Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Launching the Makueni State of Environment report during the WDCD

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko, has said land degradation and climate change arising from human activities have adversely affected natural resources leading to desertification, and called on Kenyans to ensure proper land management and environmental conservation in a bid to reduce poverty and extreme hunger.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Mohamed Elmi, during the celebrations to mark the 2019 World Day to Combat Desertification in Makindu, Makueni ounty, the CS said that, the ministry will come up with a program on restoration and afforestation, where they will work closely with the counties to increase the country’s forest cover by 10% by 2022.

Mr. Tobiko decried the low forest cover in Makueni county, which he attributed to cutting down of trees for charcoal production ,while sand harvesting has led to degradation of river beds and drying up of rivers. The CS said local communities should build resilience against current multi-fold development challenges through sustainable land management practices to avert desertification, and urged Kenyans to undertake tree planting activities at institutional and household level; rehabilitate water towers and wetlands.

Makueni Governor H.E. Hon. Kivutha Kibwana said cutting down of trees for firewood and charcoal and land degradation are accelerating desertification.

The Governor vouched for the enforcement of the climate change Act to address the emerging environmental issues and mitigate desertification.

The WDCD is observed on 17th June each year as required under the United Nations Convection to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which Kenya signed in 1994 and ratified in 1997.

Kenya has observed this day since 1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification, land degradation and mitigate effects of drought. The global event was marked in Ankara, Turkey.

The CAS Hon. Mohamed Elmi, with students from Salama Secondary School, Makindu, during tree planting to mark the WDCD

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CS Tobiko in around table meeting with officials from WWF at their annual meeting (1)

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has challenged conservation organizations to stick to the original deal for nature to ensure ancient knowledge is used to propagate conservation agenda.

The CS was reacting to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Annual conference theme “New Deal for Nature” and wondered what happened to the original deal where there was harmony between people and their environment.

CS Tobiko spoke as he presided over the conference opening on behalf of president Uhuru Kenyatta at a Mombasa hotel.

While appreciating indigenous knowledge systems in conservation the CS called on conservationists to stick to the original plan with new ideas.

The indigenous knowledge he saidis a significant resource which would contribute to the increased efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability in environmental conservation among rural communities.

He urged the meeting to move away from board rooms and reports and ensure work is done on the ground.

In Kenya emphasis has been forrural communities to form the basis of decision making at their level in matters pertaining to food security, human and animal health, education and more importantly in natural resource management.

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Rainfall continued to be recorded over several parts of the country particularly in theLake Victoria Basin, the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Central and South Rift Valley, the Central Highlands and the Coast as depicted inFigure 1. However, the Northeast and the Southeast Lowlands remained generally dry.A comparison between the previous seven days (3rd to 9th June, 2019) and the period under review (10thto 16thJune, 2019) indicatesa decrease in rainfall amounts over most parts of the country although some Coastal stations recorded notable increases.

ATC Koibatek Rainfall Stationin Baringo County recorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of99.4mm. Other stations that recorded significantrainfall totals during the review period include Eldoret Airport Meteorological Station (95.2mm), Eldoret Meteorological Station (90.3mm), Msabaha Meteorological Station (85.5mm), Katimok Kenya Forest Service Station in Baringo County (84.2mm) and Nyamira D.O’s Office (83.4mm)as depicted in Figure 2….read more

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Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko  has said land   degradation and climate change arising from human activities  have adversely affect  natural resources, leading to desertification.
The CS has called on Kenyans to ensure proper land management and environmental conservation in bid to reduce poverty and extreme hunger.
In a speech read on behalf of the CS by Ministry of Environment Chief Administrative Secretary Hon Mohamed Elmi, the ministry will come up with a program on restoration and afforestation where they will work closely with the counties to increase forest cover by 10% by 2022.
CS Tobiko decried the low forest cover in Makueni county which he attributed to cutting down of trees for charcoal production ,while sand harvesting has led to degradation of river beds and drying up of rivers.
CS said  local communities should build resilience against current multi-fold development challenges through sustainable land management practices to avert desertification.
CS Tobiko urged Kenyans to undertake  tree planting activities at institutional and household level; Rehabilitate water towers and wetlands.
Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana said cutting down of trees for firewood and charcoal and land degradation are accelerating desertification.
The Governor vouched for the enforcement of the climate change Act to address the  emerging environmental issues and mitigate desertification.
The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) was held today at Makindu, Makueni County.
WDCD is observed on 17th June each year as required under the United Nations Convection to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) which Kenya signed in 1994 and ratified in 1997.
Kenya has observed this day since 1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification, land degradation and mitigate effects of drought. The global event was marked in Ankara, Turkey.
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CS Tobiko addressing WWF officials during their annual meeting

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has said there is need for nature-based solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change, to restore and utilize the critical ecological ecosystem sustainably.

The CS called for merging of fresh regenerative and transformational science findings and policy that will translate into concrete action on environmental conservation.

