August, 2014: Indigenous Information Network (IIN): Lead Consultant, Consultancy Assignment on Climate Change to support the inclusion of adaptation strategies within Narok County Government policies.
  • August, 2014: Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd (KTDA): Lead Expert, Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed construction of Kiptiget Small Hydro-power station along Kiptiget River, Kapset Location, Konoini Sub-County, Bomet County.
  • August, 2014: Western Power Company Limited through Que Energy Ltd: Lead Expert, Environmental Risk/Impact Assessment for the small hydro-power project along Nzoia River, Webuye, Bungoma County in Western Kenya.
  • August, 2014: Lead Expert, Initial Environmental Audit (IEA) for the Co-operative University College of Kenya (CUCK).
  • October-December, 2013: Ministry of Energy & Petroleum through Que Energy Ltd: Lead Expert, Environmental Risk/Impact Assessment for the Three (3) Small Hydro-power plants feasibility studies along river Nzoia, Yala and Kipkaren in Western Kenya.
  • 24th to 26th July, 2013: Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS): Training on Disaster Preparedness and Management at the Work Place. During Environmental Awareness and Safety Sensitization at the Work Place.
  • 17th May 2015: Presented survey findings on charcoal production in Tharaka and Mutomo Sub-Counties.
  • March, 2007-to-2014: Several proponents: Lead Expert, Environmental Impact Assessment for several apartments/flats, office blocks, tea factories, markets, industries among others in Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Narok, Nakuru, Kerich, Kisii, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Thika, Kisumu, Kakamega, Vihiga, Kitui, Isiolo, Embu and Meru.
  • Jan-March, 2013: Baseline Data Analysis and Interpretation Expert, Survey for Digital Topographical Mapping and the Preparation of Strategic Urban Development Plan for County Council of Masaku – (2012-2030). This assignment included Major markets of the Council include: Masii, Masinga, Kathiani, Katangi, Wamunyu, Mitaboni, Mbiuni, Ekalakala, Kithyoko, Yathui, Kivaa, Kaewa/Kaviani, Mwala and Kola.
  • March, 2013: Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd: Lead Expert, Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed construction of proposed Boito Tea Factory in Bomet County.
  • March, 2013: Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd: Lead Expert, Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed construction of proposed Marani Tea Factory in Kisii County.
  • November, 2012: Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd: Lead Expert, Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed construction of proposed Go-downs in industrial, Nairobi County.
  • August, 2012: Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd: Lead Expert, Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed construction of Tindinyo Small Hydro-power station along Yala River, Nandi County.
  • August, 2012: Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd: Lead Expert, Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed construction of proposed Warehouses in Miritini, Mombasa County.
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  • April, 2012: State University of New York (SUNY). Consultant/ Facilitator: Community Sensitisation Forums on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in Maralal, Samburu County.
  • December, 2011-to-June, 2012: York University, Kenyatta University and other partners. Contextual Researcher in the Feasibility studies for Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) The Provision of Higher Education for Refugees in the Dadaab Camps, Kenya.
  • January 2011-June, 2011: Kenya Forestry Service (KFS): Lead Expert/Consultant and Data Analysis and Interpretation Expert Baseline Survey for Support to Community Based Farm Forestry Enterprises Project in Semi Arid Areas of Kenya.
  • September, 2010 to April, 2011: Ministry of Energy & Petroleum and Ministry of Regional Authorities through Que Energy Ltd: Lead Expert, Environmental Impact Assessment: Consultancy Services for Pre-feasibility Study for Integrated Projects (Chalbi Desert and the Surrounding districts). Some of the major projects proposed are Irrigation schemes, wind power, cement and glass manufacturing plants.
  • October, 2010: Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd: Lead Expert, Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed constructions of Three (3) Small Hydro-power stations along Mara, Kipsonoi and Ogembo rivers.
  • October, 2010: Ministry of Energy & Petroleum through Que Energy Ltd: Lead Expert, Environmental Risk/Impact Assessment for the Two (2) Small Hydro-power stations feasibility studies along river Kathita in Imenti Central and Ura River in Igembe South to serve Githongo and Kiegoi/Igembe tea factories respectively.
  • August, 2010: Safaricom Ltd: Lead Expert/Team Leader, Environmental Audit six (6) Retail facilities in the Coast region, Kenya.
  • August, 2009 to August 2010: Safaricom Ltd: Lead Expert/Team Leader, Environmental Audit: Base Transceiver Stations (“BTS”) sites in Nairobi, Coast, Eastern, Western and Rift Valley regions. Reporting on the following areas main parameters EMR and Radio Frequencies, Noise and vibrations, Soil contamination, Water contamination and Air quality.
