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.
Cabinet Secretary for Environment and
Natural Resources Judi Wakhungu said implementation of projects that
advances green growth hinges on structured collaboration between
private sector and research institutions.
“Participation of 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.
Senior policymakers, 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 water.
“Our national 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.
Kenyan academic institutions have
mobilized domestic resources to stimulate climate change research
and promote green innovations.
The Vice-Chancellor 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.
“Kenyan universities are behind ground
breaking research that is being disseminated at the grassroots
to help communities adapt to negative impacts of climate
change,” said Mbithi.