Monday, June 24, 2019

achievmentsThe Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is implementing projects and programmes as enumerated in the 2nd Medium Term Plan (MTP-II) of Vision 2030 with a clear focus on the implementation of the Jubilee Manifesto. The Ministry is mandated to undertake protection, conservation and development of environment, water and natural resources for sustainable development through policy and strategy formulation as well as implementation of development programmes and projects.
In the Environment Sector, the Jubilee Manifesto undertook to protect Kenya’s remaining forests and increase our forest cover……..Read more

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DSC_0010Conservation will be boosted by the continued bilateral relations between Kenya and China whose recent capital investments by the Asian country focuses on the Environment sector, Environment and Water Resources cabinet Secretary Pro Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking during a forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) workshop in Nairobi, the Cabinet Secretary noted that cooperation between the governments of China and Kenya has grown tremendously rising to Kshs. 46 billion in 2013, through investments in manufacturing, energy, construction real estate, tourism and trade.

She said that increased credit lines for environmentally sensitive sectors such as infrastructure, manufacturing and agriculture stand to achieve tangible benefits for Kenyans if strong environmental considerations are applied.

Prof Wakhungu observed that FOCAC forum has identified new areas on corporate social responsibility, clean energy, renewable resources and the fight against transnational organized crime linked to illegal wildlife trade as areas of continued cooperation.

DSC_0016The CS pointed out that in the efforts to ensure that all Kenyans had access to clean and healthy environment her Ministry had developed the National Climate Change Response Strategy and the National Climate Change Action Plan which address adaptation and mitigation challenges, among other policies and progammes.

She appreciated the support being accorded by the Chinese government towards the protection of wildlife targeting elimination of poaching menace adding that Kenya had finalized discussions on provision of wildlife protection equipment by the Chinese government.

 The Chinese deputy Secretary General for International Cooperation on Environment and development pledged continued support to Kenya’s environmental impact process that was enhanced by the recent launch of the National Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) guidelines.

The official also promised support in   sustainable development through provision of jobs opportunities and in climate change mitigation efforts.

DSC_0023The workshop held at a Nairobi hotel brought together development partners alongside Kenyan and Chinese officials.

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A group photo of  part of the participants  attending the dialogue meeting

A group photo of part of the participants attending the dialogue meeting

Some non-governmental organizations are sabotaging environment conservation efforts by engaging in falsehoods that earn them foreign financial assistance, PS Dr.Richard Lesiyampe has disclosed.

The NGO’s seek funds from donors abroad under the pretext that they promoted human rights for the local forest dependent communities evicted from water towers and other conservation areas they previously occupied.

At the same time, Dr. Lesiyampe announced that the government’s initiative of forestry reforms had achieved positive results through engaging forest dependent communities in conservation.

He said the Government was determined to solve long standing socio-economic hardships facing the communities, through dialogue that will promote their rights to access forest products alongside protecting the water catchment areas.

The PS welcomed foreign assistance in environmental conservation efforts but warned that the process will only be driven by the Government which is working with the local communities to improve their livelihood.

Dr. Lesiyampe was reacting to claims that government had instigated evictions were being carried out in Embobut forest at a time when a round table dialogue with leaders of the minority  Sengwer,Ogiek, Ichamus and Eldrois had kicked off.

The government initiated negotiations seeks to resolve the persistent conflict between the authorities and the local communities over occupation of water catchment and conservation areas.

Dr Lesiyampe recently ordered an aerial inspection of the Embobut forest by a team comprising community representatives, county governments, Kenya forest service, World Bank Officials, members of the press among other stakeholders who confirmed that no fresh evictions had been carried out.

 Following the dialogue, the communities’ representatives expressed their desire to conserve the environment if they were allowed to earn their livelihood from forests products.

The PS confirmed that the government would no longer destroy property belonging to members of the forest dependent communities adding that the Ministry had initiated forestry reforms that would promote harmony between people and forests.

