Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko plants Vitex Keniensis (Meru Oak) at Kanyakine High School he is flanked by Meru Governor Hon Kiraitu Murungi among other leaders

Meru GovernorKiraituMurungihas said his government is keen to achieve 40% forest cover by 2040.

The ambitious plan he said will be achieved through concerted efforts from all stakeholders as envisioned in Meru Vision 2040.

“We are working with the national government and Kenya Forest Service for sustainable forest management and eco-tourism”. He said.

The Governor said his county has gazzeted six community hills which had been affected by deforestation.

He urged Environment CS to make Meru great in terms of environmental conservation the way he made a local institution, Kanyakine High School great when he was a student there and scored top marks in the final national examination.

On her part Meru CEC for Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change, Prof KarwithaKiugu called for extensive tree growing since well managed trees benefited the environment.

“We have embarked on fruit trees and bamboo growing along riverine and on hill tops in order to mitigate the effects of climate change as well as provide livelihoods for our people” She added.

The leaders were speaking today at Kanyakine High School at the launch of the national school tree planting campaign.

The Meru County Govenor Hon. Kiraitu Murungi plants a commemorative tree at Kanyakine High , he is flanked by Anne Tek, board member representing the C.O.G and Meru CEC for Environment, Natural Resources , Prof. Ka


Significant rainfall was reported over the Lake Victoria Basin, the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, and the Central and South Rift Valley,as depicted inFigure 1. The Central Highlands, the Coast and the Northwest received light to moderate rainfall. The Northeast and the Southeast Lowlands remained mainly dry.A comparison between the previous seven days (17th to 23rd June, 2019)with the period under review (24th to 30thJune, 2019) indicatesa general reduction in rainfall amounts across the country although some stations in the Western Highlands and the Rift Valley recorded increases.

Katimok Kenya Forest Service Station in Baringo Countyrecorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of 100.1mm. Other stations that recorded significantrainfall totals during the review period include ATC Koibatek in Baringo County (87.9mm), Kabarnet D.C’s Office in Baringo County (86.1mm), Nakuru Meteorological Station (70.9mm), KitaleMeteorological Station (69.9mm), KisiiMeteorological Station (66.8mm), Kakamega Meteorological Station (54.1mm), and Kapsara Tea Factory in Trans-Nzoia County (51.1mm)as depicted in Figure 2……read more

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Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called for Building Climate Resilience for the urban poor who are the most affected by climate change.

The CS says building of climate resilience will help those affected to connect their own adaptation efforts with mapping and validation.

In a speech read on his behalf by Environment Principal Secretary, Dr Ibrahim Mohamed during a meeting on climate change action tracks in Abu Dhabi, Tobiko called on the world leaders to identify buildings, transport, urban resilience for the poor as outcomes. They should alsodecentralize finance and sub-national mobilization as enablers he added.

“Decentralized finance and sub-national mobilization  are the catalyst for the important role that cities must play, as they are at the forefront of housing and basic service delivery, infrastructure, recovery after the impacts are felt among others” said Tobiko.

The CS raised concern that buildings and transport are the highest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and therefore provide the quickest and impactful opportunity to address the climate crisis.

The CS vouched for a link in the bottom-up efforts and strengthening local government capacities and building enabling national policy frameworks and enhancement of Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans.


CS Keriako Tobiko stressing a point during the discussions with the team from UN environmnet led by the UN Executive Director Inger Andersen

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has lauded United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for its commitment and support for environmental programs in the country.

Speaking today when UNEP Executive Director  Inger Andersen paid him a courtesy, the CS said that the government will continue working with UNEP in key priority areas.

The areas of collaboration include increasing the country’s forest cover to 10%, waste management, blue economy, enhance capacities in the 47 counties, public education and awareness among others.

Tobiko congratulated the new Executive Director and assured her of continued support for the organization, saying the relationship will be enhanced in all areas of cooperation.

CS Keriako Tobiko with UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen when she paid him a courtesy call at his office.

The CS underscored the need for involvement of indigenous communities in conservation through incentives as away to ensure ownership in natural resource management.

The UNEP Executive Director reaffirmed the organizations commitment to support the Kenyan Government in environmental conservation and management priority areas.

She said that exposure to contaminated environment can be linked to poor health and provision of clean health environment will be a key priority area.

She applauded the Kenya government’s efforts in environmental conservation and more so the ban on single use plastic bags.

CS Keriako Tobiko with top ministry officials during the Discussions with the UNEP Executive Inger Anderson .




Environment CS Keriako Tobiko speaks to residents of Chara in Tana Delta (1)

Sally Mzolazola, 86 years old man from Chara in Tana Delta is a worried man. For the past 10 years waters from Kalota brook has turned salty making it unfit for human consumption, farming, fishing and livestock use.

Kalota brook is the lifeline of the people of Chara who are farmers and pastoralists. But water from the canal is contaminated with salt killing marine life, livestock and is a health risk to the local populace.

