Sunday, June 25, 2017
Natural Resources PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima witnesses the Successful collaring process at the Park.

Natural Resources PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima witnesses the Successful collaring process at the Park.

The Kenya Wildlife Service is in the process of collaring elephants at the Amboseli national Park. The exercise which started in 2012 is geared towards better understanding the migratory routes of jumbos in order to give concrete data about their migratory patterns. This exercise has been made necessary due to the ever increasing human population in the country leading to the encroachment on to the jumbo’s migratory routes.

The process was led by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu who was accompanied by the PS for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima, KWS Director General Mr. Kitili Mbathi among others.

During the exercise one young male elephant was successfully collared by the team of vets  from the KWS. This was the second elephant to be collared.

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CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu shakes hands with PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima before launching the National Validation of KWS Regulations and Guidelines for Wildlife Conservation and Management Workshop

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu shakes hands with PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima before launching the National Validation of KWS Regulations and Guidelines for Wildlife Conservation and Management Workshop

The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has today officially launched a forum to deliberate in formulating regulations and guidelines under the wildlife conservation and management Act, 2003.

This is a critical sitting to give impetus to the Act with a view to making it fully operational. Much of the tasks to the forum are to validate these regulations and guidelines to full implementation of the Acts’ provisions.

While addressing the forum for deliberations, the CS said that KWS had made a request to members of the public to submit their views on the regulations under the Act in order to meet the threshold of public participation as provided in the fourth schedule of the act.

The act envisages 18 regulations done by technical committee and consultants who drafted the regulations and guidelines by collecting views, comments and recommendations from the public and stakeholders’ forums.

The process of formulating the requisite regulations under the Act commenced in January 2015 with the appointment of the KWS technical team which was appointed by the Director General and the consultancy team which came later   through a competitive process.

The Principal Secretary, Dr. Margaret Mwakima who accompanied the Cabinet Secretary during the launch of the forum said the process of validating the KWS regulations and guidelines is up to date and needs to be enacted to give full effect to various provisions of the law.

Mwakima said that the approval from the forum shall be instrumental in illustrating the goodwill for submission of the drafts to the National Assembly for further approval and subsequent enactment through publication in the Kenya Gazette.

The PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima addressing participants at the workshop to Validate the KWS Regulations and Guidelines for Wildlife Conservation and Management at Bomas of Kenya.

The PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima addressing participants at the workshop to Validate the KWS Regulations and Guidelines for Wildlife Conservation and Management at Bomas of Kenya.

 

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26/Oct/2016

CS, Prif. Judi Wakhungu presenting the Digital Laptops to pupils of Karen C Primary Sch, Nbi, during the launch of the DLP

CS, Prif. Judi Wakhungu presenting the Digital Laptops to pupils of Karen C Primary Sch, Nbi, during the launch of the DLP

The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu today launched the digital literacy program in Nairobi County at Karen C primary school. The program that was rolled out by the government a month ago is set to ensure that all standard one pupils in all public primary schools receive the devices to help them learn and explore new ways of doing things.

Speaking during the event where class one pupils in the school received 80 devices, Prof Wakhungu noted that this was just one among the many projects being undertaken by the government to transform lives of its citizenry.

The program is being undertaken with support from the private sector and has seen over 500 devices distributed to four (4) public primary schools in Nairobi County. It is expected to lead to industrial revolution in the education and ICT sector, transform lives and open unlimited opportunities to the children of this country.

The piloting of the program was done in 150 schools countrywide and the roll out is ongoing in all the counties. The devices are locally assembled and will be distributed to nearly 1 million class one pupils in 23,000 public primary schools.

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PS DR. Margaret Mwakima (Centre), in a group photo with invited Guests from African Countries who participated at the launch of the 5 weeks training course on adaptation to climate change in Africa, at KEFRI Headquarters, Muguga, on 17th October 2016.

PS DR. Margaret Mwakima (Centre), in a group photo with invited Guests from African Countries who participated at the launch of the 5 weeks training course on adaptation to climate change in Africa, at KEFRI Headquarters, Muguga, on 17th October 2016.

The Principal Secretary, State department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima has called on African states to cooperate with each other to build capacity to mitigate climate change. Dr. Mwakima said this when she addressed participants from African countries attending a five weeks regional course on adaptation to climate change in Africa, through social forestry, at KEFRI headquarters, Muguga on 17th October 2016.