The reforms will be undertaken through  the ongoing development of national forest programme, whose principles include recognition of customary rights of indigenous people and forest dependent communities he observed

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Mrs . of explains the mandate ofWARMA as CS Prof. Judi Under Armour Stephen Curry 1 Colorways Wakhungu and PS James Teko Lopoyetum keenly listen

Thousands of water consumers downstream Athi river are set to get clean water following the launch yesterday of a massive clean-up and Restoration program by cabinet secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources prof. Judi Wakhungu.

The waterway has for long been unclean with countless gallons of effluent, flowing downstream courtesy of industries and the constant bursting of the main Nairobi county sewer line.

Water consumers downstream, fish, and millions of animals dependent on the water way ecosystem  have for years choked under the liquid waste was spewed by polluters upstream.

Athi River comprises several tributaries that feed into it at around Nairobi County and flow down to the Indian Ocean hundreds of kilometers south.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu responding to questions from journalists. Flanking her is the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) Chief Executive Philip Olum

The cabinet secretary at a function held at fourteen falls, Ol Donyo Sabuk in Golden Goose Smash Baratas Kiambu County led the restoration initiative by Water Resources Management Authority dubbed A clean Athi River: My Life, My Responsibility” with its  Kiswahili version“Usafi wa Mto Athi: Uhai Wangu, Jukumu Langu”

 The restoration program aims at protecting the water, from adverse impacts in order to achieve sustainable development and return the river to its former glory, clear from of any form of pollution.

At the same time, prof. Wakhungu warned that hefty fines to as high as sh. 20 million awaited any Golden Goose Superstar Billigt person or institution found polluting the river and appealed to all water users to change their attitude in waste Saucony Jazz Original Yellow disposal in order to  turn around the potential of the water resource.

The implementation of the programme, expected to cost nearly ksh. 2.5 in the next five years will ensure adequate good quality water for human needs and ecological functions, protection of the resource against pollution through collaboration with stakeholders and Calzoncillos Burberry Baratos enhanced institutional capacity for water resource protection.

The minister was accompanied by the Billiga Fotbollsskor Nike Magista Principal Secretary, State Department of Water and Regional Development Authorities, Mr. James Teko Lopoyetum and officials of water Resources Management Authority.

Athi River: the pollution and the hyacinth menace
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CS, MEWNR, World Bank Country rep., community elder, Swedesh official and NLC chair, Mr. Swazuri during the meeting.

Forest dependent communities in North rift have kicked off a dialogue with the Government to seek permanent solutions to the constant conflict over occupation and rights to derive livehood from the natural resource.

Leaders from the minority communities of Sengwer,Ichamus, Eldrois and Ogiek,  gathered in Eldoret during a round table meeting organized by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. The communities expressed their desire to conserve the environment if they were allowed to earn their livelihood from forests products.

The forum which was opened by the Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu and attended by county governments, senators and members of parliament is a crucial component in the ongoing forestry reforms under the National Forest Development programme.

Illegal occupation and destruction of forests in Embobut and Mau water towers has dominated the local scene over the last few years, prompting the Government to evict the concerned families.

The government and the concerned communities agreed during the meeting to resolve the conflict amicably.

The CS, MEWNR opening the dialogue meeting at the Boma hotel, Eldoret

The CS told the meeting of the Government’s commitment to incorporate views of forest dependent communities in development plans among them the National forest development programme in order to address their rights to access forest resources. She urged the communities to always seek open dialogue with the Government through elected representatives.

Prof. Wakhungu noted that the Ogiek and Sengwer communities were among those in ten counties that had identified their representatives to hold future structured dialogue with the government.

She said communities were custodians of rich indigenous knowledge that was useful in forestry conservation adding that such knowledge would complement modern science in environmental management. “there is need for close collaboration between policy implementers and community indigenous knowledge alongside borrowing of international best practices in formulation of policies, legislation and institutional reforms” she observed.

Prof.Wakhungu promised that her ministry would promote harmony between people and forests during the ongoing development of national forest programme, whose principles include recognition of customary rights of indigenous people and forest dependent communities.

