TUM, Paris Reinforce Organize Virtual Workshop for Sustainable Climate Action in Kenya

The Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) in partnership with PARIS REINFORCE – an EU research and innovation project – are happy to announce the first ever virtual national stakeholder workshop in Mombasa.

Focusing on Informed Science for sustainable climate action in Kenya, the e-workshop is aimed at capturing the Kenyan national context and stakeholder’s perspective in tackling climate change. It notes that scientific support to climate action is not only about exploring capacity of “what”, but also about assessing desirability of “when”, “where”, and especially for “whom”.

“Responding to climate change requires transdisciplinary processes to work together in order to co-design robust national, regional and global climate policies. Such policies must be science-based, technically viable, socially acceptable and coordinated in a globally cooperative manner,” says the organizers of the workshop.

The free to air event scheduled for the 28th October 2020 will mobilize knowledge embedded in individuals coming from governments, business, NGOs, academia and the civil society to design well-informed and meaningful scientific activities in support of climate policy making for both regional and national levels.

The workshop acknowledges that priorities and concerns of policymakers, industries and citizens largely differ across different countries in the world and across stakeholder groups. It will therefore comprise sessions detailing the capabilities of the PARIS REINFORCE models for Kenya and the broader region, presenting their findings on climate action and sustainable development in Eastern Africa. In addition, together with participants, it will define the most pertinent climate policy questions.

On their part, the event organizers noted that, indeed 2020 has been an unprecedented year for people and the planet. The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted lives and economies worldwide. At the same time, the heating of our planet and climate disruption have continued apace. It has never been clearer that we need long-term, inclusive, decisive transitions to tackle the climate crisis and achieve sustainable development.

Climate action and sustainability commitments must, therefore, be at the forefront of recovery and reconstruction policy, and of the corresponding budgets, for the “Build Back Better” motto to have any substance.

The workshop will be chaired by Dr, Ioannis Tsipouridis and Prof. Michael Saulo both from the Technical University of Mombasa.

To register for the workshop, please visit their website

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