Dr. Borona is a conservation professional with over 10 years of experience in diverse landscapes across Africa. Her interest in environmental issues is informed by a combination of personal and professional experiences. She was born and brought up near a forest in the Kenyan highlands. It was because of the waters flowing from this forest that she did not have to walk for long distances to fetch water – a task expected of girls in her community. This forest and its critical watersheds was and is protected by elders through the application of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, providing water for community needs downstream. She is a firm believer in the application of Indigenous Knowledge in the furtherance of just conservation regimes and sustainable community livelihoods. Over the course of her career, she has worked towards the integration of natural and cultural heritage into a concrete whole, and to locate communities firmly in their landscapes. She has had the privilege of working with and learning from the following communities:
• The Turkana, Abagusii, Agikuyu, Iteso, and Abasuba peoples in Kenya;
• The Warangi in Tanzania;
• The Iteso in Uganda;
• The Chewa in Malawi;
• The San in South Africa;
• First Nations in Canada; and
• Aboriginal Australians.
Their individual and collective philosophies have influenced her thinking on the practice and application of conservation. Prior to joining SFS, Dr. Borona pursued her doctoral programme at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry. Her research focused on understanding people-forest relationships through the lens of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Kenya’s Nyandarwa [Aberdare] forest ecosystem. Her teaching philosophy is anchored on the belief that education should be transformational, and that it should help us create a just society for all beings. She looks forward to teaching, co-learning and co-creation of knowledge on conservation and environmental governance with students, communities and other stakeholders. Her research interests are in the areas of community-driven conservation, the fusion between natural and cultural heritage in dynamic landscapes, and African liberation struggles as situated in different environmental settings.
Academics & Research
Areas of Expertise
Forest resources governance
African cultural heritage management
Indigenous research methodologies
Member & Senior representative for the East and Southern African Region (World Archaeological Congress) [2009-present]
Borona, G.K. & Ndiema, E.K. (2014). Merging conservation with community engagement. Perspectives from TARA’s rock art community projects in Kenya. Journal of Cultural Heritage Management &Sustainable Development, 4(2), 184-195. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JCHMSD-04-2013-0012