The water mixes with the inflow from the Indian Ocean due to decreased water levels in the canal allowing water flow in both directions. According to residents this is due to the river’s water abstraction downstream used for irrigation.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko said there is need for a multi sectoral approach in dealing with the phenomenon and directed NEMA to initiate a short-term intervention awaiting a lasting solution to the problem.

“I will marshal the support of my colleagues in health, water, interior and energy Ministries, since restoring the Tana Delta ecosystem needs a multi sectoral approachand will ensure that the President’s Big Four Agenda is also achieved” the CS said.

The Ali WarionMP Ali Wariodecried the state of the water for the people of Chara and the uncontrolled growth and spread of the prosopis prunus plant locally known as ‘Mathenge’ saying an urgent intervention wasneeded.

He echoed the Tana River SenatorJumaWario appreciation of Environment CSKeriako Tobiko quick response to the environmental challenges facing the region.

Tana River Delta is a Ramsar ConventionSiteand the second most important estuarine and deltaic ecosystem in Eastern Africa. It supports a variety of coastal and marine plant and animal species, including five species of threatened marine turtles and IUCN red-listed African elephant.

The site also provides feeding and wintering ground for several migratory water birds. Activities carried out on the site include fishing, small-scale domestic-oriented agriculture, mangrove wood exploitation, grazing, water supply, tourism and research.

NEMA DG Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu committed to use the restoration fund to commence work in July as guided by the Land Use Management plan.

The CS was accompanied by Tana River Senator JumaWario, Garsen MP Hon. Ali Wario, Galolemp Said Hiribae ,NEMA board member  Halima Ware, KFS Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau among others dignitaries.



The CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, with the CEO, Insurance Regulatory Authority, Mr. Geoffrey Kiptum, unveiling the plaque to officially launch the partnership at the Tudor Creek

The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, has hailed the Insurance Regulatory Authority, for heeding the government directive that was issued to all Ministries, Departments and Parastatals as well as Private sector, to commit 10 per cent of their annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) budget to planting and growing trees.

Noting that the directive was informed by the recurring negative impacts of climate change and increased clamor for mitigation, Mr. Tobiko observed that, in recent year’s Kenya has witnessed un-precededent climate change effects, manifested in terms of frequent cyclic droughts, rising temperatures, erratic rainfall and reduction in river flows and water tables

The CS, made the remarks at the Tudor Creek, Mikindani in Mombasa County, when he inaugurated the partnership between the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) and the Kenya Forest Service on the implementation of the Presidential directive on the 10 per cent tree cover by 2022. The five year partnership, which is part of IRA’s 10 per cent Corporate  Social Responsibility, will focus on the restoration of the mangrove forests along the shoreline and will enhance the environment, social and economic benefits of the mangrove ecosystems.

The CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko witnessing the signing of the partnership between the KFS and IRA.



CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, with wananchi during the cleaning exercise of the Indian Ocean shoreline at the Tudor Creek, Mikindani, Mombasa County.

The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, has decried the low acreage of the mangrove forest in Mombasa county, which is at 3,700 hectares, as opposed to Lamu’s 38,000 hectares, and has directed the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), to immediately undertake a 100 day Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) to re-afforest mangroves in the County to mitigate the effects of environmental degradation

Speaking at the Tudor Creek, Mikindani in Mombasa County, when he officiated during the mangrove forest restoration tree planting partnership, between the Kenya Forest Service and the Insurance Regulatory Authority, The CS observed that, mangrove forests are key to regulating climate at the coast, since they capture carbon dioxide from the environment at a rate that is five times more efficient than other forests, and  stressed on the need for partnerships with conservation groups and the county governments to ensure the 10% tree cover is achieved by 2022.

Mr. Tobiko, who later led wananchi in a clean-up exercise of collecting plastic litter at the Indian Ocean shoreline at the Tudor creek, urged the youth and women to collect plastic bottles to rid the coastline environment of the eyesore, and as a source of income. He further directed the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to issue license to Morden Soap recycling company, which collects plastic bottles from local communities to start recycling work immediately.

The CS. Mr. Keriako Tobiko inspecting the on-going mangrove tree planting at the Tudor Creek, Mikindani.


The CS, Mr. Tobiko, presenting copies of the management plan to the chair of KEMFRI, Hon. John Safari, as other officials of the institution look on. The CS called for the total implementation of the plan

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobikohas launched the Vanga, Jimbo&Kiwegu (Vijiki) Mangrove Forest Participatory Management Plan &Vanga Blue Forest Project in Vanga Kwale County.

The management plan is designed to ensure the Vanga, Jimbo and Kiwegu mangrove forestsareconserved and utilized sustainably for the benefit of present and future generations.

The 5 year plan will promote community participation and local institutional capacity in conservation and management of the mangrove resource for improved livelihoods and ecological integrity.

It will also ensure sustainable use of mangrove wood and non-wood resources while it manages and protects mangrove areas.

This will enable sustainable provision of ecosystem services like fish habitats, coastal protection, and biodiversity conservation among others.

