Friday, September 20, 2019

The PS, Min. of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, with his Public Works counter-part, Prof. Paul Maringa, gesturing during the tour of the Naivasha dry port.

The Naivasha dry port will attract both local and international investors and create employment opportunities among other benefits. The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr.Ibrahim Mohamed has observed.

Speaking during an inspection tour of the on-going fencing off of the 1,000 acre Naivasha Dry Port land, Dr. Mohamed noted that, the Dry Port will eliminate the cost linked to delays at the Mombasa Port and spur economic growth within the corridor.

The PS, who was accompanied by the Principal Secretary, State Department of Public Works, Prof. Paul Maringa said, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, will ensure the Dry Port land is well conserved by planting trees, and called on the youth who have been engaged in the project to guard against pilfering of the construction materials, and at the same time co-exist as Kenyans.

A Dry Port is a Customs area, connected directly to a sea port by railway and road.

PS, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed and PS, Public Works, Prof. Paul Maringa, touring the Naivasha SGR terminus in Naivasha

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CS Keriako Tobiko poses for a group photo with Kikuyu Council of Elders .

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has decried the wanton destruction of forests which he says has derailed efforts to achieve the minimum threshold of 10% tree cover.

“For the last six years 31,000 and 75,000 hectares of plantation and natural forests respectively have been felled without replanting” The CS said.

He reiterated the need for massive tree growing where the country needs to plant atleast 1.8billion trees in five years which translates to about 360 million tree seedlings per year in order to achieve the bare minimum tree cover by 2022.

The CS said this will be achieved through concerted efforts from all stakeholders. His Ministry he said will embark on a Greening Kenya campaign which targets schools to grow and nurture trees as well as establishment of tree nurseries countrywide.

He spoke in his office today when he received council of Elder from the Gikuyu community.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has said Government did not come with forests from the skies, it found it with the communities living around it in prestine state and being protected and sustainably utilized.

“Communities have used forest resources such as honey, herbs, firewood and grass without destroying it and in accordance with laid down customs and traditions” CS said.

The CS acknowledged the role played by the Council of Elders such as the Kaya elders, NchuriNcheke among others in the conservation and preservation of forests and its resources.

He equated the power of curses administered by elders in the event one destroyed the forest as worth more than 100 forest rangers.

He urged the elders to ensure while performing their sacrifices and offering prayers they protect and replant degraded sites in the forests.

The CS was speaking today in his office, when he met with the Kikuyu Council of Elders Association lead by its Secretary General Rev Peter Munga.

The elders proposed a partnership with the Ministry in conservation of forest and forest resources as they perform their prayers and sacrifices in forests.

CS Keriako Tobiko joins traditional prayers conducted by Gikuyu Council of Elders at his Office.

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A depleted hill top in Makueni County- Forests help stabililize the climate by regulating ecosystems and play an intergral part in the carbon cycle.

The current trend of weather patterns where most counties are experiencing an increase in temperature and a decline in rainfall is threatening agricultural practices. This has caused reduction in food supply in the country, affecting production and nutrition thus it is a high time to adopt alternative farming methods that are climate compatible and have less reliance on rain-fed agriculture.

Speaking Thursday in a meeting in Nairobi on a study done by the Kenya Market Trust (KMT) on climate change resilience in the context of the Kenya’s Big Four Agenda, State department of Agriculture Principal Secretary Prof. Hamadi Boga said transformation of agriculture sector can only be effective with the presence of various initiatives.“Investment in research and data and monitoring of food system risks that aims to promote sustainability, climate resilience and crises management can be possible initiatives to transform the agriculture sector”, he said.

