Masters in Environmental Management Community Forum
Crawford Hall 119 May 2- May 4, Time 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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|Wednesday May 2nd||Thursday, May 3rd||Friday, May 4th|
Landscape Scale Conservation in a Rapidly Changing World
Ryan Walker, Matthew Quinn & Lucas Mattson
Different Stages of Monitoring
Douglas Shaw, Sam Newman, & Carlo Demma
Collaborating in the Corporate World
Taylor Asao, Erin Norton & Amanda Turner
|9:30 - 9:45 A.M.||BREAK||BREAK||BREAK|
|9:45 - 11:15 A.M|
Using science based management techniques to restore ecosystems in the Midwest
James Trudell & Cameron Ruyle
Land, Water & Rural Community Resiliency
Alexa Weiand, Jessica Noelke & Julie Russell
Protecting SocioEnvironmental Resources
Darius West, Christian Arel & Phillip Keim
|11:15 - 12:30 P.M||LUNCH BREAK||LUNCH BREAK||LUNCH BREAK|
|12:30 - 2:30 P.M|
Healing Communities Interdependently
Cathleen Anthony, Ian Basco, Lucy Flores & Lance Kittel
Managing Ecosystems on Working Landscapes
Ashley Kumburis, Jake Courkamp, Marissa Markus & Jodi Elam
Adaptive Management for the Changing West
Pryce Hadley, Carissa Callison, Hedda Peterson & Alison Yeates
|2:30 - 2:45 P.M||BREAK|
|2:45 - 4:45 P.M.|
Carbon, Culture & Cost: Holistic Approaches to Sustainable Community Energy
Loren Ahonen, Francis Mitalo, Richard Stromberg & Aurora Flynn
Maasai Drought Relief for cultural and ecological sovereignty in the face of climate change
The drought stricken Maasai community of Enkutoto in Kajiado County, Kenya, is seeking emergency funding for water relief to save their pastoral way of life in the face of climate change. Aurora Flynn, Francis Mitalo, Phil Keim, graduate students in the MEM program at Western, are spearheading this funding effort and strategy development. Jo Raetzel, an undergraduate student in the Anthropology and Education departments, is acting intern.
Needed is $60,000 (USD) in emergency funding to provide the Enkutoto community with a solar-powered borehole and emergency feed for the livestock. This will allow them to utilize their training in holistic management and regenerative grazing to begin the restoration of the surrounding ecosystems.
Recent drought and deadened soils are devastating the Enkutoto community's pastoral way of life. The wildlife, once thriving amongst the Massai and their livestock, have vanished. These pastoralists must now travel long distances with their livestock to find grass and water. Many of the livestock are emaciated as the grass has been displaced by desert succulents.
Dalmas Tiampati, a Maasai leader of the Enkutoto community in Kajiado County and his NGO, the Maasai Center for Regenerative Pastoralism, is leading the charge for his community’s cultural and ecological sovereignty in the face of climate change.
Dalmas is working in direct partnership with Seth Itzkan and Karl Thidemann at Soil4Climate, a US-based NGO that advocates for soil restoration as a mitigation solution, to coordinate, plan, and execute the water relief and ecological restoration for his people in Kenya.
Joining the Maasai Center for Regenerative Pastoralism and Soil4Climate in a global effort, multiple institutions and organizations (including the MEM program of Western State Colorado University, NorthernDawn Consulting LLC, the University of Nairobi [LARMAT], Mara Conservation Centre, and Sustainable Partnerships LLC), are working together to achieve a common goal.
For ecological vitality and restoration to occur, the health of the desertified soils must be regenerated. With fertile soils comes a fertile land able to support the lives of people, wildlife, and livestock. Vibrant life-giving soils allow the waters from the rains to be stored, replenished deep within the earth, and for the forage and habitat of the livestock and wildlife to thrive. To resuscitate the land while meeting a triple-bottom line for the people and economy, Dalmas and his people are being trained in holistic management at the Mara Conservation Centre, a Savory Institute hub in Kenya, that began training in December 2017. At the Mara Centre they are learning how to graze in a regenerative capacity as a collective community, by mimicking the restorative grazing patterns of the wild animals. The University of Nairobi [LARMAT] is providing the ecological and soil health baselines to guarantee the further long-term restoration and study.
To our global family: we ask you all to join the effort in providing life-saving waters for this Maasai community while supporting them in their move towards long-term regenerative pastoralism.
You can go here to give in the name of the Maasai Drought Relief.
To the left: Dalmas and his family.
To the right: Dalmas holding a water sign.
MONDAY, MAY 2
TUESDAY, MAY 3
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
8:30 - 10:00 AM
The Crooked Spoke Adjacent: Approaches to Multi-Modal Transportation Planning in Rural Mountain Communities.
Forest Ecology and Land Management for Resilient Landscapes
10:00 - 10:30 AM
10:30 - 12:00 PM
Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Community Solar: An International Comparison
12:00 - 1:00 PM
1:00 - 2:30 PM
2:30 - 3:00 PM
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Navigating Change: Shifting Socio-Economic Landscapes in Land Management
Agricultural Land Management: Social and Ecological Solutions