Sunday, December 17, 2017

Kenya is proud to have hosted a very successful United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) 3 Conference where the world committed to achieve a pollution free planet in air, land, water and marine ecosystems.

For the first time at UNEA, Environment Ministers signed a Declaration on sustainable use of natural resources and a pollution free planet.

Delegates and participants attending the assembly hailed Kenya’s plastic carrier bag ban that came to effect last August. The ban followed a gazette notice by Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu and is being enforced by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

During the assembly, Prof. Wakhungu said “the Plastic waste is already choking our water bodies & Oceans. It is estimated that by 2050 we will have more plastic in oceans than fish. Livestock, fish, turtles, & seabirds, for example, are ingesting plastic with tragic results. We must also continue to address chemical pollution & e-waste. Most importantly we must all commit to circular economy practices. We must all act responsibly.”

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Kenya  is hosting the  third session of the United  Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), the  highest decision making body  on environment in the  whole  world  from 4-6 December, 2017 in Nairobi.  It is important to note  that Kenya   also   hosted  the    1st and   2nd   UNEA in  2014  and 2016   respectively.  This   will be the  first high – level global meeting that H.E the President of the  Republic  of Kenya  will be addressing in his second term and  it  is  a  great honor for  Kenya  to be  granted this privilege  of  hosting the   3rd UNEA…..read more

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The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has received funding from UNEP through the Africa Institute to develop the Kenya National Action Plan for Artisanal Small-scale Gold Mining in Migori, Narok and Kakamega counties which have gold exploration in small scale. The project will run for two (2) years with co-financing from the Ministry and will require a Project Assistant to support the technical team.

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE PROJECT ASSISTANT POSITION

Duties and Responsibilities

The role of the Project Assistant will be to assist the National Project Coordinator in the implementation of the project. Specific responsibilities of the Project Assistant are as described below:

  1. The Project Assistant’s administrative role will consist of regularly monitoring the progress of the project, appraising the performance of national consultants in collaboration with the Lead National Consultant, preparing recommendations to the steering committee;
  2. Identifying and mobilizing relevant stakeholders including local communities to participate in the Project activities;
  3. Assisting the National Project Coordinator to convene and facilitate steering committee meetings;
  4. Assisting the National Project Coordinator to organize workshops, retreats and other stakeholder consultations;
  5. Assisting project consultants in carrying out their assignments by facilitating interaction and contacts with government and other organizations and institutions;
  6. Preparing minutes of project steering committee meetings;
  7. Assisting the National Project Coordinator and the Lead National Consultant in preparation of the project’s quarterly, biannual, annual and terminal reports.

Qualifications:

The Project Assistant should have the following qualifications:

  1. Have a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, or Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences or related subjects.
  2. He/she should have field experience in Project Management and Planning processes related to Chemicals or Mercury Management and/or Community Mobilization;
  3. Excellent communication and writing skills;
  4. Experience in the coordination of stakeholder consultation activities;
  5. Administrative experience;
  6. Experience in the organization and facilitation of workshops;
  7. Basic computer skills; and
  8. Experience in working with or mobilizing local communities will be an added advantage.

 

The contact shall be for the two (2) years of the Project’s duration.

Interested and qualified persons are requested to make their applications and submit them to:

 

The Principal Secretary

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources

State Department of Environmen

P. O. Box 30126-00100

NAIROBI.

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Hand deliver their applications to the State Department of Environment, NHIF Building, 13TH Floor Registry on or before 12th January,2018.

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From left CS Judi Wakhungu,US Ambassador Robert Godec and Acting Director General KWS Julius Kimani display a Wildlife Conservation Status Report after the launch at KWS headquarters in Nairobi.

A Wildlife Conservancy Status Report, which outlines a consolidated summary of the progress made by Conservancies in contributing to conservation of wildlife and community livelihoods in line with the 2010 Constitution, has been launched.

While officiating the inauguration of the report at Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters in Nairobi, Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said conservancies represent a key opportunity for securing wildlife on community lands and also for protecting wildlife dispersal areas and corridors.

