WHO WE ARE
ERACOMA is an environmental research, conservation and management organisation. It is made up of a team of specialist environmental managers and conservationists with the expertise and experience in environmental research and management. It is a leading provider of environmental research and consulting and sustainability-related services.
ERACOMA is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for our clients. We offer wide range of services in environmental management and conservation, planning and development services, Environmental Impact Assessment and Audits (EIA), environmental quality assessment and monitoring, Geospatial services (drone survey) and data management.
To have a world where people live in harmony with the ecosystems around them.
ERACOMA is underpinned by a vision, values, and a number of principles concerning our environment and people. This will be a society built upon public participation. It will be founded on the three pillars that are the social, environmental and economic to ensure sustainable development.
WHAT WE DO
We undertake empirical applied scientific research through the lens of human welfare. The research is aimed at addressing existing and emerging human - natural resource interactions and is driven by the principle that conservation of biodiversity and their habitats can only succeed when local communities derive economic benefits from the conservation activities. Our research aims to develop knowledge and understanding of natural resources and systems and how human beings’ interactions with them cause positive and negative effects.
We undertake training for and on behalf of community-based organizations, youth groups, women groups, county and national government agencies on natural resource management and sustainable development including forestry, renewable energy, water resource development planning, fisheries and aquaculture, silviculture and apiculture. Other areas of training expertise include youth leadership and social skills development and environmental stewardship.
We offer a wide range of consultancy services on environmental and natural resource-based development initiatives including management, climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as food security towards poverty alleviation advice and /or planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects, development of management plans (MP), community development action plans (CDAP), scenario building and environmental impact assessment and audits. Our team of local community members are further able to undertake mobilization of community members.
Our environmental scientists, environmentalist and project staff specialize in the areas of environmental studies, environmental management, and natural resources assessment and restoration. Some of our areas of specialization include:
Environmental conservation and management
Water resources management
Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit (EIA&A) and Strategic Environmental Assessements (SEA)
Climate change mitigation and adaptation
Resource mobilization for community development
Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of Development projects
Integrated natural resources management for sustainable development
Occupational Health and Safety
Natural resource and livelihood analysis
Education in natural resource planning and management
Cornelius Okello, PhD
Cornelius is the Lecturer and Chairman of the Department of Environmental Sciences, Machakos University. He is also an Associate at the Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA). He has an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Marine and Coastal Management from the University of Cadiz (Spain) and the University of Bologna and is expert in climate change and freshwater resources.
Margaret Owuor, PhD
Margaret is a scholar and environment scientist focusing on aquatic ecosystems and ecosystem services. She lectures in the School of Water Resources Science and Technology, South Eastern Kenya University and is an Associate at the Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation. She holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Marine and Coastal Management from the University of Cadiz, Spain and the University of Algarve, Portugal.
Sonnia Musyoka, PhD
Sonnia is a Lecturer at South Eastern Kenya University, Kenya in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Hydrology and Aquatic Sciences. She has a PhD from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria on the potential of earthworm (Eisenia fetida) to substitute fishmeal in Nile tilapia production.
Nancy is an environmental professional experienced in research, teaching and management of projects in environmental quality assessment and management, Community Based Natural Resource Management, environmental education and environmental policies. Nancy is also experienced in GIS operations, professional events organization, curriculum development and data management.
Caroline Ouko, PhD
Caroline is a multi-skilled professional with 15 years’ experience in leadership, policy development and facilitating change in the Agriculture and Environment sectors. She has a PhD in Environmental Policy from the University of Nairobi – Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP). With over 15 years progressive involvement in various initiatives geared towards supporting the global agenda on environmental management both in Kenya and Canada, she has a strong track record in networking and stakeholder engagement, partnership modelling and relationship building. She has successfully designed and executed successful programmes applying innovative participatory approaches involving the government agencies, local communities and private partnerships. She has also led the CETRAD team in various research projects funded by the Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Project (ESAPP), National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR), Act Change Transform (ACT!) among others.
Judith Okello, PhD
Dr. Judith Okello is a Senior Research Scientist and a marine ecologist in the Department of Oceanography and Hydrography at Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) with more than 15 years’ experience in the conservation field. Judith has a PhD in Bio-engineering Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Her background in forestry, has shaped her current interest in mangrove ecosystem with her research mainly revolving around understanding ecosystems’ response to both anthropogenic and natural disturbances. Judith has participated in development of some key documents in the management of coastal and marine systems in the country; of great significance being the National mangrove ecosystem management plan (NMMP) and the second edition of state of the coast report. She was recently appointed to represent KMFRI in the National Mangrove Management Committee that is tasked with guiding implementation of NMMP.
Before Joining KMFRI, Judith worked at VI Agroforestry- Kisumu and then as a project coordinator at Kwetu Training center-Kilifi, Kenya where her passion for integrating science with community development was born. She has been involved in a number community-based mangrove ecosystem restoration (CBEMR) along the coast and is a key player in phase II of Akara Hill conservation initiative.