She confirmed that the national forest programme would be the future guide within the broader fields of forestry.

A group photo of part of the participants attending the dialogue meeting

The CS praised the initiative for raising awareness among stakeholders on their roles and numerous opportunities in the sector noting that they will now be actively involved in planning and decision making.

The forum attracted participation of the World Bank, United Nations development programme, civil society and the national assembly.It was attended by among others senator Kipchumba Murkomen, vice-chairman parliamentary committee on environment, water and natural resources Reginald Wanyonyi, Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Madago and other regional county leaders.

Other communities that were represented were the maasai, Yaaku, Samburu, somali and kaya.

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The President watch and the CS Environment and Natural resources watch as I5 tonnes of ivory goes up in flames

The President watch and the CS Environment and Natural resources watch as I5 tonnes of ivory goes up in flames

President Uhuru Kenyatta and first lady Margaret yesterday afternoon lead the nation in marking the Africa Environment Day cum Wangari Maathai Day and the World Wildlife Day at the Nairobi National Park.

This year’s theme for the Africa Environment Day is “Empowering women for sustainable natural resource management”

 The climax of the well attended event was the destruction of 15 tonnes of illegal ivory.

President Kenyatta said the burning of the ivory was intended to send a clear signal to those in illegal game trophy trade that his government’s determination to eradicate this vile economy is unrelenting.

The President signing the visitors book upon his arrival at KWS headquarters as the CS, MEWNR’s and her two PS’s watch on.

The President signing the visitors book upon his arrival at KWS headquarters as the CS, MEWNR’s and her two PS’s watch on.

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Professor Judi Wakhungu also speaking this in this event said the war against poaching is beginning to bear fruit because of the close collaboration between law enforcement agencies.

 At regional level, we are collaborating closely  with the neighbouring countries to share information on poaching and illegal trafficking, she said.

The President is welcome by the CS, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural resources

The President is welcome by the CS, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural resources

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Karibu!. PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe  receiving the israel Ambassador to Kenya in his office as Conservation  Sec., Mr. Gedion Gathaara looks on.

Karibu!. PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe receiving the israel Ambassador to Kenya in his office as Conservation Sec., Mr. Gedion Gathaara looks on.

The government of Israel recognizes the cordial bilateral relationship with Kenya, acting Israel Charge D’Affaires to Kenya, Mr. Nadav Peldman has said.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call to the Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, Mr. Peldman said his government will collaborate with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in the field of tree planting as it marks its independence anniversary in April, this year.

Dr. Lesiyampe thanked the Israel government for the assistance, saying it will to boost the government’s effort of raising the current forest tree cover that stands at 6.9% as opposed to the internationally accepted standard of 10%.

Conservation Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Gideon Gathaara and officers from the Kenya Forest Service attended the meeting.

S, SDENR Dr. Lesiyampe holding bileteral talks  withe the Israel envoy as Conservation Secretary, Gedion Gathaara listens  keenly.

S, SDENR Dr. Lesiyampe holding bileteral talks withe the Israel envoy as Conservation Secretary, Gedion Gathaara listens keenly.

 

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Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe opening the 39th Greater Horn of Africa Forum at the Boma Hotel.

Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe opening the 39th Greater Horn of Africa Forum at the Boma Hotel.

The Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, has developed a climate change response strategy and a climate change action plan, that will be mainstreamed into the national development plan and programmes as an effort to combating the effects of climate change, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

Speaking when he officiated during the official opening of the 39th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum at the Boma hotel, Nairobi, Dr. Lesiyampe noted that, climate change was a reality in the region, as evidenced through the reduction of water levels in Lake Turkana, retreat of glaciers over Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro, sea level rise and decreasing rainfall trends. Noting that 80% of the Greater Horn of Africa is arid and semi-arid with pastoralism as the main occupation, Dr. Lesiyampe called for governments and different stakeholders in the region to develop and strengthen early warning systems to provide information for timely interventions in the mitigation of adverse impacts of climate extremes.

Memories- a group photo of the particpants after the official opening of the forum by the PS.

