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1. Ahmed Hassan Abdirazak (C50/73447/12): Climate compatible development and coastal fisheries in Kwale County

2. Amati Richard Nyairo (C50/80752/12): An assessment of the impact of subdivision of land and sedentarization on natural resources in Kenya: A case study of Kajiado County

3. Chweya Robinson (C50/73901/12): Sustainability derived from ecotourism in the Ngong hills nature reserve ecosystem

4. Deche Marian Mwaka (C50/72733/12): Feminized labour in the flower industry and household food security in Thika District

5. Edith Amondi Ogallo (C50/76636/12): Household response to drought driven food shortage in semi-arid areas of Kenya: A case study of Kangundo Division, Machakos County

6. Gerald Wachania Ndungu (C50/79510/12): Towards sustainable and liveable public open spaces: The Nakuru urban

7. Isabella Abura (C50/77036/12): Efficient water resource management in Kenya, in light of current sustainability activities in urban water resource management and population growth: A case study of Eldoret town

8. Isaiah Mwato Jackson (C50/76061/12): The Amboseli degraded rangelands rehabilitation through reseeding

9. John Koigi Gichure (C50/75725/12): The impacts of human activities on wildlife conservation in Kenya: A case study of Nairobi National Park

10. Johnson Kimani (C50/73184/12): Understanding the costs and constraints to clean energy amongst urban low income earners in Nairobi County

11. Judith Khayeli Sembe (C50/80098/12): An ecological assessment of the Rothschild Giraffes in Giraffe Centre Sanctuary, Nairobi

12. Kaelo Michael Tumpes (C50/73194/12): The impacts of land leasing for wildlife conservation on pastoralists’ livelihoods in Maasai Mara National Reserve

13. Kanani Peter Nyamori (C50/74061/12): The effects of horticultural farming within the surrounding of Nairobi National Park in Isinya Division on biodiversity conservation and management

14. Kazungu Raphael Konde (C50/72816/12): Exploring building density-human health nexus in Nairobi

15. Kimongo Agnes Nthenya (C50/69237/12): Impact of cow dung on greenhouse gas emissions: Case study of cow dung methane gas emissions in Kajiado County

16. Laban Nyandega Onsomu (C50/75634/12): Socio-economic impacts of photovoltaic solar adoption: A case study of Borabu Division, Nyamira County

17. Mathiu Gilbert Muriungi (C50/72659/12): Effects of selected human activities on environmental change: Case study of Kirie Division in Mbeere North District, Embu County

18. Maureen Chemelil (C50/75819/12): Impact of poor hygiene and environmental sanitation management on community at Zimmerman, Nairobi

19. Mbogo Jane Nyaboke (C50/79973/12): An assessment of the contribution of CDM projects to sustainable development: A case study of the Olkaria II geothermal expansion project

20. Michael Kabari Waweru (C50/79833/12): Towards an inclusive urban environment in the growing small and medium towns in Kenya: Lessons from a simple triangular model concept of planning approach

21. Michael Mochumbe Mogusu (C50/78232/12): The role of socio-economic factors on adoption of soil and water conservation practices in Kenya: A case study of Kiabonyoru Catchment in


Nyamira County

22. Mohamed Ali Mohamed (C50/75912/12): Impacts of concentrated business complexes on the environment: A case study of Eastleigh business area

23. Muendo Maurice Ndungu (C50/79290/12): The impact of mineral resource exploitation on the environment: A case study of river sand harvesting in River Thwake in Machakos County, Kenya 24. Mugo Nyambura Beth (C50/72739/12): Assessment of household vulnerability to flooding along

Thiririka river

25. Muhia Peter (C50/79336/12): The causal linkages between human population age and environmental management in Mavoko

26. Muthuri Joy Sarah Nkirote (C50/72604/12): Effects of agricultural technologies on food production in Embu County

27. Mwakasege Nicholas Jonas (C50/72958/12): Tourism growth and its impacts on sustainable fresh water resources use: A case study of Zanzibar

