Sunday, June 25, 2017

Conference Objectives

The overall objective of the workshop is to create an understanding regarding weather and climate extremes with emphasis on the issues related to the causes, monitoring and manifestations of extreme weather and climate and their implications to our social and economic fabric….read more

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ROLL- PS’s from the East African states that form the Lake Victoria Basin during the signing ceremony of the policy report that will guide the operations of th LVBC in Mwanza, Tanzania.

The 18th Sectoral Council of Ministers for the lake Victoria Basin kicked off in Mwanza Tanzania with Principal and Permanent Secretaries from East Africa Community (EAC) member’s states endorsing diverse projects affecting millions of residents in the region.

The Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli  chaired yesterday  the Kenya delegation evaluation  meeting, attended by Prof. Fred Sigor Principal Secretary for Water and M/s Betty Maina Principal Secretary for East Africa Community Integration at the Malaika Beach Hotel.

The Kenyan delegation comprising various senior government officials and professionals in assorted fields endorsed projects and programs implemented in the country and jointly financed by the World Bank, donors and the government through the Lake Victoria basin Commission (LVBC).

The PS’s evaluated their various country programs and projects under Finance and Administration for onward transmission to the Council of Ministers who if in agreement would present them to the EAC Summit comprising the regions heads of state for concurrence.

Delegations from United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi all negotiated for their respective country programs and projects that are at various stages of implementation.

It is a common practice for EAC partner states to regularly evaluate and negotiate funding of the projects and programmes implemented under the Lake Victoria Basin Commission.

The more than 40 million residents of Lake Victoria basin expect to improve their livelihoods from a myriad activities initiated to make the region an economic hub for growth in East Africa.

The Kenyan delegation evaluated projects and programs regarding environmental management, water and sanitation, health and population. Others include management of ecosystems and transboundary natural resources, maritime transport and communication for safety, integrated water resources management, pipelines among others.

The Sectoral Council of Ministers that directs actions for the Commission is expected to hold a meeting Friday 23rd June to adopt the recommendations of the principal and permanent secretaries.

A group photo of the Kenyan delegation to the 18th. SECOM meeting in Mwanza, TZ.

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Official opening of the (KEFRI LAMU RESOURCE CENTRE) by Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu at Mukowe, in Lamu County.

The Government has unveiled a Resource Centre in Lamu County in a bid to alleviate the existing environmental challenges arising from forest degradation, inadequate wood biomass, and destruction of watershed ecosystems.

While launching the project at Mukowe in Lamu County, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said the project will play a key role in providing appropriate technologies and advisory services to rehabilitation, forestry development and environmental management against degradation.

“The Lamu Research Sub Centre and Farmers Resource Centre which am opening today is one of the sub centers of Coast Eco-region research Programme to provide devolved forestry and development services to the Coast Counties of Lamu and Tana River and will play a Key role in providing appropriate technologies and advisory services to rehabilitation, forestry development and environmental management against degradation,” said Prof. Wakhungu.

She said the national research agenda of Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) is tasked to address the challenges through five thematic programmes derived from the National Forest Programme (NFP) and implemented in six stratified National Eco-region based research programmes.

They are the Coast Eco-region Research Programme (CERP), which covers the six Counties including Kwale, Mombasa, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Tana-River alongside Lamu and which seeks to address pertinent issues in forestry and allied natural resources.

Prof. Wakhungu said the forest sector plays a crucial role in the country’s economy, thus being a key pillar in mitigating climate change that has become an issue of global concern through carbon sequestration, provision of products and ecosystem services.

The resource has modern facilities including the farmer’s resource centre and the hostel for use in enhancing forestry development and livelihoods.

The newly constructed KEFRI LAMU RESOURCE CENTER at Mukowe, Lamu County

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu flagging off the World Day to Combat Desertification procession at HulaHula in Marsabit County.

This year’s World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), was marked at Hulahula Primary School, in Saku Sub-County of Marsabit County, in a ceremony that was officiated by the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu..

Speaking during the commemoration, whose theme was Conserving Our Land for Sustainable Livelihoods, and the slogan “Our Land – Our Home – Our Future”, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, the World Day to Combat Desertification is observed on 17th June each year, as provided for under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) which Kenya ratified in 1997, to promote public awareness relating to the international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, assisted by Miss Environment, Kenya, Debra Omondi, lauching the National Action Programme to Combat Desertification at Marsabit.

Noting that Marsabit County was a  largely an arid/semi-arid part of the country, and experiences food insecurity and poverty due to persistent drought and inadequate adaptation strategies, Prof. Wakhungu said, her Ministry  had put in place several policy frameworks to guide sound environmental management, including  the Environmental and wetlands policies, among others. The policies, Prof. Wakhungu noted, have incorporated emerging environmental issues and proposes measures to address them.

