Sunday, January 20, 2019

PS Sunkuli bis farewell to OXO PLAST directgor Shazia Khan who paid a courtesy call on him.

The government will intensify awareness of alternative biodegradable carrier bags as the ban for plastics takes effect in August this year, Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

He emphasized the government’s commitment to invest in new technology that will support the private sector in developing eco-friendly carrier bags to replace the plastic bag whose ban takes effect on August 28th.

The ban which was gazette by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu on 28th February 2017, affects the manufacture, sale and use of plastic carrier bags usually designed for domestic use.

The plastic carrier bags have been blamed for widespread pollution of the ecosystems, blockage of drainages, deaths of livestock and littering of the environment.

Mr. Sunkuli was speaking at his office when he received m/s Shazia Khan a director of Oxo Plast, a local company that manufactures alternative carrier bags who paid a courtesy call on him.

He said that the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources was encouraging producers of eco-friendly carrier bags in a bid to satisfy the demand of the local market and to promote a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

The PS advised manufacturers to liaise with the   Kenya Bureau of Standards to ensure their products were certified as eco-friendly for use in the domestic market.

The Director of Environmental Education and Awareness in the Ministry Dr. Ayub Macharia accompanied the PS  during the courtesy call.


Most parts of the country remained generally dry in June 2017. Several meteorological stations in western Kenya and the Coastal strip, however, recorded substantial amounts of rainfall that was slightly enhanced at Kakamega and Lamu.

Occasional cool and cloudy conditions were recorded over the central parts of the country during the month. The daytime temperatures were however warmer than average with maximum temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C…… more


Secretary Admin, Environment, Mr. William Kiprono, flanked by the Japanese Ambassodor to Kenya, H.E. Toshitsugu Uesawa and an official from the Embassy, opening the meeting at the Crowne Plaza, Nairobil

A high level ministerial meeting of the African Initiative for combating desertification to strengthen resilience to climate change in the Sahel and Horn of Africa region was held in Nairobi to seek solutions to combat desertification.

In a speech read by the Secretary of Administration William Kiprono on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, the meeting was expected to give the African initiative the necessary political support and impetus to enhance its implementation.

Prof. Wakhungu also stated that the issues of Desertification Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD) are important to the region as it is severely affected and resulted in low land productivity and food insecurity. She observed that this has been worsened by extreme weather events due to climate change and which have over the years posed serious negative impacts on the social economic development of the region and its people.

‘We are aware of the ravages of the ongoing drought on the social fabric of many nations in the Horn of Africa which has adversely affected the livelihood of millions of their citizens’, she noted.

Japanese Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Toshitsugu Uesawa making his remarks during the meeting.

Issues of poverty, water shortage, food scarcity, instability and extreme violence are some of the impacts of desertification and Climate Change. The situation is compounded by the inability of communities to adjust or adopt appropriate adaptive measures to cope with these situations.

The new African Initiative aims to promote measures to combat desertification by countries in the Sahel region. It also supports efforts from development partners through knowledge sharing, networking, improving access to finance and harmonization of ongoing efforts to address the regions desertification challenges.

The Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) is implementing the initiative through a five year Capacity Development Project for Sustainable Forests with technical cooperation from JICA. The project is implementing activities to support the initiative such as holding regional fora, collecting and sharing lessons learnt and best practices to combat desertification in the region.

Director, MEAs, Mr. Richard Mwendandu addressing the delegates.DSC_0032

The meeting was organized by the Ministry in partnership with JICA and other partners to discuss and chart the way forward for the implementation of the new African initiative. The initiative was launched last August during the TICAD summit meeting, the first ever to be held in Africa.

At the end of the meeting, a ministerial declaration was signed by representatives of all the member countries namely: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia and Kenya to implement the initiative.

A group photo of the delegates attending the conference.



PS State Department for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima, speaks to Wananchi at Sabor Forest Station in Kaptagat, Elgeyo Marakwet County during the tree planting exercise dubbed “Operation Okoa Kaptagat Forest”. With PS Mwakima are, PS Dr Chris Kiptoo (left) and PS Dr Dinah Mwinzi.

The Government has in the 2017/2018 Financial Year allocated over 100 million shillings towards the implementation of the Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (WaTER) Programme.

Speaking at Sabor Forest Station in Kaptagat, Elgeyo Marakwet County during the Tree Plantation Ceremony, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said the kitty will be used to fast-track the realization of the WaTER project, whose implementation aims to curb poverty, enhance resilience and improve the quality and quantity of ecosystem services.

In a speech read on her behalf by State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Prof. Wakhungu said the activities arising from the programme are projected to enhance ecosystem management, rehabilitation and restoration of the landscapes through tree growing.

“The objective of the programme, which runs up to 2020, is to eradicate poverty through enhancing the productivity of Kenya’s critical ecosystems and enhance resilience to climate change and to improve the quality and quantity of ecosystem services,” underscored the Cabinet Secretary.

She said the programme will cover the Cherangany and the Mt. Elgon Water Towers which traverse eleven counties in the region, including Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The Cabinet Secretary further said the project will also support harmonized planning processes within Counties and development of County landscape management opportunities as well as promotion of green growth practices.

