NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya is facilitating robust collaboration between academic
institutions and industry to advance the green and
sustainability agenda through research, innovations and capacity
development, officials said on Thursday.
for Environment and Natural Resources Judi Wakhungu said
implementation of projects that advances green growth hinges on
structured collaboration between private sector and research
industry and academic institutions is crucial to implement the
UN 2030 goals and the Paris accord on climate change. Both
institutions can provide finance, technology and manpower to
help us accelerate low carbon transition,” Wakhungu said.
She spoke in Nairobi
during a forum on harnessing ICT and big data to hasten
implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs) on
energy, health and food security.
industry executives and scholars attending the forum noted there
is a global consensus on the need to strengthen partnership
among businesses and research institutions to address pressing
challenges like climate change, infectious diseases, water
scarcity and hunger.
“Kenya is at the
forefront of addressing climate change impacts through a
multi-stakeholder approach involving the government, industry,
academia and the civil society,” said Wakhungu.
She noted that
enactment of progressive regulatory and policy frameworks has
encouraged local industries to invest in green projects in
diverse sectors like energy, manufacturing, agriculture and
climate change adaptation plan has the full backing of investors
in renewable energy, waste management and agribusiness. There is
a realization that investing in green business promise returns
in the long-run,” said Wakhungu.
institutions have mobilized domestic resources to stimulate
climate change research and promote green innovations.
of Nairobi University, Professor Philip Mbithi said that
institutions of higher learning have prioritized research on
novel technologies and innovations that can help communities
cope with climatic shocks.
are behind ground breaking research that is being disseminated
at the grassroots to help communities adapt to negative impacts
of climate change,” said Mbithi.