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Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia opening the North Rift stakeholder workshop at an Eldoret hotel.

Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia opening the North Rift stakeholder workshop at an Eldoret hotel.

The country will soon have a new development model dubbed Green Economy after completion of stakeholder consultations on a Strategy and Implementation plan currently going on in various counties.

Speaking while opening a Green Economy workshop at an Eldoret hotel,l on behalf of the the Principal Secretary, Stated Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia, lauded the new initiative which she observed would build a transformative development pathway through integrated planning between the Counties and National governments.

Already consultations to obtain feedback and insights into county specific issues have been conducted to mainstream Green growth into sustainable economic, resource and social development.

Among the key sectors that have been identified to support the proposed Green Economy are Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Tourism, Water and Sanitation, Housing/Construction, Energy, Mining, Transport, Manufacturing and Recycling.

Upon completion of the county consultation workshops, a national validation meeting would be held to consolidate the country’s view before the strategy is owned and launched, said Dr. Kaudia.

A group photo of the workshop participants.

A group photo of the workshop participants.

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Kenya has made considerable progress in phasing out substances that deplete the Ozone layer that shields the earth from harmful ultra-violet radiation from the sun, Principal Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

He disclosed that the country had phased out chlorofluorocarbons, halons and methyl bromides which are Ozone depleting substances (ODS) found in applications such as fire-fighting equipment and fumigation for soils and cereals.

The substances destroy the ozone layer once they are released into the atmosphere, and expose human beings to sun radiation that causes skin cancer, and eye cataracts. The harmful rays also contribute to reduced plant and animal activity, poor air quality, damage to plastics and negatively impact on the climate.

Dr. Lesiyampe made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by a senior deputy secretary Ben Mugambi during the International Ozone Day 2014 celebration at Mt. Kenya primary school, Nanyuki in Laikipia County. This year’s theme was Ozone layer protection, the mission goes on.

The celebrations attended by among others Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu and Laikipia East member of parliament Anthony Mutahi Kingaru heard that the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources had spared not efforts in preservation of the Ozone layer in an effort to meet the country’s obligation to the 1987 Montreal protocol which it was a signatory to.

The Ministry had in partnership with development partners trained refrigeration service technicians on good practices. Common refrigeration in home appliances, cooling systems including those in mortuaries often contain ODS in form of gases.

He confirmed that his Ministry was supporting industries, companies and and Agricultural enterprises to shift from using ODS for Ozone friendly alternatives.

Further the Ministry in collaboration with other agencies such as customs department and National Environmental Management Authority have controlled importation of ODS through import permits and quota allocations.

The principal Secretary singled out the German International Co-operation agency (GIZ), France Development Fund, United Nations Agencies for working with the National Ozone Unit to implement the requirements of the Montreal protocol.

Governor Irungu who spoke during the celebrations confirmed that his county would work with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources to implement various programmes in a bid to promote clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

The aim of commemorating the International Ozone day is to disseminate as widely as possible, the importance of protecting the Ozone layer and the efforts the country was doing in that direction.

The of the United Nations’ Secretary General’s  celebration message was read by the Deputy County Commissioner for Laikipia Central, Mr Titus Kilonzi who said the Montreal Protocol is a historical treaty that has helped in the fight against climate change.

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DSC_0519Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources were at the Travellers Beach Hotel to discuss the amendments of the Environment Management and Coordination Act 2014.

Addressing the meeting the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources             Dr Richard Lesiyampe called for the indulgence of the legislatures to come up with a document that will be presented in parliament without amendments. He urged them to go through article by article and clause by clause to ensure EMCA becomes a master piece in Africa.

DSC_0531The Chairperson of the Committee Hon Amina Mohamed urged members to take into account the challenges encountered in implementation of EMCA 1999 and address it, adding that there is enormous investment in extractive sectors.

The meeting brought together 26 members of parliament from the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in the August house.

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The 2014 NETFUND Green Innovations Award’s Gala will perhaps go down in history as one of the most anticipated events in as far as environmental management is concerned. The September 9th event was buzzed with an eerie atmosphere from an excited audience. The event began on a high note with Safari Cats African dancers setting the tone.

At the center of it all, was well-known, eloquent speaker, Michael Oyier, former news anchor, Standard Group Media and famous comedian Eric Omondi. Oyiers’ engagement coupled with a series of seasoned sentiments from Eric Omondi left the audience desiring for more.

See Also,

    1. Speech by Her Excellency the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta
    2. Speech by the principal secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe

The audience was also treated to fun and laughter as His Excellency Mr. Andres Ronquist, the Head of Kenya Development Corporation Section at the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi and Eric Omondi paused for a selfie with Her Excellency the First Lady Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta .

NETFUND’s desire to continuously support environmental conservation was greatly underscored by recognizing and rewarding the efforts of ordinary Kenyans who have embraced the same vision in their daily livelihoods. While at times this may be deemed as an unnecessary expense, the Green Innovations Awards proactively amplify a cause for environment conservation because embracing best practices for a clean, healthy and productive remain expedient to the current and future generations.
The NETFUND GIA awards categories of prizes ranged from: Primary schools, Secondary schools, Civil Society, Green villages, SMEs and Individuals. In all these, sustainable development and environmental green initiatives were keenly evaluated. All the short listed nominees were awarded pegged on their efforts and unquenchable desire for environmental sanity.

All the prizes were presented by the Guest of Honor, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta and other High Level Delegates as shown in the Gallery below:

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Conservation Secretary, Mr. Gedion Gathaara opening the Forest workshop at the Pan Afric Hotel, Nbi

Conservation Secretary, Mr. Gedion Gathaara opening the Forest workshop at the Pan Afric Hotel, Nbi

The Economic Development of any Country revolves around the environment and the choice of appropriate conservation and management strategies, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

In a speech read on his behalf by the conservation Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Gedion Gathaara during the launch of the awareness creation on Kenya’s National Forest Programme at the Pan Afric hotel, Nairobi, Dr. Lesiyampe noted that, Environmental conservation must be seen against the backdrop of economic development as forests are important components of the environment that proved life-supporting products.

The National Forests Programme, that is under the Miti Mingi Maisha Bora initiative and supported by the Finish Government, is designed to be a participatory, inter-sectoral and interactive strategy that will involve policy planning, implementation and monitoring at National and county levels geared towards improving sustainable Forest management in the country.

The National Forest awareness Programme, which will be rolled out to all the counties, will result to a strategic framework that will guide the sector development and provide clear linkages with other sectors including engagements with development partners. Noting that the Government embraces Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as a firm foundation for accelerated development, Dr. Lesiyampe welcomed county governments, development partners, civil societies and the private sector to engage in the programme.

The function was also attended by the deputy head of Mission, Finish embassy, Eva Alarcom, Director of Kenya Forest Service, Mr. David Mbugua and the Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia, amongst other guests.

The Project Manager, National  Forests Programme, Mr. David Mutisya addressing a thematic group.

The Project Manager, National Forests Programme, Mr. David Mutisya addressing a thematic group.

A  group photo  of the participants attending the workshop

A group photo of the participants attending the workshop

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Amb. Kandie, SDA, SDENR, flanked by Bomet deputy Governor, Mr. Stephen Mutai, Bomet County Commissioner Mr. Rerempai and other county officials during the ground breaking ceremony

Amb. Kandie, SDA, SDENR, flanked by Bomet deputy Governor, Mr. Stephen Mutai, Bomet County Commissioner Mr. Rerempai and other county officials during the ground breaking ceremony

National and County leaders have the responsibility of initiating projects that help Kenyans achieve their aspirations of productive and healthy environment, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

She said her Ministry was committed to the country’s vision 2030 goals of promoting clean, healthy, secure and sustainable environment in order for the citizens to achieve high quality life.

She made the remarks in a speech read on her behalf by a senior director of Administration Amb. Julius Kandie during a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a sewerage treatment works at Bomet town.

The sewerage facility, to be funded by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources through the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project at a cost ksh. 135 million, is expected to process over 700 cubic meters of sewerage daily. The largest town in Bomet County is currently not served by a sewerage system.

The sewerage will address water pollution and sanitation problems which face river Nyongores in the precincts of Bomet town.

According to the 2009 census, Bomet County had a population of over 730,000 people.

Amb. Julius Kandie with other Government officials following proceedings during the ground breaking ceremony

Amb. Julius Kandie with other Government officials following proceedings during the ground breaking ceremony

She called for proper utilization of the funds through cooperation of the implementing agency-Lake Victoria Environment management program and the county government which was represented at the ceremony by Deputy Governor Stephen Mutai. The National coordinator of LVEMP II (Kenya), Francisca Owour, Bomet County Commissioner Mr. Lerempai attended the function.

