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Green Points and Ancient Ruins - Ambassador Andersen in Homa Bay and Migori

29.01.2015  18:51

The Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Geert Aagaard Andersen made a field visit to Homa Bay and Migori Counties between the 15th and 17th of January, 2015.

On 15th January 2015 in Homa Bay, the Ambassador presided over the official opening of a National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) “Green Point”. The Green Point in Homa Hay is one of six new centres being established to demonstrate green growth. They are to be used for incubating and demonstrating of green innovations; providing energy audit services for businesses; and identification of green employment opportunities, amongst others. In addition to the Homa Hay Green Point, other Green Points are in Isiolo, Meru, Taita Taveta, Kajiado and Kilifi.

The Ambassador then travelled to Migori County where he undertook field visits of Danida-supported projects in the Natural Resource Management Programme (NRMP) and the Health Programme on the 16th and 17th January, 2015. One such project is the Chudho Women Water and Sanitation Project in Karungu, Nyatike Sub-County of Migori County. The project has three main facets: water for sustainable agriculture (horticulture); a water earth dam to provide clean and safe water for domestic use; and improved cook-stoves. It aims to support community level initiatives aimed at poverty reduction through improved livelihood systems and the conservation of community natural resources and initiatives for enhanced environmental management and governance.

Other components of the visit included to Masaba area in Kuria, also of Migori County where several health facilities were visited as well as a visit to a bamboo farm in Majiwa, Awendo Sub-County.

The final leg of the trip was a visit by the Ambassador and his wife to Thimlich Ohinga Cultural Site at the border of Kadem and Kanyamwa, also in Migori County. The ruins, as explained by the curator, Mr. Silas Nyagweth, dates back to 500 years and can only be compared to the Great Zimbabwean ruins. The Migori County Government intends to promote the site as a major tourist attraction.

For photos from the trip, check the Embassy Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DenmarkinKenya

For more information on the Green Points and NEMA, go to: http://www.nema.go.ke/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=656:the-launch-of-homa-bay-green-point&catid=98&Itemid=573