Fredrick Omondi Owino
My name is Fredrick Omondi Owino. I am a Designer/Planner who has worked in the Kenyan Public Service as a civil servant. I hold a first degree in Design and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi. Currently I am a lecturer at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology. I am also an exchange student at Chalmers University of Technology.
My research topic is “Green City Planning as a Strategy to Transform Ecotourism. It will majourly try to find out how we can improve our urban parks and open spaces. Urban greening becomes ever more important at both macro and micro level as issues of climate change and urban livability become pressing in the world cities. Green cities are meant to reach new ecological standards that are more challenging and stretching than would normally be required for new development. These cities like eco-cities are designed to act as exemplars of good practice.
Ecotourism is emerging as a development path that can enhance environmental conservation, promote preservation of cultural heritage as well as provide an alternative source of sustainable livelihood. Urban agriculture plays a role here as it can contribute towards improving the poor livelihood status and enhancement of urban environmental management by ensuring that urban waste resources are recycled and the environment is kept green. This idea needs to be promoted by mobilizing the urban community to take initiatives to innovate and create sustainable livelihood in ecotourism. In ecotourism, the processes involved include all aspects of planning, developing, marketing and managing resources and facilities for this form of tourism.
Eco-tourism becomes a key concept and its integration in the urban conservation strategy that includes planning and development of urban parks and urban open spaces. Consequently, it will assist in mitigation and adaptation of climate change.