During the launch the CS was accompanied by the Chief Conservator of Forest Mr Julius Kamau, Kwale County Commissioner Julius KarukuNgumo, Kwale County CEC in charge of Environment Hon. SaumuMahaja, KEMFI Chairman Hon. John Safari among other leaders.



CS, Mr. Tobiko, Kwale Env. Minister, Hon. Ms. Mahaja, CCF, Mr. Kamau and Kwale County Commissioner, Mr. Ngumo, during the mangrove tree planting in Vanga, Kwale.

Kenya is losing mangroves at an alarming rate considering that 40% of the 62,000 hectares of the entire mangrove ecosystem at the coast is degraded Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobikosaid.

“Mangroves are a powerhouse when it comes to carbon sequestration. It can sequester 10% more carbon than rainforests do” the CS noted.

Despite the ecosystem services played by the vital natural resources they are endangered due to pollution and human activities.

The CS urged Kenya Forest Service to come up with a tool that will measure the survival rates of the trees planted.

“We have planted so many trees, last year during World Environment Day we planted 10,000 mangroves in Vanga, I can’t tell you how many survived”. The CS asserted.

He was speaking in Vanga where he launched a 5-yearVanga, Jimbo&Kiwegu (Vijiki) Mangrove Forest Participatory Management Plan &Vanga Blue Forest Project in Vanga Kwale County.

The CS was accompanied by the Chief Conservator of Forest Mr Julius Kamau, Kwale County Commissioner Julius KarukuNgumo, Kwale County CEC in charge of Environment Hon. Mahajaamong other leaders.

CS Tobiko with other guests, touring the mangrove plantation site in Vanga. He called on the current generation to emulate their fore-fathers by conserving and protecting forests for the generations to come.


CS Tobiko congratulates Monique Ntumngia WWFwinner

Ms Monique Ntumngia a Cameroonian entrepreneur is the 2019 World Wildlife Fund (WWF) prestigious International President Youth Award winner.

Since 2015 the Green Girls Organisation which she established has trained over 772 girls from 30 communities in Cameroon on how to generate renewable energy from the sun and waste using modern technologies like Artificial intelligence and a unique scoring model (MNKB92).

Under her watch over 100 solar installations providing electricity to rural homes have been set up and over 30 Green Girls clubs have been established.

While congratulating the winner Environment CS Keriako Tobiko called on the youth to take up leadership roles and ensure they make the world a better place to live in. “We are soon retiring and eventually expiring, it is upto you the youth to take up leadership mantle, you have our support” The CS assured.

Monique in her acceptance speech thanked WWF for the honour and assured the world that the future is in safe hands.


Right-Tanzania PS for Ministry of Works , Transport and Communication , Dr Leonard Chamarino, middle Uganda PS for Ministry of Works and Transport (The Chairman of the Committee) George Rukara , second Left Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr Ibrahim Mohamed During the signing.

Permanent Secretaries from Lake Victoria Region Commit to Regional Project on Maritime to Reduce Deaths in Lake Vitoria

Principal Secretaries for L. Victoria Region have committed to fast track the implementation of the Regional Policy on Multi National Lake Victoria Maritime Communication and Transport project.
The project, funded through Africa Development Bank  (AfDB) will help address maritime transport and rescue matters in the Lake Victoria.
Implementation of the Project will see a reduction of deaths that occur on the lake daily. It’s estimated that 5000 deaths occur annually in Lake Victoria.
The regional project for Kenya ,  Tanzania and Uganda is under the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, an organ of East African Community.
Environment and Forestry PS  Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed led the Kenyan delegation in signing the document. Permanent Secretaries from Tanzania and Uganda with their technical officers attended the meeting.
In attandance was  Tanzania PS for Ministry of Works , Transport and Communication , Dr Leonard Chamarino, Uganda PS for Ministry of Works and Transport (The Chairman of the Committee)   George Rukara ,Kenya PS for Maritime and Shipping Nancy Karigithu

The PSs and other Delegates from the member states who attended extra ordinary Regional Policy Steering Committee meeting for the Multi National Lake Victoria Maritime Communication and Transport project.


PS, MEF, Dr, Ibrahim Mohamed during the meeting with the JICA-Kenya team in his office

The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, has expressed the Ministry appreciation to the Government of Japan for its continued financial support to the Kenya Government in the field of forestry development, through the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), observing that, JICA, has over the year’s provided technical cooperation for KEFRI and KFS on promoting social forestry, research and development on tree planting in Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs), including breeding for drought tolerant varieties.

Speaking in his office when he received a team from JICA-Kenya office, the PS lauded JICA’s support to the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) through research, training and capacity building, noting that, the constitution of Kenya 2010 and vision 2030 requires the country to work towards achieving a forest cover of at least 10 percent of the land area.

The team, that was led by Mr. Keiichi Takahata, the chief advisor, Capacity Development Project for Sustainable Forest Management (CADEP-SFM), a project being implemented by the Ministry through the support of JICA, that aims at strengthening capacity at the national and county level on sustainable forest management briefed the PS on the project implementation progress.

The five year project has five components of policy support, pilot implementation, REDD+ readiness, tree breeding and regional cooperation.



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