Thursday, April 2, 2020
PS Dr Chris Kiptoo speaks  at his office during the recording of the World Meteorological Day message with Kenya Meteorological technical staff. The message will be shared virtually following the government directive that banned social gathering in the wake of the Corana virus pandemic.

PS Dr Chris Kiptoo speaks at his office during the recording of the World Meteorological Day message with Kenya Meteorological technical staff. The message will be shared virtually following the government directive that banned social gathering in the wake of the Corana virus pandemic.

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo has said the Government recognises the challenges of climate change with regard to water availability and has been working to integrate climate information into Government policies.

In his message today during the mark of the World Meteorological Day (WMD), the PS noted that the effect of climate change is already altering the amount, distribution, timing, and quality of available water.
He said that the theme for this year’s WMD – “Climate and Water”-  is relevant to Kenya considering that water is one of most important commodities that support most social and economic activities.
“Water users – from Kenyan communities, to industries, to ecosystems – are in turn affected since their activities and functions depend, either directly or indirectly, on water, “ said the PS.
To address  challenges arising from climate change, such as water scarcity,Dr. Kiptoo said the government has in the last decade developed a number of policy documents which include: the National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS) in year 2010, National Climate Change Action Plan and The National Adaptation Plan.
He said; “It is clear, therefore, that Kenya has taken significant steps towards developing policies that resonate with the WMD 2020 theme on “Climate and Water.”
“As we celebrate the World Meteorological Day today, I call on all Kenyans to use weather and climate information from the Kenya Meteorological Department to improve their preparedness and response to climate change impacts,” said Dr. Kiptoo.
PS Dr Chris Kiptoo at his office during the recording of the World Meteorological Day message with Kenya Meteorological technical staff.

PS Dr Chris Kiptoo at his office during the recording of the World Meteorological Day message with Kenya Meteorological technical staff.

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1Rainfall is likely to continue over the Lake Victoria Basin, the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Central and South Rift Valley, the Highlands East of the Rift Valley {including Nairobi area} and the South-eastern Lowlands.

A few areas within the Coastal Strip and the Northwest may also receive some rainfall. The Northeast is likely to be mainly sunny and dry throughout the forecast period.

Rainfall amounts are likely to reduce over most parts of the country during the second half of the forecast period….read more

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monPlastic is a lightweight, ‘cheap’ and hardy material that can be utilized in a wide range of applications. Plastics can potentially be reused and/or recycled perpetually with minimal or no leakage into the environment as they do not corrode or rust. However, large amounts plastics have continued to leak and accumulate in the terrestrial or aquatic environments as they are mostly non-biodegradable but breakdown into small fragments known as micro-plastics.

The increasing demand for plastic products coupled with poor waste management measures has led to a buildup of plastic waste in the environment including ecologically sensitive areas to levels that may surpass our ability to cope unless there is a rethinking of the way plastics are manufactured, used and managed.[1] Nearly 50% of global plastic waste is made up of plastic packaging designed to be used only once before being thrown away or recycled thus referred to as disposable or single use plastics (SUPs)

Plastic production has grown rapidly over the last 50 years from 15 million tons in 1994 to 311 million tons in 2014. Nondegradable plastics account for 73% of litter in any aquatic habitat, 50% of which is disposed after single use. Plastic waste is an emerging contaminant that is not readily biodegradable but persist in the environment for long periods. It is estimated that there are 5 trillion pieces of plastics floating around the world’s oceans. These plastics contain hazardous chemicals used during polymer production. Plastic kills over 100 million marine animals and harms over 600 marine species every year globally (UNEP, 2018)….read more

 

 

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 The PS, Dr. Chris  Kiptoo, watering a commemorative tree at KEFRI, after planting it. The PS was at KEFRI on familiarization tour.

The PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, watering a commemorative tree at KEFRI, after planting it. The PS was at KEFRI on familiarization tour.

Environment and Forestry PS Dr.Chris Kiptoo has underlined the production of enough seeds as the basis of achieving the 10% tree cover.

He challenged Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) to provide enough seeds to grow seedlings that will support the countrys tree cover target by 2022.
He was speaking at the KEFRI headquarters in Muguga, Kiambu County when he made a familiarisation tour of the Institute.
The PS was received by KEFRI Director Dr. Joshua Cheboiwo and KEFRI chairman of board of directors Dr. Sammy Latema.
Dr. Kiptoo noted that the country was faced with the challenge to produce at least two billion seedlings that will enable the country to realize the 10% tree cover target  by 2022.
While meeting the Institutions senior staff,  the PS was informed that ksh. 250 million was required to raise the amount of seeds, required in the the next 3 years.

 Senior KEFRI officials in a memorable group photo with the PS during the familiarization tour.

Senior KEFRI officials in a memorable group photo with the PS during the familiarization tour.

The scientists told the PS that the Institute would supplement the private sector producers of seedlings as the gigantic task was all kenyans responsibility.
09.03.2020:- A seed harvester prepares to climb a tree to harvest seeds at KEFRI, as the PS and other officials look on.

09.03.2020:- A seed harvester prepares to climb a tree to harvest seeds at KEFRI, as the PS and other officials look on.

They would  develop a mechanism where resources provided by the Government for seedlings  production would reach the community.  During the tour the PS visited the seeds extraction centre, among other installations.

Dr. Cheboiwo emphasized the need for all kenyans to be in involved in tree planting through mobilizing various counties to utilise respective long and short rainfall seasons .
09.03.2020:- The PS, Dr. Kiptoo, viewing the drying of seeds at KEFRI. He challenged the research  Institute to adopt modern technology of drying the seeds.

09.03.2020:- The PS, Dr. Kiptoo, viewing the drying of seeds at KEFRI. He challenged the research Institute to adopt modern technology of drying the seeds.

Dr. Cheboiwo noted that KEFRI was commited to raise high quality seeds to support commercial forestry and to avoid loss of huge Investiments in the sector.

He disclosed that the Institution would establish an Innovation and Incubating centre alongside a seed bank once funds were available.

 

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SA Joel Kitili addresses participants when he represented PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo at the opening of the induction program.

SA Joel Kitili addresses participants when he represented PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo at the opening of the induction program.

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo has underscored the need for a well equipped workforce with knowledge, skills and capacity as the bedrock for national development.

The PS said a strong workforce with efficient service delivery in the public sector will drive Kenya’s Vision 2030 aspirations, to become an industrialized middle income country.
In a speech read on his behalf by Secretary Administration Joel Kitili, during the opening of an induction training for newly employed clerical officers and Interns, at Institute for Meteorological Training and Research, the PS noted that youths who form the larger population of the country need to be equipped with knowledge and skills necessary to remain competitive in the job market.
The 36 interns who are attached in different departments and units within the ministry were posted under the Public service Internship program (PSIP), while 19 clerical officers were employed in the Ministry after competitive interviews.
A section of the participants during the official opening of the induction exercise  for newly employed clerical officers and Interns at the Ministry.

A section of the participants during the official opening of the induction exercise for newly employed clerical officers and Interns at the Ministry.

Dr. Kiptoo said the government is concern over the current high level of unemployment and that through the initiative such PSIP youths will have an avenue to gain practical work experience and opportunities to further their careers.

 “This is one of the most effective and efficient ways of bringing you up to speed on a whole range of the policies, practices and procedures, plus a strong understanding of how and what the ministry delivers to the citizenry” Said Dr.Kiptoo.

The PS told the interns and clerical officers to utilize the opportunity to build their career, improve service delivery and added that the strength of an organization lies in its workforce, and a well-trained and motivated staff having a strong character, and habits based on integrity and professional outlook is the most important asset at the workplace.

On his behalf SA Kitili noted that the induction exercise was important to equip the learners with understanding of government structures, operations and public service policies, regulations, values and principles, and information on career progression.
Ministry of Environment, Deputy Director for Human Resource Development Rosemary Wamoto said that   the training aims at assisting the new entrants into the service, to adapt and familiarize themselves with the new work environment.
A group Photo of the participants during the induction training at the Institute For Meteorological Training and Research .

A group Photo of the participants during the induction training at the Institute For Meteorological Training and Research .

Also present during the opening ceremony was Assistant Secretary Administration Rodney Omari, Director,Kenya Meteorological Department Stella Aura, Director Institute for Meteorological Training and Research Nicholas Maingi.

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The Secretary, Administration, Mr. Joe Kitili, opening the stakeholders workshop

The Secretary, Administration, Mr. Joe Kitili, opening the stakeholders workshop

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry, through the National Ozone Unit in collaboration with the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ}, a German development agency, that provides services in the field of international development, together with training institutions, is conducting several Refrigeration and Air Conditioning {RAC} technicians’ trainings on safe use of natural refrigerants, that are used in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector.

In a speech read on his behalf, by the Secretary Administration, Mr. Joel Kitili, during the official opening of the Qualification, Certification and Registration (QCR) Stakeholders’ Workshop in a Nairobi hotel, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, lauded the GIZ for its continued support to environmental matters and noted that, the Stakeholders’ workshop, will provide technical assistance to Kenyan stakeholders in developing a training and qualification, certification and registration scheme for the country, thereby, establishing a suitable infrastructure for the operationalization of the scheme within the local context for both the formal and informal sector.

Dr. Kiptoo observed that, Most of the refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in the country are usually inefficient as they are mostly based on obsolete technologies and noted that, the situation was even made worse by the fact that, the alternatives that are both friendly to the Ozone Layer and climate are not readily available in the country, though they are available internationally, and that, trained Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Service technicians are inadequate.

In order to bridge the gap, the PS called upon the participants, to ensure that the outcome of the workshop, addresses all the requirements of fully implementing the qualification, certification and registration scheme in the country.

A memorable group photo of participants attending the workshop

A memorable group photo of participants attending the workshop

 

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The Finnish Embassy Delegation and Ministry of Environment Technical team during the discussions.

The Finnish Embassy Delegation and Ministry of Environment Technical team during the discussions.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko today met with Finnish Ambassador to Kenya  Erik Lundberg, to discuss on possible areas of collaboration in the environment sector.

Speaking during the meeting, CS Tobiko said key priority areas for the Ministry will be implementation of the National Strategy on achieve 10% tree cover, waste management, modernizing of meteorological services and strengthening of county government’s capacities for environmental functions, pollution control and climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.
On the National Strategy to Achieve 10% tree cover, the CS said the government aims at planting at least 2 billion trees by 2022, as projected in the strategy and landscape restoration of about 5.1 million hectares of land by 2030.
The CS said that it’s imperative for all states and people to work together in environmental conservation, saying the negative effects of environmental degradation cut across borders.
The CS hailed the cordial relationship between Finland and Kenya and called for strengthening of cooperation in the outlined key priority areas, in order to address arising challenges.
He said Kenya will be glad to learn on how Finland achieved 70% forest cover, through sharing of experiences and practices.
On his part, Ambassador Lundberg  said the outlined key areas resonates well with the government of Finlands’ priority areas and that they will be keen to partner with the government and private sector to find innovative solutions.
He added that Finland will share experiences in innovation solutions to waste management which will translate to circular economy and conservation of forestry resources.
The Ambassador said Kenya is a key partner in environmental cooperation and underscored the importance and the presence of UN Environment Programme  as center for bilateral and multilateral discussions of  mutual benefits.
Environment PS Dr Chris Kiptoo speaking during the meeting applauded the long standing relationship between Finland and Kenya, saying the cooperation had demonstrated positive results.
Environment CS Mr. Keriako Tobiko, Left, second left Finnish Amb.  Erik Lundberg, Finnish Embassy Deputy Head of missions Ramses Malaty and Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo (Right) during the courtesy call.

Environment CS Mr. Keriako Tobiko, Left, second left Finnish Amb. Erik Lundberg, Finnish Embassy Deputy Head of missions Ramses Malaty and Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo (Right) during the courtesy call.

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PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, holding talks with the Nyanza Regional Commissioner, Mr. James Kianda, as PS, Fisheries and Blue Econony, Prof. Micheni Ntiba, listen keenly.

PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, holding talks with the Nyanza Regional Commissioner, Mr. James Kianda, as PS, Fisheries and Blue Econony, Prof. Micheni Ntiba, listen keenly.

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Forestry Dr. Chris Kiptoo has said Kenya has maintained very high standards of fish produced in Lake Victoria.

The standards. confirmed by International players, were recorded despite perceptions made to the contrary by the Media, he noted. However the PS added that, the government was working to eliminate pollution of Lake Victoria through a Multi- agency team coordinated by NEMA and the Water Resources Authority. Other members include the Ministry of Interior, Kisumu County government, Kenya prisons, National youth service, Kenya Marine Fisheries Institute, Lake Victoria Basin Commission, among others.

Dr. Kiptoo, accompanied by Fisheries and Blue Economy PS Prof. Micheni Ntiba, was speaking when he visited Kisumu County to inspect the on-going anti-pollution activities in the lake. He also launched a ten day Rapid Results Initiative by the Multi Agency team to clean the lake.

He disclosed that, the Government had developed short, medium and Long term measures to conserve lake victoria in the wake of increased regional interests.

Ministry and County officials during the courtesy call by the PS to Nyanza Regional Commissioner.

Ministry and County officials during the courtesy call by the PS to Nyanza Regional Commissioner.

PS Dr. Kiptoo urged NEMA to work closely with all agencies to implement environmental laws to keep the lake free of pollution. He added that, the cleanup going on in lake victoria, would be replicated in all water bodies across the country.

The Nyanza Regional Commissioner Mr. James Kianda said the multi-agency anti-pollution team was working overtime to prepare Kisumu City for the beckoning economic opportunities in East and Central Africa region.

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 PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, with the multi-agency team on addressing pollution load to L. Victoria, inspecting the compliance levels at the Maseno University.

PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, with the multi-agency team on addressing pollution load to L. Victoria, inspecting the compliance levels at the Maseno University.

The Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry Dr. Chris Kiptoo, has decried the massive soil erosion in Lake Victoria basin, that is causing siltation of the Lake, and called for improved land management by counties in the basin to reduce the alarming siltation of the Lake.

