Friday, September 20, 2019

CS Keriako Tobiko listens keenly to the LVEMP Project Cordinator Ms. Francisca Owour during a brieffing on the archievements on LVMP 2

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary KeriakoTobiko has called on Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project (LVEMP) to come up with a long term solution to the invasive water hyacinth that has for long choked the lake.

The CS says it is imperative that a strategy is employed to get rid of the weed from the lake to enable thousands of residents derive a living from the resource.

He added “My Ministry is the leadagency in the removal of water hyacinth and we must rid the lake of weed once and for all”.

Mr. Tobiko made the remarks at his office when he received officials of the LVEMP who briefed him on various activities. The team was led by M/S Agnes Yobterick the programme’s focal point officer who is also the director of programmes, projects and strategic initiatives in the Ministry of Environment. She was accompanied by M/Francisca Owuor, the national programme coordinator.

The CS said that the removal of the weed is necessary for economic and environmental prosperity of the local communityand that it will allow other Ministries and government entities to implement projects that aim at making Kisumu city and its environs an economic hub.

Mr. Tobikoobserved that theproposed constructionof Kisumucommercial waterfront development would benefit from the removal of the weed from the lake.

The national government and Kisumu county government will develop the Lake Victoria leisure and tradewaterfront to boost tourism and investment in Western Kenya Circuit.

    • Rainfall Review

The review period saw a break in the hot and dry conditions that are typical of this season with several parts of the country recording rainfall.A comparison between the previous seven days (11th to 17thFebruary, 2019) with the period under review (18th to 24thFebruary, 2019) indicatesa significant increase in rainfall amounts over the Lake Victoria Basin, Highlands West of the Rift Valley, Central and South Rift Valley and the Southeastern Lowlands.

Kwangamor Primary Schoolin Busia Countyrecorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of69.7mm. Other stations that recorded significant seven-day totals include VoiMeteorological Station(63.2mm), KisumuMeteorological Station(53.4mm), ButereRainfall Station(52.0mm), Mrangi Primary School in Taita Taveta County (43.5mm) and KakamegaMeteorological Station(38.8mm)as depicted in Figures 1 and 2.

A number of stations also recorded heavy rainfall (20 – 50mm within 24hours) and very heavy rainfall (>50mm within 24hours) within the review period. These include Voi Meteorological Station(58.2mm….read more


CS Tobiko receives a roofing material made from recycled waste from the Green Pavers Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Aghan Oscar .

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has said there is need to give incentives to investors producing clean energy.

The CS has said that production of clean energy solutions will provide alternative clean energy that will reduce carbon emissions and deforestation.

Speaking today when he met members of the Green Mazingira Group which are producing briquettes from solid waste and water hyacinth, Mr. Tobiko said that production of clean energy will provide solution to climate change mitigation, by reducing deforestation, and provide practical management of solid waste in the country.

He said that there is need for policy regulations to order to increase the number of investors in the sector.

He said that production of wood free briquettes reduces overall garbage, methane emissions and encourages waste management adding that briquettes are cheaper than fire wood and charcoal.

CS Tobiko said that such ventures as the production of briquettes from solid wastes will be one sure way of turning wastes into treasure.

He said that there is need for having in place policies and guidelines on the production and sale of briquettes.

He said that the use of solid waste can replace fossil fuels, charcoal and natural firewood which are used in 80 percent of Kenyan households.

He urged the briquette producers to aggressively market their products which have a huge market and expressed confidence that the use of alternative source of clean energy is what will help in conserving our forests.

Green Pavers- the organization which is producing the briquettes, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Aghan Oscar urged the government to lift the ban on transportation of the charcoal briquettes to enable them sale the products.

CS Keriako Tobiko receives charcoal briquettes made from non wood solid waste , from a member of the Green Mazingira group.


Environment CS Keriako Tobiko , listens to a presentation by etsuro Fujitsuka Executive Managing Director Oversees Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan, on waste water recycling .

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary has said that environmental education and behavior change will help raise awareness on the dangers of dumping and environmental pollution.

The CS has said that majority of Kenyans lack information on the dangers of dumping and pollution coupled by lack of proper sanitation especially in the informal settlements.

Mr. Tobiko has said that most of the effluent and solid waste released to urban rivers comes from informal settlements, making it difficult to enforce regulations.