During the event, the Ministry in partnership with other government agencies planted over 7,000 trees.

Speaking at the same event, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich announced that the National government is working closely with the private sector to increase forest coverage by supporting plantation of more trees across the country.

Mr. Rotich said that despite the immense importance of forests, the resource continues to experience massive pressure caused by demand for expansion of agricultural land, grazing grounds, human settlements, illegal logging, and infrastructural development.

He said projected impacts of unmitigated climate change have negatively affected human livelihoods, health, water resources, agricultural production and food security.

Mr. Rotich pointed out that immense tree growing will provide opportunities for mitigation against the effects of climate change.

He applauded the role played by Community Forest Associations, saying the initiative to form such groups has enormously supported forest conservation and management efforts as well enabling the associations to derive incomes from activities such as seedlings production and commercial tree growing on their farms.

Mr. Rotich called on all Kenyans to intensify tree growing in order to mitigate against the adverse effects of climate change, increased production of forestry goods and services and the beautification of our landscapes.

Kaptagat forest is valuable and a critical water catchment area, biodiversity and carbon reservoir alongside habitat for wildlife.

It is also an important source of livelihood for community members who derive from it employment, fuel wood, honey, building materials, medicinal herbs among other important products and services.

The rivers that originate from the forests in the region are key sources of water for Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana basins.

Accompanying them were senior government officials including State Department of Technical and Vocational Training PS Dr. Dinah Mwinzi, Water PS Prof. Fred Sigor and his Trade and Industrialization Counterpart Dr. Chris Kiptoo.

PS Dr Margaret Mwakima and PS Dr Dinah Mwinzi both (center), with locals for a traditional jig at Kaptagat


PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by the Environment Secretary. Dr. Alice Kaudia and the Director of Programmes, Ms. Agnes Yobteric, addressing the 18th. SECOM meeting in Mwanza, Tanzania

The principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli, has called upon the East African Community Council of ministers to influence the partner states to allocate funds to construct a headquarters for lake Victoria basin Commission (LVBC).

He said that Lake Victoria was the lifeline of East African Community upon which millions depended on and that it was imperative for member states to set aside money to strengthen institutions that helped generate economic activities around the water body.

Mr. Sunkuli was addressing the 18th meeting of the Sectoral council of ministers for the Lake Victoria basin held in Mwanza, Tanzania yesterday. He represented the cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu.

He noted that the lake basin commission had positively impacted on the more than 40 million residents whose livelihoods depended on activities revolving around environment, water resources, maritime among many others.

The 18th SECOM meeting in progress at the Malaikia Beach Resort, Mwanza, Tanzania.

Kenya he said had already donated a plot for the construction of LVBC in Kisumu and was awaiting the partner states to take advantage of the country’s goodwill to build offices adding that the organisation played a critical role to coordinate economic activities that uplifted the standards of living for the community.

The council of Ministers recommended to the partner states to implement a raft of projects and programs that included environment, water and sanitation, maritime transport and communication, health and population, protected areas and ecosystems, Mara River among others.

The Kenyan delegation to the Sectoral Council of Ministers meeting was headed by Mr. Sunkuli and included Principal Secretaries of Water Prof. Fred Segor, East African Community Integration Betty Maina and , senior government officials,




PS, Env. Charles Sunkuli with Ministers from EAC partner states of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda & Tanzania, during the signing of the policy document at the Malaika hotel, Mwanza, TZ.

The 18th Sectoral Council of Ministers for the lake Victoria Basin, have adopted the Policy document, that will provide policy guideline to the Commission up to the year 2021.

The guidelines, which are anchored on a programmatic approach in line with the Lake Victoria Basin Commission’s Result Based Management Systems, emphasizes management by results.

Speaking during the signing of the pact, that was held at the Malaika Beach Resort in Mwanza, Tanzania, the Chairperson of the Sectoral Council of Ministers for the Lake Victoria Basin, Hon Sam Cheptoris (MP), Minister for Water and Environment, Republic of Uganda, observed that, LVBC was still in its infancy, especially compared to other river basin organizations across the world, and noted that, despite this, and in the face of a complicated geopolitical context, it is already achieving tangible results. Hon. Cheptoris observed that, despite the tangible results that have led to the current progress, the advances in putting investments on the ground to lift the basin’s population from poverty to a middle-income population, has not been linear throughout the basin, as Partner States in the Basin still face poverty, rapid population growth, and environmental degradation, together with climate change impacts.

Minister’s from the EAC partner states are joined by leaders of their delegations to the LVBC after joining the policy document.

The Policy document will act as a guiding tool for implementation of the LVBC strategic interventions, and will focus on key priority areas, that will include:- enhancing Environmental and Natural Resources Management, promote and facilitate the implementation of the Integrated Water Resource management and Development, enhance maritime transport safety and security on Lake Victoria, promote Social Development Initiatives on LVB and Strengthen Institutional and Coordination Capacity of the Basin.

