Friday, December 15, 2017

LVEMPThe Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli has expressed confidence that the World Bank will commit fresh support to the Lake Victoria Environmental Management progromme (LVEMP 11) whose second phase expires in December 2017.

Mr. Sunkuli noted that the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources had already prepared a concept note for LVEMP phase three that is under consideration for funding by the World Bank.

The World Bank provides major funding of the regional programme in the East African community countries that occupy the Lake Victoria catchment area and has already expressed commitment to support the next phase following the success of phase 11.

LVEMP involves various environmental projects around the catchment areas of Lake Victoria aimed at conservation and uplifting the standards of living for the local people.

The PS was speaking at his office when he received World Bank officials on the projects supervision who paid a courtesy call on him.

The officials included the outgoing task team leader Stephen Ling and the Incoming team leader Jian Xie. They were accompanied by the director of Programs, projects and Strategic Initiatives in the State department of Environment, Agnes Yobterick and LVEMP 11 National project coordinator Francisca Owour.

Environment Principal Secretary Mr. Charles Sunkuli with LVEMP II incoming Team Leader Jian Xie when he paid courtesy call to him

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Most parts of the country continued to receive rainfall. The Central Highlands and the Coast were particularly hard hit by heavy downpours…………Read more

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The President of the United Nations General Assembly Mr Peter Thomson and CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu at the animal orphanage site in the Nairobi National Park yesterday, on 7th May 2017.

The President of the United Nations General Assembly Mr Peter Thomson and CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu at the animal orphanage site in the Nairobi National Park yesterday, on 7th May 2017.

The Government’s directive to ban manufacture, importation and use of plastic bags in the country by September this year has received mammoth support from the United Nations General Assembly. The 71st  Session United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson yesterday extoled the order, describing it as a step forward to safeguarding the environment.

Mr. Thomson said use of plastic bags across the globe was contributing immensely to environmental pollution. He said the United Nations General Assembly was rallying its member countries to embrace use of devices which are environment friendly.

President Thomson made these remarks during his official tour of the Nairobi National Park, yesterday 27th May 2017. He accredited the government’s move to burn 105 tons of ivory adding that the initiative was a clear indication that Kenya is committed to eradicate wildlife poaching.

While accepting the President’s acknowledgement, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu reaffirmed her ministry’s commitment to upscale wildlife and environment conservation.

Prof. Wakhungu said the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has implemented far-reaching measures including enacting stiff decrees that prohibits wildlife poaching, human wildlife conflicts and destruction of the environment.

The President and his entourage were accompanied by Kenya Wildlife Service Director General Kitili Mbathi among other government officials.

Mr. Thomson and his delegation are in the country to hold talks with relevant government agencies in regard to illegal wildlife trade, trophies trafficking, human wildlife conflict, wildlife policies and legal frame works alongside community participation.

The government has banned use of plastic bags used for the commercialization and household packaging. The ban includes importation, manufacture and use of plastic bags CS Environment and Natural Resources Judi Wakhungu said the ban takes effect in six months’ time and it is in line with environmental management. The banned plastic bags are categorized under the carrier bag and flat bag where carrier bag is defined as one constructed with handles, and with or without gussets. The flat bag are constructed without handles, and with or without gussets.

GAME DRIVE. CS Wakhungu and H.E. Peter Thomson together with his delegation makes a game drive at the NNP.

GAME DRIVE. CS Wakhungu and H.E. Peter Thomson together with his delegation makes a game drive at the NNP.

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Posing for a memorable photo are, PS State Department of Natural Resources Dr Margaret Mwakima (center) with participants to validate the National Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy at the Kenya Commercial Bank Leadership Center in Karen

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is fine-tuning a National Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy whose implementation will among others shield the sector from increased human-wildlife conflicts.

While unveiling a one-day Validation Workshop to discuss the National Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy at Kenya Commercial Bank Leadership Centre yesterday, Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said the first Wildlife Policy approved in 1975, had subsequent challenges which need to be addressed.

 In a speech read on her behalf by State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Prof. Wakhungu said policy alterations will curb chronic issues within the wildlife sector such as human wildlife conflicts, increased poaching and illegal trade, conflicting sectorial policies and decline in wildlife numbers and range.

