Sunday, May 26, 2019
Pupils from one of the Primary schools in Lari, Uplands, in Kiambu County holding a bamboo tree during the launch to mark the Israel & Kenya's partnership on matters of forest conservation and Management.

Pupils from one of the Primary schools in Lari, Uplands, in Kiambu County holding a bamboo tree during the launch to mark the Israel & Kenya’s partnership on matters of forest conservation and Management.

The Israel Embassy in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources on Friday last week launched a three-block tree plantation and rehabilitation program in Uplands, Kiambu County which will cover 1,526 hectares.

While inaugurating the project, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu lauded the program saying it will foster forest protection and conservation across the country.

The CS said that the desire for the Embassy of Israel through the efforts of his Excellency the Ambassador, has opened the door for collaboration in the forest sector initially starting with the proposed adoption of three forest blocks in Kiambu county.

Prof. Wakhungu pointed out that the two forests, Nyamweru and Lari, which are part of the wider Aberdare forest ecosystem, are important water catchment forests and their improvement will contribute to the realization of national goals of rehabilitating and conserving the water tower forests.

The Cabinet Secretary said that Kenya and Israel have for many years had mutual cooperation by promoting activities geared towards the conservation of the environment and other natural resources in the country, a good example of cooperation being the November 2014, when MENR through Kenya Forest Service, participated in the 5th International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification, where Israel exhibited high levels of providing international leadership in the development of science and technology for the rehabilitation of drylands and deserts globally.

The CS additionally  said the launch of the National Forest Programme for the period 2016 to 2030 and which provides the strategic framework for forest policy, planning and implementation will significantly support the country’s  national efforts of revitalizing the forestry sector and improve capacity to with stand and recover from climate related stresses and disturbances.

The National Forest Programme was unveiled on 21st March this year during the International day of Forests which was held at Ramisi Primary School in Kwale County.

State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima who accompanied the Cabinet Secretary pronounced that Kenya has 5.2 million hectares of land which can be rehabilitated through tree growing aimed at attaining the 10 percent forest cover as enshrined in the country’s vision 2030.

Also present at the event were Ambassadors among them Israel Ambassador to Kenya Yahel Vilan and Kenya Forest Service Director Emilio Mugo.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu, Ambassador Yahel Vilan of Israel and PS Dr Margaret Mwakima in a jovial mood of celebrating the partnership to conserve 1,526 hectares in Uplands, Kiambu County. This will realize the National goals of rehabilitating and conserving the water towers.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu, Ambassador Yahel Vilan of Israel and PS Dr Margaret Mwakima in a jovial mood of celebrating the partnership to conserve 1,526 hectares in Uplands, Kiambu County. This will realize the National goals of rehabilitating and conserving the water towers.

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Rainfall Review

weatherSeveral parts of the country received rainfall during the past week. However the northern parts of the country continued to be mostly dry.

Kitui Meteorological Station recorded the highest seven-day total of 70.3mm.  This same station recorded the highest rainfall within one day (70.3mm on 16th April). Compared to the previous review period there was a marked decrease in rainfall amounts over most parts of the country. Figure 2 shows the spatial distribution of rainfall during the review period. Figure 3 shows stations that recorded heavy (>20mm/24hrs) and very heavy (>50mm/24hrs) rainfall during the review period………Read more

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The top managemetn of the Ministry during the signing ceremony.DSC_0062

The top managemetn of the Ministry during the signing ceremony.DSC_0062

Performance contracts are important tools for forward planning that remind us about the highlights of our annual work plans, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry  of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she presided over the signing ceremony of the Performance contracts for State Corporations under her Ministry, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, while each institution has its unique performance contract, the respective targets complement each other, noting that, the mandate of each respective corporation is most essential in ensuring a clean and healthy environment, as envisaged in our constitution.

Prof. Wakhungu called on the SAGAs under her Ministry to take their targets a notch higher and work together so that at the end, Kenya will have something to thank us for.

