Tuesday, July 16, 2019

PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli addressing the KEPSA breakfast meeting at the Sarova PanAfric hotel, Nbi.DSC_0434

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Mr. Charles Sunkuli has called on the private sector to take advantage of the existing laws to integrate climate change in their business strategies.

He noted that the private sector could play a more effective and leading role in climate change adaptation and mitigation if they utilized the provisions of the Climate change Act 2016.

The Act establishes an incentive scheme for the private sector to translate climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives into business ventures. Some of the financing opportunities available include Green Climate Fund that aims at promoting climate technology and innovations.

The PS assured the Kenya Private Sector of the Ministry’s support in exploring ways of accessing available financing opportunities in order to realize Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement on Climate change.

PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by Director, Climate Change, Dr. Pacifica Ogola and deputy CEO, KEPSA, Ms. Rachel Muthoga, following proceedings during the breakfast mtng.DSC_0395

The Paris Agreement on climate change lays out commitments for nations to limit their greenhouse-gas emissions and contain the impact of global warming by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Kenya’s NDC’s include expansion of geothermal, solar and wind energy production alongside other clean energy options. Others are enhancing energy and resources efficiency across different sectors; achieve at least 10 % tree cover of the country’s land area, clean energy technologies to reduce over-reliance on wood fuels, low carbon and efficient transportation systems, climate smart agriculture and sustainable waste management systems.

Mr. Sunkuli was speaking during a meeting to evaluate how the Kenya Private Sector will integrate climate change in business strategies for the realization of Kenya’s NDC’s held at a Nairobi hotel.

The PS disclosed that Kenya will host the 10th Africa Carbon Forum on April 11-13 for programme, project developers and policy makers on the latest investment, finance and development opportunities relating to climate change.

The meeting was also addressed by Kenya Private Sector Alliance deputy CEO Rachael Muthoga, national climate change council member Suresh Patel and the Kenya Climate Change Innovation CEO Edward Mungai.

 

 

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A group photo of officers developing the social media training manual & curriculum from Env. Education & Awareness, MEAS, UPOPS, GGEP, Public Comm,, Bloggers and other stakeholders

The Ministry has embarked on a training programme targeting the youth to effectively utilize diverse digital platforms to enhance sound chemical management and adoption of green growth and employment programme for sustainable development.

A team of officers in the public environmental education and awareness department, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, (MEAs) Unintentionally Produced Organic Pollutant Substances (UPOPS), Green Growth Empowerment Programme (GGEP), public communication, other stakeholders and selected bloggers retreated for one week in Naivasha to develop the manual and curriculum to realize this goal.

The manual and curriculum will be used to train 150 young people in Nairobi to package and share environmental messages before it is rolled out to the counties.

The training aims at creating a pool of experts in reporting environmental issues on social media. It is also a strategy to mobilize youth to generate environmental messages and create whistle blowers on environmental crimes.

The Project manager, UPOPS, Ms. Julia Maiyani, (left) guiding one of the teams in developing the social media training manual and curriculum at Masada hotel, Naivasha

It was noted that there are very few blogs on environment making it a rare conversation on digital platforms. The training is going to change this trajectory that will see many environmental stories covered in the media.

The retreat brought on board bloggers who will assist in packaging and sharing environmental messages. This will create a pool of youth who will generate environmental messages and influence their followers to at all levels to share and take care of the environment.

The team developing the training manual at work- The Director, EEAI, Dr. Ayub Macharia guiding one of the teams in the coming up with the training manual.

The retreat was officially opened by Augustine Kenduiwo, Deputy Director in charge of GGEP on behalf of Richard Mwendandu, Director, MEAs. It was funded by the UPOPS project and GGEP domiciled in the Ministry.

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CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, flanked by PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, chair of KFS board Mr. Peter Kinyua and the CCF, Mr. Emilio Mugo, addressing the media at Karura, after the meeting DSC_0364

The Government will not entertain interference with the recently declared moratorium on logging in the country, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko has warned.

Least of all should be political obstruction to the multi-disciplinary task force that will be gazetted to reassess and recommend on the way forward for the country’s forests and water towers the CS said.

He noted that the execution of the 90 days moratorium will be conducted in the open and urged those who might be affected to raise issues with the task force whose instructions will be to report daily to the cabinet secretary.