28. Mwangi Elizabeth Njeri (C50/75648/12): Gated communities and social integration: A case of Kiambu County

29. Nasra Hanshi (C50/74721/12): Land tenure in Tana Delta – Fuelling local conflicts 30. Ninaai Peter Solonka (C50/83292/12): Assessment of land use and land cover changes in

Namanga hill forest

31. Njoroge David Waiganjo (C5072649/12): Climate proofing road construction in Kenya: Challenges and opportunities

32. Nyabicha Moses (C50/76172/2012): Assessment of environmental impacts of urban developments and urban sprawl in Kiambu County

33. Nyabuti Delvin Kerubo (C50/73645/12): Why slums persist despite attempts to deal with them and what can be done

34. Nyaga Edwin Murithi (C50/73983/12): An assessment of livestock incursion in Meru National Park, Kenya

35. Nyanchama Shiellah Oweno (C50/73904/12): Corporate social responsibility water projects in poverty reduction: A case study in Kitui County, Eastern Province

36. Ochweri Samson (C50/75575/12): Demonstration of dependence on woodfuel as the major domestic energy source in Nairobi

37. Omungu Belinda Atieno (C50/73843/12): Impact of natural disasters on rural household poverty: The case study of floods in Lower Kano

38. Orimba Peter Okeyo (C50/72910/12): Sustainable quarrying practices in Nairobi: the case of Kenya quarry, Kwa Hinga and Njiru Quarrying sites

39. Rael Chepkorir (C50/81394/12): Visitor’s awareness and assessment of recreational disturbances of wildlife in Nairobi National Park

40. Sakwa Godwin Lidahuli (C50/79868/2012): Cleaner production approach in management of non-revenue water: Case study of Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, Nairobi, Kenya

41. Siamanta Martha Van-Labeke (C50/75528/12): Green practices in hotels located in the Nairobi Central Business District towards sustainable development

42. Wachira James (C50/73962/12): A participatory assessment of forest resource use and implication to the environment: Case study of Rumuruti forest

43. Wanjiru Nicholas Waweru (C50/75758/12): Application of GIS as a decision support tool for selecting potential landfill sites in planning and management of solid waste


44. Barasa Christina N. (C50/62996/11): Assessment of land use and land cover changes and their effect on the sustainability of Kakamega Forest National Reserve

45. Baridi M Maureen (C50/69686/11): Paradigm shift in urban storm water management: A case study of Narok Town

46. Bidii Henry Kasena (C50/64481/11): Flood disasters in the informal settlements: A case study of Raila Village

47. Gichunge Naomi Kinanu (C50/68324/11): Environmental impact of waste management from health facilities: A case study of Kiambu County


48. Gichuru Philomena Wanjiru (C50/68685/11): Provision of sanitation in informal settlements using urine diversion dry toilets (UDDT): Case study of Mukuru area, Nairobi

49. Juma Naphtaly Mandela (C50/60564/11): Climate change adaptation strategies for water supply, food security and bio-energy in Kisigau area, Voi Region

50. Kabugi Lucy Nyambura (C50/68567/11): An assessment of factors affecting female participation in forest management: A case study of Wanjerere user groups, slopes of Aberdare, Muranga County

51. Koech Faith Chepkoech (C50/64141/11): The effects of encroachment in Nairobi National Park to Wildlife Management

52. Koech Robert Kipkemoi (C50/63057/11): Effects of forest resource use conflicts on conservation efforts: A case study of Mau forest complex

53. Larry Lisa (C50/64981/11): The eco-disaster from a salient oil-sludge in Mombasa 54. Maiyo Ben Kiprotich (C50/69637/11): An assessment of the challenges affecting the

implementation of e-waste management in Kenya: A case of waste electrical and electronic equipment centre, Nairobi

55. Makhanu Rudolf (C50/67679/11): Assessment of factors that contribute to forest resource use conflicts in Eburu forest

56. Maroa James Chacha (C50/63196/11): An assessment of the contribution of the taxi industry to the Nairobi carbon foot print

57. Monene Alice Kwamboka (C50/68816/11): Assessment of effects of landuse/land cover change on streamflow in Ngong River catchment (Geomrphology)