The Cabinet Secretary explained that the   implementation of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013 has brought about significant changes in the structure , and not only recognizes the Constitutional reality of three tenure systems but also contain provisions dealing with conservancies both on community and private lands as well as provisions on benefit sharing.

Wakhungu further said that emerging opportunities exist in wildlife as a land use by promoting participatory land-use planning in wildlife corridors and dispersal areas in community and private land.

 “Other opportunities include innovative benefit-sharing and conflict resolution mechanisms, and engaging in social contracts with communities to increase space for wildlife with shared liabilities,” Prof. Wakhungu added.

The finalization of the policy is being spearheaded by Stakeholders drawn from both the government and private sector. The deliberations entail interviews, focused group discussions and peer review workshops.

PS Dr Margaret Mwakima (center), with Conservation Secretary Mr Gathaara (right) and Director Wildlife Conservation Mr Stephen Manegene (left), Listening keenly on presentations from various speakers during the Validation workshop to discuss the policy on Wildlife Conservation and Management

PS Dr Margaret Mwakima (center), with Conservation Secretary Mr Gathaara (right) and Director Wildlife Conservation Mr Stephen Manegene (left), Listening keenly on presentations from various speakers during the Validation workshop to discuss the policy on Wildlife Conservation and Management

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weatherApril marks the peak of the “Long Rains” season. During the first half of the month highly depressed rainfall was recorded over most parts of the country including the western and central highlands. In the second half, however most stations reported significant increases in rainfall characteristic of the peak month. However, these amounts were still way below their LTMs. Most meteorological stations in the country recorded rainfall that was well below 75 percent of their Long-Term Means (LTMs) for the month. Up to 27th April, only Kisii, Makindu and Machakos had exceeded 75% of their LTMs with 86.1%, 93.5% and 166.9% respectively. The stations with the lowest LTMS for the month were Lodwar (2.8%), Lamu (7.9%), Narok (12.1%), Laikipia (19%), Marsabit (19.2%), and Nyahururu (19.5%) that recorded less than 20 percent of their April LTMs.

The rainfall performance during April 2017……….read more

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being taken on a conducted tour of the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi, when she commissioned JKIA Weather station, that is operated by the Kenya Meteorological Department

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being taken on a conducted tour of the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi, when she commissioned JKIA Weather station, that is operated by the Kenya Meteorological Department

Kenya has met a major condition by establishing automatic weather observation systems at its main airports to qualify to operate direct flights to the United States of America.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu said that the equipment installed at Jomo Kenyatta, Eldoret and Kisumu International airports would significantly improve aviation in the country and the region through providing weather information in ten minutes intervals.

Prof Wakhungu was speaking today at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when she commissioned the Automatic Weather System that will improve forecasting by providing more accurate data to the aviation industry.

The Meteorological Observations that will be performed automatically by the new equipment include: Air temperature, Wind speed and direction, Pressure, Air humidity, Dew point temperature, Precipitation, Solar Radiation, Visibility, Cloud Height, and Thunderstorms.

In addition the system will be able to monitor Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) due to strong cross winds or wind gusts.The commissioning was witnessed by Deputy Director in charge of Kenya Meteorological Training Institute, Stella Aura, and the deputy Director in charge of Aeronautic Meteorology, Elijah Bukachi, together with Kenya Airports and Kenya Civil Aviation Authority officials.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, accompanied by officials from KMD, being shown the newly constructed weather station at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi.DSC_0066

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, accompanied by officials from KMD, being shown the newly constructed weather station at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi.DSC_0066

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wildlife policyThe process of formulating the National Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy has been going on for over ten years. The process is now complete and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will be holding a validation workshop on the Draft Policy on 4th May, 2017 at KCB Leadership Centre, Karen starting 9.00 a.m.

The Ministry therefore invites members of the public for final comments/ additions before the National validation forum.

The Draft Policy can be accessed on the Ministry website…….Draft Policy
http://www.environment.go.ke.
Written comments can be sent to
wildlifepolicy@environment.go.ke by 2nd May, 2017.

