Thursday, February 20, 2020
DSC_0271Bon Voyage! PS, MENR, Dr. Lesiyampe bids the  Danish envoy, H.E. Geert Andersen  kwaheri  after the courtesy call.

DSC_0271Bon Voyage! PS, MENR, Dr. Lesiyampe bids the Danish envoy, H.E. Geert Andersen kwaheri after the courtesy call.

Denmark has pledged an estimated Ksh.300 million to support the country’s development of green growth that will target employment of the youth.

The Royal Danish Ambassador to Kenya Geert Aagaard Andersen disclosed that the development aid details through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources were now completed for the program to start in 2016.

The ambassador who spoke during a courtesy call on the Environment and Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Richard Lesiyampe noted that the green Growth and Employment comprised four thematic areas of engagement.

Officials from the MENR taking notes during the  courtesy call by the Danish Amb.  to Kenya as the PS makes some  remarks

Officials from the MENR taking notes during the courtesy call by the Danish Amb. to Kenya as the PS makes some remarks

In order to create an enabling environment for green growth and sustainable environment and natural resource management, the program will include new technologies, innovations and practices creating opportunities for employment.

Under the public private partnerships the program intends to improve private sector engagement, procure efficiently, mainstream environment into County Integrated development Plans and improve the use of climate change data in economic planning and risk mitigation.

PS, Min. of Env. & Nat. Res. Dr. Lesiyampe  holding talks with Danish Amb. to Kenya, H.E. Geert Andersen  during the  courtesy callThe media, tax exemptions, energy efficiency use and manufacture of environmentally friendly products are among the issues to be covered under the improved private sector engagement.

Speaking when he received the ambassador, Dr. Lesiyampe noted that Kenya like other developing countries required accurate climate and weather data to help the country in risk planning and disaster mitigation.

He observed that Kenya desired to shift to a green and sustainable development path, a dream  which was aptly captured in key planning documents such as vision 2030, National climate change Action Plan, Green Economy and strategy and Implementation Plan among others.

The PS further noted that in readiness for a green economy, Kenya was preparing draft Intended Nationally determined Contributions (INDC) as required by the conference of Parties (COP 20) during the forthcoming December conference to be held in Paris.

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