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Serious business- Env. Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Alice Kaudia opening the Green Economy workshop at La savannah hotel in Kisumu

Serious business- Env. Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Alice Kaudia opening the Green Economy workshop at La savannah hotel in Kisumu

The country will soon have a new development model dubbed Green Economy after completion of stakeholder consultations on a Strategy and Implementation plan currently going on in various counties.

Speaking while opening a Green Economy workshop at a Kisumu hotel on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu, the Environment Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice Kaudia, lauded the new initiative which she observed would build a transformative development pathway through integrated planning between the Counties and National governments.

Already consultations to obtain feedback and insights into county specific issues has been conducted for Northern Kenya, Nairobi, Central and Eastern regions targeting to mainstream Green growth into sustainable economic, resource and social development.

Among the key sectors that have been identified to support the proposed Green Economy are Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Tourism, Water and Sanitation, Housing/Construction, Energy, Mining, Transport, Manufacturing and Recycling.

Climate change experts from the Ministry and other workshop participant following proceedings  at  La savannah hotel, Kisumu

Climate change experts from the Ministry and other workshop participant following proceedings at La savannah hotel, Kisumu

Upon completion of the county consultation workshops, a national validation meeting would be held to consolidate the country’s view before the strategy is owned and launched, said Dr. Kaudia.

Mr. Eric Dede from UNEP addressing the workshop participants at the La Savannah hotel, Kisumu

Mr. Eric Dede from UNEP addressing the workshop participants at the La Savannah hotel, Kisumu

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Kisumu Governor, H.E.  Hon. Jackton Raguma listens keenly as Amb. Julius Kandie, SDA, SDENR explains  a point during a courtesy call to the Governor

Kisumu Governor, H.E. Hon. Jackton Raguma listens keenly as Amb. Julius Kandie, SDA, SDENR explains a point during a courtesy call to the Governor

The commissioning of Ksh.146 million sewerage treatment works upgrade in Kisumu, that is being funded by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, through the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project, is a start of a long journey towards reducing pollution of Lake Victoria and infestation of water hyacinth which chokes the fresh water body.

Environment, Water and natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted, the improvement of sewerage treatment works will greatly improve Lake Victoria ecosystem alongside reducing diseases experienced within the city.

Currently only 8 percent of the population is served by a central sewerage system managed Kisumu Water and sewerage Company.

In a speech read on her behalf, by the Senior Director of Administration Amb. Julius Kandie during the launch of the project, the CS said the project would include construction of primary and secondary sedimentation tanks, a sludge digestion unit and a trickling filter bed.

“We are aware that pollution is one of the factors that contribute to the infestation of the lake with water hyacinth, hence this activity will significantly contribute to improving the lake’s eco-system” she added

She noted that the expansion of the sewerage facility expected to be complete in five months would increase the processing of sewage by more than 2,500 cubic meters per day from the current 4,000 cubic meters.

The CS urged the Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (KIWASCO) and the County Government to ensure that the construction was done to specification and that standards and quality was not compromised.

Amb. Julius Kandie, SDA, SDENR, delivering the Cabinet Secretary's  speech as Kisumu Governor H.E. Hon. Jack Raguma listens keenly.

Amb. Julius Kandie, SDA, SDENR, delivering the Cabinet Secretary’s speech as Kisumu Governor H.E. Hon. Jack Raguma listens keenly.

The ground breaking ceremony was attended by Kisumu County governor, H.E. Hon. Jackton Ranguma, National Coordinator, LVEMP II Kenya, Francisca Owour and officials of Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company.

Wananchi watching keenly as the ground breaking for the Kisumu  sewarage plant takes place at the Kisat site, Kisumu city.

Wananchi watching keenly as the ground breaking for the Kisumu sewarage plant takes place at the Kisat site, Kisumu city.

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Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education and Technology Prof. Kaimenyi, flanked by Hon. Otichilo, British Deputy envoy, PS, Env & Nat. Res, Dr. Lesiyampe and PS, Water, Mr. Teko during the IPCC conference

Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education and Technology Prof. Kaimenyi, flanked by Hon. Otichilo, British Deputy envoy, PS, Env & Nat. Res, Dr. Lesiyampe and PS, Water, Mr. Teko during the IPCC conference

The youth constitute the majority of the population and they are important stakeholders in environmental and sustainable development decision making processes, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Prof, Jacob Kaimenyi during the official launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fifth assessment report at the Safari   Park Hotel, Nairobi, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the youth are the greatest consumers, producers, victims and beneficiaries of environmental resources, and climate change will impact on their future lives and as such, they have much to gain from efforts to tackle climate change, and the most to lose if climate change is allowed to escalate. Prof. Wakhungu  observed that, decisions made today should aim at creating a future world that will be safer, healthier and more peaceful.

