Thursday, May 25, 2017

img_0758Kenya 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. This is why Kenya has lobbied and persuaded parties to the CITES to ensure discussion of the proposal before the COP17 bear this intention in mind.

In preparation to the participation for the COP17 conference, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has established a multi-agency Natural CITES Technical Committee, with expertise representation from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya wildlife Service, National Museums of Kenya, Office of the Public Prosecution, State Department of Fisheries and Blue Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and selected National Conservation Non Governmental organizations to prepare County proposal and position on all COP17 agenda items and intervention to be articulated by the Country delegation to the COP in Johannesburg.

The Kenyan Country delegation is headed by Prof .Judi Wakhungu, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

The African Elephant Coalition compromising 29 African Countries who are sharing commitment to ensure the survival of Elephants, has submitted five proposals, together with other  co-proponents to the CITES conference (COP17) to be held in Johannesburg 24th September to 5th October 2016.

This is therefore critically important that parties to CITIES 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 Elephants ivory, in order to save the species from extinction.

Over 180 proposals are lined up for discussion as agenda items of the Conference of the parties that will bring together 183 states that are parties to the Convention.

 KENYA’S PROPOSAL ON ELEPHANTS SUBMITTED TO CITES COP17

  1. Listing all Elephants in CITES appendix 1
  2. Closure of Domestic ivory Markets
  3. Ivory Stockpile Destruction and Management
  4. The Decision making mechanism for a process of trade in ivory (DMM). Recommends that COP should end Negotiations on the DMM.
  5. Restriction of trade in live elephants

OTHER (NON ELEPHANTS) PROPOSAL SUBMITTED BY KENYA TO CITES COP17

  1. African pangolin; COP17 prop. 12
  2. Thresher Sharks; COP17 prop. 43
  3. Mt Kenya Bush Viper; COP17 prop. 34
  4. Kenya Horned Viper; COP17 prop. 35
  5. Chameleons (Rieppeleon & Rhampholeon); COP 17 prop. 27
  6. Dalbergia spp (Rosewood and Palisanders); COP17 prop. 55
  7. Draft Decision of East African Sandalwood; COP17 doc. 65
  8. International trade in African tree species; COP17 doc. 77
  9. Combating Wildlife Cybercrime; COP17 doc. 29

 

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img_0757The 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the Convection on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES COP17) is scheduled to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa as from 24th September to 5th October 2016.

CITES was drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1963 at a meeting of members IUCN (The World Conservation Union). The text of the Convection was finally agreed at a meeting of representatives of 80 countries in Washington, D.C., the United States of America, on 3rd march 1973, and on 1 July 1975 CITES entered in force.

This convention is an international agreement between Governments, whose aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The CITES objective in this matter, is to regulate international trade in endangered species of wild animals and plants.

This will be the fourth meeting of the conference of the parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1july 1975 and will be the first held in the Continent since 2000..

All the parties involved to the convention always meet after every 2 to 3 years for  reviewing the progress made in the implementation of the convention and also consider any new measures to be implemented in ensuring exploitation of endangered species for international trade is sustainable and does not drive the species to extinction.

During this time of the convention is when parties propose to the conference of parties any other measures to be considered for implementation.

Once the proposals are adopted by the conference of parties, recommendations therefore become decision of the COP and are binding to the parties.

The Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, has officially submitted 14 proposals for the consideration of the COP17.The proposals are on several species including, The African elephants. African pangolins, Thresher sharks, east –African Sandalwood tree species, African Rosewood tree species, Species of viper snakes and Chameleons.

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 discussions as agenda items of the triennial World Wildlife Conference   in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September to 5 October. Majority of this proposal have also been submitted jointly with other parties.

