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19th AUGUST, 2016. 

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with other participants following proceedings during the forum on electromagnetic frequencies at a Nairobi hotel

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with other participants following proceedings during the forum on electromagnetic frequencies at a Nairobi hotel

Kenyans have become increasingly concerned with the potential harmful effects that electromagnetic frequencies might have on their health with the upsurge in the use of the mobile telephony that has necessitated the deployment of base stations close to residential area’s in a bit to boost connectivity and communication, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking on the role of her Ministry in addressing environmental impact of electromagnetic frequencies, during a forum on the effects of electromagnetic frequencies that was organized by the Kenya Alliance of Residents Association (KARA) in a Nairobi hotel, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, the development of applications by telecommunication companies for the installation of mobile phone towers are a major sources of contentious litigations in the Ministry and called on the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), to ensure that all base stations are subjected to Environmental Impact Assessment process and licensed, saying that, her Ministry considers public health as the key aspect to take into account in dealing with electromagnetic frequencies.

Prof. Wakhungu called for the provision of basic information on the electromagnetic frequencies to  unravel the myths around the health effects of the base stations and at the same time, promote a better understanding between what is known and what is not known about electromagnetic frequencies.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu making a contribution  during the workshop.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu making a contribution during the workshop.

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Principal Secretaries in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Water and irrigation and Mining, yesterday on 16 August 2016, held a meetings at the Mining Offices in abide to launch Environmental protection, water and Natural Resources Sector Budget process for 2017 to 2018 Medium Term Budget.

The chairman of the Budget process, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed Principal Secretary for the State department of Mining, was the host of his counterparts Prof. Fred Segor of State Department of Water Services, Dr Margaret Mwakimwa of State Department of Natural Resources and Patrick Nduati of State Department of Irrigation. The treasury department was represented by George Muthembi.

Work plans, Secretarial team and technical working groups were constituted to work with treasury team and will keep their respective accounting officers/the PSs informed on the progress at the most convenient time possible.

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Nairobi       17.08.16              

The government has ordered the closure of the Ngong town dumpsite for failing to meet recommended environmental standards.

Environment Principal secretary Charles Sunkuli, directed the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to immediately commence the process to decommission the solid waste management site that was at the brink of environment disaster.

And at a meeting held at the Ngong  deputy County Commissioner’s office, Kajiado senator,  Peter Mositet and deputy governor Paul Ntiaty supported the dumpsites closure and confirmed that the process of identifying  an alternative garbage management site ongoing.

Mr. Sunkuli toured the dumpsite following widespread complaints that the garbage had caused untold suffering to residents whose lives are threatened by health and environmental hazards posed by the piling garbage. He appealed to residents to change their ‘’ throw away “culture which had caused the eye sore that is Ngong dumpsite. Residents at the nearby estates and  primary schools  complained of constant res

 PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli, accompanied by Senator, Kajiado County, Eng. Peter Mositet, sub-county comm., Mr. Komen, ES, Dr. Alice Kaudia and NEMA officials tourng the dumpsite

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli, accompanied by Senator, Kajiado County, Eng. Peter Mositet, sub-county comm., Mr. Komen, ES, Dr. Alice Kaudia and NEMA officials tourng the dumpsite

piratory ailments and skin infections.

The PS urged  Kajiado  County government to invest heavily in safe solid waste management and security as the two areas were of concern to prospective investors in Ngong town.

He disclosed that NEMA would maintain a data base on various waste management activities including the gazettement of all solid waste transport vehicles, and monitoring self help groups that derived economic benefits from such sites in an effort  to promote a clean and healthy environment.

The deputy governor Paul Ntiaty told the meeting that his county was working in collaboration with an investor who would manage garbage through recycling and other environmentally recommended methods.

It was agreed that with the relocation of the dumpsite, all self help groups working on value addition activities from the solid waste, would be allowed to carry on with their economic activities as long as they had structured their management.

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The Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu (Centre) makes her contributions at the CITES COP17 retreat meeting, as Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima (left) waits for her turn to give views.

The Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu (Centre) makes her contributions at the CITES COP17 retreat meeting, as Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima (left) waits for her turn to give views.

The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu for Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, consulting with Principal Secretary, State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima, during the retreat to prepare for Kenyas position for CITES COP17, at Sawela Hotel, Naivasha, on 15th August 2016

The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu for Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, consulting with Principal Secretary, State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima, during the retreat to prepare for Kenyas position for CITES COP17, at Sawela Hotel, Naivasha, on 15th August 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 18, 2016 

Kenya’s preparations for the forthcoming 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) have entered the homestretch.