Memories- a group photo of the particpants after the official opening of the forum by the PS.

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The forum, which is organized by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC) in collaboration with the Kenya Meteorological Services, brought together national, regional and international climate experts, representatives of regional and international climate centers and experts from specific climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture and food security, and is meant to develop a consensus climate outlook for the March to May 2015 rainfall season as well as formulate mitigation strategies.

 

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The Public Complaints Committee (PCC) is established under Section 31 of the Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act (EMCA) 1999 to investigate allegations or complaints regarding the condition of the environment or on its own motion, suspected cases of environmental degradation and to make reports of its findings and recommendations thereon to the National Environment Council (NEC). It was formally constituted (and inducted) by the then Minister for Environment and Natural Resources in August 2001 and that is when it started operations.

PCC operates under the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR). The Ministry has elaborated its Vision and Mission clearly in the context of its mandate which is to protect, conserve and manage the environmental and natural resources through exploitation for socio-economic development aimed at eradication of poverty, improved living standards and ensuring that a clean environment is sustained now and in the future in line with the country’s aspirations as found in Kenya Vision 2030. PCC’s Vision and Mission is;

Vision

To be the leading environmental ombudsman in Africa

Mission

To facilitate access to environmental justice to the public by providing a forum for expeditious and affordable environmental conflict resolution and to contribute to environmental policy development

Mandate

The Public Complaints Committee is an impartial entity charged with the in-depth investigation of any allegations against any person in relation to the condition of the environment in Kenya or on its own motion; any suspected case of environmental degradation. Further, parliament through Section 32 of EMCA mandates PCC to: prepare and submit to the NEC periodic reports of its activities which report shall form part of the annual report on the state of the environment and to perform such other functions and exercise such powers as may be assigned to it by the NEC.

Core Values

The PCC shall strive to maintain the following core values;

  • Professional integrity
  • Team work
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Equity
  • Commitment to excellence and timely responsiveness;
  • Continuous learning
  • Effective and efficient service delivery
  • Application of best environmental practices
  • Continuous staff development

Principles

The values and principles of public service include:

  1. High standards of professional ethics;
  2. Efficient, effective and economic use of resources;
  3. Responsive, prompt, effective, impartial and equitable provision of services;
  4. Involvement of the people in the process of policy making;
  5. Accountability for administrative acts;
  6. Transparency and provision to the public of timely, accurate information;
  7. Subject to paragraphs (h)and (i), fair competition and merit as the basis of appointments and promotions;
  8. Representative of Kenyan’s diverse communities; and
  9. Affording adequate and equal opportunities for appointment, training and advancement, at all levels of the public service, of-
  • Men and women;
  • The members of all ethnic groups; and
  • Persons with disabilities.

For more information, please visit ..www.pccenvironment.or.ke

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Pupils on their way fetch water at Misadhi River in Rongo, Migori County

Pollution and disease outbreaks could be minimized by engaging local communities in cleaning and restoration of urban rivers the Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia has said.

The recent cholera outbreak in Migori County was caused by widespread pollution of rivers and reduction of water levels that led to high concentration of germs in the untreated water consumed by local people she observed.

Dr. Kaudia was speaking when she led a team of environment officials under the urban rivers restoration program to initiate clean up and restoration of rivers Migori and Oyani in the county.

The environment secretary called on the local County officials to engage other upstream devolved governments of Narok, Bomet, Kisii, Nyamira and Kericho in the rivers cleanup program to include all areas that were sources of widespread pollution.

The urban rivers restoration program under the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources has enlisted nine counties whose rivers will be cleaned this year. They include Uasin gishu, Baringo, Kisumu, Kilifi, Nyeri, Busia, Laikipia  Kisii and Migori counties.

Cattle drinking at Masaba dam, Kuria East, Migori County

The programme has also focused on initiating conservation activities in schools as a means of inculcating a culture of environmental conservation in youth.

In Migori, five schools were identified which include Migori Boys, Sare Primary, Rapogi girls, Kigonga and Nyora primary schools.

