Sunday, January 20, 2019

Rainfall continued to be recorded over parts ofthe Lake Victoria Basin, Highlands West of the Rift Valley, Central and South Rift Valley, the Coast and some parts of the Southeast Lowlands as depicted in Figures 1 and 2.Comparingthis review period(3rd to 9thSeptember, 2018)to the previous week (27th August to 2nd September, 2018) it is noted thatthere was ageneral decrease in rainfall amounts over several parts of the country although some stations at the Coast, Central Highlands and the Southeast Lowlands recorded significant increases…….read more

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CS K.Tobiko interacts with participants of the Carbon Partinership Facility workshop held in Naivasha.

Kenya has secured over Sh. 300 million funding from the World Bank to combat deforestation and degradation.

The funds are to be administered by the United Nations Development Program UNDP under the forests carbon partnership facility (FCPF).

The Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko launched the FCPF inception meeting at a Naivasha hotel that brought together stakeholders from various parts of the country. They included government agencies, county governments, Non Governmental Organizations, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, National Gender and Equity Commission among others.

The inception meeting convened under the REDD + CARBON sensitized stakeholders on the projects goals and objectives alongside approval of the first annual work plan. It discussed ways of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation as a Climate Change mitigation strategy.

The REDD+ CARBON Project will involve Government agencies, the private sector, counties, the Kenya Human rights Commission, local communities among others in implementation.

It aims to prevent deforestation and forest degradation by active forest protection and to provide alternative livelihoods for local communities living in and around the forest areas.

At the same time Mr Tobiko urged county governments to speed up Forests Transition Implementation Plans (TIPS) to enable them take over management of the resources from the national government.

The CS challenged counties to take responsibility of forests under their jurisdiction as it was a devolved function under the constitution.

Mr. Tobiko noted that only 20 out of the 47 entities had signed the transition agreements with the national government since the process started more than six years ago but none had began to implement the plans.

He said that the county governments should oblige to the constitution by taking over the forests for ease of management adding that it was unfortunate that most of the counties have not shown interest in the function.

The CS urged different organizations whose roles were distinct and separate to work together to conserve the environment for the sake of future generations.

The meeting was also addressed by Elsie Attaffuah, the UNDP senior Technical adviser on climate and forests.

Env&Forestry CS K. Tobiko accompanied by Elsie Attaffuah the Senior Technical adviser of climate and forestry Team at the UNDP Kenya Country Office (left) and Senior Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests Esau Omollo,when he arrived at The Great Rift Valley Lodge to open an Inception meeting for Forests Carbon Partnership Facility Project.

 

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The Climate Outlook for the October-November-December (OND) 2018 “Short Rains” season indicates that much of the country is likely to experience above average rainfall. The distribution of the rainfall in time and space is expected to be good over most places especially during the peak month of November. The onset of the OND 2018 seasonal rainfall is expected to be timely over most of the country………..Read more

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A delegate waters a tree he had planted at the Halla Park in Bamburi, Mombasa after the end of the two day Nairobi Convention conference. CS K.Tobiko looks on.

The cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko has urged nations in the western Indian Ocean region to involve local communities when they   initiated Marine resources wealth creating programs.

He observed that the region was endowed with massive coastal and marine resources and that any projects designed to tap wealth should be well publicised among the beneficiaries to enable them own and benefit from such investments.

The CS noted that it was imperative for countries in the region to make concerted efforts in a bid to link science and policy of sustainable use of the coastal and marine resources that had the potential to create wealth for their communities.

Mr. Tobiko was speaking yesterday when he closed a two day conference of parties to the Nairobi convention at a Mombasa hotel whose theme was sustainable ocean economy for wealth creation.

During the conference that was attended by ten countries from the western Indian Ocean region, Mr. Tobiko was elected as chairman of the convention for the next two years taking over from over from Mr.Wallace Cosgrow of Sychelles.

Others elected were Madagascar-vice-chair work programs, Mauritius-Resource mobilization, and Tanzania for coordination. The rapporteur’s position went to the republic of Sychelles.

