Safaricom, NEMA endorse conservation of wetlands

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SSafaricom has partnered with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and Wetlands International to raise awareness on the urgent need to conserve Kenya’s wetlands, ahead of World Wetlands Day on 2nd February 2019.

In the last century, wetlands, which are defined as ecosystems that are saturated with water either permanently or seasonally, have come under grave threat from human activities around the world and according to Mr. Stephen Chege; the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Safaricom, the precious resources need to be sustained for the world to combat the problems brought about by climate change.

“Widespread destruction of wetlands is estimated to result in more than 20 trillion USD in losses globally each year, money that could be used to provide essential services to those who need it most,” Mr. Chege said on Wednesday during a stakeholders’ panel discussion themed The Role Of Wetlands In Climate Change Mitigation And Adaptation which was hosted at the Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi.

“These ecosystems provide food, water and livelihoods to millions of people around the world, and their conservation is a sustainable solution to climate change.”

According to Professor Geoffrey Wahungu, NEMA’s Director General, a synergistic approach between adaptation and mitigation needs be facilitated by international and national incentive in order for the preservation of wetlands to be successful. 

“Standards should be applied that evaluate the impacts of mitigation projects on community vulnerability and wellbeing and they should be shared between adaptation and mitigation scientists, decision-makers and practitioners,” the NEMA Director General said.

Last year, Safaricom and NEMA renewed their Memorandum of Understanding to promote environmental management in Kenya. The two partners agreed to work on: provision of technical support to engage the public sector on sustainability issues, advancement of the climate change agenda from a thought leadership, policy and advocacy perspective, providing advisory services on climate change action and information sharing, among other areas.

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