Friday, August 17, 2018

S K.Tobiko when he addressed participants of Green Growth/ Economy Planning at a Kwale hotel .

Rural communities retain invaluable traditional knowledge that could be used in policy formulation to influence decision making Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko has said.

He noted that communities have for generations participated in conservation of Environment and Natural Resources and should be consulted when government officials made policies that affect the people and their resources.

The CS challenged officials involved setting directions of the Green Growth and Economy Planning to change their tact and go beyond setting work plan activities in their offices and make field visits an important component of policy formulation.

Mr. Tobiko was speaking when he opened a week-long Green Growth and economy planning aimed at entrenching an economic growth path that sustainably uses natural resources.

He cited the Gazi community in Kwale county who are engaged in ‘’ Mikoko pamoja’’ project that grows mangrove trees for climate change mitigation and uses traditional methods to measure carbon sequestration earning the villagers millions of shillings in carbon credits.

The CS singled out for praise the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute (KEMFRI) as an organisation that successfully worked with the Gazi community to reap massive benefits in the mangrove project.

Mr. Tobiko thanked the government of Denmark that had set aside Ksh, 15 billion to help Kenya implement the Green Growth and Employment program in the next 5 years.

He challenged Kenya Government officials to overcome the traditional triple disconnect between science laboratories, policy formulation offices and the ground where they should be implemented in order for the  members of the public to benefit from such efforts.

The CS was accompanied by the Chief Administrative Secretary for Environment Mr., Mohammed Elmi and Ministry of Environment and Forestry Officials.

A section of the workshop participants that was also addressed by Env. CAS M. Elmi

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