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During the review period, day-time (maximum) temperatures generally increased over most of the country. Decreases were observed over the Coast and parts of Northeast. Night-time (minimum) temperatures increased over the Coast, parts of Central as well as few regions in the rift valley. Decreases were recorded over the Northeast and most parts of Highlands west of the rift valley.

Mandera Meteorological Station recorded the highest daily maximum temperature of 35.2°C on 3rd August while Nyahururu Meteorological Station recorded the lowest daily minimum temperature of 6.7°C on 1st August. Lodwar meteorological station recorded the highest seven-day average maximum temperature of 34.7oC while Nyahururu recorded the lowest seven-day average minimum temperature of 8.4°C

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By Dickens Wasonga.

The Kenyan government has invested sh. 200 million to install automatic weather observation system in its three international airports.

The modern equipment will enhance flight safety and aid take off and landing which has been a challenge to most pilots who had to rely on a manually operated system over the years.

The cabinet secretary of environment Prof Judith Wakhungu said the country has done so to comply with the ten requirements set by the US government as a condition before Kenya could be allowed to operate direct flights between the two countries….read more

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Most parts of the country remained generally dry in July 2017. Few stations in Western Kenya and

along the Coastal strip, however, recorded significant amounts of rainfall that was above average as compared to the July Long-T erm Means (LTMs). Generally cool conditions occurred in the Central highlands including Nairobi especially towards the end of the month.

The outlook for August 2017 indicates that most parts of the country will continue to be generally sunny and dry. The Western Highlands (Kericho, Kitale, Eldoret, Kakamega, Bungoma), Lake Victoria Basin  (Kisumu,  Kisii,  Busia)  and  parts  of  Central  Rift  Valley  (Nakuru,  Nyahururu)  are  likely  to experience  near-average  rainfall with  a  tendency to  above  average  (slightly enhanced) rainfall. Occasional light morning showers are expected along the Coastal strip while cool and cloudy conditions are likely to dominate over the central highlands and Nairobi area especially during the first half of the month. The August temperatures are, however, likely to be warmer than normal…….read more

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Prof Judi Wakhungu and Former US Secretary of State John Kerry at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

When Kenyans head to the polls on 8 August they will be voting in an election that matters not just to Kenya but to the rest of the world. While its capital Nairobi has long been a trade and economic hub, it is also home to most of the region’s humanitarian agencies …….read more

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CS, Priof, Judi Wakhungu addressing pupils of St. Johns Savannah from Bungoma who were on academic tour to KSM airport. 

Kenya has met one of the major conditions to qualify to operate direct flights to the United States of America by establishing automatic weather observation systems at its main airports, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu said that, the equipment, that has been installed at Jomo Kenyatta, Eldoret and Kisumu International airports, would significantly improve aviation in the country and the region through providing weather information in ten minutes intervals.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu at the Kisumu International Airport to commission the weather observation system.

Prof Wakhungu was speaking today at the Eldoret and Kisumu International Airports, when she commissioned the Automatic Weather Systems that will improve forecasting by providing more accurate data to the aviation industry.

The Meteorological Observations that will be performed automatically by the new equipment include: Air temperature, Wind speed and direction, Pressure, Air humidity, Dew point temperature, Precipitation, Solar Radiation, Visibility, Cloud Height, and Thunderstorms.

In addition the system will be able to monitor Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) due to strong cross winds or wind gusts.The commissioning was witnessed by Director, Kenya Meteorological Department Mr,Peter Ambenje, Environment Secretary Dr.

CS, Min. of Env & Nat Res, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by Env Sec, Dr. Alice Kaudia, Head of Eng. at KMD Airports, Claudius Ogundu and Director,KMD, PeterAmbenje

Alice Kaudia and other senior officials from KMD Kenya Airports and Kenya Civil Aviation Authority officials.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the Danish Amb. to Kenya, H.E. Mette Knudsen and other development partners during the launch of the GESIP and SAG.

A transition to a sustainable development pathway is urgently needed if Kenya’s economic growth is to be protected from the growing climate and environmental threats, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking during the launch of the Kenya Green Economy Strategy Plan (GESIP) and the Switch Africa Green (SAG) networking forum, under the theme “Accelerating transition to an Inclusive Green Economy in Kenya” at the Kenya Forest Headquarters, Karura, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the transition to an inclusive green economy, presents numerous opportunities for Kenya, and has the potential to unlock a new growth trajectory and spur to sustainability the country’s economic development.

Noting that the country’s transition to a green development pathway has been well anchored in the National Climate Change Response Strategy, the National Climate Change Action Plan and the Climate Change Act, Prof. Wakhungu called for concerted efforts to be made by all stakeholders to transform their respective actions to conform to a green economy regime.

Addressing the same function, the Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Mette Kdnudsen noted that, sustainable economic development was now a key goal of many governments around the world, as failure to find ways to grow their economies in a more sustainable and inclusive way, was a sure way of facing a future of increasing resource scarcity and competition, continued environmental degradation, and unabated climate change impacts, which could potentially be catastrophic.

The launch was also attended by the Secretary of Administration in the Ministry, Mr. William Kiprono, and representatives of GIZ, Nature Kenya, UN-Environment, ADB and the European Union Commission, among others…….

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu listening keenly to Mr. John Kioli from the KCCWG when she toured the exhibitions after launching the GESIP and SAG.DSC_0146

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The CS with panelists in a group photo during the dialogue.

The Government has put in place adequate measures that aim to sustainably coordinate and manage forests through the formulation of the National Forest Programme.

Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu on Tuesday pronounced that the programme is designed to increase forest and tree cover, enhance forest based economic, social and environmental benefits alongside integration of national values and principles of good governance in forest development.

