Saturday, February 25, 2017
PS, State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli,opening the inception workshop on Land Degration Neutrality at the Jacaranda hotel, Nrb.

PS, State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli,opening the inception workshop on Land Degration Neutrality at the Jacaranda hotel, Nrb.

Land Degradation which is driven by harsh ecological conditions and unsustainable land management practices, is a threat to food security and sustainable development, and continues to threaten livelihoods countrywide, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

Speaking when he opened an inception workshop to set Kenya’s targets for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) at a Nairobi hotel, Mr. Sunkuli observed that, during the 12th Conference of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, (UNCCD) held in Ankara, Turkey, in 2015, landmark decisions were agreed, among them, countries were requested to set voluntary targets for the implementation of the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN).

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, consulting with the Director, MEAs, Mr. Richard Mwendandu during the opening session as Mr. Githaiga from UNDP looks on.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, consulting with the Director, MEAs, Mr. Richard Mwendandu during the opening session as Mr. Githaiga from UNDP looks on.

Land Degradation Neutrality calls for securing enough healthy and productive natural resources by avoiding degradation whenever possible, and restoring land that has already been degraded. At the core, are better management practices, and better land use planning that will improve economic, social and ecological sustainability for present and future generations.

Noting that 80% of Kenya is arid and semi arid, Mr. Sunkuli informed the participants that, Kenya had prioritized the issue of halting land degradation across sectors, in order to enhance the attainment of food security through sustainable land management practices, water harvesting and land based initiatives.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Charles Sunkuli briefing the media on Kenya's roadmap to Land Degradation Neutrality after the official opening.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Charles Sunkuli briefing the media on Kenya’s roadmap to Land Degradation Neutrality after the official opening.

 

|
 PS, Nat. Res. Dr.  Mwakima  (left) and PS,Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli (right) andTanzania's Foreign  Affairs &  E.A.C Minister, Dr. Augustine Mahinga, viewing weevils breeding  during LVBNCON

PS, Nat. Res. Dr. Mwakima (left) and PS,Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli (right) andTanzania’s Foreign Affairs & E.A.C Minister, Dr. Augustine Mahinga, viewing weevils breeding during LVBNCON

The Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli led a strong country delegation to the just concluded Lake Victoria Environmental Research and Scientific conference (LVBNCON  2017) held in Mwanza, in the United Democratic Republic of Tanzania.

The Kenya delegation that included the Principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima had a visible presence in the exhibitions, portraying conservation efforts spearheaded by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources through the Lake Victoria Environment Management Program II-Kenya  (LVEMP-II K).

Mr. Sunkuli represented the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu in the conference that was opened by Tanzania’s vice president, Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan and was attended by delegates from the five East Africa Community Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

The PS signed on behalf of Kenya, the conference resolutions that were also confirmed by other executives who represented their respective governments.

PS Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by Tanzania's Water & Irrigation Minister, Hon. Gerson Lwenge, signing the LVBNCON-2017 resolutions in Mwanza, Tanzania.

PS Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by Tanzania’s Water & Irrigation Minister, Hon. Gerson Lwenge, signing the LVBNCON-2017 resolutions in Mwanza, Tanzania.

Alongside the exhibitions depicting each countries effort to conserve Lake Victoria, scientists from across disciplines in the region shared experiences relating to the management and use of the trans-boundary resources.

The objective of the two day conference was to share experiences and lessons learnt from implementing LVEMP to inform policy development and partnerships within Lake Victoria basin alongside gathering data, information and knowledge that will inform the design of  the next face of the program.

Member countries were unanimous in resolutions centered on the focus to achieve a prosperous population living in a healthy and sustainably managed environment of the lake basin, providing equitable opportunities and benefits.

Mr. Sunkuli, while attending a side event organized by the Kenyan delegation pointed out that Kenya had contributed immensely to conservation of Lake Victoria through projects that centered on sustainable water resources utilization, pollution control and promotion of community driven development.

Among the thematic scientific presentations were; sustainable watershed management, socio-economic and governance issues in relation to natural resources management, pollution control and prevention, fisheries resource management and aquaculture development and the future of sustainable development under climate change.

The conference was closed by the chairman of sectoral council of ministers of lake Victoria basin Eng. Gerson  Lwenge who is also Tanzania’s  minister for water and Irrigation.

The Kenyan delegation to the LVBNCON 2017 in Mwanza, Tanzania in a group photo with Environment PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli

The Kenyan delegation to the LVBNCON 2017 in Mwanza, Tanzania in a group photo with Environment PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli

|
CS Judi Wakhungu receiving a torch from the Chairman Kfs Board of Directors Mr. Peter Kinyua to  mark the 10th anniversary as PS for Environment Charles Sunkuli looks on.

