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CS statement unep at 50

Let me begin by thanking UNEP Secretariat led by the Regional Office for Africa for the outstanding preparations and organization of this conference, being held virtually under the theme “Securing People’s Well- being and Ensuring Environmental Sustainability in Africa”. In addition, I pass my sincere gratitude to all the experts who have been involved in the excellent preparatory work for the meeting, and especially for convening this special session to discuss UNEP @50 commemoration and Stockholm +50 process…..read more

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CS Tobiko During the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency  Virtual Meeting

CS Tobiko During the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Virtual Meeting

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary, Keriako Tobiko has said that movement towards the Circular Economy is critical and is one of the tools to use in the fight against climate change.

The CS said while addressing world leaders in the first high-level online meeting of the Global Alliance on the Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE).
The Forum which was launched by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in February this year was hosted jointly by the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra) and the government of Canada.
The aim of GACERE is to highlight the role that the circular economy could play in tackling climate change and in promoting the efficient use of resources as nations seek to industrialize.
In his remarks, CS Tobiko outlined Kenya’s actions in promoting the circular economy in the context of the ‘green recovery’.
The CS outlined that the ban on single use plastics, the developed  sustainable Waste Management Policy and Legislation, developed regulations on Extended Producer Responsibility, Plastic and Chemical Management and E – waste; as some of the initiates aimed at achieving a circular economy and environmental sustainability.
CS Tobiko said  the massive nationwide two billion tree planting initiative, besides restoring large areas of degraded forests, and the finalizing of Kenya’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Strategy (2050), will enhance the scope of the circular economy interventions.
CS Tobiko During the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency  Virtual Meeting

CS Tobiko During the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Virtual Meeting

The head of the African Development Bank (ADB) Mr. Al Hamdou Dorsuma, said that even if Africa’s carbon footprints are low as compared to other nations, Africa had practiced sustainable agriculture for long and that his bank was a strong supporter of circularity by providing finances to innovations.

Ms. Inger Anderson, the Executive Director (UNEP), urged GACERE to be more vocal in bringing ‘circularity’ to the world’s center-stage.
Other keynote speakers who addressed the meeting were, Mr. Li Yong, the Director – General, (UNIDO) and Mr. Virginijus Sinkevicius, the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries (EU), Mr. Al-Hamdou Dorsouma, Ag. Director for Climate Change & Green Growth, African Development Bank.
Also, Ministers of Environment from countries like Rwanda, Peru, Morocco, India, Korea and Japan who presented on their countries.
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PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo and H.E. Pirkka Tapiola, the Ambassador of Finland to Kenya, during the meeting.

PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo and H.E. Pirkka Tapiola, the Ambassador of Finland to Kenya, during the meeting.

Principal Secretary for Environment and Forestry, Dr. Chris Kiptoo,  held a meeting with H.E. Pirkka Tapiola, the Ambassador of Finland to Kenya, at his office, where the two discussed potential areas of interest with a view to partnering.

The meeting discussed cooperation in the areas of solid waste management disposal as well as the circular economy. The Finnish ambassador offered to support Kenya in hosting the next World Circular Economy Forum that is scheduled to take place in Nairobi, in late 2022 or early 2023.

The PS (center), the Ambassador and a team of technical officers during the meeting.

The PS (center), the Ambassador and a team of technical officers during the meeting.

The PS also welcomed Finland’s offer of technical support in producing two billion seedlings for planting in the Greening Kenya Initiative campaign.
Present at the meeting were NETFUND’s CEO Samson Toniok and Evelyn Koech -Team Lead, Environment and Resilience at UNDP Kenya  whose organization has partnered with the Ministry in the 10% by 2022, tree planting campaign.

PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo and H.E. Pirkka Tapiola, the Ambassador of Finland to Kenya, during the meeting.

PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo and H.E. Pirkka Tapiola, the Ambassador of Finland to Kenya, during the meeting.

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PS Kiptoo and NETFUND CEO Samson Toniok kick off the teaser race , for the 115 cyclists who participated in the event, the Winner Suleiman Kangangi was awarded Ksh 50,000.

PS Kiptoo and NETFUND CEO Samson Toniok kick off the teaser race , for the 115 cyclists who participated in the event, the Winner Suleiman Kangangi was awarded Ksh 50,000.

Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo has underscored the need for Non Motorized Transport as one way of mitigating effects of climate change.

