Kenya: Balala says Kenya is on the path to sustainable tourism

Nairobi — Kenya is currently implementing the Cop 26 statements on sustainability and climate change, said Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala.

As part of the commitment to achieve sustainable tourism, Kenya had announced that it would limit the use of vehicle transport in all national parks and reserves to those using non-fossil renewable energy by 2030.

Balala had said the ministry will also require all hospitality and tourism establishments in Kenya to implement renewable energy and circular economy in their operations by 2030.

Speaking at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, where he was joined by Gabon’s Minister for Water, Forests and Climate Change, Prof. Lee White, CS Balala noted that African countries should also take time to create synergies and help fight the to work together on climate change on the continent

“We experienced a historic week in Kenya, celebrating 50 years for the United Nations Environment Programme, and celebrating World Wildlife Day on the sidelines. During this time, I had several bilateral meetings with ministers from Africa aimed at addressing biodiversity loss and plastic pollution issues in Kenya and the continent,” said CS Balala

During the visit to the Mara, CS Balala and Prof. Lee White visited Emboo River Lodge, a case study of innovative climate change solutions that help combat climate change.

“The key areas we have highlighted are protecting wildlife, which is critical to both countries, and mitigating the challenge of climate change. We also discussed how we can strengthen the collaboration between the Gabon National Parks Authority and the Kenya Wildlife Service, the leading wildlife service in Africa,” added Prof Lee White.

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