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About 2023 IALE International Conference

The International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) is excited to announce the 2023 IALE World Congress will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 10th – 15th, July 2023.  

The IALE World Congress occurs every four years and is the premier event for landscape ecologists worldwide to address topics in landscape ecology that range from local to global in scale. During the World Congress, landscape ecologists from public, private, and non-profit sectors will address a broad spectrum of environmental challenges and their potential solutions. The 2023 World Congress will be a hybrid (online/in person) event and it is for the first time being hosted in the Global South.  The World Congress theme is ‘Transboundary Resource Management, Climate Change and Environmental Resilience’.  

The World Congress will include plenaries, symposium, oral sessions, posters sessions, a social dinner, and field trips. It is jointly hosted by Kenyatta University (KU), Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), National Museum of Kenya (NMK), Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation Institute, University of Nairobi (UON), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and in collaboration with the African-Chapter of IALE (Africa-IALE).

Nairobi is exceptionally beautiful, accessible, and safe.  The planned post conference excursions include: Nairobi National Park,  Karura Forest Nature trailsThe National MuseumsKakamega forest, and Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve. Furthermore, Kenya is well known for the Great Rift Valley.  July is an excellent time to visit Kenya because it is the dry season (fewer mosquitos) and wildlife will be easier to see.

Theme: ‘Transboundary Resource Management, Climate Change and Environmental Resilience’


Conference Sub-Themes

  • Transboundary ecosystems in the Anthropocene: The shared ecosystems and natural resources across country boundaries and the anthropogenic effects. How human activities are altering these transboundary ecosystems
  • Managing climate risk in transboundary ecosystems: Climate change and global warming in the transboundary ecosystems; mitigation, adaptation, geoengineering,
  • Borderlands, cross-border resources, and environmental resilience: Strengthening resilience in borderlands ecosystems, disturbance of ecosystems
  • Building resilience and security: Food security, water security, and livelihoods
  • Climate resilient livelihoods: Climate resilient agricultural practices, adaptive agriculture, agroecology, 
  • Data science and geospatial technology for sustainable landscape management:
  • Drivers of landscape change and sustainability at multiple scales:
  • Ecological sustainability in urban landscapes and smart cities
  • Water-Energy-Food nexus :

Conference Organization 

  • Kenyatta University
  • Local Organizing Committee
  • Africa-IALE
  • IALE International
  • International Scientific Advisory Committee

Local Conference “Hosting” Collaborators:

  • Kenyatta University (KU)
  • Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)
  • National Museum of Kenya (NMK)
  • Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation Institute, University of Nairobi (UON)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

  • Prof. Joy Obando - Department of Geography, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya (Chair)
  • Dr. Emmanuel Nkurunziza - Director General, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, RCMRD, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Representative, Ecosystems Division, UN Environment, Nairobi, Kenya, to be named in 2021
  • Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia - Director General NMK – National Museum of Kenya
  • Prof. Daniel Olago - Director, Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Nairobi
  • Prof. Richard Makhanu Wafula - Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Prof. Thomas Kibutu - Chairman, Department of Geography, Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Prof. Richard Oduor - Director, Research Support, Kenyatta University
  • Prof. Chris Shisanya - Agro-Climatology Professor, Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Prof. Anthony Macharia - Biogeography and Ecosystems, Department of Geography, Kenyatta University, Kenya 
  • Prof. Yazidhi Bamutaze - Department of Geography, Geo-Informatics and Climatic Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

 International Scientific Advisory Committee

  • Prof Moses Azong Cho - University of Pretoria, South Africa (Chair)
  • Dr. Henry N. N. Bulley - BMCC, City University of New York, USA 
  • Prof. Dr. Christine Fürst - Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • Prof. Cristian Echeverria, University of Concepción, Chile 
  • Prof. Niina Käyhkö - University of Turku, Finland
  • Prof. Dolors Armenteras - National University of Colombia, Columbia 
  • Prof. Erica A. H. Smithwick, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Prof. Bryan C. Pijanowski, Purdue University, USA
  • Prof. Sima Fakheran Esfahani, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran
  • Prof. Irene Petrosillo, University of Salento, Italy 
  • Dr. Bernadette Arakwiye, World Resources Institute- Africa, Rwanda
  • Dr. Aniko Polo-Akpisso, Université de Lomé, Togo
  • Prof. Carlos Morera Beita, National University of Costa Rica
  • Prof.  Jan Bogaert, Université de Liège (Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech), Belgium
  •  Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Wildlife Institute of India, India

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