  • June, 2010 to September, 2010: WWF-EARPO: Consultant during Final Evaluation of WWF (EARPO) MFS projects in the Lake Naivasha Basin/Landscape.
  • April, 2010: Goal Ireland Kenya: Environmental Impact Assessment for of the proposed for the proposed 6 (Six) Community Bio-Centres in Korogocho and Mukuru Slums, Nairobi. Involved as the Lead expert/Team leader and analysis of potential impacts of the project on social and natural environment.
  • May-October, 2009: Ministry of Energy & Petroleum and KTDA through Que Consultants Ltd: Lead Expert/Team Leader in Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed constructions of Twelve (12) Small Hydro-power stations feasibility studies.
  • May, 2010: Barpello Mission East Pokot: Lead Expert/Team leader, Environmental Impact Assessment for the Barpello community water dam.
  • May – September 2009: WWF-Naivasha: NRM specialist in the Feasibility Study on the Status of Tourism in the Naivasha Lake Basin.
  • May, 2009: World Vision Kenya: Lead Expert/Team leader, Environmental Impact Assessment: Environmental Impact Assessment for Esoit Community Borehole in Lorngusua, Namanga division.
  • April, 2009: Mololine Services Limited: Lead expert/Team leader, Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed office building, Kirinyaga Road, City Centre, Nairobi.
  • April, 2009: Botanical Extracts EPZ Limited: Lead expert/Team leader, Initial Environmental Audit.
  • January, 2009: Kenyan Paraplegic Organization (KPO): Environmental Impact Assessment for of the proposed Environmental Impact Assessment for the Rehabilitation/Trauma Centre including a Borehole at Kiserian area along Pipeline Road. Involved as the Lead expert/Team leader and analysis of potential impacts of the project on social and natural environment. Involved in development of Environmental and Social Management Plan and monitoring framework.
  • January, 2009: Andy de Mare: Environmental Impact Assessment for of the proposed residential houses in Rasi area, Ngomeni of Malindi District. Involved as the Lead expert/Team leader and analysis of potential impacts of the project on social and natural environment. He was also involved in development of ESMP (Environmental and Social Management Plan) and monitoring framework.
  • October-November 2008: Goal Ireland Kenya: Environmental Impact Assessment for of the proposed attenuation pond at Kiltimagh centre, Ruiru. Involved as the Lead expert/Team leader and analysis of potential impacts of the project on social and natural environment. He was also involved in development of ESMP (Environmental and Social Management Plan) and monitoring framework.
  • October-September 2008: Al Care Kenya: Environmental Impact Assessment for of the proposed Residential House for M/S Alcare Kenya on Plot No. Thogoto/Dagoreti 2156 at Dagoreti. Involved as the Lead expert/Team leader and analysis of potential impacts of the project on social and natural environment. He was also involved in development of ESMP (Environmental and Social Management Plan) and monitoring framework.
  • October 2008: Goal Ireland Kenya: Environmental Impact Assessment for of the proposed for the proposed Community Children’s Education Centre, Mukuru at South B in Nairobi. Involved as the Lead Expert/Team leader and analysis of potential impacts of the project on social and natural environment. He was also involved in development of ESMP (Environmental and Social Management Plan) and monitoring framework.
  • June-October 2008: The County Council of Thika/ EU: Environmental Impact Assessment for construction of Curio Market at the 14-Falls Sanctuary. Involved as the Lead expert/Team leader and analysis of potential impacts of the project on social and natural environment. Involved in development of ESMP (Environmental and Social Management Plan) and monitoring framework.
  • Nov. 2007 – Feb. 2008: Nyayo Tea Zones Development Corporation (NTZDC)/ ADB: Environmental Impact Assessment for construction of a Tea Processing Factory in
  • Kirinyaga District. Involved as the Lead expert/Coordinating expert. Involved in development of ESMP (Environmental and Social Management Plan) and monitoring framework.
  • 2007/8: TTF/TARDA: Involved as a Lead expert/NRM specialist on Environmental Impact Assessment for construction of Masinga Dam Africa Kayak-Canoe Camp. He contributed towards development of Environmental and Social Management Plan and strategies for monitoring.
