Monday, December 6, 2021
Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko attending a virtual UNCCD side event meeting

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko attending a virtual UNCCD side event meeting

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called for paradigm shift in handling environmental issues saying traditional knowledge has been proven overtime to be effective in addressing environmental challenges.

The CS cited the man who reversed a desert using ordinary traditional knowledge and technology saying there is need for bottoms up approach where community participation, ownership and engagement is encouraged

The CS said the approach that must be adopted must involve communities. “Governments, Policy Makers and Scientists sit in conferences making decisions that are not understood and appreciated by the communities on the ground” The CS said.

The CS said the meeting could not have come at a better time just few days before the commencement of the United Nations General Assembly which has two important subjects’ people and nature and biodiversity.

The CS quoted Prof Wangari Maathai who said “Destroy nature and nature will destroy you” citing the current happenings in the world characterized as turbulent times including desert locusts, drought, floods and COVID-19 pandemic which are all consequences of human action that has destroyed nature.

The CS said nature has not destroyed us but has given us a chance to retrace our steps “In retracing our steps we cannot follow the same path that has led here, we only have one choice to perish or bounce back and do it better by respecting and acknowledging nature and biodiversity” The CS stressed.

The CS said countries must now focus on going green as a long term recovery plan for the sake of the future generations since the effects of destroying nature will not be felt by those destroying nature but by the generations yet to be born.

The CS proposed the humming bird solution to the current environmental challenges faced worldwide which calls for little actions that must be undertaken individually or collectively that will be multiplied a million times to have the required effect.

Kenya under the land restoration commitment envisions restoring 5.1 million hectares by 2030, the CS said. “Our forest stands at 7.2% and we commit to increase it to the constitution requirement of 10% tree cover which equates it to 2 billion trees by 2022 under Greening Kenya Initiative”.

The high level side event was hosted by UNCCD and Commonwealth Secretariat and attended by the Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland, UNCCD Executive Secretary, Ibrahim Thiaw, Ministers from Commonwealth countries among other delegates. #UNCCDSideEvent #UNGA #ClimateChange


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