Saturday, March 23, 2019

The used plastic bottle take back scheme presentation at the Ministry’s boardroom

Kenyans will soon experience a cleaner environment when collection and recycling of used plastic bottles kicks off.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry recently signed a framework of cooperation with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) under which production companies are affiliated, to kick start a take back scheme of used plastic bottles.

The coca cola bottling company one of the major producers of Polyethylene Terephthalate bottles commonly known as PET, today presented a public education and sensitization programme to the Environment Chief Administrative Secretary Mr. Mohammed Elmi.

Env. CAS Mohammed Elmi when he chaired a presentation meeting on public education and awareness regarding the used plastic bottles take-back scheme.

Mr. Elmi said that for success of the public awareness on the plastic bottles take back kicks, it was critical to involve county governments under which the waste management docket falls.

This he noted would ensure as many Kenyans as possible are educated on the need to recycle the plastic bottles after use.

The take back scheme will involve collecting used plastic bottles at a fee which will later be recycled at designated plants.

The presentation was attended by Dr. Ayub Macharia, the Ministry’s director of environment education and awareness, officials from National Environment and Management Authority (NEMA), KAM and Coca cola company representatives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Principal Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said local innovations will provide solutions to threats and vagaries of climate change.

He urged local innovators to step up efforts to device affordable implements that could be used in schools and the rural communities to hold water under the climate change and adaptation programs.

Mr. Sunkuli was speaking in his office today when he received a locally made safe water purifier from Eng. Moses Omedi Jura, a scientist based at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s climate change directorate.

The water purifier dubbed “Hom Water Filter” will come in hardy in areas where clean water is rare and where pots are used in unhygienic conditions to hold domestic water.

The PS noted the new water filter which will retail for about Ksh. 6,000 will save the rural communities of drinking water expenses through homemade solutions.

 

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The Mau Eburu forest fence, is set to be commissioned. This was announced today by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko, when he met the Mpesa foundation chairman Mr.Les Baillie & the Eburu forest ecosystem stakeholders at his office

The Mau Eburu forest fence is set to be commissioned. This was announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko, when he met the Mpesa Foundation chairman Mr.Les Baillie and the Eburu forest ecosystem stakeholders at his office.

The ksh.30 million project funded by the Mpesa Foundation commenced in March 2013, was jointly implemented by the Rhino Ark, the Kenya Forest Service and the Nakuru County.

Eburu forest, is an indigenous forest among the gazetted forest blocks that comprise the vast 420,000 hectares of the larger Mau forest.

According to the Kenya Forestry Service, the Eburu management plan has already been finalized and will be launched during the proposed commissioning on 15th June 2018.

Forest Management Conservations network formed in the year 2000, oversee the sustainable use of the natural Eburu forest

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Principal Secretary, Charles Sunkuli presenting a Biodiversity Atlas to the Ag. Chief Conservator of Forests Monica Kalenda during celebrations to mark the International Day for Biodiversity that was held at KFS

Principal Secretary for Environment and Forestry, Charles Sunkuli led the nation in commemorating the International Day for Diversity, 2018 that was held at the Kenya Forest Service headquarters in Karura yesterday.

Speaking during the event, Sunkuli said that as part of the country’s activities to protect and conserve biodiversity, the Ministry put in place a 90 day moratorium on logging activities in all forests in the country among other actions.

He noted that the moratorium comes to an end on Thursday 24th May this week and directed KFS to develop an advisory to be effected after the 90 days.

During the celebrations that were marked with pomp and color, the Principal Secretary also directed KFS to commence the registration of all saw millers and re register community forest associations and to help build their capacity to assist the government to conserve forests in the country.

KFS was also called upon to put a proper governance structure in place to manage all resources harvested in our forests and to leverage on ICT to streamline all forest activities.

Before he addressed the public, Sunkuli planted a ceremonial tree and toured exhibition stands by agencies under the Ministry.

The International Day for Biodiversity is commemorated annually on 22nd May. This years’ theme is “Celebrating 25 years of Action for Biodiversity’.

 

 

 

 

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The CS addressing faithfuls at the Kajiado ACK Church today. He urged them to take advantage of the current rains by planting more trees and conserving the environment

The cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko has urged residents of Kajiado county to take advantage of the ongoing long rains to plant more trees that will help in conserving the environment.

He said that by planting more trees, the country will achieve the 10% tree cover that is prescribed by the constitution and the international standards.
Massive tree planting he observed will help moderate the climate in the face of unpredictable changes that have wreaked havoc in floods and prolonged drought.

CS Tobiko jointly with Kajiado West Member of Parliament. http://Hon.George Ole Sunguyia and RT. REV. Jacob Lesuuda planting a tree at The Anglican Church of Kenya Diocese of Kajiado Compound

The CS made the remarks during a church service at Kajiado Anglican Church of Kenya that was presided over by the area bishop Right Rev. Jacob Lesuuda.

During the service, over 2000 tree seedlings were distributed to the faithful, schools and churches to be planted in their respective compounds.

CS Tobiko jointly with Kajiado West Member of Parliament. http://Hon.George Ole Sunguyia and RT. REV. Jacob Lesuuda planting a tree at The Anglican Church of Kenya Diocese of Kajiado Compound

The service was also attended by Kajiado Governor, Joseph Ole Lenku, and Kajiado west MP, George Ole Sunguyia.
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CS K.Tobiko (middle) , CAS Mohammed Elmi (Right), Secretary Admin William Kiprono (On CS right), NMG CEO Stephen Gitagama  during meeting at Ministry of Environment and Forestry Hqs.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has urged the media to support environmental conservation as a foundation of the government’s big four development agenda.

At the same time, the CS praised the Nation Media Group for being in the front line in publicity of the National Tree planting campaign that is to be presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr. Tobiko noted that the country was currently overwhelmed by immense goodwill from leaders and the public interested in restoring the degraded environment that was the bedrock of development of food security, universal health, affordable housing and manufacturing.

He was speaking in his office when he received members of top leadership of the Nation Media Group who paid him a courtesy call and agreed to establish a partnership with the Environment Ministry to influence behavioral change in environmental conservation.

The NMG team was led by the Group Managing Director Stephen Gitagama and the Editor in Chief Tom Mshindi.

Mr. Tobiko said that the National tree planting launch by the president would be a campaign to make environmental conservation a continuous exercise that should be embraced by all in the wake of serious effects of climate change affecting the country.

Mr. Gitagama said that the country could not effectively do business without comprehensive environmental conservation.

He noted that NMG had always taken Environment conservation seriously as indicated by several initiatives it had undertaken including fencing the Abadare national park, Save Mau Campaign among others.

The CEO confirmed that the media house was ready to use its digital, print and electronic platforms to sensitize Kenyans on their conservation obligations adding that it was critical to nurture seedlings after planting to allow them grow to full maturity.

The Ministry of Environment and NMG were exploring possibilities of cooperation to enable the them achieve a higher rate of tree cover and conservation.

Present at the meeting was Mr. Mohammed Elmi the Chief Administrative Secretary in Environment Ministry and Mr. William Kiprono, Secretary Administration among others senior officials of the Ministry and NMG.

 

 

 

 

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