Consultative Meeting With The University Of Eldoret (Uoe)

Commissioner Reginald Okumu alongside Commissioner Prof. James Tuitoek and members of the Secretariat held a consultative meeting with the University of Eldoret (UoE) in order to explore potential areas of mutual partnership and collaborative work programmes. The University, led by the Vice Chancellor Prof Teresa Akenga and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Planning and Research Prof. Philip Raburu among other members’ present agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding that will focus on concrete collaborative research with clear recommendations to appropriate Authorities on land and use of Natural Resources. The meeting further agreed to collaborate on natural resource data sharing, capacity building, inventory of public, co-supervision and co-convening relevant events as well as targeted policy and action-oriented research. Prof Akenga extended her warm welcome to the Commission and reiterated the University’s strength on natural resources management including Fisheries and Blue economy, forestry, wildlife and water resources having produced a number of experts and professional currently working in various government agencies. She said this could be a strong opportunity for the Commission to leverage on and ensure that use and management of the country’s natural wealth are science-led and data driven.  On his part, Commissioner Okumu stated that the new Commission’s Strategic Plan has embedded many areas and critical pillars of sustainable and climate-smart land and natural resources management that are integral for mutual partnership and collaboration and the need for science to inform the Commission’s decisions and actions. He also said that there is need for clarity on roles and actions as well as priority areas so that the MoU remains relevant and implementable by the two parties. The meeting was a held as precursor to the upcoming National Wetlands Conference 2021, themed Wetlands and Water; that is set to begin tomorrow on 12th May 2021 up to Friday 14th May 2021 at the University of Eldoret’s Town Campus. 

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