This can be done by integrating environmental protection into everyday business practices.

Germany attaches paramount importance to the combination of theoretical and practical knowledge of science and business.

This is because neither scientists nor businesses have a monopoly of ideas. Each has a vital contribution to make.

Sharing experiences is essential in finding solutions that work for all.

The GEGEC brings together experts from industry, government, civil society and other decision and policy makers, including members of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa).

The involvement of the private sector is meant to promote the view that green economic practices are not only favourable for the environment, but also contribute to reducing costs for businesses.

Businesses that institute better waste management policies avoid litigation and risks, leading to higher profitability and stability.

Businesses that value environmental protection are also more likely to attract global investment as modern investors’ decisions are increasingly influenced by environmental, social and governance factors.

Kenya has made several policy changes to promote environmentally friendly practices.

Earlier in the year, it banned plastic bags. It also launched the Green Economic Strategy 2017, a blueprint outlining steps to cut carbon emissions and drive sustainable socio-economic transformation.

These measures point to commitment to involve all stakeholders, including the private sector, in environmental protection.

We have every confidence that Kenya will continue to be a reliable partner to Germany in tackling economic and ecological issues.

Ms Frasch is the German Ambassador to Kenya. [email protected]

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