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Thursday 27 April, 2017

 

- Principal Secretary, State Dept of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli during the interview with KTN's Alex Chamwanda in his NHIF office..JPG

– Principal Secretary, State Dept of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli during the interview with KTN’s Alex Chamwanda in his NHIF office..JPG

A comprehensive study of the Nairobi River Basin to determine the level of pollution in the water will be conducted. A scoping mission has already been done on the study that is expected to be completed in six months.  The report will inform on the next steps that will include withdrawal of licenses of culprits who fail to comply with the set standards.

Principal Secretary, Charles Sunkuli stated that the Ministry has undertaken activities to clean and rehabilitate Nairobi River since 2008.  It has also coordinated stakeholders who play a key role in the rehabilitation namely; Nairobi City County, Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, Water Resources Management Authority, and the Residents Association – KARA.

He explained that a directorate of Urban Rivers Rehabilitation Program (URRP) was formed to clean and rehabilitate urban rivers in the country. The rivers include; Sosiani, Muranga, Narok, Migori among others. He expressed satisfaction that if the Ministry is allocated 1.5-2billion annually, all activities will be undertaken and sustained to ensure cleaner and rehabilitated rivers.

Speaking to KTN crew during a Special Report interview on Nairobi River in his office today, Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli decried inadequate resources that have scaled down the level of activities in cleaning and restoring the river.

He said that the State Department of Environment was in discussions with the Architectural Association of Kenya to ensure that going forward, rivers should not be at the back of any new building but in the front to create greater responsibility of taking care of the river.

On climate change and Sustainable Development Goals, the PS said the Ministry has started an air quality programme in the country that will do emission testing for all vehicles in the city to reduce the level of pollution.

Present during the interview was the Director, URRP Eric Akotsi.

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The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu, PS Dr Margaret Mwakima and Director KFS, Emilio Mugo listening keenly to the KFS official explaining how the seedlings will be distributed to areas earmarked for the 2017 long rains Western Regime tree planting season.

The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu, PS Dr Margaret Mwakima and Director KFS, Emilio Mugo listening keenly to the KFS official explaining how the seedlings will be distributed to areas earmarked for the 2017 long rains Western Regime tree planting season.

The government has announced that it will plant 170 million trees during this long rain season in an effort meant to attain the 10 percent forest cover by the year 2030.

Speaking at Koibatek Forest Station in Baringo County during the inauguration of Long Rains Tree Planting Season in the Western region, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said the Ministry  through the Kenya Forest Service in partnership with the private sector and communities, has this financial year planned to raise and plant 170 million seedlings.

The Cabinet Secretary said that for the case of Mau forest conservancy, the Ministry targets to raise and plant 26.6 million seedlings to be achieved by the close of the current rainfall season.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu said investing in trees will not only create wealth and employment for Kenyans, but also stabilize the country’s landscape.

The launch of tree planting regime is marked every year, as a demonstration of the Ministry’s commitment and resolve to the greening of the country as well as supporting the growth of the forestry sector with the aim of continuous contribution to national economic and social growth as well as promoting environmental sustainability.

Prof. Wakhungu pronounced that the Ministry has now put into operation the Forest Conservation and Management Act, 2016 operationalized in March this year and which seeks to foster management and conservation of forests.

“This new legislation aligned to our Constitution, is a broad-based legislation and has reaching effects on the management and conservation of our forests. Subsequently, the national government and the counties are now, by law and in line with the Constitution required to work together in promoting the development of the forestry sector,” she said.

The Cabinet Secretary appealed to County governments to take note of the law and make good use of its provisions while drafting the county level policies and legislations to guide the development and management of community as well as county forests.

And to supplement the legislation that guides management and conservation of forests, she said the Ministry has also introduced the Plantation Establishment and Livelihood Improvement Scheme (PELIS) which facilitates improvement of tree plantation survival rate alongside allowing farmers to raise tree seedlings planted in gazetted forests, while growing food crops on the same piece of land.

State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr.Margaret Mwakima said the tree plantation program was a milestone towards not only rehabilitating encroached forests but a step forward in forest conservation and management.

