College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences.
The inaugural Earth System Governance Conference to be held in African was held at the University of Nairobi, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences and hosted by Wangari Maathai Institute.
Speaking during the conference, the Chief Guest, Prof. Judy Wakhungu, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Regional Development Authorities thanked the organizers for choosing the Wangari Maathai Insitiute to host the event. Prof. Wangari Maathai was a champion on peace and environmental sustainability. Prof. Wakhungu as well narrated the various initiatives carried out by her ministry towards environmental sustainability.
Through the Kenya Forest Service and National Environmental Management Authority, NEMA, the ministry of environment has instituted policies that protect the environmental degradation and has worked with the 47 counties to plant trees and to ensure that the forest cover is increased to 10%. Currently, Kenya has a forest cover of 7%. In line with Paris Agreement, the environmental law was enacted to help deal with the effects of climate change and global warming.
The ministry as well provides leadership and guidance on international treaties on global environmental initiatives. Together with Japan, the ministry is planning hazardous waste management for Nairobi. Through the Kenya Wildlife Service, the ministry has ensured that poaching is reduced by 80% and human wildlife conflict is reduced as well. The ministry has rehabilitated degraded lands and restored rivers in Uasin Gishu, Busia, Kisii , Migori among other counties.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, who was represented by Prof. Bernard Aduda, Principal College of Biological and Physical Sciences, noted that the theme of the conference ‘Confronting Complexity and Inequality’ augurs well with what Prof. Wangari Maathai stood for. Prof. Wangari stood for democratic space and equal rights for men, women and children. She as well stood for fairness and justice. Prof. Mbithi noted that these are needed for sustainable development.
Also present during the conference were: Prof. Daniel Gakuya, acting Principal, College of Agriculture and Health Sciences, Prof. Richard Mutembei, Director, Wangari Maathai Institute and Prof. David Mungai, Deputy Director, Wangari Maathai Insitute who was also the conference co-chair.