George Morara

Has long time serving experience in freshwater ecology and fisheries.

2021: Completed PhD degree in Fisheries (Kisii University, Kenya) with research focus on fish stocks exploitation and management in Lake Naivasha.

2004: Completed Masters degree in International Studies of Tropical Aquatic Ecology from the University of Bremen (Center for Tropical Marine Ecology,  Germany)

2000, Completed advanced professional training in sustainable use of coastal and marine resources (Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft / UmWent) in Germany.

1995: Completed Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT, Kenya).

Several short training course undertaken include:

  • Multi-stakeholder participatory processes and social learning (CDI Wageningen).
  • Reconciling Livelihoods and Biodiversity Conservation in Protected Area Management of the Sub-Saharan Africa (TU Dortmund).
  • Scientific Communication and Publishing (University of Nairobi & Training Centre in Communication).
  • Community Environmental Governance and Policy Advocacy.
  • Leadership course.
  • Quality Management Systems (QMS) - implementation and auditing.
  • Performance appraisals and evaluation, among others.

Co-ordinated various multi-disciplinary research and development projects hosted by Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in the context of freshwater and coastal systems. 

Served as a resource person in various national tasks including:

  • Draft of Lake Naivasha Basin Integrated Management Plan.
  • Review of Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute (KWSTI) curriculum for certificate and diploma programmes (aquaculture and fisheries).
  • Part time lecturer (Kisii University).

KMFRI Naivasha
Freshwater Systems
Aquatic ecology and fisheries management
Aquatic ecology, fisheries resource assessment, multi-stakeholder participatory processes, community driven development, climate change impacts on fishery resources and adaptation strategies.

  • Morara, G.N., Njiru, J.M., Getabu, A.M., Omondi, R., Lewo, R. Obegi, B. and Mwangata ,R. (2021). Illegal unregulated and unreported fishing: Methods and increasing trends in Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Lakes & Reserv. 26(1): 13-22.
  • Obegi, B. , Ogendi, G. , Omondi, R. , Siriba, B. , Morara, G., Rindoria, N. and Orina, P. (2021) Characteristic Relationships between Phosphorous Accrual, Ecosystem Aspects and Water Level Fluctuations in Tropical Lakes: Naivasha Ramsar Site, Kenya. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 9, 53-67. doi: 10.4236/gep.2021.91004
  • Mutie, A., Waithaka, E., Morara G.N, Boera, P, Mwamburi, J. James Last A. Keyombe, J.L.A and Obegi, B. (2020). Population characteristics of Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758) in light of varying water quality conditions of adjoined Lakes Naivasha and Oloidien in Kenya. PASJ 1 (1): 1-15.
  • Waithaka, E., Boera, P., Obegi, B., Mutie, A., Morara, G., Loki, P., Nyamweya, C., Aura, M.C. & Outa, N, O. (2020). The Impacts of Co-Management Towards Sustainable Development and Utilization of Fisheries Resources in Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Poult Fish Wildl Sci 8:209. doi: 10.35248/2375-446X.20.8.209.
  • Obegi, B. N., Sarfo, I. Morara G. N., Boera, P. Waithaka, E. & Mutie, A. (2020). Bio-Economic Modeling of Fishing Activities in Kenya: The case of Lake Naivasha Ramsar Site. Journal of Bioeconomics 22: 15-31
  • Waithaka W., Boera P., Morara G., Nzioka A., Mutie A. and Keyombe J.L. (2019): Trends in Fishing on Lake Naivasha and their Implications for Management. African Journal of Tropical Hydrobiology and Fisheries, 17: 9-15
  • Ignatius, D. O., Hassan A. F., Morara, G. N., Osore, K. M., Mutua, B., and Kitaka, N. K. (2018) Access to Water in Kenya’s Coast Region: A Challenge to Community Development and Poverty Alleviation in Lamu County. Kenya Aquatica Journal 4(01): 1-7
  • Hassan, F.A., Ong’ayo, H.A., Osore, M.K., Morara, G.N., Aura, M.C. (2018). Assessment of Beneficiary Satisfaction with Community Based Solid Waste Management Service. A case of Okoa Maisha Project in Mnarani Village, Kilifi County, Kenya. International Journal of Scientific Research and Management (IJSRM) 6(3), FE-2018-08-18. doi: 10.18535/ijsrm/v6i3.fe01.
  • Hassan, F.A., Ong’ayo, H.A., Osore, M.K., Morara, G.N., Aura, M.C. (2017). Effect of Community Participation in Access to Social Services: A Case Study of Hazina Ya Maendeleo Ya Pwani Approach in Coastal Kenya. Open journal of social sciences (IF=1.51) 5, 160-180.
  • Aura, C.M., Osore, M.K., Hassan, F., Musa, S., Morara, G., Mwikali, G. (2017) Engaging poor academic performers (PAP) in marine and coastal resource management: experiences from a mega-project capacity building initiative. Ocean and Coastal management 137: 34 – 42.
  • Aura, C.M., Hassan, F., Osore, M.K., Musa, S., Morara, G., Uku, J., (2016). A comprehensive public-private partnership concept for resources sustainability from a mega-project management multi-level perspective. International Journal of Management and Sustainability 4(11) : 218-236. DOI: 10.18488/journal.11/2015.4.11/
  • Morara G., Hassan F. and Osore, M.K. (2015). Sustaining local livelihoods through coastal fisheries in Kenya. In: Agnieszka, E.L (Ed). Sustainability Indicators In Practice De Gruyter Open, Berlin 255p
  • Njiru, J. Morara, G. Waithaka, E. Mugo J. (2015). Fish kills in Lake Naivasha, Kenya: What was the probable cause? IJFAS 3 (1): 179-184. DOI: