Saturday, March 23, 2019

A cross-section of participants during the meeting.

The Principal Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ali Noor Ismail has underscored the need for raising awareness on the effects of climate change among the youth.

The PS has said that involving learners from tender age on climate change issues will help them come up with intervention measures aimed at reducing the negative effects of climate change.

In a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Director in charge of the Climate Change Directorate, Augustine Kenduiwo , during a meeting to review the 2018 and 2019 Kenya Climate Change Art and Essay competition, the PS  said that youths should be involved in steering the National Climate Change Action Plans .

He called on the planning committee to ensure that the 2019 Essay Competition is a success and involve more youths from across the county in order to help them to come up with strategies for adaptation and mitigation of climate change effects.

He said that there is need to prioritize education of children on climate change.

Director, Climate Change- Programs Coordinator Dr. Pacifica Ogola demonstrate one of the essays competition poster during the meeting.

The PS noted that during this year’s competition, the organizing committee should get more schools involved in the competition and set standards high to ensure the theme for the competition is clearly captured and the best are chosen through the process.

Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Director for Climate Change- Programs Coordinator Dr. Pacifica Ogola said that such programs will inform on the climate change curriculum being developed between the ministry of environment and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

She said that the scope for this year should be widened in order to bring more learners on board in all the categories.

She said that there is need to raise awareness on the competition to encourage those who did not participate last year to get involved.

Deputy Director in charge of Climate Change Directorate, Augustine Kenduiwo , delivering the PS speech during the official opening of the meeting

|
|

Hot and dry weather conditions wereexperienced over most parts of the country. However, rainfall was recorded over few areas in the Central Highlands and Highlands West of the Rift Valley as depicted in Figures 1 and 2. A comparison between the previous seven days (14th to 20thJanuary, 2019) with the period under review (21stto 27th January, 2019) indicatesa significant decreasein rainfall amounts over most parts of the country……..Read more

|

Secretary Conservation secretary, Gedion Gathara, with the CEC (Minister) for Environment and Natural Resources, Kajiado County, Florence Waigadi, during the meeting on alternative livelihoods.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry will consider requests of assisting former charcoal burners to seek alternative livelihood in Kajiado County following a countrywide ban on logging.

The forestry conservation secretary Mr. Gideon Gathara said the Ministry would explore the possibility of assisting the county generate clean energy and step up afforestation programs.

He was speaking when he met a team of officials from kajiado County who sought assistance to create alternative sources of livelihood for some residents who were left desperate after the moratorium imposed by the central government last year.

The meeting held at the Ministry headquarters discussed the need for increasing generation of clean energy after statistics indicated that 69% of households in Kenya used firewood for domestic activities thereby contributing to the global warming.

The officials concurred on the urgent need to mitigate against climate change in the semi- arid county by creating a balance between afforestation and harvesting of energy generating products.

The officials heard of various methods of generating alternative energy by using shrubs and twigs to make briquettes that were less destructive to the environment. Other sources of alternative energy in the county include biogas and the abundant Biomass from prosopis juliflora also locally known as “Mathenge” shrubs.

The Kajiado County executive committee member for water, irrigation and natural resources M/s Florence Mathenge said that women were most affected by the moratorium and were in dire need of alternative sources of income.

Mr. Gathara noted that cooperation between the Ministry and the County were in fulfillment of the constitution that recommended intergovernmental relations on development matters.

Present at the meeting were the county director environment and natural resources mr. John Kanini, the Director of Kenya Forestry Research Institute M/S Jane Njuguna among other officials.

CEC, Environment and Natural Resources, Kajiado County, Florence Waigadi consulting with Sec., Forestry Conservation, Gedion Gathara during the meeting.

|

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko addressing the Sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) at UN Environment

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko yesterday opened a meeting of the negotiators of the Sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) report.
The four day meeting whose theme is “Healthy Planets, Healthy People” kicked off at UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi and is attended by over 100 delegates from United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) member states.
The outcome of the negotiations on GEO 6 will be a subject of discussion during the Fourth Session of United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA 4) to be held in Nairobi from 11th to 15th March, 2019.
In his remarks the CS highlighted the importance and centrality of the environment in sustainable development noting that environment is life and contributes to economic development and livelihoods. Environment has a direct correlation to health, water resources, energy, agriculture, food security as well as national, international and global security.

participants pose for a group photo at the Sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) meeting at UN Environment

Despite its importance the CS observed that the environment sector is often not treated as a priority area at national and global spheres in terms of resource allocation and policy priority.

