Friday, September 20, 2019

The CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, with the CEO, Insurance Regulatory Authority, Mr. Geoffrey Kiptum, unveiling the plaque to officially launch the partnership at the Tudor Creek

The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, has hailed the Insurance Regulatory Authority, for heeding the government directive that was issued to all Ministries, Departments and Parastatals as well as Private sector, to commit 10 per cent of their annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) budget to planting and growing trees.

Noting that the directive was informed by the recurring negative impacts of climate change and increased clamor for mitigation, Mr. Tobiko observed that, in recent year’s Kenya has witnessed un-precededent climate change effects, manifested in terms of frequent cyclic droughts, rising temperatures, erratic rainfall and reduction in river flows and water tables

The CS, made the remarks at the Tudor Creek, Mikindani in Mombasa County, when he inaugurated the partnership between the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) and the Kenya Forest Service on the implementation of the Presidential directive on the 10 per cent tree cover by 2022. The five year partnership, which is part of IRA’s 10 per cent Corporate  Social Responsibility, will focus on the restoration of the mangrove forests along the shoreline and will enhance the environment, social and economic benefits of the mangrove ecosystems.

The CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko witnessing the signing of the partnership between the KFS and IRA.

 

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CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, with wananchi during the cleaning exercise of the Indian Ocean shoreline at the Tudor Creek, Mikindani, Mombasa County.

The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, has decried the low acreage of the mangrove forest in Mombasa county, which is at 3,700 hectares, as opposed to Lamu’s 38,000 hectares, and has directed the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), to immediately undertake a 100 day Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) to re-afforest mangroves in the County to mitigate the effects of environmental degradation

Speaking at the Tudor Creek, Mikindani in Mombasa County, when he officiated during the mangrove forest restoration tree planting partnership, between the Kenya Forest Service and the Insurance Regulatory Authority, The CS observed that, mangrove forests are key to regulating climate at the coast, since they capture carbon dioxide from the environment at a rate that is five times more efficient than other forests, and  stressed on the need for partnerships with conservation groups and the county governments to ensure the 10% tree cover is achieved by 2022.

Mr. Tobiko, who later led wananchi in a clean-up exercise of collecting plastic litter at the Indian Ocean shoreline at the Tudor creek, urged the youth and women to collect plastic bottles to rid the coastline environment of the eyesore, and as a source of income. He further directed the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to issue license to Morden Soap recycling company, which collects plastic bottles from local communities to start recycling work immediately.

The CS. Mr. Keriako Tobiko inspecting the on-going mangrove tree planting at the Tudor Creek, Mikindani.

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The CS, Mr. Tobiko, presenting copies of the management plan to the chair of KEMFRI, Hon. John Safari, as other officials of the institution look on. The CS called for the total implementation of the plan

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobikohas launched the Vanga, Jimbo&Kiwegu (Vijiki) Mangrove Forest Participatory Management Plan &Vanga Blue Forest Project in Vanga Kwale County.

The management plan is designed to ensure the Vanga, Jimbo and Kiwegu mangrove forestsareconserved and utilized sustainably for the benefit of present and future generations.

The 5 year plan will promote community participation and local institutional capacity in conservation and management of the mangrove resource for improved livelihoods and ecological integrity.

It will also ensure sustainable use of mangrove wood and non-wood resources while it manages and protects mangrove areas.

This will enable sustainable provision of ecosystem services like fish habitats, coastal protection, and biodiversity conservation among others.

During the launch the CS was accompanied by the Chief Conservator of Forest Mr Julius Kamau, Kwale County Commissioner Julius KarukuNgumo, Kwale County CEC in charge of Environment Hon. SaumuMahaja, KEMFI Chairman Hon. John Safari among other leaders.

 

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CS, Mr. Tobiko, Kwale Env. Minister, Hon. Ms. Mahaja, CCF, Mr. Kamau and Kwale County Commissioner, Mr. Ngumo, during the mangrove tree planting in Vanga, Kwale.

Kenya is losing mangroves at an alarming rate considering that 40% of the 62,000 hectares of the entire mangrove ecosystem at the coast is degraded Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobikosaid.

“Mangroves are a powerhouse when it comes to carbon sequestration. It can sequester 10% more carbon than rainforests do” the CS noted.

Despite the ecosystem services played by the vital natural resources they are endangered due to pollution and human activities.

The CS urged Kenya Forest Service to come up with a tool that will measure the survival rates of the trees planted.

“We have planted so many trees, last year during World Environment Day we planted 10,000 mangroves in Vanga, I can’t tell you how many survived”. The CS asserted.

He was speaking in Vanga where he launched a 5-yearVanga, Jimbo&Kiwegu (Vijiki) Mangrove Forest Participatory Management Plan &Vanga Blue Forest Project in Vanga Kwale County.