This follows completion of Kenya’s consultative preparation process through a national multi-agency CITES Technical committee and subsequent submission on 27 April 2016, of proposals for consideration at the conference. In total, Kenya has submitted fourteen (14) proposals covering a wide range of wild species, including the African elephant, African Pangolins, species of snakes endemic to Kenya, the thresher Sharks, species of chameleons, plant species and others on measures to combat illegal wildlife trafficking.

These proposals, together with others submitted by other Parties to the Convention, have since been uploaded on the CITES website www.cites.org in readiness for discussion as agenda items of the triennial World Wildlife Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September to 5 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Over 180 proposals are lined up for discussion as agenda items of the Conference of the Parties that will bring together 182 States that are Parties to the Convention. The Parties will take critical decisions on wildlife trade policy and the scope of regulatory control over international trade in specific wild species

As part of Kenya’s roadmap to Johannesburg, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu this week convened a two-day retreat in Naivasha for the National CITES Technical committee to review and develop a country position on all items of CoP17. The committee brings together experts from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya Wildlife Service, National Museums of Kenya, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs State Department of Fisheries and Blue Economy and representatives of Conservation Alliance of Kenya, an umbrella body bringing together more than 50 NGOs.

Meanwhile, plans are underway to convene a briefing session for national stakeholders, including members of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources ahead of the conference.

Kenya remains committed to playing its rightful role in ensuring that international trade in endangered species of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival in the wild. That is why it is lobbying and persuading Parties to the CITES Convention to ensure discussions of the proposals before the CoP17 bear this intention in mind.

It is therefore critically important that Parties to CITES adopt the proposals submitted by Kenya, key among them the five complementary proposals on African elephant submitted by Kenya and other Parties under the framework of the African Elephant Coalition calling for decisive action to ban trade in elephants and elephant ivory to save the species from imminent extinction.

These joint proposals seek the listing of all African elephants in CITES Appendix I, closure of domestic markets for ivory, enhancing management of ivory stockpiles including where possible, their destruction, ending discussion on the Decision-Making Mechanism for legalizing future trade in ivory and prohibiting the export of live African elephants to zoos.

 

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flagged by PS, Environmet, Charles Sunkuli and NEMA officials unveiling the plague to officially launch the 100 days RRI on solid waste

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flagged by PS, Environmet, Charles Sunkuli and NEMA officials unveiling the plague to officially launch the 100 days RRI on solid waste

 

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has formed an inter-agency committee on the enforcement of waste management, which has identified gaps in the implementation of the waste agenda in the country, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, has said.

Prof. Wakhungu, made the remarks when she launched a Rapid Results Initiative (RRI),  on solid waste management in the next 100days at the KICC.

A memorable photo- PS, Charles Sunkuli poses for a group photo with NEMA and Private sector officialss after the launch of the RRI.

A memorable photo- PS, Charles Sunkuli poses for a group photo with NEMA and Private sector officialss after the launch of the RRI.

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Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu(Centre), Abbas Gullet KRCS Sec.General(left) and Emilio Mugo KFS Director, at the launch of the Guinness World record for planting five million trees in one hour.

Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu(Centre), Abbas Gullet KRCS Sec.General(left) and Emilio Mugo KFS Director, at the launch of the Guinness World record for planting five million trees in one hour.

The Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the Kenya Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, are pursuing a programme aimed at planting 2.5 Billion trees by the year 2030.

While Launching the Guinness World Records Tree Challenge for planting five million trees in one hour at Serena Hotel, Nairobi, on 9th August 2016, the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource Prof. Judi Wakhungu, said that Kenya’s current forestry covers falls below the global convention of 10% and with the increasing poverty demand, arable land and rapid population growth, the situation is deemed to get worse.

“To realize the goal of planting 2.5 Billion trees by 2030, the Cs said, the Ministry partners’ and stakeholders will undertake various initiatives, one of them being the planting of marathon five Million trees in one hour in early November 2016” Prof. said.

The Cs added that since the launch of sustainable Environment and Restoration programme (SERP) in 2014, a number of initiatives have been undertaken by partners, including growing of trees in degraded Ecosystem, restoration of water catchments and basins, waste management and climate information and early warning campaigns in both urban and rural areas.

