Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko speaking during the event, the CS underscored the need for conservation  of biodiversity saying it forms basis of humanity.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko speaking during the event, the CS underscored the need for conservation of biodiversity saying it forms basis of humanity.

Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko has underscored the importance of biodiversity as the fundamental value to human well-being and health in that It provides functioning ecosystems that supply food, medicines, oxygen, clean air and water, pollination, pest control, and many other ecosystem services.

He said that, biodiversity provides intangible benefits, among them:  spiritual and aesthetic values, supporting knowledge systems, education, industrial raw materials and processes and innovation.
The CS spoke when led the national celebrations to mark the International Day of Biodiversity at Nasaru Olosho Nature Conservancy in Kajiado County.
The CS however regretted that the rampant destruction and unsustainable utilization of biodiversity and its components by human activities have created a pathway for some of the current global crisis such as desertification and drought, land degradation, habitat loss that trigger wildlife human conflicts and emergence of zoonotic diseases such as the COVID -19.
However he expressed optimism that humanity hold the solution to the crises through collective responsibility to save planet earth by using nature-based solutions and green recovery interventions.
“Today we are holding national celebration in one of our premium nature-based conservancy to demonstrate the interconnectedness between people and Nature.  This Conservancy has helped our people and communities by providing them with conducive environment that seeks to  alleviate wildlife human conflicts, by providing alternative sources of livelihood through green jobs hence empowering people and  cautioning  them from disasters such as COVID-19 pandemic,” said the CS.
The CS took the opportunity to inspect projects being undertaken in the Conservancy under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in partnership with WWF-Kenya. Among them four boreholes, beekeeping and solar fencing in schools.

The CS took the opportunity to inspect projects being undertaken in the Conservancy under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in partnership with WWF-Kenya. Among them four boreholes, beekeeping and solar fencing in schools.

He added that  Conservancies such as Nasaru Olosho which are community owned have gained popularity as environmental conservation sites, and ecological reserves and such communities can grow and transform without necessarily undercutting the natural environment, a clear demonstration that people and nature can coexist harmoniously.

The CS applauded the community and its leaders for the vital role that they continue playing in promoting nature-based solution and incorporating People in the conservation agenda.
“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system,” said Tobiko.
The CS said the Government will continue to support and promote the establishment of community conservancies to enhance management and protection of biodiversity outside protected areas.
 He added that as countries commence the UN decade of Ecosystem Restoration which is part of the global strategy to promote use nature-based solution in addressing climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution crisis, he called upon, business, local communities and partners to leverage efforts and actions that brings about transformative change in sustainable biodiversity conservation and management.
The CS took the opportunity to inspect projects being undertaken in the Conservancy under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in partnership with WWF-Kenya. Among them four boreholes, beekeeping and solar fencing in schools.

The CS took the opportunity to inspect projects being undertaken in the Conservancy under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in partnership with WWF-Kenya. Among them four boreholes, beekeeping and solar fencing in schools.

This year’s celebrations theme is “Our Solutions are in Nature” with the slogan “We’re part of the Solution”. The celebration forms part of a worldwide platform for creating public awareness and outreach on key biodiversity issues.

Earlier the CS inspected projects supported by the Ministry of Environment and  Wild Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Kenya  all aimed at promoting the establishment of community nature based solutions  to enhance management and protection of biodiversity outside protected areas.
Under the project seven  primary Schools have been fitted  with solar lighting systems and  solar electric fences, Water harvesting systems with 50000 liters storage tanks, four  solar powered boreholes, one for each of the four Group Ranches; 850 Beehives  for 14 Women groups while the Community Rangers have been trained received uniformed , four motorbikes and communication equipments.

Present during the event were Wild Wildlife Fund-Kenya CEO Mohammed Awer, Nema Kenya Director General Mamo B Mamo, National Environment Trust FUND (Kenya) CEO Samson Toniok , Director Multilateral Environmental Agreements Cyrus Mageria , Heads of Departments from the Ministry, Kenya Forest Service Commandant  Alex Lemakoko among other government and Non Governmental officials

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