The CS made the remarks today when he met officials of a private Kenyan Japanese company that is dealing with installation of wastewater treatment plants in the country.

He said that there is need to include the aspect of waste water treatment in the waste management bill which is underway.

Usafi Comfort Director June Arunga said that Nairobi and many cities across the country are grappling with waste water, which could be instead treated and reused for irrigation and reuse in toilets.

Overseas Environment Cooperation Centre, Japan , Executive Managing Directive ,Tetsuro Fujitsuka said that the technology is safe and widely used in Japan and it will come in handy for water conservation while ensuring a clean environment.

CS Keriako Tobiko,(Left) receives documents on waste water recycling machine technology from (left ),June Arunga ,Director Usafi Comfort, (2nd Left),at the center
Tetsuro Fujitsuka
Executive Managing Director
Oversees Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan, Chief Administrative Secretary Joel Kitili (right)



The Director, (MEAs), Mr. Richard Mwendandu giving the PS remarks during the official opening of the technical seminar.

Sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation is an important part of the Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs). For most African countries, Kenya included, an extensive effort is needed for the achievement of the SDGs, especially in Sub‐Saharan Africa, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Mr. Ali Noor Ismael has observed.

In remarks made on his behalf by the Director of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), Mr. Richard Mwendandu, during the official opening of the Technical seminar for wastewater treatment and hygiene management towards achievement of the SDGs at a Nairobi hotel, the PS observed that, Current practices for water and wastewater treatment in Africa are insufficient to ensure safe water and basic sanitation. To address this challenge, joint efforts are needed, including transforming to green economy, innovating technologies, improving operation and maintenance, harvesting energy, improving governance and management, promoting public participation, and establishing water quality standards.

During the training seminar, the Japanese team, led by Mr. Yuji Hirose, a senior Environment expert from the Ministry of Environment, Japan, introduced the Johkasou technology, which is a Japanese National Standard for non-municipal sewage treatment. The Johkasou is an on-site wastewater treatment, used when there is no access to sewers and in high population density areas, for on-site wastewater treatment including water reclamation.

Addressing the same meeting, the Principal Secretary, State Department for Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Charles Hinga Mwaura, welcomed such innovative technologies as the government implements one of its four agendas of affordable housing.

Wastewater treatment is a process to convert wastewater, which is water no longer needed or suitable for its most recent use – into an effluent that can be either returned to the water cycle with minimal environmental issues or reused.

The Japanese team with the DMEAs in a memorable group photo.



CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, with the Director, Urban Rivers Rehabilitation Program, Mr. Akotsi at the Nbi river at the former South-End Mall at Lang’ata.DSC_0182

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Keriako Tobiko has directed NEMA to up it’s game in the rehabilitation and restoration of the Nairobi Rivers ecosystem.

The CS noted that, individuals and Government entities have been involved in discharging waste in the river and will not be spared in the on-going crackdown.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry under the Urban Rivers Restoration Program, has been undertaking the clean up exercise which involves removal of solid waste and re-afforestation.

The CS made the remarks when he made a conducted tour in Dagoretti, Kileleshwa, Westlands and Langata areas to inspect the clean up exercise.

He was accompanied by Chairman, NEMA Board of management, Mr. John Konchella, Director General,Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu and senior officials from his Ministry, led by Secretary Administration Joel Kitili, Director Urban Rivers Restoration Mr. Erick Akotsi, among other stakeholders.

CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, with officials from NEMA and the Ministry at Nbi river at the former U-KAY Mall in Westlands.DSC_0162


Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Mr. Ali Noor Ismail, speaking during the meeting.

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Mr. Ali Noor Ismail, has called on private organizations to harness alternative sources of clean energy that don’t produce carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gasses which accelerate effects of climate change.

The PS has said that exploitation and use of clean energy will help reduce the human reliance on the use of charcoal and firewood which are the major cause of destructions of forests.

Speaking today in Nairobi when he met officials of a private firm KOKO Networks which produces liquid ethanol cooking fuel as an alternative source of energy, the PS said that 80 percent of rural populations depend on firewood and charcoal as their major source of energy hence destroying vital forests.

He said that increased use of such energy which contains Carbon Dioxide increases the warmth of planet and is the main cause of global warming effects.

