Friday, February 21, 2020
Ministry of Environment Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Hon. Mohamed Elmi today met representatives of donors  partners supporting environmental activities in the country.
The meeting for the Environment Conservation and Natural Resources Group is supporting supporting government efforts in addressing the management and conservation of environment and natural resources in Kenya.
Speaking during the meeting Hon. Elmi said that ,the aim of the meeting was to engage donors  on areas of cooperation with a view of sourcing for more donor funding for environmental conservation and climate change-related activities.
Hon. Elmi called on the donors to prioritize waste management and create a working  group that will help the government in streamlining the sector to a circular economy.
The CAS called for other donors to support the government and provide funding for environmental conservation activities and climate change.
The CAS said that the engagement with donors was ideal in assisting the government to make more informed understanding of climate finance flows, and ensure donor support is aligned to strategic ministry programs and projects that are geared towards environmental protection.

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PS, Min. of Env. & Forestry, Betty Maina, chairing the World Bank meeting in the Ministry’s boardroom, flanked by the Director of Prgrammes, Agnes Yobteric.

The government will invest more resources in Lake Victoria Environmental Management Programme (LVEMP), to strengthen its capacity in environmental restoration of the lake basin.

The Principal Secretary for Environment and Forestry Ms Betty Maina has said that the government will forge for more development partners to participate in restoration of environmental status of Lake Victoria, saying the lake basin plays a critical role in the social economic activities for residents in the region.

The PS was speaking today in her office, when she received a team of World Bank officials who paid he a courtesy call, the team was on a mission to acquaint themselves with various programs under the Ministry.

The officials led by Mr. Ian G. Shukar, head of East Africa, Environment and Natural Resources. Shukar disclosed that the Lake Victoria Environmental Program (LVEMP) will be restructured from regional to national status in order to attract new funding.

Phase two of the program came to an end recently, LVEMP largely funded by the World bank among other development partners, and the government is sourcing for fresh funding.

The newly restructured LVEMP will serve more national than regional interests , it will have emphasis on climate change and forestry conservation.

During the meeting it was revealed that the LVEMP project will focus on the nationally determined contributions in reducing carbon emissions and landscape restoration.

Present during the meeting was, Ministry of Environment Director of Programs , Projects and Strategic Initiatives, Ms Agnes Yobterick, the Head of Conservation Directorate Alfred Gichu and Dr. Charles Mutai, Director of Climate Change.

PS, Min. of Env. & Forestry, Betty Maina, chairing the World Bank meeting in the Ministry’s boardroom, flanked by the Director of Prgrammes, Agnes Yobteric.

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Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga condoling the family of former Transport and Licensing Board (TLB) chairman the late Hassan Ole Kamwaro during his burial in Narok Saturday. Photo courtesy of KNA

Politicians and government officials have vowed to ensure that Mau water tower is restored.

Speaking during the burial of former Transport and Licensing Board (TLB) chairman Hassan Ole Kamwaro burial held in Oloropil in Narok North Sub County, the politicians led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga said that they would be backing the government in evicting those who have encroached on Mau forest.

Raila said there was need to find an urgent solution to the degraded Maasai Mau forest in order to save lives in Kenya and beyond and the famous Maasai Mara game reserve which is known worldwide for its spectacular wildebeest migration.

Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko who was present reiterated his earlier stance that there was no going back on restoration of the Maasai Mau forest.

According to the CS, restoration of Mau was a government decision and neither was it targeting any community nor perpetuated by anyone.

“The reason why Mau must be protected is very clear. It’s a lifeline for millions of people all the way up to the River Nile,” he added.

He said that the government was planning to plant two billion trees in the country by 2022 in a quest to protect all water towers in Kenya.

Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya urged the people to move out of Mau on their own before the 60 day notice expired.

He asked the Maasai community to lead by example and hand over the title deeds for the land they owned in Mau. Politicians on the other hand were asked to stop politicizing the matter as it was already decided.

“People in Mau have until the end of the 60 days to leave the Mau after that you will be forced out. We want to plant 10 million trees in Mau beginning in November,” Natembeya said.

Siaya Senator James Orengo said that leaders should join hands in ensuring Mau was restored, adding that it was the government policy to conservation of the environment.