Prof. Wakhungu described the report as a step forward towards the preparation of the National Wildlife Status Report as envisaged under section 50 and 109 of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013.

“Conservancy model in the country has gained global recognition for positively impacting communities and protecting biodiversity and that is why my Ministry has been focusing on laying a strong policy and legal foundation for the growth of wildlife conservancies across the nation” she added.

Wakhungu said conservancies have demonstrated their effectiveness of being potential for the development of communities in the far flung areas where wildlife is often seen as an opportunity to offer benefits beyond conserving wildlife. A good example is the Masai Mara landowners who currently earn a monthly income from land leased to conservancies”, she said.

The Cabinet Secretary further said her Ministry is developing the Country’s first ever National Wildlife Conservation and Management Strategy in order to enhance the contribution of conservancies to Kenya’s conservation agenda.

She noted that 160 conservancies, spread across 28 counties have doubled conservation space by adding some 6.4 million hectares of land to the country’s conservation estate.

Wakhungu added that the Aichi Target 11 requires member states to conserve 17 percent of terrestrial and 10 percent of marine landscape by 2020. “I am happy to pronounce that, coupled with our National Parks and Reserves, conservancies which are recognized in law, will contribute to Kenya in attaining this international target especially for terrestrial landscape,” She further said.

CS called on County governments, conservation Stakeholders and development partners to increase their level of technical and financial support to the growing network of community conservancies.

The conservation report was prepared by the Kenya Wildlife Conservancy Association (KWCA), an umbrella body with legal mandate to support the growth of conservancies in the Country.

Also present at the launch were United States of America Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, KWCA Chief Executive Officer Dickson Kaelo, KWS Chair of Board of Trustees Richard Leaky and Director Wildlife Conservation Stephen Manegene.

Mr. Manegene who represented State Department for Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima described the report as an important  reservoirs for Kenya.

In a celebration mood for the launch of the state for the wildlife conservancies report are Chairman KWS Board of Trustees Dr Richard Leakey (left), CS Judi Wakhungu and US Ambassador Robert Godec.

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Near-average to above-average (generally enhanced) rainfall was recorded over most parts of the country  during  the  month  of  November  (the  rainfall  peak  month)  2017.  Several  meteorological stations  in  the  country  recorded  near-average  rainfall  (between  75  and  125  percent)  of  their November Long-Term Means (LTMs). Stations like Wajir, Marsabit, Mombasa, Malindi, Mtwapa, Moyale, Nyeri, Meru, Thika, Dagoretti Corner, Msabaha and Lodwar, however, recorded above- average  (more  than  125  percent)  rainfall.  The  rainfall  distribution,  both  in  time  and  space, was generally good over most parts of the country especially during the first half of the month……read more

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Rainfall was recorded over several parts of the country including the Southeast Lowlands and the Central

Highlands. However, there was a general reduction in rainfall amounts over much of the country although parts of the Southeast Lowlands recorded notable increases (See Figure 1)……Read more

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The CS fitting a safety helmet to one of the school girls from the area when she handed over bicycles donated to them by the Turkish International Cooperation Agency during the event.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has called for partnership in upgrading of forest cover to 10 percent as envisaged in the Constitution and Vision 2030.

Speaking in Kakamega during the 3rd Edition of the Kakamega Forest Marathon held at Solyo School, the Cabinet Secretary said Stakeholders’ contribution will supplement  the efforts the Government has put in place to realize the 10 percent forest cover across the country.

She said her Ministry has in the last three years elevated tree cover to 7.2 percent up from five percent in 2013.

During the event, Prof. Wakhungu said that the Kenya Forest Service, in collaboration with the Communities and Stakeholders will plant approximately 135,847,254 seedlings in the Western Regime this season, adding that this forms part of the strategy adopted by the government to achieve the 10 percent target by 2030.

Prof. Wakhungu awards one the winners of the race at Ileho Primary School grounds.

