Wycliff Nyamao

Project Coordinator – Pesticides Advocacy

Nyamao is a research scientist with over Ten (10) years of diverse and rich experience in resource conservation, community empowerment, resource economics, gained in various research and practicing capacities and in different organizations both in government and non-governmental organizations, and profit-oriented environment; notably, Rural Focus Limited, Universities and Development Impact Consulting. Nyamao’s experience ranges from statistics, baseline surveys, feasibility studies, resources mapping, trainings, funding and resources mobilization, environmental and social impact assessments and resource economics.

Nyamao is a PhD student at Laikipia University, Kenya, where he is working on the assessment of the impacts of the mangrove conservation strategies on the livelihoods of the Tudor creek communities in Mombasa Kenya. Wycliff Nyamao has a Master’s of Science Degree in Environmental Science and Bachelors of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management. While in his master’s studies, Nyamao worked on a Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association funded project and the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute. It focused on the impacts of climate change on the marine ecosystems and the adjacent communities and aspects of carbon emissions from mangrove degradation.

As a graduate fellow, Nyamao worked with different organizations, notably; Rural Focus Limited, Development Impact Consulting among others as a research scientist on various community projects (water, sanitation, women empowerment, resource conservation) touching on livelihood improvement and increment of resilience in various parts of the country. In his recent assignment, Nyamao worked for the European Union and National Legal Aid Service a state Agency Under the Office of Attorney General and Department of Justice, Kenya on mapping of legal aid providers that are active, and potentially able to directly or indirectly support the provision of legal aid services to poor, vulnerable and marginalized Kenyans in the 12 focal counties (Wajir, Mandera, Lamu, Tana River, Garissa, Marsabit, Isiolo, Kisumu, Nairobi, Mombasa, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru).

Nyamao has served as a Lecturer (part-time) for different universities notably, Egerton University, Kisii University, Chuka University, Tharaka University where he was lecturing and conducting practical on Resource Planning and Management, Environmental Impact assessment and Audit, Management and Conservation of Arid and Semi-arid Lands, Land Use and Classification, Dendrology and Plant Taxonomy, Research and general students’ administration. Nyamao has been a trainer where he has successfully developed training materials, influenced decision making by the trained individuals and facilitated the implementation of projects in environmentally safe, economically feasible, and socially acceptable ways. Carried out needs assessment and training County Environmental Committees on Environmental safeguards and social protection for projects under the County Integrated Development program funded by World Bank. Managed to train committees from Kericho County, Wajir County, and Vihiga County among others, developed the training manuals and setting assessment tests for the learners and evaluating them while working with Kenya School of Government (KSG).

Additionally, Nyamao was a Mentoring Research Program Fellow with the International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD) working on Environmental Sustainability in Africa. Currently, Nyamao is a member and Secretary, Founding Organizations of The Samburu Development Trust (TSDT) since 2020 and a member of the African Forest Forum (AFF). Recently (2018-2020), Nyamao was involved in the implementation of the Global Environmental Facility (the GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the Small Grants Programme (SGP) projects within Baringo County. The project was supported by Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) as a strategic partner and the programme focused on increment of the community resilience and improvement of communities’ livelihoods. Previously, Nyamao participated in the conservation activities at Mau Forest under African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) under the Mau Conservation Program. He was also a team lead in fieldwork in Kwale District mandated to collect data for the development of Mangroves Management Master Plan having attended the 1st mangrove training course on mangroves conservation as climate change mitigating agents organized by United Nations University and other partners. In his career life Nyamao participated in UNICEF projects on water resources surveys, which included community mobilization, and training on projects and funding, project design, coverage, project implementation and management in different parts of Kenya.

In 2018, Nyamao was involved as one of the data and information collectors on the encroachment and destruction of the riparian zones in a consultancy that was from the National Land Commission. Nyamao was also involved in the collection of data and information on the pesticides used in the management of Fall Army Warm (FAW), which was carried out in different parts of the country including Bomet, Transnzioa, Njoro among others by Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). As a young professional, Nyamao is a registered Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) expert with Environmental Institute of Kenya (EIK) and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), where he has managed to handle many impacts assessment projects within private and institutions. Nyamao has the capacity to deliver exceptional expertise within the environmental perspective with the aim of generating a consummate product allied with decisive liability and reliability enabling the development and implementation of policies, plans, programmes and projects within the legislative framework and achievement of the set goals and objectives in an environmentally sound and socially acceptable manner.