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July 26, 2018

Principal Secretary Ms. Susan Mochache hands over a cheque worth USD4m to representatives of SGP beneficiaries.

Principal Secretary Ms. Susan Mochache launched the 6th operational phase of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme in Kenya worth USD4m.

The GEF was launched in 1993 and is implemented by UNDP as a global program. It channels financial, technical and capacity building assistance directly to civil society organizations for activities that conserve the environment while at the same time enhancing people’s livelihoods.

Special consideration is given to projects that support women groups, the youth, indigenous persons and persons living with disabilities.  In this phase three ecological sensitive areas of global and national significance were selected for the implementation of the programme. These are; Lake Bogoria as part of the Kenya Lake system in the Great Rift Valley, the Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests, and the biodiversity rich marine ecosystem of Shimoni –Vanga seascape in Southern Kenya.

While these areas provide important ecosystem services to the country and are essential for the livelihoods of pastoralist, agricultural and fisher communities, they all present different levels of biodiversity loss and land degradation exacerbated by climate change.

The programme will support creation of synergies between individual grants by adopting a landscape or seascape approach, promote the establishment and effective operation of a multi stakeholder platform, develop knowledge management products that will highlight best practices and eco knowledge fairs.

It will also support improvement on food and nutrition security by supporting small scale agro and pastoral farmers to promote indigenous food consumption and diversification of staple foods in addition to application of sound agro ecological practices and principles, support sustainable grazing practices and herd management and lastly, strengthen governance of beach management units for improved management of fisheries.

During the launch three community projects were feted for being the Equator prize 2017 winners.  They were; Mikoko Pamoja from Kwale county, Kuruwitu from Kilifi county and Kibra Anti FGM activities and resource centre.

SGP is part of a worldwide program that operates in 125 countries and has provided technical and financial support to over 500 community based projects in various parts of the country.


August 2, 2018

Principal Secretary Ms. Susan Mochache samples one of the specimens in the Insect Collection Lab at KEFRI headquarters

Principal Secretary Ms. Susan Mochache visited Kefri offices in Muguga yesterday on a familiarization tour of the institute.  She was impressed with the work done there and urged staff to double the production capacity to ensure the country has enough seedlings to plant 2billion trees and increase the forest cover to 10%.

She referred to staff as the ‘quiet and unsung heroes’ of the country for the remarkable work they do in the background to ensure that there are enough quality tree seedlings in the country to conserve the environment. She pledged to support the institution to realize its objectives and to ensure trees are planted to keep afforestation alive and restore the environment to acceptable standards.

Ms. Mochache pledged support in marshalling resources and championing the development of a communication strategy to create and enhance awareness on their activities in the country and beyond.  ‘I will champion to to lift the profile of Kefri to be visible to attract resources in view of the significant role they play in the region, ‘she said.

Ag. Director Dr. Jane Njuguna highlighted some of the challenges like lack of a substantive CEO, shortage of staff, lack of resources and aging staff.  On the issue of a CEO, Ms. Mocahche pledged to follow it up with the Cabinet Secretary to ensure that a CEO is appointed as soon as possible.  She noted that the process of recruitment was on course and the Cabinet Secretary will act accordingly.

KEFRI has a Seed Centre that processes about 10,000tonnes of seeds or roughly 200m seeds every year from 80 species and shrubs and have plans to double the capacity this year. It has five (5) eco regions across the country namely: central highlands, coastal region in Gede, Lake Victoria in Maseno, Dry land region in Kitui and Rift Valley in Londiani.

Karibu Sana Madam. Dr. Jane Njuguna, Ag. Director KEFRI (leff) receives Ms. Susan Mochache, Principal Secretary ME&F when she toured the insitute.


Tuesday 17th July, 2018

Ms.  Susan Mochache is the new Principal Secretary in the Ministry. She took over today from Charles Sunkuli who has been moved to the State Department of Devolution in the same capacity.  She joins the Ministry from the State Department of Social Protection,

Addressing Heads of Departments, Ms. Mochache said she was excited to join the Ministry and its staff to efficiently and effectively serve the citizenry of this country. She challenged staff to be steadfast and accountable in their performance of their duties so as to make a difference in the environment sector.

She reiterated her commitment to serving the country adding that she will solely depend on the technical people to steer the sector forward. She promised to personally engage with everyone to know them and what they do in order to foster strong working relationships.