ROLL- A farmer in Mukaa sub-county, using oxens during a planting season- There is need to adopt alternative farming methods, that are climate combatible and have less reliance on rain-fed agriculture.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Director of Agriculture Research and Innovation, Mr Mwangi Harry Gioche, the PS noted that the KMT’s initiative to conduct climate change research will identify the potential of the ASAL areas in an effort to and improve the quality of life for the population living in these regions .This will in turn, he said contribute towards achievement of Food Security and manufacturing in the country but added that this can only be done through the application of research and innovation to counter climate change and achieve compatibility as a step towards attaining resilience and Food security in the ASAL’s. “The main drivers of this change will be the counties who are the bedrock and agriculture being a devolved function, I want to encourage county representatives in this forum to take up the challenge and advocate for the adoption of Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS) in their counties,” Prof. Boga said.

ASTGS, is a 10 year blue print the government launched recently and seeks to increase agricultural output and value addition and promote knowledge & skills, research and innovation. The PS noted that being decision makers in the Counties, counties will have a better understanding of the profiles in their localities be involved in co-creating food resilience interventions to promote ownership, after which they can develop operational plans targeting food and feed resilience issues relevant to their people.

Dr. Mohammed Said Yahya, an associate climate change and adaptation expert from University of Nairobi and a researcher with Norwegian University said that currently the main concern at the global level is increase in temperatures and variability of climate.“The recent temperature discussion is 1.5 degrees and this conversation started here in Kenya but unfortunately little has been done within the region to address on the deliberations”, he said. Dr. Yahya noted that insights of the ‘Pathway to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) project study that took five years was to come up with impact of the temperatures by first understanding the past history in terms of change of rainfall and temperatures.

Out of a study done in Kenya, 21 counties that the study was undertaken, he explained that 15 of them saw decreased rainfall and only 6 counties experienced just a slight increase in rainfall. In terms of temperatures, all the counties temperatures were increasing and where there were minimum temperatures, they were even higher at night than by day. Within the country, he said the hotspots areas mainly Turkana, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and Laikipia temperatures which are above 1.5 degrees. The implication of slight changes in temperature even with 0.5 degrees, Dr. Yahya said has big impact in both crop and livestock which are the main livelihoods of many pastoralists and communities in arid lands.

The importance of the study was to see what the impact of the changes in production systems within this counties are and this calls Kenya to change the way business is being done as it is an opportunity. “Climate change is not always a curse, there are winners and losers and an example we have in Kenya is increase in the population of sheep and goat and camel but decrease in cattle”, he said noting that Kenya however has the fifth largest livestock population in Africa and there is therefore need to use its resources to value add.

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Wanton destruction- CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, with Mbooni MP, Hon. Kivaso and the CCF,Mr. Kamau, pointing at a tree trump that was left by loggers at the Kivale forest.

Four Kenya Forest Service (KFS) officers attached to Mbooni conservancy, Makueni County have been interdicted for allegedly abetting and aiding illegal logging and charcoal burning in Kivale Forest.

The Ecosystems Conservator; the Chief Inspector; the forester; and the ranger, will face disciplinary action together with their accomplices.

Speaking at the Kivale Forest, in Mbooni Sub-County, Makueni, after a fact finding mission following public outcry from local leaders and residents, that, illegal logging and charcoal burning was taking place in the forest despite the existing ban, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of  Environment and Forestry, Mr.  Keriako Tobiko, took the opportunity to sent a stern warning to KFS officers, Regional and County Commissioners and local administrators that they risk losing their jobs, if they will not stop forest destruction under their jurisdiction.

“I wonder who has the audacity and guts to defy a Presidential directive, to protect forests “the CS posed.

The CS said that, the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), will be brought on board to investigate and arrest the illegal loggers.

The CS directed both the KFS and Kenya Water Towers Agency (KWTA), to come up with a restoration program of Kivale forest and other forest blocks in Makueni County in the next two weeks.

He also directed the Kenya Forest Service to ensure that an operational Community Forest Association for the Mbooni conservancy is constituted within the next 30 days.

