5th Regional Training Course on Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa through Social Forestry
KEFRI in collaboration with JICA is conducting the 5th Regional Training Course on “Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa through Social Forestry”. The course which is the 24th in a series of Regional Forestry Courses will ran from 28th January to 28th February 2019 and will be hosted at KEFRI Headquarters, Muguga.
The training has attracted participants from 17 African countries namely Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In his remarks during the opening ceremony, Hon. Mohammed Elmi MBE, EGH CAS Ministry of Environment and Forestry, noted that the training under this programme has since 1995, provided natural resource managers from at least 20 countries in eastern, central and southern Africa with a unique opportunity to discuss concerns, as well as share practical experiences in environmental conservation, climate change mitigation and adaption within Africa through social forestry as a regional mechanism for socio-economic development.
He further said that the training has come at an opportune time with the world has just having held the first Global Conference on Blue Economy in Nairobi, Kenya. “As managers of the environment and drivers of development initiatives,
we are collectively and individually called to identify factors that are currently contributing to; land degradation, climate change and poor livelihood, and in turn come up with practical measures necessary to mitigate and adapt to these challenges,” he added.
Dr. Joshua Cheboiwo Ag. Senior Deputy Director Research and Development welcomed the participants to KEFRI and extended the Institutes appreciation to development partners, particularly, JICA for their consistent and invaluable support, the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Participating Countries and the Participants. He lauded the training saying that this working relationship will make a difference in strengthening resilience to climate change, a better environment and improve quality of life in our region.