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The Ministry of Environment and Forestry, is in the process of finalizing the Waste Management Bill and Policy, that will commit the Government to put in place measures to reduce the amount of waste generated and ensure the waste is re-used, recycled and recovered in an environmentally manner, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Keriako Tobiko has said.

In remarks made on his behalf by the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry, Hon. Mohamed Elmi, during the official opening of the first National Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Forum at the KICC, Nairobi, Mr. Tobiko observed that, the PET Forum was intended to explore additional take back scheme arrangements, that could be developed to enable our Country to embrace all plastic sector players in an effort to ensure that, every producer or user of PET bottles is bound into a take back and extended producer responsibility arrangement, observing that, take back schemes have been successful in other countries and as such, encouraged industry players to work in consultation with those countries as a benchmark , in order to achieve the same in Kenya.

Noting that the PET Forum marked a significant milestone in addressing the waste management challenge facing our Country, Mr. Tobiko said that, after banning the plastic bags, the Government felt the need to upscale this initiative by addressing pollution by PET bottles.

PET is popularly used for packaging food and beverages, pharmaceutical and personal care products due to their inert and shatterproof nature. PET is also light weight and is therefore easier to transport. However, public concern has been raised regarding pollution associated with their improper disposal due to their non-bio degradable nature, especially when littered indiscriminately on land and in water bodies.

Chief Administrative Secretary, Min. of Env & Forestry, Hon. Mohamed Elmi, during a media conference, after opening the 1st National PET Forum at the KICC. He is flanked by the Director of Awareness, NEMA. JPG

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Experts on Mercury from IDEA Consultants, Japan, assisted by officials from U-POPs- Min of Env. & F and University of Nbi, scooping samples for mercury testing at Dandora dumpsite, Nbi.

The Ministry of Environment of Japan, in collaborative work with the United Nations Environment Progarmme (UNEP), is promoting the support for developing Countries’ efforts in mercury management, in order to implement the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a Multilateral Environmental Agreement that helps in reducing global mercury pollution.

Speaking at the Dandora dumpsite in Nairobi, when he led a team of experts on Mercury from IDEA Consultants, Japan, who are in the Country to undertake mercury monitoring survey, Mr. Shunichi Honda, from the UN-Environment in Japan noted that, a large part of the anthropogenic mercury is emitted into the atmosphere which affects global ecosystems. He observed that, in the incineration of waste, substantial amount of mercury is possibly volatilized from mercury-added products such as fluorescent lamps and electronic parts, thus risking the health of surrounding residents.

The focus and objectives of the survey, is to strengthen national capacity on mercury monitoring system, that can produce comparable monitoring data for national use, as well as for evaluating the effectiveness of the Minamata Convention of Mercury; carry out capacity assessment; discuss the current status and issues of mercury monitoring in Kenya; demonstrate mercury monitoring technologies and prepare a report on the findings.

The exercise is being undertaken by IDEA Consultants from Japan, PANAFCON Kenya Ltd and officials from UPOPS in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, University of Nbi and Government Chemist, among others.

Mr. Shunichi Honda, from UN-Environment, Japan, and an expert on Mercury from IDEA consultants monitoring the level of Mercury from the Dandora dumpsite

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CS Tobiko when he addressed the visiting presidential delivery Unit team on a courtesy call to his office.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has appealed to the Government to consider allocating corresponding resources to the Environment Sector as it was the bed rock of development in the Country.

He said that the government’s big four agenda of Food security, Universal health, affordable housing and manufacturing were all dependent on the Environment and Forestry sector, yet the National treasury allocates meager resources to manage the vast sector.

The CS gave an example of the Kenya Forest Service that was currently managing a moratorium on logging and were struggling to cater for transport, equipment and operation expenses. He said all the sections and divisions in his Ministry were operating on very stringent budgets.

He was speaking when he led his Ministry officials in a presentation to the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) team who paid a courtesy call on him. The team was monitoring and evaluating the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s performance on the government’s Big four Agenda.

The PDU team was led by Ms Katra Sambili a Senior Director who promised to work hand in hand with the Ministry to deliver the presidential agenda on Environment and Forestry.

The meeting discussed included Climate change, Meteorology, waste management, Water towers, forestry research and multilateral environment agreements.

Among the Ministry officials who accompanied the CS were the Conservation Secretary Mr. Gedion Gathaara and the Director of Administration Mr.Henry Obino.

Some of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry officials during the CS meeting with PDU.