Other member countries attending the conference that attracted over 200 delegates were Comoros, Mauritius, Mozambique, Madagascar, Seychelles, South Africa, Somalia and France la Reunion.

The CS urged member states to submit requests for projects funding from the Global Environment Facility that supports national sustainable development initiatives.

The United Nations based facility grants projects related to biodiversity, climate change, International waters, and land degradation among others.

Mr.Tobiko told member states that owing to the funding constraints it would be in the interest of their communities to complete the already initiated projects before new ones were started.

The CS later led the delegates to visit Halla Park, a demonstration area of how best to implement biodiversity conservation for sustainable land use.

CS K.Tobiko leads delegates to the Nairobi COP 9, to feed a giraffe at the Halla Park, Bamburi Mombasa after the end of the two day conference.

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A group photo of the Ministers and part of the delegates attending the COP 9, Conference at the English point Hotel, Mombasa.

Plans are underway to establish trans-boundary marine protected areas in the Indian Ocean at the country’s border with Tanzania, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko has said.

The setting-up of an estimated 800 square Kilometres of protected area is part of the government’s effort to tackle marine pollution and enhance blue economy he added.

The CS was speaking in Mombasa when he opened the ninth conference of parties to the Nairobi convention whose theme was sustainable ocean economy for wealth creation.

Mr. Tobiko said that the conference will promote sustainable investments in the blue resources and unlock the potential of the oceans frontier.

Among the member countries attending the conference that attracted over 200 delegates were Comoros, Mauritius, Mozambique, Madagascar, Seychelles, South Africa, Somalia and France la Reunion.

During the conference, CS Tobiko was elected chair to the Convention, to serve for two years taking over from Mr.Wallace Cosgrow of Sychelles. Others elected were Madagascar-vice-chair work programs, Mauritius-Resource mobilization, and Tanzania for coordination. The rapporteur’s position went to the republic of Sychelles.

Mr. Tobiko noted that the Oceans had huge potential for human wellbeing that would boost economic growth and tackle unemployment. Further the blue resources addressed food insecurity, poverty and had gained traction worldwide he added.

He said Kenya like other countries in the region , Kenya attached great value to the oceans and the blue resources that contributed immensely to the country’s economy.

‘’ The government in recognition of the importance of the blue economy, has established a state department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Blue Economy as part of efforts to maximise on the contributions of the blue resources’’ the CS observed.

Mr. Tobiko said that various sectors at the coastal region including tourism, marine transport, shipping, offshore gas and oil exploration and fisheries all played an important role in Kenya’s economic growth.

Further he added that the government had put in place a Blue Economy Implementation Strategy and had identified the Blue Economy as a thematic area in the third Medium Term Plan (MTP 111) that guides the country’s development process every five years.

The government he said had over the last few years made huge investments in Infrastructure at the coast in a bid to open up the blue resources. They included Ndongo-kundu by-pass linking Nairobi-Mombasa highway to the south coast, Makupa-causeway expansion to decongest Mombasa city; expansion of Mombasa port container terminal and the Lamu Port, South Sudan and Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) that was considered as the most ambitious infrastructural development in Africa.

The convention is a precursor to the Blue Economy Conference to be held in November in Nairobi attracting an estimated over 6,000 delegates worldwide.

Env &Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko address COP 9,Conference at English Point Hotel,Hotel mombasa.

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The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko has promised to undertake efforts to rehabilitate the Enoosupukia forest.

This will be in support of the previous work done by the Government and other leaders from the region e.g former Minister William Ole Ntimama.

The CS also said that his Ministry will prioritize gazzetment of the Mount Suswa water tower in Narok County.

He reiterated that illegal settlers must leave the Mau Forest as the eviction process goes on.”The remaining illegal settlers must move out immediately “, the CS said.

The Government is keen on protection of all forests ecosystems in the country. The Government directed that those who had encroached into the forests to move out immediately.

Tobiko sad that the Mau issue should not be politicized and is not targeting any tribe. Over 13,000 hectares have already been reclaimed and reforestation exercise is set to begin in September this year.

