Friday, October 20, 2017
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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the stakeholders as the chair of KAM, Flora Mutahi, the CEO, Phyllis Wakiaga and Director of Environmental Awareness in the Ministry, Dr. Ayub Macharia follow keenly

Kenyans will soon experience a cleaner environment following an agreement between the industry players and the government to collect and sell disused plastic bottles.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) yesterday agreed on a Plastics bottle take back scheme involving collecting the waste bottles and selling them for recycling.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu chaired a meeting between members of KAM and government officials who agreed that the take back scheme would commence soon to rid the environment of the widespread pieces of plastic bottles trash.

The programme would initially involve the youth empowerment programme under the National youth Service, the manufacturing industry, recyclers and a technical team from the Ministry of Environment.

Currently teams under the youth empowerment programme are deployed in various parts of the country to collect discarded plastic papers. They will now collect waste plastic bottles and store them at designated places for collection by the recyclers.

Memorable – The delegation from the Kenya Association of Manufactures in a memorable photo with the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, after the courtesy call.

Prof. Wakhungu said the country had the capacity to recycle the waste bottles and sell in the ready market all the resultant by-products. This she noted will effectively fall in place of the popular environment culture of circular economy where products are made, used and later recycled.

The CS accompanied by the Director General of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Prof. Geoffrey Wakhungu expressed satisfaction at the progress of removing plastics from the environment thereby creating healthy living conditions for Kenyans.

Ms Flora Mutahi the chair of KAM confirmed that members of her organization would work with the government through a technical committee to rid the environment of plastics and create an attractive business environment.

The two teams agreed that the plastic bottles take back scheme would follow best practices as set by PETCO recycling company of South Africa. This model would be championed by Coca-cola regional office in Nairobi which was represented in the meeting by its Public Affairs and government relations Director Emily Waita.

The meeting noted that it was critical to incorporate all the county governments in the country in all aspects of solid waste management that was a devolved function.

Among those who attended the meeting was Mr. Himanshu  Dodhia of Bidco manufacturers and Dr. Ayub Macharia, director of Environment awareness in the Ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bungoma water supply station recorded both the highest seven-day total of 48.9mm while Kisii meteorological station recorded the highest amount of rainfall within a 24-hour period, 27.8mm on 2nd October. This was also one of two stations with heavy rainfall, the other being Bungoma water supply with 25.9mm on 8th.

Compared to the previous review period, there was a decrease in rainfall amounts over much of the country although a few stations recorded increases…...read more

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CS Prof Judi Wakhungu officially flagging off Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions at Nairobi National Museum (Kenya), on 7th Oct. 2017. PS Dr Margaret Mwakima accompanied her in flagging off the the march for conservationists.

The Government of Kenya is committed to protect and conserve Elephants, Rhinos and Lions in appreciating the benefits derived from them.

While flagging off the 2017Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions on Saturday 7th October, 2017, at the Nairobi National Museum of Kenya, the CS. Prof. Judi Wakhungu condemned poaching of these animals by encouraging institutions to support programs for their continued survival. “These are our natural heritage and we should protect them at all costs”, she added.

This year’s Global march theme is “Justice for All & Justice for Earth”. The theme echoes conservationist for the awareness to win the public commitment to joining the cause to fight for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions especially in the judicial system.

CS said that illegal killings have currently been caused by the increased human population and high demand for land and this is a serious problem which continues to bog down Kenya as a nation and the entire world.

The Principal Secretary Dr. Margret Mwakima who accompanied CS Wakhungu during the event, reiterated that Elephants, Rhinos and Lions are losing the battle for survival because of the greed motivated by illegal wildlife products trade worth billions of dollars.

PS reiterated that the population of lions in Kenya which KFS estimates to be about 2,000 has been on a steep decline in the last two years as they bear the brunt of human-wildlife conflict when they consume carcasses of livestock laced with deadly pesticides.

Global march is an important event which calls upon governments, civil societies, grass root committees, media and all stakeholders to be proactive and collaborate towards ensuring the survival of Elephants, Rhinos and Lions.

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ROLL- CS,Prof. Judi Wakhungu with PS, Natural Resources and the Chief Conservator of Forests in a memorable photo against the two awards that the KFS scooped during the 2017 Nbi A.S.K Show.

The Kenya Forest Service, which is a Quasi-Government Agency under the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, was judged the Best Stand that best Interprets current Show Theme and the Best Innovative And Invention Stand during this year’s  Nairobi International Trade Fair, that runs from October 2nd to 8th  2017, at the Jamhuri Show ground, and which is an annual event, that is the largest trade fair in East African run by the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK).

The show offers opportunities for regional, continental and global exhibitors to display and demonstrate their services and products. It also offers show visitor’s an opportunity to meet people from different countries and backgrounds, hence creating a platform for interaction and exchanging of ideas and experiences.

Exhibitors showcase their work as well as learn best practices during the annual classes held at the show. This year’s theme is enhancing Technology and Innovation in Agriculture Trade.

