Profile & Publications
- Educational Background: MSc. in Environment and Natural Resource Management (Makerere University, Uganda) and BSc. in Wildlife Management and Conservation (University of Nairobi, Kenya).
- Brief Bio: Waswala Brian Olewe (Mr). is wildlife and landscape ecologist; environmental education specialist; and public sustainable development policymaker in Kenya and Africa. With over 11 years working experience, Mr. Waswala currently serves as a biodiversity (wildlife, forest, sustainable wildlife and tourism development) and natural resource management lecturer at the Department of Forestry and Wildlife, Maasai Mara University, Kenya. He utilises this platform to passionately promote Education for Sustainable Development through formal mentorship, capacity development and skill impartation on certificate, diploma and undergraduate levels. He recently co-authored UNEP’s Africa Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) Youth Edition and the African Environmental Education and Training Action Plan (2015-2024); among other publications. These contribute to multiple national, regional and UN SDG agenda.
- Mr. Waswala also presently serves as the Youth Coordinator at the RCE Greater Nairobi and occasionally engages with RCE South Rift. He coordinates various interdisciplinary youth club engagements along different lines such as debates, media and environmental awareness, food security, ecological restoration initiatives, holistic waste management and championing sustainable production and production patterns.
- Between 2013 – 2017, Mr. Waswala served as an Environmental Educational Training Specialist at the UN Environment where he advocated for and created awareness in youth engagement and capacity development for a sustainable environment globally. He has also served as a Research Scientist at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Education Officer at the National Museums of Kenya, state institutions mandated to protect and conserve Kenya’s biodiversity; and collect, preserve, study, document and present Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage respectively. At KWS, he contributed to the development of the Kenya Wetlands Atlas and the Tana River Delta being classified as a Ramsar Site (wetland of international importance). Mr. Olewe is also a member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM).
- Waswala, Brian Olewe & Mburu Francis. Habitat Rehabilitation through Community Engagement and Action. In Book: Engaging Communities for Biodiversity Conservation: Education for Sustainable Development Projects from the Global RCE Network. 2022. 43. Publisher: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability. Editors: Philip Vaughter and Jonghwi Park. pp. 40 – 43 DOI: https://doi.org/10.53326/hfps8375
- Global Environment Outlook for Youth, Africa: A Wealth of Green Opportunities. Publisher: UN Environment Programme. ISBN: 978-92-807-3765-3 https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/30673/GEO6_Youth_Africa.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
- Waswala, Brian Olewe, Otieno Nickson Otieno & Jared Buoga. Youth Engagement for Environmental Education and Sustainable Lifestyles. In Book: Culture and Environment. 2019. Chapter: Volume 4. pp 305 – 317. Publisher: Brill | Sense. DOI: https://brill.com/view/book/edcoll/9789004396685/BP000027.xml
- O’Connell M, Nasirwa O, Carter M, Farmer KH, Appleton M, Arinaitwe J, Bhanderi P, Chimwaza G, Copsey J, Dodoo J, Duthie A, Gachanja M, Hunter N, Karanja B, Kosgei V, Kuria A, Magero C, Mauten M, Mugo P, Muller E, Mulonga J, Mwaka Komu H, Niskanen L, Nzilani J, Otieno M, Owen N, Owuor J, Paterson S, Regnaut S, Rono R, Ruhiu J, Theuri Njoka J, Waruingi L, Waswala B. Olewe, & Wilson E (2017). Capacity building for conservation: problems and potential solutions for sub-Saharan Africa. Oryx. Cambridge University Press https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605317000291
- Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Satishkumar Belliethathan, Mahesh Pradhan, Gregory Odeke, and Waswala Brian Olewe (2017). Africa Environmental Education and Training Action Plan (2015–2024): Strengthening Sustainable Development in Africa. Publisher: United Nations Environment Programme https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/publication/africa-environmental-education-and-training-action-plan-2015-2024
- Mahesh Pradhan, Waswala Brian Olewe, Mariam Ayombi (2015). Introducing the UNEP Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities Partnership Programme. In book: Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities: Stories of Change. Edition: 2015, Chapter: 1, Publisher Rhodes University Environmental Learning Research Centre. Editors: Peter Blaze Corcoran, Brandon P Hollingshead, pp. 5 – 15. DOI: https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.1320.9688
- Waswala Brian Olewe, James Okot-Okumu and Richard O. Obila (2014). Fishing Gear in the Sondu-Miriu River: Level of Use, Preference and Selectivity. Hydro Nepal Journal of Water Energy and Environment 15:82-86. DOI: http://doi.org/10.3126/hn.v15i0.11301
- Waswala Brian Olewe, Samuel A. Andanje, Moses M. Nyangito, Jesse T. Njoka, Samuel Mutahi, Rose Abae and Rajan Amin (2014). Natural Resources Utilisation by the Aweer in Boni-Dodori National Reserves, Kenya. Tanzania Journal of Forestry and Nature Conservation 83(2):29-45 https://www.ajol.info/index.php/tjfnc/article/view/111671
- Sectorial Contributor: “MEMR (2012). Kenya Wetlands Atlas”, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources unep.org/downloads/Kenya_wetlands.zip