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Welcome- PS, State Department of Environment, Charles Sunkuli receiving the Indonesian envoy to Kenya, H.E. Yoshi Iskandar in his office.DSC_0025-001

Welcome- PS, State Department of Environment, Charles Sunkuli receiving the Indonesian envoy to Kenya, H.E. Yoshi Iskandar in his office.DSC_0025-001

26/09/2016

The challenge of solid waste management and climate change  is a real and growing one in Kenya, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

Speaking in his office, when he received the Indonesian Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Yoshi Iskandar, Mr. Sunkuli noted that, uncontrolled and improper waste management affects human health, harbours disease causing organisms, thus increasing the cost of Medicare and called for collaboration and support of the Indonesian government in the area of solid waste management, environmental conservation and  climate change.

The Indonesian Ambassadour  (Minister Consellor), who was making a follow up on the recently held United Nations Environment Assembly 2 Conference (UNEA 2), extended an invite to the Ministry leadership to visit Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry for a benchmarking and knowledge exchange programme on areas of park management and protection of wildlife among others and share lessons learnt from other partnerships, noting that,  Kenya and Indonesia had had bilateral meetings on the same and an MOU drafted on areas to explore during the visit.

The Ambassadour lauded Kenya’s efforts in fighting total ban on animal products noting that, this was a good way of protecting wildlife and securing the tourism sector.

Bilerteral talks - PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli holding bilerteral talks with the Indonesian envoy to Kenya, H.E. Yoshi Iskandar.DSC_0013

Bilerteral talks – PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli holding bilerteral talks with the Indonesian envoy to Kenya, H.E. Yoshi Iskandar.DSC_0013

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PS, State Department of Environment addressing wananchi during the Ozone Day at Kihoto, Naivasha.

PS, State Department of Environment addressing wananchi during the Ozone Day at Kihoto, Naivasha.

County Governments could boost their economic activities by constructing landfills that convert solid waste into alternative sources of energy, Environment Principal Secretary Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

He said that counties should convert solid waste to provide economic benefits for their communities through engineering controls that create green solutions such as alternative sources of energy for domestic and manufacturing.

The PS who was addressing participants of this year’s International Day for Preservation of the Ozone layer held at Kihoto grounds in Naivasha, decried poor methods of disposing waste that led to the destruction of the Ozone layer. Mr. Sunkuli singled out charcoal burning and burning of plastics as some of the activities that were to blame for destruction of the Ozone layer and decreased forest cover.

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli with other dignitaries  join the mwomboko dancers in celebrating the Ozone Day in  Naivasha.DSC_0195-001

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli with other dignitaries join the mwomboko dancers in celebrating the Ozone Day in Naivasha.DSC_0195-001

Burning of substances releases lots of carbon into the atmosphere that in turn destroys the Ozone layer which shields the earth from harmful ultra violet rays of the sun. He noted that there was need to find alternative ways of disposing the waste which was an eye sore in many urban and rural areas of the country and praised Nakuru County Government for making bold steps towards improved disposal of solid waste.

The PS disclosed that the State Department of Environment would partner with all the 47 counties to develop strategies of modern methods of solid waste management.

The International day for protection of the Ozone layer is observed to sensitize the public on the dangers of destroying the layer.

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 PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli addressing wananchi in Naivasha during the Ozone Day.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli addressing wananchi in Naivasha during the Ozone Day.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment Prof. Judi Wakhungu has appealed to Kenyans to actively participate in the preservation of the Ozone layer in an effort to forestall the dangers associated to its destruction.

Prof. Wakhungu warned that depletion of the Ozone layer had harmful effects to humans and called for collective efforts in its protection to safe to secure lives. She observed that skin cancer, eye cataracts, reduced plant and animal productivity, poor air quality, damage to plastics and negative impact on the climate were among the dangerous effects of destruction of the Ozone layer.

The CS made the remarks in a speech read on her behalf by the Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli during the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone layer held at Kihoto grounds, Naivasha on 16.09.16. The ozone layer is a deep layer from 10 km to 50 km above the earth’s surface and encircling the Earth. The layer shields the entire Earth from much of the harmful ultraviolet radiation that comes from the sun.