By planting a tree, Kenyans will contribute immensely to the attainment of Kenya vision 2030 and increase the capacity to adapt the impact of climate change, combat desertification, guarantee water, food security and live hood by conserving water catchments

The Kenyans Red Cross society (KRCS) launch of a tree planting marathon is aimed at breaking the Guinness world record by planting five million trees in one hour. This is to also encourage Kenyans to plant ecological suitable trees species simultaneously at Kiambere Dam.

Wakhungu at the same time witnessed the KRCS and partners launch of Adopt-A- Tree APP, an online platform to enable users to participate in the conservation and restoration of the Environment.

In attendance were Abbas Gullet Secretary General (KRCS), Emillio Mugo, Director (KFS) and Gina Din Kariuki, among others.

Striking a deal for planting Five Million Trees in One Hour at Serena Hotel on 9th August 2016. This Programme is aimed at planting 2.5 billion trees and wood shrubs by the year 2030.

Striking a deal for planting Five Million Trees in One Hour at Serena Hotel on 9th August 2016. This Programme is aimed at planting 2.5 billion trees and wood shrubs by the year 2030.

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Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia flanked by Tata Chemicals Magadi MD Eng. Jack Mbui at the Lake Magadi Restoration Programme Committee meeting

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia flanked by Tata Chemicals Magadi MD Eng. Jack Mbui at the Lake Magadi Restoration Programme Committee meeting

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia has said the economic significance of Lake Magadi which is under ecological threat cannot be overemphasized considering the Natural resource earns the economy over US $ 90 million of revenue annually through exports of soda ash.

The ES spoke at the Lake Magadi Restoration Program Committee meeting in Magadi where she reiterated Tata Chemicals Company limited’s role in revenue generation and livelihood improvement. “The company is a source of livelihood for over 30,000 local residents through direct employment, water provision, education, health services and support for small and medium enterprises” She noted.

Deep gullies formed due to soil erosionKenya is the largest producer of soda ash in Africa and third largest natural soda ash producer in the world, mining Trona (raw material for soda ash) in Lake Magadi. It dates back to 1911 when Magadi soda now Tata Chemicals Limited set up the first plant.

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia samples water in lake Magadi which is under ecological threat

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia samples water in lake Magadi which is under ecological threat

Over the years both the depth and extent of the lake has decreased tremendously due to sedimentation. About 20 Km of the northern part of the lake is silted. Scientists have established that the siltation was as a result of environmental degradation and poor farming practices in upper and lower catchment areas of Narok and Kajiado counties.

The areas contributing to siltation of Lake Magadi comprise of upper and lower catchment covering Keekonyokie and Suswa wards of Narok East Constituency. Others include the middle catchment covering Mosiro in Narok East, Ewuaso-oo Nkidongi and Mosiro wards of Kajiado west constituency where huge parcels of land are open for cultivation resulting to high volumes of runoff, soil erosion and formation of deep gullies.

According to Tata Chemicals Project Manager Eng. Francis Sakimpa an estimated 8,000 tonnes of sediments are deposited in the Lake every time there is a storm with flash floods. Increased sediments have led to the company’s increased cost of production due to high impurities in Trona.

The committee on restoration of the lake which draw  membership from the Ministry of Environment, Tata Chemicals Limited, Community representatives and Ewaso Ngiro South Development Authority (ENSDA) designed a three year work plan on restoration activities in Narok and Kajiado counties.

 

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The Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima met with HE. Ambassador Vilan & the teams from Keren Kemeth Leisrael and Kenya Forest Service. The meeting was to farmilialize partnership on the collaboration for capacity Development for Dry lands Forestry in Kenya

The Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima met with HE. Ambassador Vilan & the teams from Keren Kemeth Leisrael and Kenya Forest Service. The meeting was to farmilialize partnership on the collaboration for capacity Development for Dry lands Forestry in Kenya

 

Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Princilpal Secretary, State Department of Natural Resources, with Israel team at NHIF building, during the discussions on dry land Forestry in Kenya

Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Princilpal Secretary, State Department of Natural Resources, with Israel team at NHIF building, during the discussions on dry land Forestry in Kenya

 

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu with Israel team who talked on formalizing partnership on capacity development for dry lands Forestry in Kenya

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu with Israel team who talked on formalizing partnership on capacity development for dry lands Forestry in Kenya

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The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing stakeholders representing Government agencies at a consultative workshop to discuss about "Country Environment Analysis," held on 28 July 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing stakeholders representing Government agencies at a consultative workshop to discuss about “Country Environment Analysis,” held on 28 July 2016

The Kenya Country Environmental Analysis has been launched. Country Environmental Analysis (CEA) is one of the key country-level diagnostic tools used by the World Bank to evaluate systematically the environmental priorities of development in the country.

