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Statement by her Excellency Prof. Judi Wakhungu, E.G.H., Cabinet Secretary – Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya on the occasion of high-level segment – UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, on 15th – 16th November, 2017………Read more

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The PS waters a tree she planted at Goro Rukesa Primary.

The Ministry of environment and Natural Resources has launched the 2017 Eastern Regime short rains tree planting season at Goro Rukesa Primary School in Marsabit County. The event was graced by the Principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima who was the Cabinet Secretary’s (CS) representative during the event.

In a speech read on the behalf of the CS by PS Mwakima during the launch at Goro Rukesa Primary School, Prof. Wakhungu said that the County governments and the Country at large need to embrace   innovations that will enable dry-lands across the country to benefit from the rich experiences from Israel regarding rehabilitation and reclamation of deserts after she formalized collaborations between KFS and Israeli Authorities responsible for forestry.

 “No effort should be spared in the protection, conservation and sustainable utilization of the important forests of northern Kenya including but not limited to Marsabit forest, Mt. Kulal, Ndotos, Leroghi and the Matthews Range from deforestation and degradation for continued provision of the environmental, social and economic benefits,” she added.

The Cabinet Secretary said that her Ministry will continue to provide the necessary policy and legal frameworks at both the national and county governments to enable Kenyans make consistent improvements in regard to proper management of forests across the country.

The Headmaster of Goro Rukesa Primary School receives a donation of laptops to the school from Dr. Mwakima. Looking on is the Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests.

Prof Wakhungu said that in recognition to the important role forests have played in the lives of Kenyans, she has through the KFS partnered with the County governments in the development of the Transition Implementation Plans for devolved forestry functions for all the 47 counties.

 “These plans provide a clear set of interventions for forestry development in all counties and lays out a clear roadmap for the implementation of forestry functions by the County governments.  In my view therefore, it is important that Counties take advantage of these frameworks to finalize the processes by signing the plans so that they can move to implementation with support from the Kenya Forest Service”, the Cabinet Secretary said.

Prof Wakhungu pointed out that dry-land forests are an important source of livelihood for the rural communities, particularly the pastoralists in the rural areas as well as in urban settings.

She said the forests in addition to supply of  tree fodder, firewood and charcoal, also provide a whole range of non-wood forest products and support rural livelihoods to an estimated human population of about 10 million Kenyans.

Dr. Mwakima being introduced to County Government officials by Governor Mohamud Mohamed Ali when she arrived for the launch.

Dr. Mwakima who represented the CS was accompanied by Marsabit Governor Mohamud Mohamed Ali, his deputy, a team of senior officers from the KFS, the KFS board of Directors, other local leaders and residents during the event.

 

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During this review period most parts of the country continued to receive their seasonal rainfall with significant amounts being reported especially in the Northeast, Highlands east of the Rift Valley as well as the Coastal region……read more

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Heavy rainfall of more than 50mm is likely to occur from tonight,    2nd November to 6th November 2017 over various parts of Coastal Kenya and off shore. The rains are likely to cause flooding in low lying areas near the coastline, in riverlines and other water repositories. The Flooding situation may worsen most parts of the coast due to the fact that a lot of water has been accumulating on the ground since Wednesday, 1st November, 2017.

Heavy rainfall of more than 40mm is also expected over the extreme Northeastern parts of the country from tonight 2nd November to tomorrow, 3rd November 2017……read more

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Forecast for the next seven days (31st Oct to 6th Nov, 2017):The forecast indicates that…..Read More

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the stakeholders as the chair of KAM, Flora Mutahi, the CEO, Phyllis Wakiaga and Director of Environmental Awareness in the Ministry, Dr. Ayub Macharia follow keenly

Kenyans will soon experience a cleaner environment following an agreement between the industry players and the government to collect and sell disused plastic bottles.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) yesterday agreed on a Plastics bottle take back scheme involving collecting the waste bottles and selling them for recycling.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu chaired a meeting between members of KAM and government officials who agreed that the take back scheme would commence soon to rid the environment of the widespread pieces of plastic bottles trash.

