NEMA has kicked off capacity building efforts on CEAP preparation targeting the 47 counties. The initiative seeks to enhance the skills of County government technical officers as well as NEMA field officers on the use of the recently launched EAP guidelines.
The first workshop was held in Kisumu city and attracted representation from 19 counties in NEMA’s western region. Nine County governments participated in the forum.
While addressing the participants, the CEC Member for Environment for West Pokot County Hon. Wilfred Longronyang asked participants to seek ways for building synergy between the two levels of government in order to win for the environment. ‘’Environmental issues are a source of conflict in many counties and there is need for networking between the two levels of Government for proper planning, ’’ he noted.
He added said there were challenges among many counties in gazetting their environmental committees noting that there were so many other committees at the County level.
Participants during the Nairobi CEAP workshop pose for a group photo
The Nairobi regional workshop was held on 10th -13th April 2017 at Cooperative college, Karen and attracted representation from 11 counties with Nyeri, Narok, Murang’a and Nairobi County governments sending representation. Two Representatives from the Council of Governors’ natural resources committee attended the Nairobi meeting and gave useful insights on how to bring on board the county governments into the CEAP process.
Two more workshops targeting the Isiolo and Coast Regions are scheduled for Embu and Mombasa respectively within the next two weeks.
A section of participants during the Kisumu CEAP Capacity building workshop [PHOTO: H. WANJOHI/NEMA]