The Vice Chancellor, JKUAT, Prof. Mabel Imbuga and the Director General, National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Dr. Muusya Mwinzi held a consultative meeting to explore joint opportunities for collaboration on environmental management and conservation.
Recognizing the importance of environmental management and conservation, the two institutions reiterated the need to bolster effort and foster a clean, conducive and productive environment. This is especially important in an era of rising environmental concerns and changing climate patterns.
NEMA has been engaged in the Nairobi Rivers Basin Project aimed at transforming the Nairobi metropolitan area. The Director General expressed that shops in Nairobi have been built with fronts facing the streets and their backs facing the river, with all the wastes being damped into the rivers behind while the trend across the world is to enjoy the beautiful scenery with shop fronts facing the riparian beauty.
JKUAT was specifically noted for its impact in the Nairobi metropolis through the Iko Toilet project initiated by Mr. David Kuria, an alumni of JKUAT. The project had been hailed by the World Economic Forum. The University was also involved in the Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Systems trainings as well as nurturing indigenous tree seedlings for aforestation.
Prof. Mabel Imbuga hailed the work of NEMA and expressed the University’s focus on sustainable development and environmental conservation. The University would take a leading role towards producing Global Green Citizen; through a curriculum that ensures that graduands in all fields are well groomed in environmental management and conservation.
Also in the JKUAT delegation were Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic affairs), Dr. Joseph Mailutha, Director, Institute for Energy and Environmental Technology, Prof. Simon N. Muhoho, Manager, Food Technology Center, Dr. John Onguso of Institute for Biotechnology Research, Mr. Benson Karanja of Energy and Environmental Technology, Ms. Vivian Waithaka, Ag. Chief Legal Officer, Mr. Boniface Mwirigi Kiula of Alumni and International Students Office and Mr. Churchil Saoke of the Dean of Students Office.