The Deputy Director, Forest Conservation Mr. Ephraim Muchiri yesterday opened the System for Land Based Emissions Estimation in Kenya (SLEEK) quarterly workshop at a Naivasha hotel.
The meeting objectives were to ensure the program’s Element Working Groups (EWG) are working in a harmonized way, develop matrices and identify activities for the EWGs, identify, manage and collate data that is currently available.
SLEEK has five EWGs: Land Cover Change, Soil, Forest, Crop and Climate parameters who are responsible for building SLEEK. At the meeting the groups reported on the activities they had undertaken over the last three months, achievements attained, key challenges and possible solutions to the challenges. The meeting provided a platform for them to share and identify areas of improvement. Speaking at the meeting Mr Muchiri assured the team of the Government’s support for the programme and urged the participants to consolidate and share data to ensure vital information is shared with the public.
The SLEEK program aims to develop an emissions estimation system for the land sector in Kenya. It is being delivered by the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities. It is funded by the Government of Australia and is supported by the Clinton Foundation.
This system allows Kenya to meet its international reporting requirements, and provides crucial information to help the government respond to a range of developmental challenges. The program will bring together data from across a range of government departments and will use a central integration tool to answer important policy questions. This program will also establish a central data repository and data platform that will store the data to help support economic, environmental and social development.
The meeting was attended by members of EWG, representatives from the governments of Australia and South Africa among others. The meeting was convened by SLEEK’s Programme Management Unit anchored at the Ministry Headquarters.