The PS has said non motorized transport will help in transitioning to sustainable practices than help to cut down on carbon emissions towards ‘less than 2° Celsius’ ambition.

Dr. Kiptoo was speaking at Chepkorio show ground, in Uasin Gishu during a cycling event, which crowned the week long Kaptagat Annual Tree Planting, the PS called on Kenyans to embrace the cycling culture, saying it comes with many benefits such as health, environmental, economic and social benefits while it’s a zero-emission mode of transport.

“As you amplify community voices on the importance of Non-Motorised Transport to militate against climate change and the need for a legislation that supports a safe, efficient, healthy and climate-friendly Just Road System country wide, I want to assure you that you have the full support from my ministry,” said the PS.

The PS said Kenya is a signatory to the Paris climate change, and it will cost about Kshs 6.7 billion for mitigation and adaptation, and therefore the need to come up with measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

The event sponsored National Environment Trust Fund and World Wildlife Fund -Kenya was held under the theme “Cycling for Forests” and “My Lane Too” , attracted 115 participants, in the 74km race.

Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo in a reflector jacket, in a group photo with winners who participated in the cycling race at Kaptagat Forest to raise awareness on the need for non motorised transport as a way of cutting carbon emissions.

Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo in a reflector jacket, in a group photo with winners who participated in the cycling race at Kaptagat Forest to raise awareness on the need for non motorised transport as a way of cutting carbon emissions.

Dr. Kiptoo said the tree planting initiatives are connected to healthy sporting, and the fact that sports are entirely dependent on clean healthy environment, which calls for restoration of important forests ecosystems.

“Kaptagat forest straddles two counties of Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet. The altitude here is between 2,500m – 2800m above sea level. The conditions here make Kaptagat one of the best training grounds for athletes globally, for athletics legends train like Eliud Kipchoge who trains here, and has adopted 50 hectares for restoration, to appreciate the importance of this ecosystem” said Dr. Kiptoo.

Elgeyo Marakwet County CEC for Environment Abraham Barsosio said the County Government of Uasin Gishu is committed in conservation and protection of forests within the area and pledged to support the cycling race for next year to a tune of Ksh 1 million.

During the event, a petition was signed  to raise their voices for Climate Action, by #Cycling4forests while advocating for a just road system that caters for the needs of ALL road users including cyclists and pedestrians through the #MyLane2 campaign.

During the event elite cyclists Suleiman Kangangi emerged the winner and was awarded Kshs 50,000, Evan Wangai was second and won Kshs 30,000, and Rashid Kosgei emerged 3rd and was awarded Kshs 20,000, in the women category Nancy Akinyi emerged the winner and bagged Kshs 50,000, second was Dinnah Safari Ksh 30,000 and 3rd was Berber Kramer got Kshs 20,000.

Some of the cyclists who took part in the 74km race.

Some of the cyclists who took part in the 74km race.

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PS Kiptoo and WWF Ag. Head of Conservation Jackson Kiplagat (right) hold copies of the master plan, Dr. Kiptoo said the proposed interventions will help curb environmental challenges in the Cherangany- Elgeyo Hills Ecosytem.

PS Kiptoo and WWF Ag. Head of Conservation Jackson Kiplagat (right) hold copies of the master plan, Dr. Kiptoo said the proposed interventions will help curb environmental challenges in the Cherangany- Elgeyo Hills Ecosytem.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has launched an Integrated Master Plan for Rehabilitation and Restoration of the Cherangany–Elgeyo Hills Ecosystem, seeking to find a lasting and inclusive solution to the perennial, interconnected environmental challenges in the ecosystem.

The master plan launched by Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo provides an overview of the importance of the ecosystem, the challenges it faces, and the need for its restoration and it also provides a legal framework for supporting the Plan, with a focus on the five conservation zones in this ecosystem.

Speaking during the launch, at Chepkorio show ground, in Uasin Gishu, Dr. Kiptoo said among the other proposed interventions are establishment of a multi-agency team to develop an integrated conservation and management plan for the established five zones, development of a resource mobilization framework to implement the proposed Plan as well as to carry out environmental and social safeguards.

He said an estimated budget of KES 7.5 billion is required over a ten-year period of implementation and the main interventions include community sensitization, complete gazettement of Elgeyo Hills Water Tower, conversion of plantation forests to indigenous/bamboo forests, rehabilitation of springs and rivers, capacity building, adoption of alternative of income generating activities and sources of energy, replacement of Eucalyptus trees with indigenous ones (bamboo) and continuous monitoring of the Cherangany-Elgeyo ecosystem.