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Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has underscored the importance of involving communities to achieve holistic restoration of degraded landscapes.

The CS noted that indigenous knowledge of climate change was always available within the local communities and must be utilized if restoration initiatives were to succeed.

CS Tobiko said that the country was determined to achieve 10 % tree cover by 2022 as directed by the president. To achieve this he disclosed, new frontiers of tree growing were now in farm land forestry and dry land forestry. This incorporated the element of livelihoods for communities he noted, adding that “A business model of tree growing among communities will enhance their livelihoods as they would reap benefits”.

He reiterated that H.E the president had declared during the national tree planting event in May that Environment Conservation was the bedrock in which the government’s Big 4 Agenda of Food Security, Universal Health, Affordable Housing and Manufacturing is anchored.

The CS pointed out that the country’s 2010 constitution guaranteed all citizens a clean, healthy, safe and sustainably managed environment as a fundamental right.

CS Tobiko was speaking at his office when he received officials of the”Embassy of the Earth” Foundation who made a courtesy call on him.

The International Foundation is a peace and restoration organization that operates under the principal of “One earth is enough for the whole world”. It will initially be focusing on Maasai Mara region and the neighboring degraded ecosystems.

The officials led by the Foundations Director Frank Heckman plans to restore degraded parts of the country’s ecosystem through working with the communities to achieve a holistic approach in community land restoration. Others included Solomon M. Lombaa chairman of peace in Kajiado County who is also a honorary warden, Richard Hatfield of Mara training Centre, Nelson Ole Reiya of Nashulai Maasai Conservancy, Dalmas Tiampati of the Maasai Centre for Regenerative Pastoralism and Janice Ngoyato, a local leader. The Foundation operates under the principle of creating an environment in which responsible people go beyond self interest to serve a common purpose.  They believe in a community of people that can dream of possible futures and create new realities at the same time adapting to new challenges. It mediates between complex issues and people who are willing to help solve such issues.

The CS was accompanied by the Forestry Secretary Gedion Gathaara and Ali Mohammed, the special adviser on environment matters.

He added that ‘’ in order to have a guided stewarded shipin restoration of the degraded landscapes, the organization must involve the youth, women all members of the community including Chiefs, Laibons and faith led organizations.

 

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Rainfall continued to be recorded over the Lake Victoria Basin, Highlands West of the Rift Valley, Central and South Rift Valley, Central Highlands, the Southeastern Lowlands and the Northeast as depicted in Figures 1 and 2. The Coastal Strip remained mostly dry. A comparison between the previous seven days (22nd to 28th October, 2018) with the period under review (29th October to 4th November, 2018) indicates a significant decrease in rainfall amounts over most parts of the country……Read more

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Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has said religious leaders hold a critical position to implore upon their faithful to dedicate time for environmental restoration.

He said Kenyans should consider environment matters more seriously since it was the key to their food production, sound health, and economic well being among other numerous benefits.

  1. Tobiko noted that environmental benefits were enormous for the country and it was imperative for religious leaders to carry the message of ecological restoration to their faithful who comprise more than 90% of the country’s population.

The CS lamented that the country was currently facing acute environmental conditions including degraded landscapes, destroyed forests, intense air pollution, contaminated rivers and wondered why religious leaders failed to challenge their faithful to take action to reverse the risky trend.

“Rivers are drying up, floods destroy our landscapes, cases of respiratory diseases are rising due to air pollution and the religious leaders are not speaking” the CS said.

Mr. Tobiko was speaking during a tour of Machakos and Makueni counties where he participated in the ongoing National tree planting campaign and at the same time supervised the Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination at various centers.

He blamed the destruction of the country’s waters towers and the low level of forest cover to some greedy people whose selfish drive should not be allowed to annihilate the source of livelihood for many Kenyans.

The CS further warned against politicizing and tribalizing the Government’s efforts to evict settlers who illegally occupied critical water towers. This he added was a bid to achieve the country’s target of 10% tree cover by 2022.

The CS led the planting of 3,000 tree seedlings in Machakos technical training Institute while  then senior deputy conservator of forests Esau Omolo led the planting of 3,000 seedlings in Ndukuma dam in Makueni county.

He later toured Kwambila community dam in Kathonzweni, makueni county where he urged residents to conserve the water facility by planting bamboo and other suitable plants.

He was accompanied by Makueni County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim and the County Executive committee member Joshua Wambua, among other leaders.