Performance contracting is a management tool for measuring performance against negotiated targets that are freely negotiated, specifying mutual performance obligations, intentions and responsibilities.

During the function, that was attended by the two Principal Secretaries in the Ministry, Mr. Charles Sunkuli of Environment and Dr. Margaret Mwakima of Natural Resources, the Management of the Kenya Water Towers Agency, National Environment Trust Fund, National Environment Management Authority, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Forest Service signed the Performance contracts.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu handing over the signed Performance Contract the chair, Kenya Water Towers Agency, Mr, Isaac Kalua, during the signing ceremony.DSC_0019

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu handing over the signed Performance Contract the chair, Kenya Water Towers Agency, Mr, Isaac Kalua, during the signing ceremony.DSC_0019

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3.Prof. Wakhungu addressing participants of the International Triple Helix Summit at Chandaria Centre, University of Nairobi.

3. Prof. Wakhungu addressing participants of the International Triple Helix Summit at Chandaria Centre, University of Nairobi.

Implementation of sustainable development goals and climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts require an integrated approach at local, national and international levels to succeed.

Synergies exist between the SDGs and the Paris Climate Change Agreement that recognizes that climate change is a reality that cuts across sectors and presents a threat to attaining sustainable development.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said this when she addressed participants of the international Triple Helix Summit at the University of Nairobi.  The Summit is the first of its kind on SDGs in Africa and it seeks to develop a roadmap for implementation, monitoring and evaluation for achieving SDGs.

Kenya is at the forefront of international efforts to address climate change and its related SDGs and the Ministry has developed robust policy and legislative frameworks, which will contribute towards the implementation of the SDGs and Paris Agreement, said Prof. Wakhungu.

She said development of these policies involved multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral engagement at both national and county government levels. The policy and legislative frameworks include Environment Management and Coordination Act, Climate Change Framework Policy, Climate Change Act, National Climate Change Action Plan, National Adaptation Plan, and the Green Economy Strategy.

Other efforts towards this course include Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC’s) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which builds on the strong foundation laid through these policies. Kenya’s NDC’s is also aligned with the national development agenda and Vision 2030.

Prof. Wakhungu informed participants that a Climate Change Resource Centre has been opened at Dagoreti to act as a one stop shop for Climate Change Information and Knowledge Management. This is one way of supporting advocacy, awareness, education and research at all levels to catalyze the implementation of these policy initiatives that will contribute to reduce adverse environmental impacts of our cities and towns.

1.Prof. Wakhungu is received at by Monica Kalenda, Senior Deputy Chief Conservator at KFS at Chandaria Centre, University of Nairobi where she addressed participants of the international Triple Helix Summit

1. Prof. Wakhungu is received at by Monica Kalenda, Senior Deputy Chief Conservator at KFS at Chandaria Centre, University of Nairobi where she addressed participants of the international Triple Helix Summit

The Implementation of SDGs and The Paris Agreement will require re-orientation of national investments and international partnerships as well as support in finance, technology development and transfer, and capacity building. For example, developed countries are obliged by the Paris Agreement to mobilize financial resources of USD100 billion by year by 2020 to assist developing countries with respect to both mitigation and adaptation.

The theme of the summit was “Accelerating the attainment of SDGs through ICT + Data”. The summit provided a platform to engage and share experiences among government, private sector, academia, and civil society on efforts towards achieving Sustainable Development as well as Kenya’s Vision 2030.

The Summit proposed the use of a “Quadra Helix” approach that takes into consideration the role of the Government, Private Sector, Civil Society and Academia in exploring the use of ICT and Data in accelerating the attainment of SDGs.

