Thursday, February 20, 2020

Regional development Authorities has the potential to dramatically spur the country’s economic growth through exploitation of the vast natural resources in their jurisdiction, Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking in Narok town where she inaugurated a new management board of the Ewaso Ng’iro South Development Authority, Prof Wakhungu noted that, a vast potential of natural resources, including wildlife, wind, solar energy, mineral resources were some of the resources that were awaiting exploitation in various regions in the country.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a group photo with the new ENSDA board members after the inauguration

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a group photo with the new ENSDA board members after the inauguration

In view of the untapped potential, she added the government was investing and implementing elaborate programs and initiatives to exploit the vast resources in order for them to stimulate the national economic growth currently estimated at     6 % annually.

She called on the new board to ensure the Authority smoothly integrated with stakeholders in the basin to achieve best environmental management practices.

Prof. Wakhungu urged Regional Development Authorities to play a complimentary role to County governments who were also implementing projects in the regions.

The new seventeen board of directors will be chaired by Mr. George Wambugu while the acting managing director is Mr. Sammy Napolos.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the new Board of management

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the new Board of management

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086a398a-b89b-4c31-91ee-2bfb8dd17333A new lease of life was today pumped into the Ministry of Environment and Natural resources, as two newly appointed Principal Secretaries assumed leadership during a handing over ceremony at the Ministry headquarters.

Mr. Charles Sunkuli of Environment and Dr. Margaret Mwakima of Natural Resources, both received the leadership mantle from Dr. Richard Lesiyampe following the recent re-organization of government that created  two new state departments in the Ministry.

During the handing over, the two PS’s were briefed about the Ministry’s strategic plan designed to deliver the country into a newly industrializing country status as stipulated by Kenya Vision 2030 development model.

The ministry of Environment is key in supporting the country’s economy through   various programs under the social, economic and political pillars of vision 2030.

Dr. Lesiyampe who has served the Ministry for 2 years has been transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture as the Principal Secretary.

During the handing over ceremony, the incoming P.S’s were introduced to heads of department, division and sections.

Dr. Margaret Mwakima, the new PS for Natural Resources being handed over the docket by out-going PS, Dr. Richard Lesiympe.

Dr. Margaret Mwakima, the new PS for Natural Resources being handed over the docket by out-going PS, Dr. Richard Lesiympe.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Danish Foreign Minister, Kristian launching the Programme as Env. Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia and Ms. Angwenyi from the Danida look on.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Danish Foreign Minister, Kristian launching the Programme as Env. Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia and Ms. Angwenyi from the Danida look on.

The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu , has lauded the Danish Government for its support through the promotion of green growth opportunities, that are geared towards stimulating growth based on green solutions and  employment generation in the Country.

Speaking in the presence of the Danish Foreign Minister, H.E. Kristian Jensen, during the launch of the Kenya Green Growth and Employment Programme at the Climate Change Innovation Center, Nairobi, Prof. Wakhungu noted that,  the 5 year programme, that will see Denmark provide financial and technical support  worth Ksh. 7Billion, will deliver on inclusive greener growth with higher employment in Kenya and will focus on sustainable growth and jobs from investment and trade,  and sustainable use of natural resources/ community resilience. Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the green growth approach emphasizes the need for businesses, governments, communities and civil societies to come together in partnership to find common solutions to the current environmental challenges, noting that, an integrated and universal approach is needed to secure growth and prosperity in the future, focusing on people, planet, prosperity and partnerships to mobilize the world’s response to meet these urgent challenges.

Speaking in the same occasion, Danish Foreign Minister, Kristian Jensen noted that, Demark will continue to help Kenya achieve its green growth agenda through reducing poverty and improving livelihoods through climate mitigation and adaptation of green technologies, business advocacy, trade facilitation, market access, building up competitiveness, productivity and promotion of green value chains in the country.

The Environment Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Alice Kaudia, Danish Ambassador to Kenya Ms. Mette Knudsen and the Director General, NEMA, Prof. Wahungu attended the function.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Danish Foreign Affairs Minister, Kristian Jensen join in a group photo with DANIDA beneficiaries from Kenya

Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Danish Foreign Affairs Minister, Kristian Jensen join in a group photo with DANIDA beneficiaries from Kenya

Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the Danish Foreign Minister, Kristian Jensen at the Ministry's exhibition during the launch

Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the Danish Foreign Minister, Kristian Jensen at the Ministry’s exhibition during the launch

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Regional development Authorities have the potential to dramatically spur the country’s economic growth through exploiting of vast natural resources in their jurisdiction, Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu has said.

The Environment , Natural Resources  and Regional Development  CS noted that a vast potential of natural resources, including wildlife, wind, solar energy, mineral resources were some of  the resources that were awaiting exploitation in various regions in the country.

In view of the untapped potential, she added the government was investing and implementing elaborate programs and initiatives to exploit the vast resources in order for them to stimulate the national economic growth currently estimated at     6 % annually.

Prof Wakhungu was speaking in Isiolo town, where she inaugurated a new management board of the Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority, a river basin catchment spread over 10 counties. They are Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo,Marsabit, Samburu, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Laikipia and Meru.

