Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Waste is a resource that can be managed to achieve economic, social and environmental benefits. Addressing the waste management challenge effectively in Kenya is critical to delivering on Kenya’s constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment for all, advancing the circular economy to create green jobs and wealth from the waste sector, and advancing the nation’s sustainable development goals. Sustainable waste management is also fundamental to delivery of each of the government’s “Big Four” national priorities – the transformational agenda on housing, manufacturing, food and nutritional security and health care – and to Kenya’s leadership in the blue economy, with its focus on creating economic growth, ensuring healthy waters and building safe communities…..Read more

IMTR/WMO-RTC,Nairobi was recognized for developing competency based curricula and training which has resulted in KMD issuing accurate impact-based forecasts. These forecasts have helped to provide early warning information to  the most vulnerable communities in Kenya that are affected by frequent droughts and floods which lead to loss of life and destruction of property and the environment. 
On behalf of the  Director KMD, I am happy to share with you this important milestone for IMTR/WMO-RTC and forward to you some of the pictures of the ceremony for your information.
(The Public Service Excellence Awards were established in the year 2015 to recognize public service employees who have demonstrated excellence in achieving results for Kenyans and who reflect the priorities of the ideal public service, while demonstrating key competencies).  

Env&Forestry CS K.Tobiko when he addressed the high level segment of the on going COP 24 at KATOWICE, Poland.

The Kenya Government has cited access to predictable and adequate funding options, as a key challenge frustrating the implementation of climate change action plans in developing countries.

Speaking when he addressed the ongoing 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commonly known as COP 24, Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko, said lack of adequate funds has slowed the pace of climate change management and mitigation in developing countries.

While addressing the High Level segment in in Katowice, Poland, Tobiko stressed the need for adequate and predictable financing instruments to accelerate climate change action plans.

“Access to new, additional, predictable and adequate climate finance is critical for developing country Parties to implement their priority adaptation and mitigation actions and meet their obligations under the Convention and the Paris Agreement. The time for action is now. Let us all rise to the occasion. Let us save Our Planet.” Tobiko said.

In recognition of the serious threats posed by climate change, the government, Tobiko said through various agencies including the National Treasury has been leading the process of developing financial instruments for climate proofing vulnerable sectors of the economy.

“This we plan to do through issuance of Sovereign Green Bonds, establishment of the National Treasury as the National Designated Authority (NDA) for Green Climate Fund (GCF), establishment of the Climate Change Fund (CCF) and the Disaster Risk Financing Strategy all aimed at cushioning the economy from fiscal risks arising from the effects of climate related shocks and natural disasters,” Tobiko said.

Alongside funding, Tobiko pointed it out that individual states cannot manage to comprehensively address climate change. International cooperation; international cooperative initiatives; shared responsibilities and solidarity, he said will remain vital components, if we are to combat climate change.

While presenting the Kenyan experience in climate change management, Tobiko disclosed that the local (Kenyan) economy is shedding more than 2% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually due to climate change.

Such economic losses, he said have driven the Kenya Government to put in place measures to ensure low carbon climate resilient development at all levels.

“These include establishment of a robust climate change Legal, Policy, Institutional and Implementation Frameworks,” he said, and added “These measures focus on mainstreaming of climate actions into all sectors including; promotion of Climate Smart Agriculture to enhance food and nutrition security; expansion in renewable and clean energy to improve energy security; sustainable management and conservation of forests to enhance our carbon sinks; climate-proofing infrastructure to build the resilience of our communities and ecosystems.”

The government’s commitment to climate change management and mitigation, he said is currently enjoying priority attention with President Uhuru Kenyatta chairing the National Climate Change Council. The National Climate Change Council, provides the requisite political and strategic direction and sectoral coordination mechanism for implementation of climate change responses. The Council includes representatives of the national and sub-national governments, civil society organisations, private sector, academia, and indigenous communities.

While reiterating statements shared by the Africa Group of Negotiators at COP 24, Tobiko noted that the talks provide an opportunity to adopt an inclusive and comprehensive Programme of Work to operationalize the Paris Agreement.

