Chege Kinyanjui is the Environment & Social Officer for NatureVest's Impact Management team, working to assist conservation tourism operators in Africa impacted by the COVID pandemic. The team work to facilitate and grow the contributions of the tourism industry to biodiversity conservation and community empowerment in some of Africa’s most important wild landscapes.
Chege is part of the NatureVest Impact Management team. The team is working towards the following key objectives:
Chege is currently focused on assisting the team in supporting, monitoring, and advising on conservation and community related commitments. The main goal is to ensure that operators meet their conservation targets and community commitments in their near and long-term business plans.
Over the last decade, Chege has participated in various Environmental, Natural Resources Management and Corporate Social Responsibility projects. Notably, working with various players in the conservation and tourism arena, promoting responsible/ sustainable tourism best practices. Among some of the key highlights include long-term volunteer-ship in the Ecorating Programme run by Ecotourism Kenya that is GSTC accredited. Additionally, as an environmental consultant, Chege has worked with tour operators. assisting them to integrate environmental sustainability into their business model. He has also taken part in NRM projects within the region, of significant conservation value, supporting states and organizations to attend to their reporting and planning obligations.
Prior to joining TNC, Chege worked as an independent environmental consultant but kept close ties with conservation and tourism organizations like Ecotourism Kenya, the Institute of Water and Environment (Gender and Climate Change Working Group), and the Kenya Forest Working Group (EAWS) among others.
Chege is fascinated by science and geography, so it was natural for him to specialize in the environmental sciences. Back in the day, he was a self-proclaimed “great, tiny and dreaded goalkeeper... the goalkeeper Kenya never had (and never will)”. He still loves soccer, but it takes a backseat now, to what he describes at TNC as “this wonderful career”.
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