Government ramps up private sector collaboration

NEMA Ag. Director General, Mamo Boru (L) with EABL official Erick Kaniti during the water conference at Acacia Hotel Kisumu [PHOTO: COURTESY]

The government will plant at least 2 billion tree seedlings by the year 2022. According to Environment and Forestry CS, Keriako Tobiko, the government is cultivating closer relations with private sector organisations and community groups. In a speech read on his behalf in Kisumu by the Acting NEMA Director General Mamo Boru at the Lake Region Clean Water Conference on 7th November 2019, sponsored by Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL),
Tobiko said, alongside resource mobilization, public-private partnerships will be further strengthened to ensure strict compliance with environmental management regulations. The conference was held at Acacia Premier Hotel in Kisumu.
Already, public-private partnerships have begun to generate positive returns with the private sector contributing more than 10million tree seedlings in various parts of the country for the ongoing national reforestation campaigns. Various corporate organisations, he noted, are also actively involving their workforce in environmental regeneration programmes.
“Our engagements with the private sector have been very successful in recent months and we have adopted a leave no-one behind approach to ensure the sustainability of environmental conservation efforts, Tobiko said, adding that, “Environmental Management remains a collective responsibility for both the public private players. We must, as the government, private sector and community members work together to fight illegal logging, stop pollution and restore our environment for our own wellbeing and that of future generations.” With heightened partnerships, Tobiko further added that state agencies charged with environmental management responsibilities had also stepped up their surveillance to curb environmental pollution across the country. “It is no longer business as usual as we continue to engage private sector players to ensure strict compliance with environmental regulations,” he said. He added that
Industrial concerns discharging effluent and sewerage directly to Lake Victoria among other sensitive environmental ecosystems will face the full wrath of the law.

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