Below are some of the key projects where I have participated, either as a founder, leader or key collaborator:

Volunteering

  • Elfu Bob: The “Elfu Bob Club” (elfu=thousand; bob=shilling) was formed in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2003. KSh 1000 were collected each month from individual members. 100% of the funds collected went directly to projects in Kenya, each month a different worthwhile project. Elfu Bob slowed down its activities in 2007. A lesson learnt from this project, is to involve very committed people who can build the capacity of others and commit locals, to ensure the sustainability of the initiative.

Research Projects

  • ASB Scenarios Project: Scenario building is a powerful tool for decision making process which brings together participants from all levels.  By stimulating creative ways of thinking, scenarios help everyone from local farmers to national policy makers in making decisions based on different possible futures. Together with The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), ASB designed a project that included:
    – A global training for scenarios facilitators (Chiang Mai, Thailand, 17-24 November 2004).
    – Small grants program to conduct scenarios exercises in: Brazil, Peru, Indonesia and Thailand (2005).
    – Field Guide to the Future, in collaboration with CIFOR scenarios project (2006).
    – Synthesis of lessons learned (2007).
  • Alternatives to Slash and Burn (ASB) in Peru – Country report: ASB research has quantified the environmental consequences resulting from different land uses and assessed how these consequences can be mitigated with appropriate technological, policy and institutional changes. Central to the research is an analysis of tradeoffs that arise among the different environmental, economic and social objectives. ASB Phase II in Peru (1996-2003) aimed to better understanding how the Peruvian government, national and international research organizations, and donor agencies can balance global environmental objectives with economic development and poverty reduction.
  • Socio-economic trends and outlook in Latin America: Implications for the forestry sector to 2020:  An outlook study build coherent pictures of what the future might look like depending on the choices made today. This working paper has been elaborated within the Latin American Forestry Sector Outlook Study (LAFSOS) framework, which objective was to collect and analyse socio-economic information about selected countries in the Latin American region and discuss the implications of future socio-economic developments for the future development of the forestry sector in the region. (From the foreword, by Wulf Killmann).
  • Climate change and natural protected areas: This research focused on the Economic Impacts of 21st century Climate Change on Natural Protected Areas in Africa. This project has given me an in-depth understanding of habitat loss using the Holdridge Life Zone classification system and spatial modelling. Using climate data from University of East Anglia and Natural Protected African Areas data from IUCN, I evaluated the spatial and economic consequences of ecosystems under different climate change models in an “business-as-usual-scenario” (IS92a). Supervised by: Dr. Yadvinder Malhi, Dr. Dominic Moran and Dr. Jim Wright.
  • Hand made paper making in Peru: Economic and Financial Analysis: As part of my B.Sc. dissertation and Diploma in Agribusiness Management, I evaluated the economic and financial feasibility of a small enterprise for the production of hand-made paper and its products in Lima, Peru. This project involved working in a team and researching market, commercialisation issues and economic analysis. We made a strong use of statistics, data analysis, internet research and focus groups.
    Supervised by Mg.Sc.Ing. Enrique Gonzales Mora, pulp and paper expert.

Future projects

These are a couple of ideas that I will be working on from 2013-2014:

  • Education about Nature and the Environment:  Join us in this experiment. The traditional way and the new fun bus way. A green school will come to you.
  • Drawing Futures: One of the best ways to make your dreams come true is to visualize them, draw them, you have to know they are real, and almost touch them…To know more about these work in progress or if you have ideas to share, please post a comment and leave your contacts.
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