The Star (Nairobi)

1 August 2014

Kenya: Nema Invites Public to Green Technology Learning Centres

The National Environment Management Authority has established centres to promote green technology in five of its offices across the country.

The centres, called green points, will hold regular public demonstrations to exhibit green technology like rain harvesting, water recycling and use of solar power.

Nema Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu said the project aims at decentralising environmental awareness and sustainable use of the natural resources.

"The green point approach embraces the private-public partnership where organisations, companies and local community groups are expected to take full advantage of the green point facilities as a demonstration centre, to exhibit green technologies," Wahungu said.

A green point centre was recently launched in Mwatate, Taita Taveta County, by Denmark's Ambassador to Kenya Geert Aagart Andersen and Taita Taveta Deputy Governor Mary Ndiga and other local leaders.

Other centres have been put up in Embu, Isiolo, Kilifi and Homa Bay.

"The establishment of green points centres was part of the support the Danish development support to the Kenya. The centres have been developed as a melting point for ideas to be concretised, as a peoples' centre. It is therefore expected that the local community in Mwatate will take advantage of the centre to showcase and exhibit their green innovations and promote wider uptake," Andersen said.

Wahungu said Nema is aware that while several environmental management functions remain at the national level, a number of others have been devolved.

"These centres are meant to demonstrate green practices even in their designs and deployments of different green technologies. Additionally, they will serve as interfaces for dialogue with the county governments, business sector and local communities on matters patterning to environmental management and green businesses," he said.

The exhibitors will be allowed to display their green technologies for free, while the public will also access the demonstration for free.

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