Wednesday, March 3, 2021
PS Dr. Kiptoo with leaders of the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya in his office. The council members have pledged to support the government in the national tree planting by raising awareness, tree planting and raising of seedings.

PS Dr. Kiptoo with leaders of the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya in his office. The council members have pledged to support the government in the national tree planting by raising awareness, tree planting and raising of seedings.

The government has appealed to the religious organizations to use the huge resources they have to support the governments bid to increase the country’s forest cover. The religious organizations in the country has vast land, massive followers and other resources that the Ministry of Environment and Forestry wants to tap and enhance forest cover from the current 7.2% to 10% by 2022.

“We are seeking partnership with the religious leaders to help us in the ongoing tree planting campaign through mobilization of resources , the church has massive land for seedling production and tree planting, water and their big asset of the people,” said Dr. Chris Kiptoo. The PS made the remarks when he met with representatives from the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya.

Among those who attended the meetings include Alfred Gichu, the acting Conservation Secretary, Kenya Forest Research Institute, Deputy Director Dr. Jane Njuguna, and Reverend Father Joseph Mutie, the Interreligious council of Kenya chairman.

The interreligious council of Kenya brings together nine religious coordinating bodies.

Dr. Kiptoo said in order to achieve the 10 percent forest cover, two billion trees needs to be planted, while there an urgent need for landscape restoration, mitigation of climate change and restoration of degraded forests.

PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo speak during the me, the PS urged the leaders to lobby their followers and to utilize their massive land for tree plan, in a bid to increase the country’s forest cover to 10% by 2022.

PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo speak during the me, the PS urged the leaders to lobby their followers and to utilize their massive land for tree plan, in a bid to increase the country’s forest cover to 10% by 2022.

The PS said that, the Covid-19 pandemic has proved that the there are three cross-cutting issues of climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution, and the government is seeking partnership in specific areas.

The PS regretted that the rate of cutting down trees was higher than that of planting and appealed to Kenyans to consider alternative sources of energy and also ensure continuous tree planting to bridge the shortfall.

Acting Conservation Secretary Alfred Gichu said to achieve target there is need for a broad stakeholder engagement, and the ministry recognizes the need to tap into religious communities.

Dr, Njuguna on her part said that KFRI will offer technical support for the setting up of tree nurseries to deliver the 1.8 billion seedlings required to attain 10% forest cover by 2022.

Reverend Father Joseph Mutie said the Inter-Religious Council is seeking partnership with the Ministry of Environment, in tree planting, environmental awareness, seedling production among other areas.

The Chairman of the Council explains a point, during the meeting.

The Chairman of the Council explains a point, during the meeting.

 

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151779004_2730110300632456_1487704459262921303_nEnvironment and Forestry Principal Secretary, Dr. Chris Kiptoo today visited the Nairobi Arboretum to inspect the ongoing rehabilitation of the recreational park.
PS Dr. Kiptoo was happy with the work in progress, and noted that already there is change with clean pathways, fencing and cleaning up of the river and the ongoing setting up of the tree nursery.
Last year during the World Environment Day, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to reclaim and rehabilitate the city’s green spaces, among them City Park, Michuki Park, Ngong Forest and the Nairobi Arboretum; Kenya Forest Service and NEMA have been spearheading the exercise.
DR. Kiptoo said the Arboretum will be well lit, with clear , clean pathways, and the river will be cleaned, while the borehole will help in setting up the one million tree seedlings nursery towards attaining the 10% tree cover by 2022.
The PS said the Ministry of Environment is committed towards restoration and preservation of the countries green spaces.
He was accompanied by National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Director General, Mamo B Mamo Chairman of Nairobi Arboretum Community Forest Association (CFA) Brian Waruhiu.
Nairobi Arboretum is one of Kenya’s most visited green spaces bordering the State House and plays host to a wide array of biodiversity including over 365 tree species.
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Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo speaks during a media briefing on the upcoming UNEA-5. He said UNEA  will set priorities for global environmental policies, catalyze intergovernmental action on the environment and provide an opportunity for peoples to help design solutions for environmental challenges.

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo speaks during a media briefing on the upcoming UNEA-5. He said UNEA will set priorities for global environmental policies, catalyze intergovernmental action on the environment and provide an opportunity for peoples to help design solutions for environmental challenges.

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo has said the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) will set priorities for global environmental policies, catalyze intergovernmental action on the environment and provide an opportunity for peoples to help design solutions for environmental challenges.

Speaking in Nairobi during a media briefing on the upcoming UNEA5, PS Dr. Kiptoo said understanding the current environmental challenges and addressing them will accelerate achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Africa Union Agenda 2063 and Kenya’s Vision 2030.

He said UNEA5 will provide an opportunity for Member States and Stakeholders to take steps towards building back better and greener world by ensuring that investments in post COVID-19 economic recovery contribute to sustainable development.

Dr. Kiptoo said, the government of Kenya  is at the forefront in implementation of multilateral environmental agreements , through several measures /actions such as strengthening of policy and institutional frameworks, development and implementation of frameworks for conservation, protection and sustainable management of environment and natural resources, pollution prevention and Climate change mitigation and Adaptation including use of local and indigenous knowledge, through the updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).

The fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) will be held virtually from 22 to 23 February 2021 under the theme “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”.

 

PS Kiptoo said the theme calls for strengthened action to protect and restore nature and invest in nature-based solutions to achieve the SDGs in its three complementary dimensions (social, economic and environmental).

 

Foreign Affairs PS Ambassador Macharia Kamau called for strengthening of environmental activities and programs in order to achieve sustainable development goals.

Foreign Affairs PS Ambassador Macharia Kamau called for strengthening of environmental activities and programs in order to achieve sustainable development goals.

Foreign Affairs PS Ambassador Macharia Kamau called for strengthening of environmental activities and programs in order to achieve sustainable development goals, saying Kenya should take advantage of the presence on United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Nairobi to drive the global policy on environment and build its status to global standard city.

Ambassador Kamau regretted that human activities continue to be detrimental to the environment, as evidenced through pollution, drying up of rivers and other effects emanating from global warming.

UNEP Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Joyce Musya said UNEA5 will offer leadership dialogue during the Assembly to promote an interactive high-level discussion on the contribution of the environmental dimension of sustainable development to building a resilient and inclusive post-pandemic world.

 

UNEP Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Joyce Musya speaking during the media briefing. She said  UNEA5 will offer leadership dialogue during the Assembly to promote an interactive high-level discussion on the contribution of the environmental dimension of sustainable development to building a resilient and inclusive post-pandemic world.

UNEP Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Joyce Musya speaking during the media briefing. She said UNEA5 will offer leadership dialogue during the Assembly to promote an interactive high-level discussion on the contribution of the environmental dimension of sustainable development to building a resilient and inclusive post-pandemic world.

She told the media that the session will provide an opportunity for Member States and Stakeholders to take steps towards building back better and greener by ensuring that investments in post COVID-19 economic recovery contribute to sustainable development, and emerging issues such as COVID-19 calls for multilateral action

 

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Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo speaks during the launch of the Multi-Sectoral Committee on Sound Chemical Management, he emphasized on the need for proper chemical disposal to avoid negative environmental and human effects

Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo speaks during the launch of the Multi-Sectoral Committee on Sound Chemical Management, he emphasized on the need for proper chemical disposal to avoid negative environmental and human effects

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo launched a Multi-sectoral committee on Sound Chemical Management, which aims at strengthening chemical and Waste management in the country.

The committee will be mandated to support implementation of the Kenya National Chemicals Policy by working on a systematic and coherent framework for sound chemicals management and provide overarching approach and strategies that facilitate linkages between different sectors.