The CS was accompanied in the tour by the Makueni Senator, Hon. Mutula Kilonzo Junior, who supported  the formation of the Community Forest Association (CFA), and called on the protection of whistle blowers, who were giving crucial information on destruction of the forest.
Present during the function were, the KFS chairman Mr. Peter Kinyua, the KWTA chairman Dr. Julius Malombe, the Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr.Julius Kamau, the Mbooni Member of Parliament, Hon. Erastus Kivasu, Makueni Member of Parliament, Hon.Daniel Maanzo, the Mbooni West Deputy County Commissioner, Mr. John Kibe Maguta and the Makueni County Assembly majority Leader, Hon. Kyalo Mumo, among others.

Action- CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko exchanging views, with Makueni Senator, Hon. Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, CCF, Mr. Kamau and Mbooni MP, Hon. Kivaso, at the Kivale forest.

 

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PS Ali Ibrahim(R) with his counterparts Prof. Fred Sigor,Dr. Chris Kiptoo and Harry Kimutai.

The Principal Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forestry Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed has said that the government will in the next four years distribute two billion tree seedlings to farmers countrywide.

 The  PS said that the seeds will be distributed through various government institutions and agencies, to boost the government campaign to increasing the country forest cover to 10 to per cent  in bid to deal with climate change.

 In line with this, North Rift region has this year received 25 million seedlings with 90 per cent so far planted according to the North Rift head of conservancy Benson Kinyili.

 Kinyili said four million seedlings have been planted in Elgeyo Marakwet County which aims to increase its forest cover from the current 37 per cent to 45 per cent in 2022, while Uasin Gishu County targets to double its cover from 7.6 per cent to 15 per cent over the same period.

 Speaking during a tree planting exercise in Sabor Forest in Elgeyo Marakwet County, the PS Department of Trade Dr. Chris Kiptoo said 30,000 indigenous trees will be planted in 40 hectares of the forest saying so far 18,000 seedlings have been planted in 25 hectares with plans to complete the remaining 15 hectares by next week.

 Dr. Kiptoo said the exercise under the Kaptagat integrated conservation programme aims to revert the Sabor forest which is a major source of water to both Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties to its original status in the next two years.

PS Mohamed Ibrahim giving a certificate of participation to a Kimore white star player.

 The PS said the exercise which started three years ago has seen approximately 100 hectares re-afforested with about 90 per cent survival rate.

 His livestock counterpart Harry Kimutai said his department was working with farmers through the Small Dairy Conservation programme to sensitize them on the need to plant fodder for their animals.

  “This will go a long way in ensuring that farmers have feeds for their animals and will therefore not take their animals to the forest which destroys the young seedlings,” he said.

  Speaking during the same function, Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos called on the national government to work with the county to have the entire escarpment gazzetted as a water tower to fight its continued destruction which has led to loss of life and property.

 He also urged wananchi to take advantage of plans by the Kenya Water Towers Agency  to establish a bamboo factory in Kaptagat and plant bamboo which he said will help in conserving the escarpment as well as earn income for farmers.

 “Residents have been saying they cultivate the escarpment due to diminishing land, we now have the bamboo which mature after four years and with its many uses will earn them more money,” he said.

  He also expressed concern over the illegal trading in cedar which he said was rampant in Embobut and Cherangany water towers and called on security agencies to take stern action in anyone found engaging in the illegal business.

 The governor also called for the replacement of eucalyptus planted along rivers with bamboo.

PS Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed waters a tree seedling during the tree planting exercise at Sibor forest.

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Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko while addressing locals in Kikima market

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko has interdicted four Kenya Forest Service (KFS) officers in Makueni over illegal logging in Kivale forest, Mbooni sub-county.

The four, County Ecosystem Conservator Joseph Wakiaga, Mbooni Forest Manager John Gonanae, Officer In charge of enforcement James Yatich and Corporal Harun Gachii, are accused of colluding with businessmen to conduct illegal logging leading to wanton destruction of the forest.

Tobiko made the announcement after touring the forest and holding a series of meetings with top Government officials, local leaders and the community at Kikima market.

The interdictions followed complaints from the local community over destruction of the forest despite the moratorium issued by the government in 2018.