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli with other dignitaries  join the mwomboko dancers in celebrating the Ozone Day in  Naivasha.DSC_0195-001

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli with other dignitaries join the mwomboko dancers in celebrating the Ozone Day in Naivasha.DSC_0195-001

The ozone layer became widely understood by the public after it was realized that certain chemicals manufactured by human beings known as chlorofluorocarbons, widely used as refrigerants, propellants in aerosol applications, and solvents  find their way up into the stratosphere where, through chemical reactions, they destroy some of the ozone.

Following this discovery, an international treaty was signed in 1973 called the Montreal Protocol that led to reduced manufacture of these chemicals. Kenya is signatory and ratified other consequent protocols.

“The country has made progress in phasing out Ozone depleting Substances in most applications and has at the same time adopted Ozone-friendly technologies that are now being used” Prof. Wakhungu added. The CS noted however, that the world will need to phase out hydro- fluorocarbons that were also associated with adverse effects of climate change.

She emphasized that Preservation of the Ozone Layer is one of the major environmental concerns for the world adding that her Ministry in partnership with stakeholders were supporting industries and agricultural enterprises to shift from using Ozone Depleting to friendly alternatives.

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Prof. Wakhungu disclosed that training of refrigeration and air-conditioning service technicians was being carried out on best practices in prevention of the substances that deplete the Ozone. Similarly the CS observed that the Ministry of Environment had partnered with customs and Revenue Authority to control the importation of the harmful substances.

 

 

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19/09/2016

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seeking-information-on-best-environmental-practices-bomet-residents-at-the-ministrys-stand-during-the-mara-day-celebrations

In recognition of its spectacular migration of wildebeest from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the 10th Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin met in Kigali Rwanda and declared every 15th September, to be Mara Day.

This year’s Mara day was marked in Bomet town, Bomet County, with Communities living along the Mara River ecosystem on both sides of Kenya and Tanzania  been called upon to conserve its catchment by adopting and embracing climate change strategies like bee keeping, establishment of tree nurseries and use of energy saving stoves, in order to ensure the river’s sustainability.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, which was among the various exhibitors during the event, attracted very many residents seeking information on the best environmental practices.

The Chief guest during the event, that was also attended by the Chairman of the Council of Governor’s who is also the Meru Governor Mr. Peter Munya,  Narok Governor Mr. Samuel Tunai and the host Governor, Mr. Isaac Rutto, was the Water Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, while the Director of Programmes and Projects in the State Department of Environment, Agnes Yobteric, represented the PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu holding talks with the US Amb. Rober Codec in her NHIF office during the courtesy call

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu holding talks with the US Amb. Rober Codec in her NHIF office during the courtesy call

The United States of America has singled out Kenya as a leading Environmental champion in Africa for its exemplary efforts to combat the effects of climate change.

The United States Ambassador to Kenya Mr. Robert Godec confirmed that his government will continue collaborating with Kenya in matters of Environment and Natural resources conservation to improve standards of living of the citizens.

Mr. Godec made the remarks during a courtesy call on the Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu where he presented her a letter of commendation from the US Special Envoy for Climate change Dr. Jonathan Pershing.

Principal Secretary, State Department of Environmen t, Mr. Charles Sunkuli listening keenly as the CS, Prof. Wakhungu briefs the US envoy, Robert Codec.

Principal Secretary, State Department of Environmen t, Mr. Charles Sunkuli listening keenly as the CS, Prof. Wakhungu briefs the US envoy, Robert Codec.

The Ambassador said that the US recognized Prof. Wakhungu’s leadership role in making Kenya a leader in matters Environment and singled out the country’s Nationally Determined Goals to adapt to climate change as outstanding.

Kenya has led African countries to implement climate change actions in areas of afforestation, low carbon emission, wind, geothermal energy among other sectors such as transport, water, construction. This follows the landmark climate change conference held in France in December 2015.

Kenya is among the very few African countries that have put in place climate change legislation alongside an adaptation plan that provides a vision for low carbon and climate resilient development pathway.

Prof. Wakhungu said that Kenya’s success in areas of climate change resilience development was through collaboration with the United States adding that as a leader in Africa the country would soon have a climate change council that would soon be announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

PS, Environment briefing the US envoy, Robert Codec on environmental issues as the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu listens keenly.