CS Judi Wakhungu receiving a torch from the Chairman Kfs Board of Directors Mr. Peter Kinyua to mark the 10th anniversary as PS for Environment Charles Sunkuli looks on.

The state is obligated to work to achieve and maintain a tree cover of at least 10% of the land area of Kenya, Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Environment and Natural Resources Professor Judi Wakhungu has said. The forest cover is currently at 7.4% up from 6.99% in 2010. The CS said this during the 10th anniversary of Kenya Forest Service (KFS), held at Karura, on 10th February 2017.

Prof. Wakhungu said the government was committed to the restoration of 5.1 million hectares of degraded forest lands as part of the nationally determined contribution to the Bonn challenge under the 2015 Paris agreement.

“To achieve this target KFS had comprehensively mapped out all degraded sites for the Bonn challenge, making the country the first one in Africa to conduct such a massive exercise” Wakhungu added.

She acknowledged that as the Country aspires to be an industrialized and middle level income country by 2030, environmental conservation and management will continue to be integrated in the overall economic development framework as a precondition for ensuring the right of every Kenyan to a clean environment is achieved and sustained.

She also pointed out that Kenya is recognized as an agricultural based country whose products such as tea is based on suitable micro-climatic conditions that are regulated by the forests and the fuel wood utilized to cure the green leaves resulting in an internationally recognized high quality brand.

The ceremony was also attended by the Swedish Ambassador to Kenya Her Excellency Tarji Fernandez, past and present chairs of the KFS board, the Directors of KFS and Kenya Forestry Research Institute Mr. Emilio Mugo and Dr. Ben Chikamai respectively among other guests.

|
CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with ambassador of Japan to Kenya HE Uesawa and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima at the launch of a Conference for Drought tolerant trees for adaptation to Climate change in drylands of Kenya, held at KEFRI, Muguga, on 13th Feb. 2017.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with ambassador of Japan to Kenya HE Uesawa and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima at the launch of a Conference for Drought tolerant trees for adaptation to Climate change in drylands of Kenya, held at KEFRI, Muguga, on 13th Feb. 2017.

The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu has advised Kenyans to plant drought tolerant trees as a solution to the myriad challenges facing the forest sector today. “Kenya’s forest cover is currently projected to be at 7.4 % from 6.99% in the year 2010. Though this is commendable improvement, we are still below the desired global minimum commendation of 10%”, she said.

In order to achieve the 10%, the CS said that the state has started the development of drought tolerant trees project for adaptation to climate change in dry lands of Kenya to provide results that can incrementally address the Kenyan concerns.

Speaking during her official launch of a workshop to the development of drought tolerant for adaptation to climate change in drylands in Kenya, at KEFRI headquarters, Muguga, the CS said that the project will target two drought tolerant tree species of Melia  Volkensii and  Acacia  Tortilis. All the selected trees have already been conserved in clonal seed orchards and seedlings seed orchards in Tiva and Kibwezi.

Wakhungu said that Melia Volkensii has another additional of 8 progeny trials established in Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Kitui, Makueni and Taita taveta counties. They serve as demonstration plots for Melia growing and management and provide seeds to local communities in all the areas they are established

CS said that her ministry is in the process to lobby for additional funds from the treasury to ensure the success of the project and added that the goodwill of the Japanese Government through the Embassy of Japan and JICA will provide another additional financial support to achieve the indented objective of the progeny trials.

Wakhungu commented the project team for not losing sight of the fact that research is meant to spur development.

The launch of the Conference was also attended by Dr. Margaret Mwakima, the Principal Secretary State Department of Natural Resouces, the ambassador of Japan to Kenya, HE Ueswa and Director of KEFRI, Dr. Chikamai among others

|
World Bank Director of Environment and Natural Resource Global Practice Ms. Julia Bucknall explains a point to CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu after the meeting. WB pledged to support several programmes and projects in the Ministry

World Bank Director of Environment and Natural Resource Global Practice Ms. Julia Bucknall explains a point to CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu after the meeting. WB pledged to support several programmes and projects in the Ministry

World Bank has pledged to support some programmes and projects in the Ministry. The World Bank director of Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice Ms. Julia Bucknall said that they will support projects and programmes in the forestry, wildlife, tourism, climate change sectors and LVEMP II project. They will also strengthen national –county government institutional capacity; promote public private partnerships and source for funds to support the Solid Waste Management programme.

In a meeting attended by senior Ministry officials and the World Bank team, Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu thanked the team for the support and noted that conserving biodiversity is the way to go if we are to have a clean, secure and sustainable environment.

