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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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The CS. Prof Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima in a meeting with EU delegation at the ministry headquarters on 12 July 2016

The CS. Prof Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima in a meeting with EU delegation at the ministry headquarters on 12 July 2016

The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu and the Principal Secretary, State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima, today met the EU ambassador to Kenya with a delegation that visited the ministry headquarters on 12th July 2016.

 During the meeting, the CS, PS and the delegation exchanged their views on proposals, drafts, resolutions and decisions which have been submitted to CITES COP17 for discussions this year.

The Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with EU ambassador in Kenya, at the Ministry Headquarters on 12th July 2016

The Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with EU ambassador in Kenya, at the Ministry Headquarters on 12th July 2016

The preparation for the meeting for CITES COP17 is ongoing and will be held as from 24thSeptember to 5th October in Johannesburg.

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The CS. Prof Judi Wakhungu and PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima with the newly inaugurated board of Directors, at KEFRI headquarters, in Muguga on 12th July 2016.

The CS. Prof Judi Wakhungu and PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima with the newly inaugurated board of Directors, at KEFRI headquarters, in Muguga on 12th July 2016.

The 9th Board of directors for KEFRI was inaugurated on 12th July 2016 by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu accompanied by Principal Secretary, State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima.

Speaking during the inauguration, the cabinet secretary congratulated the Board of Directors while assuring them of letters of appointment as per the Mwongozo code of Governance for state Corporations. The appointment of the 9th Board of Directors was through Gazette notices No. 4477/78 of June 17th 2016, where the chair is Dr. Sammy Letema, while members are Mr. Robinson Kiragu, Dr. Abdullahi Dima Jillo, Mr. Kevin Kariuki Kihara, Ms. Maureen Mwangovya, Mr Hewson Kabugi( on behalf of PS, Natural Resources),  Mrs. Margaret Murui (on behalf of CS-National treasury),  Mrs Margaret Maimba for NACOST, Emilio Mugo (KFS director) and Dr Ben Chikamai (KEFRI Director).

The CS urged them to provide and practice strategic leadership and ensure that the institute continues to excel in its performance as usual.

The Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima (both Centre), during the inauguration of the 9th board of Directors for KEFRI, on 12th July 2016, at KEFRI Headquarters/Muguga

The Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima (both Centre), during the inauguration of the 9th board of Directors for KEFRI, on 12th July 2016, at KEFRI Headquarters/Muguga

Dr. Mwakima, the Principal Secretary, gave remarks of great assurance to members of the board that the ministry will always give support in issues of governance, policies and regulation for the collective contributions to the agendas.

The new Chairman Dr. Latema in his remarks stated that he is willing to spearhead the board and the institution by improving services that KEFRI offers.

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12th July, 2016

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu delivering her official speech during the launch of the KCIC strategic plan at the Serena hotel, Nbi.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu delivering her official speech during the launch of the KCIC strategic plan at the Serena hotel, Nbi.

The government is committed to supporting the development, demonstration and deployment of clean technologies which will help transition the country to a low carbon economy in the course of the century.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu said this yesterday when she officially launched the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 and the Kenya Climate Venture Fund at a Nairobi hotel.

She noted that such initiatives will go a long way in helping the government meet its development agenda by contributing to low carbon and climate resilient development and attainment of Kenya’s Vision 2030, as well as the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals.

Prof. Wakhungu observed that the Strategic Plan had mapped out intended action to drive further improvement within the clean technology sector over the next five years. This, she noted, was a demonstration that the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre is a lead actor in the inspiration, development and actualization of climate change solutions in the country.

The key objective of the Programme is to deliver on “Inclusive greener growth with higher employment in Kenya”, which is expected to be achieved by focusing on sustainable growth and jobs from investment and trade; and sustainable use of natural resources and community resilience.

Their vision is to be the one stop shop supporting innovative climate change solutions in Kenya.

The organization aspires to attain this status by providing transformational change, through oriented interventions to the private sector for the adoption of climate smart technologies and solutions.

A demonstration of a clean technology initiative that the government is committed to support

A demonstration of a clean technology initiative that the government is committed to support

The initiative will benefit from financial and technical support from DANIDA to the tune of Kshs. 7 billion under the Denmark-Kenya Green Growth and Employment programme.

The clean-technology sector offers significant opportunities in Africa. The leading opportunities for Sub-Saharan African small and medium companies, according to World Bank are in wastewater (about $90 billion), small hydro (about $43 billion), and water (about $40 billion). Solar PV and geothermal are also large potential markets worth between $20 billion and $30 billion.