During the celebrations, that were also attended by the Chair of the NEMA  Board, Mr. John Konchella, Director General Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu and  Kenya’s deputy representative, Kenya Mission to UNEP, Amb. Anne Wanjohi, among others, Prof. Wakhungu launched the rehabilitation of a big gulley in Hulahula and the National Action Programme to Combat Desertification for Kenya 2015-2025.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu lauching the rehabilitation of gurley erosion at HulaHula, MarsabitDSC_0037

 

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing guests at the Crowne Plaza hotel, during the launch of the SLM framework.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, takes a keen interest in inter-related issues between economic, social, and environmental challenges, and the need for finding integrated solutions to achieve sustainable use of our land and water resources, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking during the launch of the Framework for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) (2017-2027) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nairoibi, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, the Framework, will provide a blueprint to strengthen and enhance investments and implementation of Sustainable Land Management (SLM), with a view of attaining the synergistic benefits of increasing food production, while at the same time, supporting crucial ecosystem services and promoting sustainable rural livelihoods.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by PS, Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli and representatives from Terr Africa, Ministry of Agriculture and the Council of Governors, during the lauch of the SLM at the Crowne Plaza, Nbi

Noting that Climate change has posed a major challenge to economic and social development, and that, Many years of exploitation, population pressure, demand for wood fuel resources and unsustainable land use practices, exacerbated by poor policies and institutional failures, have all contributed to land degradation and misuse of the natural environment, Prof. Wakkhungu observed that, “this document which we are launching today, provides a blueprint to strengthen and enhance investments and implementation of Sustainable Land Management”.

Speaking during the same function, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli noted that, The main reason for developing the framework, that was developed through extensive stakeholder consultations at both national and county levels  backed by targeted baseline diagnostic studies, was to leverage on a joint operational framework, which will help to harmonize all Sustainable Land Management interventions and investments across sectors in a programmatic approach.

PS, Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli addressing guests during the launch of the SLM framework.

 The launch was also attended by representatives of stake holders and institutions, that collaborated with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in developing the framework, who included the State department of Agriculture, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Ministry of Lands Urban Development and Housing, KFS, KWS, NEMA, and Civil Society organizations.

The Global Environment Facility, through the World Bank provided the grant that facilitated the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Sustainable Land management Project (KAPSLMP).

 

 

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Conference Objectives

The overall objective of the workshop is to create an understanding regarding weather and climate extremes with emphasis on the issues related to the causes, monitoring and manifestations of extreme weather and climate and their implications to our social and economic fabric…..read more

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Principal Secretary Dr Margaret Mwakima poses for a photo with pupils of Mwakishimba Primary School in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County where she led the public for tree planting ceremony for the Coastal region. This is a photo to be ever remembered by these pupils about the visit to their school. A total number of 1,500 trees were planted.

State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima has hailed the roll out of Plantation Establishment and Livelihood Improvement Scheme (PELIS) in Taita Taveta County, saying it has both enhanced forest conservation and improved human livelihood.

Speaking on Tuesday at Mwakishimba Primary School in the County, the Principal Secretary said through PELIS programme, the forest adjacent communities have taken part in forest conservation while at the same time earning a living from the resource.

“The benefits forest adjacent communities derive from these partnerships are enhanced food production and income generation through sustainable harvesting of non-wood forest products guided by the approved participatory forest management plans for each of our forests,” said the PS.

She said the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has operationalized the Forest Conservation and Management Act, 2016 which creates strong provisions for the formation of Community Forest Associations (CFAs) for all communities who live in the neighborhoods of State as well as county forests.

Dr. Mwakima said the new Act is in tandem with the Country’s Constitution and lays emphasis on inclusive engagement and participation of all stakeholders.

The PS  said that Kenya Forest Service has the mandate to sustainably manage all public forests and allied resources for environmental stability and the socio-economic development of the Kenyan people.

“This is an enormous mandate which the Kenya Forest Service cannot achieve singly, but through collaboration and cooperation with the county governments and well-structured partnerships with the private sector, individuals, corporate entities and other government agencies”, she added.

Dr. Mwakima announced that nine Community Forest Associations registered in the county are actively engaged in forest protection, rehabilitation and tree planting in the degraded forest areas.

She said Taita Taveta forests have played a major role in addressing some of the threats facing the biodiversity and livelihoods of the local people and require to be protected at any cost.

The PS challenged all Kenyans including those in Taita Taveta County to ensure that forests that are protected and conserved for posterity.

The ever green beautiful scenery of Wundanyi, with indigenous trees and shrubs that forms the ever attractive and strong ecosystem in Taita Taveta County.

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Several parts of the country remained dry over the past week. However some parts of the Highlands West of the Rift Valley and the Coast received some rainfall……..read more

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The PS and the Chair of the Board of Director AFEW-Kenya presents a trophy to one of the winners.

The PS and the Chair of the Board of Director AFEW-Kenya presents a trophy to one of the winners.

The government has asked Kenyans across the country to plant more trees in order to meet the Constitutional and the Global requirement of 10 percent forest cover, which currently stands at 7.2 percent.

Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. Judi Wakhungu on Friday said the efforts by Kenyans to invest in tree plantation would supplement the strategies undertaken by the government to meet the requirement.

In a speech read on her behalf by Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima during the commemoration of Environmental Awards Day held at AFEW- Kenya, the CS said her Ministry has put in place effective measures to  combat environmental challenges  facing the country, among them  sensitization and awareness creation.