The CS said according to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services released early this year, around 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history.

He said that the current rate at nature is being exploited and degraded our natural resources will be phased out and, in the process, pose danger to human life.

The CS made the remarks, during the official opening of the Annual World Wide Fund for Nature International (WWF) In Mombasa, where he represented H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Director General of WWF International Marco Lambertini said human activities are increasingly putting pressure on nature and in the future the effects will be irreplaceable.

CS Tobiko applauded WWF for the projects they are undertaking in the country, including the Southern Kenya, Forest landscape work in Kwale and East Kilimanjaro, Water Resources Management, Species Conservation and others.

The annual conference for WWF Chairs and Chief Executive Officers of affiliate organizations of WWF Globally will be discussing the elements of the proposed New Deal for Nature and People under the umbrella of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), and how to support governments in raising their ambition under the New Deal.

CS Tobiko share a light moment with officials from WWF at their Annual Conference in Mombasa

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Ministry of Environment and Forestry Chief Administrative Secretary Hon Mohamed Elmi has called on private organizations to support conservation efforts being undertaken by the government.
Hon Elmi has said that private sector should support the on going tree growing campaign in order to achieve the 10% tree cover.
The CAS made the remarks today at the ministry headquarters ,when he met officials from the China World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Shenzhen One Planet Foundation.
Director of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Richard Mwendandu said that there is need to mainstream biodiversity conservation in other sectors to enhance sustainable development .
He said that the ministry is  in the process  of revising the current biodiversity atlas with view of protecting the areas.
WWF China Chief Executive Officer Lo Sze Ping said that , WWF China will forge for cooperation for Chinese firms operating locally to be involved in pconservation and as well learn good examples from Kenya on matters of environmental conservation.
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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called on Kenyans to intensify tree planting across the country to restore the fragile ecosystem destroyed over the years by human activity

The First Lady said forests support human life in different ways including contributing to food security, has medicinal value, and are sources of wood energy for millions of Kenyans

She made the remarks during a tree planting event at Ruiru Dam in Githunguri, Kiambu County during a national  Bamboo planting exercise whereby 10,000 assorted seedlings were planted and over 2000 indigenous trees among them Avocados donated to local Schools, institutions and farmers for planting during this rainy season .

First Lady called on Kenyans not to tire in correcting the environmental havoc collectively caused to the country but cultivate a culture of continuous conservation.

“The extreme weather we experienced is attributable to climate change and the consequences of our actions. The dry weather we experienced for many months affected us all, we suffered famine, we lost lives, we lost our harvest,” First Lady said.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry  Keriako Tobiko reminded those  in attendance that tree growing is  an obligation for all Corporate organizations to contribute to achievement of 10 percent forest cover by 2022, as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The ceremony was also attended by the Governor of Kiambu H.E Ferdinand Waititu, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Mohamed Elmi, the Principal Secretary Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, the Conservation Secretary Mr. Gideon Gathaara, the Kenya Forestry Service (KFS) chairman Peter Kinyua, the Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau,  the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu, the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) Director Dr. Joshua Cheboiywo , the BIDCO company limited chairman Vimal Shah and the Kiambu women representative Gahtoni Muchomba, acting Kenya Water Towers Agency  DG Prof. Julius Tanui among other dignitaries.

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05.06.2019

ROLL-Wanachi in a procession to create WED awareness in Nairobi South B.

The World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment, which is marked every year on June 5th, 2019. The commemorations began in 1974.

The day involves raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, global warming, sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

The 2019  National celebrations to mark the World Environment Day, were held on Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, at the Railways Training Institute, Nairobi, under the theme: Air Pollution, A Silent Killer; and the slogan ‘Hewa Safi, Jukumu Letu’ (Clean Air, Our Responsibility. The Governor of Nairobi County, H.E. Hon. Mike Mbuvi Sonko, graced the occasion.

Air pollution critically affects the environment and human beings. Generally, air pollution is caused by presence of toxic substances in the atmosphere mainly produced by human related activities.

Approximately 7 million people are adversely affected annually due to air pollution related causes worldwide, 4 million of this population is from developing countries and further, approximately 13 million people suffer from diseases resulting from exposure to ambient (outdoor) air pollution and household exposure to smoke (cook stoves and fuels).

The Minister for Environment and Energy, Nbi County, Hon. Veska Kangogo, watering a commemorative tree at the Railway Training Sch., Nbi, to mark the WED.

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NOTICE is hereby given to the General Public that the Taskforce will visit forest sites and hold dialogue with indigenous peoples, local communities, County governments and the various stakeholders in the Counties that cover the Mau Forest Complex (Nakuru, Narok, Bomet, Kericho, Nandi, Uasin Gishu and Baringo Counties); Mt. Elgon forest (Bungoma and Trans Nzoia Counties); and Mukogodo forest in Laikipia County.