The CS said that his Ministry will conduct thorough investigations and those found culpable for abetting the illegal activity will be punished accordingly.

He castigated the four officers for misleading him on the state of the forest despite persistent complaints from the community and their leaders.

“It was quite unfortunate that I had to send the Chief Forest Conservator Julius Kamau and Kenya Water Towers Agency chairman to establish the reality on the ground because the four officers continued giving false information,” said Tobiko.

Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko listens to Alex Lemakoko Commander in Charge of KFS rangers during a tour of the Kivale forest in Mbooni sub county following complaints of illegal logging.

The CS directed that massive restoration of Kivale forest and all other Gazetted forests in the county be done and promised to provide tree seedlings for the exercise.

He called on the residents to form Community Forest Associations (CFA) to protect, conserve and manage the forests in the area.

Tobiko pledged to send an officer to the county to guide residents on the formation and management of CFAs.

The CS appealed to the residents to give information on any illegal logging within the forest and promised to take stern action against those found engaging in such  activities.

“There will be no sacred cows. Those found guilty will be prosecuted accordingly,” he warned.

Speaking at the same forum, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr termed the destruction of Kivale forest as devastating and called on the government to dismantle the cartels involved in the illegal logging.

“Those felling trees in the forest are well connected criminals who operate with a lot of impunity,” he said.

He called on local leaders to desist from politicizing Kivale forest destruction saying such a move will hamper efforts to curb the degradation of the forest.

Mbooni MP Erastus Kevasu called for thorough investigations devoid of witch hunting and malice. “Let the institutions charged with investigations do their work properly and bring the culprits to book,” Kevasu said.

Kivale forest sits on government land measuring approximately 1000 hectares. It is one of the main water towers in Mbooni sub-county.

 

 

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Some of the eco-toilets built by Green Belt Movement at Rongai grounds. The environment conservation advocate says the toilets are useful in conserving the environment.

The Green Belt Movement is investing in a new ecofriendly toilet technology that replaces the traditional pit latrines in a bid to increase access to sanitation facilities in schools within rural areas in Nakuru County.

Eco-bio toilet is an odorless toilet that does not need flushing and can serve a school for indefinite period as it consists of an aerobic digester system through which waste is quickly broken down by bacteria.

The Eco-bio toilet project coordinator John Waweru Ngahu says the sanitary facility is designed to be constructed even from locally available and recycled materials such as discarded plastics and steel which ease the cost of construction yet provide s improved control for diseases.

“The way the loo is designed, it will never get filled up so the issue of digging everywhere after every few years will not arise,” says Ngahu

The innovation is designed to provide an inexpensive and easy-to-operate alternative for traditional waste disposal.

Ngahu asserts that tests have proven that the Eco bio toilet system which treats human waste at the source with no need for transport does not contaminate the environment or groundwater.

“It has no energy requirements and no heavy infrastructure. It also yields pathogen-free water that can be used for other purposes” he states.

Green Belt Movement Project Coordinator John Waweru inspecting a newly constructed eco-bio toilet.

The three year project which seeks to address growing concerns about the sorry state of toilets in learning institutions across the county is being piloted in six primary schools before being eventually rolled out in 56 more primary schools.

It is equipped with a ventilation system which includes a fan that uses wind power while the roof is made from translucent material that allows in adequate light to rule out the need for an electric bulb at night.

The ventilation unit ensures that the toilet remains odourless and pathogen-free in the process of breaking down waste.

Ngahu explains that Eco-bio toilet has separate compartments for urine and stool which enables separation, and easier management of solid waste.

A pack of bacteria is poured into the loo after every two months to aid in conversion of the waste. Urine is then turned into Ammonium Phosphate (Urea), a highly concentrated liquid fertilizer while the stool is converted to ash.

“The liquid fertilizer is pathogen free and odourless, safe to use and perfect for agriculture.

