Saturday, March 24, 2018

Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko makes a point during the courtesy call (1

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Keriako Tobiko has confirmed plans to partner with local religious and other organized groups to raise awareness on environmental conservation.

The Government, Tobiko said, has stepped up public engagement initiatives geared at involving interest groups on matters relating to environmental conservation as enshrined in the constitution.

Speaking in his office when he hosted the head of the Anglican Church in Kenya, Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, who had paid him a courtesy call, Tobiko said the Ministry of Environment and Forestry is prioritizing public participation forums to raise awareness on environmental issues.

Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko makes a point when Archbishop Sapit visited him

Such public participation forums, with religious among other interest groups, Tobiko said will help accelerate and entrench much needed behavioural change on environmental matters including tree planting campaigns.

“Time is certainly not on our side and we have committed to involve religious and other interest groups including the private sector on a range of environmental conservation programmes,” Tobiko said, adding that, “on the immediate basis, we need to walk together with religious organisations among others on tree planting campaigns, support for plastics management on a reduce, reuse and recycle basis among other public education initiatives.”

Anglican Church Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit signs a visitors book when he paid courtesy call to the CS

The preamble of our Constitution, Tobiko said, acknowledges the supremacy of the Almighty God of all creation and implores us to remain respectful of the environment, which is our heritage, while sustaining it for the benefit of future generations. “Working with religious groups is therefore a right fit in our efforts to meet the onerous task ahead,” he noted.

Tobiko reiterated his ministry’s commitment to provide technical support for local public and private sector institutions taking part in the national tree planting campaign.


CS Keriako Tobiko waters a tree during the internatinal year of forest at Kibiku forest in Ngong.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko has hailed the Kenya Defence Forces for their civil efforts to conserve and protect the Environment.

He noted that the military personnel had stamped their authority in environment conservation by volunteering to plant over 3 million tree seedlings during the current long rains adding that the activity would enhance the national effort of achieving a tree cover of 15% by 2022.

The CS was speaking during this year’s International Day of Forests (IDF) celebrated at Wangari Maathai corner at Karura forest where over 10,000 tree seedlings were planted. He also joined members of the KDF who planted tree seedlings at Kibiku area of Ngong forest.

The event was also attended by dignitaries including Environment Ministers from Ethiopia and Somalia, representatives from Uganda, Africa Union Commission among others from various countries.

Mr. Tobiko said that the country had overwhelming support for conservation from various communities, civil society, Non Governmental Organizations and diverse stakeholders. He urged Kenyans to utilize the current long rains to plant trees in their farms and compounds.

Kenyans he observed had a basic responsibility of protecting their motherland from wanton degradation and challenged members of the Law Society of Kenya to contribute towards protection and conservation through offering pro bono legal services to the numerous environment cases appearing in courts of law across the country.

The CS said that his Ministry would   spearhead massive clean up exercise by teaming up with county governments in major cities of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu in an effort to manage the enormous amounts of  garbage that were an eye sore and health hazard.

Others who participated in tree planting to mark the IDF were Environment PS Mr. Charles Sunkuli, chairman of KFS Peter Kinyua, Friends of Karura patron Prof. Karanja Njoroge, among others.

CS Environment & Forestry Keriako Tobiko plants a tree during the International Year of Forest at the Wangari Maathai Corner at Karura Forest.


Anglican Church Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit signs a visitors book when he paid courtesy call to the CS

The Archbishop of the Anglican Church Mr. Jackson Ole Sapit has extended his support and partnership to the Ministry of Environment to enhance conservation.

The Church through inter-religious organizations will partner with the Ministry to discuss critical matters of the protection and conserving the environment.

The archbishop noted that the church will not limit itself to matters of flora and fauna but will embark on tasks of cleaning of rivers and engage in waste management among other issues that were important in sustaining human life.

He spoke when he paid a courtesy call to the Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko to discuss the contribution of church leaders and faith led organizations in environmental conservation.

The CS said the church and religion through the Inter Religious organizations play an important role educating and creating awareness among the public on their role in environmental conservation, climate change in regards to food security.

The archbishop said the human race had been mandated to have dominion over the environment and protect it for posterity but not to misuse it.

He called on the present generation to be trusted custodians of the universe on behalf of the future generations.

This he noted could be achieved through protecting and improving on the environment “if we deplete the very sources that support livelihoods we cannot have a future tomorrow” he said.

Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko makes a point during the courtesy call (1


Wet conditions were sustained over most parts of the country as depicted in Figures 1, 2 and 3and some areas exhibited a marked increase in rainfall. Mrangi Primary School (in Taita Taveta County) recorded the highest amount of rainfall within 24 hours of 138.0mm on 16thMarch, 2018.

Other stations that reported very heavy rainfall (>50mm)within 24 hours  on various days include Iten (97.8mm), Busia Ministry of Water (94.9mm), Mabanga A.T.C (91.0mm), Kabete (74.0mm), Shigharo (66.2mm), Wilson Airport (58.5mm), Garissa (51.2mm), Kisii (51.0mm), Dagoretti (50.1mm), . Heavy rainfall (20mm-50mm) was recorded in a number of stations on diverse days within the review period. These include Marsabit, Moyale, Wajir,Kitale, Kakamega, Eldoret Kapsoya and Eldoret Airport, Nyahururu, Ngong, Voi, Kisumu, Narok, Nyeri, Embu, Meru, Moi Air Base, Dagoretti, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Makindu, Nakuru, Mtwapa, Moi International Airport, Kabete, Kabarak, Matungu, Bamburi, Tuthu, Muriranjas, SOS Nyali, Kilindini, Ngerenyi, Mlenge, Werugha, Wesu Hospital and Mwatate, among others… more


20 March, 2018

Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko receives the interim taskforce report from the chairperson Marion Wakanyi as other members look on.

 The Taskforce formed to look into forest management resources and logging activities in the country has come up with radical changes to stem logging and save our forests.  During a press briefing convened to hand in the interim report to the Cabinet Secretary, the taskforce recommended that the KFS board of directors be disbanded and a lifestyle audit done for all the senior officers.

The Chairperson of the taskforce Marion Wakanyi outlined some of the key findings as: blatant destruction of forests, corruption by all officers manning the forests, unaccountability of all revenue generated from sale of trees, poor governance structures, poor record keeping, harvested trees left rotting away on the ground for more than two years, no replanting of trees but continuous growing of crops, lack of understanding of the social, economic and environmental impact of deforestation, unfairness in business dealings among others.

Other recommendations include; immediate stoppage of the Plantation, establishment and livelihood improvement scheme (Pelis), redeployment of staff to the greater public service, increase establishment of forest rangers, prosecution of implicated staff and recovery of stolen property, use of modern surveillance to curb illegal logging.

After receiving the interim report, the Cabinet Secretary commended the taskforce members for their tireless efforts and assured them of his support. He said that he will work with other relevant structures in government to implement the recommendations in order to save our forests.

During the press briefing, Principal Secretary, Charles Sunkuli said the Ministry is not sufficiently prepared to provide alternatives but will partner with producers of gas and the Ministry of Energy to make the commodity affordable to all Kenyans in order to curb the destruction of forests.

The taskforce has two more weeks to firm up the findings and recommendations before handing in a complete report.


Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko addressing the Second Giant Club Summit in Botswana

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Keriako Tobiko is this morning set to address the Second Giants Club Summit 2018 hosted by Botswana President Ian Khama, in Kasane, Botswana.

The Giants Club is a high-level global forum uniting visionary African political leaders with conservation science, philanthropic finance, and individuals with worldwide influence, who have together pledged to safeguard at least half of Africa’s remaining elephants by 2020.

At the high-level summit co-hosted by the Tlhokolmela Trust and Space for Giants, Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Tobiko is representing President Uhuru Kenyatta as a follow up to the successful hosting of the first Giants Club Summit in Nanyuki, Kenya last year.

Speaking ahead of the Giants Club Summit Official Opening to be attended by President Khama, and senior delegations representing the presidents of Gabon, and Uganda, this morning, Mr. Tobiko confirmed that the Kenyan delegation will trace the successes achieved following the first conference last year, while outlining focus areas to ensure a sustained approach to environmental conservation.

“The Giants Club Summit 2018 taking place in Kasane, a tourist gateway town on the edge of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana, provides a moment to review progress and an opportunity to establish a new set of actions,” Mr. Tobiko said while adding that, “This represents a new approach in conservation which is also consistent with the Government of Kenya Environmental conservation goals, where commitments are regularly reviewed in an open and transparent way to ensure tangible results are being achieved on the ground.”

CS Keriako Tobiko (Left) with the President of Botswana Seretsi Khama Ian Khama (Left) among other dignitaries at the Summit

The Giants Club was founded by President Kenyatta with the presidents of Botswana, Gabon, Kenya and Uganda, with support from Space for Giants and its patron, Evgeny

Lebedev,     the     owner     of     The     Independent     and     London     Evening Standard newspapers. The body was formed to combat the poaching crisis by bringing together visionary leaders who can work together to provide the political will, financial resources and technical capacity required to protect Africa’s remaining elephant populations.

According to Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants, as many as 96 elephants a day were being illegally killed for their ivory but fiercer laws, better frontline protection, and significant drops in the price of tusks in China, the main market, have raised hopes that poaching has dropped from peaks seen earlier this decade.

Fundamental threats to the world’s largest land mammal remain, however. Poaching is still a huge problem. Pressures on elephant habitats are surging as human populations grow and more land is needed for farming and infrastructure development. Greater efforts to make sure that elephants and other wildlife are valued by the communities that host them are critical to the species’ survival.

The Giants Club Summit 2018 has four initial objectives:

  1. It will be held soon after China enacts its domestic ivory trade ban, and will recognise the great distinction of that step and help  drive  new  partnerships between China and Africa that ensure natural ecosystems flourish
  1. It will  work  to  secure  Africa’s  largest  single  remaining  contiguous  elephant population, which straddles the borders of five countries
  2. It will engage global enterprise to show how investing in conservation is good for corporate social responsibility and good for business in increasingly discerning global markets
  1. It will review progress made since the 2016 summit and set transparent goals to be achieved before the next event.


Aptly, the second Giants Club Summit in Kasane in northern Botswana is being held on the banks of the Chobe River within the range of Africa’s largest elephant population –

225,000 individuals whose habitats straddle the borders of five nations – Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe – with the world-famous Okavango Delta at its heart.

The high level Summit is also taking place in the final month of President Khama’s time in office. During his presidency, Botswana has demonstrated how an African state can combine economic progress with successful and sustained commitments to conservation by developing what is today acknowledged as the world’s leading ecotourism model. The Summit will serve as a worthy tribute to President Khama’s achievements.

Last    year,    Three    African    heads    of    state,    98    business    leaders,    key influencers and conservation experts were brought together at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club near Nanyuki town for the purpose of ensuring a future for elephants and the landscapes they depend on, forever.

The  vision  for  the  Summit  was  to  secure  commitments  from  all  four  Giants  Club nations, Kenya, Botswana, Gabon and Uganda towards the protection and management of their elephant populations.

Successes since the last summit include boosting intelligence-led anti-poaching capacity in Botswana, building electrified fences to keep elephants and farmers safe from each other in Kenya and Gabon, and driving new international investment in conservation in Uganda.

The Directors of Public Prosecutions in Kenya, Uganda and Botswana, working with Space for Giants following Giants Club pledges made at the 2016 summit, have developed new prosecution standards in criminal cases and created new wildlife prosecution toolkits. These are designed to ensure legal action against wildlife crimes have the greatest chance of successful outcomes.


The Giants Club is an initiative founded by the conservation organisation Space for Giants to unite visionary African leaders of elephant-range states, enlightened heads of major businesses, global philanthropists, key influencers and leading wildlife-protection experts to provide the political will, financial muscle, global influence and technical capacity to look after Africa’s remaining elephants and the landscapes they depend on. The Giants Club states – Uganda, Kenya, Botswana and Gabon – are home to more than half of Africa’s savannah elephants and three quarters of its forest elephants. These elephant populations and their habitats represent a priceless natural heritage to their host countries.

Space for Giants protects Africa’s elephants from immediate threats like poaching while working to secure their habitats forever in landscapes facing greatly-increasing pressures. Everywhere it works, in Kenya, Gabon, Uganda, and Botswana, Space for Giants uses science and best-practice to develop and deliver anti-poaching initiatives, secure protected landscapes for elephants, work to lessen the problems that arise where people and elephants live alongside each other, and provide conservation training and education.


A group photo of participants who attended the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) workshop in Nairobi.

New environmentally friendly technologies will be adopted in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector with the aim of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions. Principal Secretary, Charles Sunkuli said this when he officially opened a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Policy Workshop in Nairobi yesterday.

The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss the Technology Roadmap that was developed on the grounds of the RAC Green House Gas Inventory. Participants discussed recommendations of the inventory for appropriate policy and legislative interventions with the relevant stakeholders for inclusion in the policy development process.

Kenya is a signatory of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer and has substantially contributed to global efforts to mitigate climate change, considering that most of the substances targeted by the Protocol are also potent green house gases (GHG). Kenya has made considerable progress in phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in most applications.