He said that use of alternative energy coupled with technology, such ventures will have comparable or better performance, without emitting carbon dioxide, hence they are clean and safe for the environment and humanity.

Koko Networks produces liquid ethanol as an alternative for cooking fuel, which delivers significant cost savings and quality of life improvements in the multi-billion dollar market for urban cooking fuel.

KOKO Networks (KOKO) has entered into partnership with Vivo Energy to supply the Kenyan market with for clean liquid ethanol cooking fuel.

KOKO Networks Chief Executive Officer Greg Murray, said that the use of ethanol fuel is cost effect and clean and that it will enable large populations   access to an affordable clean cooking fuel.


He said cooking fuel costs up to $20 billion in Africa’s largest cities, but many urban markets are dominated by deforestation-based charcoal, which has a detrimental effect on the environment and human health.


CS Tobiko( Right) , CS Tourism Najibu Balala (centre) and Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o (Left) at the governors office after the meeting for the CS’s and leaders from Kisumu County

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has directed Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), to map out and issue notices to both public and private entities that are discharging waste to Rivers and lakes .

The CS lamented that some public institutions are culprits  of pollutions , and they will be dealt with in accordance to the law.
He made the remarks today in Kisumu after meeting with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga , and Cabinet Secertaries Najib Balala , Raphael Tuju, and Kisumu Governor HE Anyang’ Nyong’o.
The CS said Pollution of the lake threatening livelihoods and marine life .
The leaders were on a site visit to the Kisumu Pier where work on removal of the water hyacinth and rejuvenation of the Lake Victoria ecosystem is being done.
The project is aimed at regenerating Kisumu city to a eco friendly and revamp tourism and trade through the lake region block.
The excercise is a replica of the Nairobi and Mombasa  cities regeneration program.
CS Tobiko later visited Kachok damp-site which is being reclaimed and re-afforested.
He also visited Flexi Domestic Systems a private firm harvesting and processing the water hyacinth for bio-gas production.
Mr. Tobiko said the Government is exploring mechanical and biological ways of dealing with lake Victoria hyacinth.
During his tour , the CS was accompanied by Kenya Forest Research Institute  (KEFRI ) Acting  Director Dr. Jane Njuguna, Director Programs and Projects Agnes Yobterik and officials from NEMA,  Kenya Forestry Service , National Environmental Trust Fund (NETFUND)and Kenya Water Towers.

CS was accompanied by Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI ) Acting Director Dr. Jane Njuguna, Director Programs and Projects Agnes Yobterik and officials from NEMA, Kenya Forestry Service , National Environmental Trust Fund (NETFUND)and Kenya Water Towers.


CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko consulting with the PS, Mr. Ali Noor Ismail during the tour of the Nairobi river basin

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko has directed that individuals, companies and public institutions discharging raw waste into Nairobi River be charged for the offence.

The CS said today that pollution of the rivers undermines the realization of universal health and food security which is among the country’s big four Agenda.

The CS directive comes after an inspection exercise where it was found out that landlords and property owners in the informal settlement are emptying raw sewage into the river instead of channeling to the sewer line.

The CS found that crops and water consumed by residents along the Nairobi River Basin is contaminated with raw sewage.

Mr. Tobiko was on a fact finding mission along the Nairobi river basin, he visited Kirichwa Kubwa, Kinyanjui, Dagoretti, Kileleshwa and Westlands areas, where the river passes through.

CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko with PS, Mr. Ali Ismail and DG, NEMA, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu at the Nairobi river during the tour.689A4800

The CS also inspected the on-going cleanup of the river which includes removal of sludge,   clearing of the banks, unblocking of water ways and re-afforestation. The project has engaged 600 youths on casual basis.

The 42 KM Nairobi rivers source is Kikuyu highlands, and it flows through Nairobi then to the city’s Eastland’s.

The cleanup is an ongoing exercise aimed at restoring Nairobi city’s lost glory.


Officials from the National and County government viewing a solar heating panel at the Wote TTI

Kenya has not harnessed most of its potential solar energy despite receiving heavy doses of radiation, Principal Secretary of Environment and Forestry Ali Noor Ismail says.