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She called on the new board to ensure the Authority smoothly integrated with stakeholders in the basin to achieve best environmental management practices.

The CS urged Regional Development Authorities to play a complimentary role to County governments who were also implementing projects in the regions.

The new board of directors will be chaired by Rehema Jaldesa while the managing director is Omar Sheikh.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a group photo with the newly appointed Board members
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 Deputy Director, Multilerateral  Environmental Agreements, Dan Marangu, flanked by reps from UNEP, KIRDI and  GIZ opening the workshop

Deputy Director, Multilerateral Environmental Agreements, Dan Marangu, flanked by reps from UNEP, KIRDI and GIZ opening the workshop

The global energy demand for coolants will significantly increase in the next decade due to growing population, urbanization and food chains that will contribute to climate change, an environment expert has said.

The senior assistant director at the Multilateral Environment Agreements department, Mr. Dan Marangu told a workshop in Nairobi that substances used in refrigeration and air conditioning caused an increase in the green house gases emissions contributing to climate change alongside depleting the Ozone layer.

He said the country through the Ministry of Environment was discouraging and had phased out the use of hydrofluorocarbons, most of which were depleting the ozone layer and caused global warming.

Mr, Marindany Kirui from the National Ozone   Office in the Ministry addressing the workshop

Mr, Marindany Kirui from the National Ozone Office in the Ministry addressing the workshop

The Ozone depleting substances are being replaced with friendly alternatives, the senior assistant director added.

The workshop which also served to establish an inventory of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector in Kenya at a Nairobi hotel was attended by importers of refrigerators and air-conditioners, sales and servicemen, enforcement and regulatory bodies and Kenya Industrial Research Development Institute.

Among other sector players at the training workshop that sought alternatives for the Ozone depleting substances were the coordinator of the National Ozone office in the Ministry of Environment Mr. Kirui Marindany and development partners United Nations Environment Program and GIZ Proclima of Germany.

Participants attending the workshop in a memorable  group photo

Participants attending the workshop in a memorable group photo

The sector is grappling with alternatives to substances that deplete the Ozone layer and global warming owing to the rise in demand in energy consumption and demand for cooling particularly in the emerging economies.

Further Mr. Marangu noted that fundamental technology changes in the global refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) market were critical to forestall, the greenhouse gases emissions that was projected to rise rapidly in the next three decades.

He observed that mitigation for greenhouse gases could be realized in a well-defined field of action with a relatively low costs, straightforward measurements, reporting and verification, as a contribution of combating global climate change.

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Pope Francis planting a commemorative tree in Kenya watched by President Uhuru Kenyatta, KFS director, Emilio Mugo and other KFS officials. (pix. courtesy PSCU)

Kenyans have been called upon to take care and protect the country’s abundant natural resources to benefit future generations. During his recent Papal visit to Kenya, Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church in the world,  praised the beauty of our country,  but challenged Kenyans to take good care of their environment.

Pope Francis, who planted a commemorative tree on Kenyan soil, noted that, the Kenyan people have a strong appreciation of these God given treasures and are known for a culture of conservation. He noted that, the grave environmental crisis facing the world demands an ever greater sensitivity to the relationship between human beings and nature.

Pope Francis listens as KFS director, Emilio Mugo brief him on tree planting as President Uhuru Kenyatta listens keenly. (pix. courtesy PSCU)

In a veiled reference to the Kenyan model of tree growing by schools, the “Green Schools Programme”, Pope Francis noted that, “I am told that, here in Kenya, it is a tradition for young schoolchildren to plant trees for posterity, may this eloquent sign of hope in the future and trust in growth, which God gives, sustain all of you in your efforts to cultivate a society of solidarity, justice and peace on the soil of this country”.

Noting that we are all living in a world which continues to exploit rather than protect our common home, the Pope said we all have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations, and an obligation to exercise a just stewardship of the gifts we have received.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with CS, Eugene Wamalwa at the finishing point of the 15 kms marathon

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with CS, Eugene Wamalwa at the finishing point of the 15 kms marathon

The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities has made tremendous efforts to enhance conservation and protection of our national heritage in line with our Vision 2030 of attaining a forest cover of 10 per cent, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she launched the first ever Kakamega Forest Marathon, whose main goal was to raise awareness on the need to conserve the forest, the only remaining Guineo-Congolian Equatorial rainforest in Kenya,   Prof. Wakhungu noted that, forests and trees are the lungs of the world as they take in excessive carbon dioxide from industries and our activities, thus resulting to a healthy and clean environment.

Noting that the Marathon aims to highlight, address and bring into daily conversation the imperatives and importance of Kakamega forest  conservation, restoration, wise use of forest resources, research and development, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, apart  from providing lively hood to a large number of people living around it inform  of timber, fuel wood, herbal medicine, building materials, land for farming and recreation, the forest is a sanctuary for an extra ordinary large variety of endemic flora and fauna, including insects, reptiles , birds, and  blue monkeys which are not found in other parts of Kenya, and  an important watershed  to river’s Yala and Isiukhu that flow to Lake Victoria .