The PS was speaking after a fact finding mission of factors causing pollution of Lake Victoria.

Dr. Kiptoo who was accompanied by his Fisheries and Blue Economy counterpart Prof Micheni Ntiba, visited some of the identified lake polluters like Maseno University and Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (KIWASCO).

The PS called for upgrading of KIWASCO to improve its capacity in order to cater for the city’s rising population.

The PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, addressing senior officials of the Maseno University at the institutes conference hall.

The PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, addressing senior officials of the Maseno University at the institutes conference hall.

The Kisumu County Executive for Environment Mr. Salmon Orimba confirmed that, his government would construct a sewerage treatment works to serve Maseno University and the township in an effort to reduce pollution of Kisat river that flows into Lake Victoria.

He lamented that, only a small percentage of Kisumu was served by functional sewerage facilities, adding that the local county government should collaborate with the National Government to improve the situation.

The PS further disclosed that the Government was in the process of accrediting National fish quality control laboratories in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu in a bid to create a niche in the regional and International market for the commodity.

Dr. Kiptoo, who was accompanied by the Commissioner of prisons Mr. Wycliffe Ogallo and Nyanza Regional Commissioner, Mr. James Kianda, underscored the country’s commitment to improve the solid waste management.

He said that all the country’s 47 counties had adopted the National Solid Waste Management Strategy that would change the level of cleanliness in the country once adopted.

The PS, with the multi-agency team, inspecting pollution hotspots in Kisumu.

The PS, with the multi-agency team, inspecting pollution hotspots in Kisumu.

The PS said it was the government’s responsibility to provide a sustainable and a well conserved environment to its citizens as guaranteed by the constitution.

Kisumu port, that is currently under rehabilitation, is set to attract massive regional business and Investment after the completion of Lake Victoria conservation activities initiated by the Government.

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PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo( glasses) with the chair of Water Resources Mngment Authority, Hon. Joe Mutambo, Nyanza Regional Commissioner, James Kianda,(kaunda suit) and other officials touring Kibos sugar factory

PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo( glasses) with the chair of Water Resources Mngment Authority, Hon. Joe Mutambo, Nyanza Regional Commissioner, James Kianda,(kaunda suit) and other officials touring Kibos sugar factory

Kibos special school for the blind in Kisumu County, will be relocated in six months to protect it from pollution, Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo has directed.

Pupils from the school for the blind, which neighbours Kibos Sugar factory have suffered various ailments for many years, according to the head teacher Caroline Templa.

Dr. Kiptoo visited the school after Inspecting Kibos Sugar factory to confirm its level of compliance with environmental requirements in waste management.

The factory has been in the news for allegations of massive pollution of Kibos River that drains into Lake Victoria.

The PS, who led a team of multi agencies established to reduce pollution in lake Victoria found that, the factory had now put measures in place to handle waste water.

PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo with other multi-agency officials join pupils of Kibos special school and their teachers in a group photo.

PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo with other multi-agency officials join pupils of Kibos special school and their teachers in a group photo.

The PS however further directed the multi-agency team to issue the factory management with a compliance time frame during the ongoing Rapid Results Initiative, to control air pollution and to adopt better solid waste management strategies.

The school’s head told the team that noise, dust and foul smell were among the pollution elements experienced in the learning institution.

Dr. Kiptoo heard that, Kibos sugar factory had set aside sh. 40 million to build a new school once the County government identified a suitable relocation site.

The PS added that concerted efforts by various stakeholders will be required to build a state of the art special school for the visually challenged once the alternative site was identified.The PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo with multi-agency team to address the pollution load on L. Victoria, inspecting the compliance levels of Kibos sugar factory in Kisumu.

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 PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, with executive secretary, LVBC, Dr. Ali Matano, and other officials, inspecting the hyacinth harvester at the Kisumu Port.

PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, with executive secretary, LVBC, Dr. Ali Matano, and other officials, inspecting the hyacinth harvester at the Kisumu Port.

Plans are under way to commission the hyacinth harvester that, will remove the invasive weed from Lake Victoria, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Chris Kiptoo has said.

Once revived, the harvester, that has been idle owing to mechanical issues will serve all counties within the Lave Victoria basin that touch the lake .

The invasive hyacinth weed has been a hindrance to navigation and development of various marine activities across lake victoria.

The PS was speaking when he made a familiarization tour of Kisumu port, accompanied by a multi-agency team that is working on various ways to reduce pollution in the lake.

Dr. Kiptoo said that, his Ministry would formulate a modality to have the hyacinth harvesting machine operate under an agency that will serve all Counties in the lake region.

The hyacith harvester, that is docked at the Kisumu Port.

The hyacith harvester, that is docked at the Kisumu Port.

The government is in the process of modernizing Kisumu port ahead of its commissioning to serve East and Central Africa region.

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