This innovation makes it possible to reduce environmental pollution and limit water wastage contrary to conventional toilets found in homes and learning institutions,” states the Project coordinator

To Ngahu, the Green Belt Movement initiative dubbed “Improving access to safe clean water, sanitation and hygiene promotion in Nakuru County” is the perfect solution for the poor state of school toilets in the country and is confident that the concept will address sanitation issues faced by most schools.

“When you dig a pit latrine, you will use a lot of resources and every two or three years you have to do it all over again but at Green Belt we are donating the ecofriendly toilets for free,” he says.

At Kianjoya Primary School in Nakuru’s Pipeline estate, the six new-look loos have phased out pit latrines.

“The children no longer go to the pit latrines we have. They would rather queue to use the eco-bio toilet” says Peter Muteru, the head teacher.

He says the new toilets had reduced the school’s water and electricity demands. The institution has 700 pupils.

The new toilet is also more child-friendly than the accident-prone traditional pit latrines.

At Likia Primary School within Njoro-Sub-County where the Green Belt movement has constructed 8eEco-bio toilets, the head teacher Catherine Mwangi says the initiative has improved health and dignity of the over 600 pupils from poor backgrounds.

“Women and girls are the biggest beneficiaries of Eco-bio toilet technology. The loos provide them a sense of security and dignity and contribute to girls’ school attendance” observes Ms Mwangi

UN-Habitat estimates that over 500 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have inadequate access to sanitation.

“In Kenya, approximately 19 million people lack access to sufficient sanitation, a cause for a host of bacterial diseases and infections. That’s an alarming statistic and signals the need for something to be done.

Nakuru County Deputy Director of Partnerships Dr. Torome Kochei says the devolved unit in conjunction with the public health department was supporting Green belt movement’s initiative to improve sanitation in primary schools

The shortage of toilets and proper sanitation public primary schools is still a major concern. Many lack access to adequate sanitation, which increases the risk of water contamination and diseases.

“In the 2017-2018 period the county reported 300,000 cases of diarrhea diseases and 600,000 upper respiratory tract infections all caused by poor sanitation. This project has the potential to bring down the disease burden in the county,” says Dr. Kochei

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CS Tobiko addressing the parcicipants during thy workshop

Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called on disadvantaged African countries to develop a common position in the upcoming 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to seek  favorable policy and funding to mitigate effects of climate change.

The CS said today that 80% of Green House Gases (GHG) come from developed countries, while Africa generates 4%, and it bears the burden of  the negative effects of climate change.
Mr.Tobiko was speaking today, when he opened the Regional Dialogue on Indigenous People and Southern Civil Society Organizations Workshop on REDD+ at SafariPark Hotel Nairobi.
‪He said that the common position will also help to enforce the polluter pay policy , for the industrialized countries to take action to mitigate effects of climate change.
The CS said that nature based solutions will provide answers to climate change challenges.
The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) programme aims at providing forest -dependent indigenous people.
The CS raised a red flag that the county’s forests cover continue to be depleted at an alarming rate, saying the role of indigenous communities in conservation cannot be underscored.
After opening the workshop , the CS with the delegates drawn from different African countries planted to over 240 trees at Karura Forest.
FCPF is a global partnership of governments , businesses ,civil society  organisations and Indigenous People (IPs) focused on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.

CS Keriako Tobiko assisting a delegate to plant a tree at Karura forest

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CS Keriako Tobiko Adressing the participants duning the workshop.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called on industrialized nations to help pollution hit countries cope with the catastrophe as stipulated in the polluter pays principal.

“The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is very clear that countries that pollute the most must help the countries that suffer the most and pollute less in terms of financial contributions, capacity building and technological transfer” the CS observed.

Mr. Tobiko said industrialized and developed countries who measure their GDP in terms of profit margins rather than sustainability have a moral, ethical and legal obligation to pay for their emissions that adversely non-polluters.

The CS was speaking when he opened a regional workshop on indigenous women participation in a conservation program known as “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) processes in Africa at a Nairobi hotel. It was attended Women from various parts of the world.

The workshop aimed at discussing how best to mainstream gender and strengthen the role of Women in REDD+ processes and subsequently the war on climate change.