Speaking at the same function, the British deputy high commissioner to Kenya, Mr. John Murton announced that, Britain will spent Ksh. 5 billion in Kenya for the next five years in combating   climate change issues, mostly in the field of renewable energy and other projects involved in combating the effects of climate change.DSC_0320PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the IPCC workshop at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

The report that was launched presents strong evidence that warming over land across Africa has increased over the last 50 – 100 years, and the trend is very likely to continue.

Principal Secretaries for Environment and Water,   Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and Teko Lopoyotum attended the launch, amongst other dignitaries.

Memorable Photo- CS, Prof. Kaimenyi joins paticipants attending the IPCC conference for a group photo at the Saafari Park Hotel.

Memorable Photo- CS, Prof. Kaimenyi joins paticipants attending the IPCC conference for a group photo at the Saafari Park Hotel.

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Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, flanked by KFS Director, Mr. David Mbogua addressing the Ogiek community at his office

Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, flanked by KFS Director, Mr. David Mbogua addressing the Ogiek community at his office

The Ogiek community has been challenged to support government efforts of restoring water catchment areas as they have been conservationists since time immemorial. Speaking when he met a delegation from the community in his office, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe encouraged the community to form organized groups whom the Ministry can work with and embark on programs that are sustainable.

The Principal Secretary assured the community of the government’s commitment to resolving environmental issues affecting them.  Other issues which were addressed during the meeting were land, excision of forests, and conservation of Mt. Elgon ecosystem and resettlement of the landless.

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Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing NEMA management team at the Boma hotel, Nairobi

Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing NEMA management team at the Boma hotel, Nairobi

Investing in human resources is the key to the transformation of any institution, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said. Speaking  when he met staff of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) at their offices, Dr. Lesiyampe challenged the managers to focus on the soft tissues of their staff like respect, appreciation, recognition, rewards and even sanctions, noting that, it is people who transform the world, create wealth and make the world move.

Dr. Lesiyampe, who was accompanied by the Director of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), Mr. Richard Mwendandu and the Deputy Director of Public Communications, Mr. Mulei Muia, assured the staff that, the Ministry will donate a piece of land along Mombasa road for the institution to construct its permanent headquarters and called on the County Directors of environment to negotiate with the County governments for land to construct their offices.

The chairman of the Board of management of NEMA, Mr. Maluki Mwendwa  and the Director General, Prof. Geoffrey  Wahungu attended.

Principal Secretary, State Department  of Env. & Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing NEMA staff at their head office.

Principal Secretary, State Department of Env. & Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing NEMA staff at their head office.

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The country will soon have a new development model dubbed Green Economy after completion of stakeholder consultations on a Strategy and Implementation plan currently going on in various counties.

The government in conjunction with development partners is in the process of developing the strategy aiming at achieving an all inclusive sustainable development in line with Kenya Vision 2030 of transforming the country into a newly industrialized nation.

Already consultations to obtain feedback and insights into county specific issues has been conducted for Northern Kenya, Nairobi, Central and Eastern regions targeting to mainstream Green growth into sustainable economic, resource and social development.

The strategy will involve development of infrastructure to support green industries and low carbon alternatives, achieving sustainable natural resource management, and building resilience against impact of climate change and efficient management of resources.

The new dispensation is Burberry Womens Trench Coat Sale expected to eliminate that usually dominant conflict of resource management and environmental quality in projects implementation.

During the consultations, counties deliberate on opportunities and challenges likely to be faced by the green economy, policy options, cost implication and institutional framework for coordination and implementation.

A group photo of the stakeholders at Maanzoni

 Among the key sectors that have been Nike Zoom Fit Agility Flyknit Price identified to support the proposed Green Economy are Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Tourism, Water and Sanitation, Housing/Construction, Energy, Mining, Transport, Manufacturing and Recycling.

Speaking while opening a Green Economy workshop at a Machakos hotel,the Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia Golden Goose Mid Star Glitter lauded the new initiative which she Golden Goose Superstar Femme observed would build a transformative development pathway through integrated planning between the Counties and National governments.

Upon completion of the county consultation workshops, a national validation meeting would be held to consolidate the country’s view before the strategy is owned and Borussia Dortmund Kits 2017 launched.

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