Historical Projects

1. Research in East Africa by Prof I. S. Loupekine, September,1967

In Kenya, histories of local earthquakes are limited to records covering the last few decades, as opposed to records stretching back to centuries in such countries as India, China and Japan. (Article published on 20th September 1967)


2. MAWARI Project:- Sustainable management of Water Resources in the East-African Rift System

This project involved a team of seven local geoscientists from five Kenyan Institutions and a number of MSc and PhD students in conducting a groundwater research project in the whole of the Kenyan Rift Valley funded by the International French Centre for Training and Exchanges in the Geosciences (CIFEG) headquartered in Orleans, France. The project laid emphasis on training of young local geoscientists and on regional research collaboration between Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti - the three  countries that share the Great Rift Valley.


The general purpose was to study the hydrological and hydrogeological processes governing the general groundwater regime in the Rift Valley with the ultimate aim of understanding these processes and formulating policies for proper water management in the region. It was a three-year project based at the Department of Geology, University of Nairobi. It started in November, 2005 and ended in November, 2008. The team comprised research geoscientists  and students drawn from the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Ministry of Water, Kenya Soil Survey Department and Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development. Currently, five MSc are supported and another four MSc and three PhD students supported between the academic years 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 by the project.