“As a lawyer, I will join lawyers when called upon to defend Mau. I will personally deal with probonos handed by anyone against Mau eviction,” he added.

The late TLB Chairman Ole Kamwaro also had immense passion for the environmental conservation and was an ardent supporter of the Mau restoration initiative. In his home in Ewir Emayian, he had established an ongoing 6, 000 tree nursery farm to affirm his great contribution to boost the forest cover in Narok County.

He died last month while undergoing treatment for cancer of the throat in USA at the age of 71.

The second phase of the water towers restoration is estimated to affect over 10, 000 households including school going children.

During the first phase of the eviction in July last year, about 7, 700 people were evicted from the forest land which saw over 12, 000 acres of the forest reclaimed. It was centered in Reiya group ranch while the second phase has Nkoben, Ilmotiok and Ololunga on the radar. The others are Enokishomi, Enoosokon, Nkaroni and Sisian.

The eviction attracted political undertones with leaders from the Maa and Kalenjin communities in bitter exchange. The Maa leaders wanted the evictions to go on while the Kalenjin leaders want it stopped terming it illegal and inhuman.

The Mau is the largest water tower in the country supporting millions of human life and wildlife in Kenya and beyond.

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National Youth Service Director General Matilda Sakwa (Left) and Food and Agriculture Organization Country Representative Dr. Gabriel Rugalema when they launched a tree planting exercise at the NYS Gilgil

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) , will partner with the National Youth Service in training 60,000 recruits on growing trees on farms that can provide farmers with food, income, fodder and medicines as well as enriching the soil and conserving water.

Speaking during a tree planting exercise at the National Youth Service Training College at Gilgil in Nakuru, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative in Kenya, Dr. Gabriel Rugalema, noted that, such an improved understanding, will be essential for formulating strategies towards biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture in the country, saying that, his organization will be working closely with NYS to ensure the youth are equipped with agro forestry skills, in bid to promote fruit tree plantations of mangoes, avocadoes, guavas among others,  which are a source of food and self-employment saying that,forests provide vital ecosystem services across the country and safeguarding them for future generations is of paramount importance.

The FAO Country Representative, who was accompanied by National Youth Service Director General, Matilda Sakwa observed that, policy makers should not place agriculture and forestry in opposition to each other, noting  that, in many political and scientific spheres within the continent, the role was misunderstood, under-estimated and not adequately considered in policy decisions that are related to food security and nutrition, and called on Policy makers to place special emphasis on the role of forests in supporting food security and nutrition, saying that, with food security and nutrition high on the agenda in Kenya, it is crucial to understand the contribution of forests and trees to a food secure and nutrition-sensitive future.

Speaking during the same function, the National Youth Service Director General, Matilda Sakwa observed that, forests and trees help to mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and storing carbon. They also help to reduce the vulnerability of people to climate change by providing food and other ecosystem services during critical periods of climate driven food shortages, noting that, without forests, the vital ecosystem service provided by birds and insects would be diminished, resulting in increased food security concerns.

Spelling out the primacy of trees, Ms. Sakwa observed that, in some areas in the country, forests were important to the survival of forest-dwellers, particularly many indigenous peoples, saying that, forests are important in providing ecosystem services, including maintaining or restoring soil fertility, protecting watersheds and water courses, and pointed out that, for most of the year, herders in arid and semi-arid lands depended on trees as a source of fodder for their livestock, and noted that, sustainable management of natural resources could transform forests into direct source of food, fuel, employment and cash income.

In support of the clarion call by the Government to surpass the 10 percent tree cover by 2022, the NYS Director General noted that, her institution had planted 10 million trees in its 22 training and holding units countrywide, and said that, the NYS was working on a joint collaboration with FAO to put up a programme, that will encourage youth self-employment in agribusiness, aquaculture and animal husbandry ventures towards improving food security in the Country. “At the Gilgil Training College we planted 10,000 tree seedlings to support the National government’s greening program. In future, we intend to rope in health facilities, schools and county governments in the tree planting program that we started last year,” she said.

“Food security also means improving purchasing power of Kenyans, so that they can be able to put a meal on the table. NYS is committed to empowering the youth to have skills that will enable them to be self-employed and empower them financially,” she stated. The DG noted that, the challenge facing Kenya today is how to meet the mounting demand for food from a growing population with a diminishing resource base and said the NYS would continue partnering with FAO in improving agroforestry systems in the country that contribute to food security, nutrition and livelihoods.