He said the Cherangany-Elgeyo Hills ecosystem is an important habitat for a wide range of biodiversity and harbours several regionally threatened animal and plant species.

The Cherangany-Elgeyo Hills ecosystem traverses Elgeyo-Marakwet, West Pokot, Trans-Nzoia and Uasin Gishu Counties, and it covers an area of 414,928 ha and consists of two water towers and 22 gazetted forest blocks.

The master plan, was spearheaded by the Ministry of Environment and the World Wildlife Fund-Kenya.

Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo , (in the middle), Deputy CCF Patrick Kariuki-left, PS Harry Kimutai 2nd left, WWF-Kenya CEO Mohamed Awer, NEMA Chair John Konchela and Elgeyo Marakwet County Commisoner Dr. Ahmed Omar hold copies of the launched master plan.

Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo , (in the middle), Deputy CCF Patrick Kariuki-left, PS Harry Kimutai 2nd left, WWF-Kenya CEO Mohamed Awer, NEMA Chair John Konchela and Elgeyo Marakwet County Commisoner Dr. Ahmed Omar hold copies of the launched master plan.

Present during the launch were PS  State Department for Livestock, Harry Kimtai , World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Kenya) CEO, Mohamed Awer, National Environment Complains Committee Secretary Dr. John Chumo , National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Director General Mamo B Mamo , Chairman NEMA Board John Konchella, Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests Patrick Kariuki , Members of Community Forest Associations among others.

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Environment and forestry CS Keriako Tobiko giving his remarks during an official launch of, ‘Strengthening Planning (SNAP) Project in Kenya

Environment and forestry CS Keriako Tobiko giving his remarks during an official launch of, ‘Strengthening Planning (SNAP) Project in Kenya

Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko has called for a collaborative approach in addressing maters of climate change if the country is to succeed in her strategies to addressing impact of climate change.

CS Tobiko said that it was only through concerted efforts that we as a country can make meaning full gains in our pursuit to mitigate the impact of climate change, calling on researchers to share the numerous reports written over the years that are yet to be implemented, hence creating a missing linking. Adding that it was imperative to work and that we cannot achieve much if we continue working silos, urging stakeholders to share information and data towards the worthy cause.

The CS challenged researchers to avail empirical data to enhance comprehensive information in an endeavour to bridging science and policy, which he said has been an impediment in our efforts to significantly reduce the impact of climate change. “we need to bridge science and policy; researchers develop reports but what happens to those reports, we must ensure that results of research and expertise gets into policy, there is therefore need for an interface between science and policy makers if the results are to be implementation, adding that if we do not stop bridging science and policy then we are in a crisis, we must move policy into action” CS Tobiko affirmed.

CS Tobiko was speaking at a Naivasha Hotel today, during an official launch of, ‘Strengthening National Action Planning (SNAP) Project on Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutant in Kenya’, organized by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), to share information on how best to reduce and mitigate air pollutants in the country.

The CS pledged his total support in matters of environment and climate change in respect to a clean and safe air safe from contamination by industrialists, calling for simplification of terminologies for ease of communication, visible and measurable impact on the ground.

CS Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko sitted at the center posses for a group photo during an official launch of, ‘Strengthening Planning (SNAP) Project in Kenya

CS Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko sitted at the center posses for a group photo during an official launch of, ‘Strengthening Planning (SNAP) Project in Kenya

CS Tobiko hailed God’s creation adding that God created the earth and all that is in it and created man as a custodian to use the natural resources sustainable, but due to greed, man has destroyed the resources for personal gains at the expense of other God’s creation the animals, plants and waterbodies including air.

The greed of man has contributed adversely to environmental destruction, land degradation, loss of bio diversity, pollution of water bodies and air; thus, exposing nature to the effect global warming and thus adverse impact of climate change that must be addressed by all.

The launch was also addressed by Dr. Philip Osano the Director SEI took the meeting through the Project’s objective on Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). The Nairobi County Head of Air Quality Management Margaret Kariuki gave a comprehensive presentation on Environment and Natural Resources, and the strategies the County was pursuing to ensure quality air through the Air Quality Initiatives (Policy), Bills and Action Plans.

Present were Director Climate Change Dr. Pacifica Ogola, and Head of Legal Annie Syombua among others.,

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002Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called for concerted efforts based on technology and data based scientific evidence to address landscape restoration.