On the other hand, the Kenya Climate Ventures seeks to accelerate the development of clean-technology companies, by making patient capital commercial investments in small to medium early-stage enterprises focused on growing clean-technology sectors, including solar, biofuels, and water management.

This will assist to scale up their innovative business solutions as well as promote local job creation and economic development.  Since inception 4 years ago, the Ventures has created more than 1000 jobs with 49% of the beneficiaries being women.

Present during the launch was Mette Knudsen, the Danish Ambassador to Kenya, Pete Vowles, head of DFID in Kenya, Dr. Gandham N.V. Ramana, from the World Bank, Dr. Alice Kaudia, Environment Secretary, Edward Mungai, CEO, Kenya Climate Innovation Centre among other industry players.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins officials from the Dutch embassy and the Kenya Climate Innovation Center in cutting a cake to commemorate the launch of the strategic plan

Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins officials from the Dutch embassy and the Kenya Climate Innovation Center in cutting a cake to commemorate the launch of the strategic plan

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 PS, State Department of Environment, Mr.  Charles Sunkuli congratulates Dr. Ally Saidi Matano on his appointment as  Executive Director, LVBC

PS, State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli congratulates Dr. Ally Saidi Matano on his appointment as Executive Director, LVBC

The     Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr, Charles Sunkuli, has called for the continued coordination of various interventions in the Lake Victoria Basin region in order to ensure the Basin is turned into an economic growth zone.

The Principal Secretary made the remarks when he received the newly appointed executive Secretary of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, Dr. Ally Saidi Matano, during a courtesy in his NHIF office.

Dr Matano, who was LVBC’s Programmers and Projects’ Development Officer, was appointed as the executive Secretary following the expiry of the appointment of Rwanda’s Mr Kanangire..

PS, State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles  Sunkuli listening keenly as the executive Director, LVBC, Mr. Matano  explains a point during the courtesy call.

PS, State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli listening keenly as the executive Director, LVBC, Mr. Matano explains a point during the courtesy call.

The post of Executive Secretary rotates amongst the five Partner States.

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11th JULY 2016. 

CS, Ministry of Environmenta and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by Ms. Keiko Sano, Chief representative, JICA Kenya office, opening the TICAD prep workshop.

CS, Ministry of Environmenta and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by Ms. Keiko Sano, Chief representative, JICA Kenya office, opening the TICAD prep workshop.

Kenya is set to host the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Summit in Nairobi from 27th – 28th August, 2016.

This is the first time the summit is being held in Africa since TICADs inception in 1993. The conference is expected to build significant momentum for the implementation of the world’s post-2015 development agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and African Union’s Agenda 2063 development blueprint.

Opening the preparatory meeting for TICAD VI on African Initiative for Combating Desertification to Strengthen Resilience to Climate Change in the Sahel and Horn of Africa, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu observed that, Kenya is among the countries that have been selected to pilot on Land Degradation Neutrality baseline survey Initiative, a process geared towards assisting countries in setting national targets. She noted that, as a country, Kenya is keen to promote Sustainable Land Management which covers various aspects of desertification,  land degradation,  biodiversity as well as climate change.

Addressing participants at a workshop at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) headquarters in Muguga, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the Land Degradation Neutrality Initiative will build a network where all actors will work together to combat desertification and strengthen resilience to climate change, knowledge sharing and improve access to finance in the region.

She reiterated that this is a platform that affords Africa’s non-state actors space to play a key role in determining key focus points in Africa’s development, and to come in as true partners and role players as part of a new world development platform.

0Memories - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a memorable group photo with the participants attending the workshop at KEFRI

0Memories – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a memorable group photo with the participants attending the workshop at KEFRI

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Participants at post UNEA workshop pose for a group photograph

Participants at post UNEA workshop pose for a group photograph

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia on Thursday 7th July, 2016 opened a post United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 2) Workshop in Machakos County to re-examine the resolutions adopted during UNEA2 and their relevance to Kenya.

The two days workshop sets to synthesize the 25 sets of resolutions of UNEA 2 and develop a road map for implementation and forward plan for UNEA 3.

The Director of Multilateral Environmental Agreements Mr. Richard Mwendandu said these resolutions are critical to our country and should be anchored in our development programmes.

UNEA 2 is the highest level of decision making body on environmental issues and met at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi from 23-27 May, 2016 under the theme ‘delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda to sustainable development’.

Participants of the post UNEA 2 workshop were drawn from key government sectors that deal with environment issues. They include: National Environment Management Authority, Kenya Meteorological Services, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service and National Museums of Kenya among others.