  • October-September 2007: Kyaume Self-Help Welfare Group: Environmental Impact Assessment for of the proposed Ithanga Mortuary, Kakuku village, Kakuku sub-location, Ithanga Location, Kakuzi division, Gatanga Constituency in Thika district. Involved as the Lead expert/Team leader and analysis of potential impacts of the project on social and natural environment. He was also involved in development of ESMP (Environmental and Social Management Plan) and monitoring framework.
  • 2005: GoK/World Bank, Annual Environmental Audit Arid Lands Resource Management Project Phase (ALRMP) I & II, covering 12 arid & semi-arid districts as follows: Kajiado, Makueni, Kitui, Mbeere, Garissa, Tana River, Wajir, Mandera, Narok, Laikipia, Samburu and Baringo districts. Involved as an Environmental specialist (Natural Resources Management and Conservation). Reviewing the paper trail of screening checklists and EIA reports, and review of reports on wider issues of natural resources and environmental management; Select a number of community micro-projects and sub-projects for field visits to investigate compliance with proposed mitigation measures and identification of potential impacts that are not being adequately identified or dealt with by community micro-project. The study covered all the projects carried out such as water dams, water pans, shallow wells, boreholes, streams, restocking project and educational facilities projects.
  • 2005: World Vision ADP Soweto: Environmental Specialist, Environmental Impact Assessment for Ngundu Primary School and neighbouring community Borehole.
  • 2002 to 2004: Involved in preparation of teaching modules for various degree programmes, invigilating examinations and organizing continuous assessment tests (CATS) at Kenyatta University, Institute of Open Learning. Also actively involved in presentation of research findings of various environmental assignments.
  • 2003/04: Involved in Environmental Audits of 23 Tourist Lodges and hotels within the following tourist circuits and National Parks: Amboseli, Tsavo East and Tsavo West, Masai Mara, Laikipia and Samburu, greater Meru Conservational areas, Mt. Kenya Forest areas and Coastal ecosystems.
  • September 2008: WWF MFS Naivasha: Mid-term Review of Livelihood Improvement, Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability Project. Involved as an Environmental Expert.
  • 2007: GoK/World Bank Project: Involved as an environmental/micro-project impact analysis specialist in evaluation of Arid Lands Resource Management Project (ALRMP) Phase I & II projects consultancy covering the following districts: Narok, Baringo, West Pokot, Mbeere, Kitui, Tana River, Mandera and Marsabit. The evaluation is covering all the projects carried out mainly water dams, water pans, shallow wells, boreholes, streams, restocking project, irrigation, health and educational projects. Possible environmental
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  • impacts of these projects and mitigation measures being put in place will also be analysed and recommendations made.
  • 2007: GoK/UNDP Project: Consultancy on External Evaluation of Poverty Eradication Commission covering the following 28 sample districts: Nairobi, Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri, Meru Central, Embu, Marsabit, Tana River, Garissa, Mandera, Wajir, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa, Baringo, West Pokot, Koibatek, Kajiado, Nakuru, Kisumu, Bondo, Migori, Nyamira, Kakamega and Vihiga. The objective of this consultancy is to evaluate impact of projects funded by the commission to the following: Revolving loan fund, Social projects such as education facilities, water, health and sanitation projects.
  • 2006/7: TARDA: Involved as NRM Consultant in Design and Development of the Tourism Master Plan for the Tana Basin Ecosystem for the New Tourist Circuit stretching from Mt. Kenya Forest to the Coast Region.
  • 2005: Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA): Involved in designing and development of a five year Strategic Plan.
  • 2003: USA Embassy (Nairobi) Small Enterprises Funding through Thuiya Enterprises Limited: Consultancy for the establishment of sustainable community commercial tree nurseries for the Rachar and Nyabera Youth group (Rarieda Constituency) and Kamelili Community Development Organization in Tinderet, Nandi district.
  • 1999: Catholic Diocese of Meru, Tigania Integrated Development Projects (TIDP): Involved as a project manager in establishment of sustainable community commercial nurseries for Women groups in Nyambene district in Kenya. The seedlings raised includes: Cash crop such as: Macadamia, tea, coffee, pawpaw (Carica papaya), citrus fruits, Orange (Citrus sinensis) Mango (Mangifera indica), Guava (Psidium guava) among others. Indigenous tree seedlings to be raised include the following species: Cordia africana, Croton megalorcapus, Croton macrostachyus, Prunus africana and Vitex keniensis. Incomes of the community members was improved through the sale of seedlings.
  • 1999: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and ANPPCAN. Involved in Community Based Organized Groups Mobilization within Korogocho and Kibera slums.
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