Wednesday, September 22, 2021

photos-KICDEnvironment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko reiterated the commitment to address the triple interconnected global environmental emergencies, which include climate change, biodiversity loss and, pollution and waste management.

CS Tobiko said that the environmental emergencies pose a threat to the survival of nature adding that in this regard, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration was launch on 05th June 2021, to   prevent, halt   and reverse the degradation of ecosystem  in an endeavour to  reduce poverty, combat climate change and prevent the extinction of species.

CS Tobiko said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Mohammed Elmi at Uhuru Park yesterday during a tree planting exercise to launch the HR Month celebrations based on the theme, ”Going Green: HR Strategies for Business Success”.  He appreciated the Institute of Human Resources Management for organizing the event that seeks to create awareness on environmental concerns. During the event, Hon. Elmi led the team in planting 100 trees at the site.

The CS said that the lunch of the HR Month coincided with COVID-19 pandemic that continue to ravage, disrupt and affect the socio-economic and environmental tenets of development. CS Tobiko expressed concern over the challenges posed by the pandemic that continue to cause death in millions, illness and job losses globally and thus igniting discussions regarding our  unsustainable consumption and production as a threat to human health, prosperity and equity.

As regards the theme, CS Tobiko urged HR professionals to employ strategies for greater efficiencies, manage costs, enhance employee engagement, reduce their carbon footprint and hence promote sustainable development. He underscored the important role of HR and its contribution towards the sustainable development of any organizations, calling for the need for HR to manage and dispense the human capital for optimum productivity and environment sustainability.

CS Tobiko said that global environmental emergencies have compelled nations to subscribe to treaties and customize policies and legislation to slow down the adverse effect of environmental degradation; calling on corporates and  individuals to embrace environmental friendly initiatives for greater efficiency and promote employee engagement and retention.

In regards to polices CS Tobiko said the Ministry had developed policies and legislation to enable Kenya’s transition to Green HR Circular Economy and is further committed to support adaptation and up scaling of the initiatives in all institutions.

Similarly, the Ministry was spearheading the development of diverse policy and legislative frameworks to aid in greening institutions as well as embracing circular economy that includes banning of single use plastic bags, updated NDC and Climate Change Action Plan, mainstream Circular Economy as an important tool in the fight against climate change and in attainment of SDGs. the CS stated

In addition, CS enumerated other regal instruments that included the development of GHG emissions strategy 2050, Sustainable Waste Management Policy regulations (2021) to transit waste management from linear to circular economy model and the development of regulations on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) among others, CS Tobiko affirmed.

The Nairobi County Environment CEC, Mr. Larry Wambua reminded man that God created the world and gave human the possibility to protect and manage, but we have destroyed the environment and are now facing the consequences of climate change, inadequate water and pollution.

Addressing the event, the national chairman of the HR Institute Mr. Joseph Onyango said the Institute purposes to plant 4.7 million trees within a year and that the program will continue for the next five years. He lauded the collaboration between the Ministry and HR towards the restoration of the environment.

The event was attended by Under Secretaries Mr. Cornelius Sangura and Osman Abdullahi, Head of HR Ms. Rosemary Wamoto and her staff, and the HR Institute Executive Director Ms. Quresha Abdullahi among others.

Environment and Forestry Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Mohammed Elmi is assisted to plant a tree at Uhuru Park  grounds yesterday during the launch of the Human Resource Monthly celebrations, a total of 100 trees were planted.

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