Speaking when he officially opened the Kenya National Landscape Restoration Scaling virtual Conference, CS Tobiko said there is need to ensure policy decisions are based on proper verifiable data, to catalyze action for landscape restoration.
He said the world faces triple self-reinforcing interconnected crises of climate change, biodiversity loss  pollution and waste management , and that land degradation is the fourth crisis which cuts across borders while affecting the youth, women and the most marginalized communities.
CS Tobiko called for harmonized efforts, and coordinated mechanisms from grassroots level to policy makers, as the only way to address the problem holistically, saying land restoration must be at the center of Covid-19 recovery process.
Speaking at the conference, Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Eng. Alex Tolgos said County governments must be cognisant of restoration efforts, sustainable forest management, expansion of forest and tree growing, sustainable agroforestry practices, building resilience of the community and mobilizing climate based resources in the community.
FAO Kenya representative Philip Kisoyan said for Kenya to achieve landscape restoration through the ambitious ongoing national tree planting campaign that aims at achieving 10 percent forest cover, there is a need for collaborative approach with all relevant stakeholders.
Delegation of the European Union to Kenya, Head of Rural Development Food Security, Ms Myra Bernardi said Kenya is making some good steps in restoration but can do more, and this can unlock new forms of financing such as green bonds and carbon credit.
 The Kenyan government has pledged to restore 5.1 million hectares of degraded land in Kenya by 2030 under the African Forest and Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) and Bonn Challenge, and this will require about Ksh 1.8 trillion to accomplish.
Participants will use the opportunity to reflect upon achievements in the restoration space foster better synergies between initiatives, agree on areas for coordinated implementation and monitoring, and create mechanisms that will better harness the collective strengths of government with non-government organizations, research, and the private sector, to move collectively towards addressing the national challenges and meeting the commitments.
The week-long conference organized by ICRAF brings together stakeholders working across multiple sectors to shape mindsets, support implementation, provide a platform for engaging with policy makers that will contribute to necessary policy adjustments needed to support landscape restoration.
The deliberatelions will also seek to catalyze the national movement to achieve Kenya’s landscape restoration ambitions in the auspices of the recently launched UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Also present were Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau, officials from United Nations, Ministries, KFS, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Non Governmental organizations among others.

 

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The President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E Mr. Volkan BOZKIR during the discussions with CFAS at karura Forest.

The President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E Mr. Volkan BOZKIR during the discussions with CFAS at karura Forest.

The President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E Mr. Volkan BOZKIR has said half of world’s gdp is moderately or highly dependent on nature.He said the latest science reveals that about 25% of the World assessed plant and animal species are threatened by human actions, with a million species facing extinction.

Mr. Bozkir made the remarks at Karura forest before being taken on a guided tour by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko.The CS and the President also visited the historic Prof. Wangari Maathai corner within the Karura forest where they conducted a tree planting exercise to commemorate the visit.

Earlier, the visiting General Assembly President listened several speakers drawn forests adjacent living communities who narrated their previous experiences before the Kenya Forest Service spearheaded the forest fencing projects together with other stake holders, among them the Rhino Ark foundation.

The CS emphasized the need to give a voice to the vulnerable in society singling out men-children and marginalized groups, saying that they were the best protectors of the environment. He said that the Ministry is rolling out a greening initiative not only in Citiea but also in other municipalities in the entire country.

Also present during the activity were, the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Chairman Mr. Peter Kinyua, KFS Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau, and the United Nations Environmental Programmes Cordinator Mr. Cyrille Lazare Siewe among other dignitaries.

The President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E Mr. Volkan BOZKIR ,flanked by KFS Chairman Peter Kinyua, CS Keriako Tobiko and CCF Julius Kamau at the Wangari Maathai Memorial corner .

The President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E Mr. Volkan BOZKIR ,flanked by KFS Chairman Peter Kinyua, CS Keriako Tobiko and CCF Julius Kamau at the Wangari Maathai Memorial corner .

 

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Environment & Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko receives a book entitiled we are one from Dr. David Western

Environment & Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko receives a book entitiled we are one from Dr. David Western

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has expressed the need for environmental audit on what exists and to establish the status of biodiversity and land health in the country.CS Tobiko said that audit report will further identify gaps on what exists, what we are doing as a country, where are moving to and timeframes to facilitate the implementation processes,adding that there was also need to identify mandates of key stakeholders in the management plan towards the restoration of our bio diversity and hence mitigate the impact of climate change.