The CS was accompanied by the Chief Conservator of Forest Mr Julius Kamau, Kwale County Commissioner Julius KarukuNgumo, Kwale County CEC in charge of Environment Hon. Mahajaamong other leaders.

CS Tobiko with other guests, touring the mangrove plantation site in Vanga. He called on the current generation to emulate their fore-fathers by conserving and protecting forests for the generations to come.

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CS Tobiko congratulates Monique Ntumngia WWFwinner

Ms Monique Ntumngia a Cameroonian entrepreneur is the 2019 World Wildlife Fund (WWF) prestigious International President Youth Award winner.

Since 2015 the Green Girls Organisation which she established has trained over 772 girls from 30 communities in Cameroon on how to generate renewable energy from the sun and waste using modern technologies like Artificial intelligence and a unique scoring model (MNKB92).

Under her watch over 100 solar installations providing electricity to rural homes have been set up and over 30 Green Girls clubs have been established.

While congratulating the winner Environment CS Keriako Tobiko called on the youth to take up leadership roles and ensure they make the world a better place to live in. “We are soon retiring and eventually expiring, it is upto you the youth to take up leadership mantle, you have our support” The CS assured.

Monique in her acceptance speech thanked WWF for the honour and assured the world that the future is in safe hands.

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Right-Tanzania PS for Ministry of Works , Transport and Communication , Dr Leonard Chamarino, middle Uganda PS for Ministry of Works and Transport (The Chairman of the Committee) George Rukara , second Left Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr Ibrahim Mohamed During the signing.

Permanent Secretaries from Lake Victoria Region Commit to Regional Project on Maritime to Reduce Deaths in Lake Vitoria

Principal Secretaries for L. Victoria Region have committed to fast track the implementation of the Regional Policy on Multi National Lake Victoria Maritime Communication and Transport project.
The project, funded through Africa Development Bank  (AfDB) will help address maritime transport and rescue matters in the Lake Victoria.
Implementation of the Project will see a reduction of deaths that occur on the lake daily. It’s estimated that 5000 deaths occur annually in Lake Victoria.
The regional project for Kenya ,  Tanzania and Uganda is under the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, an organ of East African Community.
Environment and Forestry PS  Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed led the Kenyan delegation in signing the document. Permanent Secretaries from Tanzania and Uganda with their technical officers attended the meeting.
In attandance was  Tanzania PS for Ministry of Works , Transport and Communication , Dr Leonard Chamarino, Uganda PS for Ministry of Works and Transport (The Chairman of the Committee)   George Rukara ,Kenya PS for Maritime and Shipping Nancy Karigithu

The PSs and other Delegates from the member states who attended extra ordinary Regional Policy Steering Committee meeting for the Multi National Lake Victoria Maritime Communication and Transport project.

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PS, MEF, Dr, Ibrahim Mohamed during the meeting with the JICA-Kenya team in his office

The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, has expressed the Ministry appreciation to the Government of Japan for its continued financial support to the Kenya Government in the field of forestry development, through the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), observing that, JICA, has over the year’s provided technical cooperation for KEFRI and KFS on promoting social forestry, research and development on tree planting in Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs), including breeding for drought tolerant varieties.

Speaking in his office when he received a team from JICA-Kenya office, the PS lauded JICA’s support to the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) through research, training and capacity building, noting that, the constitution of Kenya 2010 and vision 2030 requires the country to work towards achieving a forest cover of at least 10 percent of the land area.

The team, that was led by Mr. Keiichi Takahata, the chief advisor, Capacity Development Project for Sustainable Forest Management (CADEP-SFM), a project being implemented by the Ministry through the support of JICA, that aims at strengthening capacity at the national and county level on sustainable forest management briefed the PS on the project implementation progress.

The five year project has five components of policy support, pilot implementation, REDD+ readiness, tree breeding and regional cooperation.

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Launching the Makueni State of Environment report during the WDCD

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko, has said land degradation and climate change arising from human activities have adversely affected natural resources leading to desertification, and called on Kenyans to ensure proper land management and environmental conservation in a bid to reduce poverty and extreme hunger.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Mohamed Elmi, during the celebrations to mark the 2019 World Day to Combat Desertification in Makindu, Makueni ounty, the CS said that, the ministry will come up with a program on restoration and afforestation, where they will work closely with the counties to increase the country’s forest cover by 10% by 2022.

Mr. Tobiko decried the low forest cover in Makueni county, which he attributed to cutting down of trees for charcoal production ,while sand harvesting has led to degradation of river beds and drying up of rivers. The CS said local communities should build resilience against current multi-fold development challenges through sustainable land management practices to avert desertification, and urged Kenyans to undertake tree planting activities at institutional and household level; rehabilitate water towers and wetlands.

Makueni Governor H.E. Hon. Kivutha Kibwana said cutting down of trees for firewood and charcoal and land degradation are accelerating desertification.

