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KIPPRA facilitated a Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP) workshop for six coastal counties at the Sarova Whitesands Hotel, Mombasa, on June 20, 2014.
The Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources together with other partners (KIPPRA, UNEP, WWF, DANIDA, AfDB) are developing the GESIP. This is consistent with the Kenya Vision 2030 which aims at transforming Kenya into “a newly industrialized, middle-income country, providing high quality life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment”.
UNEP defines ”Green Economy” as a system of economic activities related to the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services that result in improved human well-being over the long term, while not exposing future generations to significant environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In other words, it is an economy that results in reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities, for sustainable development without degrading the environment.
The GESIP focuses on four strategic objectives; (i) sustainable infrastructure development, (ii) natural resource management, (iii) building resilience to climate change, and (iv) promoting resource efficiency.
County consultations will be held country-wide in June-August 2014 to elicit views on priority areas pertaining to development of sectoral ‘green’ projects. The feedback obtained will be incorporated in the draft GESIP document that has been developed by the Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) of Canada (http://www.iisd.ca) in partnership with KIPPRA. The mode of county consultations will involve presentations, plenary discussions and break-out sessions. Participants will be drawn from Civil Society and County Governments.