The CS was speaking at his office  during a meeting with Dr. David Western of African Conservation Centre who called on him to deliberate on need for environmental audit and the establishment of a digital data framework to facilitate data reporting and updates to inform environmental conservation and protection strategies.

The CS said that audit report will support the harmonization and coordination, and encourage active participation of stakeholders in their respective mandates in the environmental sector. “The audit report will identify the leadership and mandates of key stakeholders for purposes of implementing various instruments and strategies that seek to sustainably manage the environment by embracing tactics to restore the range lands, land health and hence the bio diversity.

Similarly, the CS Tobiko emphasized the need to establish a task force to provide technical capacity for coordination mechanisms and provide away forward in pursuit of environmental restoring strategies and reports. He said that it was prudent for effective consultative engagement with stakeholder with a view to ensure a sustainable environmental management, adding that there was need to employ nature-based solution towards the restoration of the environment.

Director General NEMA Mamo B. Mamo highlighted what EMCA portends for environment in restoration and management.

 The meeting was also attended by Lucy Waruinge from the African Conservation Center and the Director MEAs Mr. Cyrus Mageria and his deputy Dr. Lucy Ng’an’ga.

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CS Environment and Forestry posses for a group photo with the technical team during the brieffing of Kenya-GEF 7 Drylands Programme

CS Environment and Forestry posses for a group photo with the technical team during the brieffing of Kenya-GEF 7 Drylands Programme

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called for a paradigm shift in the implementation of Government projects.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called for a paradigm shift in the implementation of Government projects.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called for a paradigm shift in the implementation of Government projects. “Make the project different by doing the following; make it community owned and driven for sustainability and impact, set SMART goals from the onset”, CS Tobiko emphasized.

The CS said communities knows their immediate priorities and they have solutions they only need technical support and incentives from County and National Government’s. The CS decried the amount of time wasted in preparatory meetings and workshops urging International Union for Conservation Nature (IUCN) the implementing agency for the project to focus on Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant and Time bound (SMART) goals.

CS Tobiko spoke today at Michuki Memorial Park during the briefing on the strengthening forest management for improved biodiversity conservation and climate resilience in the southern rangelands of Kenya-GEF 7 Drylands Programme. The four-year project which will be financed by Global Environment Facility (GEF) at 6 million USD and Co financing of 13 million USD will be implemented by IUCN in Kajiado and Narok counties. The program which will be executed by NEMA will address biodiversity loss, land degradation, climate change and Sustainable Forestry Management (SFM).

The CS was briefed by IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Programme Coordinator Charles Oluchina and Kaori Yasuda – Acting Kenya Country Rep. The briefing was attended by NEMA DG Mamo Mamo, KWTA Ag DG Prof Julius Tonui, NECC Secretary Dr John Chumo, NETFUND CEO Samson Toniok, KEFRI Deputy Director Dr Jane Njuguna, Heads of Departments in the Ministry among others.

 

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Environment and Forestry CS giving his remarks during the ANAW Strategic plan at Michuki Park

Environment and Forestry CS giving his remarks during the ANAW Strategic plan at Michuki Park

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called for the involvement of women, youth and communities in implemention of environmental projects and programs.

Speaking at Michuki Memorial Park during the Launch of Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) Strategic Plan 2021-2025 the CS said at a time when the globe is experiencing environmental emergencies and crisis that is largely induced by humans there is need for urgent and practical solutions to these problems.

“When implementing your Strategic Plan give recognition and prominence to women, it is not by mistake they are called mothers and God’s creation is called Mother Nature, they are best protectors of natural resources “, CS Tobiko emphasized.On involvement of youths as a critical component of the realization of ANAW’s goals CS Tobiko said “If you want sustainability and the message out there you must locate them centrally within the Implementation Strategy, youths are suffering yet they have the greatest stake”.

The CS quoted Prof Wangari Maathai who said “The generation that suffer more out of destruction of the environmental is not the generation that has destroyed the environment”.

CS Tobiko said while it is important to involve and sensitize communities it is important to derive from them their tested indigenous traditional knowledge.

CS Tobiko called for intergenerational equity where utilization of natural resources is done sustainably in a manner that helps it to self regenerate adding that it is our duty to protect our heritage for future generations.

