Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko (Left), being received by PS Chris Kiptoo , and other officials at Michuki Memorial Park during the celebrations of  International Day for Preservation if the Ozone Layer.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko (Left), being received by PS Chris Kiptoo , and other officials at Michuki Memorial Park during the celebrations of International Day for Preservation if the Ozone Layer.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has underscored the collective need to raise awareness and advocacy towards protection of ozone layer for the well being of humanity.

Speaking during the commemoration of the International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer at Michuki Memorial Park in Nairobi , the CS said this year’s theme “Ozone for Life” is reminder of individual responsibility to protect and conserve the environment.
He said Kenya is in the process of ratifying the Kigali Amendment as was adopted in October 2015, to phase – down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), chemicals that are ozone friendly but nave negative impacts on climate as they are global warmers.
He noted that the effects of ozone depletion have far reaching effects to the environment and its habitat.
The CS said there is interconnectedness between public green space, nature and the ozone layer.
CS Tobiko said expansion of green spaces and increasing of the county’s forest cover is critical for the environment  because they absorbing pollutant gases hence protecting the ozone layer which in turn absorbs harmful ultraviolet rays.
“Besides being an element of beauty in a crowded scene, public space helps us to clean the atmosphere by acting sink for some of the global warmers gaseous and other pollutants,”  said Tobiko.
“Green spaces raise the visual landscape value and contribute to the overall environmental aesthetics, in turn positively impacting on the overall image of the city” he added.
German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) , Country Director Mr.Bodo Immink said that the Agency has partnered with the ministry of Environment  , National Ozone Unity in implementing  projects, programs and capacity building towards protection of the Ozone layer.
Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi on his part said the county will partner with the national government and development partners in implementing the Montreal Protocol towards the protection of the ozone layer.
Kenya signed the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol on substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in February 1988, and has ratified; London, Copenhagen, Montreal and Beijing Amendments.
Present during the event were Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko , Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau,UN-Habitat Global Public Spaces Program Representative Cecilia Andersson, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Country Director Mr.Bodo Immink among others.
The CS , PS took time to visit the exhibition at the event, the exhibition was showcasing  Kenya’s efforts in implementing the National Green Cooling Action Plan (NGCAP).  CS Tobiko noted that the action plan will significantly improve cooling efficiency & expand green products supply & consumption market and realize high quality and green development.

The CS , PS took time to visit the exhibition at the event, the exhibition was showcasing Kenya’s efforts in implementing the National Green Cooling Action Plan (NGCAP). CS Tobiko noted that the action plan will significantly improve cooling efficiency & expand green products supply & consumption market and realize high quality and green development.

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