The programme would initially involve the youth empowerment programme under the National youth Service, the manufacturing industry, recyclers and a technical team from the Ministry of Environment.

Currently teams under the youth empowerment programme are deployed in various parts of the country to collect discarded plastic papers. They will now collect waste plastic bottles and store them at designated places for collection by the recyclers.

Memorable – The delegation from the Kenya Association of Manufactures in a memorable photo with the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, after the courtesy call.

Prof. Wakhungu said the country had the capacity to recycle the waste bottles and sell in the ready market all the resultant by-products. This she noted will effectively fall in place of the popular environment culture of circular economy where products are made, used and later recycled.

The CS accompanied by the Director General of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Prof. Geoffrey Wakhungu expressed satisfaction at the progress of removing plastics from the environment thereby creating healthy living conditions for Kenyans.

Ms Flora Mutahi the chair of KAM confirmed that members of her organization would work with the government through a technical committee to rid the environment of plastics and create an attractive business environment.

The two teams agreed that the plastic bottles take back scheme would follow best practices as set by PETCO recycling company of South Africa. This model would be championed by Coca-cola regional office in Nairobi which was represented in the meeting by its Public Affairs and government relations Director Emily Waita.

The meeting noted that it was critical to incorporate all the county governments in the country in all aspects of solid waste management that was a devolved function.

Among those who attended the meeting was Mr. Himanshu  Dodhia of Bidco manufacturers and Dr. Ayub Macharia, director of Environment awareness in the Ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bungoma water supply station recorded both the highest seven-day total of 48.9mm while Kisii meteorological station recorded the highest amount of rainfall within a 24-hour period, 27.8mm on 2nd October. This was also one of two stations with heavy rainfall, the other being Bungoma water supply with 25.9mm on 8th.

Compared to the previous review period, there was a decrease in rainfall amounts over much of the country although a few stations recorded increases…...read more

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CS Prof Judi Wakhungu officially flagging off Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions at Nairobi National Museum (Kenya), on 7th Oct. 2017. PS Dr Margaret Mwakima accompanied her in flagging off the the march for conservationists.

The Government of Kenya is committed to protect and conserve Elephants, Rhinos and Lions in appreciating the benefits derived from them.

While flagging off the 2017Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions on Saturday 7th October, 2017, at the Nairobi National Museum of Kenya, the CS. Prof. Judi Wakhungu condemned poaching of these animals by encouraging institutions to support programs for their continued survival. “These are our natural heritage and we should protect them at all costs”, she added.

This year’s Global march theme is “Justice for All & Justice for Earth”. The theme echoes conservationist for the awareness to win the public commitment to joining the cause to fight for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions especially in the judicial system.

CS said that illegal killings have currently been caused by the increased human population and high demand for land and this is a serious problem which continues to bog down Kenya as a nation and the entire world.

The Principal Secretary Dr. Margret Mwakima who accompanied CS Wakhungu during the event, reiterated that Elephants, Rhinos and Lions are losing the battle for survival because of the greed motivated by illegal wildlife products trade worth billions of dollars.

PS reiterated that the population of lions in Kenya which KFS estimates to be about 2,000 has been on a steep decline in the last two years as they bear the brunt of human-wildlife conflict when they consume carcasses of livestock laced with deadly pesticides.

Global march is an important event which calls upon governments, civil societies, grass root committees, media and all stakeholders to be proactive and collaborate towards ensuring the survival of Elephants, Rhinos and Lions.

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Kenya commemorates 25 years of Action for Biodiversity

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KAM and Ministry of Environment & Forestry partner to promote recycling PET Bottles

Kenya Association of Manufacturer (KAM), the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) have announced a […]

Forecast for the next seven days (22nd to 28thMay, 2018)

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