The CS called on all government departments and agencies in the forestry sector to formulate a joint plan of action alongside the county governments to save the country from further destruction of forests.

PS, Env & Forestry, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, stressing a point, as the CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko and other KFS board members listen keenly.DSC_0350

Mr. Tobiko was speaking at the Kenya Forest Service headquarters in Karura, Nairobi where he met the board of directors led by Chairman Peter Kinyua to brief them on the government’s expectations during the moratorium that was recently imposed in an effort to resuscitate the country’s depleted water sources.

The CS told the board that the task force will be expected to deliver a report within 14 days of its formation and that it was expected to create innovative ways to audit all the forestry resources including the already felled trees and their products.

Mr. Tobiko urged the KFS board to work diligently alongside the task force and utilize all resources at their disposal to help reverse the water crisis in the country widely blamed on illegal logging, encroachment of water catchment areas, destruction of wetlands and a devastating drought.

The CS who was accompanied by the Principal Secretary of Environment and Forestry Mr. Charles Sunkuli advised KFS to emulate International best practices of staffing norms that included recruitment and training in a bid to restore the country’s forests. The Kenya constitution 2010 demands that the tree cover be maintained at a minimum of 10 per cent of the total land mass. The cover currently stood at 7 percent the CS added.

He warned that any licensed saw miller found to have flouted the defined areas of logging and any forest guard found to have colluded will be arrested and prosecuted.

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PS,Mr. Charles Sunkuli, Patricia King’ori, fromSamsung and the GM, Green Development, Mr. Havard,launching the ethanol stoves at Sarova Stanley.

Pressure from increasing population, unsustainable land use and competition for natural resources is one of the route courses of depleting the Country’s forests, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

Speaking during a courtesy call to his office by the Chief Executive Officer and Regional Director of Samsung Mr. Rene Svein, who are manufactures of ethanol eco-friendly stoves, Mr. Sunkuli  noted that, the use of ethanol energy saving stoves instead of charcoal, will enable households to benefit from an eco-friendly environment with less smoke while reducing their fuel.

The Principal Secretary and the Samsung CEO discussed on the need to create a conducive environment for the introduction of the eco-friendly ethanol energy saving stoves through tax incentives and increasing ethanol production in the country.

PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli holding talks with Samsung CEO, Svein Rene as the CCF, Mr. Emilio Mugo listens keenly.

The Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr. Emilio Mugo and the Director General, NEMA, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu, attended the meeting.

 

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A three months ban on tree harvesting has imposed in all government and community forests following an acute water shortage in the country.

Announcing the ban deputy President H.E William Ruto said that the government will reassess and rationalize the entire forest sector in 90 days and propose measures to curb the biting water shortage now in its third year.

The deputy president gave the Ministry of Environment and forestry 14 days to formulate a solution to the persistent problem of water shortage largely caused by destruction of water towers, wetlands and forests.

He directed the Ministry headed by cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko to constitute a taskforce comprising all stakeholders to prepare a report on the forest sector recommending appropriate remedial measures.

Mr. Ruto noted that the country was facing an unprecedented serious and acute water shortage that has occasioned low water levels in rivers following a prolonged dry spell and unreliable rainfall.

Uncontrolled human activity and wanton logging he observed undermined the country’s capacity to ensure food security posing a threat to the achievement of big four agenda items of the jubilee government. These are food security, universal health, manufacturing and affordable housing.

Further the DP ordered the Ministry of Environment and all other relevant departments at National and County governments to jointly take prompt action to enforce the moratorium.

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Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko plants a tree at the GreenBelt Movement offices when he paid courtesy call to them

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has  paid tribute  to the late Nobel Peace Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai’s Greenbelt Movement (GBM) for her conservation efforts.

The CS who visited the GBM offices in Nairobi urged all conservation organizations to step up their environmental agenda to support national priorities of universal health, food security, manufacturing and affordable housing.

Mr. Tobiko planted a symbolic tree at the GBM compound to signify new cooperation with the organization in re-energizing the environment agenda.

He outlined his Ministry’s commitment to tackle rampant deforestation in the country adding that environment is life and the role of trees could not be wished away.