“In the view of the same, my Ministry through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Department of Environmental Education, Information and Public Participation (EEIPP), has provided strategies for education and awareness creation activities as well as services for sustainable environmental conservation,” she added.

She lauded the initiatives undertaken by the Education Ministry, saying its move to develop an educational curriculum that promotes sustainable education and learning in schools is a major step forward towards up scaling environmental conservation.

The PS is welcomed at event.

The PS is welcomed at event.

The Cabinet Secretary cited environmental degradation as one of the greatest threats facing the country, through unsustainable human activities, extreme weather conditions and the effects of climate change among others.

Prof. Wakhungu said that unless the government moves with speed to address these challenges, it would be very difficult for Kenya  to realize her  desired social-economic benefits and the objectives and aspirations of the vision 2030.

During the occasion, Bildad Tom Ochieng from Maseno School was awarded as the overall Environment Master 2017, while Caroline Mwende Gitonga from Moi University Annexe scooped the overall Miss Environment 2017.

Also honoured was Geoffrey Karani from Rare Gem Talent School in Kitengela,who won the Merit Award Winner 2017.

 

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Crown Plaza photosThe Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has inaugurated a National Wildlife Conservation and Management Strategy policy in a bid to beef up wildlife conservation.

Unveiling the plan in Nairobi, Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu  announced that the strategy is intended to provide guidance to the country on how wildlife will be protected, conserved, managed and sustainably utilized taking into account the three land regimes  among them public, community and private lands alongside the conservation model, innovations and current challenges.

Prof. Wakhungu said the scheme also seeks to review and analyze historical approaches and give an overview of the current conservation models’ in Kenya.

“This strategy should therefore   recognize the emerging opportunities that exist in wildlife as a land use by promoting participatory land-use planning in wildlife corridors and dispersal areas in community and private land, providing innovative benefit-sharing and conflict resolution mechanisms, and engaging in social contracts with communities to increase space for wildlife with shared liabilities”, she added.

The CS joined by Industrialist Manu Chandaria, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and PS Mwakima at the event.

The CS joined by Industrialist Manu Chandaria, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and PS Mwakima at the event.

The Cabinet Secretary (CS) tasked the Committee working on the plan to explore innovative ways of education and awareness not only to communities but to various levels of government, in order to reduce conflicting sectorial policies and adequate support to the conservation agenda.

The CS emphasized that the process of strategy formulation is as important as the final product, calling for engagement of stakeholders including national and county, alongside private partners.

The five year strategy is aligned to the vision 2030 and other relevant policy and legal frameworks.

Its implementation will address chronic issues within the wildlife sector such as lack of recognition of wildlife as land use and a major driver of our economy, increase in human-wildlife conflicts, challenges in achieving an integrated wildlife management approach and increased poaching and illegal wildlife trade, among others.

Present at the launch were State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godhec, Industrialist Manu Chandaria and Conservation Secretary Gideon Gathaara among others.

 

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advertThe Global Environment Facility, through the United Nations Environment Programme is providing financial support to the Government of Kenya to review and update Kenya’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). This assignment is expected to be implemented within a duration of twelve (12) months. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, State Department of Environment therefore intends to engage two (2) staff to coordinate the activities to be implemented during the assignment, these are:

  1. THE NATIONAL PROJECT COORDINATOR (NPC)

The role of the NPC will be to oversee project implementation and liaison between the Steering Committee and Project Staff. The NPC will be critical in catalyzing inter-ministerial and broader stakeholder support towards the objectives of this project and liaising with counterparts in other ministries, regional/local governments…….read more

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Best practices- CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with PS, Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli and CEC Env. from Nakuru County at the MENR stand during the WED in Egerton, NjoroDSC_0071-001

Best practices- CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with PS, Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli and CEC Env. from Nakuru County at the MENR stand during the WED in Egerton, NjoroDSC_0071-001

This year’s World Environment Day, whose theme was “Connecting people to Nature” and its slogan “I am with Nature”, was marked at the Egerton University in Njoro, and presided over by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu.

Speaking during the occasion, the CS noted that, the World Environment Day, has since its inception, continued to be used as a platform to create awareness and educate the public on the importance of the environment and observed that, through the celebrations, her Ministry has been able to recognize best environmental practices and share lessons and experiences on sound environmental management.

Prof. Wakhungu observed that, efforts to protect our environment have scored some successes, and cited the recent gazette notice to ban the use of plastic carrier bags in the country, noting that, plastic wastes have continued to chock our drainage systems, kill livestock and degrade infrastructure, among other negative impacts.

Speaking during the same occasion, that was attended by the vice chancellor of Egerton University, Ms. Rose Mwonya, Chair of NEMA board Mr. John Konchella and the DG, NEMA, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu among others, the Principal Secretary in the State Dept. of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli noted that, the Ministry was committed in seeing effective implementation of the ban on plastic carrier bags for the best interests of our environment, people and the Country Kenya.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with other dignitaries who included the PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, following events during the WED in Egerton, Njoro.DSC_0087

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with other dignitaries who included the PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, following events during the WED in Egerton, Njoro.DSC_0087

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