Present at the launch were Kenya Forest Service Chief Conservator Emilio Mugo, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Director of Administration Christopher Musumbu and various representatives from Government Agencies.

The theme for this year’s tree planting season is, ‘Panda Miti, Punguza Makali ya Ukame. This theme bears the reflection of the climate related challenges of a severe drought that our country and the region has just gone through in the recent months and which left a trail of destruction and suffering among Kenyans.

Nationally, the area which the National Government has set aside for the establishment and management of industrial plantation forests within the state forest areas currently stands at 140,000 hectares which represents eight percent of the total gazetted forest reserves.

This is part of the ready seedlings to be planted during the 2017 Tree planting season, for Western Rainfall Regime of our country.

This is part of the ready seedlings to be planted during the 2017 Tree planting season, for Western Rainfall Regime of our country.

 

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Pupils from one of the Primary schools in Lari, Uplands, in Kiambu County holding a bamboo tree during the launch to mark the Israel & Kenya's partnership on matters of forest conservation and Management.

Pupils from one of the Primary schools in Lari, Uplands, in Kiambu County holding a bamboo tree during the launch to mark the Israel & Kenya’s partnership on matters of forest conservation and Management.

The Israel Embassy in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources on Friday last week launched a three-block tree plantation and rehabilitation program in Uplands, Kiambu County which will cover 1,526 hectares.

While inaugurating the project, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu lauded the program saying it will foster forest protection and conservation across the country.

The CS said that the desire for the Embassy of Israel through the efforts of his Excellency the Ambassador, has opened the door for collaboration in the forest sector initially starting with the proposed adoption of three forest blocks in Kiambu county.

Prof. Wakhungu pointed out that the two forests, Nyamweru and Lari, which are part of the wider Aberdare forest ecosystem, are important water catchment forests and their improvement will contribute to the realization of national goals of rehabilitating and conserving the water tower forests.

The Cabinet Secretary said that Kenya and Israel have for many years had mutual cooperation by promoting activities geared towards the conservation of the environment and other natural resources in the country, a good example of cooperation being the November 2014, when MENR through Kenya Forest Service, participated in the 5th International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification, where Israel exhibited high levels of providing international leadership in the development of science and technology for the rehabilitation of drylands and deserts globally.

The CS additionally  said the launch of the National Forest Programme for the period 2016 to 2030 and which provides the strategic framework for forest policy, planning and implementation will significantly support the country’s  national efforts of revitalizing the forestry sector and improve capacity to with stand and recover from climate related stresses and disturbances.

The National Forest Programme was unveiled on 21st March this year during the International day of Forests which was held at Ramisi Primary School in Kwale County.

State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima who accompanied the Cabinet Secretary pronounced that Kenya has 5.2 million hectares of land which can be rehabilitated through tree growing aimed at attaining the 10 percent forest cover as enshrined in the country’s vision 2030.

Also present at the event were Ambassadors among them Israel Ambassador to Kenya Yahel Vilan and Kenya Forest Service Director Emilio Mugo.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu, Ambassador Yahel Vilan of Israel and PS Dr Margaret Mwakima in a jovial mood of celebrating the partnership to conserve 1,526 hectares in Uplands, Kiambu County. This will realize the National goals of rehabilitating and conserving the water towers.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu, Ambassador Yahel Vilan of Israel and PS Dr Margaret Mwakima in a jovial mood of celebrating the partnership to conserve 1,526 hectares in Uplands, Kiambu County. This will realize the National goals of rehabilitating and conserving the water towers.

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Rainfall Review

weatherSeveral parts of the country received rainfall during the past week. However the northern parts of the country continued to be mostly dry.

Kitui Meteorological Station recorded the highest seven-day total of 70.3mm.  This same station recorded the highest rainfall within one day (70.3mm on 16th April). Compared to the previous review period there was a marked decrease in rainfall amounts over most parts of the country. Figure 2 shows the spatial distribution of rainfall during the review period. Figure 3 shows stations that recorded heavy (>20mm/24hrs) and very heavy (>50mm/24hrs) rainfall during the review period………Read more

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