2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming – Wetlands & Agriculture as the World Wetlands Day theme for 2014. The theme given that Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth, is placing a focus on the need for the wetland and agricultural sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.
Isiolo is a semiarid area among one of the districts in Eastern Province which has benefited from the Green Belt Movement’s Environmental Conservation Programme, whose objective is to promote a clean and healthy environment. The Green Belt Movement has been initiating and supporting The Kenya Defense Force (KDF) tree planting projects in Kenya for over 10 years.
Tree-planting projects frequently meet resistance from local people because land that could be grazed or farmed is converted to forest. Limited-resource farmers often see this as their loss, especially when they are relocated by government policy, and GBM tree projects have sometimes been sabotaged as a result. One solution is to provide new economic incentives for enabling restoration of forests and other natural vegetation. Placement of beehives along riverbanks is one of those incentives.
The Green Belt Movement has been awarded a coveted time slot for the BBC Radio 4 Appeal in January, 2014. We are ecstatic to have this opportunity and to welcome our representative, Sir Jonathon Porritt, former Director of the British environmental activist group, Friends of the Earth.
The 1st SPECO Marathon was held in Rift Valley Region and hosted in two counties; Nakuru and Baringo County, home to some of Kenya’s world Known Athletes like Paul Tergat. Over 158 persons registered to participate in the marathon.
This November bore a fruitful collaboration: We were honored to host a team of management consultants from McKinsey Germany and a group of dedicated students for a workshop at the Green Belt Movement (GBM) Langata Training Center. Their aim was to develop a viable social business plan for Green Belt Safaris (GBS), a sister organization of GBM offering community visits and tree-planting activities to eco-minded tourists. In close cooperation with our staff and board, our guests helped us lay the cornerstone for a business that shall benefit our communities and our organization.
This blog was written by GBMI-Europe intern Erin Hostetler
Nearly a month ago, former Irish President, Mary Robinson, commanded that the global community needs a “platform for solidarity” in the international campaign against climate change. In her conversation with the host of Democracy Now!, an award-winning independent American news programme, Robinson claimed action needs to be taken to secure “economic, environmental and social sustainability”.
Today the Dr. Wangari MaathaiAward for Civic Participation in Sustainability officially began accepting nominations for 2014. The award for New York City high schoolstudents was inaugurated last year by the New York Restoration Project, with support from TheRockefeller Foundation, the Bette Midler Family Trust, NYC Parks, and the Municipal Art Society.
On 2nd November 2013, The Green Belt Movement and Peponi House Preparatory School embarked on a tree planting exercise in Karura Forest, at Wangari Maathai Corner in Karura forest to promote the “A Cleaner Environment for a Better Tomorrow as part of the schools awareness projects on environmental sustainability". The event was graced by GBM staff, Peponi House Parents Teachers Association (PTA) members and Peponi House pupils.
It is now generally agreed that climate change poses one of the greatest challenges facing the world in the 21st century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) notes that climate change, if not tackled, will have a severe negative impact on global water supply, agricultural yields, marine ecosystems and the spread of vector-borne diseases, and could result in the displacement of thousands of people from coastal cities and small islands (Kenya climate change action plan).