Environment Ministry Eyes Partnership With Varsities On Climate Initiatives

    Environment and Climate Change, Principal Secretary, Eng Festus K Ng’eno has today hosted a team from University of Nairobi, Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA) led by Director, Prof. Daniel Olaga at his office.

    The ICCA is a faculty of Science and Technology in the University of Nairobi which focuses on six thematic areas of climate risk management and food security; human dimensions and health; policy and communications; sustainable technologies; water, environment and ecosystems and cross cutting green aspects such as green economy.

    Eng Ng’eno said His Excellency President William Ruto takes climate change issues seriously as it is evident with programs to restore landscapes case in point the 15B Tree Growing and Restoration Campaign and renaming the Ministry to include Climate Change which has been hiding under Environment.

    The PS said Kenya as the Chair of Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) will position Africa’s Green Growth Agenda.

    The Africa Union will host 36th session next week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which will offer an opportunity for Africa to amplify their voices on climate change matters, PS Ng’eno said.

    On loss and damage, PS Ng’eno said Kenya don’t want to beg for funding to adapt to climate change, but is looking for opportunities to build resilience and push for Adaptation and Mitigation funding to 50/50.

    The PS called on the University of Nairobi to make use of the Climate Change Resource Center hosted at Kenya Meteorological Department for students at the ICCA to benefit from the knowledge offered in the center.

    The PS said the UON should have a memorandum of understanding to facilitate programs under the Global Centre for Adaptation which will be established in Kenya.

    The meeting was attended by representatives from University of Nairobi including Prof. William Ogora, Eunice Boruru, James Kaoga and Kiprop Marrirmoi, James Thonjo from CCD among others.