In his address, Sunkuli reiterated that implementation of this process ought to be tackled collectively at the global level to ensure that an environmental problem addressed does not create another challenge as some alternatives to ozone depleting substances have high global warming potential (GWP) that have detrimental effects on climate.

High global warming potential (GWP) substances are expected to be phased down and replaced with low GWP alternatives as stipulated under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The Kigali Amendment was adopted in October 2016 to gradually phase out the consumption and production of ozone depleting substances.

Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli (left) with National Ozone Unit Coordinator Marindany Kirui during the one day workshop at Fair View Hotel.

Modern cooling technologies lead to low energy consumption and operate using natural refrigerants that do not have any negative impacts on both the Ozone Layer and Climate. Currently, most of the refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in the country are generally inefficient as they are mostly based on obsolete technologies.

This situation is worsened by the fact that the alternatives that are ozone layer and climate friendly are not readily available in the country. Moreover, trained Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Service technicians are inadequate.

 To address this challenge, the National Ozone Unit in collaboration with GIZ Proklima and training institutions have conducted several trainings for RAC technicians on safe use of natural refrigerants used in the sector that are both ozone and climate friendly. These natural refrigerants include hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide and ammonia, among others.

Recently, the two agencies donated modern cooling and ozone and climate friendly equipment to 5 (five) training institutions for capacity buiding.






14th March, 2018


14th March, 2018


Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli presented modern cooling and ozone and climate friendly equipment to 5 training institutions worth 3m. The equipment uses carbon dioxide, a natural refrigerant that is cheap and locally available.


Currently, the country uses substances that contribute to global warming and now there is a shift towards using natural refrigerants like carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons and ammonia among others.   Carbon dioxide is one of the natural refrigerants being adopted to replace ozone depleting substances and those with a negative impact on climate.

The Ministry has been assisting training institutions build capacity to ensure more service technicians are trained to use the equipments.

The beneficiaries included Technical University of Mombasa, Technical University of Kenya, National Industrial Training Institute (NITA) of Mombasa and Kisumu and Nairobi Technical Training Institute who received one set each.

The Ministry through the National Ozone Unit in collaboration with GIZ Proklima of the German Government partnered with Frigoglass Company to acquire the modern cooling and ozone and climate friendly equipment.

The event took place at NEMA headquarters and was witnessed by the Director General Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu, Director, MEAs Richard Mwendandu, Director General, NITA Paul Kosgei, GIZ Proklima Project Manager, Katarina Anrdt, National Ozone Unit Coordinator Marindany Kirui, Director of Administration in the Ministry Charity Chepkonga among others.

Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli (c) with DG Nema Prof. Wahungu and GIZ Proklima Project Manager Neeta Sharma during the event.


Dr.Ayub Macharia delivers CS speech during the Innovation week at University of Nairobi.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. keriako Tobiko has urged curriculum developers to mainstream climate change into learning programmes to prepare Kenyans to mitigate the threat of the  phenomenon in future.

He said climate change was unprecedented and growing threat by itself and had a multiplier effect to many other threats, a situation that called for urgent action by all Kenyans.

The CS noted that the growing population and rising demand for food and energy would aggravate resource scarcity and exert further pressure on socio-ecological systems exposing it to undetermined changes.

Mr. Tobiko added that severe floods, storms, droughts and heat waves as well as land and forest degradation and salinization of groundwater resources were some of the examples of how climate change interacted with human activity to impact on the environment.

Kenya he observed had experienced the unprecedented challenge of climate change impacts and the corresponding socio-economic losses arising from its high dependence on climate sensitive natural resources that further exacerbated its vulnerability.

Council of Governors chair and Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok(on the right) engages speakers who made presentations at the University of Nairobi during the Innovation week

He noted that the manifestations of climate change constituted serious threat to human existence and had the potential to reverse the gains the country had achieved towards attaining the Vision 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The CS made the remarks at the University of Nairobi in a speech read for him by Dr. Ayub Macharia, the Director of Environment Education and Awareness, during  the innovation week sponsored by the International Qudra Helix Summit.

In line with the country’s climate change ACT, he said the Ministry would engage the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in mainstreaming climate change into the education curriculum.

A sign laguage translator in her element during the Innovation week at University of Nairobi Auditorium.

Further he added that the Ministry had also engaged the Kenya School of Government in developing and implementing the climate change training curriculum aimed at building capacity on climate change issues in the country.

The chair of Council of Governors who is also Turkana Governor  Josephat Nanok  who addressed the summit, said that County Governments were committed to support upcoming innovators who were expected to improve technology for sustainable development.




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