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Japan Environment Quarterly (JEQ)
Volume 3 | October 2013

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Tips on Enjoying the International Conference in Nairobi

Yukihiro HAISA

First Secretary / Deputy Permanent Representative to UNEP, Embassy of Japan in Kenya

A view of Nairobi City from the Nairobi National Park

Nairobi is an interesting city. Nearby this large city with a population over three million, there lies a National Park with its extensive savanna ecosystem. The scenery in which giraffes and zebras leisurely stride against the background of lofty buildings is uniquely Nairobi. Located here is the head office of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), in which many international meetings are held every year.

Some people say, "You can see giraffes from the airport." This is not an exaggeration, but a fact. If you are lucky, you can see them from the airport access road. When I encountered a lion cub, I was surprised to see that large predators and humans were living close at hand. Also, when I saw a zebra that had been killed by a car, I was simply amazed that such an accident is not uncommon. If you have a chance to visit Kenya for a conference, why don't you try to catch a glimpse of animals on the way to your meeting room?

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