Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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

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THE KENYA METEOROLOGY BILL, 2019…Read More

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METEOROLOGY POLICY….Read More

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The Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Mohamed Elmi and the PS, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, presenting a copy of Kenya’s Natural Capital to Hon. Mwangi Githiomi, chair of Senate Env. Committee.

Senate and National Assembly members of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee have called for sustained environmental awareness among members of the public in order to achieve behavioral change.

Members of the Senate Committee for Environment, Lands and Natural Resources and those from the Parliamentary Committee for Environment and Natural Resources, have both called on the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to ensure a sustained awareness creation on Environmental issues, especially waste management.

Speaking during an informal sensitization and consultative meeting between the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the Parliamentary and Senate Committees on Environment in a Mombasa hotel, the chair of for the Senate Committee on Environment, Lands and Natural Resources and Nyandarua Senator, Hon. Mwangi Githiomi and his Parliamentary counterpart, Hon. Kareke Mbiuki, and Maara MP, both vouched for support of the draft Waste Policy, Bill,  E-Waste Strategy and the National Climate Change Action Plan.

The meeting sought to consult the law makers on the draft waste policy, bill, E-waste strategy and the National Climate Change Action Plan and receive in-put and the way forward in fast tracking the enactment of the Waste Policy and Bill.

While opening the forum on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko, the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry, Hon. Mohamed Elmi noted, that the Waste Management Policy and Bill are guided by the circular economy principles, which is a radical departure from the current practice where nobody wants to touch waste once generated, but is transferred to dumpsites.

In the circular economy dispensation, every citizen, corporate, county government and national government have their roles clearly documented in the waste policy and bill.

The documents emphasize individual responsibility for waste even as it emerged that the country was currently producing 22 million tons daily against an individual generation of 0.2 kilograms.

Addressing the workshop, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed said the Ministry will ensure the views of both committees are incorporated in the draft Bill, before its validation and presentation to the Cabinet.

A group photo of participants during the sensitization workshop for MPs and Senators on the Waste Bill at a Mombasa hotel

 

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WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE NEXT SEVEN-DAY PERIOD VALID 7TH TO 13TH MAY, 2019…..Read More

 

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 THE NATIONAL SUSTAINABLE WASTE MANAGEMENT BILL, 2019(Revised Draft)…Read More

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The National E-waste Management Strategy is a five-year plan covering the period 2019/20 to 2023/24. The E-waste Strategy has five thematic areas aimed at resource mobilization for proper E-waste management, raising awareness, strengthening   Kenya’s E-waste coordination structures  at national  and county levels, put in place a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for E-waste management, promote research and innovation in E-waste management  and have legal and regulatory framework for E-waste management in Kenya…..Read More

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Waste is a resource that can be managed to achieve economic, social and environmental benefits. Addressing the waste management challenge effectively in Kenya is critical to delivering on Kenya’s constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment for all, advancing the circular economy to create green jobs and wealth from the waste sector, and realisation of the nation’s sustainable development goals. Sustainable waste management is also fundamental to delivery of each of the government’s “Big Four” national priorities the transformational agenda on housing, manufacturing, food and nutritional security and health care and to Kenya’s leadership in the blue economy, with its focus on creating economic growth, ensuring healthy waters and building safe communities….read more

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The Chief Admi. Secretary, Hon. Mohamed Elmi, opening the Global Gender Workshop on NDC impementation at the Safari Park hotel, Nbi.

Ministry of Environment and Forestry Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Hon. Mohamed Elmi has said that the impacts of climate change  are becoming more pronounced in developing countries  with  extreme weather events, posing climate related risks to natural and human systems.

 
Elmi was speaking  today in Nairobi during the official opening of the Global Gender Workshop on planning the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), at the Safari Park Hotel.
 
CAS Elmi said that the underdeveloped vulnerable systems in developing countries easily succumb to these increasing frequencies and intensities of extreme weather events, causing loss of lives and livelihoods.
 
He called on world leaders  to refocus their resources in addressing climate induced emergencies such as drought, floods and cyclones instead of prioritizing development needs such as building of roads, schools, hospitals or providing its citizens with water and electricity.
 