While visiting Migori Boys high school, the Director Urban Rivers Restoration Programme, Mr. Erick Akotsi lauded the efforts of the school in adapting a one KM stretch of Migori River for restoration. He pledged working tools of wheelbarrows, rakes and protective gear to aid the restoration exercise.

The Ministry is collaborating with the county governments and other stakeholders in an all inclusive approach to urban rivers restoration. Alongside restoring rivers the programme also aims at providing employment opportunities to women and the youth.

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Environment Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Alice  Kaudia addressing the women leaders at hotel Intecont., Nrb.

Environment Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Alice Kaudia addressing the women leaders at hotel Intecont., Nrb.

The government has created opportunities for gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment in its development programs as a basis for the achievement of Kenya’s Vision 2030, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

 Speaking  when she represented the Principal Secretary Dr. Richard Lesiyampe during a consultative meeting with Women Parliamentarians on gender mainstreaming,  Policy, Strategy and Action Plan for Environment at the hotel Intercontinental, Nairobi, the Environment Secretary in the State Department  of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice Kaudia noted that, gender mainstreaming in environment and natural resources remains imperative and  called on women to take advantage of opportunities such as Women enterprise fund, Youth fund and Uwezo funds to empower their communities.

 Dr. Kaudia informed the women leaders that, the Ministry was developing a Gender Mainstreaming Policy, Strategy and Action Plan for Environment and Natural Resources to support the government in meeting her international obligations to conventions like the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the 1985 Nairobi Forward Looking Strategy for the advancement of women, the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action and the Millennium Development Goals. She called on women law makers to fully support the Ministry in its endeavor’s as the strategy will strengthen and focus gender mainstreaming strategically in order to promote gender equality in access, use and benefits from environment, natural resources and economic/development programs and projects at national and devolved levels.

Nominated senator, Hon. Zani  making a point  during the consultaive meeting at hotel intercont., Nrb.

Nominated senator, Hon. Zani making a point during the consultaive meeting at hotel intercont., Nrb.

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 The Governor, Nandi County flagging  off  the World Wetlands Day procession at Etabwo, Kapsabet.

The Governor, Nandi County flagging off the World Wetlands Day procession at Etabwo, Kapsabet.

Kenyan’s have been called upon to work together to secure the future through promotion of sustainable use and wise use of wetlands, as they guarantee food security, purify and filter harmful wastes from water, store carbon and are nature’s shock absorbers that are critical to biodiversity.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Director of Kenya Wildlife Service, Mr. William Kiprono, during the commemoration to mark the 2015 World Wetlands Day at Etabwo Primary School in Kapsabet, Nandi County, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, called for County governments to take up sustainable environmental management seriously, as they play a key role in the implementation of various environmental policies and programmes that are geared towards environmental sustainability.

Courtesy call- Senior Ministry and County  officials during a courtesy call to Nandi County Governor, Hon.  Langat.

Courtesy call- Senior Ministry and County officials during a courtesy call to Nandi County Governor, Hon. Langat.

Noting that the World Wetlands Day that is observed yearly on 2nd February to mark the anniversary of the signing of  the Convention on Wetlands of International importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran on 2nd February, 1971, Prof. Wakhungu observed that,  in Kenya, Wetlands were faced with various challenges  including encroachment for agriculture, pollution, urbanization and climate change and that the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources was putting in place various measures, that include formulation of a comprehensive National Wetlands Conservation and Management  Policy and Integrated Coastal Zone management  policy in order to reverse the trend.

This year’s World Wetlands Day, whose theme was “Managing Wetlands for Our Future”, was attended by the Nandi County Governor, Hon. Cleophas Langat, Director General, NEMA, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu and other senior government officials.

Director of KWS, Mr. William Kiprono delivering  the Cabinet Secretary's speech during this year's WWD at Etabwo, Nandi  County

Director of KWS, Mr. William Kiprono delivering the Cabinet Secretary’s speech during this year’s WWD at Etabwo, Nandi County

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