Sunday, January 20, 2019

PS Ismail in group photo with the visiting GIZ and Ministry officials at his office.

The principal secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Al Noor Ismail has said Kenya is confident that its Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement will make a positive impact on climate change.

He said the Ministry of Environment and Forestry was determined to implement the Paris agreement on climate change and the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal protocol to reduce production and use of substances that emit powerful green house gases that cause global warming.

Kenya is currently implementing the climate change ACT while formulation of the National Climate Change Action Plan is at an advanced stage with high level stakeholder’s consultations going on after which it will be finalized for implementation.

The country enacted the Climate Change Act, 2016 aiming to provide a regulatory framework for an enhanced response to climate change and to provide mechanisms and measures to improve resilience to the long term alteration in weather patterns……read more

PS Ali N.Ismail when he hosted the GIZ officials at his office. He was accompanied by Richard Mwendandu and Marindany Kirui.


The 2018 short rainfall season is here with us and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in partnership with Ministry of Education is coordinating tree planting campaign through build-up activities which will culminate in the national tree planting season launch. The theme for the tree planting season is, “Panda Miti, Boresha Maisha”.

The build-up tree planting activities will be conducted in Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga, Kisumu, Siaya, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira for the Western region of Kenya; while the build-up activities for the Eastern region whose main tree planting season is the short rains, will be done in the following 14 counties: Kitui, Narok, Tana River, Embu, Kajiado, Garissa, Tharaka Nithi, Makueni, Wajir, Meru, Machakos, Mandera, Isiolo and Marsabit.

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) has constituted national teams from among its departments and Semi Autonomous Government Agencies which will move to the identified counties and link-up with County-level tree planting committees led by County Commissioners and Kenya Forest Service officers, County Governments and the other National Government officers in the counties to create synergies and to sensitise Kenyans on the need to undertake tree growing by taking advantage of the short rains…………read more


Rainfall continued to be received over several parts of the Lake Victoria Basin and the Highlands West of the Rift Valley. The Central and South Rift Valley, the Central Highlands and the Coast also recorded light to moderate rainfall as depicted in Figures 1 and 2. Comparison between the previous seven days (1st to 7th October, 2018) with the period under review (8th to 14th October, 2018) indicates a slight increase in rainfall amounts over the Lake Victoria Basin and the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Central and South Rift Valley, the Central Highlands and the Coast……read more




The Ministry is mandated to manage forest development policy which entails among other things the Conservation and rational utilization of all forest resources for social economic development of the Country. To undertake this mandate, section 27(1) of the Forest Conservation and Management Act, 2016 establishes a Trust Fund to be managed by a Board of Trustees. This Ministry is seeking to recruit persons to be appointed as Chairperson and members of the Board of Trustees of the Trust Fund.


The objects of the Trust Fund shall be to nurture, promote and support innovations and best practices in forest conservation and development including the support of –

  1. community forestry programmes;
  2. reforestation and afforestation programmes;
  3. forestry extension programmes;
  4. apprenticeships and vocational training; and
  5. programmes of payment for ecosystem services.



A person shall be qualified for appointment as chairperson or member of the Board of Trustee if such person-

  1. holds at least a post graduate degree from a university recognized in Kenya;
  2. has knowledge and experience of at least ten (10) years in matters relating to any of the following-
  3. management of natural resources;
  4. forest conservation and management;
  • public administration and planning;
  1. finance, accounting or economics;
  2. environmental law; or
  3. environmental science
  4. satisfies the requirements of Chapter six of the Constitution.



The duties shall include:-

  1. Determine the amounts of money payable in respect of any purpose for which the Fund is established and formulate the conditions for disbursement;
  2. Make necessary investments from the Fund for the realisation of the Fund’s objectives, in securities approved from time to time by the National Treasury; and
  • Keep and maintain audited accounts in such manner as may be approved by the National Treasury.

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Chief Administrative Secretary Mohammed Elmi assisted by participating learners cuts a cake to celebrate the inaugural Kenya Climate Change Art & Essay Competition 2018.

The Youth represent the largest group of people affected by climate change and will be required to deal with its future impacts cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has said.

He complimented the youth for understanding climate change and exploring possible ways to improve their lives and secure the future through public competitions.

The CS who is charge of Environment and Forestry observed that Climate Change is set to be a core subject in the national education curricula as stipulated in the Kenya’s National Climate Change Framework Policy and the Climate Change Act, 2016.

He added that in a bid to achieve the subjects’ target the Ministry of Education had introduced “Environmental Activities” as a new subject in the new competency-based curriculum.

The CS made the remarks in speech read on his behalf by the Principal Administrative Secretary Mr. Mohammed Elmi during the award ceremony of the inaugural Kenya climate change art & essay competition 2018, Nairobi edition held at the Kenya Meteorological Department, Dagoreti corner. He was accompanied by the principal Secretary Mr. Ali Noor Ismail.

Mr. Tobiko urged the youth to take advantage of the National Climate Change Resource Center, hosted within the Kenya Meteorological Department grounds to learn more about the subject.

The Centre has a physical and online library service, which can be accessed by the public, and is also equipped with conferencing facilities in addition to hosting the Kenya Climate Change Knowledge Management Portal (

The Portal has a section dedicated for children and youth and a physical Library with climate change books for children and the youth.

He said the Award Ceremony for Kenya Climate Change Art and Essay Competition 2018 was a special as it provided a platform for the learners to present their perceptions and participate in shaping their future. “this cannot be possible without the support of Ministry of Education and other partners” he noted.

