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Research in the Maasai Mara

A community of researchers working with organisations in the Mara, Kenya

Research projects - Dialogue - Knowledge sharing - Impact

Maasai Mara - a world unique ecosystem under pressure

The Maasai Mara ecosystem in south-western Kenya is globally unique and famous for the great wildebeest migration, one of the few great migratory systems remaining and the only one involving such a rich diversity of large wild animals.

This world unique ecosystem is now under severe threat from a multiplicity of interconnected and complex challenges ranging from climate change, a rapidly growing population, land use trends etc.

The Maasai Mara is also home to the Maasai people, today facing many social, economic, political and environmental challenges.

At the Summit at Maasai Mara University in April 2015 we identified the many and complex challenges of the Maasai Mara by listening to community members and conservation partners. These complex challenges range from climate change and land use issues, ecosystem challenges, energy, poverty, gender, health, slow economic growth, poaching, human-wildlife conflicts etc.

You can read about the challenges in our report.

An network to share research projects and results to help the Mara

We are convinced that research can contribute to solutions to the many challenges of the Maasai Mara, but only if we are in close dialogue with local stakeholders and share knowledge about our projects and results. 

The Maasai Mara Science and Development Initiative (MMSDI) is an African-European interdisciplinary network of researchers, NGO´s, local communities and a company aiming to do just that.

Our goal

We want to contribute to conserving the Maasai Mara ecosystem, its rich wildlife and culture through interdisciplinary research and development initiatives.

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News

Fences in the Mara
Lars Bach and Mette Løvschal, Aarhus University discussing fencing data with Irene Amoke, research officer MMWCA/program manager Kenya Wildlife Trust.
Participants at the seminar November 26, 2016 at Karen Blixen Camp, Mara North

•	Pernille Kallehave, Program Manager MMSDI, Aarhus University
•	Niels Mogensen, Chief Project Officer, Mara Lion Project
•	Lisbeth Kallestrup, MD, Center Manager, Aarhus University Hospital
•	Per Kallestrup, MD, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University
•	Peder Klith Bøcher, GIS Coordinator, Aarhus University
•	Irene Amoke, research officer Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA)/program manager Kenya Wildlife Trust.
•	David Mulli, regional coordinator, MMWCA
•	Lars Back, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University
•	Patrick Ololoinyio, Mara North Grazing committee
•	Mette Løvschal, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University
•	David Noosaron, landowner, member of the board of MMSDI
•	Philip Valentine, COO Mara North and Mara Naboisho Conservancy's
•	(in front) Joseph Nabaala, Area Chief, Aitong

2016.12.20 |

Accelerating changes in land use – new perspectives from the ground

Late November a group of researchers went to look at fencing in the Maasai Mara. They returned home with new research ideas, data and contacts

2016.08.21 |

ETHNOBOTANY PROJECT PREPARATORIES IN MAASAI MARA

During the past week Professor Henrik Balslev from Aarhus University (Denmark) and lecturer Jedidah Nankaya from Maasai Mara University visited local healers, chiefs and government officials i Lemek, Aitong and Marianta villages to present and discuss a proposal to carry out community based ethno-botanical research in the Mara North…

2016.06.01 |

Five new research projects starting up in the Fall 2016

The projects will look at fencing in the Mara, local knowledge about medical plants, climate change effects on Mara trees, incentives of the grassland stakeholders and behavior patterns of livestock breeders

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Publications and Films

Maasai Mara – the Challenges of a World Unique Ecosystem



Fencing bodes a rapid collapse of the unique Greater Mara ecosystem

Film: The Old Maasai

A portrait interview with Maasai Ole Leperes
- about his life and how he has used Maasai traditional medicine.

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