She said that the training course will provide a unique opportunity for natural resource managers from Central, Eastern and Southern Africa countries to discuss concerns and opportunities presented about climate change challenges within Africa.

To date, Mwakima said, a total number of 448 participants from 20 countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa countries have been trained under JICA’s Third Country Training Program (TCTP).

Ambassadors from Japan to Kenya, Toshitsugu Uesawa, Botswana Hihg Commissioner John Moreti , Nathan Ndoboli from Uganda and Glory Mbabazi from Rwanda attended.

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Her excellency the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta and CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu (Centre), during the launch of WWF-KENYA's strategic plan and launch of being locally legislated NGO in Kenya. The launch was done at Hotel Intercontinental yesterday 24th Oct. 2016

PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima receives Her excellency the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta during the launch of WWF-KENYA as a locally registered NGO and launch of it’s strategic plan, at Hotel Intercontinental yesterday 24th Oct. 2016.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said that World Wide Fund (WWF-Kenya) is a key conservation player in Kenya as it embraces critical thematic areas of water, forests, climate change, energy and marine resources. WWF-Kenya has been in conservation for the past five decades, a period uniquely equivalent to Kenya’s nation.

Prof. Wakhungu said this yesterday 24th Oct. 2016, when she addressed a well attended launching ceremony of the WWF-Kenya as a locally registered NGO and launch of their strategic plan. She said that since its establishment in 1962, WWF has worked very closely with the government of Kenya in conservation work that is relevant to Kenya’s Socio-economic development needs.

The CS commended WWF-Kenya in providing the rebuilding of Kenya’s rhino population after the decline during the early 1980’s by expanding its work to include the trans-boundary Mara river basin and marine resources. Their work in mara includes the establishment of community conservatism for mutual conservation and economic benefits.

Those who were present during the launch of WWF Kenya, were her Excellency, first lady, Margaret Kenyatta, Chief Justice and president of the supreme court, Hon. Justice David Maraga, D.G. WWF Mr. Marco Lambertini, among others. Principal Secretary, State Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima was also present.

PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima receives Her excellency the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta during the launch of WWF-KENYA as a locally registered NGO and launch of it's strategic plan, at Hotel Intercontinental yesterday 24th Oct. 2016.

Her excellency the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta and CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu (Centre), during the launch of WWF-KENYA’s strategic plan and launch of being locally legislated NGO in Kenya. The launch was done at Hotel Intercontinental yesterday 24th Oct. 2016.

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PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima With Bofu Primary School Pupils displaying to the tablets handed over to them

PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima With Bofu Primary School Pupils displaying to the tablets handed over to them

The principal secretary State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima has said that the Government is ready to ensure that each primary school receives  laptops matching  with the number of 2016 class one pupils in that school.This is an adaptation to a collaborative approach by the Government in ensuring that all pupils get quality digital content.

Mwakima said, it is anticipated that in future, access of the content will be device neutral to enable learners and teachers to access the content.

The PS said that when she officiated the Digital Literacy Programme (DCP), for the handing over of laptops to BOFU primary school in Kinango constituency, Kwale county on 18th October 2016.

Dr. Mwakima pointed out that the Ministry of Education through the Kenya Institute of Curriculum development (KICD), has also developed digital content for class 1, 2, 3 and devices are given out with pre-installed content.

PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima with Students and ICT officer at Bofu Primary School admiring the tablets.

PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima with Students and ICT officer at Bofu Primary School admiring the tablets.

She said that every school shall be given two laptops for teachers, one projector and one storage and router device to be used in accessing store shared content. “Every school should therefore secure physical storage cabinet with electrical socket for charging the device” P.S added.

She said that the programme of DLP is a flagship project for the government that forms part of the vision 2030’s social pillar, aiming at making Kenya knowledge based economy. This project will cover 23,000 public primary schools targeting approximately 1 million 2016 class pupils.

Mwakima, urged the local community of Bofu to utilize the advantage of laptops maximally in seeing that every pupil has gained the required standards of learning digital content. She said that through the DLP programme, most communities in Kenya will be in access to tap electricity for developing their businesses.

PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Pupils, teachers and Government officials at Bofu Primary. Sent from my iPad

PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Pupils, teachers and Government officials at Bofu Primary.
Sent from my iPad

PS told the youth in the area that there are high chances for them to get employed by these schools but if only they are computer literate.