 

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BACKGROUND

 Rationale for this strategy
This strategy, which is aligned to the National Forest Program, is a cross-sectoral framework that
provides for:
(i) Broad Institutional and multi-stakeholder participation in accelerating the achievement of the Constitutional target of 10% tree cover of the national land area as provided under Article 69 (1) (b);
(ii) Implementation of Presidential Directives that the Constitutional target of 10% national tree cover should be achieved by 2022 through among other initiatives the revival of Chief’s tree nurseries with technical support of Kenya Forest Service and allocation of 10% Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to tree growing;
(iii) Opportunity to achieve national and global commitments with respect to climate change, biodiversity conservation, and land degradation. The government has committed to restore 5.1 million Ha of degraded landscapes as a contribution to the Africa Forest Landscape Initiative (AFR100), 50% reduction of green house gases from the forest sector by 2030 as part of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to climate change, and to achieve land degradation neutrality by 2030 as a commitment to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)….read more

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18.09.2019

The CAS, Hon. Elmi, watering a commemorative bamboo tree, watched by Busia Gvnor, Hon. Ojaamong and the County Commissioner, Jacob Narengo, at Busia

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry is working on modalities to bring down the cost of seedlings for ease of reach by Kenyans, in a bid to surpass the ten percent National tree cover by 2022.

Speaking during the 10th International Bamboo day celebrations at the Busia Agricultural Training Center, Busia County, the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry, Hon. Mohamed Elmi, who represented the Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Keriako Tobiko said that, the Kenya Forestry Research Institute and the Kenya Forestry Service, were undertaking sensitization programs to create demand for bamboo seedlings, noting that, in collaboration with other stakeholders, the Ministry will push for the lowering of the cost of producing the seedlings.

Noting that illegal activities like charcoal burning, degradation and tree felling were problems hampering efforts to increase tree cover in the western region, and the Country at large, Hon. Elmi noted that, the Ministry and its semi-autonomous agencies were working with other stakeholders to overcome such, together with other numerous challenges facing the Environment sector.

Busia Governor, H.E. Hon. Sospeter Ojamong, while speaking at the same function, observed that, over 700 farmers in his County had been enlisted in the National bamboo value chain program aimed at popularizing the wood plant, and lauded the Ministry in its endeavor in coming up with a bamboo policy that would ensure the sustainable planting of the Bamboo.

The 10th International Bamboo day, was marked under the theme”Harnessing Bamboo Potential for Climate Resilience Communities and Green Businesses’’.

Busia Gvnor, Hon. Ojaamong, welcoming the CAS, Hon. Elmi, to preside over the Bamboo Day in Busia ATC.

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GIZ Representatives Juliet Cheruto speaks during the Ozone Day

As restrictions on imports of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) keeps increasing in the coming years, the government has vouch for adoption environment friendly technologies to preserve the ozone layers.

Through development partners the government is developing a technology roadmap, which proposes for both ozone- and climate-friendly as well as energy-efficient technology options for relevant areas of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC).

One of the partners working with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, German International Cooperation (GIZ), Prokolima, has trained of over 150 Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), customs officers and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Officers on the use of the new system and control measures on imports & exports of ozone depleting substances.

Kenya is a signatory to the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which aims at protecting the Ozone Layer, the day is mark on every 16th of September to commemorate the coming into force of the protocol.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this day as an International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, with the main aim of sensitizing people on the need to protect the Ozone Layer, an indication that the responsibility of protecting man kind’s heritage is collectively global.

Speaking during the mark of the day, GIZ Prokolima Representative Juliet Cheruto said that even as the government and development partners commit to preservation of the ozone layer, customs officers need to be more and more vigilant of various illegal imports, and members of the public should demand for ozone and environmentally friendly products.

She said that with the help from GIZ, cold storage room for fish has been constructed in Mfangano Island in Homabay County in Lake Victoria. The Fish cold store is a pilot project in cooperation with a Kenyan private investor through co-investment. The cold store has state-of-the-art insulation, highly efficient refrigeration and ice-making appliances that use natural refrigerants that are both Ozone and climate friendly.

