The School of Environmental Studies hosted the counties of Elgeyo Marakwet and Bomet for a three week Environmental Impact Assessment / Environmental Audit Training. The training was officially opened by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration and Finance) Prof. Wilson Ng’etich on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Teresa Akenga. The theme for the training is “Towards Attainment of Sustainable Development Goals in our Counties”. The EIA/EA training is the mandate of the School of Environmental studies, University of Eldoret aimed at sensitizing the County governments and their community on Environmental Management and Conversation.
During the opening ceremony, H.E. Hon. Alex Tolgos thanked the University for their continued contribution to uplifting the county especially through the advice received from the faculty members in their respective areas. The key note speech was delivered by the Regional Director of NEMA, who was represented by the NEMA EMC County Director, Mrs. Sally Kibos.
The training is conducted both in theoretical and practical aspects and the attendees will sit for an examination. The areas of the course covered include; an introduction to the legal framework, Impact identification and evaluation, Industry Ecology & Social management, Climate Change & Environmental Impact, Occupational Health & Safety Management, Code of Practice & Professional Ethics amongst other key course areas. The participants visited Sondu Miriu Power Station, Dunga Beach in Kisumu, Rosterman Mining and Kakamega Forest, Kariandusi African Diatomite in Nakuru, Lake Bogoria and Olkaria Power Station. The participants were divided into teams and were given projects which they wrote reports and prepared power point presentations.
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Standing left to right; Prof. Wilson Ng’etich (Ag.VC/Deputy Vice-Chancellor -Administration & Finance), Prof. Vincent Sudoi (Dean, School of Environmental Studies), Mr. Kebeney (Chief Officer, Environment, Bomet County), H.E. Alex Tolgos (Governor, Elgeyo Marakwet County), Mr. Barsosio (CEC, Environment, Elgeyo Marakwet County) and Mrs. Sally Kibos (NEMA County Director, Elgeyo Marakwet County)