Said Tobiko: “However, as we work towards this objective, we need to be careful not to re-negotiate the Convention or the Agreement. We must also maintain the principles and spirit of the Convention and the Agreement including the principle of intra-and-inter-generational equity and common but differentiated responsibilities. As well, we must give life to enduring spirit of Talanoa Dialogue.”

COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The UNFCCC is a “Rio Convention”, one of three adopted at the “Rio Earth Summit” in 1992. The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994. Today, it has near-universal membership. The countries that have ratified the Convention are called Parties to the Convention. Preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system is the ultimate aim of the UNFCCC.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme body of the UNFCCC Convention. It consists of the representatives of the Parties to the Convention. It holds its sessions every year. The COP takes decisions which are necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Convention and regularly reviews the implementation of these provisions.

In accordance with a decision of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (COP22) in Marrakesh in November 2016, the successive climate summit is currently underway in Poland and closes on Friday. Poland was selected to host this event within the framework of the Eastern European Group (EEG).


Below-average (depressed) rainfall was recorded over most parts of the country during the month of November (the rainfall peak month) 2018. Several meteorological stations in the country recorded less than 75 percent of their November Long-Term Means (LTMs). Stations like Garissa, Narok, Eldoret Airport, Msabaha, Lodwar and Malindi recorded less than 10 percent of their November LTMs. Mandera station in Northeastern Kenya, however, recorded above-average (more than 125 percent) rainfall. The station recorded 175 percent of its November LTM. Kisumu and Machakos recorded near- average (between 75 and 125 percent) rainfall. The rainfall distribution, both in time and space, was generally poor over most parts of the country especially during the first half of the month……..read more


PS Environment and Forestry Ali Noor Ismail, when he led a team of Ministry officials during the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Ministerial breakfast meeting at a Nairobi hote.

Kenya has put in place all necessary measures to curb extensive marine plastic pollution, Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko has said.

At the same time the CS committed the country to join and support clean oceans alliance that was initiated by the Common Wealth Countries.

In a speech read on his behalf by Mr. Ali Noor Isamail, the Principal Secretary in his ministry, the CS enumerated ban on plastic carrier bags, producer responsibility and take back scheme as some of the government initiatives to reduce marine plastic pollution.

Other measures include decommissioning of the giant Kibaarani dumpsite in Mombasa and the establishment of the Kenya Coast Guard Services.

The CS was addressing a common wealth clean oceans Ministerial breakfast meeting that was chaired by the United Kingdom Minister of state for Common Wealth Lord Ahmad and attended by British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey.

CS Tobiko emphasized that Kenya took cognizance of the threat to sustainable development and was focusing on illegal, unregulated fishing, maritime security, climate change and alien invasive species among others land based sources of pollution.

    • Rainfall Review

Rainfall was recorded over several parts of the country. Parts of the Southeastern Lowlands recorded heavy rainfall as depicted in Figures 1 and 2. A comparison between the previous seven days (12th to 18th November, 2018) with the period under review (19th to 25th November, 2018) indicate increase in rainfall amounts over the Southeast Lowlands and the Highlands East of the Rift Valley. However, there was a decrease over Highlands West of the Rift Valley and Northeastern.

During the period under review, Kitui Meteorological Station recorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of 148.3mm. Other areas that recorded significant seven-day total rainfall amounts include Machakos Meteorological Station (107.7mm), Dagoretti Meteorological Station (36.3mm), Meru Meteorological Station (34.8mm), Tuthu Rainfall Station in Murang’a County (33.6mm) and Nyeri Meteorological Station (33.3mm)……Read more


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The Ministry of Environment and Forestry, is in the process of finalizing the Waste Management Bill and Policy, that will commit the Government to put in place measures to reduce the amount of waste generated and ensure the waste is re-used, recycled and recovered in an environmentally manner, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Keriako Tobiko has said.

