Sunday, May 26, 2019

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed with officials from Global Environment Facility( GEF) International Fund for Agricultural Development ( IFAD) and the ministry during the briefing session at the ministry headquarters.

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr Ibrahim Mohamed has said the government is keen on partnering with development partners in implementing environmental conservation projects .

The  PS has said the environment is under constant threats from degradation activities and high population growth  which are exerting pressure on the ecosystems , and it will take concerted efforts between the government and development partners to restore.
The PS spoke today when he was briefed by officials from Global Environment Facility( GEF) IFAD and Government of Kenya mission to Upper Tana – Nairobi Water Fund ahead of a field visit to Muranga and Nyeri counties where they are implementing projects on environmental conservation.
Dr. Mohammed  called on GEF to replicate the environmental projects  they are undertaking in the maned counties to other parts of the country.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is implementing projects on behalf of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) under GEF which focuses on four thematic areas climate change, protecting land and water, provide food and water sustainably and build healthy cities.
The five year project which started in 2016 aims to attain a well-conserved catchment with improved water quality and quantity for downstream users.
The project also aims at maintaining regular flows of water; enhancing ecosystem services including food security, freshwater and terrestrial biodiversity, and improving human well-being and quality of life for upstream local communities.
The project has seen 50% reduction in sediment concentration in rivers, while 500,000 trees are planted every year and 196,000 acres of land are under sustainable management.
Ministry of Environment and Forestry Director for programs and projects Agnes Yobterik said that the partnership between GEF IFAD and the government will see the project upscaled to Eldoret and Mombasa counties.
She called on those implementing the projects to ensure the funds utilized for the intended purpose.

The officials follow discussion during the briefing

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Delegates at the circular economy event

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has challenged policy makers attending conferences like the just concluded United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA 4) to come with action plans that will help in implementation of resolutions adopted.

The CS spoke at the circular economy event co-organized by governments of Kenya, Japan and Finland at the sidelines of UNEA4.

The meeting discussions were centered on scientific and business oriented circular economy, with panelists exploring ways of making maximum use of resources for as long as possible, to extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

During the event CS Tobiko called on governments and policy makers to come up with a framework to help movement from linear to circular economy.

CS Tobiko said governments should provide incentives and technology for private companies and citizens that are finding safer solutions for the environment.

The CS said a circular economy creates new opportunities for growth, reduces waste, drive greater resource productivity and helps reduce the environmental impacts of production and consumption

Speaking at the event Japan Minister for Environment Yasuo Takahashi said that Japan will take lead in combating marine littering while his Finnish Minister for Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen said that there is need for effective education and rising of awareness on transition from linear economy to more resource efficiency circular economy.

CS AT CIRCULAR ECONOMY

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Most parts of the country continued to experience hot and dry conditions with only a few stations recording light rainfall.A comparison between the previous seven days (4th to 10th March, 2019) with the period under review (11th to 17thMarch, 2019) indicatesa general decrease in rainfall amounts throughout the country.

Suba Meteorological Station recorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of6.5mm. Other stations that received rainfall during the review period are Nyeri Meteorological…….read more

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cs with indiginious people

Ministry of Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has underscored the need for inclusion of indigenous people’s knowledge in the conservation and protection of natural resources.

 

Mr. Tobiko said indigenous people have vital knowledge and stands equal to science in their roles, emphasizing that they play a meaningful and essential role in protection of the environment.

 

“Indigenous communities’ knowledge on forests and other vital natural resources are helpful in conservation of the environment by protecting the forests, shrines and holy places” said the CS.

 

The CS spoke at the One Planet Summit held at the sidelines of Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 4).

A group of indigenous council of elders from Kikuyu led by Peter Munga, KAYA led by Kibabu Mohamed, Maasai led by Snr. Chief Rtd. Stephen ole Nkaru, HSC, Ogiek led by John Lobolo, Luo led by Prof. Ayiecho Olwenyi, Njuruncheke led by Lino Katheera, Mau led by Kelena Ole Nchoe represented their communities at the summit.

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Zimbambwen Senator and Minister for Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Hon Prisca Mupfumira meets with CS Tobiko at the sidelines of UNEA 4 (2) (2)

Kenya and Zimbabwe are working on a memorandum of understanding to build partnerships in relation to forestry and waste management.

The MOU which will be signed in June will focus on collaboration in respect to sharing best practices in restoration and rehabilitation of forests and landscapes, urban forestry and waste management.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary KeriakoTobiko and his Zimbabwe counterpart Hon HonPriscaMupfumira (Senator) and Minister for Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry agreed on the modalities on the sidelines of the UNEA 4 held in Nairobi.

The ZimbabweMinister was accompanied by Permanent Secretary MunesuMunodawafa and Ambassador SilibazisoManyonga among other dignitaries.

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CS.K.Tobiko shakes hands with the Italian Environment Land and Sea Minister, Sergio Costa, during the bilateral talks.

Kenya and Italy will collaborate in areas of waste management in a bid to improve the environment the two countries environment Ministers have affirmed.

Kenya’s Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary KeriakoTobiko and his Italian counterpart for Environment Land and Sea,Sergio Costa agreed on the cooperation during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations Environment Assembly at Gigiri, Nairobi.

It was revealed at the bilateral meeting that Ngong dumpsite in Kajiado County was at an advanced stage of getting decommissioned to be replaced with an environmentally friendly land fill to be established through the assistance of Italy.

The two colleagues discussed various areas of cooperation includingspecialized training of forest rangers and the fight against climate change through Africa Center for Climate and Sustainable Development inaugurated in Rome.

This Centre Minister Sergio noted will provide a fast-track, demand-driven mechanism for African countries to access grant resources that support policies, initiatives, and best practices on climate change, food security, access to water, clean energy, and accelerating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa.

