CS Tobiko calls for the integration of climate change and environmental issues

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Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called for the integration of climate change into planning at county levels to achieve sustainable growth.

Speaking at the Climate Day of the ninth Africities Summit in Kisumu, CS Tobiko said, “ physical and spatial plans must integrate climate change and environmental issues as a holistic system and not treated like standalone.

The CS called for political will and vision of the local authorities, Subnational authorities to mainstream environment, climate change, biodiversity and land restoration into their development plans.

Tobiko said collaboration and partnership are key, adding that no single city, however strong or resourced, can work alone. The CS said the focus should be on complementary and not competition.

He added that national, county governments, non-state actors, the private sector and international organizations should come together for the good of mother earth.

On resource mobilization, CS Tobiko emphasized the need for creativity and prioritizing of programming and educating the people on environmental consciousness, such as using energy-saving bulbs, greening cities and coming up with urban forestry policies, among other interventions.

The CS called on delegates to look back and see the successes of the Summit as they come up with concrete actions with timelines going forward.

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