The CS also visited Geographic Information System (GIS) lab for first-hand information on every location of Greenbelt Movement in 25 counties in Kenya.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko share a light moment with GreenBelt Movement staff

Greenbelt Movement Chairperson Marion Kamau presented the CS with a traditional three legged stool that signified a metaphor commonly used by the Nobel Peace Laureate the Late Prof. Wangari Maathai to symbolize three essential components of a stable society: Sustainable Management, democratic governance and culture of peace.

 

 

 

 

 

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Environment & Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko receives the Kenya Water Towers Statuts Report from the Chairman of KWTA Dr. Isaack Kalua

 

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has said institutions have a responsibility to weed out corrupt elements to avoid complicity.

He said “Corrupt officials should be arrested, prosecuted and dismissed”

The CS was reacting to media reports that large sections of forests in various parts of the country had been destroyed through illegal logging allegedly by licensed saw millers who collude with foresters and guards.

Mr. Tobiko said an inter-agency taskforce will soon be established to undertake a quick and in-depth inquiry about the scale of destruction of the water towers and forests.

CS Environment & Forestry Keriako Tobiko giving his remarks after receiving the Kenya Water Towers Status report at the ministry Headquaters

CS Environment & Forestry Keriako Tobiko giving his remarks after receiving the Kenya Water Towers Status report at the ministry Headquaters

The taskforce to be gazzatted soon will comprise all ministries and agencies in the environment and forestry sector.

The Cabinet Secretary spoke as he received a status report from Kenya Water Towers Agency Chairman Dr. Isaac Kalua regarding Chyulu and East Mau Water Towers for year 2018.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko Listens to KWTA Chairman Dr. Isaack Kalua who is flanged by KWATA Ag. DG Prof.

Among the objectives of the report is to identify drivers of land degradation and deforestation in each of the water towers and suggest mitigation measures.

The total economic valuation comprising the ecosystem goods and services obtained from Chyulu Hills and Mau Forest complex is 41billion and 110billion respectively.

The two water towers are important conservation regions for a variety of plants and animal species due to the nature of their diverse habitats, land cover and soils.

 

 

 

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CS, Mr Keriako Tobiko, flanked by the CCF, Mr. Emilio Mugo addressing members of the Kabaru CFA within the Mt. Kenya water towers when he toured the forest

Environment CS Mr Keriako Tobiko arrives at Kabaru forest station in Mt Kenya where he addressed residents

Environment Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has said food security and universal health care were directly dependent on environment and forestry.

“The Ministry of Environment and Forestry is a critical area in the realization of the legacy project of his Excellency the President’s big four action pillars of food security, universal healthcare, manufacturing and affordable housing” he said.

He however noted that for Kenya Forest Service whose mandate is conservation and protection to perform efficiently they needed facilitation in human resource and equipment.

“There are 8 forest rangers with no vehicle and communication equipment manning 30,000 acres in Nanyuki forest station. It is humanly impossible for such an officer to deliver. As we make demands of them and we must make demands of them, we must also empower and facilitate them” he added.

CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko arriving aat the Kabaru forest within the Mt. Kenya water towers.

The CS said that KFS managed to collect to the National treasury about Sh 3 billion last financial year and wondered why a fraction of that amount could not be utilized to ensure that they meet their staffing needs and have the best equipment.

The Cabinet Secretary made these remarks as he toured Mt Kenya and Aberdares forests to establish whether allegations of illegal logging and deforestation of water towers and protected areas were true.

 

 

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March to May constitutes a major rainfall season in most parts of Kenya as well as much of equatorial Eastern Africa. Figure 1 depicts the mean (average) March-April-May seasonal rainfall in Kenya. The figure shows that the highest rainfall amounts of over 300mm are recorded over Western, Central and the Coastal regions and parts of northern Kenya (Marsabit, Moyale).

The forecast for March-April-May (MAM) 2018 “Long-Rains” is based on the prevailing and the expected evolution of Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies (SSTAs) over the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans and also the Synoptic, Mesoscale and local factors that affect the climate of Kenya. These factors were assessed using various tools including ocean-atmosphere models, statistical models, satellite derived information and expert interpretation. The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), that is currently neutral, was also considered. The configuration in the Indian Ocean is currently not favorable for good seasonal rainfall in the country especially over the eastern sector.

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