Kenya develops online portal to enhance access to information on sustainable development

Cabinet secretary Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Keriako Tobiko (Getty Images)

An online portal has been developed in Kenya in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in order to enhance information sharing on activities that advance sustainable development.

The digital portal will help store and disseminate information on sustainable practice like protection of habitats and resource use efficiency.

Speaking at a high level dialogue on sustainable development, conservation and climate action organized by the Kenyan government and Conservation International, cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Keriako Tobiko, said that the online portal was at the trial phase and would help integrate and visualize data on key sustainability themes like food security, wildlife protection, restoration of range-lands and climate resilience.

The cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Toursim and Wildlife, Najib Balala, reiterated the need of the government to tap into accurate data to help inform policy interventions that address ecological challenges like habitat loss saying, “Access to data is key to facilitating development of policies that promotes conservation of habitats. The online portal once operational will assist policymakers to respond better to challenges facing our wildlife that include poaching, drought and shrinking habitats.”

With the development of the portal, policymakers and Kenyan citizens will be able to make a positive contribution to the sustainability agenda like food security and protection of natural capital.