Environment Secretaty Dr. Alice Kaudia (right) flanked by Gender Officer Margaret Egessa at Post UNEA Workshop

Environment Secretaty Dr. Alice Kaudia (right) flanked by Gender Officer Margaret Egessa at Post UNEA Workshop

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 Generation of wind energy at Ngong hills- a source of clean and renewable energy

Generation of wind energy at Ngong hills- a source of clean and renewable energy

Climate change and sustainability are today at the top of the international agenda, and Countries at all stages of development have increasingly established national climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies to respond to climate change.

Renewable sources of energy are becoming ever more important to sustainable economic growth, with the recognition that, the countries likely to be hardest hit by changing climate are those least equipped to respond, but offer the greatest potential for innovative low carbon development and green growth pathways, Kenya included.

Kenya faces many environmental challenges that include deforestation, soil erosion, and land degradation, desertification, and loss of biodiversity, water scarcity and pollution from industries. However, despite all that, the Country’s National Energy Policy was designed to facilitate provision of clean, sustainable, affordable, reliable and secure energy services at least cost, while protecting the environment.

 Biomass production plant at  Keekonyokie,  Kajiado county

Biomass production plant at Keekonyokie, Kajiado county

Historically, our Country has been dependent on hydroelectric sources of energy; at its peak, it supplied over 80% of the country’s electricity. Since the late 1990s, however, hydroelectric production has been unstable and even declined in recent years.  Although a renewable source, relying on hydroelectric is risky in areas prone to devastating droughts. Our country is becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate change and the reliability of hydroelectric as a primary energy source is insecure, hence, the need to focus on the other feed-in tariffs for renewables such as solar, wind, and biomass, as the country has several national policy documents, long-term plans, and strategic initiatives designed to promote and invest in other renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and  biomass

 

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 A heap of uncollected gabbage near a church at the Ngong dumpsite - Solid waste within urban settlements can be disastrous

A heap of uncollected gabbage near a church at the Ngong dumpsite – Solid waste within urban settlements can be disastrous

Every person in Kenya is entitled to a clean and healthy environment and has the duty to safeguard and enhance the Environment, as all human activities generate waste which requires to be properly managed to protect human health and environment while enhancing aesthetics. This scenario is particularly evident in urban settlements which generate large quantities of solid waste due to high human population. The impacts of poor solid waste management within the urban settlements, particularly cities and big municipalities can be disastrous. As such there is need for proper and efficient waste management

Kenya’s development blue print, Vision 2030, recognizes the need for efficient and sustainable waste management systems to be established, as the Country develops into a newly industrialized state by 2030. According to the Waste Management regulations of 2006, the main guiding principle on the National Waste Management Strategy is ZERO WASTE PRINCIPLE whereby, waste is a resource that can be harnessed to create wealth, employment and reduce pollution of the environment

Harnessing solid waste to create wealth - Officials from the Ministry and NEMA with a youth group in Nakuru involved in making brickets (charcoal) from solid waste.

Harnessing solid waste to create wealth – Officials from the Ministry and NEMA with a youth group in Nakuru involved in making brickets (charcoal) from solid waste.

Accumulated waste deposits are an indication of societal lifestyles, waste management practices and production technology. Some societies at the peak of their development have stagnated due to inadequate management of their waste leading to proliferation of disease; environmental degradation and ultimate impact on livelihoods. Improper management of waste poses a threat to Climate Change and eventually in the achievement of sustainable development. Waste being one of the contributors of greenhouse gases, affects climate change and it is for this reason that as a country, we should develop sustainable waste management technologies and initiatives to cub this growing global challenge.

Although, elimination of waste entirely may not be feasible, systematic application of modern waste management systems should be explored and implemented. Since the  challenge of waste management affects every person and institution in society, there is need for  a collective approach to waste challenges, and the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders in their implementation. This will systematically improve waste management in Kenya.

 dog rests comfortably in a heap of un-collected garbage at the Kisumu dumpsite.

dog rests comfortably in a heap of un-collected garbage at the Kisumu dumpsite.

 

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The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu (front Centre), with PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima (right) and other conference attendants in a group photo during the launch of Space Technology and Application for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity, at UNEP Hqts Gigiri on27thJune 2016

The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu (front Centre), with PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima (right) and other conference attendants in a group photo during the launch of Space Technology and Application for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity, at UNEP Hqts Gigiri on27thJune 2016

The historic conference on Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and protecting Biodiversity has been launched. The conference and the first one of its kind, was opened by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu, accompanied by her Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, on 27th June 2016 at UNEP, headquarters Gigiri.

The agenda for the conference was to compliment and support the implementation of the UNEA 2 outcomes and resolutions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Natural capital and illegal Wildlife Trade.