Prof. Wakhungu observed that the wildlife sector was under extreme pressure from habitat fragmentation and encroachment, impacts of climate change, poaching, reduced tolerance from communities and the private sector among other challenges.  She noted that space is the biggest problem in the sector as opposed to poaching.

To mitigate the challenges, she noted that the government had made several interventions including enactment of Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013, recruitment, training and deployment of additional rangers and enhancement of collaborative approaches among the law and security enhancement agencies in the country.

In the forest sector, the Cabinet Secretary observed that the country has 4.2m hectares of forested land compared to the targeted 5.8m hectares. She expressed satisfaction that the potential for increasing the forest cover is immense but requires strong partnerships and collaboration with key stakeholders in the sector. She added that the country had attained 7.2% forest cover up from 6.9% and strategies are in place to increase it to 10% in line with the internationally recognized standards.

Prof. Wakhungu reiterated that most environmental services are devolved and called for support to build capacity of County Governments to manage and execute national strategies. On promoting private public partnerships, she said the focus will be on ecotourism development in parks and conservancies, promoting clean energy use, promoting non wood based industry in rural areas and forest products value chain addition.

The World Bank director was in the country to familiarize herself with World Bank operations and meet with various stakeholders and particularly public sector institutions and development partners on future engagements and collaborations in the sector.

The meeting was also attended by the Principal Secretary for Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Conservation Secretary Gideon Gathaara, Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia, Director, Climate Change Coordination and Programmes Dr. Pacifica Ogola, and representatives from LVEMP II project, WARMA, KFS, among other senior Ministry officials.

|
Sec. Adm. in the Ministry, William Kiprono (grey suit), Safaricom CEO, Bob Colymore (red tie) Suresh Patel from KEPSA and Director compliance, NEMA, Mr. Ong'are listen to a demo during the launch

Sec. Adm. in the Ministry, William Kiprono (grey suit), Safaricom CEO, Bob Colymore (red tie) Suresh Patel from KEPSA and Director compliance, NEMA, Mr. Ong’are listen to a demo during the launch

The cabinet Secretary for Environment Prof Judi Wakhungu, has urged mobile telephone companies to step up stakeholders education before installing radio frequency equipment that were a source of public health concern.

She said that by involving the stakeholders in decision making, the mobile telephony companies would enhance public confidence and acceptability.

The CS called on the companies to adhere to the recommended Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) radiation limits by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection Board, in order to assure Kenyans of safe usage of mobile phones.

Prof. Wakhungu made the remarks in speech read on her behalf by the Secretary of Administration in her Ministry,  Mr. William Kiprono, during the launch of a safety booklet by Safaricom mobile telephone Company on electromagnetic frequency at a Nairobi hotel.

She said “the use of telephones was rising dramatically in Kenya with the active mobile phone users estimated at 37.8 million,  while a whopping 4.77 billion people across the world use mobile phones leaving no doubt as to how central the mobile phone has become in today’s life”.

Prof Wakhungu noted that as the number of users grows, telecommunication companies are increasing their base stations in a bid to provide the best customer experience. The World Health Organization estimates that over 1.4 million base stations exist worldwide and the number is increasing significantly with the introduction of third generation technology.

Launched - Secretary, Amin., MENR, William Kiprono with Safaricom CEO, Bob Colymore, launching the Safaricom Electromagnetic Frequency Booklet.DSC_0163

Launched – Secretary, Amin., MENR, William Kiprono with Safaricom CEO, Bob Colymore, launching the Safaricom Electromagnetic Frequency Booklet.DSC_0163

Further according to a Green Power for Mobile market analysis report for East Africa, as of 2012, Kenya had the highest number of base stations at 5,565 sites the CS added.

Owing to the companies’ dependency on radio frequency fields to send, receive calls and data via the nearest base station, there has been growing uncertainties globally on possible health risks as a result of electromagnetic radiation from using mobile phones and living near base stations the CS added.

She noted that with the current development of the telephony in the world, companies would best discharge their corporate responsibility by minding their customer’s health through various innovative ways.

The Electronic magnetic Frequency safety booklet has been developed by Safaricom, National Environment Management Authority and the Communications Authority.