In remarks made on his behalf by the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry, Hon. Mohamed Elmi, during the official opening of the first National Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Forum at the KICC, Nairobi, Mr. Tobiko observed that, the PET Forum was intended to explore additional take back scheme arrangements, that could be developed to enable our Country to embrace all plastic sector players in an effort to ensure that, every producer or user of PET bottles is bound into a take back and extended producer responsibility arrangement, observing that, take back schemes have been successful in other countries and as such, encouraged industry players to work in consultation with those countries as a benchmark , in order to achieve the same in Kenya.

Noting that the PET Forum marked a significant milestone in addressing the waste management challenge facing our Country, Mr. Tobiko said that, after banning the plastic bags, the Government felt the need to upscale this initiative by addressing pollution by PET bottles.

PET is popularly used for packaging food and beverages, pharmaceutical and personal care products due to their inert and shatterproof nature. PET is also light weight and is therefore easier to transport. However, public concern has been raised regarding pollution associated with their improper disposal due to their non-bio degradable nature, especially when littered indiscriminately on land and in water bodies.

Chief Administrative Secretary, Min. of Env & Forestry, Hon. Mohamed Elmi, during a media conference, after opening the 1st National PET Forum at the KICC. He is flanked by the Director of Awareness, NEMA. JPG


Experts on Mercury from IDEA Consultants, Japan, assisted by officials from U-POPs- Min of Env. & F and University of Nbi, scooping samples for mercury testing at Dandora dumpsite, Nbi.

The Ministry of Environment of Japan, in collaborative work with the United Nations Environment Progarmme (UNEP), is promoting the support for developing Countries’ efforts in mercury management, in order to implement the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a Multilateral Environmental Agreement that helps in reducing global mercury pollution.

Speaking at the Dandora dumpsite in Nairobi, when he led a team of experts on Mercury from IDEA Consultants, Japan, who are in the Country to undertake mercury monitoring survey, Mr. Shunichi Honda, from the UN-Environment in Japan noted that, a large part of the anthropogenic mercury is emitted into the atmosphere which affects global ecosystems. He observed that, in the incineration of waste, substantial amount of mercury is possibly volatilized from mercury-added products such as fluorescent lamps and electronic parts, thus risking the health of surrounding residents.

The focus and objectives of the survey, is to strengthen national capacity on mercury monitoring system, that can produce comparable monitoring data for national use, as well as for evaluating the effectiveness of the Minamata Convention of Mercury; carry out capacity assessment; discuss the current status and issues of mercury monitoring in Kenya; demonstrate mercury monitoring technologies and prepare a report on the findings.

The exercise is being undertaken by IDEA Consultants from Japan, PANAFCON Kenya Ltd and officials from UPOPS in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, University of Nbi and Government Chemist, among others.

Mr. Shunichi Honda, from UN-Environment, Japan, and an expert on Mercury from IDEA consultants monitoring the level of Mercury from the Dandora dumpsite


CS Tobiko when he addressed the visiting presidential delivery Unit team on a courtesy call to his office.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has appealed to the Government to consider allocating corresponding resources to the Environment Sector as it was the bed rock of development in the Country.

He said that the government’s big four agenda of Food security, Universal health, affordable housing and manufacturing were all dependent on the Environment and Forestry sector, yet the National treasury allocates meager resources to manage the vast sector.

The CS gave an example of the Kenya Forest Service that was currently managing a moratorium on logging and were struggling to cater for transport, equipment and operation expenses. He said all the sections and divisions in his Ministry were operating on very stringent budgets.

He was speaking when he led his Ministry officials in a presentation to the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) team who paid a courtesy call on him. The team was monitoring and evaluating the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s performance on the government’s Big four Agenda.

The PDU team was led by Ms Katra Sambili a Senior Director who promised to work hand in hand with the Ministry to deliver the presidential agenda on Environment and Forestry.

The meeting discussed included Climate change, Meteorology, waste management, Water towers, forestry research and multilateral environment agreements.

Among the Ministry officials who accompanied the CS were the Conservation Secretary Mr. Gedion Gathaara and the Director of Administration Mr.Henry Obino.

Some of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry officials during the CS meeting with PDU.



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