In addition the CS said there is a disconnect between science, policy and action. “Policies should be based both on science and empirical data, but, oftentimes policies are made on the basis of political convenience and sometimes on vested interests with no reference to science”. He said.
“For instance two reports and policy documents that have been disregarded at global multilateral negotiations are the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5 degree centigrade and the UN Environment Emissions Gap Report at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland”. The CS noted.
The CS stated that there are too many scientific reports that have not been translated into concrete action. Where action has been taken there are no tools or mechanism to monitor and measure impact and effectiveness.
This disconnect he added also exists between science and traditional indigenous knowledge. Decisions taken are without reference to communities, their culture and traditional knowledge. A wealth of knowledge is at risk of disappearing because it is disregarded or ignored by scientists and policy makers. This knowledge has further not been documented neither is it being passed on by the older to the younger generation thus subjecting it to the danger of extinction.
In conclusion the CS challenged meeting to think outside the box and said that policy makers cannot do the same things in the same way and expect different results. He encouraged innovativeness in dealing with environmental challenges.

 

|

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified persons for the positions indicated below;
1. Environment Law Intern -Two (2) Positions
2. Communications Intern – Two (2) Positions
3. Information, Communication and Technology Intern – Two (2) Positions
Interested and qualified persons are requested to submit their applications; together with copies of their curriculum vitaes,academic and professional certificates to the Office of the undersigned, on or before 11
The Cabinet Secretary
Ministry of Environment and Forestry
Hand Delivered to the Ministry’s Central Registry, NHIF Building, 13
DETAILS OF THE POSITIONS:
P.O Box 30126-00100
NAIROBI
TITLES, AND NUMBER OF VACANCIES:
1. Environment Law Intern – Two (2) Positions
2. Public Communications Intern – Two (2) Positions
3. Information, Communication and Technology Intern – Two (2) Positions
Consolidated Salary: Kshs. 25,000 per month
Terms of Engagement – Twelve (12) months contract
DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POSITIONS:
OR:
th
Floor, Room 1303.
th
February, 2019;

Read more

|

Hot and dry weather conditions were experienced over several parts of the country. However, rainfall was recorded over few areas in the South Eastern Lowlands and Highlands West and East of the Rift Valley as depicted in Figures 1 and 2. A comparison between the previous seven days (7th to 13th January, 2019) with the period under review (14th to 20th January, 2019) indicates an increase in rainfall amounts over few parts of the country.

During the period under review, Kisumu Meteorological Station recorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of 69.5mm. Other stations that recorded rainfall include Matungu Rainfall Station in Kakamega County (55.1mm), Suba Meteorological Station (50.0mm), Mukakula Rainfall Station in Bungoma County (48.2mm), Kaimosi Tea Factory Rainfall Station in Vihiga County (35.8mm), Voi Meteorological Station (32.6mm), Butere Rainfall Station in Kakamega County (31.5mm) and Bungoma Water Supply Rainfall Station in Bungoma County (25.4mm) as depicted in Figure 2……..Read more

|

During the period under review, Nyeri Meteorological Stationrecorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of11.2mm. Other stations that recorded rainfall include Tuthu Rainfall Station in Murang’a County (9.0mm),Makindu Meteorological Station (2.0mm), KisiiMeteorological Station (1.2mm) andEmbu Meteorological Station (1.0mm)as depicted……read more

|

Download here

|

Please download the form here

Swahili version form…Down load here

|

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry invites sealed bids from eligible candidates for PROPOSED REFURBISHMENT OF 2ND FLOOR OFFICE AT NHIF BUILDING, NAIROBI Interested eligible candidates may obtain further information from and inspect the tender documents at Ministry of Environment and Forestry , Ragati  Road, NHIF building, 11th floor Supply Chain Department Room 1104 during normal working hours or download from the Ministry’s website environment.go.ke.

Read more

|

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……read more

|

REPLICATE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION PROJECTS COUNTRYWIDE – PS MOHAMED

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr Ibrahim Mohamed has said the government is keen on partnering with development partners in […]

Kenya Gazette Notice

Download…..

COME UP WITH ACTION PLAN TO IMPLEMENT RESOLUTIONS – CS TOBIKO

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has challenged policy makers attending conferences like the just concluded United Nations Environmental […]

TAG CLOUD

| (741)
About NETFUND (1)
Function of NEMA (1)
Meteorology (2)
NEC (1)
NEMA (1)
NET (1)
PCC (1)
Public Weather Services (1)
The Department (1)

WP Cumulus Flash tag cloud by Roy Tanck requires Flash Player 9 or better.