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Very heavy rainfall was recorded along the Coastal strip of the country towards the end of October. The rainfall was associated with flash floods especially in Kwale and Mombasa Counties. Elsewhere, several parts of the country experienced fairly wet conditions during the month. More than half of the meteorological stations recorded monthly rainfall totals of more than 50mm that marked the onset of the October-November-December (OND) 2018 short-rains season. The rainfall was highly enhanced over the Coastal region with Mombasa meteorological station recording 249 percent of its monthly Long-Term Mean (LTM).

November is normally the peak month for the short-rains season. The outlook for November 2018 indicates that most parts of the country are likely to experience above average rainfall during the month. Average rainfall is, however, expected over some parts of Northeastern and Southeastern Kenya…….read more

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A section of the Shamberere community plant trees at the Technical Training Institute, following the launch of the planting season by CS Keriako Tobiko.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko has decried the low tree cover in western Kenya region despite a favourable climate.
He called upon all stakeholders to combine efforts to increase the 6.7 per cent average tree cover in the region’s four counties.
The CS noted that Busia had the lowest  cover with 1.01 percentage compared to Kakamega with 9.81 percent. Others are Bungoma 9.0 percent and Vihiga 9.77 percent. There is no gazetted government forest in Busia and all tree cover is on private farm lands.
Speaking while on the second day of short rains national tree planting held at shamberere Technical Training Institute in Kakamega the CS underscored his Ministry’s commitment to grow over 5 million trees annually for the next 5 years in a bid to achieve 10 percent tree cover by 2022.
Mr.Tobiko challenged educational Institutions in the region to venture into renewable energy solutions that were enviromentally friendly.
He lauded  Sang’alo Institute of Science and Technology in Bungoma county who had innovated a solar powered lawn mower , solar pump and water heating system and appealed.
The CS said that the government would soon introduce environmental education into school curriculum in order to inculcate the culture of clean environment in all young kenyans.
He said environment matters were critical to the country’s future and they should be managed at the grassroots level by ”nyumba Kumi” security committees .
Mr. Tobiko urged all education institutions to comply with the presidential directive to set aside 10 percent of their Institutions land for tree planting.
The CS was accompanied by the chairman of Kenya Forest Service chairman Peter Kinyua, chairman National Environment Fund Moses Akaranga, Secretary National Environment Complaints Committee Secretary John Chumo, Chief Conservator of Forests Monica Kalenda among others.

CS Keriako Tobiko and Rhino Ark CEO Christian Lambrechts Inspect Kakamega Forest after launch of national short rains tree planting in western Kenya.This forest is set to be fenced off through a joint venture of Kakamega County Government and Rhino Ark Foundation to protect it from encroachment.

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CS Tobiko is assisted to plant a tree seedling by Miss tourism kenya peoples choice Munyefu Nasambu Joyce during the launch of the short rains National tree planting season at Sanga’lo Inst. of science and Technology in Bungoma County.

Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko has warned debtors  who owe the kenya Forest Service more than ksh. 1.2 billion to pay up before they were exposed.
He said it was foolhardy for sawmillers to complain about loss of business after the government imposed a moratorium on logging in the country.
The same sawmillers and business companies who complained about loss of business are the same people who owe KFS colossal amounts of money he added.
Mr. Tobiko lamented that the forestry service has been rendered ineffective by the huge debts, noting that the government may be forced to publish names of the debtors if they did not honour their liability promptly.
The CS was speaking when he launched the short rains tree planting season  at Sanga’lo Institute of Science and Technology, Bungoma county.
Mr. Tobiko apealed to all education instutions to establish forestry projects that will help the country achieve its target of 10 percent tree cover by 2022.
The CS warned against encroachment on government forests adding that trespassers will be evicted.
This years short rains tree planting season is a joint venture between the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education.
The target planting sites include schools, colleges who are advised to plant more fruit trees for food security.
During the Launch the CS was accompanied by the chairman of KFS Peter Kinyua, chairman of National Environment Trust Fund Moses Akaranga, Chief Conservator of Forests Monica Kalenda, CEO National Environment Complaints Committee Dr. John Chuma, Director of Surveys and Remote sensing Dr. Warugute.

CS Keriako Tobiko joins tradition dancers from Sanga’lo Institute of Science and Technology, Bungoma during the national launch of the short rains tree planting season at the Institution.

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WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE NEXT SEVEN-DAY PERIOD VALID 15THTO 21ST JANUARY, 2019

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