Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Audit (EA) training is one of the flagship projects of the University. It is a three (3) weeks intensive course, and this year’s programme will run from 4th October 2021- 22nd October 2021.The training is done under an approved National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and the University of Eldoret SES 805 Curriculum.
This year’s training attracted thirty six (36) participants, where 20 participants were Nandi County officials, while others came from Embu University, Kabarak University, Rongo University, University of Eldoret and Private Sector practitioners. The Training was officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor University of Eldoret Prof. Teresa Akenga on 4th October 2021.
In her opening address, the Vice-Chancellor welcomed all participants to University of Eldoret and thanked their sponspors for choosing University of Eldoret for EIA/EA training. She particularly thanked H.E Governor Stephen Sang of Nandi County Government for sending many participants to be trainined.She also expressed her appreciation for sister Universities of Embu University,Kabarak University and Rongo University for having representation in the training. Noting that University of Eldoret is a registered EIA/EA Training Institution by NEMA, the Vice-Chancellor said that the quality of training offered is second to none in the region and the University will continue to upscale its training to be world-class.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that the importance of EIA/EA can not be underestimated as it is a tool that is applied in decision-making throughout the life cycle of projects which are likely to have significant impacts on biophysical, socio-cultural and economic aspects of the environment. She identified that, as the country continues to implement national development agenda within the purview of Vision 2030, Big Four Agenda, and other policies and strategies, EIA/EA will ensure their sustainability. She quoted Article 42 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, stating that every Kenyan has a right to a clean and healthy environment, and every individual stakeholder, communities and institutions have responsibilities to operationalize this article.
The Vice-Chancellor further identified that Nandi County as a source of Champions, is well endowed with numerous resources, including arable agricultural land; Nandi Forests which form an extension of the tropical Kakamega Forest, an ecosystem of World significance, Kingwal wetland ecosystem with sitatunga wildlife species, and tourist attractions involving Sports tourism among others. The Vice Chancellor urged participants to master EIA/EA skills during the training for application in resource development planning not only for Nandi County but also in other counties as well.
The Vice-Chancellor lauded the existing cordial working relationship between University of Eldoret and the County Government of Nandi noting that plans are in pipeline for signing of the Memorundam of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions. The Vice-Chancellor wished participants fruitful learning and urged them to observe COVID-19 Protocols set by the Ministry of Health at all times.
The Coordinator of the programme Dr. Job K Ngetich on his part informed the participants that the learning outcomes of the EIA training entails equipping participants with skills to:
- Prepare/ or write EIA study reports
- Carry out Environment Audits and write EA reports
- 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 a team, in an EIA/EA process
- Review EIA/EA Report
Also present during the training were; MS Sally Kibos, County Director of NEMA, Uasin Gishu County; Mr Daniel K Sang, Chief Officer, Water and Natural Resources, Nandi County; Mr James Meli, County Director of Enviroment,Natural Resources and Climate Change, Nandi County, and Prof. Gelas Simiyu, Dean School of Environmental Studies.
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