58. Mongoni Joseph Mairura (C50/70921/11): The role of private partnership in effective water and sanitation supply in urban informal settlements for improved household health: A case study of Kipsongo and Matisi slums in Kitale town, Transnzoia, Kenya

59. Morara Thomas Nyangau (C50/63837/11): Environmental impacts of land subdivision in Kenya’s drylands: A case study of Koiyaki group ranch in Narok County

60. Muchemi Patrick Nderitu (C50/65043/11): Role of Kisigau mountain ecosystem in long term household water supply

61. Musau Anne Nkatha (C50/60240/11), The impact of human settlements and infrastructure development on the Maasai Mara ecosystem

62. Ogega Maureen Bosibori (C50/70126/11): The potential of bamboo to contribute to environmental sustainability

63. Okello Lameck Ochieng (C50/63892/11): The vulnerability of schools in urban informal settlements to environmental hazards and disasters: A case study of Nairobi’s Mukuru slums 64. Okul David Onduru (C50/63981/11): Human factors influencing woody vegetation types and

restoration need in Mara North Conservancy area

65. Omondi Jack Fredrick (C50/60241/11): Assessment of eco-village tourism potential in Western Kenya

66. Sime Admolla Ochola (C50/65341/11): Payments for Environmental Services

67. Sitati Asha Mutenyo (C50/63682/11): Assessment of the environmental impacts of tobacco farming in Malakisi Division of Bungoma County


68. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud (C50/62671/2010): Drought effects on pastoral livelihood and environment in arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs): Case study of El-Wak town, Mandera County 69. Jeckonia Patriciah Achieng (C50/63009/10): Motivating factors for rangeland households

involvement in ecosystem conservancy actions: Case study of Mara North conservancy 70. Kamau MaryGoretti Wawira (C50/64730/10): Biodiversity conservation in small scale versus

large scale farms

71. Kariuki David Mugendi (C50/63633/10): Bee farming as mitigation for climate change on food insecurity in Kenya: Case studies of Kitui, Makueni, Garissa and Meru Districts

72. Kariuki Evanson (C50/64259/10): Bushmeat utilization and the challenges of biodiversity conservation in Kenya’s Tsavo ecosystem


poor: A case study of Kibera slums

74. Kyalo Annastacia Nundu (C50/64874/10): Advantages of rain water harvesting over other sources of water in Machakos Town, Kenya

75. Machogu Jairus Obangi (C50/79052/10): Implications of wildlife based tourism on the environment in Kenya’s protected areas: A case study of Maasai Mara National reserve

76. Migui Priscilla Wambaire (C50/66315/10): The analysis of the water supply and demand dynamic in rural Kenya: A case study of Gitutu sub-location

77. Mukhongo Manas Lukhubi (C50/62889/10): An assessment of the livelihood strategies

adopted by the urban poor in Khalaba Ward, Bungoma County

78. Murugu Faith Kathure (C50/63691/10): Community involvement in solid waste handling in Dandora estate as a source of livelihood

79. Njoroge Jonathan Mbugua (C50/66111/10): Evaluating private sector investment in environmental support and action: A case study of the private sector in Nairobi Metropolitan

80. Nyamweya Joseph Makori (C50/63078/10): Impacts of ethnic conflicts on environment in Kuresoi Constituency

81. Nzyoka Judith Mwende (C50/66320/10): Assessment of policy and institutional frameworks for payments for ecosystem services (PES) in Kenya: A case study of the Sasuma catchment 82. Orina William Nyaega (C50/60231/10): Environmental adverse impact of urbanization and its

management: A perspective of the redevelopment of Kilimani in Nairobi

83. Otieno Stephen Odhiambo (C50/61548/10): Water governance in Nairobi’s Huruma informal settlement

84. Oyoo George Peter (C50/64285/10): Implication of sugarcane processing on the environment: Case study of Sony Sugar Company, Migori County

85. Riungu Geoffrey Murithi (C50/63930/10): Effects of grazing livestock in forest reserves as coping mechanism to climate variability: A case study of Lower Imenti forest