“75~80% of worldwide emissions comes from G~20 countries, only 4 percent of the emissions comes from Africa, yet we bear the brunt and burden of the effects of environmental pollution and climate change” he lamented.

World Bank’s official Kilara Suit on his part said that climate change exposes women to discrimination since there is increased work load, as they work over time to ensure food is available.

“World Bank is keen on delivering capacity building programs and financial support to women on substance environmental conservation,” she confirmed.

University of Nairobi’s Prof. Patricia KamoriMbote noted that when you talk about environment without touching on women then something is amiss, further reaffirming that for women to be included adequately to environment conservation issues, there should be interventions to assist in achieving the goal.

“ There  should be a movement that advocates for not only women but also other key stakeholders that are underrepresented, high level political engagement to rally for women participation on environment conservation, intellectual engagement for women to make them more involved in environment conservation and also building networks to marshal women to participate in talks of environmental conservation,” she affirmed.

Kamori further added that women should be given right to own land since it would be a key factor in influencing how they can put land to optimum use.

The meeting brought together participants from 22 countries of Asia, Latin America and Africa.

participants following proceeding during the two day workshop on women participation in REDD+ processes in Africa.

 

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Single use plastic bottles and containers clogging a stream at a section where River Njoro drains into Lake Nakuru.

Conservationists have raised the red flag over the increased discharge of single use plastic bottles into Lake Nakuru, that is threatening its eco-system.

 

Lake Nakuru National Park Senior Warden Catherine Wambani says, at least 30 to 40 tonnes of single use plastic bottles found their way into Lake Nakuru National Park every rainy season, posing danger to the wildlife and were a threat to one of Kenya’s most visited parks.

The single use plastic bottles’ waste generated from Nakuru town centre and the neighbouring estates is swept into the park through River Njoro, the main life line of Lake Nakuru.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has challenged Nakuru County government to take drastic measures to curb the plastic bottle menace as they were non-biodegradable and were harming animal and aquatic life.“If this continues unchecked, the lake will eventually be too toxic for the current aquatic life as well as herbivores that often come into contact with non-biodegradable material leading to their deaths,” Wambani said.

“This new pollution challenge from the town is getting out of hand. When it rains, flood water carries tonnes of plastic waste into the lake and thereby killing it slowly,” says Wambani adding that, every week, over 500 kilogrammes of plastic bottles are collected from the park and this increases during heavy rains. Ms. Wambani revealed that last month alone, 28 tons of single use plastic bottles were retrieved from a screen constructed at a point where the River flows into the Lake.

The county government, stated Ms. Wambani, needs to allocate enough funds to solid waste management.“There is a need for adequate funding in waste management. We want to see the current situation of the dumping sites spilling over rectified. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has done its part by launching an infrastructure spatial plan for Lake Nakuru National Park to help mitigate pollution of the wildlife habitat and conserve affected species of wildlife whose population is fast dwindling,” says the Senior Park Warden.

Two years ago, Kenya banned the use, manufacture and sale of environmentally harmful plastics, polythene bags and packaging materials. The ban was challenged but the courts upheld it.

Christine Wangari, the Executive Director to Multi-Touch International, an environmental Conservation nongovernmental organization involved in the rehabilitation and clean-up of the river says she was engaging a section of Members of Parliament to draft legislation to ban the single-use of bottles, plastic straws, cutlery, and cups that were chocking waterways in the country. Ms. Wangari says the ultimate source of the problem – Kenyan’s ‘newfound’ dependence on throwaway plastic products – should be tackled through total ban on single use plastic containers. “Single use plastic bottles are now a major cause of pollution and reduce the habitats. We have come across animals entangled with these bottles. If ingested by the wildlife, they end up dying and pull back our efforts on conservation. We must ban plastic bottles and give another industry an opportunity to fill the gap created,” she said.

