Yesterday (24 January), the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, and Director-General Economic and Global Issues at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Deborah Bronnert, met with Kenyan Cabinet Secretaries Professor Judi Wakhungu and Ambassador Amina Mohammed to discuss conservation partnerships, the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April and illegal wildlife trade.
Tweeting after the meeting, Kenyan Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu revealed that the result of the meeting was that “Kenya and the UK will strengthen conservation partnerships, combat illegal wildlife trade, participate in Queen’s Canopy and explore Blue Economy opportunities.”
The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy
The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), conceived by the Right Honourable Frank Field MP, was launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, in 2015. It is a unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 52 countries of the Commonwealth.
By creating a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects, the QCC will mark Her Majesty The Queen’s service to the Commonwealth while conserving indigenous forests for future generations.
The Blue Economy
The Blue Economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs as well as ocean ecosystem health.
An important challenge of the blue economy is to understand and better manage the many aspects of oceanic sustainability, ranging from sustainable fisheries to ecosystem health to pollution.
A second significant issue is the realization that the sustainable management of ocean resources requires collabo- ration across nation-states and across the public-private sectors, and on a scale that has not been previously achieved.