Over 60 Stakeholders in the shipping and maritime sector in Kenya converged Monday June 19, 2017 in Mombasa for a two-day workshop aimed at sensitization and capacity building for climate change mitigation in the country.
The event was organized under the auspices of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Center – Africa (MTTC-Africa) which seeks to leverage on modern technology and global partnerships to cushion the continent from the vagaries of climate change through reduction of harmful gases in the atmosphere.
MTCC – Africa which is hosted by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, is one of the five centres of excellence being implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) with a funding by the European Union. The network promotes uptake of low carbon technologies and operations towards energy efficiency in the maritime sector, into a low-carbon future.
While opening the workshop, the PS, State Department of Transport, Prof. Paul Maringa noted that Kenya, like other African countries were at risk of climate change; a situation that he said, called for new thinking and targeted interventions.
He said the government has developed the National Climate Change Action Plan and the National Climate Change Response Strategy; blueprints that aim to help the country adapt to and mitigate harmful effects of climate change.
Prof. Maringa thanked IMO for the initiative and lauded the EU for the funding the Centre, whose activities would greatly enhance the capacity of Africa to cope win the wake of climate change.
PS, State Department of Maritime and Shipping Affairs, Nancy Karigithu said while the world consolidated the Paris agreement on climate change, the shipping and aviation sectors were not covered by the Global Green House Gas emissions reduction commitments, despite their huge carbon footprints.
She informed the workshop that the MTCC – Africa had reached out to other African maritime states with a mission to enhance implementation of its activities.
On her part, JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said JKUAT was championing training and research in areas of consequence to Africa’s development bid. She highlighted the marine engineering course through which the institution was fostering the scientific, technological and innovative capacity for Kenya to sustainably tap its maritime potential.
While giving the global perspective on IMO’s capacity building for climate change mitigation in the maritime shipping industry, Dr. Zabi Bazari said the Global MTTC Network (GMN) aimed at fostering capacity of maritime administration and port authorities in developing countries(DCs), Least Developed Countries (LCDs), Small Island Developing States (SIDs) towards energy efficiency and low greenhouse emission (GHG) in the maritime shipping industry.
MTCC – Africa, has embarked on two projects namely: data collection and reporting on fuel consumption and emissions, in line with IMO regulations; and uptake of ship energy efficient technologies and operations.
The workshop was attended by representatives of the shipping industry, government agencies, and learning institutions. Representation was drawn from Kenya, Nigeria, and Namibia.