 During the launch, at least 100 standard one pupils received the tablets in an effort to deliver digital quality content.

Those who were present during the handing over of the laptops were DCC Moses Ivuto, SCDE (Kinango Sub-county), Ruth Mutisya, CDE Mr Pascal Makite  and ICT officer Henry Keritch.

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The Fifteenth Session of the Committee on Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC15),  which is a special intercessional session, which allows parties to discuss key elements for a new strategy, findings from the optional reports and future modalities for reporting  and delivering  Land degradation neutrality targets for parties engaging in Land Degradation Neutrality target setting, came to a close with delegates considering the future framework of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification for 2016-2030.

The plenary, also considered best practices, financing and options for tracking.

The People’s Republic of China will host the next CRIC Session.

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 PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli giving his key note address when he opened CRIC 15 at UNONO, Nairobi.DSC_0158

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli giving his key note address when he opened CRIC 15 at UNONO, Nairobi.DSC_0158

Kenya is actively implementing various programmes and projects to help the Country address the challenges posed by Desertification Land Degradation and Drought to enable her achieve food security, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli during the official opening of the Fifteenth Session of the Committee on Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 15) at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Prof. Wakhungu informed the over  1000 delegates, representing countries that are party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), civil societies and partners, that, Kenya in partnership with JICA, Senegal and UNCCD launched an African Initiative for Combating Desertification and Resilience to Climate Change in Sahel and Horn of Africa, and was also implementing a program on promoting growing of drought tolerant tree species such as Melia volkensii to increase the forest cover taking advantage of vast lands available in the drylands, outputs that are important in strengthening the countries efforts to effectively tackle the challenges posed by DLDD and enhance resilience to Climate Change, and called for  support from development partners and relevant organizations in the implementation of those noble initiatives.

The executive secretary of UNCCD, Monique Barbut  giving  her key note address.DSC_0165

The executive secretary of UNCCD, Monique Barbut giving her key note address.DSC_0165

The Conference, that is being hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, aims at combating desertification and mitigate the effects of drought in the countries affected through effective action at all levels supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements in the framework of an integrated approach, in order to help achieve sustainable development.

PS, Environment with UNCCD executive secretary Monique Barbut addressing a media conference at UNON during CRIC 15 session.

PS, Environment with UNCCD executive secretary Monique Barbut addressing a media conference at UNON during CRIC 15 session.

The Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) is a subsidiary body of UNCCD which is tasked with tracking the implementation of the conventions by parties. CRIC15 will be a special intercessional session, which will allow Parties, through interactive sessions, to discuss key elements for a new Strategy, findings from the optional reports and future modalities for reporting.

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ROLL - PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli looking on as std. one pupils of Korr Primary School, Laisamis learn using laptops

ROLL – PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli looking on as std. one pupils of Korr Primary School, Laisamis learn using laptops

Environment Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli says the government will tap renewable energy to support the digital literacy programme (DLP) and protect the environment.

He said Kenya had a vast potential of solar energy that if fully exploited would power the laptops issued to primary school pupils and be used for heating, lighting and drive domestic appliances that would boost the country’s economy.

The PS was peaking in Marsabit County when he commissioned the Digital Literacy Program (DLP)  project at Korr primary school and disclosed that, the government was undertaking a programme on renewable energy with emphasis on solar for heating and power supply.

Mr Sunkuli said he recently launched energy saving solar equipment for use in 10 technical training institutes across the country to boost use of renewable energy. “We recently launched equipment for solar heating and solar power supply as part of the program by the government in contributing towards low emissions technologies to replace those that used ozone depleting technologies’’ he added.

A cross-section of parents of Korr primary school following the PS remarks

A cross-section of parents of Korr primary school following the PS remarks

The PS pointed out that solar energy has been tapped to supply power to schools in Marsabit and other Counties that are out of reach from the national grid.

During the launch, 72 Standard One pupils received the tablets that will use renewable energy devices installed to power the school, in an effort to assist the young generation to embrace technology to improve their lives.

Mr Sunkuli added that the government has set out a programme to roll out the project in 10 schools every week in each county across the country, saying that,  343 gadgets have already6 been supplied to four pilot schools in Marsabit county adding that,  plans were underway to supply the remaining 134 primary schools.

