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Expert NameDr. Vesa Johannes Kaarakka
TitleActing Professor of Tropical Silviculture
DivisionDepartment of Development Policy
InstitutionUniversity of Helsinki
Telephone358 9 7085648/7085642
Work ExperienceDr. Kaarakka has 12 years of research and teaching experience in tropical dryland forestry. His doctoral dissertation dealt with rehabilittion of dryland vegetation, with particular reference to rainwater harvesting in Eastern Kenya. His M.Sc. thesis investigated ecophysiology and growth of eucalyptus in Thailand in 1984. From 1985 to 1988 he worked as an assistant research officer at the Dept. of Silviculture, Univ. of Helsinki. He undertook lecturing, tutoring and technical reporting for the Bura Fuelwood Project in Kenya (funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland). In 1988 he was appointed as resident research officer in the same project in Bura, Kenya. The research, which was undertaken jointly with the Kenya Forestry Research Institute, covered irrigated and rainfed fuelwood plantations, indigenous dryland forests and the forestry-related needs and expectations of the local people. In 1992-93 and 1994-95 he worked as Research Associate at the Dept. of Forest Eco
QualificationsM.Sc. (Forestry), Forestry, Univ. of Helsinki, 1984. Dr. Sc. (Tropical Silviculture), Univ. of Helsinki, 1997.
Number of Publications50
Other Activities1. Adviser to the Finnish National Committee to Combat Desertification (in preparation stage of the CCD) 2. Member in the International Society of Tropical Foresters 3. Member of Nitrogen Fixing Tree Association (Hawaii, USA)
Publications1. Kaarakka, V. 1996. Management of bushland vegetation using rainwater in Eastern Kenya. Acta Forestalia Fennica 253, 93 p. 2. Kaarakka, V. 1995. Rainwater harvesting for tree planting on heavy soils in arid lowlands of Kenya. In: Simorangkir, D. (ed.). Proceedings of the International Congress on Soils of Tropical Forest Ecosystems, Balikpapan, Indenosia 29 October - 3 November 1995, Vol. 8, p. 220-225, Mulawarman Univ. Press, samarinda Indonesia. 3. Kaarakka, V. and Maua, J.O. 1993. Rainwater harvesting as a method for bushland rehabilitaiton with selected indigenous and exotic tree species. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal 58 (Special Issue): 59-69. 4. Johansson, S. and Kaarakka, V. 1992. Regeneration of cleared Acacia zanzibarica bushland in Kenya. Journal of Vegetation Science 3:401-406. 5. Kaarakka, V., Johansson S., Luukkanen, O. and Maingi, J. 1990. Forestry in irrigation schemes, research at Bura, Kenya 1988-89. Univ. Helsinki Trop. Rep. 5.
DisciplineNatural Resource Management
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