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 PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli addressing wananchi in Naivasha during the Ozone Day.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli addressing wananchi in Naivasha during the Ozone Day.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment Prof. Judi Wakhungu has appealed to Kenyans to actively participate in the preservation of the Ozone layer in an effort to forestall the dangers associated to its destruction.

Prof. Wakhungu warned that depletion of the Ozone layer had harmful effects to humans and called for collective efforts in its protection to safe to secure lives. She observed that skin cancer, eye cataracts, reduced plant and animal productivity, poor air quality, damage to plastics and negative impact on the climate were among the dangerous effects of destruction of the Ozone layer.

The CS made the remarks in a speech read on her behalf by the Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli during the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone layer held at Kihoto grounds, Naivasha on 16.09.16. The ozone layer is a deep layer from 10 km to 50 km above the earth’s surface and encircling the Earth. The layer shields the entire Earth from much of the harmful ultraviolet radiation that comes from the sun.

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli with other dignitaries  join the mwomboko dancers in celebrating the Ozone Day in  Naivasha.DSC_0195-001

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli with other dignitaries join the mwomboko dancers in celebrating the Ozone Day in Naivasha.DSC_0195-001

The ozone layer became widely understood by the public after it was realized that certain chemicals manufactured by human beings known as chlorofluorocarbons, widely used as refrigerants, propellants in aerosol applications, and solvents  find their way up into the stratosphere where, through chemical reactions, they destroy some of the ozone.

Following this discovery, an international treaty was signed in 1973 called the Montreal Protocol that led to reduced manufacture of these chemicals. Kenya is signatory and ratified other consequent protocols.

“The country has made progress in phasing out Ozone depleting Substances in most applications and has at the same time adopted Ozone-friendly technologies that are now being used” Prof. Wakhungu added. The CS noted however, that the world will need to phase out hydro- fluorocarbons that were also associated with adverse effects of climate change.

She emphasized that Preservation of the Ozone Layer is one of the major environmental concerns for the world adding that her Ministry in partnership with stakeholders were supporting industries and agricultural enterprises to shift from using Ozone Depleting to friendly alternatives.

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Prof. Wakhungu disclosed that training of refrigeration and air-conditioning service technicians was being carried out on best practices in prevention of the substances that deplete the Ozone. Similarly the CS observed that the Ministry of Environment had partnered with customs and Revenue Authority to control the importation of the harmful substances.

 

 

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19/09/2016

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In recognition of its spectacular migration of wildebeest from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the 10th Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin met in Kigali Rwanda and declared every 15th September, to be Mara Day.

This year’s Mara day was marked in Bomet town, Bomet County, with Communities living along the Mara River ecosystem on both sides of Kenya and Tanzania  been called upon to conserve its catchment by adopting and embracing climate change strategies like bee keeping, establishment of tree nurseries and use of energy saving stoves, in order to ensure the river’s sustainability.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, which was among the various exhibitors during the event, attracted very many residents seeking information on the best environmental practices.

The Chief guest during the event, that was also attended by the Chairman of the Council of Governor’s who is also the Meru Governor Mr. Peter Munya,  Narok Governor Mr. Samuel Tunai and the host Governor, Mr. Isaac Rutto, was the Water Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, while the Director of Programmes and Projects in the State Department of Environment, Agnes Yobteric, represented the PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu holding talks with the US Amb. Rober Codec in her NHIF office during the courtesy call

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu holding talks with the US Amb. Rober Codec in her NHIF office during the courtesy call

The United States of America has singled out Kenya as a leading Environmental champion in Africa for its exemplary efforts to combat the effects of climate change.

The United States Ambassador to Kenya Mr. Robert Godec confirmed that his government will continue collaborating with Kenya in matters of Environment and Natural resources conservation to improve standards of living of the citizens.

Mr. Godec made the remarks during a courtesy call on the Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu where he presented her a letter of commendation from the US Special Envoy for Climate change Dr. Jonathan Pershing.

Principal Secretary, State Department of Environmen t, Mr. Charles Sunkuli listening keenly as the CS, Prof. Wakhungu briefs the US envoy, Robert Codec.

Principal Secretary, State Department of Environmen t, Mr. Charles Sunkuli listening keenly as the CS, Prof. Wakhungu briefs the US envoy, Robert Codec.