The county government of Nakuru should seriously undertake its mandate of ensuring that litter is collected and disposed of well, so that it’s not swept into the park when it rains,” says Wangari. “We are now diverting resources that are meant for other purposes into retrieving plastic bottles from the Lake and River Njoro. This is unnecessary wastage. The bottles are also an eyesore to tourists visiting the park,” states Ms. Wambani.

The National Geographic rated Lake Nakuru the second most colourful lake in the world after Christmas Island in Australia. Having been declared a national park and Rhino sanctuary respectively in 1961 and 1983, there are approximately 45 black and 31 Southern White rhinos today, and more than 450 bird species like flamingos and pelicans.The park is also home to 50 other mammal species, including lions, leopards, buffaloes and it also hosts rare plant life.

 

In June this year, while addressing the “Women Deliver 2019 Conference,” in Vancouver Canada, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a ban on single-use plastic bottles in beaches, national parks, forests and conservation areas. In effect, this means Kenyans going to the beach or national parks are banned from carrying water bottles, plastic plates, plastic cups as well as plastic spoons and forks.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui says the County Government and the German Development Bank are fine-tuning a Sh3 billion solid waste management programme that will help to reduce deposits of waste to Lake Nakuru. Kinyanjui notes that the upgrade of the current 40 year old sewerage system in Nakuru town would enhance separation of storm water a main culprit in sweeping plastic bottles into water bodies from waste water from residential areas for appropriate filtering and safe disposal.

The development comes after the Kenya Wildlife Service reported that 145 buffaloes translating to 3.45 per cent of the total population of 4, 100 buffaloes within Lake Nakuru National Park died of the highly infectious anthrax disease that is caused by bacteria. Two others died in Soysambu Park. The County boss says mutual waste recycling partnerships with wildlife stakeholders within Nakuru town anchored on Reducing use, Recycling and Reusing (3Rs) model is significant in conserving the wildlife.

Scientists say years of improper waste direction to Lake Nakuru from Nakuru town has increasingly hampered growth of algae in the lake leading to migration to other places of flamingoes and other bird species. Ms. Wangari further regrets that the effluent that flows into the lake has changed the Ph from 5.86 to 7, making it unsuitable for wildlife. “Safeguarding our environment ranks on the top of the list of our administration. We understand that when our environment is safe our people prosper, but when it is polluted and damaged their livelihoods standards are injured,” she states.

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The Ministry of Environment and Forestry with support from the USAID/UNDP funded Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) Project supported capacity development of Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutions (TVETs) to offer training on design, installation, repair and maintenance of solar photovoltaic and solar water heating systems. These efforts were done in collaboration with the Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Ten (10) TVETs were supported in SPV and SWH training of trainers (ToT) and provision of training equipment. The Project also facilitated the development of a National Solar Water Heating Training Manual.

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CS Keriako Tobiko giving his opening remarks during the regional workshop on women participation in REDD+ processes in Africa at a Nairobi Hotel.

Women from poor, forest-dependent communities play a key role in the management of forests yet they are marginalized from decision-making and sharing the benefits of climate investment finance Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has said.

“They don’t sit in council of elders that make decisions at community level, these are our mothers and yet they are the repositories of our cultural, traditional and intellectual property” The CS noted.

Mr.Tobiko said that it is sad that women were  not allowed to sit where decisions were made for their voices to be heard and therefore played  no role in controlling resources and  they do not receive even a penny from the billions that accrue from this exploitation.

He however called on the meeting to emulate Mikoko Pamoja an initiative from Gazi in Kwale County that has brought together ordinary women who have planted mangroves and were able to restore 100 acres and are now reaping from carbon credit.

A group photo of participants possing for a during the regional workshop on women participation in REDD+ PROCESSES in Africa. (1)

The CS was speaking when he opened a regional workshop on indigenous women participation in conservation program known as “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) processes in Africa at a Nairobi hotel. It was attended Women from various parts of the world.

He said that Africa lacked sufficient financial and technical resources to design, implement and effectively monitor forest-based climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The workshop was also attended by various local women organizations alongside officials of the world bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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