Kenya Flower Council participated in a meeting to discuss the green economy strategy and implementation plan (GESIP). This is spearheaded by the Ministry of environment, water and natural resource and partners. The purpose of the development of GESIP for Kenya is to take the next step in the evolution of the green economy process – from assessment to implementation; enabling strategic financing. Activities relating to identification of key sectors and policies, as well as review of the macroeconomics of a green economy have all helped to inform what needs to be considered as part of a Kenyan green economy. The GESIP moves towards implementation of a green economy plan for Kenya by focusing on the framework for implementation, as well as a consideration of financing requirements and opportunities.
The GESIP builds on the growing body of work on the green economy in Kenya and allows for a bridge between policy identification and development and the implementation of financing for specific activities aimed at transitioning Kenya to a green economy. In addition, it is built upon national strategies, documents and policy plans such as the 2010 Constitution, Kenya Vision 2030 and the Second Medium Term Plan, as well as bringing in, where appropriate, international sources of information on the transition to a green economy generally as well as specific information related to the transition of particular sectors of focus and the topics that form the key focus areas of the Kenya GESIP. These international sources are integrated where they are applicable to the Kenya national context, ensuring that the overall GESIP remains focused on a specific implementation plan for Kenya.
There are four major focus areas addressed, each of these focus areas has emerged from the range of scoping activities, assessments and stakeholder consultations that have been held throughout the development process. The key focus areas of a Kenyan green economy plan are;
1) sustainable infrastructure development,
2) natural resource management,
3) building resilience to climate change, and
4) promoting resource efficiency.
The criteria used to establish these tracks was qualitative in nature, focusing on consensus building exercises among stakeholders rather than elaborate multi-criteria assessment techniques.