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Perspectives in Global Development: Spring 2022 Seminar Series

Africa is experiencing an unprecedented scale of large scale developments ranging from ports and harbors, mining, roads and railways, agriculture and oil & gas among others all principally driven by huge financial inflows from different funding streams. These developments are critical for Africa’s economic growth as encapsulated in Agenda 2063 and development blue prints of different countries across the continent. These coastal developments intersect with high biodiversity areas hosting critical natural assets e.g. corals, mangroves, seagrass beds and sandy beaches among others which support diverse economic sectors e.g. fisheries and tourism and additionally provide critical ecosystem services e.g. carbon sequestration, coastal protection, water quality enhancement and cultural services among others. Traditional threats and the increasing pace and scale of developments have continuously threatened biodiversity so critical in the delivery of crucial ecosystem goods and services, which form the base of coastal/national economies in many countries. About 67% of the total population of species have been lost since the 1970s with further and steady losses expected without concerted, coordinated and large scale efforts to turn the tide on biodiversity loss. The 2021-2030 decade offers great opportunities with the convergence of key global policy processes i.e. Agenda 2030, Decade of Ocean Science, Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, post 2020 global biodiversity framework, the Paris 2015 Agreement and its successor Glasgow Compact on Climate Change. Demonstrable political commitment, huge financial and technical resources will be required to capitalize on the momentum of these decadal opportunities for a sustainable future.

About the speaker

Jared Bosire has a Ph.D. in marine science with more than 20 years of experience focusing on environmental sustainability in various sectors ranging from wildlife, freshwater, energy and climate change, forestry and coastal and marine ecosystems. This diverse experience covers governmental, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations. He has led many national, regional and international programmes and played a critical role in capacity building supporting senior managers in government organizations for effective program implementation and at the tertiary level in research and academic institutions. Jared has offered leadership in organizational development and transformation in both government and no-governmental organizations leading to landmark sustainable growth. He currently works at the UNEP Nairobi Convention as Programme Manager.

Jared is a recipient of the Royal Academy of Overseas Science Award (by the Belgian Government) and the International Fellow of the Year of the Society for Wetlands Scientists (SWS). He also received an Award on Distinguished Achievements in Marine Sciences by the Board of the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute KMFRI. Additionally, he serves as an Elder in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, he is married and has three daughters.

About the seminar series

The Perspectives in Global Development seminars are held Wednesdays from 12:25 – 1:15 p.m. eastern time during the semester. The series will be presented in a hybrid format with some speakers on campus and others appearing via Zoom. All seminars are shown in Emerson 135. Students, faculty and the general public are welcome to attend. The series is co-sponsored by the Department of Global Development, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the School of Integrative Plant Science as part of courses IARD 6960NTRES 6960PLSCS 6960 and AEM 6960. 

Date & Time

April 20, 2022
12:25 pm - 1:15 pm

Jared Bosire

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Contact Information

Matt Hayes

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Jared Bosire, Programme Manager, UNEP Nairobi Convention


Department of Global Development

School of Integrative Plant Science

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Natural Resources and the Environment

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