Kenya keen to bilaterally collaborate with Costa Rica

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Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko hosted H.E. Mrs. Giovanna Valverde Stark, Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica who paid a courtesy call on him on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

CS Tobiko said the Ministry is keen to collaborate with Costa Rica bilaterally and undertake practical interventions such as capacity building and resource mobilization for the management of the environment.

CS Tobiko said the country through education and awareness on sustainable management of environment and climate change literacy is working with institutions of learning to inculcate behavioral change.

The Ambassador said through payment for ecosystem services, taxation on fossil fuels, strong environmental component, reforestation, conservation and protection of forests, as well as national parks and reserves, Costa Rica has been able to increase its Forest cover from 30% to 52% in 25 years.

The Ambassador said the two countries can work on urban and environmental agenda through adaptation and mitigation that offers nature-based solutions.

“99% of Costa Rica’s electricity is generated from green sources including hydro, solar, geothermal and biomass. It is also working on de-carbonization of the economy to attain 100% renewable energy,” said CS Tobiko.

In respect to Blue Economy, Costa Rica has made tremendous progress in the sustainable utilization of her blue economy resources. Through the Blue account system, the government of Costa Rica rewards and punishes citizens based on their actions on the environment.

People found to have polluted water are required to pay hefty fines to the Blue account while subsidies are offered for water conservation and waste collection.

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