“The CEA seeks to enhance the Country’s understanding of critical challenges and priorities in Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) with a view of enhancing action and solutions that directly contribute to Kenya’s vision 2030”.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu who launched the workshop at Hotel Panafric, to discuss how Kenya is addressing challenges related to management of environment, natural resources and climate change, applauded the move saying that the government is committed to rational use and management of environmental and natural resources.

Wakhungu acknowledged the contribution of environmental and Natural resources to Kenya’s economy and urged that, while harnessing these resources for our development, we also put in place appropriate systems and tools to uphold community and ecosystem resilience to climate shocks.

She said that the government of Kenya is working closely with the World Bank which has taken bold steps to undertake a country Environmental analysis that seeks to elucidate the major challenges facing our country, for sustainable path towards ensuring the country’s economic viability.

Professor was happy to say that the analysis will also place special emphasis on understanding the intricacies and nexus of natural resource use and conservation in arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) of the country. She added that the workshop will also review and discuss environmental priorities in the key wildlife areas (e.g. Narok and Kajiado Counties) and consider the wildlife-tourism value chain.

Consultative Workshop attendants for Kenya Country Environmental Analysis at Panafric Hotel on 28 July 2016

Consultative Workshop attendants for Kenya Country Environmental Analysis at Panafric Hotel on 28 July 2016

Prof. thanked the World Bank for their commitment to provide financial support through the North and Northeastern Development initiative to some selected counties in the areas. Provision of clean water to host communities around Daadab Refugee Camp (Turkana County) will be availed.

In attendance during the workshop launch was Governor Nathif Adam of Garissa County, the World Bank coordinator Edward Dwumfourt, and representatives from 47 Counties, among others.

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Participants pose for a group photo at the Mercury Validation workshop in Nakuru 1

Participants pose for a group photo at the Mercury Validation workshop in Nakuru 1

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources through the Minamata Initial Activities (MIA) a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) conducted a validation workshop to verify data collected on mercury use, release and emission in Kenya at a Nakuru Hotel.

The workshop brought together stakeholders from various sectors where mercury is preferred to develop a mercury profile and action plan for its management in the country. Kenya is a signatory to the Minamata Convention on mercury and has been carrying out an inventory of mercury use, release and emissions in Kenya.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global agreement to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. The text of the Convention was adopted by the conference of the delegates on 10 October 2013 in Japan.

Sessions at the Mercury Validation workshop

Sessions at the Mercury Validation workshop

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is named after a city in Japan where serious health damage occurred as a result of mercury pollution in the mid-20th century. The convention aims to reduce mercury emissions from all sources, including gold mining, dental practices, chlor-alkali plants, coal combustion, medical uses as well as waste.

 

 

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JULY 12, 2016

Participants at the County Training of Trainers on Green economy planning pose for a group photo

Participants at the County Training of Trainers on Green economy planning pose for a group photo

Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia has said that there is need to transition to a green growth development approach so as to achieve economic growth target envisioned in the country’s blue print Vision 2030 among other benefits.

“There is need to transition to green growth development approach so as to address poverty eradication, rapid population growth, unemployment, urbanization and degradation of natural capital” she said.

Dr. Kaudia said this during the opening of the County Training of Trainers workshop on Green Economy Planning in Nakuru County. The training will focus on four areas among them waste, water, agriculture and energy.  She noted that Green Economy initiatives will enable new ideas to be tested and integrated into County Development Plans if their economic and environmental viability is established.

Through implementing the Green Economy strategies, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be achieved since they cover various aspects of sustainable development such as health, ending poverty and hunger, , equality and inclusivity as well as access to energy.

Green Economy provides an avenue for functional interaction between the economy and the SDGs. The 17 SDG goals provide a framework in which green growth targets can reorient national economic development planning as well as guide the behavior of both the public and private sectors.

The Green Economy programme runs in 5 countries among them Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Mozambique and is a partnership between the Government of Kenya, German Development Corporation (GIZ) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Participants at the County Training of Trainers on Green economy planning in Nakuru

Participants at the County Training of Trainers on Green economy planning in Nakuru

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