National Parks & Reserves to bar fuel-powered vehicles in Climate Change pledge
Fuel powered motor vehicles are set to be barred or their movement heavily restricted in National Parks and Game Reserves from 2030.
This is part of a pledge by the Ministry of Tourism which seeks to back up the country’s climate change mitigation efforts.
Further, the Ministry will require all hospitality and tourism facilities to adopt renewable energy in their operations while the Ministry will maximize on global carbon credit facilities to raise additional resources to aid the national goal of carbon neutrality.
The Ministry further plans to restore degraded areas in Parks & Reserves and increase marine conservation areas.
Moreover, the Ministry is set to develop and enforce minimum sustainability standards and establish frameworks for documenting and measuring the economic impacts of climate change on tourism and wildlife.
The pledge comes on the backdrop of the ongoing UN Climate Change summit dubbed COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland which seeks to fast-track action to cut global warming this century.
“Kenya like most developing countries, faces the most severe threats arising from change in climatic conditions and weather patterns caused by carbon emissions globally. It is imperative that as we demand for more action against emissions as well as resources to mitigate the threats to our economy and livelihoods of our people, we must likewise play our part in reducing our own footprint in any way possible,” noted Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.