The same sentiments where echoed by the Deputy President. The two had attended an inter-denominational prayer day at Suswa girls secondary school compound, that was attended by thousands of worshipers.

The deputy president said that the government was keen on achieving the big 4 agendas. He announced that the Government would now offer Kshs 30,000/= bursary to students joining youth polytechnics,

Also present were the Narok Governor H.E Samuel Tunai, Legislator, Korei Lemein Narok South, Ken Aramat Narok East,George Suruiya Kajiado West and Mr. Cherargei Kiprotich, the Nandi Senator among other leaders

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Significant rainfall was recorded within parts of the Lake Victoria Basin, Highlands West of the Rift Valley, Central and South Rift Valley and the Coast as depicted in Figures 1 and 2. Comparing the current review period (20th to 26th August, 2018) to the previous week (13th to 19th August, 2018) it is noted that there was an increase in rainfall amounts over the said areas while the rest of the country remained mostly dry.

During the period under review, Kaimosi Tea Factory (in Vihiga County) recorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of 130.5mm. Other stations that recorded significant total rainfall amounts include Eldoret Airport (111.6mm), Kakamega (110.2mm), Kericho (80.5mm), Butere (72.4mm) and Kapenguria WRMA (72.1mm)…..read more

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The Ministry in collaboration with the UNEP has organized the Ninth Conference of Parties (COP 9) to the Nairobi Convention to be held in Mombasa. This is an initiative by the Western Indian Ocean states, private sector, and the civil society groups to aid in the sustainable exploitation of the coastal resources.

This year’s theme is ‘Sustainable Ocean Economy for Wealth Creation’ It focuses on tapping into the blue economy opportunities through the 2030 agenda on sustainable development. This will be actualized by working with different partners and stakeholders, such as Consortium for Conservation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO-C), Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), World Wide Fund (WWF), Global Environment Facility (GEF) amongst others.

COP 9 is as precursor to the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference that will be held in Nairobi in November this year that is expected to bring together over 6,000 delegates from across the globe.

Delegates started arriving at the coastal city over the weekend in preparation for the two day event slated for 30th -31st August. Before the main conference, there will be high level meetings to discuss pertinent issues. Kenya, Comoros, France, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, and South Africa are members of the Nairobi Convention.

The Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko is expected to officially open the conference on Thursday.

The Nairobi Convention operations started in 1996, with the aim of controlling and addressing the increasing rates of coastal areas and the oceans. The core principles, which form the basis for the COP operations are the sustainable exploitation and use of coastal resources by member states.

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According to a report by the Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI), the plant was introduced in Kenya in the 1970s, among other species from South America to rehabilitate the Arid and Semi-Arid Areas (ASALs), due to its resilience, fast growth rate and its many uses for fodder, honey production, shade, windbreak, firewood, building poles among other uses.

On establishment, the tree aggressively invaded areas of indigenous vegetation, and manifested negative impact on rural landscapes as well as on human and livestock health. The largest biomass of Mathenge in Kenya is found in Tana River,Turkana and Baringo counties according to the report. Other areas where it is found are Taita Taveta, Malindi, Samburu, Isiolo, Mandera, Marsabit, Wajir, Kajiado and Migori Counties.

Among other uses apart from those mentioned before, Prosopis pods are valuable source of carbohydrates, sugar and proteins for livestock and, occasionally human population during dry seasons.

Although the plant provides all those benefits, if left unmanaged, it has direct and indirect negative impacts to man and the environment which includes: – Colonization and devastation of critical grazing land, farmlands and rangelands, Blockage of roads, footpaths, human settlement, irrigation canals, river banks and water points and other habitats, death of livestock through over eating of pods (causing indigestion) and occasional tooth decay (due to high sugar content of pods) among others.

Studies of Prosopis growth in Kenya have shown that its invasive, gregarious and powerful colonization characteristics are best manifested in conditions of high water table in such areas as ravines floodplains and swamps. This leads to serious conflict with human activities.

