Working to promote peace, reconciliation and environmental awareness in Kenya’s Rift Valley region.
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Samburu communities rely on the Kirisia watersheds to provide life-giving resources. However, the overdependence on forest resources in the Kirisia watersheds has pushed these dryland forests to their limits.
Last week, the Green Belt Movement (GBM), together with friends and family of Professor Wangari Maathai marked her 1st anniversary memorial at an event held at the GBM headquarters in Kilimani, Nairobi.
Guests included Kenya’s Prime Minister (PM), the Right Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, M.P; Vice President, Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, MP; Nairobi Provincial Commissioner, Mr. Njoroge Ndirangu; and the Posta Corporation’s CEO, Dr. Enoch Kinara.
The 4th Storymoja Hay Festival was held in Nairobi this past weekend. The festival is the Hay Festival’s African counterpart, bringing together writers from across the world. In honour of Wangari Maathai, an annual ‘Wangari Maathai lecture’ was launched. The inaugural lecture was given by the celebrated Chinese author and historian, Jung Chang.
In August, the Green Belt Movement (GBM) hosted a team of eleven volunteer photographers, filmmakers, graphic designers and media creators from the Great Primate Handshake. Primate Handshake raises awareness on primate sanctuaries and conservation programmes through the production of video, web and media content. They also run expeditions with local conservation organisations to identify ways in which Primate Handshake can support them – especially through the use of digital media.
“In Africa, there lives an extraordinary tree. She is queen of the riverbank. A monarch, whose story stretches back millions of years. In tribal cultures, her mysterious ways have fuelled myth and legend. They set her apart from other trees. She is a Sycamore Fig, Queen of Africa’s trees.”
King Muru, is a 200 year old Meru Oak (Vitex kiniensis) tree located in Lower Imenti forest in Meru city, about five miles north of the equator in central Kenya. The huge King Muru tree is symbolic of the Green Belt Movement’s (GBM) efforts towards biodiversity conservation in the Mount Kenya region - one of Kenya’s main watersheds.
Fantastic news from the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI)! The Senate of the University of Nairobi has approved the first syllabus for the ‘Environmental Governance and Management’ degree programme, which means that the institute can now formally commence teaching!
On Friday the 13th of July, GBM held a seminar for students of Daystar University in Nairobi at our Langata Training Centre, on the linkages between the environment, peace and good governance. Twenty-two students who are studying peace studies, international studies, electronic media studies and mass communication at Daystar University attended the event.