Conservation of Natural and Cultural Heritage in Kenya

Edited by Anne-Marie Deisser and Mugwima Njuguna

ISBN: 9781910634844

Publication: October 07, 2016

What is this?

In Kenya, cultural and natural heritage has a particular value. Its pre-historic heritage not only tells the story of man's origin and evolution but has also contributed to the understanding of the earth's history: fossils and artefacts spanning over 27 million years have been discovered and conserved by the National Museums of Kenya (NMK). Alongside this, the steady rise in the market value of African art has also affected Kenya. Demand for African tribal art has surpassed that for antiquities of Roman, Byzantine, and Egyptian origin, and in African countries currently experiencing conflicts, this activity invariably attracts looters, traffickers and criminal networks.

This book brings together essays by heritage experts from different backgrounds, including conservation, heritage management, museum studies, archaeology, environment and social sciences, architecture and landscape, geography, philosophy and economics to explore three key themes: the underlying ethics, practices and legal issues of heritage conservation; the exploration of architectural and urban heritage of Nairobi; and the natural heritage, landscapes and sacred sites in relation to local Kenyan communities and tourism. It thus provides an overview of conservation practices in Kenya from 2000 to 2015 and highlights the role of natural and cultural heritage as a key factor of social-economic development, and as a potential instrument for conflict resolution.

Praise for Conservation of Natural and Cultural Heritage in Kenya

‘Excellent book on conservation in Kenya '

Anne-Marie Deisser is a conservator with extensive experience in Kenya, Ethiopia and Iraq. She is Research Associate at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Nairobi and Honorary Research Associate at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology.

Mugwima Njuguna is an architect and planner, and director of the Centre for Urban Studies at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is a founding member of the Heritage Conservation and Human Rights Network. He has extensively researched the conservation of historic sites and has published widely on this subject in both journals and books


1. Access to heritage conservation as a human right in Kenya
Anne-Marie Deisser and Ephraim Wahome

2. Assessment of legislation on cultural heritage resources in Kenya
Mwanzia Kyule

3. The concept of intangible cultural heritage in Kenya
Orinda Shadrack Okumu

4. The conservation of public monuments as a tool for building collective identity in Nairobi
Lydia Muthuma

5. Reflections on architectural morphology in Nairobi, Kenya: implications for conservation of the built heritage
Muhoro Teckla, Munala Gerryshom and Mugwima Njuguna 

6. The bao: a board game in Africa’s antiquity
Mwanzia Kyule 

7. Traditional technologies: a conservation challenge
Freda M’Mbogori

8. Wildlife heritage ownership and utilization in Kenya – the past, present and future
Francis Mwaura

‘Excellent book on conservation in Kenya.'

Format: Open Access PDF

272 Pages

ISBN: 9781910634844

Publication: October 07, 2016

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