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Registration Open for 2016 Conference on Earth System Governance

Dates: December 7-9, 2016
Location: University of Nairobi’s College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences on the Upper Kabete Campus
Conference Websitehttp://earthsystemgovernance.net/nairobi2016/

Registration is now open for the 2016 Nairobi Conference on Earth System Governance.  Early bird registration ends on July 31!

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Viewpoints: The challenges of urban mobility in Nairobi, Kenya

Lorraine Amollo AmboleFigure 6
University of Nairobi, Kenya

Deep down, I always knew there was a method to the madness of Nairobi matatus, and now I have the evidence!

Let me start from the beginning: I have lived in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, for more than 30 years. I have spent well over 10 of those years traversing the city using matatus.  Matatus are privately owned public service vehicles (PSVs), which are usually 14 or 25 seater vans and minibuses. The word matatu is said to have come from ‘tatu’, which is Swahili for three. Apparently, the first matatus in the 1960s used to charge three cents for a ride.

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