Kisii County government has embarked on a program of training residents and the education sector (schools) to equip them with relevant knowledge and information about the fight against effects of climate change.
Speaking at the Agricultural Training Centre (ATC) in Kisii, the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of Water, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Leah Ogega said she was satisfied with training for the first cohort of 30 members.
She said the trainees were drawn from all Sub-Counties in the region.
“We want to train them at intervals and they will end up being trainers in their villages.” She said.
She added that the two-day event brought together members of the Water Resource Users Association (WRUA) from Ogembo and Mogusii Santa for training based on the rehabilitation and conservation of sub-catchment resources.
The minister said the ultimate goal of the programme was to ensure that the information about climate change and mitigation of its effects is spread up to the villages.
She thanked the sponsors of the programme and assured them that their efforts would not fall on barren grounds.
The training was made possible through the Western Kenya Water Project (WKWP), with funding from USAID.
“We should appreciate such efforts from our partners in addressing pressing environmental challenges and securing our water resources for posterity,” Ogega said.
Kisii County director of Culture Sports and Gender Nyambane Obino who was in attendance, lauded the programme saying it gave hope in the quest to fight against the adverse effects of climate change through conserving the environment.
Mr. Ondieki Moiruruki, one of the trainees said the training was an eye opener for his wrong perception about caring for the environment.
The trainees appealed to the county government to facilitate the quest to spread the message about climate change effectively.
By Enock Okong’o
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