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Independent experts nominated by country party

Vesa Johannes Kaarakka

First name
Vesa Johannes
Last name
Nominating Country
Date of Nomination
Other Disciplines
Natural Resource Management
UN languages spoken



Job function
Acting Professor of Tropical Silviculture
Department of Development Policy
Telephone number
358 9 7085648/7085642
Work experience
Dr. 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
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
M.Sc. (Forestry), Forestry, Univ. of Helsinki, 1984._x000D_
Dr. Sc. (Tropical Silviculture), Univ. of Helsinki, 1997.
Number of Publications
Publication titles
1. Kaarakka, V. 1996. Management of bushland vegetation using rainwater in Eastern Kenya. Acta Forestalia Fennica 253, 93 p. _x000D_
2. Kaarakka, V. 1995. Rainwater harvesting for tree planting on heavy soils in arid lowlands of Kenya. _x000D_
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._x000D_
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._x000D_
4. Johansson, S. and Kaarakka, V. 1992. Regeneration of cleared Acacia zanzibarica bushland in Kenya. Journal of Vegetation Science 3:401-406._x000D_
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.
Other activities
1. Adviser to the Finnish National Committee to Combat Desertification (in preparation stage of the CCD)_x000D_
2. Member in the International Society of Tropical Foresters_x000D_
3. Member of Nitrogen Fixing Tree Association (Hawaii, USA)
Organisation name
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Organisation street address
PO Box 512, FI-00023
Organisation city
Organisation country