Judges from the A.S.K adjudicating at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources stand during the 2017 Nbi Show.

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Prof Wakhungu makes a point when she met waste management Investors in her office.

Kenya is targeting to achieve a circular economy through improved waste management, Environment CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

She noted that the recent ban on some categories of plastics in the country was the first step towards establishing a well functioning recycling sector that would open job opportunities.

Prof. Wakhungu said that Kenyans were demanding green solutions to the economy which would be achieved if the government provided incentives to companies and individuals involved in the waste management.

The CS noted that her Ministry was determined to enter a green economy through acceptable technology and appropriate policies that would propel the country to a competitive advantage in the region.

Prof. Wakhungu was speaking in her office today when she received a team from Israel who paid a courtesy call on her to explore possibilities of investing the waste management sector.

She recalled that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had recently signed a memorandum of understanding that centered on dry land forestry and waste management to improve the environment sector in Kenya.

The CS noted that waste management was a devolved function and confirmed that her Ministry was working closely with County Governments to convert widespread garbage dumpsites into economically viable landfills.

Priyav Shah of Clean Green Kenya(on CS’s left) speaking during a courtesy call by a group of Investors from Israel intrested in waste management

She suggested that the Nairobi county Government could convert the enormous and infamous Dandora dumpsite into a world class recreation park if they adopted the principals of circular economy of make, use and dispose resources.

The Israel investors were led by a Kenyan counterpart Priyav Shah of Clean Green Kenya Initiative who said the team planned to engage various counties to explore possibilities of Investing in solid waste management.

 

 

 

 

 

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Review of weather for the last seven-day period 25th Sept to 1st Oct, 2017):

  • The review period was relatively drier than the past period. Rainfall was recorded over few parts Highlands west and east of the Rift Valley as well as parts of Coast.
  • Day-time (maximum) temperatures generally increased throughout the country but decreased over very few stations…..read more
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PS Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli chairs a meeting between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources representatives of the Embassy of Japan in Kenya at his office. The two teams agreed to fast track the construction of a medical waste disposal plant in Nairobi with the assistance of the Government of Japan. The Japan Embassy team was led by Mr. Yoshihiro Katayama, (on PS’s right). He is the deputy chief of mission at the Embassy. The Kenyan team comprised Mr. Richard Mwendandu the director of Multi-lateral Environment Agreements,Chief Finance Officer Pauline Luganje and Jeremiah Munayi, Under-Secretary

PS Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli when he chaired a meeting between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources with officials  the Embassy of Japan in Kenya. The two teams agreed to fast track the construction of a medical waste plant in Nairobi with the assistance of the Government of Japan. The Japan Embassy team was led by Mr. Yoshihiro Katayama, (on PS’s right). He is the deputy chief of mission at the Embassy. The Kenyan team comprised Mr. Richard Mwendandu the director Multi-lateral Environment Agreements,Chief Finance Officer Pauline Luganje and Jeremiah Munayi, Under-Secretary.

 

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Cs Prof. Wakhungu receiving equipment on behalf of the Kenya wildlife service. The equipment was donated by WWF to help in the fight against poaching.

The Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has asked Kenyans to support the Government’s effort towards Wildlife conservation.

Prof. Wakhungu said their backing would supplement the government’s plan to minimize threats posed to the country’s wildlife population.

Speaking at Nanyuki Municipal Stadium in Laikipia County during the commemoration of  World Rhino Day, the Cabinet Secretary pointed out that  her Ministry through Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the County Government, Conservation Agencies, Private and Community Sanctuaries have been working together to minimize threats posed to Kenya’s rhino population.

She said the collaboration has resulted in recovery and protection of the population, with figures indicating that Kenya currently holds  the third largest population of rhinos, which  now stands at 1,149 as at end of 2016, after South Africa and Namibia.

The Cabinet Secretary further announced that Kenya has completed developing the 6th edition of the 5 year Kenya Black Rhino Action Plan (2017-2021), which is to be launched later in the year.

“The vision is to conserve at least 2,000 black rhinos of the Eastern African subspecies, while the overall goal for the next five years is to achieve a meta-population of 830 black rhinos by the end of 2021”, Prof Wakhungu said.

She reiterated that the Action Plan follows the worst period in rhino conservation in the recent past which reported rhino poaching of 5,703 black and white rhinos in Africa between 2012 and 2016, adding that over the last three years, poaching has declined arising from a commendable effort by the Government of Kenya in partnership with its local and international stakeholders.

Prof. Wakhungu additionally urged the Kenya Wildlife Services to intensify resolution of human-wildlife conflicts by supporting the construction of wildlife-proof barriers such as the Rumuruti forest, West Laikipia fence alongside prompting the national government to fast- track payment of wildlife compensation claims.

She noted that such events provide a good platform to reach out to the wider public on the plight of the rhinoceros which is mainly poached for its horn hence the need for all to join hands to conserve them for posterity.

The World Rhino Day celebrates all five remaining species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.

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