By Ally Jamah
On October 31, 2019, the Executive Secretary of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) Mr. Ruud Jansen visited GDSA member country Kenya, where he met senior officials of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
Mr. Jansen called on the Principal Secretary Ms. Betty Maina at the Ministry of Environment offices in Nairobi where they discussed key issues including strengthening technical cooperation between Kenya and the GDSA Secretariat, capacity building and information sharing between GDSA member countries among other things.
“The discussions were very fruitful. As a GDSA member country, Kenya is committed to pursuing the Declaration’s objectives with the support of the Secretariat. A country workshop hosted by the GDSA and the Kenya government has been put on the cards for 2020,” he said.
Mr. Jansen indicated that the Secretariat is working to support Kenya in its natural capital accounting priorities, promote Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and help in sustainable land use management through collaborations with relevant government institutions.
“With these priorities and others, Kenya will work to meet the goals and objectives of the Gaborone Declaration and continue the track to sustainable development,” he said.
On her part, the PS said that the government of Kenya looked forward to deeper cooperation within GDSA to realize sustainable development in Africa. She undertook to find a replacement for the previous GDSA Focal Point (FP), Mr. Richard Mwendandu, who retired from the civil service recently.
Also present during the meeting included Mr. Alfred Gichu, Coordinator of the Kenya’s REDD+ readiness activities, Dr. Harun Warui, National Manager: Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development Project and Mr. Marindany Kirui, Coordinator of the National Ozone office.