 

CS Tobiko who was accompanied by the Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Mohammed Elmi among other technical officers thanked the Italian government for a long mutual beneficial partnership and collaboration that the two countries have enjoyed over the years.

He underscored Kenyan government commitment to address the issue of waste management by putting in place policies and legislations.

“We have finalized the sustainable waste management bill and e-waste regulations and we are working with counties of Mombasa, Kisumu and Kajiado to decommission Kibarani, Kachok and Ngong dumpsite respectively”. The CS said.

The Italian Minister was accompanied by Italian Ambassador to Kenya Alberto Pieri, Director of sustainable development and Environmental Damage Dott Giovanni Brunelli, Head of the Cabinet of Minister in the Ministry, Prof Pier Luigi Petrillo among others Ends.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the HLS of UNEA 4 at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi,Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the Nations to pull together as entities of one planet, to address the challenges of climate change that threatens the livelihoods of mankind.

Addressing delegates during the official opening of the High Level Segment (HLS), of the Fourth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), that defines global responses to climate change issues, President Kenyatta called on world leaders to work together one to address the threats of the phenomenon.

He Observed  that, despite Africa contributing only four percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, 65 percent of its  inhabitants have already felt the impact of droughts and flash-flooding.

The president added that the vagaries have become more frequent due to climate change and that deforestation and degradation of the environment, had ultimately undermined efforts towards biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation as well as adaptation.

However President Kenyatta Kenya was determined to achieve a 10% tree cover by 2022, up from its current level of seven percent.

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the same forum attended by heads of state  from the Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi, Madagascar’s Andry Rajoelina, Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, Rwanda Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente, World Bank’s interim President Kristalina Georgieva, acting UN Executive Director; Joyce Msuya; Kenya’s Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary, Keriako Tobiko and other world  Environment Ministers.

He noted that Kenya had delivered tremendous results on the fight against climate change adding that France will work with the country to increase the nationally determined contribution of renewable energy sources.

The Assembly brought together delegates from the membership of all 193 UN member states and will build on policies, partnerships and a culture of innovation that will support the solutions and systemic change needed for sustainability to thrive.

UNEA is the governing body of UNEP and the principal body of the UN in the field of the environment, and presents a universal platform for leadership on global environmental policy.

The theme of UNEA-4 is ‘’Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production’’,.

French President, Emmanuel Macron, addressing the HLS of UNEA 4 at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi,Kenya.

 

Inside the Prenary during the opening session of UNEA 4 HLS

 

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Environment CS Keriako Tobiko in a bilateral meeting with a delegation from Pakistan government led by Environment Minister Mr. Malik Amin

Kenya will borrow concepts from the Pakistan government on how to accelerate and manage the national tree planting project that is aimed at achieving the 10% tree cover.

From the programme dubbed the “Billion Tree Tsunami” Pakistan has managed to plant 1 billion trees in 5 years.
Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has said that learning lessons from Pakistan will help in Planting millions of trees across  the country to help tackle climate change and reverse environmental degradation just like Pakistan did.
The CS spoke today when he met Pakistan Minister for Environment Malik Amin at the sidelines of the on going UNEA4 confrence.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko in a bilateral meeting with a delegation from Pakistan government led by Environment Minister Mr. Malik Amin

Mr. Amin said that Pakistan will also borrow lessons from Kenya on the country managed to ban the single use plastic carrier bag.

Pakistan holds the Guinness World Record for most trees planted in 24 hours, set by the Sindh Forest Department in Thatta in June 2013 when a team of 300 volunteers planted 847,275 trees.
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PS, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed with Amb. Makena from KMUNEP with recipients of the GIA at UNEP, Nbi.

In line with the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) theme; of ‘’Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production’’, The National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) supported Green Innovations, were recognized during a reception hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, on behalf of the Kenya Government during the on-going Fourth meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 4) .

The event, that was held at the United Nations grounds at Gigiri, saw the founder of Continental Renewable Energy Ltd and the CEO’s of Funkidz Ltd; Ujuzi Kilimo solutions Ltd; Qtron Industries Ltd; Trace Eco solutions Ltd and Ukulima Tech Ltd, awarded for their passion in creating unique green initiatives.

The Green Innovation Award seeks to promote green growth and address the impacts of climate change, through efforts that contribute to a low carbon and climate resilient development pathway. Transitioning to a low carbon climate resilient development pathway can address future risks, thereby improving Kenya’s ability to prosper under a changing climate, while reducing the emissions intensity of a growing economy.

The function was presiding over by the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, who represented the Cabinet Secretary.

PS, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed welcoming delegates to the cock tail receiption at UNEPDSC_0371

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A few parts of the country particularly in the Lake Victoria Basin, Highlands West of the Rift Valley, Central and South Rift Valley and the Central Highlands received rainfall.However, a comparison between the previous seven days (25th February to 3rd March, 2019) with the period under review (4th to 10thMarch, 2019) indicatesa slight increase in rainfall amounts over few parts.

Kisii Meteorological Station recorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of101.0mm. Other stations that recorded significant seven-day totals include KakamegaMeteorological Station(51.8mm), KitaleMeteorological Station(31.8mm), Nyamira District Office in Nyamira County (30.4mm), Mukakula Farm in Bungoma County(28.0mm), Kapenguria Rainfall Station in West Pokot County (27.3mm), Suba Meteorological Station (20.8mm) and Busia Ministry of Water Offices(20.0mm)as depicted in Figures 1 and 2.

Kisii and Kakamega Meteorological Stationsrecorded heavy rainfall (20 – 50mm within 24hours) of 44.0mm on 5th March, 2019and 41.2mm on 7th March, 2019 respectively……Read more

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