Experts' profiles - Johnson Kitheka
Johnson Kitheka
Dr Johnson U. Kitheka is an Environmental Scientist in a UNEP project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of Norway entitled Addressing land-based activities in the Western Indian Ocean region (WIO-LaB Project). His responsibilities include coordinating and managing implementation in South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Seychelles, Comoros, Mauritius and Madagascar. His areas of specialization include coastal-marine and estuarine hydrological and oceanographic research, integrated coastal and river basin management, including inter-governmental processes related to the management of transboundary problems in the Western Indian Ocean region. He was involved in the preparation of the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis of land-based sources and activities impacting coastal and marine environment in the Western Indian Ocean region including the formulation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land based sources and activities. He was also a co-author of Chapter 5: Coastal and Marine Environments in the UNEP 2006 publication-Africa Environment Outlook 2-Our Environment, Our Wealth.

Before joining UNEP, Johnson worked with the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute where he coordinated coastal-marine research programmes and implemented a number of research projects focussed on hydrological and oceanographic processes that influence the productivity of cooastal waters.

He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Geography and Hydrology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and MSc in Physical Oceanography from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Kitheka has also published a number of key papers in international journals including Journal of Sea Research; Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science; Limnology and Oceanography; and Environmental Mananagement.
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