Holds Bachelors degree in forestry and law from Ibadan and Nairobi Universities, and a Master of forestry from Australian National University and Land Management Certificate of the University of Oxford.
He has over 30 years of civil service that ended with the rank of deputy director of forestry, Chair of Nairobi Forest Conservation Committee. Currently Consultant in industrial forestry and environmental law.
Mr Hussein is a dynamic professional forester, a natural resource manager and also an expert in project planning and management. He has over 20 years of progressive career growth from the lowest technical cadre of an Assistant Forester to a senior middle level manager of Assistant Chief Conservator of Forest in-charge of Farm Forestry Department in Kenya Forest Service (KFS). He holds; M.A. Project Planning and Management, University of Nairobi Kenya; B.SC. Natural Resource Management, Egerton University Kenya; Diploma in Designing Sustainable Forest Landscapes, Food Security and REDD+, University of Helsinki Finland; Certificate Sustainable Forest Management, German Forest Society Germany; Diploma and Certificate in Forestry, Kenya Forestry College (KFC) Londiani Kenya.
Over the years Mr Hussein has horned his technical, managerial and leadership skills, enabling him to make significant contributions not only within the confines of KFS but also to the larger Kenya’s forest sector. His key contributions at the strategic and policy level include; Preparation of the National Forest Programme (NFP), where he served as not only a member of the thematic cluster teams that produced the main contents of the Programme, but also as a member of the Technical Committee that reviewed, and finalized the NFP. He is a member of the Secretariat that is currently preparing the National Strategy for achieving the 10% Tree Cover by 2022. Mr. Hussein also played a critical role in revitalization and transformation of the Forestry Society of Kenya (FSK), where he served a Council Member from 2010 to 2016, and also the current National Vice Chairman.
Mr Paul Opanga- Chair of the Forestry Society of Kenya (FSK) Finance Committee
Paul Opanga is the Labour Issues Manager at the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Before that, he had been with FSC for nearly three and half years as the Sub regional coordinator for East Africa. He has worked closely with stakeholders in grounding the Standard Development Group (SDG) in Tanzania that developed FSC Tanzanian National Stewardship Standard (NFSS) and further initiateded dialogue with stakeholders on forest certification in the East Africa sub region.
Mr Opanga has first degree in Forestry from Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya, master’s in urban and regional planning with bias on urban forestry at Built Environment at University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is a strong advocate of social inclusion in sustainable forest management processes with knowledge on labour standards including Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) issues in forestry workplaces.
Apart from addressing labour issues, at local, regional and global processes with Building Woodworkers International BWI), Mr Opanga has served at the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Major Group Steering Committee. He has experienced in community forestry where he worked closely with Maasai communities in dry-land restoration projects in Elangata Wuas, Kajiado district in Kenya,
Mr Opanga has been active member of Kenya forestry profession where he previously served as the secretary of the Forestry Society of Kenya (FSK) and a member of the Editorial team. Currently he chairs the Finance committee, which is tasked with matters of fund raising and investments.
Mr Tarus is a dedicated forestry and climate change expert with over 10 years’ experience in forestry and agroforestry system management. He holds M.Sc. in Natural Resource Management and M.Sc. in Climate Change. He works with Kenya Forest Service as Assistant Conservator of Forests. He is a member of the Green House Gas Inventory (GHG) Modelling team, REDD+ and Forest and Landscape restoration technical working group in Kenya. Mr Tarus is the current chair the Scientific Committee of Forestry Society of Kenya. He is a member of the Environmental Institute of Kenya (EIK) where he is registered as Lead expert on Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit.
Silvuculture,Tree Seed technology, Indigenous knowledge on conservation,
Nov 2006 – present
Lecturer , Natural Resources Department, Egerton University
Sept. 2009 – present
Chairman, Mau Forest Conservation Committee
Nov. 2002 – Nov 2006
Assistant Lecturer, Natural Resources Department, Egerton University
2001 – 2002
Ag.Chief technician, Natural Resources Department, Egerton University
1996 – 1998
Senior Technologists, Natural Resources Department, Egerton University
1995 Oct. – 1996 April
High School teacher, Arutani Girls Secondary School, Rongai
1995Sept. – 1995 Nov.
Research Officer, British American Tobacco Kenya Ltd Audit Project.
KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS
1. Propagation of medicinal plants
2. Propagation of wild fruits
3. Antimicrobial activity of medicinal plants of Koibatek Distric
4. Traditional knowledge , use and conservation of Tugens medicinal plants of Koibatek district.
5. Success of Community Forest Associations in forest conservation
RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Kibue, G.W; Karachi, M.K; Maara, N.T and Cheboi, E.K. (2011). Perpetuated Human-Wildlife wars: A case study of the marauding elephants in Mbuvori small farms, Embu, Kenya. Eastern Africa Social Sciences Research Review27 (1):33-47.
Esilaba,M.O; Maara, N.T and Tangus, J.K (2007). Impact of Human-wildlife conflict resolution on wildlife conservation and socioeconomic welfare of pastoral communities: A case study of Samburu pstroralists, Samburu District, Kenya. Eastern Africa Social Sciences Research Review23 (2):41-54.
Maara,T.N, Karachi, M and Ahenda, J.O.(2006).Effects of pre-germination treatments, desiccation and storage temperatures on germination of Carissa edulis (forssk) varl, Vangueria madagascariensis (gml.) and Ximenia americana (l.) seeds. Journal of Tropical Forest Science 18 (1): 1-7.
Inoti, S.K. and Maara T.N.(2004). Effects of Spacing on the growth of Grevillea robusta at Egerton University ,Njoro, Kenya. Egerton Journal of Science and Technology 5 (1): 82 –91.
Tree seed technology, propagation of indigenous trees species (medicinal and wild fruit trees)