PS, Environment briefing the US envoy, Robert Codec on environmental issues as the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu listens keenly.

The CS who was accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Environment Mr.> Charles Sunkuli noted that Kenya had made significant steps in solid waste management that had been devolved to the counties.

“We have launched a rapid results initiative, closed several dumpsites and enforced environment management rules” she added.

The CS however observed that counties were facing serious capacity challenges in managing solid waste that was a growing problem adding that  her Ministry would provide leadership to control the menace.

Prof. Wakhungu disclosed that research findings indicated that 46% of diseases in Kenya were water borne and as a result of environment pollution.

During the meeting the two discussed matters of the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to be held in South Africa.

 

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The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu, (right) and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima (center) briefs the Media on the importance of the launched forest and landscape restoration program.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu, (right) and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima (center) briefs the Media on the importance of the launched forest and landscape restoration program.

The Cabinet Secretary Prof.Judi Wakhungu called for co-operation and coordination amongst all stakeholders to restore degraded forest and other landscapes in order to reduce poverty, Improve food security and address the problem of climate change by conserving valued biodiversity.

Wakhungu said this while launching the forest and landscape Restoration program at Hotel Intercontinental, adding that the program will resonate extremely to National aspirations as   expressed in vision 2030, in Agriculture, environment climate change and forest policies and legislation.

She noted that the Government has already committed 5.1 million hectares of deforested and degraded forest and other landscapes for restoration by the year 2030. “The commitment is directly linked to climate change (NDC) and the National forestry aspirations including the minimum 10% forest cover”, CS added.

Launch of Forest and Landscape Restoration Program 08 /09 /2016

Launch of Forest and Landscape Restoration Program 08 /09 /2016

Wakhungu said that the program shall not involve the National Government alone, but will incorporate all stakeholders like county Governments, Universities, NGOS, Community Groups and the private Sector in reversing ecosystem  degradation and live in amore verdant and productive world.

On her part, the Principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima reiterated the CS’ remarks that the program presented an opportunity to demonstrate the success of a collaborative approach to natural resources and environmental conservation.

Also present during the launch were the Chairman Kenya Forest board of Directors Mr. Peter Kinyua, KFS Director Emilio Mugo and the Conservation Secretary Mr. Gideon Gathaara.

 

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PS State Department of Environment Mr Charles Sunkuli addressing wananchi at Duka Moja. He called on them to discard the thro away culture

PS State Department of Environment Mr Charles Sunkuli addressing wananchi at Duka Moja. He called on them to discard the thro away culture

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, has called for a sustained awareness creation on eco-matters such as the nasty “throw away culture” that is Kenya’s weak point in solid waste management, in a bid to impact the relevance of individuals and communities responsibility to their obligation for a sustainable environment.

Speaking at Duka moja, Suswa in Kajiado County during the launching ceremony of the rehabilitation and restoration of the Lake Magadi ecosystem that was officiated by the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry Prof. Judi Wakhungu,  Mr. Sunkuli noted that, Under the social pillar of the Kenya Vision 2030, Kenya aspires to establish a just and cohesive society that enjoys equitable social development in a clean and secure environment, that will drive the country into a middle income status.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli,  watering a commerative tree at Duka Moja as the CS, Prof. Judi  Wakhungu looks on

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, watering a commerative tree at Duka Moja as the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu looks on

The Principal Secretary noted that, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources was working in earnest to ensure the public has adequate information regarding on-going initiatives and their roles in order to secure improved livelihoods and economic prosperity for all Kenyans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu (Centre) and other participants during the TICAD VI special event on Forest and Landscape Restoration for food Security and Resilience to climate change.

Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu (Centre) and other participants during the TICAD VI special event on Forest and Landscape Restoration for food Security and Resilience to climate change.