Addressing Stakeholders in Nairobi during a National Dialogue on Biodiversity Mainstreaming into sectors of the economy within the implementation of the National Forestry Programme, the Cabinet Secretary said the sole purpose of mainstreaming biodiversity into other sectors of the economy is to ensure functional ecosystems for healthy human populations and the environment human beings live in.

“I am pleased to join you here today during this national dialogue whose main aim is to catalyze the implementation of the National Forest Programme, mainstream biodiversity into sectors of the economy and raise awareness for increased resource mobilization,” she said.

Prof. Wakhungu said that in spite of the centrality of forests in environmental stability, forest ecosystems are increasingly under threat from the ever growing pressure to meet anthropological needs.

The Cabinet Secretary reiterated that flood regulation functions of forests are increasingly being impaired as the impact of climate change becomes even more real.

She said the forest’s ability to sustain forest based businesses must critically be looked into, given that Kenya’s economic growth targets   could be compromised in unsustainable forest management.

The Cabinet Secretary challenged the Caucus to ensure that sustainable forest management approaches are deeply entrenched in restoration of landscapes including water catchments whether in protected forests, community or private lands.

She further announced that the Government is also developing a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) and the first ever National Wildlife Conservation Strategy with the view of up scaling conservation.

State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima who accompanied the Cabinet Secretary lauded the National Forest Programme,saying it is a unique policy framework designed to sustain and restore the resilience of forests in the country by ensuring that forests are able to withstand and recover from climate-related stresses and disturbances such as droughts, wildfires and epidemics of insects alongside diseases while adhering to the principles of sustainable forest management.

Dr. Mwakima said sustainable forest management will ensure that benefits derived from forests meet current needs and still contribute to the requirements for long-term development.

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Delegates attending the African COP 13 prep. workshop listening keenly as their chair, Mr. Richard Mwendandu, closses the workshop at the Nbi Safari Club.DSC_0217

African delegates to the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13), the sixteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC16), and the thirteenth session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST13), that will be held at the Ordos International Convention and Exhibition Center, Ordos, Inner Mongolia in China, will unite and articulate a very strong African voice, on the integration of Sustainable Development Goals and issues relating to drought, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

In remarks made on his behalf, by the Director of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in the Ministry, who is also the chair of the African group to COP 13, Mr. Richard Mwendandu during the closing session of the Africa Region preparatory meeting for the 13th Conference of Parties (COP 13) at the Nairobi Safari Club, Mr. Sunkuli noted that, it was only through unity that, the continent, which is vulnerable to vagaries of climate change can push its agenda.

The Principal Secretary expressed his satisfaction that, the African group had come up with an African position paper on the formulation of Drought Protocol to be an agenda during the conference.

The meeting that was held at the Nairobi Safari Club, was also attended by representatives of the African Forest Forum, NEPAD, FAO, UNCCD secretariat, UNDP and Food and Agriculture Organization, among others.

Applause- Delegates applasing after the closure of the three day workshop on the prep. of the roadmap to COP 13, in China.

 

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CS Wakhungu holding a copy of the report during the launch.

The government through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has launched a Wildlife Migratory Corridors and Dispersal Areas report, which has identified and mapped out wildlife habitats and migratory routes in the country.

While inaugurating the findings at Kenya Wildlife Service Headquarters in Nairobi, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said the document also suggests salient recommendations on strategies for securing the dispersal areas and migratory corridors within the specific context of different regions and landscapes.

Prof Wakhungu said that although wildlife dispersal areas and migratory corridors are mainly found on human and livestock dominated landscapes, they form important habitat connectivity that links the animals to their resources such as food, water, and breeding sites.

The Cabinet Secretary said that with over 25,000 species of wild animals and 7,000 species of wild plants, Kenya is ranked as one of the biodiversity rich countries in the world.

“We are proud as a nation and a people to have over 50 protected areas, across all ecosystems in the country to ensure the diversity of wildlife and its beauty is preserved for present and future generations,” she said.

However Prof Wakhungu acknowledged that there is a significant proportion of the country’s wildlife living outside the protected areas.

The Cabinet Secretary attributed the hurdle to the ever increasing human population, saying it has created a high demand for land as well as exerting an incredible amount of pressure and threats to wildlife and other biodiversity types in the country.

She pointed out that human encroachment on critical biodiversity sites in search of agricultural land has over the decades shifted to low potential rangelands and forests which coincidentally are the prime wildlife habitats.

“This has created problems including competition for pasture and water resources, habitat fragmentation and blockage of wildlife migratory routes and dispersal areas,” added the Cabinet Secretary.

Prof. Wakhungu said that most of the habitat connections have been disrupted by or lost to human activities and their restoration will greatly increase ecosystem resilience and space for wildlife, while enhancing conservation and reducing human-wildlife conflicts.

She announced that several interventions have been adopted to avert and reduce wildlife declines, notably through securing dispersal areas and migratory corridors, strengthening and investing in local communities and landowners to create and develop community and private wildlife conservancies alongside diversification of rural livelihoods through benefits from ecosystem services.

Prof. Wakhungu said the proposed Conservation Connectivity Framework suggests a number of mechanisms including legal and economic among others to be used to engage local communities, private land owners, counties, and national government in a collaborative process for securing critical wildlife areas.

The launch of the report which was spearheaded by the Ministry in collaboration with other conservation stakeholders who included Nature Kenya, African Conservation Centre among others comes in the backdrop of the escalating wildlife loss in Kenya, with a drastic decline of some wildlife populations by 67 percent between the year 1977 and 2013……..read More

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