GIZ also trained over 700 refrigeration technicians on the safe use of hydrocarbons refrigerants as substitutes to HCFC22 (Commonly known as Freon), done in collaboration with the National Ozone Unit (NOU) within the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and training institutions. Amongst them are the Technical University of Kenya, the Technical University of Mombasa, the Nairobi Technical Training Institute, Kisumu Polytechnic, Eldoret Polytechnic, the Mombasa industrial Training Centre among others.

She said that to enhance capacity building and skills development, GIZ has provided Refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and tools for trainings to the technical institutions.

Cheruto said that GIZ has also provided officials at the KRA customs department and NEMA with analyzers for identifying refrigerants, thus preventing illegal imports through mislabeling of refrigerants at the ports of entry.

GIZ Proklima is also involved in the phase out of methyl bromide (another ozone depleting substance) whereby more than 700 farmers, engaged in the cut-flower and vegetable cultivation, were trained on adoption of alternative (environmentally friendly) pest control methods to methyl bromide.

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Ministry of Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has said that Kenya has made considerable progress in phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in most applications.
The CS said that the country has in most of the operations, adopted ozone – friendly alternatives and technologies, and further moving to adopt both ozone and climate friendly technologies in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector.
In a speech read on his behalf by Environment Principal Secretary Ms Betty Maina during International Day For The Preservation of the Preservation of the Ozone Layer Kenya Meteorological Department., Tobiko said the day aims to increase awareness of ClimateChange & Ozone Depletion.
He said that the day serves as a reminder that humans must keep up their momentum to ensure healthy people and a healthy planet.
Tobiko said that Preservation of the Ozone Layer is one of the major environmental concerns for the world and responsibility of protecting mankind’s heritage is collectively global.
On her part PS Betty Maina said ; “the responsibility of saving the earth belongs to all of us it is not solely the Government.
She said the Government has significantly reduced the importation amount of ozone depleting goods. “We should however find alternatives to the ozone depleting substances” said the PS.
In a statement read by UNEP Ozone Secretariat Commination and Information Officer , Stephanie Haysmith, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ underscored the need for cooperation to address a global challenge saying cooperation is a key instrument for tackling today’s climate crisis.
He called for shifting of energies on tackling climate change, and also  the ozone layer and stay alert to the threats posed by the illegal use of ozone-depleting gases.
WMO representative Sebastian Grey said WMO assisted in setting up of four global atmosphere watch stations in Africa located in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco and Nigeria. Their role is to monitor trends in the earth’s atmosphere.
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Environment PS Betty Maina – in a red top, , Director Meteorological Department Stella Aura, Environment Secretary Administration Joel Kitili join Students in the procession during the mark of the International Day For The Preservation of the Preservation of the Ozone Layer at the Kenya Meteorological Department Headquarters .

Ministry of Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has said that Kenya has made considerable progress in phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in most applications.

The CS said that the country has in most of the operations, adopted ozone – friendly alternatives and technologies, and further moving to adopt both ozone and climate friendly technologies in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector.
In a speech read on his behalf by Environment Principal Secretary Ms Betty Maina during International Day For The Preservation of the Preservation of the Ozone Layer Kenya Meteorological Department., Tobiko said the day aims to increase awareness of ClimateChange & Ozone Depletion.
He said that the day serves as a reminder that humans must keep up their momentum to ensure healthy people and a healthy planet.
Tobiko said that Preservation of the Ozone Layer is one of the major environmental concerns for the world and responsibility of protecting mankind’s heritage is collectively global.
On her part PS Betty Maina said ; “the responsibility of saving the earth belongs to all of us it is not solely the Government.
She said the Government has significantly reduced the importation amount of ozone depleting goods. “We should however find alternatives to the ozone depleting substances” said the PS.
In a statement read by UNEP Ozone Secretariat Commination and Information Officer , Stephanie Haysmith, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ underscored the need for cooperation to address a global challenge saying cooperation is a key instrument for tackling today’s climate crisis.
He called for shifting of energies on tackling climate change, and also  the ozone layer and stay alert to the threats posed by the illegal use of ozone-depleting gases.
WMO representative Sebastian Grey said WMO assisted in setting up of four global atmosphere watch stations in Africa located in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco and Nigeria. Their role is to monitor trends in the earth’s atmosphere.
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13.09.2019

Okut-going PS, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, signing the handing over notes, as the incomming PS, Ms. Betty Maina, looks on.

