Nairobi, Kenya, 16 April 2012 -- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday between the Government of Kenya, the Ministry of State for National Heritage and Culture, the City Council of Nairobi and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to collaborate in the rehabilitation and restoration of the Nairobi City Park to international standards in terms of architecture, landscape and horticulture.
Signatories included Prince Hussain Aga Khan on behalf of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Mr. Philip Kisia - Town Clerk, Nairobi City Council, Professor Karega Mutahi, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Local Government and Dr Jacob Ole Miaron, Permanent secretary, Ministry of State for National Heritage and Culture.
“This partnership represents a continued commitment to working with the Government in order to support development for all Kenyans,” said Prince Hussain Aga Khan. “It is an important step towards ensuring that the historical and cultural heritage, as well as the significant biodiversity of Nairobi City Park, is conserved now and for the generations to come.”
The primary objective of the collaboration and project is to rehabilitate and redevelop Nairobi's City Park as major metropolitan park which will be recognised internationally for excellence in restoration, environmental practices and financial self-sustainability. The project will create a prototype of urban park rehabilitation in Kenya and restore the City Park such that it complements and enhances the existing environmentally important areas and will become an attraction of great repute.
The agreement foresees collaboration through environmental improvements, landscape architectural conservation and enhancement and creation of new facilities. These activities will improve the quality of the site, making the environment safe for visitors to the City Park and provide the necessary infrastructures by respecting the natural and cultural heritage of the City Park and the people of Kenya.