Also present at the event were local leaders from the region among them the Chairperson of Water Services Trust Fund Musikari Kombo, Nairobi County Assembly Speaker  Beatrice Elachi and top Commanders from the Administration police service who were also co-sponsors of the event.

The race has been held yearly for the past three years to encourage the conservation of Kakamega forest which is the country’s only remaining tropical rain forest and also a remnant of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforest which once spanned the African Continent all the way from West to the East.

 

 

 

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The Principal Secretary State Department of Environment Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS chairing the National Policy Steering Committee [NPSC] Meeting for LVEMP II – Kenya at Tom Mboya Labour College – Kisumu today.

The Principal Secretary State Department of Environment in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS today while chairing the National Project Policy Steering committee meeting of the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project Phase II [LVEMP II – Kenya] underscored the need to put in place mechanism to ensure proper funds flow to the Project’s catchment Counties.

He at the same time called on members to consider expanding project interventions to cover the entire Lake Victoria Basin Counties in terms of Sewerage facilities noting that this would address pollution in the Basin. He added that key issues to the Basin included Wetland protection of which he called for more management plans for the remaining ones; Soil erosion control structures and exploring expansion of Bio Toilets to cover more areas.

The PS applauded the efforts of the National Project Policy Steering Committee members, National Project Coordination Team [NPCT] leadership and all stakeholders that have steered the project to such a successful end.

Thereafter the PS officially flagged off the distribution of five exhausters worth Ksh. 57million to the respective counties of Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, Kericho and Nandi.  He said that this demonstrates government commitment in ensuring clean, healthy and secure environment for all its citizens.

He went on to say that the Exhausters are to provide exhaustion services in places where Sewer networks do not cover, to Control and prevent point and non-point sources of pollution. Previously, the PS noted that LVEMP II – Kenya had also provided eco-sanitary services through purchase of seven exhausters for counties on loan. The recipient counties were Bomet, Kericho, Migori, Bondo, Siaya and Kisumu. The exhausters will therefore, provide on-site sanitation services and contribute immensely to the reduction of the pollution load getting into Lake Victoria.

Mr. Sunkuli urged all to join hands and work together to conserve Lake Victoria Basin and improve livelihoods. He urged those Counties that today received the exhausters to put them into good use and frequently liaise and cooperate with the project to adequately release information on the same as will be required from time to time.

He went on to say that the Exhausters are to provide exhaustion services in places where Sewer networks do not cover, to Control and prevent point and non-point sources of pollution. Previously, the PS noted that LVEMP II – Kenya had also provided eco-sanitary services through purchase of seven exhausters for counties on loan. The recipient counties were Bomet, Kericho, Migori, Bondo, Siaya and Kisumu. The exhausters will therefore, provide on-site sanitation services and contribute immensely to the reduction of the pollution load getting into Lake Victoria.

Mr. Sunkuli urged all to join hands and work together to conserve Lake Victoria Basin and improve livelihoods. He urged those Counties that today received the exhausters to put them into good use and frequently liaise and cooperate with the project to adequately release information on the same as will be required from time to time.

The PS flagging off the exhausters in company of NPSC, NPCT and County officials who were the recipients.

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Group photo for Workshop participants of the inception Workshop of technical assistance to the water towers protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation (water) Programme.
The Workshop which kicked off on 26th November, until 1st December 2017, was officially opened by Director Hewson Kabugi, on behalf of PS Margaret Mwakima.

State Department for Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima has urged Stakeholders in the Environment sector to device more proactive ways of conserving the Countries five water towers and other natural resources.

In a Statement read on her behalf by the Director of Forest Conservation Mr. Hewson Kabugi,the PS said the water towers ecosystem services are the foundation for the success of other productive sectors such as agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, livestock, wildlife, industry, water and energy.

She said water catchment areas also act as water aquifers and purifiers because they store water during the rainy seasons and release it slowly, ensuring continued water supply to rivers and lakes during dry periods.

Dr. Mwakima however said that the ability of the Water Towers Ecosystems to provide critical services is undermined by various human activities which includes deforestation, demand for expansion of agricultural land, human settlements, charcoal burning and infrastructural development.

