The environment and natural resource management sector got a boost with the launch of grant facility managed by Act! The Changieni Rasili Mali (CRM) Facility,a four year grant from the Government of Sweden and UKaid, was launched at the Norfolk Hotel on the 21st November 2012. The CRM Facility will facilitate the participation of citizens and marginalized groups in the governance, management and sustainable conservation of natural resources in Kenya.
The ceremony was graced by the Vice President, Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka. Other dignitaries who witnessed the occasion were Mr.Anders J. Ronquist, the Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden in Kenya, Mr, Alistair Fernie from the UKaid Kenya Head Office and Government Officers from the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources. The other important guests invited were the over 40 CRM Facility partners nationally currently being funded through the Facility.
The Chief Guest, Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka noted that there were so many environmental challenges that were not insurmountable. He commended ACT! for establishing the CRM facility to specifically cater for the environment and natural resource management sector. He underscored the importance of the Facility in its contribution towards sustainability in the management of natural resources in Kenya. Together with other initiatives by the Government, Civil Society and the Private Sector, the Facility will add value and contribute towards the achievement of environmental goals as set out in Vision 2030. He thanked the Government of Sweden and that of United Kingdom through UKaid for financially supporting the Facility. He challenged grantees to also think and ACT on other environmental issues wherever they were including the Nairobi River.
The representatives of the Swedish Government and UKaid were encouraged by the work undertaken by partners through the CRM Facility and were looking forward to the impact that the activities will have on the organizations, livelihoods and the environment. They said their grant through the Facility was aimed at supporting local solutions to environmental problems.
The ceremony was punctuated by songs, an ACT! video documentary and the climax was the unveiling of the CRM Facility logo by the Chief Guest, Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka.
Africa Nature was proud to participate in the launch through Friends Of Lake Ol Bolosat Association (FOLO), a group that was greatly supported by Africa Nature’s Volunteers for Nature to fundraise through ACT! under the CRM Facility and the Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF).