Bringing Optimism to Build Trust and Political Momentum
Kenya played host to the first ever meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), heralding a new era of “global efforts to address environmental sustainability”. It kicked off in Nairobi from the 23rd-27th of June, 2014 - a lofty affair, attracting environmental ministers from over 180 countries, plus officials from governments and public bodies, economists and others to talk about saving the planet.
The Aberdares Forest is the source of drinking water for millions of Kenyans, including the population of Nairobi.
Last month saw the second round of United Nations climate talks take place in Bonn, Germany, from 4-15 June, with an outlook to make progress towards a legally-binding 2015 climate change agreement.
The conference included sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies , which between them look at the “what’s and whys and how’s” of climate change adaptation, mitigation, technology and finance that will eventually form the policies and practices of the climate change treaty. As well as the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP); this focuses on enhancing the mitigation pledges and actions of Parties and ensuring agreed and effective implementation by all. It came at the same time of an announcement by US President Barak Obama of a 30% reduction in power plant emissions by 2030 and the completion of the essential elements required for full implementation of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The African Leadership Forum 2014
31st July, 2014 - Former President of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa convened a one-day, African Leadership Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The overarching theme of the forum, which was coordinated by UONGOZI Institute, was “Meeting the Challenges of Africa’s Transformation”.
22nd, July 2014: The Green Belt Movement (GBM), Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI),wPOWER Project took a lead in Training of Trainers (TOTs) exposure training aimed at unlocking women potential in Natural Resource Management and Clean Energy Technology. The training of Trainer course on Sustainable Clean Energy Entrepreneurship which is being held in Kenya has representatives from 6 countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria and India. This training was made possible through the wPOWER project with the financial support of the US State Department with parallel support from the MacArthur Foundation.
As a part of its efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change the government of Kenya has identified the need to develop a comprehensive national carbon accounting system for Kenya (NCAS-K).
On the 24th of June 2014, friends and supporters of the Green Belt Movement celebrated the second annual Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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The Green Belt Movement was among the participants who participated in Widening Informed Stakeholder Engagement for REDD+ (WISE REDD+) project workshop for Kenya component was held on in May 2014 at Silver Springs Hotel in Nairobi.
Approaching Mt Elgon sent constant shivers down our spines as we discussed ancient folk tales of the Bagisu tribe who according to the tales were cannibals. This was confirmed by Annette, our guide and natural resources manager working in the area who told us that, that indeed this used to happen many years ago. She however assured us that we would be safe since that practice ended hundreds of years ago