The wPOWER Hub team, led by the Director, Wanjira Mathai today joined H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta in making history by laying the foundation stone at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies ‘Green Campus’, in a colourful ceremony that was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences(CAVS), Upper Kabete Campus, University of Nairobi.
The ‘Green Campus’ will host the wPOWER Hub, and continue to play an important role in championing evidence-based policy-making and forging strong working relationships with knowledge institutions through action learning processes which will help mitigate risk in the energy sector innovation.
The Wangari Maathai Institute has been instrumental in supporting the wPOWER Hub to continue its focus on making the case for the role of women in clean energy entrepreneurship.
In his Speech, Hon. Kenyatta paid a glowing tribute to the late Prof. Wangari Maathai for her relentless work and passion to care for the environment. “I am encouraged to learn that this Institute is already playing a critical role in reducing conflicts in communities by involving women in green energy technology, and in environmental conservation,” said the President.
The Institute, that is set to be completed mid next year is designed to give an expression of the vision of Wangari Maathai for democratic space, sustainable and accountable management and cultures of peace. The Institute aims to create a culture of peace through transformational leadership in environmental governance.
The cost of construction of phase I of the WMI is at KES 600m and is supported by the government of Kenya, the African Union through African Development Bank and the UoN. The President reaffirmed the government’s commitment to support the project up to its completion.
Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies will train students from the whole African continent on environmental issues. The campus will as well play a key role in shaping democracy and peace building initiatives.
The ceremony was well represented in attendance by representatives from the Government of Kenya, University of Nairobi, Green Belt Movement and well wishers.
Wangari Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize “for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”.