The government of Kenya is targeting 5.1 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes for restoration by 2030, as a contribution to the African Forest and Landscape Restoration initiative [AFR] 100], a pan African, country –led effort to restore 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscape .This will also be Kenya’s contribution to the Bonn challenge, New York declaration on forests and the CBD AICHI targets.

The indication here is that, the African Forest and Landscape Restoration Initiative [AFR100] Seeks to restore 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscape, the Bonn challenge and the New York Declaration seeks to restore 150 million hectares by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

On behalf of the Government of Kenya, the Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu, represented Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources at this 1st TICAD conference in Africa, since its inception in 1993. The TICAD VI conference took place as from 25th to 28th September 2016, here in Nairobi.

The CS who represented Kenya at the TICAD VI, side event on forest and landscape restoration and resilience to climate change, said that the Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, is determined to reclaim, rehabilitate and conserve all the forested landscape to address the problem.

In order to address the problem, Prof Wakhungu said, the Government is organizing on how to reach out communities, development partners, the private sector and other stakeholder.

She said that the Ministry will endeavor to tap into financing mechanism including climate change funds and the carbon markets to support the goals. The REDD+ process has been singled out to champion the efforts and preparatory activity to support implementations with support from multiple stakeholders like Japanese Government.

Wakhungu defended the exploration of the country-wide range of option in restoration including policy and institutional reform and investments in order to protect the existing forests, restore degraded forest ecosystem and increasing forest cover across the country.

CS also said the Kenyan vision 2030, the Government policy and climate change Act, the National Climate Change Response Strategy and the Green Growth Strategy, recognize the forestry Sector as a major Carbon sink and priority area to move Kenya towards a low carbon, climate-resilient development pathway.

Cabinet Secretary noted that ambitious restoration programmes for the country’s water towers and dry land forest have been initiated in ensuring that adaptation and Mitigation measures are synergized with other forest management objectives.

She also ruminated the meeting that the ministry has a step ahead in formulating a National Forest Programme (NFP) to provide an overall operational and investment framework for implementing the new forest legislation and policy.

A Good number of around 36 dignitaries attended the TICAD VI meeting in Kenya.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu at a special event of TICAD VI on Forest and Landscape Restoration for food security and resilience to climate change.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu at a special event of TICAD VI on Forest and Landscape Restoration for food security and resilience to climate change.

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A bridge over the  Mara River as it flows down   Mugumu district  in Tanzania. A call was made to conserve   its catchment area.

A bridge over the Mara River as it flows down Mugumu district in Tanzania. A call was made to conserve its catchment area.

In recognizing the importance of Mara river ecosystem, the 10th Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin, held in  Kigali, Rwandan, declared every 15th September, the Mara Day to coincide with the great migration of wildlife from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Maasai-Mara National Game Reserve in Kenya.

The Mara River starts in the mountains of Kenya and runs across the Tanzania border into Lake Victoria. The Mara River is home to one of the great natural wonders of the world as every year, over a million wildebeests, zebras and antelopes migrate across the Serengeti to drink from its waters as the only perennial water source in the region.

The celebrations are held on an annual rotation basis between Kenya and Tanzania. In 2015, the celebrations were marked in the town on Butiama in Tanzania and this year, 2016, the day will be marked in Bomet, Kenya.

 

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2nd September 2016.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the plaque to officially launch the restoration of Lake Magadi ecosystem at Suswa, Narok County

Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the plaque to officially launch the restoration of Lake Magadi ecosystem at Suswa, Narok County

Strengthening environmental compliance and enforcement requires collective efforts among institutions and individuals, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

DSC_0048Pulling together - CS, flanked by PS,   Environment, Charles Sunkuli and other senior Ministry and Country   officialls from Narok and Kajiado during the launch.

CS, flanked by PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli and other senior Ministry and Country officialls from Narok and Kajiado during the launch.

Speaking when she launched the Suswa-Lake Magadi Ecosystem Restoration programme at Suswa, Narok County, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, successful restoration of suswa-Lake Magadi catchment area will open up opportunities for business development, clean water in rivers, create jobs, improve livelihoods and accelerate the growth of quality livestock feed and forage.

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