The University of Nairobi’s Faculty of Arts under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences was privileged to be invited at the United Nations Environment Assembly from the 23rd to the 27th of May 2016. The delegates were well represented by the student body from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and Sociology and headed by Parita Shah from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. This delegation attended the symposium on “Displacement and the Environment: Root Causes and Implications”. This is one of the most current problems faced by the world today which is threatening the environmental stability. Issues like climate change and political instability are amongst the major causes of this displacement. Our country, Kenya is actually looking at a wider aspect of the displacement of the refugees and its repercussions on the nation.
As shown in the photograph, this delegate body had the priviledge to meet the indigenous people’s representatives from Iceland, Sir Anders Oskal and Madam Joan from South America. These two individuals stressed on the need to look at the growing crisis of refugees as they saw that the way in which the refugees were increasing especially in developing countries, would soon displace the indigenous communities as well as the wildlife from protected areas.
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