The Principal Secretary Dr Margaret Mwakima (left) listen carefully to proceedings at the Forum of Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Managent and Protecting Biodiversity at UNEP,Hqtrs, Gigiri.

The Principal Secretary Dr Margaret Mwakima (left) listen carefully to proceedings at the Forum of Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Managent and Protecting Biodiversity at UNEP,Hqtrs, Gigiri.

During the launch, Prof. Wakhungu said that wildlife and biodiversity is a critical national capital and cultural heritage with an increasing economic and social importance for rural communities.  This, she said, is a threat that is pushing for the extinction of these assets.

The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the Forum at the UNEP Headquarters during her launch of Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity.

The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the Forum at the UNEP Headquarters during her launch of Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity.

Wakhungu noted that poaching and illicit trafficking of wildlife are the growing challenges with African continent being affected as compared to international community. Poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking is also a threat to biodiversity and human peace and security, she added.

Prof said that concerted efforts must be implemented in dealing with this challenge. She said that Space Applications are the only fundamental tools for enhancing wildlife and biodiversity conservation which can in turn bring about sustainable development throughout the world.

The Minister urged the forum to consider  how space solutions can concretely contribute to the target set out in SDG 15 i.e “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, manage forests, combat desertification , halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

She also said that contributions of Space-Based Technologies and Applications are well recognized especially in protecting nature and biodiversity in periods of climate change, population expansion and during increased levels of wildlife crime.

The conference therefore is an important initiative to increase biodiversity conservation effectiveness through enhanced integration of remote sensing technologies in research and applications.

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Environment PS Mr. Charles Sunkuli (Center) flanked by Sabita Thapa DFID Climate Advisor (Left) and Eng. Jura Omedi of Climate Change Directorate

Environment PS Mr. Charles Sunkuli (Center) flanked by Sabita Thapa DFID Climate Advisor (Left) and Eng. Jura Omedi of Climate Change Directorate

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said there is need for development partners to support capacity building in specialized areas like climate change, if Kenya is to achieve progress in fighting the adversities that comes with climate change.

He spoke as he received representatives of Department of International Development (DFID) who paid him a courtesy call and updated him on programmes under them that needs streamlining.  The PS lauded DFID for the role they’ve played over the years to strengthen the country’s resilience to climate change and assured them of the government’s continued commitment and support.

On their part the Department of International Development (DFID) Climate Advisor Sabata Thapa said Kenya is doing well in terms of addressing climate change issues. She cited the Climate Change Act, National Climate Change Response Strategy and Action Plan that country can use to seek for climate change financing in a streamlined way.

The meeting which was attended by among others Eng. Jura Omedi of Climate Change Directorate and Elizabeth Mwihaki of DFID agreed that climate change coordination be revived and strengthened with updated terms of reference.

 

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The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Wakhungu (right), Kenya Forestry Services Director Emilio Mugo and the German representative, during the signing of the joint Declaration of intent at Panafric Hotel, Nairobi, on 27th June 2016.

The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Wakhungu (right), Kenya Forestry Services Director Emilio Mugo and the German representative, during the signing of the joint Declaration of intent at Panafric Hotel, Nairobi, on 27th June 2016.

The ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has officially signed a joint declaration of intent with the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture on the co-operation in the field of Forestry.

The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu who presided over the signing at Hotel Panafric on 27th June 2016 said that the joint declaration of intent is a beginning of partnership in the forestry sector in support to sustainable Private Forest Development in Kenya. She said that this is a venture between Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Kenya,

This was a landmark ceremony which also aims at strengthening ties of the two countries for sustaining development and management of natural resources.

CS said that Kenya’s forests both in protected areas, community lands, private land holdings, in urban settings, and coastal ecosystems, play a big role in supplying forest goods and also supporting people’s livelihoods as they also regulate weather and climate.

“The co-operation therefore is targeting the improvement of some segments of forestry development in helping Kenya to produce wood for use by households and for industrial development” CS remarked. Wakhungu also said that the resources which will be availed under the co-operation will create a difference on how private forests are currently managed in pilot areas of Nyandarua and Kericho counties. The changes will only be supported through policy and legal frameworks like Forest Policy and Forest Act 2005 together with Forest Conservation Bill 2016which is before the national assembly.

As part of the ministry’s efforts, the CS added, there will be gazzetement rules for registration of private forests in looking for ways and means of providing targeted support for development of private forests.

Present during the gathering of the signing of the co-operation of the intent were, Director Kenya Forestry Services, representatives from the national Government level and the ministry, County Forestry Representatives of Nyandarua and Kericho Counties, among others.

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