Chief Administrative Secretary Mohammed Elmi welcomed Ms. Mochache to the Ministry assuring her that she has a fantastic team to work with. He asked the outgoing PS Charles Sunkuli to be the Ministry’s ambassador in his new station. He noted that challenges that were being experienced by the Ministry when dealing with counties will now be sorted out.

Ms. Mochache pledged an open door policy type of management adding that she will encourage a consultative process in handling all matters in the environment sector.

We welcome Ms. Susan Mochache and wish her well on her tour of duty in the Ministry. We also wish Mr. Sunkuli all the best in his new jurisdiction.


3rd July, 2018

Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko receives the NCCAP 2018-2022 draft report from Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli in the Ministry’s boardroom today. Looking on are the joint secretaries Dr. Pacifica Ogola and Ste

Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli today handed over the National Climate Change Action Plan – 2018-2022 to the Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko in a ceremony witnessed by taskforce members, ministry officials and development partners.

Tobiko thanked the taskforce for their commitment and hard work that enabled them to deliver amid strict deadlines. He noted that the Plan was largely financed by partners and also thanked them for their assistance in addressing climate change that is both a cross cutting issue and a global phenomenon.

He regretted that those who suffer from the effects of climate change are not the ones who are responsible for destruction of the environment. He squarely blamed the greedy and corrupt people in the society for the current mess. He was categorical that unless this is corrected now, the consequences will be felt by future generations.

Tobiko reminded those present that there is political good will from the government to ensure finalization and implementation of the process. He expressed confidence that the success of this Plan will be one of the legacy agendas of the President as he underscores the centrality of environment in the realization of the Big 4 agenda.

‘Environment is the bedrock of the Big 4 agenda and none of them can exist unless founded on a clean, safe and secure environment’, emphasized Tobiko adding that mainstreaming of climate change in the ministry’s performance contract tells of the seriousness of the subject.

The Principal Secretary who is also the chair of the taskforce said that the NCCAP 2018- 2022 will be subjected to high level validation for ownership, buy in and endorsement by high policy makers. Thereafter, the document will be finalized and submitted to the National Climate change Council that is chaired by H.E the President for approval.

The Plan was developed by a taskforce that was commissioned in November, 2017 and which started its work in earnest on 12th February 2018 amid strict deadlines.

It is chaired by Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli. Dr. Pacifica Ogola and Stephen King’uyu are joint secretaries.


Group photo following signing of Environment restoration project documents.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will finance restoration initiatives in 3 counties of Isiolo, Samburu and Laikipia amounting to nearly sh.500 million.

The Principal Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Charles Sunkuli today signed an approval of the United Nations funds to be implemented through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) targeting environment restoration in Arid and Semi-Arid areas in the country.

Residents of the highly degraded conservation areas of Mt. Kulal in Samburu, Mkogodo in Laikipia and parts of Isiolo will be involved in the restoration programs that will have approval of the county governments.

The Head of Livestock Sector in FAO MR. Piers Simpkin who witnessed the signing of the document told the PS that communities in the Arid and Semi Arid Lands will be involved in protection of watersheds through income generating projects that will not negatively affect forests.

PS Sunkuli exchanges documents with piers Simpkin FAO’s head of Livestock sector.

The projects are part of the global restoration programs in Africa and Asia through bio-enterprise development and other initiatives.

The funds will benefit 6 projects in the selected areas and will be implemented jointly by FAO and the Ministry through Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Kenya Forestry Research (KEFRI).

Among those who witnessed the signing of the project documents were Agnes Yobterik, the Director Programs, projects and strategic initiatives in the Ministry and Dr. Philip Kisoyan, the program coordinator in FAO.






Eng. Simitu (4th from left) joins participants who planted bamboo seedlings to give a thumbs up after the successful exercise where 5000 seedlings were planted.

5,000 bamboo tree seedlings were planted in Ndakaini Dam yesterday in an exercise presided over by the Ministry and organized by Bidco Africa and other stakeholders.

In a speech read by Environment Secretary, Eng. Lawrence Simitu, on behalf of Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli noted that bamboo is a source of clean energy and encouraged Kenyans and especially those with idle land to plant the trees. He added that bamboo is one of tree species that can enable the country achieve its target of 10% forest cover by 2022 as it regenerates very fast.