2.Prof Wakhungu at the Summit flanked by (from left) Monica Kalenda, Prof. Peter Mbithi, VC, UON and Mr. Kenduiywo from the Climate Change secretariat in the Ministry

2. Prof Wakhungu at the Summit flanked by (from left) Monica Kalenda, Prof. Peter Mbithi, VC, UON and Mr. Kenduiywo from the Climate Change secretariat in the Ministry

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CS Environment Prof. Judi Wakhungu and visiting Seychelles president Daan Faure during a game drive in the Nairobi National Park

CS Environment Prof. Judi Wakhungu and visiting Seychelles president Daan Faure during a game drive in the Nairobi National Park

Kenya and the republic of Seychelles will strengthen their partnership on conservation following a successful tour of President Daany Faure of Seychelles to Kenya.

The cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu revealed that the two countries will strengthen their cooperation and enhance environmental management for their mutual benefit.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu explains appoint to visiting Seychelles president (middle, in black top and glasses) during a visit in the Nairobi National Park.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu explains appoint to visiting Seychelles president (middle, in black top and glasses) during a visit in the Nairobi National Park.

The CS was speaking this morning when she conducted the president on a tour of the Nairobi national park to where they viewed different species of wildlife at the facility.

She noted that the two countries will further collaborate on the sea front to boost the blue economy and the safari tourism alongside capacity building in the various fields of cooperation.

Seychelles president Daany Faure is entertained by traditional dancers at the Nairobi National Park.

Seychelles president Daany Faure is entertained by traditional dancers at the Nairobi National Park.

President Faure’s entourage comprised two Ministers during the three day state visit. He had earlier signed various agreements with Kenya when he visited President Uhuru Kenyatta at state house Nairobi.

 

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The steering committee briefs the PS on the importance of establishing the Kenya Conservation Trust Fund of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013, to provide for independent Trust Fund

The steering committee briefs the PS on the importance of establishing the Kenya Conservation Trust Fund of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013, to provide for independent Trust Fund

The Kenya Wildlife Service in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy are working together to support the establishment of the Kenya Conservation Trust Fund.

The two organizations have through a Memorandum of Understanding agreed to amend section 23 of the Wildlife Endowment Fund -under the Wildlife and Management Act 2013, in order to provide for an independent trust fund that will be able to effectively attract substantial funding.

The Fund Steering Committee briefed and presented the proposal to the State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima who approved it. This was done in her office on 3rd April 2017. The PS’s endorsement now paves way for the establishment of the kitty.

In a memo dated March 21, 2017, the Fund Steering Committee (FSC) spearheading the talks have argued that establishing the kitty will play a vital role of effective wildlife assets conservation.

“It is recommended that the Wildlife Act 2013 be amended so that a Kenya Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund be established as an independent entity, and that includes not only an endowment fund but also other types of funds such as sinking and resolving funds, in order to attract a wider range of funding sources,” reads the FSC recommendation.

PS Dr Margaret Mwakima (center) and the Fund steering committee (FSC) for Kenya Wildlife Conservation Fund establishment, in the office of the PS at NSSF Building.

PS Dr Margaret Mwakima (center) and the Fund steering committee (FSC) for Kenya Wildlife Conservation Fund establishment, in the office of the PS at NSSF Building.

Acknowledging that a significant financial gap exists in terms of the amount of total funding needed for public protected areas and conservancies, the Committee has proposed that a long term funding is needed to mitigate impacts of fluctuating tourist income, shifting politics and the vagaries of international economics.

The committee further recommends that to effectively conserve the country’s wildlife assets, there is need for creation of sufficient space that meets the requirement of breeding habitat, migration corridors alongside dispersal areas.

“Because of rapid population growth and related factors, the public protected areas are insufficient islands by themselves. But combined with private and community conservancies, this comprehensive system of conservation areas can ensure sustainable conservation for these wildlife assets,” the steering committee states in its findings.

The Wildlife Act of 2013 establishes a Wildlife Endowment Fund to provide reliable and long term resources for national parks and conservation initiatives outside national parks.