“These are Mt. Kenya, Mau Forest Complex, Aberdare Ranges, Cherangany Hills and Mt. Elgon. Having been endowed with all these wealth towers, our country is still among the countries classified by the United Nations as water scarce,” she added.

The PS said that to achieve the target of conserving the 5 water towers and other important natural forests, the Government has earmarked them as flagship projects within the Kenya Vision 2030 development strategy.

She said that forest habitats support a wide variety of ecological niches and are rich in flora and fauna, adding that forests also receive and conserve a wide range of biodiversity.

“This provides resilience to seasonal weather variations. The forested water catchments provide more than 15,800 million cubic meters of water per year representing over 75 percent of the country’s renewable surface water resources,” the PS further said.

Dr. Mwakima was speaking at a Naivasha hotel during the official opening of the Inception Workshop of the Technical Assistance to the Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (Water) Programme.

The PS tasked participants to discuss and detail out concrete work plans that will inform the subsequent activities for the PMU and the way forward as regards the other Result Areas.

She said discussions must be guided by the strategies as outlined in the TA organization and Methodology and knowledge of the most up-to-date Programme situation gained during the Technical team orientation.

Dr. Mwakima further said that it is crucial that any changes, new developments and emerging issues are taken into consideration if preparation of realistic work plans are to be developed.

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Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu and JICA’s Chief Representative Keiko Sano watering a tree in commemoration of the 13th JICA President Award.Looking on are PS Dr. Mwakima and KEFRI Director Dr.Ben Chikamai.

The Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) has won the 13th Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Award.

While gracing the occasion at the KEFRI headquarters in Kiambu County,  Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu lauded the Institution, attributing the  award to the Institute’s exemplary work and performance as well as its commitment and dedication to furthering the ideals of JICA’s International Cooperation activities in all JICA supported Projects globally.

Prof Wakhungu said JICA’s President Award is given in honor of individuals or organizations for their long-standing contribution to JICA’s activities in Japan and overseas.

The Cabinet Secretary said that through Grant Aid and Technical Cooperation programme support, KEFRI’s capacity in research and development has been enhanced tremendously.

“We will  continue to support KEFRI in pursuing collaboration with development partners to share research achievements to address emerging challenges of Climate Change and poverty alleviation in our country and African Region”, she added.

The CS noted that the technologies generated and training provided through the collaboration, have enabled sound forestry practices and management of forest resources both nationally and in the African region.

Wakhungu said that the collaboration has further expanded the scope of KEFRI’s on-going projects of Capacity Development for Sustainable Management to share knowledge on best practices in Eastern Africa and a further initiative to Combat Desertification in Africa through interventions in Forestry.

Present at the event was State Department for Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima who commended JICA for its continued financial and technical support, saying it has enabled KEFRI scientists to empower communities with forestry skills to improve livelihoods.

Dr. Mwakima said that JICA’s agreement to support Capacity Development Project for Sustainable Forest Management in Kenya clearly demonstrates its commitment towards helping the Country achieve its objective of 10 percent forest cover as stipulated in Kenya’s Constitution 2010 and Medium Terms Plans of Vision 2030.

Also present at the occasion was Chief Representative JICA Kenya Office, Ms. Keiko Sano alongside KEFRI Director Dr. Ben Chikamai.

KEFRI was selected for the award based on its long history of cooperation and very strong tie with JICA and was amongst 23 organizations shortlisted for the award.

KEFRI and JICA partnership stretches over a span of 31 years in areas of contribution to economic and social development and improvement of people’s welfare in their own countries.

Recently, the organization has also received additional Grant Aid support from JICA for purchase of equipment under the Small and Medium Enterprise arrangement, which will go a long way in further equipping their laboratories in the Regional Centres.

Front row- Cabinet Secretary Prof.Judi Wakhungu (right) together with PS Dr. Mwakima (centre) and KEFRI Director Dr. Ben Chikamai (left) at the 13th JICA President Award held at the Institute’s Headquarters to recognize KEFRI’s exemplary work and performance.

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