‘Bamboo is a ‘wonder plant’ and is used in construction, textiles, paper production, cottage industries, and is a clean energy source’, said Sunkuli. He commended Bidco Africa for its leading initiative towards producing and using clean energy that ensures a healthy environment by planting and using bamboo in their establishments.  He urged other manufacturers to stop using eucalyptus and fossil fuels and emulate Bidco Africa and hence bring down the carbon foot print in the country.

Sunkuli noted that it was rare to see industry take the lead in matters of environment and natural resources as sustainability is not fully understood nor appreciated at the highest level of manufacturing and industry in this country.

Dr. Vimal Shah of Bidco Africa (in white tshirt) briefing the team before embarking on the bamboo planting exercise at Ndakaini Dam . ES Eng. Lawrence Simitu (2nd left) represented the PS Simitu

He reiterated that the era of taking resources from the environment without replenishing is over as climate change is here and is real. ‘ there are no fancy solutions for climate change, the truth is, we have to increase the forest cover and take from nature in a responsible and mindful way particularly in terms of energy’, he stressed.

Sunkuli expressed satisfaction that the tree planting exercises being carried out in the country will make a big difference to our environment, our water towers, the food security situation and our future.

The function was also attended by the Nairobi County Government CEC in charge of Water and Environment Larry Wambua, Deputy Speaker and several MCAs.  Wambua announced that 7/7/2018 had been set aside by the county as a cleanup day adding that this will be done every first week of every month. He urged Nairobians to come out in large numbers to clean the environment.





25th June, 2018

A group photo of some of the bloggers who were trained at Hillpark Hotel.

The Ministry has embarked on a programme targeting 100,000 bloggers countrywide to to create and share environmental messages with their followers.

The programme was initiated to enhance environmental literacy among members of the public by using the internet based social media such as Blogs, Facebook, twitter, WhatsApp etc. It will be implemented in two phases and phase one will involve the training of 150 environmental young bloggers while phase two will entail a countrywide roll out. The project aims at targeting at least 100,000 (one hundred thousand) bloggers countrywide by the year 2022.

The first of a series of trainings was held in Nairobi last week where more than 30 bloggers attended. The energetic, talented and focused team of bloggers was brought together under their umbrella body, the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE).

The Director of Environmental Education and Awareness Unit in the Ministry Dr. Ayub Macharia who spearheaded the training informed participants that a competition will be held at the end of the year to fete the best blogger on environmental matters. ‘At the end of the year, the blogger with the highest number of posts will be given an award’, said Dr. Macharia.

He also informed them that in the subsequent trainings, they will be trained on how to make money in the process of creating and sharing information and knowledge on environment and were urged to invest in blogs to attract as many people as possible.


CS Keriako discusses conservation matters with Eburu Primary School community in readiness with commissioning of Mau Eburu Ecosystem fence constructed through Safaricom foundation.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko yesterday commissioned the fencing of Mau Eburu forest in Nakuru County.

The 43.3 kilometer fence has addressed human wildlife conflict, streamlined forest access, improved revenue collection and decreased incidences of illegal activities.

The indigenous forest reserve managed by KFS is one of the 22 Forest blocks of the Mau forest complex.

The project funded by the Safaricom Mpesa foundation through collaboration between the Rhino Ark, KFS and the Kenya Wildlife Service was started in the year 2013.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, the Safaricom Mpesa Foundation Chief Executive Officr Mr. Les Baillie said that Kshs.164 Million has been committed towards restoration of the Eburu Forest.

He added that Mpesa foundation would go beyond just planting trees for conservation and restoring the ecosystem but will build partnerships with communities in other projects.

The CS visited a family of an indigenous Ogiek community living in the Mau Eburu ecosystem earning a living from forest products. He observed that local communities must be appreciated, acknowledged and involved in the management of forests for posterity.

A local Community Forest Association with a membership of over 500 members within the Mau forest is actively involved in bee keeping and conservation of the forest. They have over 400 beehives that provide them with honey for domestic consumption and sale.

The CS lauded the Mpesa foundation for their huge contribution to restore the forest and also acknowledged the Finlay Company who provided the fencing posts made of recycled plastics.

He reiterated the Presidents call to ensure the country meets 10 per cent forest cover by the year 2022 saying that a lot of efforts need to be done by all. The current forest cover stands at 7.2 %.

