Wednesday, May 12, 2021
68189da3-8f4c-41d6-9a8f-0686c1c7c0f9Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo has called for involvement of research Institutions and Academia in development and Implementation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects.
The PS urged organizations implementing projects  funded by the GEF to agreed upon projects being undertaken to avoid misunderstanding during implementation.
The PS said implementing agencies should be accountable for Facility grants and at the same time urged impartial distribution of resources to all focal point Ministries.
The PS made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by Mr. Joel Kitili the Secretary of Administration in Environment Ministry during the opening of GEF workshop held at a Nairobi hotel.
“Projects shoould be grounded on the firm base of consensus by all partners since project preparatory Grants are currently used by GEF agencies” the PS observed.
Dr. Kiptoo paid glowing tribute to Global Environment Facility for advancing  environmental benefits to Kenya.
He  called for fresh consideration of financing of reclamation of degraded land that was in dire need of attention due to impacts of climate change in the country.
The PS who is the operational focal point of GEF in Kenya directed all facility implementing agencies to submit monthly projects progress reports to his office inorder to keep the government updated on the what all activities on the ground as way of addressing challenges and appreciating success stories.
Further Dr. Kiptoo commended the Small Grants Program which significantly addresses the people’s felt needs, adding that ” livelihood strategies are catalysts to environmental Secretaries conservation; when you address poverty you are addressing environment “.
The GEF Expanded Workshop was attended by National focal points, Convention Focal Points  Stakeholders and delegates from various African member Countries.
They included Kenya, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda ,Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania.
Others who attended were Francoise Clottes the Director of Strategy and Operations at GEF Secretariat and Agnes Yobterik, the Director of Programs, Projects and Strategic Initiatives in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Kenya.

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