The CAS said that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report of 2018 indicates that biodiversity, ecosystems, health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth are at risk due to climate change. This would lead to the loss and extinction of species on which we depend.
 
“Climate Change is a global challenge that affects not only economic, but also social and cultural well being of our planet without respecting boundaries. Indeed, science has shown that we are surpassing a 10C average global temperature rise above pre-industrial era as a result of greenhouse gas emissions due to human activities. Consequently, there is need for collective global action to address climate change challenges” said the CAS.

, Hon. Elmi, joins delegates from the 17 Countries of the World attending the Gender workshop in a memorable group photo.

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The Ministry of Environment and Forestry is mandated to protect, conserve and manage the
environment and natural resources for socio-economic development. Waste Management is a
major challenge in Kenya posing danger to human health and the environment as well as littering
highways and urban centers. The Constitution of Kenya 2010 clarified the roles of waste management for both National and County Governments.
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has developed 3 crucial documents to guide waste
management in Kenya. These are:-
1. National Sustainable Waste Management Policy
2. National Sustainable Waste Management Bill
3. E-Waste Strategy.
These draft documents have undergone stakeholder consultations countrywide. The documents
prescribe measures to be undertaken to ensure the country’s transition into circular economy and
zero waste status. This will be done through minimized waste generation, separation at source,
enhanced waste collection, reusing waste, recycling, and disposal of unusable waste to secure
sanitary landfills. The documents also prescribe waste governance and delineation of roles from
National, County and local level.
These documents can be downloaded at the Ministry’s website www.environment.go.ke.
Towards finalization of these draft documents, the Ministry has organized a National Validation
workshop to be held at Kenyatta International Conference Centre on 24th May 2019 at 9.00am.
Members of the public, county governments, civil society organizations, non-governmental
organizations, professional bodies, persons with disabilities, faith based organizations, women,
youth and all other stakeholders are called upon to participate in the validation meeting…….read more

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CS Environment Keriako Tobiko(RIGHT) witnessing the signing of momerandum of Undestanding on Greening Kenya Campaign by the Government of Kenya and UN Environment

The role of forests in climate change mitigation cannot be gainsaid considering the benefits to local communities, Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has said.

He noted that the connection between forestry and climate change is critical to forest dependent communities who continually adapt new conditions caused by the phenomenon to derive their livelihoods.

“Rains are no longer predictable as they used to be,that is why rivers are drying up, the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Mara river ecosystem is threatened because we have denigrated our forest reserves”. The CS said.

Heobservedthat there are 2.5 million hectares of gazzeted natural forest in Kenya out of which 140,000 hectares are degraded.

It takes Kenya Forest Service about one year to rehabilitate 5,000 hectares making it impossible for the government to achieve rehabilitation of forest reserves alone he added.

It is against this backdrop that the President issued a decree that the attainment of 10% National tree cover be accelerated by 2022 and subsequent directives that all Government Ministries, Departments and Parastatals/Agencies (MDAs) to commit 10% of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) budget to tree growing activities.

Kenya Prisons and National Youth Service have come together in a joint programme dubbed ‘Greening Kenya’ to grow 50 million tree seedlings to help meet the target. Other benefits to be accrued from this programme include mitigating climate change and raising environmental awareness, generating income for households and communities as well as attaining the constitutional requirement of 10% tree cover.

The CS spoke at a high level meeting with investors at a Nairobi hotel where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Government of Kenya and the UN Environment on the Greening Kenya Campaign.  The government was represented by Cabinet Secretaries Keriako Tobiko (Environment) and Dr Fred Matiangi of and Interior while the UN Environment was represented by Ms Juliette Biao, Director and Regional Representative, UN Environment.

The campaign has so far received pledges worth about 4million from Communication Authority of Kenya, Energy Regulatory Authority and Philanthropist Manu Chandaria among others.

A group photo of Top government officials and stakeholders during the greening Kenya Campaign

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WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE NEXT SEVEN-DAY PERIOD VALID 16THTO 22ND JULY, 2019

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