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, who represented Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, joined Hon. Minister’s and Cabinet Secretaries from the East Africa Community partner states, who included Hon. Aggrey Henry Bagiire, Minister of State for Transport in Uganda, Hon. Celestine Ndayizeye, Minister for Water, Environment, Land and Urban Planning, in Burundi, Hon. Dr. Vincent Biruta, Minister for Natural Resources in Rwanda, and Dr. Charles J. Tizebe, MP, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, United Republic of Tanzania, in signing the policy document.

Uganda takes over chairmanship of LVBC- The Executive sec. of the LVBC, Dr. Alley Matano, looks on as Uganda’s Water & Env. Min. Hon. Sam Cheptoris (blue suit) takes over from TZ’s Water Min. Hon. Gerson Lwenge TZ’s



First Lady Hon. Margaret Kenyatta signs visitors book at KFS Headquarters, Karura during the tree growing and Forest Conservation awards ceremony for 2017. From the back are CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu (right), PS Dr Margaret Mwakima (left) and KFS Chief Conservator Mr Emilio Mugo.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called on the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to involve women and the youth in forestry development programmes saying their participation in the sector will spur investment in the forest sector.

Speaking at KFS Headquarters in Karura, Kiambu County during the Tree Growing and Forest Conservation Awards Ceremony, the First Lady said including women and the youth in such projects would also enable them to benefit from forestry development programmes.

She commended the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources for rolling out a programme that permits forest adjacent communities to generate income and food farm on forest land.

The First Lady lauded the initiative, adding that it has improved access of forest adjacent communities to basic amenities among them quality food, clean water and health facilities which makes their life bearable.

She challenged KFS to ensure that forestry programmes create meaningful impacts on food, security, incomes and human wellbeing at the house hold level.

The First Lady said the development of any nation could only be achieved if women, children and the youth have access to opportunities to develop their talents and capabilities.

Speaking at the same event, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said awarding Tree growers and Forest Conservation heroes drawn from 47 Counties across the country clearly demonstrates an appreciation of the great role individual tree growers, pastoralists, forest adjacent communities and community organizations alongside other state agencies play in enhancing the Country’s forest cover.

Prof. Wakhungu said adequate tree cover is critical for stabilizing climates for agriculture and livestock production, regulating water flows in catchment areas, absorbing carbon dioxide and mitigating against natural disasters such as floods, landslides and negative impacts of climate change.

She said the Ministry through KFS is deploying communities across the country in production of   high quality tree seedlings appropriate for conservation, hence contributing to the improvement of peoples livelihood and incomes in the rural and urban areas

The Cabinet Secretary further pointed out that her Ministry is committed to spearhead the rehabilitation of 5.1 million hectares of land which have been mapped out through a comprehensive process that has identified different parts of the country that are available for rehabilitation.

“These include Arid and Semi-arid lands which forms about 80 per cent of our country. Other areas that have been mapped out include roadsides, railway reserves, county parks, hilltops, among other areas,” Prof. Wakhungu said.

First Lady Hon Margaret Kenyatta presents an award to one of the winners at the tree growing and forest conservation awards ceremony at KFS Headquarters, Karura.
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The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu cuts a ceremonial cake to mark KEFRI’S 30 years anniversary and ISO certification celebrations, at KEFRI headquarters, Muguga. From left is PS Margaret Mwakima who accompanied the CS for the anniversary.

The Government has commended Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) for its crucial contribution towards the attainment of the Country’s 10 percent forest cover as enshrined in the Constitution 2010 and Vision 2030.

Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said the Institution has played a crucial role in developing technologies that have been used for sustainable forest development in the country, geared towards a 10 percent forest cover target.

Prof. Wakhungu said the technologies have further been used to address emerging challenges of climate change resilience and poverty alleviation initiatives not only in Kenya but across the region.

Speaking at KEFRI Headquarters in Kiambu County during the commemoration of the Institution’s 30 Years Anniversary and ISO Certification, Wakhungu said KEFRI has put up adequate facilities at regional centres alongside systems of collaboration with both local and international organizations in order to share research experiences and jointly tackle new emerging challenges such as climate change and biodiversity conservation.

The Cabinet Secretary said her Ministry will continue to support the Institution to ensure that forestry programmes across the 47 Counties use KEFRI’s significant research achievements to increase tree cover and improve the livelihoods of present and future generations.

She also said the Ministry has over the years supported KEFRI in its strategic planning, which entails interpretation of relevant government Policies and Legislations among them the Constitution of Kenya 2010, MTP I and II of Vision 2030 and the National Forest Programme.

The Kenya Research Forest Institute KEFRI has undertaken research programmes and projects that have generated technologies in the fields of forest management, utilization, rehabilitation, conservation and preservations of forests and allied resources that have guided various stakeholders in the forest sector to sustainably use forests and allied resources for improved livelihoods.

The Cabinet Secretary challenged the Institution to implement the two ISOs for improved service delivery and performance to customers and the public.

The two ISOs are 14001 and 9001, which focuses on Environmental Management System.

Accompanying Prof. Wakhungu were State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Chief Conservator Emilio Mugo and KEFRI Director Dr. Ben Chikamai among others.

The Principal Secretary Dr Margaret Mwakima welcomes CS Prof Judi Wakhungu at KEFRI, for the 30th anniversary for the institution.


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