Speaking today during the launch at a Nairobi hotel, PS Dr. Kiptoo said chemicals are a major part of our daily life both socially, economically and ecologically. However, these chemicals when misused, they can lead to detrimental effects on human health and environment.

He said ministry of Environment and Forestry in consultation with relevant stakeholders has developed a draft Kenya Chemicals Policy which is awaiting approval by cabinet and parliament; whose main objective is to promote sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle.

Dr. Kiptoo said that the National Environment Policy and Environment Management and coordination Act (EMCA) provides a framework for an integrated approach to planning and sustainable sound chemical management.

The committee constitutes Government ministries and agencies,players from manufacturing sector, Specialized Sectoral agencies, and learning institutions among others.

The main functions of the committee will be to, promote collaboration and partnership, promote awareness and advocacy on sound chemicals management, Promote data collection, analysis, information sharing and knowledge management to inform decision making, Promote capacity building among the chemical management stakeholders and prepare joint multi-sectoral project concepts and implementation of activities e.g. inspections and audits.

A the PS in a group photo of the Committee members , the members are drawn from different sectors and their core mandate will be to strengthen policy on sound chemical management

A the PS in a group photo of the Committee members , the members are drawn from different sectors and their core mandate will be to strengthen policy on sound chemical management

Top on the agenda will be to manage and regulate chemicals in the extractive sector and Toxic Chemicals Waste Management and Disposal.

In a speech read on behalf of Ministry of Health PS, Susan , said the committee has come at critical time in the country because of the, noteable increase in non-communicable diseases cases being managed within healthcare facilities.

PS Mochache said there is need to embrace sound chemical management across all sectors in order to avoid significant and increasingly complex risks to human health, ecosystems and substantial costs to national economies threatened by treating non-communicable diseases, such as cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congenital anomalies, chronic kidney disease, poisonings, among others.

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Environment and Forestry PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo today lead ten of his colleagueson an inspection tour to assessthe implementation status of government projects in Nairobi, under the National Development Implementation Technical Committee (NDITC) Cluster One.

Dr. Kiptoo who is also the Chair of NDITC Cluster One, led his fellow PSs, Dr. BelioKipsang, Education;CharlseSunkuli, Devolution;CharlseHinga, Urban Development and Prof. Collet Suda, Gender. Others were, Andrew Kamua, Petroleum;ZainabuHussein,Correctional Services; Alfred Cheriuyot, Post Training and Skills Development;Ali Noor of Cooperatives and Dr. Nancy Karigithuof Shipping and Maritime on an extensive tour of various development projects in Nairobi.

During at tour of the Kenya Institute of Business Training Department (KIBT) in Parklands is for the Department of the Ministry of Trade, the team was amazed with the transformation that the Institute has undergone since 2009 when the rehabilitation works re-started, after stalling in 1995.

KIBT, a seven (7) story complex which with 40 forty accommodation rooms is a critical complex as it houses the Kenya Multi Commodities Exchange (KOMEX) and the Kenya US- FTA Secretariate that are key in enhancing trade between Kenya and the United States and provides real time information on. The Institute has ample space for office accommodation, Amphitheatre, lecture rooms, Library, Computer laboratory and Business Incubation Shops.

Dr. Kiptoo said that upon completion, the KIBT Complex will have ample space for office accommodation and related facilities, saying that that some public institutions can also occupy some of the office spaces to save government from renting office accommodation. The PS’ sentiments were echoed by his colleagues who unanimously agreed that the government should maximized on the office accommodation available at KIBT to save the huge amounts spent on renting office accommodation in private premises.

Prior to visiting KIBT, the Principal Secretaries were guided on an extensive tour of the Kenya Diary Board Laboratories in Kangemito assess thestatus of the installation of ultra-modern dairy processing Laboratories. The team also assessed the standards of processing dairyproducts to ascertain compliance with safety measures by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). The tour was conducted by the Margaret Kibogy, the Board’s Managing Director, who gave a detailed presentation on the processing or various dairy products.

