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Red Cross commits to clean environment

17 April 2014, 09:18

Nairobi - The Kenya Red Cross Society has launched the Sustainable Environment and Restoration Programme (SERP) to promote a clean environment.

Launched at the at the Nairobi National Park, the initiative’s components include restoration of urban rivers, sub-catchments, tree growing, waste management, dissemination of climate information and awareness creation among the public and the stakeholders.

“Kenyans need to challenge themselves inorder to find solutions to conserve the environment. I must congratulate the Ministry for taking leadership and creating a policy framework through this programme and the KRCS will work to compliment the effort of the government to restore the environment. For all this to happen, we need ordinary Kenyans to do extra ordinary things,” said Dr Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross Vice President.

The Director for IFRC Africa, Alasan Senghore, said that he hoped such an initiative would serve as a model for members across the globe.

He was hopeful the organisation would soon see more National Societies joining forces with their governments to develop and implement national action plans.

Also speaking during the launch was the Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme, Achim Steiner, said that SERP would benefit the government, civil society and members of the public because it was a long-term intervention.

“Planting trees: everyone can do, but we need to join hands and also ensure our water supply does not dry up,” said Steiner.

Environment, Water and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary, Prof Judi Wakhungu, said that there was need for a paradigm shift, “to take into account the limits of the natural resources and reflect the costs and benefits towards transition to sustainable and inclusive development.”

 - CAJ News

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