A cross section of invited guests following proceeding s during the launch of the Safaricom Electromagnetic booklet. DSC_0129

A cross section of invited guests following proceeding s during the launch of the Safaricom Electromagnetic booklet. DSC_0129

|
The CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu (center), after the official unveiling of the 60th year Swara Magazine in marking the 60th anniversary of East African Wildlife Society EAWLS

The CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu (center), after the official unveiling of the 60th year Swara Magazine in marking the 60th anniversary of East African Wildlife Society EAWLS

There is need for urgent solutions because Kenya is currently going through a period of rapid economic growth characterized by significant investment in infrastructural development, thus putting pressure on our resources and the environment. “We should proactively work with partners such as East African Wildlife Society (EAWLS) within the appropriate framework in integrating the needs of conservation at the planning stage of these development projects,”  Cabinet  Secretary prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking in Nairobi where she officiated celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the “East African Wildlife Society “(EAWLS), Wakhungu noted that since it’s inception in 1961, the society has contributed a lot to conservation in Kenya by electing most of the fences as a way of protecting Wildlife and reducing human wildlife conflicts.

Further, the CS added, EAWLS has also been very instrumental in saving the almost extinct Roan Antelope that are now thriving in Ruma National park. More recently, the work of EAWLS has seen an MOU being signed between the Government of Kenya and Tanzania to reduce illegal cross –border trade in timber.

Wakhungu also commended the EAWLS for their formation and building of Community based Natural Resource Management Associations as the Community Forest Associations, beach Management units, county natural resources networks, water resource users association and community conservancies. They have done this in realization that communities are the custodians of these resources and their participation therefore is key to ensuring sustainability.

Those who also attended the event are Chinese   Ambassador to Kenya Dr. Liu Xianfa, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the Government of Hungary Dr. Istvan Mikola and Chairman  EAWLS Board Mr.Joseph Kibe, among others.

The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu plants a tree at the EASL headquarters to mark the 60th anniversary since its inception.

The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu plants a tree at the EASL headquarters to mark the 60th anniversary since its inception.

|
PS, State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli holding talks with Trans Nzoia Governor, H.E. Hon. Patrick Khaemba, during a courtesy call.

PS, State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli holding talks with Trans Nzoia Governor, H.E. Hon. Patrick Khaemba, during a courtesy call.

County governments should work closely with the national government in order to establish strong institutions, that will have a positive effect on environmental performance of the counties, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

Speaking in Kitale, when he paid a courtesy call on Trans Nzoia Governor, H.E. Hon.  Patrick Khaemba, during celebrations to mark the 2017 World Wetlands Day, Mr. Sunkuli noted that, Wetlands in many parts of the country have continued to be degraded as a result of human activities, leading to loss of many wetlands and their functions.

In order to reverse the trend, the PS noted, the Ministry had developed important policies that seek to ensure wise use and sustainable management of wetlands to enhance sustenance of their ecological and socio-economic functions for the present and future generations.

Such regulations the PS noted, required a strong county administration to implement them, while at the same time, enabling communities to earn a decent living from the wetlands.

At the same time, the Principal Secretary said that, the Ministry had developed an Atlas of Kenya’s Natural Capital, a Biodiversity Atlas’ that documents the natural wealth of Kenya. The atlas, noted Mr. Sunkuli, maps Kenya’s biodiversity and explains the richness of its ecosystems.

Further book looks at the status and threats of Kenya’s biodiversity and assesses the ecosystem services provided by nature’s capital. It also outlines the vision and strategy needed for Kenya to incorporate natural capital as a foundation of a sustainable development, along with the economic and political pillars on which Vision 2030 is founded.

It offers Kenyans and visitors an illustrated guide to the wealth and importance of its rich biological heritage, hence laying the foundation for the conservation and sustainable use of the nation’s natural capital.

A copy of Kenya's Natural Capital Atlas for the Minister - PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli presents a copy of the Atlas to Environement Minister, T. Nzoia county, Hon. Morris Konchella.

A copy of Kenya’s Natural Capital Atlas for the Minister – PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli presents a copy of the Atlas to Environement Minister, T. Nzoia county, Hon. Morris Konchella.

 

|

PS LAUNCHES KENYA’S ROADMAP TO LDN

Land Degradation which is driven by harsh ecological conditions and unsustainable land management practices, is a threat to food security […]

KENYA AT THE LVBNCON 2017-MWANZA, TANZANIA

The Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli led a strong country delegation to the just concluded Lake Victoria Environmental […]

IMPROVE FOREST COVER- CS

The state is obligated to work to achieve and maintain a tree cover of at least 10% of the land […]

TAG CLOUD

| (396)
About NETFUND (1)
EEAI (1)
Function of NEMA (1)
Meteorology (2)
NEC (1)
NEMA (1)
NET (1)
NRMP (1)
PCC (1)
Public Weather Services (1)
The Department (1)

WP Cumulus Flash tag cloud by Roy Tanck requires Flash Player 9 or better.