The Ambassador said that the US recognized Prof. Wakhungu’s leadership role in making Kenya a leader in matters Environment and singled out the country’s Nationally Determined Goals to adapt to climate change as outstanding.

Kenya has led African countries to implement climate change actions in areas of afforestation, low carbon emission, wind, geothermal energy among other sectors such as transport, water, construction. This follows the landmark climate change conference held in France in December 2015.

Kenya is among the very few African countries that have put in place climate change legislation alongside an adaptation plan that provides a vision for low carbon and climate resilient development pathway.

Prof. Wakhungu said that Kenya’s success in areas of climate change resilience development was through collaboration with the United States adding that as a leader in Africa the country would soon have a climate change council that would soon be announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

PS, Environment briefing the US envoy, Robert Codec on environmental issues as the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu listens keenly.

PS, Environment briefing the US envoy, Robert Codec on environmental issues as the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu listens keenly.

The CS who was accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Environment Mr.> Charles Sunkuli noted that Kenya had made significant steps in solid waste management that had been devolved to the counties.

“We have launched a rapid results initiative, closed several dumpsites and enforced environment management rules” she added.

The CS however observed that counties were facing serious capacity challenges in managing solid waste that was a growing problem adding that  her Ministry would provide leadership to control the menace.

Prof. Wakhungu disclosed that research findings indicated that 46% of diseases in Kenya were water borne and as a result of environment pollution.

During the meeting the two discussed matters of the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to be held in South Africa.

 

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The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu, (right) and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima (center) briefs the Media on the importance of the launched forest and landscape restoration program.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu, (right) and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima (center) briefs the Media on the importance of the launched forest and landscape restoration program.

The Cabinet Secretary Prof.Judi Wakhungu called for co-operation and coordination amongst all stakeholders to restore degraded forest and other landscapes in order to reduce poverty, Improve food security and address the problem of climate change by conserving valued biodiversity.

Wakhungu said this while launching the forest and landscape Restoration program at Hotel Intercontinental, adding that the program will resonate extremely to National aspirations as   expressed in vision 2030, in Agriculture, environment climate change and forest policies and legislation.

She noted that the Government has already committed 5.1 million hectares of deforested and degraded forest and other landscapes for restoration by the year 2030. “The commitment is directly linked to climate change (NDC) and the National forestry aspirations including the minimum 10% forest cover”, CS added.

Launch of Forest and Landscape Restoration Program 08 /09 /2016

Launch of Forest and Landscape Restoration Program 08 /09 /2016

Wakhungu said that the program shall not involve the National Government alone, but will incorporate all stakeholders like county Governments, Universities, NGOS, Community Groups and the private Sector in reversing ecosystem  degradation and live in amore verdant and productive world.

On her part, the Principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima reiterated the CS’ remarks that the program presented an opportunity to demonstrate the success of a collaborative approach to natural resources and environmental conservation.

Also present during the launch were the Chairman Kenya Forest board of Directors Mr. Peter Kinyua, KFS Director Emilio Mugo and the Conservation Secretary Mr. Gideon Gathaara.

 

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PS State Department of Environment Mr Charles Sunkuli addressing wananchi at Duka Moja. He called on them to discard the thro away culture

PS State Department of Environment Mr Charles Sunkuli addressing wananchi at Duka Moja. He called on them to discard the thro away culture

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, has called for a sustained awareness creation on eco-matters such as the nasty “throw away culture” that is Kenya’s weak point in solid waste management, in a bid to impact the relevance of individuals and communities responsibility to their obligation for a sustainable environment.

Speaking at Duka moja, Suswa in Kajiado County during the launching ceremony of the rehabilitation and restoration of the Lake Magadi ecosystem that was officiated by the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry Prof. Judi Wakhungu,  Mr. Sunkuli noted that, Under the social pillar of the Kenya Vision 2030, Kenya aspires to establish a just and cohesive society that enjoys equitable social development in a clean and secure environment, that will drive the country into a middle income status.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli,  watering a commerative tree at Duka Moja as the CS, Prof. Judi  Wakhungu looks on

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, watering a commerative tree at Duka Moja as the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu looks on

The Principal Secretary noted that, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources was working in earnest to ensure the public has adequate information regarding on-going initiatives and their roles in order to secure improved livelihoods and economic prosperity for all Kenyans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu (Centre) and other participants during the TICAD VI special event on Forest and Landscape Restoration for food Security and Resilience to climate change.

Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu (Centre) and other participants during the TICAD VI special event on Forest and Landscape Restoration for food Security and Resilience to climate change.

The government of Kenya is targeting 5.1 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes for restoration by 2030, as a contribution to the African Forest and Landscape Restoration initiative [AFR] 100], a pan African, country –led effort to restore 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscape .This will also be Kenya’s contribution to the Bonn challenge, New York declaration on forests and the CBD AICHI targets.

The indication here is that, the African Forest and Landscape Restoration Initiative [AFR100] Seeks to restore 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscape, the Bonn challenge and the New York Declaration seeks to restore 150 million hectares by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

On behalf of the Government of Kenya, the Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu, represented Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources at this 1st TICAD conference in Africa, since its inception in 1993. The TICAD VI conference took place as from 25th to 28th September 2016, here in Nairobi.

The CS who represented Kenya at the TICAD VI, side event on forest and landscape restoration and resilience to climate change, said that the Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, is determined to reclaim, rehabilitate and conserve all the forested landscape to address the problem.

In order to address the problem, Prof Wakhungu said, the Government is organizing on how to reach out communities, development partners, the private sector and other stakeholder.

She said that the Ministry will endeavor to tap into financing mechanism including climate change funds and the carbon markets to support the goals. The REDD+ process has been singled out to champion the efforts and preparatory activity to support implementations with support from multiple stakeholders like Japanese Government.

Wakhungu defended the exploration of the country-wide range of option in restoration including policy and institutional reform and investments in order to protect the existing forests, restore degraded forest ecosystem and increasing forest cover across the country.

CS also said the Kenyan vision 2030, the Government policy and climate change Act, the National Climate Change Response Strategy and the Green Growth Strategy, recognize the forestry Sector as a major Carbon sink and priority area to move Kenya towards a low carbon, climate-resilient development pathway.

Cabinet Secretary noted that ambitious restoration programmes for the country’s water towers and dry land forest have been initiated in ensuring that adaptation and Mitigation measures are synergized with other forest management objectives.

She also ruminated the meeting that the ministry has a step ahead in formulating a National Forest Programme (NFP) to provide an overall operational and investment framework for implementing the new forest legislation and policy.

A Good number of around 36 dignitaries attended the TICAD VI meeting in Kenya.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu at a special event of TICAD VI on Forest and Landscape Restoration for food security and resilience to climate change.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu at a special event of TICAD VI on Forest and Landscape Restoration for food security and resilience to climate change.

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A bridge over the  Mara River as it flows down   Mugumu district  in Tanzania. A call was made to conserve   its catchment area.

A bridge over the Mara River as it flows down Mugumu district in Tanzania. A call was made to conserve its catchment area.

In recognizing the importance of Mara river ecosystem, the 10th Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin, held in  Kigali, Rwandan, declared every 15th September, the Mara Day to coincide with the great migration of wildlife from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Maasai-Mara National Game Reserve in Kenya.

The Mara River starts in the mountains of Kenya and runs across the Tanzania border into Lake Victoria. The Mara River is home to one of the great natural wonders of the world as every year, over a million wildebeests, zebras and antelopes migrate across the Serengeti to drink from its waters as the only perennial water source in the region.

The celebrations are held on an annual rotation basis between Kenya and Tanzania. In 2015, the celebrations were marked in the town on Butiama in Tanzania and this year, 2016, the day will be marked in Bomet, Kenya.

 

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2nd September 2016.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the plaque to officially launch the restoration of Lake Magadi ecosystem at Suswa, Narok County

Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the plaque to officially launch the restoration of Lake Magadi ecosystem at Suswa, Narok County

Strengthening environmental compliance and enforcement requires collective efforts among institutions and individuals, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

DSC_0048Pulling together - CS, flanked by PS,   Environment, Charles Sunkuli and other senior Ministry and Country   officialls from Narok and Kajiado during the launch.

CS, flanked by PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli and other senior Ministry and Country officialls from Narok and Kajiado during the launch.

Speaking when she launched the Suswa-Lake Magadi Ecosystem Restoration programme at Suswa, Narok County, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, successful restoration of suswa-Lake Magadi catchment area will open up opportunities for business development, clean water in rivers, create jobs, improve livelihoods and accelerate the growth of quality livestock feed and forage.

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