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KEFRI Senior Deputy Director for Research and Development Dr. Jane Njuguna led KEFRI delegates in observing the World Ozone Day-under the theme 'Ozone for Life', on 16th September 2020, at the newly rehabilitated Michuki Memorial Park.
The CS for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko who was the chief Guest, revealed that the Country is in the process of ratifying the Kigali Amendment adopted in October 2015, to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other chemicals that depletes the ozone layer.
The CS reminded the citizens to take personal responsibility in protecting and conserving the environment, noting that COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the necessity to have recreational spaces within urban settlements.
The UN-Habitat Global Public Spaces Program Representative Ms. Cecilia Andersson, highlighted the importance of restoring and reclaiming green spaces. Under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Goal 11 –sustainable cities and communities, the UN endeavour to creating green public spaces, making human settlements safe, resilient and sustainable.
“The UN-Habitat has mapped out 864 green spaces in the country is working with government in expansion of green spaces as a measure to making cities and human settlements resilient to climate change,” said Andersson.
Other guests who graced the event included; Governor Mike Mbuvi, German Agency for International Cooperation (GTZ) Country Director Mr. Bodo Immink, PS. for Environment & Forestry Dr. Chris Kiptoo, and Chief Conservator of Forestry Mr. Julius Kamau.
Dr. Jane Njuguna (left) and Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Julius Kamau (right) with other KFS staff during a tree planting exercise to mark World Ozone Layer Day at Michuki Memorial Park in Nairobi County