Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Environment and Forestry CS giving his remarks during the ANAW Strategic plan at Michuki Park

Environment and Forestry CS giving his remarks during the ANAW Strategic plan at Michuki Park

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called for the involvement of women, youth and communities in implemention of environmental projects and programs.

Speaking at Michuki Memorial Park during the Launch of Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) Strategic Plan 2021-2025 the CS said at a time when the globe is experiencing environmental emergencies and crisis that is largely induced by humans there is need for urgent and practical solutions to these problems.

“When implementing your Strategic Plan give recognition and prominence to women, it is not by mistake they are called mothers and God’s creation is called Mother Nature, they are best protectors of natural resources “, CS Tobiko emphasized.On involvement of youths as a critical component of the realization of ANAW’s goals CS Tobiko said “If you want sustainability and the message out there you must locate them centrally within the Implementation Strategy, youths are suffering yet they have the greatest stake”.

The CS quoted Prof Wangari Maathai who said “The generation that suffer more out of destruction of the environmental is not the generation that has destroyed the environment”.

CS Tobiko said while it is important to involve and sensitize communities it is important to derive from them their tested indigenous traditional knowledge.

CS Tobiko called for intergenerational equity where utilization of natural resources is done sustainably in a manner that helps it to self regenerate adding that it is our duty to protect our heritage for future generations.

“We were created with a responsibility to take care of God’s creation, not to dominate other species” but to be stewards, custodians to protect while we sustainably use for our survival and future generations”, CS Tobiko affirmed. The CS commended ANAW for their Strategic Plan which he said is trying to make peace with nature as recommended in UNEP’s Report Making Peace With Nature. Animals are part of God’s creation and they deserve tender care, love and respect not out of pity or sympathy. Animals have as much right as to exist like us.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko during the launch of ANAW Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko during the launch of ANAW Strategic Plan 2021-2025

On his part Justice Kathurima, The Director Judicial Training Institute and Judge of Court of Appeal said the centrality of the environment in our lives cannot be over emphasized and thanked ANAW for the support in building capacity for judges and magistrates.

ANAW Executive Director Mr Josphat Ngonyo said key lessons learned from previous strategies is the interconnectivity between people, animals and environment and none can be ignored.

ANAW’s Strategic Plan intends to grow and build vibrant networks to cover 85% of countries in Africa ; use evidence to create animal impactful programs ; Drive animal welfare advocacy, policy implementation, and the research agenda among other interventions.

 

 

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