Some of the important wetlands already invaded or with high potential of invation include River Tana Delta, (Tana River County) Lorian Swamp (Isiolo/Garissa Counties) Lengurruahanga swamp (Kajiado) among others.

The potential ecological disaster caused by prosopis invasion on the wetlands ecosystem is demonstrated by the near impossible complete eradication of the species once established.

Kenya Forestry Service KFS and KEFRI have taken numerous measures to address the prosopis menace among them;- Undertaking a National survey to determine the status and impact of prosopis species on livelihoods and on environment, developing a national strategy for the management of prosopis which underlines the management of prosopis through utilization, Soliciting technical support from Food and Agricultural Organization for the United Nations (FAO), (successful pilot project undertaken in Baringo County), to empower local communities in affected areas in mechanical control  through thinning and pruning and killing of stumps, utilization (making various products) and trials in biological control.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko while visiting some of the most affected areas in Garissa County, advised local residents to tap the benefits from the tree for economic gains and better livelihoods.

Out of the sensitization tour by the CS, local farmers from Fafi and Ijara Constituencies in Garissa County led by their legislators Abdikarim Osman and Sophia Abdi shall be visiting Baringo County, for a familiarization and learning experience on an integrated management and control of Prosopis.

 

 

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Env.&Forestry PS Susan Mochache listens to a presentation from Toyota Tsusho E.A ltd representatives in areas of waste management and Hybrid vehicles. The company chairman Dennis Awori was the company’s team leader.

Increased amounts of medical and hazardous waste in the country compels the government to urgently construct a disposal plant, the Principal Secretary for Environment and Forestry M/S Susan Mochache has said.

She confirmed that her Ministry would expedite the process of finalizing land acquisition to pave way for construction of the plant through the support of the Japanese Government at a cost sh. 1.2 billion.

The PS noted that waste management was a priority for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry considering that various sectors of the economy were daily churning out tons of waste but the disposal methods were inadequate.

M/S Mochache was speaking in her office during a courtesy call in her office by the Chairman of Toyota Tsusho East Africa Limited Mr. Dennis   Awori who presented various activities the company undertakes in the country and the region.

Toyota Tsusho trades in Kenya as Toyota Kenya and is involved in waste management and Hybrid Vehicles that were environmental friend through their low carbon emission.

The PS said that the government appreciated the Hybrid vehicles technology which was a step closer to the electric vehicle, the anticipated most friendly environmental innovation for low carbon emission.

During the meeting Mr. Awori, a former Kenya Ambassador to Japan confirmed that his company would participate in the November 26th -28th Global Blue Economy Conference to be held in Mombasa.

The company will exhibit maritime equipment and waste management technology that promoted the environment.

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Principal Secretary, Ms. Susan Mochache (in red top) poses for a group photograph with Netfund senior managers at their offices.

Principal Secretary Ms. Susan Mochache toured Netfund offices and held discussions with the top management.  She was impressed with their work and committed to support them in all ways to meet the aspirations of Ministry and the Government.

She challenged the team to enhance awareness creation of their activities and especially among the youth in order for them to come up with innovative solutions for key projects aligned to all sectors of the Ministry e.g forestry, waste management, and Nairobi river regeneration activities to be replicated across the counties.

Ms. Mochache observed that with sustained awareness creation and hyped publicity activities, young people can engage in various projects like growing seedlings and selling them to wananchi to improve their livelihoods and at the same time help increase the forest cover.

She challenged the organization to develop programmes that will support the government to achieve this goal and many others. She also urged them to come up with programmes that are aligned to the Big 4 agenda of the government namely; food and nutrition security, manufacturing, universal health care and affordable housing.

Ms. Mochache cautioned the team against misappropriation of public funds warning that those found culpable will face the full face of the law.

Present at the meeting was Ms. Catherine Ndegwa, the Chief Executive Officer and top managers.

 

 

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WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE NEXT SEVEN-DAY PERIOD VALID 15THTO 21ST JANUARY, 2019

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