Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The Finnish Embassy Delegation and Ministry of Environment Technical team during the discussions.

The Finnish Embassy Delegation and Ministry of Environment Technical team during the discussions.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko today met with Finnish Ambassador to Kenya  Erik Lundberg, to discuss on possible areas of collaboration in the environment sector.

Speaking during the meeting, CS Tobiko said key priority areas for the Ministry will be implementation of the National Strategy on achieve 10% tree cover, waste management, modernizing of meteorological services and strengthening of county government’s capacities for environmental functions, pollution control and climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.
On the National Strategy to Achieve 10% tree cover, the CS said the government aims at planting at least 2 billion trees by 2022, as projected in the strategy and landscape restoration of about 5.1 million hectares of land by 2030.
The CS said that it’s imperative for all states and people to work together in environmental conservation, saying the negative effects of environmental degradation cut across borders.
The CS hailed the cordial relationship between Finland and Kenya and called for strengthening of cooperation in the outlined key priority areas, in order to address arising challenges.
He said Kenya will be glad to learn on how Finland achieved 70% forest cover, through sharing of experiences and practices.
On his part, Ambassador Lundberg  said the outlined key areas resonates well with the government of Finlands’ priority areas and that they will be keen to partner with the government and private sector to find innovative solutions.
He added that Finland will share experiences in innovation solutions to waste management which will translate to circular economy and conservation of forestry resources.
The Ambassador said Kenya is a key partner in environmental cooperation and underscored the importance and the presence of UN Environment Programme  as center for bilateral and multilateral discussions of  mutual benefits.
Environment PS Dr Chris Kiptoo speaking during the meeting applauded the long standing relationship between Finland and Kenya, saying the cooperation had demonstrated positive results.
Environment CS Mr. Keriako Tobiko, Left, second left Finnish Amb.  Erik Lundberg, Finnish Embassy Deputy Head of missions Ramses Malaty and Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo (Right) during the courtesy call.

Environment CS Mr. Keriako Tobiko, Left, second left Finnish Amb. Erik Lundberg, Finnish Embassy Deputy Head of missions Ramses Malaty and Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo (Right) during the courtesy call.

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