The country lacks experts to carry out installation, maintenance and repair of solar heating systems the PS observed.This has led the country to have insignificant harnessing of the renewable energy despite the high potential Mr. Ismail added.

His remarks were made in speech read on his behalf during the launch of a solar water heating manual at Wote Technical Training Institute today. It was read by Dr. Charles Mutai, the Director of Climate Change in the Ministry.He said that Kenya receives solar radiation of 4-6 kilowatt hour per square meter per day which was adequate for both lighting and water heating applications across the country. He noted that Kenya was proud to have renewable energy that constituted about 70 percent of the country’s installed electric power from sources such as solar energy.

Mr. Ismail observed that clean and efficient energy systems provided solutions to mitigation of climate change alinfside enhancing mitigation. He said climate change was one of the most serious challenge Kenya faced in the recent years with unprecedented impact through social economic losses. The PS enumerated the economic sectors of Agriculture, livestock, tourism, forestry and fisheries as among those facing the devastating impacts of climate change.

“The increasing instensity of extreme climate change events threaten the attainment of the country’s vision 2030 and suatainable development goals” mr. Ismail added.

To mitigate against these effects the PS ssid that Kenya had developed a robust policy and legislative frameworks that addressed the uptake of solar energy technologies.

The solar water heating manual to be used for training technicians were distributed to 10 Technical Training Institutes across the country.The manuals were developed by a team of experts headed by scientists from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology under the Low Emissions Climate Resilient Development program in the Ministry

The launch was attended by Prof. Robert Kinyua, the deputy vice. Chancellor incharge of academics at JKUAT, Makueni County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed, Wote TTI Principal Felix Mung’ato , Dr. Harun Warui the project Manager of Low Emissions Climate Resilient Development program among others.

A group photo of representatives from ten technical training institutes that are piloting the solar heating manual


Hot and dry weather conditions wereexperienced over most parts of the country although there was an improvement in cloudiness (especially in the mornings) during the second half of the review period.A comparison between the previous seven days (28th January to 3rd February, 2019) with the period under review (4th to 10thFebruary, 2019) indicates thatthe country remained mostly dry. However, Karurumo Rainfall Station (Murang’a County)recorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of45.0mm. VoiMeteorological Station recorded 0.8mm while Mombasa Meteorological Station recorded 0.9mmas depicted in Figure 1……….read more


The CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko leading the Ministry’s team during the bilateral talks with the UNEA 4 President, who was accompanied by a team from UNEP

Plans are at an advanced stage for the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) which will take place from 11-15 March 2019, in Nairobi at United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), complex.

Several Heads of State and Government, policy makers, environmental activists and other delegates are expected to attend the event, which is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on environmental matters.

This year’s event  is under the theme is ‘Innovative Solutions to Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production’ will see more than 2000 delegates from across the globe converge in Nairobi.

UNEA4 President, Estonia Minister for the Environment, Mr. Siim Kiisler was in the country this week to check on the preparations and exuded confidence that all systems are in place with a few finishing touches remaining.

The UNEA4 president met with Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry, Mr. Keriako Tobiko who assured him that the country’s top leadership led by his Excellence President Uhuru Kenyatta is committed to ensure the event is a success.

Keriako said that the planning committee was working with other key departments to ensure the event is successful.

Kiisler said that at the historic Assembly, delegates will have a framework for shifting global economic systems towards more sustainable trajectories that tackle our environmental challenges.

The UNEA4 President said that there is need to build more sustainable, prosperous and inclusive societies with sustainable consumption and production patterns that address environmental challenges.

Siim said; “In the Assembly and the events around it, we are determined to ambitiously scale-up our efforts to tackle common environmental challenges through fostering sustainable and efficient resource management; ensuring the access and use of environmental data; engaging civil society, citizens, private sector and academia”.

He said the 2019 UN Environment Assembly will contribute towards a holistic, inclusive, and participatory approach to development that is underpinned by human rights and recognizes the interlinkages and integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development.

Under the overall theme Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production, the 2019 UN Environment Assembly will address the following three focus areas:

Environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, including sustainable food systems, food security and halting biodiversity loss;

Life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management; and innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change.

At the sidelines of the UNEA 4, there will be exhibitions and side events among them the 1 Planet event which President Uhuru Kenyatta and French President Emmanuel Macron are expected to grace



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