The team was impressed with the facility and commended the Management for exemplary performance that guaranteed quality dairy products and also provided market for dairy farmers.

The team later visited two primary schools, Kabete Vet Lab ECDE and Hospital Hill Primary Schools to asses level of compliance with the COVID 19 protocols and to establish the per centage of pupils who have reported back to school in compliance with the Presidential Directive that compelled all children to report back to school after the re-opening on 04th January 2021.

The team were guided on the tour of the project by the NairobiCounty Commissioner Ms. Flora Mworoa and the Presidential Delivery Unit (DPU).

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n connection to the Webinar Augustine Kenduiwo, MEF, hands over a copy of the Kenya Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan to Prof. Nura Mohammed, KSG. From left to right:

n connection to the Webinar Augustine Kenduiwo, MEF, hands over a copy of the Kenya Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan to Prof. Nura Mohammed, KSG. From left to right:

Ministry of Environment and Forestry yesterday conducted a webinar for faculty members of Kenya School of Government’s (KSG) five campuses in Nairobi, Mombasa, Baringo, Embu and Matuga.

The  72 members participated in the webinar it was a first step in the cooperation between MEF and KSG to develop “green” courses for government officers, throughout Kenya.
The courses focus on Climate Change, Green Growth, Circular Economy and Green Public procurement. It was organized by KSG and carried out by Augustine Kenduiwo and Lars Møller from the Green Growth and Employment Programme which is a DANIDA supported programme under the Ministry of Environment.
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has signed MoU with Kenya School of Government to establish a framework for collaboration in the design and implementation of capacity building programmes in Green Growth and Circular Economy.
 Thousands of government officers will be trained in these subjects to help accelerate Kenya’s green transition. The MoU is signed by the principal secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, CBS, and Director General, Kenya School of Government Prof. Ludeki Chweya, CBS, and Principal Secretary, The National Treasury, Dr. Julius Muia, CBS.
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Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo and his Education and Planning counterparts Dr. BelioKipsang and SaitotiTorome expressed satisfaction at the number of children who have reported back to school after the reopening of schools last week. The average number of children who had reported so far stands at 96% in most of the schools inspected.

The PSswere happy with the level of compliance with the COVID 19 protocols and lauded the teachers for their ingenuity to ensure all mandatory protocols regarding safety were observed despite challenges of inadequate classrooms and desks, inadequate dormitories to ensure safe distancing and regular supply of water to cope with the high demand to manage the COVID 19 protocols.

The Operation Back to School team led by the PSs and accompanied, by Narok CC Mr. Evans Achoki and County government officials inspected eight schools in Narok County namely, Ole Ntutu Arid, llkeek Aare, llturotOrook and Ntulel Primary Schools. They also inspected Ololulung’a Boys, Suswa Girls, Ole Tipis Girls and Masikonde Secondary Schools in the County.

Addressing the students and pupils at one of the schools, Environment PS Dr. Kiptoo said it was prudent to observe the protocols continuously lest we lapse into a lockdown as was the case in some countries in Europe.

Dr. Kiptoo called on the children to focus on their studies if they were to succeed in life, adding that, ” it was only through hard work that you can succeed in life “, The PS implored the young girls to shun habits that would jeopardize their chances to pursue education such as pregnancies and early marriages, adding that education was key to life.

The PS encouraged the students and pupils to work hard and excel in their studies regardless  of their humble their backgrounds advising them   on the secret of success, “regardless of your humble background, put God first, work hard for best grades that will propel you to greater heights, and stay focused’.

As regards the inadequate facilities, Dr. Kiptoo urged the Principals and Head teachers, Schools Boards and Associations, to look at the opportunism presented by the pandemic and improve their infrastructure by constructing more classrooms and dormitories, increase water supply and storage capacity and other relevant facilities to ensure a conducive environment for learning and untimely peak performance.

