Name: David Wafula
Organisation: Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS)
What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?
My bachelors degree was in environmental studies. The course broadened my scope and understanding on how important environmental issues are.
What are you working on, concerned by, or motivated by at the moment?
Currently I am working on policy and regulatory aspects of managing products of modern agricultural biotechnology in order to minimize the potential risks and maximize benefits in developing countries, particularly Africa.
What do you anticipate working on, or thinking about, in relation to environmental issues over the next 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years?
I am interested on the extent to which emerging technologies such as biotechnology can contribute towards mitigating environmental problems posed by climate change. For instance, resilient and drought tolerant and fast maturing trees and crops.
How optimistic or pessimistic are you as you look at where we might be in 2020, and why?
Climate change is the imminent danger that the global community is faced. It is an issue of high magnitude because climate change cuts across all sectors. For instance, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, livestock, energy, health , water e.t.c
I am pessimistic that unless both developing and developed countries take drastic measures (political, technical and institutional e.t.c) to mitigate the impacts of climate change as a matter of urgency, by 2010 the impacts and consequences will be catastrophic.
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