The PS urged the residents to position themselves to reap from the benefits arising from megaprojects being implemented by the government in the region that include tarmacking of the Isiolo-Moyale road.

 PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli with std. one pupils of Korr Primary School, after presenting them with the digital laptops.

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli with std. one pupils of Korr Primary School, after presenting them with the digital laptops.

He said the government was working out modalities of having smooth flow of goods between Ethiopia and Kenya and asked them to take advantage of increased trade expected form the developed infrastructure.

Mr. Sunkuli also underlined the gains anticipated from the equalization fund and asked devolved units to use the funds to address socio-economic needs of the locals especially provision of water.

 

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The Seventeenth meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened in Johannesburg,  South Africa From 24th to 4th October 2016.  Delegates considered 90 agenda items and 62 species- listing proposals submitted by 64 Countries…….Read more

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maangiOver 1000 delegates, representing countries that are party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), civil societies and partners, are to congregate in Nairobi, Kenya, from 18th – 20th October for the 15th session of the Committee of Review of the Implementation of the Convention, (CRIC 15).

The Conference, that is being hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, will be  held at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi (UNON), Gigiri, and aims at combating desertification and mitigate the effects of drought in the countries affected through effective action at all levels supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements in the framework of an integrated approach, in order to help achieve sustainable development.

The Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) is a subsidiary body of UNCCD which is tasked with tracking the implementation of the conventions by parties. CRIC15 will be a special intercessional session, which will allow Parties, through interactive sessions, to discuss key elements for a new Strategy, findings from the optional reports and future modalities for reporting.

cricThe session, that will be presided over by the Cabinet Secretary,  Prof. Judi Wakhungu, will further guide UNCCD in mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in particular to embrace Goal 15, which articulates the issues of protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss and sub-Target 15.3, which spells out the Land Degradation neutrality (LDN) which is at the heart of food security. CRIC 15 will also review the progress in delivering land degradation neutrality (LDN) targets for those Parties engaging in the LDN target setting exercise. Kenya is participating in a pilot project to formulate voluntary national targets and will be expected to report on the progress of LDN target setting in the country during the conference.

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CS, Prof. Judy Wakhungu with VC, Kenyatta University, Prof. Paul Wainaina and Dr. George Kosimbei from KU, listening keenly as a KU student takes them through climate change innovations..JPG

CS, Prof. Judy Wakhungu with VC, Kenyatta University, Prof. Paul Wainaina and Dr. George Kosimbei from KU, listening keenly as a KU student takes them through climate change innovations..JPG

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu has urged venture Capitalists to consider investing in innovations that offer new solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in Africa.

She called on the investors to interrogate innovations in a bid to revitalize the entrepreneurship ecosystem by providing new ventures that will tackle societal challenges like climate change.

Prof. Wakhungu challenged institutions of higher learning including secondary schools, technical and vocational institutions, colleges and universities to support innovations and development of appropriate technologies that promote climate resilient development.

The CS was speaking at Kenyatta University during the inaugural Africa innovation festival that brought together various young entrepreneurs to showcase new solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in Africa.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu signing the visitors book at KU as the VC, Prof. Paul Wainaina looks on..JPG

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu signing the visitors book at KU as the VC, Prof. Paul Wainaina looks on..JPG

The innovation festival was anchored on the premise that there existed new solution for climate change mitigation and adaptation that needed support considering Kenya and the region bore the brunt of the changing phenomenon.

Prof. Wakhungu noted that hosting of the innovation festival by Kenyatta University was a bold step in fulfilling Kenya’s commitment on its nationally determined contributions (NDC’s) during the historic Paris Conference on climate change held in 2015.

 The country submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), actions that will help reduce the concentration of green house gases from the atmosphere.

The CS reiterated her Ministry’s commitment to deliver the environment promises as stipulated in Kenya Constitution 2010 adding that the NDC’s will also help achieve the country’s development blueprint Vision 2030.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu planting a commemorative tree at KU as the VC, Prof. Paul Wainaina looks on.DSC_0061

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu planting a commemorative tree at KU as the VC, Prof. Paul Wainaina looks on.DSC_0061

Prof Wakhungu said that the passion, determination and creativity demonstrated in the festival had proved that the country had a deep reservoir of high quality new solutions waiting to be supported.

She noted that the world welcomed new ideas, innovative solutions and visionary leaders who pursued both economic and social value in opportunities for others.

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