86. Syallow Dorothy Masiga (C50/61558/10): The role of community conservancy in wildlife conservation within Maasai Mara ecosystem: A case study of Enoonkishu conservancy, Narok County

87. Wangui James Gaitho (50/63330/10): Drought’s effects on livestock production. A case study of Maasai patoralists in Kajiado County

88. Waweru Catherine Njeri (C50/61983/10): Mitigating adverse environmental impacts during the construction phase of Giakanja-Tetu Mission Road (D434), Kagogi-Ihwa-Ihururu Road (E1690) and Wandumbi-Kigogoini Road (E35) in Nyeri County of Central Province of Kenya

89. Ziro Moses (C50/61438/10): Economic valuation of wetlands: A comparison of Njoro Kubwa and Njoro Mata springs in Taita District, Kenya


90. Aseto Susan Atieno (C50/70422/09): Institutional approaches to waste management: A case study of University of Nairobi

91. Awuor Emma (C50/73612/09): The urban community plastic waste problem: A case study of plastic waste management in Kayole, Nairobi

92. Bambo Jackson (C50/73803/09): Factors affecting community participation in sustainable forest management: A case study of Sabatia and Kinale community forest associations

93. Hitomi Kojima (C50/760151/09): Participation of the community development and environmental conservation

94. Kinyua A.M. (C50/77830/09): Flouride in ground water: A study of selected boreholes in Nairobi, Embakasi Constituency

95. Kiuru Benjamin Kimani (C50/73061/09): An assessment of the impacts of environmental corporate social responsibility in Kenya: A case study of the East African Breweries Limited 96. Munene Anne Nyaruai (C50/72790/09): Potential of agroforestry as an adaptation strategy to the

impacts of climate change

97. Muriithi David Ikua (C50/78446/09): Environmental determinants of diarrhea among under-five children in Nyanza Province, Kenya


A case study of Gathaithi location of Murang’a County (Geomorphology)

99. Ngatia Patrick (C50/74561/09): The role of monitoring and evaluation programmes in the sustainability of slum upgrading projects in Nairobi. Case study of Mathare 4A slum upgrading project

100. William Winfred Kambua (C50/77642/09): The erosional features and environmental restoration of river Kalikuvu catchment area (Geomorphology)

101. Muriithi Marion Wanjiku (C50/76065/09): Evaluation of the effectiveness of the

Environmental Management and Coordination Act in the conservation and management of water bodies: A case study of the Nairobi dam


102. Kirabui Mary Njeri (C50/724109/08): Impact of increasing urban populations on Nairobi National Park dispersal area: A case study of Kitengela in Kajiado District

103. Maniafu John Sikanga (C50/71496/08): Economic valuation of water shed and wildlife support services of Kimana wetland, Loitotok District, Kenya

104. Munene Pauline (C50/71519/08)

105. Muthee Peris Nduta (C50/71461/08): Environmental injustice: An assessment of community participation in fight against environmental injustice

106. Othigo Everlyne Atieno (C50/72609/08): Environmental audit of a health facility: The Mater Hospital in Nairobi

107. Runyora Tabitha Njambi (C50/71849/08): A study to review the current waste management practices employed across the mango fruit chain

108. Shilaho Everlyne (C50/71476/08): An evaluation of the implementation of the convention on biological diversity in Kenya’s marine and coastal fisheries

109. Thaine James (C50/71559/08): Evaluation of effluent management systems in garages and filling stations in Nairobi

110. Wangare M. Kirumba (C50/71433/08): Domestication of multilateral environmental agreements in Kenya


111. Akut Stephen Lumbwa (C50/70305/07): Environmental risk assessment of arsenic and fluoride contamination of ground water in the Rift Valley: A case of the Naivasha area

112. Ambuchi Maurice Muleko (C50/70464/07): An analysis of public participation and decision making process in Environmental Impact Assessment in Kenya

