Nairobi, May 12 2018–The WRC Safari Rally Project led by the Chief Executive Officer Phineas Kimathi joined the Ministry of Sports and Heritage team of Principal Secretary Amb Peter Kaberia to mark the national Tree Planting Day at Ngiine Primary School in Meru.
Over 4000 trees were planted bringing in total 4 million trees nurtured in Meru County which at 18.3 percent leads the country in tree cover more than twice the national average of 7 percent.
The ceremony was presided over by the Secretary Administration in the Ministry of Sports and Heritage Kassim Farah who represented Amb Kaberia as he was engaged elsewhere. He said sports and the environment are complimentary and pledged to support this initiative which will provide better ambience for the youth to grow and prosper.
The Presence of the WRCSRP team was twin pronged. First, was to drive the agenda of its parent ministry in terms of environmental conservation and secondly use motorsport through the Safari Rally to attain the Achievement of Excellence level against the FIA Environmental Certification Framework and Accreditation.
The Safari’s mission is to join a list of other high-profile events at this level of accreditation, including: Rally Sweden, Rally Australia, Wales Rally GB, Rally de Portugal, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and Mugello Circuit, said Kimathi.
The Kenya Motosport Federation (KMSF) has a standard practice of preserving the environment in all areas hosting motorsport events including the Safari, said Kimathi who is also the president of the federation.
The Kenya National Tree Planting day comes barely two months after the inaugural meeting of the FIA’s Environment and Sustainability Commission took place in Geneva last March.
The Commission marks a new step forward in the improvement of environmental sustainability across motoring and motor sport. As the governing body for world motor sport and the Federation representing the interests of over 80 million motorists and their families, the FIA has both an opportunity and a duty to act in the global sustainability debate.
Both the President of the Commission, Mr. Felipe Calderon, and the President of the FIA Jean Todt, expressed their strong support of the key objectives identified by the Commission Members, calling for further cooperation on priority issues.
JeanTodt, President of the FIA who planted a thorn tree during the official opening of the WRCSRP at Kasarani last February, said: “I am delighted to be opening the first FIA Environment and Sustainability Commission today in Geneva. I warmly thank former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon for agreeing to chair this assembly. Our goals are clear: promote a better life for road users all around the world, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Goals, and support motorsport as a laboratory for these achievements.”
Felipe Calderon, President of the Environment and Sustainability Commission, said: “My vision for this Commission will be to further establish the FIA as a leading voice in the global sustainability debate. The FIA is already a strong actor in this area, but by bolstering the Federation’s sustainability credentials, this new Commission will further help the FIA achieve one of its foremost missions – ensuring clean, safe, affordable and inclusive transport for all.”
The aim of the Commission will be to maximize the Federation’s environmental sustainability credentials. It will therefore work towards addressing these issues in both Sport and Mobility.
On the Mobility side, the Sustainable Mobility Programme will play a prominent role in the Commission’s early work plan. Consumer testing and air quality assessment programmes are expected to remain main areas of the FIA involvement in environmental issues.
Andrew McKellar, the Secretary General for Mobility and Tourism in FIA says, “It is the role of the FIA and its Member Clubs to ensure that consumers have access to accurate and up-to-date information to make better informed purchasing decisions. A more robust approach to measuring vehicle emissions can also lead to more equitable and efficient policies”.
Urban mobility will also be an important area for the Commission. In this meeting, the Commission discussed how to scale up the FIA Smart Cities Programme and activate more initiatives where Sport and Mobility have complimentary roles in promoting sustainable development and innovative practices. Alejandro Agag, the CEO of Formula-E Holdings and Member of the Environment and Sustainability Commission, underlined the importance of innovation in delivering the promises of the Global Sustainability Agenda.