The Ceremony witnessed the launching of the Eburu management plan, presentation of the Primary and Secondary School Environment and Conservation Curriculum that will be handed over to the Ministry of Education for implementation and the launching of the Eburu Tourist Guide Book.

Nakuru Governor H.E Lee Kinyanju who also joined the CS during the function Said that the county Government will work hand in hand with other stakeholders to promote the conservation efforts.

Others who attended the commissioning ceremony were, the KFS Chairman Mr. Peter Kinyua, Rhino Ark        C .E. O Mr. Christian Lamberechts, KFS CHAIRMAN Peter Kinyua and  acting Chief Conservator of Forests Ms Monica Kalenda among other dignitaries.

Env CS K.Tobiko switches on the Mau Eburu Ecosystem electric fence.Looking on is Safaricom Mpesa Foundation CEO Les Baillie and Christian Lamberchts CEO of Rhino Ark (CS’s right).


Much of the country continued to experience dry conditions as is the norm for this time of the year. However, rainfall was recorded over a few areas mainly within the Lake Victoria Basin, the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Central and South Rift Valley and the Coastal Strip a depicted inFigures 1 and 2.Comparingthe current review period (11th to 17th June 2018) to the previous week (4th to 10th June 2018) there general decrease in rainfall amounts over much of the country with only Coastal stations recording increases.

Mukakula Farm in Bungoma County recorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of 47.1mm. Other notable seven-day rainfall totals wererecorded inMsabaha (39.7mm), Nakuru (38.2mm), Lamu (38.2mm), Nyahururu (37.5mm) and Eluuya Girls Station in Bungoma County (36.1mm)…..Read more



EACC chairman Eliud Wabukala signs visitors book when he paid courtesy call on Env&Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko at hi office.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry will undergo a systems review to be conducted by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission inorder to improve service delivery.

Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko and the chairman of the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission Archbishop (RTD) Eliud Wabukala agreed to commence the exercise early next month in a bid to promote good governance.

In an introductory ceremony at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry headquarters in National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) building, Arcbishop Wabukala led a team of officials from the corruption prevention division that will undertake the mission. The review will be led by a deputy director of prevention M/S Emily Chege and are at the invitation of  the Cabinet Secretary Mr. Tobiko.

The systems review that is purely a preventive measure of corruption will assist the Ministry to identify and seal loopholes that may lead to malpractices and inefficiencies in the performance of various functions.

The review whose target is to enhance transparency, efficiency and responsiveness to members of the public is estimated to last about three months from the date of its official launch.

Upon completion the EACC will present a report to the Ministry, indicating the status of the Ministry’s systems and make recommendations of appropriate implementation.

The Kenya Constitution 2010 mandates the EACC to monitor the practices and procedures of public bodies to detect corrupt practices and secure the revision of methods of work or procedures that may be conducive to corrupt practices.

CS K.Tobiko listens to EACC Deputy Director of Prevention Emily Chege as she explains how review of the systems will be conducted. Looking on is Mike Mubea deputy CEO (CS left) PS Charles Sunkuli (CS right) and E. Wabukala.


PS Sunkuli makes a point when he met officials of Upper Tana, Nairobi Water Fund in his office

The Principal Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Charles Sunkuli has hailed the role of Public and Private sector Partnerships in initiating conservation programs in the country.

He singled out the cooperation between the Upper Tana and Nairobi Water Fund and the Ragia forest farming community in the Aberdare water tower whose conservation efforts have led to an increased tree cover.

The PS was speaking in his office when he received officials of the Tana and Nairobi water Fund who briefed him on the progress the organization had done since its inception in October 2016.

Upper Tana and Nairobi Water Fund works with the local community to conserve the water catchment area that serves Nairobi city and its environs. The officials were led by the Fund manager Mr. Antony Kariuki and a trustee Mr. Joshua Irungu

Mr. Kariuki revealed that Ndakaini Dam that reported low water levels recently, is now 88.7 % full, due to the conservation activities going on at the Abaderes region. The dam supplies Nairobi with water.

Mr. Irungu a renowned conservationist  is the former Governor of Laikipia.



During the period under review, Nyeri Meteorological Stationrecorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of11.2mm. Other stations that recorded rainfall include […]


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