2019 BIODIVERSITY DAY MARKED IN BUSIA COUNTY
This year’s International Day of Biodiversity under the theme “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health ‘’, was marked at the Busia Agricultural Training Center, in a ceremony officiated by the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry, Hon. Mohammed Elmi, on behalf the Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Keriako Tobiko.
Speaking during the occasion, that was attended by the Governor, Busia County, H.E. Hon. Sospeter Ojaamong, Hon. Mohammed noted that, the day is marked all over the world on 22nd May each year, as part of the domestication of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), that was opened for signature in 1992 during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development that was held in Rio de Jenairo, Brazil. The convention came into force in 1993, and provides a framework for international action on conservation of biological diversity (the variety of life on earth), the sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of such resources.
Noting that our biodiversity continues to suffer from pressures arising from population growth, expansion of agriculture, over exploitation of biological resources, climate change and invasive species, that has seen a decline in these resources in recent past, Hon. Elmi observed that, the commemoration of International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) was indeed important for the Kenya, as it helps us reflect on the many challenges facing us and the actions we are undertaking at both national and county levels, in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on Biological diversity.
The CAS called for scientific assessments on biodiversity status; development of tools, incentives and processes to combat biodiversity loss particularly at county level; transfer of technologies and good practices; building partnerships and work relations with stakeholders and local community towards conservation of biodiversity efforts.
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