The incoming Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ms. Betty Maina, has said she was happy to join the Ministry, and that she will be providing guidance and leadership in the capacity she will be required.

The Principal Secretary, made the remarks in her NHIF office, during the handing over/taking over ceremony, when she took over as the Principal Secretary, from Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, who was moved to the Ministry of Defense, in the same capacity.

In his farewell remarks, the outgoing Principal Secretary, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed observed that, for the six months he has been in the Ministry, he had initiated the necessary reforms to enable the Ministry achieve its mandate. He thanked the Heads of Departments and sections, for the cordial relationship and support they accorded to him and appealed to them to extend the same to the incoming PS.

Addressing the Heads of Departments after taking over, Ms. Betty Maina, who was moved from the State Department of Industrialization informed them that, her work style was “easy to talk to and quick to give back|” , and promised to extend maximum support to various departments and sections so as to achieve the Ministry’s mandate.

Out-going PS, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, handing over to the incomming PS, Ms. Betty Maina at the Ministry Boardroom.

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  1. WEATHER REVIEW FOR THE LAST SEVEN DAYS (2NDTO 8THSEPTEMBER, 2019)
    • Rainfall Review

Rainfall was recorded over the Lake Victoria Basin, the Highlands West and East of the Rift Valley, the Central, South Rift Valley and the Coast as depicted inFigure 1. The Southeast Lowlands the Northwest and the Northeast remained mostly dry.A comparison between the previous review period(26th August to 1st September, 2019) and the current review period(2ndto8thSeptember, 2019) indicatesa general decrease in rainfall amounts over Highlands Westand East of the Rift Valley (including Nairobi area).

Katimok KFS Rainfall Station in Baringo Countyrecorded the highest seven-day total rainfall of99.8mm. Other stations that recorded significantrainfall totals during the review period include Nyahururu Meteorological Station (92.7mm), Busia Ministry of Water (85.8mm), Nyamira D.O Rainfall Station in Nyamira County (85.8mm), Kakamega Meteorological Station (77.4mm), Kabarnet DC Rainfall Station in Baringo County (75.0mm), Kisumu Meteorological Station (70.6mm), Kitale Meteorological Station (65.6mm), and ATC Koibatek in Baringo County (51.7mm)as depicted in Figure 2…..Read more

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IFAD Mission team pose for a group photo during presentation of its findings to the representative of the PS Mr Rodney Omari

Water Funds for Tropical Towers Conservation in Kenya have ended their joint scoping mission in Eldoret and Mombasa towns.

Speaking today after receiving the report the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Dr Ibrahim Mohamed pledged support for the findings saying the Ministry is keen to see its implementation to ensure livelihoods are Improved.

In a statement delivered on his behalf by the Assistant Secretary Administration Mr. Rodney Omari the PS thanked the IFAD Mission team for reviewing suitability of new areas for scaling up good practices and lessons learnt from the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund.

The objective of the mission was to evaluate the feasibility of the two proposed water funds and consult with relevant stakeholders in order to determine project implementation arrangements.

Mawira Chitima (IFAD] Mission Team leader (left), Edith Kirumba IFAD Climate Change specialist (center) IFAD Consultant Ms Joylene

Out of the two proposed water funds the team agreed to reduce it to one and settled for Eldoret Water Fund with an agreement to change the name to include the broader area covering other affected counties like Elgeiyo Marakwet.

The fund will focus on the restoration and rehabilitation of Moiben, Sosiani and Kipkerren catchment areas which are the only sources of water that feeds Eldoret town.

The project will be financed by Global Environment Facility {GEF} Cycle 7 at a cost of USD 2.98 million and will focus on land degradation and biodiversity conservation in the catchment areas.

Representative of the PS Mr. Rodney Omari (Center) addressing the IFAD team he is flanked by Director Programmes Projects & Strategic Initiatives Ms Agnes Yobteric and Mr Olwasi

The GEF project is expected to have a cost effective solution where the water supply is naturally replenished and filtered and rural livelihoods are improved.

The IFAD Mission team was led by Director Programmes Projects and Strategic Initiatives in the Ministry Ms. Agnes Yobteric, IFAD team leader Mawira Chitima and representatives from the Nature Conservancy and other stakeholders.

 

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