James Gitundu Kairo initiated his university career at the University of Nairobi in Kenya; where he obtained BSc and MSc in Biology. He then obtained a PhD at the University of Brussels (Belgium) on the theme of ecology and restoration of mangrove systems. Dr Kairo is currently a Chief Scientists at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute; and coordinator of mangrove research program in Kenya.
Kairo has vast working experience on the conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable utilization coastal and marine resources, which has earned him several national and international awards. In 2010, Dr Kairo was awarded the Kenya’s Presidential Award of the ‘Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) for his contribution in the advancement of marine conservation in the country.
Dr Kairo is currently serving the global community as the member of Scientific Working Group on Blue Carbon; as well as the coordinating author of the IPCC’s special report on oceans and cryosphere (SROCC.
PhD (VUB, Belgium), Marine Resources Management
MSc (UoN, Kenya). Plant Biology
BSc (UoN, Kenya). Plant Biology
Prizes and Awards
The Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS): Conferred on 12th Dec. 2010; by His Excellency Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya, in recognition of the distinguished services I have rendered to my Country in the areas of marine conservation
National Heroic Award: Awarded by Kenya’s Ministry of Fishery Development, on the Occasion to mark World Ocean Day, Mombasa. The award was in recognition of my contribution in the advancement of mangrove conservation in Kenya.
WIOMSA Fellowship Award: Awarded by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association WIOMSA) in recognition of my contribution to the advancement of marine science in the region (visit: www.wiomsa.org for details of the award and nomination)
WWF-Practitioner Fellow: Awarded by Alcoa Foundation’s Conservation and Sustainability Program to undertake research on productivity of replanted mangrove forests in Kenya (see web for details of nomination: www.iie.org/programs/practitionerfellows)
International Cooperation Prize - Awarded by the Belgian government in recognition of the relevance of my work in promoting international development cooperation and sustainable development (see web for details of nomination: http://www.devcoprize.africamuseum.be/en/laurea02/00r1.htm)