The legislation mandates the Wildlife Endowment Fund to manage and restore protected areas such as national parks and conservancies.

Additionally the kitty will protect endangered species, habitats and ecosystems, support wildlife security operations alongside facilitating community-based wildlife initiatives.

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30th March, 2017

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli opening the Quality Service Improvement workshop at the Nairobi Safari Club. He is flanked by the Director, KMD, Mr. Peter Ambeje, Dr. Scott from USAID and Mr. Njoroge, from WD

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli opening the Quality Service Improvement workshop at the Nairobi Safari Club. He is flanked by the Director, KMD, Mr. Peter Ambeje, Dr. Scott from USAID and Mr. Njoroge, from WD

The country is facing severe drought as a result of climate change and there is urgent need for appropriate strategies to mitigate the effects.

As the source of scientifically authenticated analysed data and information, Kenya Meteorological Department plays a crucial role in ensuring the public has the necessary Early Warning information to make timely and well informed decisions.

Principal Secretary for Environment Charles Sunkuli said this today when he officially opened a Stakeholders workshop of the Kenya Meteorological Department’s Quality Service Improvement Program Program (QSIP) in Nairobi.  This program is among the many efforts being undertaken by the department to improve service delivery.

‘One of the challenges facing Kenyans, and humankind is climate change. Kenya Meteorological Department is assessed on a daily basis as the weather forecasts it issues daily, impact on the day-to-day activities’, said Sunkuli.

Kenya Meteorological Department in conjunction with USAID PREPARED Project has undertaken a survey to determine the needs of the public, its strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities available in ensuring efficiency in service delivery.

The USAID PREPARED Project has been working with KMD to develop products that are crucial for Agricultural Insurance, provision of agro-weather information for the Government sponsored Area Yield Insurance Index programme, which is now being implemented in ten Counties across the country.

QSIP has five phases of implementation and that the first two phases namely: Vision and Values; and Service Audit have successfully been implemented.

The workshop is part of the implementation of Phase III that deals with Service Improvement Planning and Implementation. The results of the survey will inform the development of an Action Plan to address the gaps identified.

Participants were drawn from UNEP, USAID, Central Bank, and national and county government officials.

A cross section of participants to the Quality Service Improvement Workshop in a group photo with the PS, after the official opening at the Nairobi Safari Club hotel.DSC_0063

A cross section of participants to the Quality Service Improvement Workshop in a group photo with the PS, after the official opening at the Nairobi Safari Club hotel.DSC_0063

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being shown the newly installed Kitui weather station than will also broadcast weather data in the local dialect.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being shown the newly installed Kitui weather station than will also broadcast weather data in the local dialect.

When you think of Budalangi, what comes to your mind? Floods. Yes, you are right,

but of late, nothing is reported about the perennial floods in the area. This is now a thing of the past. The people of Budalangi can now sit pretty and concentrate on improving their lives and developing the nation without worrying about their lives and destruction of property. Thanks to timely weather information provided by the Kenya Meteorological Department.

Ag. Director of the Kenya Meteorological Department Peter Ambenje says the government has invested heavily in weather equipment to ensure accurate information on all components of weather for use by various stakeholders.  He says the department has installed 72 automatic weather stations across the country which provide real time information on all aspects of weather including pressure, temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind etc every 10 minutes. The data is transmitted to Nairobi where it is analysed and disseminated to sector specific stakeholders who include aviation, marine, agricultural sectors, ministries, the media among others.

In the case of Budalangi, he said a flood forecast model was installed in Nzoia basin to undertake weather forecast everyday and broadcast the information through the community radio station 2-3 days before the floods for mitigation purposes. The community radio is located within the weather station and broadcasts weather and development news to the locals.

‘Installing an automatic weather station is very expensive’, revealed the seasoned climate scientist. ‘It costs not less than 3m’, he adding that the department has also installed complex and more expensive weather stations at all the airports in the country.