The Governor vouched for the enforcement of the climate change Act to address the emerging environmental issues and mitigate desertification.

The WDCD is observed on 17th June each year as required under the United Nations Convection to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which Kenya signed in 1994 and ratified in 1997.

Kenya has observed this day since 1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification, land degradation and mitigate effects of drought. The global event was marked in Ankara, Turkey.

The CAS Hon. Mohamed Elmi, with students from Salama Secondary School, Makindu, during tree planting to mark the WDCD

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CS Tobiko in around table meeting with officials from WWF at their annual meeting (1)

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has challenged conservation organizations to stick to the original deal for nature to ensure ancient knowledge is used to propagate conservation agenda.

The CS was reacting to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Annual conference theme “New Deal for Nature” and wondered what happened to the original deal where there was harmony between people and their environment.

CS Tobiko spoke as he presided over the conference opening on behalf of president Uhuru Kenyatta at a Mombasa hotel.

While appreciating indigenous knowledge systems in conservation the CS called on conservationists to stick to the original plan with new ideas.

The indigenous knowledge he saidis a significant resource which would contribute to the increased efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability in environmental conservation among rural communities.

He urged the meeting to move away from board rooms and reports and ensure work is done on the ground.

In Kenya emphasis has been forrural communities to form the basis of decision making at their level in matters pertaining to food security, human and animal health, education and more importantly in natural resource management.

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Rainfall continued to be recorded over several parts of the country particularly in theLake Victoria Basin, the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Central and South Rift Valley, the Central Highlands and the Coast as depicted inFigure 1. However, the Northeast and the Southeast Lowlands remained generally dry.A comparison between the previous seven days (3rd to 9th June, 2019) and the period under review (10thto 16thJune, 2019) indicatesa decrease in rainfall amounts over most parts of the country although some Coastal stations recorded notable increases.

ATC Koibatek Rainfall Stationin Baringo County recorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of99.4mm. Other stations that recorded significantrainfall totals during the review period include Eldoret Airport Meteorological Station (95.2mm), Eldoret Meteorological Station (90.3mm), Msabaha Meteorological Station (85.5mm), Katimok Kenya Forest Service Station in Baringo County (84.2mm) and Nyamira D.O’s Office (83.4mm)as depicted in Figure 2….read more

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Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko  has said land   degradation and climate change arising from human activities  have adversely affect  natural resources, leading to desertification.
The CS has called on Kenyans to ensure proper land management and environmental conservation in bid to reduce poverty and extreme hunger.
In a speech read on behalf of the CS by Ministry of Environment Chief Administrative Secretary Hon Mohamed Elmi, the ministry will come up with a program on restoration and afforestation where they will work closely with the counties to increase forest cover by 10% by 2022.
CS Tobiko decried the low forest cover in Makueni county which he attributed to cutting down of trees for charcoal production ,while sand harvesting has led to degradation of river beds and drying up of rivers.
CS said  local communities should build resilience against current multi-fold development challenges through sustainable land management practices to avert desertification.
CS Tobiko urged Kenyans to undertake  tree planting activities at institutional and household level; Rehabilitate water towers and wetlands.
Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana said cutting down of trees for firewood and charcoal and land degradation are accelerating desertification.
The Governor vouched for the enforcement of the climate change Act to address the  emerging environmental issues and mitigate desertification.
The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) was held today at Makindu, Makueni County.
WDCD is observed on 17th June each year as required under the United Nations Convection to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) which Kenya signed in 1994 and ratified in 1997.
Kenya has observed this day since 1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification, land degradation and mitigate effects of drought. The global event was marked in Ankara, Turkey.
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CS Tobiko addressing WWF officials during their annual meeting

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has said there is need for nature-based solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change, to restore and utilize the critical ecological ecosystem sustainably.

The CS called for merging of fresh regenerative and transformational science findings and policy that will translate into concrete action on environmental conservation.

The CS said according to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services released early this year, around 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history.

He said that the current rate at nature is being exploited and degraded our natural resources will be phased out and, in the process, pose danger to human life.

The CS made the remarks, during the official opening of the Annual World Wide Fund for Nature International (WWF) In Mombasa, where he represented H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Director General of WWF International Marco Lambertini said human activities are increasingly putting pressure on nature and in the future the effects will be irreplaceable.

CS Tobiko applauded WWF for the projects they are undertaking in the country, including the Southern Kenya, Forest landscape work in Kwale and East Kilimanjaro, Water Resources Management, Species Conservation and others.

The annual conference for WWF Chairs and Chief Executive Officers of affiliate organizations of WWF Globally will be discussing the elements of the proposed New Deal for Nature and People under the umbrella of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), and how to support governments in raising their ambition under the New Deal.

CS Tobiko share a light moment with officials from WWF at their Annual Conference in Mombasa

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