Wananchi have realized conservation of biodiversity had direct relationships with their livelihoods, Permanent Secretary of Environment and Mineral Resources Mr. Ali D. Mohamed has observed.
In this regard, corporates and groups of citizens had realized the importance of greening the country by ensuring the survival of trees to address energy needs and climate change.
The PS made these observations when he held discussions with the Safaricom Foundation chairman Mr. Les Baillie on various environmental initiatives being undertaken by the Ministry, the Foundation, private entities and other stakeholders.
The PS called on corporates to identify areas on environmental interventions and the ministry would support them. He called for concerted efforts in conservation of water riparian areas especially in urban centers lamenting that encroachment of wetlands especially oceans, lakes, rivers and marshlands reduced availability and quality of water. He challenged Safaricom Foundation to support and adopt a wetland.
Mr. Baillie said his foundation had supported fencing of Aberdares forest and would support similar initiatives in Mau and Mount Kenya ecosystems.
He said that his foundation was a leader in confronting electronic waste and called on the private sector to take up recycling of e-waste sustainably.