The county of Baringo is set to introduce a global geopark making it the second country in Africa and the first sub-Saharan Africa country after Morocco.
According to Kenya National Commission of Unesco chairperson Rashid Aman the county has all the necessary features needed to host the highly coveted geopark.
“For an area to become a geopark, it must have geological features of universal importance,” said Aman.
Five counties located in the North Rift will take part in the event this year. The same counties are apart of the North Rift Economic Bloc (Noreb).
“Mountains, rocks and other geographical features make Baringo the best to be listed as a geopark. The fact that the county is in the Rift Valley, a geological feature, is an added advantage,” he said.
However, Aman has highlighted how insecurity in the region could be a threat to the development while also urging leaders to help put an end to war amongst communities in the area.
“Children and education systems are often on the front line of these violent conflicts. It is sad that Africa has the majority of children who are out of school. The main cause of this is inter-community conflicts and wars,” said the chairperson.
Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Samburu, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Uasin Gishu and West Pokot are among the counties under Noreb.
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