“We were created with a responsibility to take care of God’s creation, not to dominate other species” but to be stewards, custodians to protect while we sustainably use for our survival and future generations”, CS Tobiko affirmed. The CS commended ANAW for their Strategic Plan which he said is trying to make peace with nature as recommended in UNEP’s Report Making Peace With Nature. Animals are part of God’s creation and they deserve tender care, love and respect not out of pity or sympathy. Animals have as much right as to exist like us.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko during the launch of ANAW Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko during the launch of ANAW Strategic Plan 2021-2025

On his part Justice Kathurima, The Director Judicial Training Institute and Judge of Court of Appeal said the centrality of the environment in our lives cannot be over emphasized and thanked ANAW for the support in building capacity for judges and magistrates.

ANAW Executive Director Mr Josphat Ngonyo said key lessons learned from previous strategies is the interconnectivity between people, animals and environment and none can be ignored.

ANAW’s Strategic Plan intends to grow and build vibrant networks to cover 85% of countries in Africa ; use evidence to create animal impactful programs ; Drive animal welfare advocacy, policy implementation, and the research agenda among other interventions.

 

 

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photos-KICDEnvironment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko reiterated the commitment to address the triple interconnected global environmental emergencies, which include climate change, biodiversity loss and, pollution and waste management.

CS Tobiko said that the environmental emergencies pose a threat to the survival of nature adding that in this regard, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration was launch on 05th June 2021, to   prevent, halt   and reverse the degradation of ecosystem  in an endeavour to  reduce poverty, combat climate change and prevent the extinction of species.

CS Tobiko said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Mohammed Elmi at Uhuru Park yesterday during a tree planting exercise to launch the HR Month celebrations based on the theme, ”Going Green: HR Strategies for Business Success”.  He appreciated the Institute of Human Resources Management for organizing the event that seeks to create awareness on environmental concerns. During the event, Hon. Elmi led the team in planting 100 trees at the site.

The CS said that the lunch of the HR Month coincided with COVID-19 pandemic that continue to ravage, disrupt and affect the socio-economic and environmental tenets of development. CS Tobiko expressed concern over the challenges posed by the pandemic that continue to cause death in millions, illness and job losses globally and thus igniting discussions regarding our  unsustainable consumption and production as a threat to human health, prosperity and equity.

As regards the theme, CS Tobiko urged HR professionals to employ strategies for greater efficiencies, manage costs, enhance employee engagement, reduce their carbon footprint and hence promote sustainable development. He underscored the important role of HR and its contribution towards the sustainable development of any organizations, calling for the need for HR to manage and dispense the human capital for optimum productivity and environment sustainability.

CS Tobiko said that global environmental emergencies have compelled nations to subscribe to treaties and customize policies and legislation to slow down the adverse effect of environmental degradation; calling on corporates and  individuals to embrace environmental friendly initiatives for greater efficiency and promote employee engagement and retention.

In regards to polices CS Tobiko said the Ministry had developed policies and legislation to enable Kenya’s transition to Green HR Circular Economy and is further committed to support adaptation and up scaling of the initiatives in all institutions.

Similarly, the Ministry was spearheading the development of diverse policy and legislative frameworks to aid in greening institutions as well as embracing circular economy that includes banning of single use plastic bags, updated NDC and Climate Change Action Plan, mainstream Circular Economy as an important tool in the fight against climate change and in attainment of SDGs. the CS stated

In addition, CS enumerated other regal instruments that included the development of GHG emissions strategy 2050, Sustainable Waste Management Policy regulations (2021) to transit waste management from linear to circular economy model and the development of regulations on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) among others, CS Tobiko affirmed.

The Nairobi County Environment CEC, Mr. Larry Wambua reminded man that God created the world and gave human the possibility to protect and manage, but we have destroyed the environment and are now facing the consequences of climate change, inadequate water and pollution.

Addressing the event, the national chairman of the HR Institute Mr. Joseph Onyango said the Institute purposes to plant 4.7 million trees within a year and that the program will continue for the next five years. He lauded the collaboration between the Ministry and HR towards the restoration of the environment.

The event was attended by Under Secretaries Mr. Cornelius Sangura and Osman Abdullahi, Head of HR Ms. Rosemary Wamoto and her staff, and the HR Institute Executive Director Ms. Quresha Abdullahi among others.

Environment and Forestry Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Mohammed Elmi is assisted to plant a tree at Uhuru Park  grounds yesterday during the launch of the Human Resource Monthly celebrations, a total of 100 trees were planted.

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