The objective is to hold dialogue and receive submissions on the implementation of the African Court judgement concerning the Ogiek ‘and other communities’; and proposals on how Kenya can best manage the relationships between communities and public institutions involved in management of concerned forests…….read more

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The Chair, NETFUND, Hon. Moses Akaranga and the CEO, Mr. Samson Toniok, distributing tree seedlings to students as the County Commissioner, Mr. Tialal and CEC, Env. Eng. Ouma look on

In collaboration with the Siaya County Government and other partners, the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND), has launched a tree growing campaign, that aims to increase the Siaya County forest cover, which at 0.41 percent, is the lowest in the Country. The tree planting and growing campaign, is in line with the Presidents clarion call for Kenyans to rally together to achieve the goal of 10 percent forest cover by 2022, considering the pivotal role forests play in realization of the big four agendas.

The campaign, that was launched at Maranda Boys High School  by the chair of NETFUND Board of management, Hon. Moses Akaranga, saw over 2,000 trees planted. The programme aims to compliment the Ministry of Environment & Forestry goal, of planting and growing over 250 million trees by 2022, an initiative which is part of the Governments strategy aimed at increasing Kenya’s forest cover, protecting and conserving habitats and curbing the vagaries of climate change.

The County Commissioner, Siaya, Mr. Michael Tialal planting a commemmorative tree during the campaign launch in Maranda.

Siaya County Commissioner Mr. Michael Tialal, Siaya County Environment and Water Minister, Eng. Adrian Ouma, and NETFUND CEO, Mr. Samson Toniok, among other senior national and county officials, attended the ceremony.

The CEO, NETFUND, Mr. Sam Toniok, planting a tree during the launch of the campaign in Maranda, Bondo.

Chair of NETFUND, Hon. Moses Akaranga planting a commemmorative tree at Maranda High Sch. during the launch of the campaign.

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The CAS with Busia Governor and other National and County officials creating Biodiversity awareness along Busia- Uganda road.

This year’s International Day of Biodiversity under the theme “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health ‘’, was marked at the Busia Agricultural Training Center, in a ceremony officiated by the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry, Hon. Mohammed Elmi, on behalf the Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Keriako Tobiko.

Speaking during the occasion, that was attended by the Governor, Busia County, H.E. Hon. Sospeter Ojaamong, Hon. Mohammed noted that, the day is marked all over the world on 22nd May each year, as part of the domestication of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), that was opened for signature in 1992 during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development that was held in Rio de Jenairo, Brazil. The convention came into force in 1993, and provides a framework for international action on conservation of biological diversity (the variety of life on earth), the sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of such resources.

The CAS presenting our Natural Capital Atlas to the Governor and his Deputy, as the Minister for Env., Busia County, looks on.

Noting that our biodiversity continues to suffer from pressures arising from population growth, expansion of agriculture, over exploitation of biological resources, climate change and invasive species, that has seen a decline in these resources in recent past, Hon. Elmi  observed that, the commemoration of International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) was indeed important for the Kenya, as it helps us reflect on the many challenges facing us and the actions we are undertaking at both national and county levels, in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on Biological diversity.

The CAS called for scientific assessments on biodiversity status; development of tools, incentives and processes to combat biodiversity loss particularly at county level; transfer of technologies and good practices; building partnerships and work relations with stakeholders and local community towards conservation of biodiversity efforts.

The CAS, watched by Busia Govnor, Hon. Ojaamong, planting a commemorative tree at the Busia Agricultural Training Center

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The PS, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, speaking during the National Validation Workshop of the Waste Bill, as the Director, EEAI, Dr. Ayub Macharia looks on.DSC_0713

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry will ensure a sustained environmental awareness among members of the public to ensure a sustained awareness creation on Environmental issues, especially waste management.

Speaking when he presided over the National validation workshop for the waste management Bill, Policy and E-Waste strategy at the Kenyatta International Convention Center, Nairobi, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed observed that, the three documents are guided by the circular economy; a principle which is a radical departure from the current practice where nobody wants to touch waste once generated, but is transferred to dumpsites.

The CEC in-charge of Environment, Nairobi County, Hon. Esther Kagogo, speaking during the Waste Bill National Validation Workshop at the KICC.

The Principal Secretary, who represented the Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Keriako Tobiko noted that, in the circular economy dispensation, every citizen, corporate, county government and national government will have a role to play that are clearly documented in the waste policy and bill, noting that, the policy recommends for the establishment of an inclusive waste management council to guide the development of the national waste management plan and review progress towards its implementation. Membership to this Council will be drawn from diverse key institutions including Counties and will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary in charge of environmental matters.

A cross-section of participants during the Validation workshop, following the proceedings.

The Principal Secretary reiterate the commitment of the national Government in ensuring Kenyans enjoy a clean and healthy environment as enshrined in the Constitution, and  urged every policy development player to play their roles and ensure that supportive legislative tools are in place as soon as possible.

The new law and policy is expected to be in place by December 2019.

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