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Friday, June 01, 2007

OA environmental info for Nakuru, Kenya

George Kamau, Free environmental information and knowledge, Africa News, May 31, 2007.  Excerpt:

[E]very member of the Nakuru community can now access environmental information and knowledge for free. A free community environmental knowledge-sharing centre has been put up at the headquarters of the expansive Rift Valley province, Nakuru town, in Kenya.

This first of its kind, the community environmental resource centre was constructed by Practical Action together with support from partners including Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN), Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Municipal Council of Nakuru (MCN) Waste Netherlands and the Kenya Library Services, is hosted at the Nakuru library grounds....

According to the director, the centre is unique and falls in a class of its own in the country today. It is the first resource centre authorised by the Kenya National Library Services that has an interactive information exchange section based on the Open Knowledge Network (OKN). OKN, a knowledge and information sharing facility provided by ALIN, has a feedback mechanism that allows one to share experiences with 13 other community people from centres across East and Central Africa....