In respect to environmental conservation, Dr. Kiptoo said the Ministry through the County Commissioner will provide seedlings to the schools to start tree nurseries and plant trees to support the, “2Billion Tree Growing Campaign” that seeks to increase the national forest cover by 10 % by 2022. He committed to return to the school on a later date to launch the tree planting exercise.

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Environment and Forestry PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo today lead ten of his colleagueson an inspection tour to assessthe implementation status of government projects in Nairobi, under the National Development Implementation Technical Committee (NDITC) Cluster One.

Dr. Kiptoo who is also the Chair of NDITC Cluster One, led his fellow PSs, Dr. BelioKipsang, Education;CharlseSunkuli, Devolution;CharlseHinga, Urban Development and Prof. Collet Suda, Gender. Others were, Andrew Kamua, Petroleum;ZainabuHussein,Correctional Services; Alfred Cheriuyot, Post Training and Skills Development;Ali Noor of Cooperatives and Dr. Nancy Karigithuof Shipping and Maritime on an extensive tour of various development projects in Nairobi.

During at tour of the Kenya Institute of Business Training Department (KIBT) in Parklands is for the Department of the Ministry of Trade, the team was amazed with the transformation that the Institute has undergone since 2009 when the rehabilitation works re-started, after stalling in 1995.

KIBT, a seven(7) story complex which with 40 forty accommodation rooms isa critical complex as it houses the Kenya Multi Commodities Exchange (KOMEX) and the Kenya US- FTA Secretariate that are key in enhancing trade between Kenya and the United States and provides real time information on. The Institute has ample space for office accommodation, Amphitherea, lecture rooms, Library, Computer laboratory and Business Incubation Shops.

Dr. Kiptoo said that upon completion, Complex will have space for office accommodation and related facilities, it is therefore advisable that some public institutions can also occupy some of the office spaces to save government from renting office accommodation. The PS’ sentiments were echoed by his colleagues who unanimously agreed that the government should maximized on the office accommodation available at KIBT to save the huge amounts spent on renting office accommodation in private premises.

Prior to visiting KIBT, the Principal Secretaries were guided on an extensive tour of the Kenya Diary Board Laboratories in Kangemito assess thestatus of the installation of ultra-modern dairy processing Laboratories. The team also assessed the standards of processing dairyproducts to ascertain compliance with safety measures by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). The tour was conducted by the Margaret Kibogy, the Board’s Managing Director, who gave a detailed presentation on the processing or various dairy products.

The team was impressed with the facility and commended the Management for exemplary performance that guaranteed quality dairy products and also provided market for dairy farmers.

The team later visited two primary schools, Kabete Vet Lab ECDE and Hospital Hill Primary Schools to asses level of compliance with the COVID 19 protocols and to establish the per centage of pupils who have reported back to school in compliance with the Presidential Directive that compelled all children to report back to school after the re-opening on 04th January 2021.

The team were guided on the tour of the project by the NairobiCounty Commissioner Ms. Flora Mworoa and the Presidential Delivery Unit(DPU).

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reportThe Ministry of Environment and Forestry acknowledges the enormous contribution from various institutions and experts involved in the preparation of the 6th National report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The report takes stock of the achievements, assesses progress on implementation of the Aichi targets and identifies the challenges and gaps in implementation of the CBD in Kenya.

The 6th National report was developed through a consultative process that involved government ministries, departments and agencies, Council of governors, non-governmental organisations, development partners and the private sector. Contributions from these institutions provided policy guidance, technical and logistical support towards the preparation of this report.

The report was prepared with financial and technical support from GEF through UNEP. Additional support provided by the Nature Conservancy and other stakeholders is highly appreciated.

The multi-sectoral/ agencies technical committee that spearheaded the development of this report coordinated by the department of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) is duly acknowledged. Your commitment was unmatched and your effort is highly appreciated….read more

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