, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 28 – Nyandarua Governor has urged conveners of the just concluded Sustainable Blue Economy Conference to customize the debate to Kenya’s local needs and circumstances.
Giving his contributions on Tuesday, Governor Kimemia observed that ideas discussed and arrived at the Nairobi conference must be broken down into action to benefit common citizenry who might not be aware of the blue economy concept.
“Everyone must feel included in the conversation. Governors, leaders across the divide and common mwanachi might have ideas on how to utilize water development but they don’t have a platform,” said Kimemia during the proceedings at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.
The conference which officially begun on Monday and ended yesterday sought to promote sustainable use of the seas, lakes and oceans as well as their resources for sustainable economic development.
Kimemia, a former high ranking state officer in government called upon the national government to either form a commission or an intergovernmental body to look into and fast-track the post conference agreements.
Earlier on, Kimemia had expressed concerns at the biasness centred on the oceans, seas during the meet. He said emphasis should be to all water sources including lakes, dams and even smallest of rivers that join to form the blue economy.
The governor proudly showcased his County indicating the potential of the blue economy for Nyandarua and for its neighbouring environments. He said the county is relevant in the blue economy conversation since it was the only county in former central province to have a lake, Lake – Ol Bolossat , the only lake in the highlands.
He said his county had put up 220 dams and the whole county is a designated catchment area which supplies Nairobi and Nakuru counties with billions of litres of water from its vast dams – Sasumua, plus the ones they are currently working on, including Malewa, Pesi and Kinja.
The county has also several rivers like Malewa, Wanjohi, Kinja, Pesi, Ewaso Nyiro that flows all the way to Indian Ocean.
He spoke of revenue allocation and sharing to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable management of forests, addressing effects of climate change, land degradation and loss of biodiversity.