Nairobi Expands Green Infrastructure to Tackle Economic Downturn and Climate Threats

Geography: Africa
Sector: Climate Adaptation

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On August 14, 2020, Reuters reported on Nairobi’s increased efforts to expand green infrastructure. The article highlights how such investments address challenges posed by the pandemic and the climate crisis. The Kenyan capital is improving the protection and quality of green spaces, especially along the Nairobi River, while supporting people in need. In March, the city hired jobless former residents of the Michuki Memorial Park to help clean, restore, and guard the area. The park now provides locals with recreational space, while also improving the microclimate and habitat quality for species formerly displaced due to high pollution levels. The city is also pushing toward better road corridors with improved sidewalks and drainage as well as more trees to foster active mobility and avoid flooding events.