113. Asetto Jack O. (C50/70482/07): Sanitation systems and their effects on the environment: The case of Karen, Nairobi

114. Eshiwani Florence (C50/70641/07): Effects of quarrying to the environment in Nairobi county 115. Githinji Mary Waithiegeni (C50/70740/07): An assessment of environmental hazards and

risks associated with small holder horticulture production in Kenya

116. Njoroge Ikonye (C50/70623/07): An evaluation on the effects of forest fragmentation to biodiversity conservation: A case study of Taita Hills forest

117. Shaaban M. Asha (C50/70419/07): Assessment of the water policies on water services

delivery in Nairobi peri-urban areas: A case study of Kangemi area in Nairobi (TE October 2012)


118. Hussein Fatuma Mohamed (C50/7648/06): An assessment of the environmental and socio-economic impacts of prosopsis juliflora in Garissa Municipality, Kenya (TE July 2012) 119. Masika Douglas Muliro (C50/7426/06): Community based early warning systems and their

contribution to reducing the impact of disasters: A case study of flooding in Nyando District (TE May 2012)

120. Mbandi Isabella (C50/7496/06): Impacts on non-renewable natural resources harvesting: A case of artisanal building stone quarrying in Kitengela (TE May 2012)

121. Muriithi Jane Wanjiku (C50/P/9077/06): Geospatial analysis and monitoring of urban growth: A case study of Nairobi city


123. Mutemi S.N. (C50/8851/06)


124. Kanyi Judith (C50/9199/05): Factors determining compliance of environmental standards and legislation: A case of retail filling stations in Thika Municipality (TE July 2012)

125. Mutume Gideon (C50/7910/05): Utilization and conservation of wetlands: A case study of Ondiri swamp, Kiambu District, Kenya

126. Mbusiro Nicholas B. (C50/9013/05): (TE November 2012)


127. Ashioya Lilian Amakobe (C50/9123/04): Food security for pastoralists: A case study of Imbiriki Sub-Location, Kajiado District

128. Kamaru E.M. (C50/7690/04): Coping with land scarcity: A study of household economic adaptations in Mwea irrigation settlement scheme

129. Kamau Hannah (C50/9187/04): An assessment of the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of informal settlements in Kenya to climate change: The case of Kibera, Kenya (TE May 2012) 130. Mutie Timothy Muteti (C50/8372/04): (TE November 2012)

131. Njehia Lilian Njeri (C50/9107/04): Assessment of the effect of development densification on service infrastructure: A case study of Upper Hill area in Nairobi (TE June 2012)

132. Othniel Mwambili (C50/9146/04): An analysis of factors affecting fish production in the Lake Naivasha fisheries

133. Rotich Kenneth K. (C50/7891/04)

134. Wachira Elizabeth Nzani (C50/9188/04): Indigenous environmental knowledge among the Giriama tribe from the Kenyan coast (SC June 2012)


135. Kibwage Jane Mokiera (C50/7383/03): Impacts of environmental change on fish production and fisheries management in Lake Baringo, Kenya (TE July 2012)

136. Kinuthia N. Waithira (C50/8605/03)

137. Mainga V. Nzinzi (C50/8698/03): Ecological assessment of electric fence impacts on the floristic composition and structure in Arabuko-Sokoke forest: A biodiversity hotspot (TE June 2012)


138. Chirchir J. Kiplangat (C50/8163/02): Crop production practices and their impacts on plant diversity in Taita Taveta District

139. Kimingi Monica (C50/P/7536/02): Sectoral approaches in assessing pollution levels along the Nairobi river: A case study of lower Nairobi region

140. Wangai Paul Njoroge (I56/7791/2002): The impact of climate change on tea yield per hectre in Kirinyaga County (Climatology) (TE June 2013)


141. Kimweli Francis (C50/9039/2000): Factors influencing compliance to environmental impact assessment/environmental audit regulation 2003 in Machakos County, Kenya (TE July 2013) 142. Ndungu Kenneth (C50/8493/00): Investigating the pollution effects of slaughterhouses to the

environment: A case study of Bahati slaughterhouse, Limuru

143. Miriti Janet (++++): Determinants of single motherhood in Kenya: A case study of Chuka Division, Meru South District in Kenya


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