Brief On Environmental Impact Assessment And Environmental Audit Training Conducted As From 5th October 2018—2nd November 2018.
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Audit (EA) training which is mounted by the School of Environmental Studies is one of the flagship projects in the University of Eldoret's development agenda. The training is conducted within the purview of the Curriculum which is approved by both NEMA and the University of Eldoret. The objectives of the EIA and EA course include;
- Prepare/write EIA study reports.
- Carry out Environment Audits and write EA report.
- Use EIA as a decision-making tool in project planning and management.
- Mainstream EIA /EA practices in organizations.
- Initiate Eco-friendly projects.
- Form a team and participate in EIA/EA teams.
- Review EIA/EA Report.
In this regard, the School of Environment Studies successfully conducted an EIA/EA training for 15 participants from Trans- Nzoia County which took place from15th October 2018 to 2nd November 2018. The theme of the training was "Towards Attainment of Sustainable Development Goals in our Counties". In terms of the mode of delivery, the course involves intensive 3 weeks training with 29 Lectures, Group discussions, presentations; fieldwork- study tours and a symposium. The Course is assessed through Continuous Assessment Test CAT (20%), attendance (10%), Individual field report (20%), Group Project (50%). The participants were able to link theory and practice through' learning by doing' approach where site visits were made to;
- Sondu Miriu Power Station
- Dunga Beach – Kisumu
- Kakamega Forest
- Kariandusi African Diatomite
- Olkaria Geothermal power station
- Lake Baringo
The training came to close on 2nd November 2018. Addressing the participants during the closing/ graduation ceremony on the 2nd day of November 2018, the Director of Research and Innovation, Prof. Vincent Sudoi, in a speech he read on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor lauded the collaborations that exist between the University of Eldoret and the County Government of Trans-Nzoia. He urged the participants to go and put lessons learned from the training into practice.
In a speech read on behalf of H.E the Governor of Trans-Nzoia County by Mr. Sifuna wakofula, the County Secretary, noted that adequate financial resources would be allocated to the Environment sector for the conservation of the water tower and other natural resources with the ultimate goal of maintaining the leading position of Trans-Nzoia County as Kenya's breadbasket.
Standing left to right; Mr. Maurice Lokwelea (CEC, Water, Environment & natural Resources), Prof. Wilson Ng’etich (Ag.VC/Deputy Vice-Chancellor -Administration & Finance), Ms. Claire Wanyama (CEC, Public Service Management), Mr. John Meng’wa (CO, Environment) and Prof. Gelas Simiyu (Dean, School of Environmental Studies)
Sitted left to right – Prof. O. Odipo (Faculty), Mr. M. Lokwelea (CEC, Water, Environment & Natural Resources), Ms. Anne Owino (NEMA County Director), Ms. Claire Wanyama (CEC, Public Service Management), Prof. Wilson Ngetich (Ag. VC / Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration & Finance), Mr. John Meng’wa (CO, Environment), Prof. Gelas Simiyu (Dean, Sch. Of Environment), Dr. Fatuma (Faculty) and Dr. Ngetich (EIA/EA Coordinator)