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Nairobi City County Government Champions Collaborations for Clean Air: Partnerships, Renewable Energy, and Nature-Based Solutions at the Forefront

Nairobi, 23rd February 2024

Nairobi City County Government is keen on welcoming partnerships in the implementation of its climate action plan through prioritization of projects such as renewable energy, Solarization of city buildings and nature based solutions that help clean the air.

Nairobi County Executive for Green Nairobi Mr. Ibrahim Auma said this when he hosted a team from World Resources Institute/ USAID Global at Uhuru Park to engage on areas of collaboration towards safeguarding the air quality in the City.

” Every citizen has the right to thrive in a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.  Thus, our primary objective regarding air quality is to ensure a clean atmosphere, fostering life and health for all residents.” Stated Green Nairobi boss.
Cleanair12Mr. Auma expressed his gratitude towards USAID Global for supporting the County through the Clean Air Catalyst program on air quality, saying that the program has helped raise the bar on air quality interventions in Nairobi.

The County Minister also acknowledged the good work done by World Resources Institute in enhancing the City’s capacity to manage air pollution.

” To compliment the great work you are doing, the County has through the leadership of H.E Governor Sakaja, set aside a budget of 42 million to support air quality projects. This is a show of our commitment in providing clean air.” Said Mr. Auma.

The Green Nairobi Executive   pointed on areas that calls for partnership such as capacity building trainings for the newly employed Climate Change and Air Quality staff, provision of more air monitoring equipment, air quality data lab, and state of art equipment to deal with hospital wastes.

Deputy Director for Climate Change and Air Quality monitoring Mr. Maurice Kavai said that the County also requires partners support to complete its Climate Change and Air Quality legislations that are key to supporting the work done in air quality matters.
Cleanair14Michael Doust, Director of Urban Efficiency & Climate for World Resources Institute said the USAID Global team was impressed by the Nairobi County’s support and engagement towards the clean air catalyst program. He commended the County for its dedication and for engaging Community Based Organizations in tackling air pollution issues.

Mr. Michael and the team pledged the USAID Global commitment to helping the county improve on air quality.
Cleanair10Dr. George Mwaniki, Head of Air Quality, World Resources Institute Africa, promised to continue working with the County to push for clean air resolutions.

In attendance were Ms. Maureen Bett, Assistant Director Parks, Ms. Grace Ojiayo, Assistant Director for Climate Change and Air Quality monitoring and Other staff from Green Nairobi Sector.


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