The CS said the competition whose theme was Climate Change: Dream, Express, Act – Ota Jieleze, Tenda; enhanced awareness, knowledge and skills of the learners in understanding climate change and taking appropriate action as climate change ambassadors.


The Competition targeted learners from ages 6 to 19 years in all public, private and Alternative Provision of Basic Education and Training (APBET) schools with a category dedicated to learners with special needs.

Nairobi County schools were selected to be the first to participate in the Competition that will later be will be rolled out to other counties.

At the end of the competition 112 schools participated, among them 72 Primary Schools, 31 Secondary Schools and 9 Alternative Provision of Basic Education and Training (APBET) institutions.

There were over 3,900 eligible entries with 55% from female learners and 45% from male learners.

Environment and Forestry PS Ali Noor Ismail presents an award to one of the winners of the inaugural Kenya Climate Change Art & Essay Competition 2018, Nairobi Edition.
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Mr. Francis Kihumba (2nd left) of UPOPS Project explains a point to other team members in the presence of the officer in charge of the dumpsite (3rd left)

The Ministry, through the Unintentionally Produced Organic Pollutants (UPOPS) project is partnering with Mombasa County Government to address waste management issues in the County.

The project is helping the County address open burning of waste as this process emits harmful toxins into the atmosphere that cause health complications like cancer, bronchitis, brain damage and heart problems among many others.

The UPOPS project is also implementing the 3Rs; Recycle, Reuse, and Reclaim and is developing strategies to deal with medical waste among other waste management challenges. It also works with two other counties namely Nakuru and Kisumu on the same.

This informed the visit by a team of officers from the Ministry headquarters to Mwakirunge dumpsite while in Mombasa County ahead of the World Clean up Day event. The dumpsite is the only gazetted dumpsite in Mombasa County and it is situated on a 60 acre piece of land 28km from the city centre.

The team came face to face with poverty stricken families who scavenge in the dumpsite to eke out a living. The visit also revealed that the dumpsite is located in the middle of a village and that portends danger in terms of health complications for the residents.

A woman with a child strappped on her back leaves the dumpsite with her colection ready for sale to the middlemen.

This writer interviewed one of the residents who said he has been scavenging for items to resell at the dumpsite for the last 18years and has no alternative place to move to.  Evans Katana, 61 says middlemen buy a kg of carton boxes for ksh.3.00 and a kg of plastic bottles for ksh. 2.00. He appealed to both the national and county governments to link them directly to the market to save them from exploitation by middlemen.

In the vicinity, women could also be seen with children strapped on their backs scavenging in the smoldering dumpsite oblivious of the dangers they are exposed to. They have to live and contend with the flies, chocking smell, noise from trucks and waste collectors who they claim are a security risk among other risks.

The man in charge of the dumpsite Martha Mwololo said that the dumpsite receives about 600 tonnes of waste in a month and called upon the authorities to establish a recycling plant to deal with the waste. There were concerns that the dumpsite is situated along the flight path and this is dangerous to the planes overflying the area.









Participants march to Mama Ngina Drive to mark World Clean Up Day- 2018 (1)

The Ministry led the country in marking this years’ World Clean up Day that was held at Mama Ngina Drive in Mombasa County on Saturday 15th September.

This is a Day when volunteers from 150 countries gather to clean up mismanaged wastes from their surroundings. It is dubbed the ‘biggest civic action in human history’.  The Day also coincides with the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) which takes place every 3rd Saturday of September. Both international events are meant to heighten awareness and action towards eliminating pollution as well as promoting a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

The theme of this year is ‘let’s clean the world in one day’. Mombasa County Government set aside a whole week dedicated to different build up activities that included clean ups in all the sub counties, a women caucus forum that discussed the role of women in environmental management among others. The event was also marked in other counties to keep the environment safe and healthier.

The chief guest during the celebrations was the Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Mohammed Elmi who represented Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko. Mombasa County was represented by the Deputy Governor Hon. Kingi.

Hon. Elmi challenged all Kenyans to act responsibly by cleaning their surroundings noting that cleanliness is next to godliness.   He emphasized that we all have to do everything we need to do today to ensure the environment is protected. In his address, he singled out Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu counties to be piloted to spearhead proper waste management systems in the country.

World Clean Up day is a global campaign held annually on the third weekend of the month of September. The campaign was started in Australia in 1993 and is recognized by the United Nations.

The event was attended by the Executive Director, UN Habitat, UNEP country Programme Coordinator, Mombasa Deputy Governor, CECs, Chairman, Nema Board of Management, Director General Nema, Director Kefri, Director Climate Change Coordination and Programmes, Director Environmental Education and Awareness, senior national and county government officials among others.

Hon. Mohammed Elmi presents a certificate of appreciation to Maimuna Sharif, Executive Director,UN Habitat after a clean up exercise at Kenyatta Public Beach as prat of the activities to mark the Day.


The award that Ministry of Environment and Forestry won for being the Best Exhibition Stand during the just concluded Mara Day Celebrations held at Kilgoris, Narok County.

The Best Exhibition Stand award during the 7th Mara Day exhibition held on 15th September was captured by the Ministry of Environment and Forest.

The Mara day celebrations that is a joint undertaking between Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania was held at Kilgoris town, Narok County and attracted 21 exhibitors drawn from the Central government, County governments, NGO’s, agencies conservation agencies.

The occasion was graced by a high powered delegation from United Republic of Tanzania (URT) with whom Kenya shares river Mara.The day is celebrated alternately between the two countries.

The Cabinet Secretary for Water and Sanitation in Kenya Mr. Simon Chelugui was the Guest Honor.







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