Mr. Ambenje said this during this year’s World Meteorological Day national celebrations held in Kitui County. The occasion was graced by the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry on Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu and attended by officials from the national and county governments.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu giving her keynote address during celebrations to mark the 2017 World Met day in Kitui.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has challenged climate scientists to intensify research on climate change to improve early warning systems and mitigation measures for disasters.

Prof. Wakhungu observed that understanding clouds is essential for forecasting weather conditions, modeling the impacts of future climate change and predicting the availability of water resources.

She noted that clouds are central to weather observations and forecasts but one of the key uncertainties in the study of climate change.  As a result of the significance of the condensed water vapor in the sky, there is need to understand better how clouds affect the climate and how a changing climate will affect the clouds as they play a critical role in the water cycle and in shaping the global distribution. The Cabinet Secretary said this during the World Meteorological Day celebrations held in Kitui County.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being shown the newly installed Kitui weather station than will also broadcast weather data in the local dialect.

The theme of this year’s celebrations Understanding Clouds” was selected to highlight the enormous importance of clouds for weather, climate and water resources.

The Cabinet Secretary said that Kenya Meteorological Department has established County Meteorological offices in all the 47 Counties that provide vital weather information to all the users within the local community. They have also helped Counties put in place mitigation measures which have been used to save lives, protect property and conserve the environment and aided in averting and reducing any weather related hazards.

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The PS State Department for Natural Resources Dr Margaret Mwakima signs an MOU on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources with Gatsby Africa for supporting the development of commercial forestry in Kenya

The PS State Department for Natural Resources Dr Margaret Mwakima signs an MOU on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources with Gatsby Africa for supporting the development of commercial forestry in Kenya

Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima of State Department for Natural Resources has today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and GATSBY Africa, in her NSSF Office.

The programme of GATSBY is designed to support the country’s National efforts of increasing timber production and creating higher income streams for investors in tree growing. Gatsby Africa is an English charitable company limited by guarantee, established to implement the Gatsby charitable foundation’s Africa programmes.

One of the Gatsby’s key objectives is to improve livelihoods by stimulating viable market in East Africa by contributing much in poverty reduction and alleviation. Gatsby will pursue this objective through the implementation of commercial forestry programme in Kenya (Kenya Commercial Forestry Programme).

Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima with Gatsby Africa Programme Director Luke Potter.

Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima with Gatsby Africa Programme Director Luke Potter.

Gatsby will support the development of planted forest sector in Kenya as envisaged in the National Forest Conservation and Management Act (2016) and Draft National Forest Policy, the National policy programme(NFP)2016, aligned to the objectives of the vision 2030.

The programme will work in co-ordination with the key public and private forestry stakeholders and private sector actors including farmers’ groups- referred to as- The Forest Sector Stakeholders.

It is therefore noted that;

  • Gatsby will seek to improve commercial viability of tree growing in order to add sustainable value to the sector.
  • Gatsby will seek to ensure that the programme delivers a long-term sustainable impact by seeking to support the development of local institutions providing commercial and public services to the industry.
  • The programme will seek to evaluate the opportunities for forestry to play a role in delivering sustainable bio-energy.
  • The programme will also seek to evaluate the potential for deriving benefits from climate finance and to access any environmental risks from climate change.

 

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The Government of Kenya and the County Government of Kajiado has identified disposal of solid waste for Kajiado County as a priority problem and has requested the Italian Government for assistance in financing the construction of a new sanitary landfill, under the proposed Integrated Waste Management Plan……Read More

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu giving her keynote address during celebrations to mark the 2017 World Met day in Kitui.DSC_0119

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being shown the newly installed Kitui weather station than will also broadcast weather data in the local dialect.DSC_0083

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REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS

Request for Public Comments, Views and Feedback on the Draft Meteorology Policy and Draft Meteorology Bill…Read More

THE KENYA METEOROLOGY BILL, 2019

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