CS,Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing wananchi at the edge of Kakamega forest as CS, Water and Irrigation, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa listens keenly.DSC_0191

CS,Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing wananchi at the edge of Kakamega forest as CS, Water and Irrigation, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa listens keenly.DSC_0191

Prof. Wakhungu, who alongside her Water and Irrigation counterpart, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa ran for the 15kms marathon, called for the organizers of the event to make it an annual one, saying the government will redouble its efforts in conservation and protection of Kakamegan forest by investing more resources, both material and human.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu flagging off the Kakamega forest marathon

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saicamKenya is signatory to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (MCM) whose objective is to protect human health and the environment from mercury use and its emissions. From the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities has received financing through the World Bank towards the cost of undertaking the conventions initial activities leading to its ratification by Kenya and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services between November 2015 and March 2016. The consulting services will include taking inventory of Kenya’s use and emissions of mercury, assessment of Kenya’s capacity to manage mercury and develop an action plan and its endorsement by the national stakeholders. The consultancies will address major highlights of the MCM including a ban on new mercury mines; the phase-out of existing ones, supply, storage, trade, control of emissions and releases to air and water as well as international obligations of the artisanal and small-scale gold mining and phase down of mercury in dental amalgam. It will also address health and environmental issues.
The scope of Work
The consultancy services required include international consultant, a lead national consultant and thematic experts and reviewers. Details of the Terms of Reference are available in the Ministry’s website www.environment.go.ke

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CS, Prof.Judi Wakhungu, flanked by SDA, Amb. Kandie and senior officials from NETFUND launching the Green Innovations Award

CS, Prof.Judi Wakhungu, flanked by SDA, Amb. Kandie and senior officials from NETFUND launching the Green Innovations Award

Kenyans should embrace and instill amongst themselves, a culture of self-regulation in environmental management and envision a future where, all citizens take personal and community responsibility for the management of the environment, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she launched the third phase of NETFUND Green Innovation Award, that focuses on agribusiness, water, energy and resource based waste management at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi, Prof. Wakhungu appreciated the fact that, the award  begins with a comprehensive and inclusive awareness program that reaches all levels of the society ,with particular focus on bottom of the pyramid and its categories include; Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Individuals, Community Based Organizations, Small Medium Sized Enterprises and Women Groups.

Prof. Wakhungu noted that, NETFUND Green Innovation Award identifies, recognizes, rewards and nurtures innovative projects and ideas in environmental management, Prof. Wakhungu called for a special focus on Sustainable Livelihoods and Greening the Economy  by stimulating solutions  for and by the bottom of the  pyramid, in order to tackle environmental degradation, climate change and poverty, while enhancing inclusive economic growth.

The Senior Director of Administration in the Ministry Amb. Julius Kandie and the Chief Executive Officer of NETFUND, Catherine Ndegwa attended, among other senior Ministry officials.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the invited guests during the GIA launch

Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the invited guests during the GIA launch

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Deforestation, degradation of forests, desertification as well as global warming are some of the major threats to sustainable development that continue to negatively affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people,  Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment , Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she presided over the launch of the 2015 National Tree growing season for the Eastern  rainfall regime at Riandu Primary School in Embu County,  Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the Eastern Conservancy alone has 10.3 million seedlings available for planting during this season, and encouraged Kenyans to ensure that, the planted tree seedlings are well protected and nurtured, so that they can contribute to increasing our national forest  cover, enhance environmental sustainability and improve the livelihoods of Kenyans.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing wananchi at Riandu Primary School, in Embu County, during the launch of the tree planting season

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing wananchi at Riandu Primary School, in Embu County, during the launch of the tree planting season

Noting that the Country’s forest cover of 6.99 per cent, though small by global standards remains a valuable natural endowment that must be managed sustainably for the benefit of the present and future generations, Prof. Wakhungu noted with appreciation that, the Kenya Forests Service had prioritized country- wide programs that support community participation in the conservation of forest resources

Prof. Wakhungu called on all Kenyan’s to rally behind the clarion call for this year’s tree planting season theme of ‘’for a Green Economy, Wakenya  Tupande Miti’’ and intensify tree growing in our Country.

Embu Governor, Hon. Martin Wambora, and the local member of Parliament attended the function.

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Prof. Judi Wakhungu posses for a group photo  with members of the Kakamega forest marathon after registering

Prof. Judi Wakhungu posses for a group photo with members of the Kakamega forest marathon after registering

The conservation of Kenya’s forests is one of the key priorities of the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, as forests act as climate amelioration and carbon sinks to offset greenhouse gases that are produced by various industries and vehicles, Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has reiterated.

Speaking when she registered to take part during this year’s Kakamega forest Marathon, that is meant to raise funds for the conservation of the forest, the only tropical rain forest in Kenya, Prof. Wakhungu called on Kenyans to understand the critical roles that forests play in National Development, and their potential in assisting the nation to pursue the green economy pathway, by providing forest goods and services such as timber, poles, water, wildlife habitats and wood fuel.

The CS noted that, that her ministry will continue supporting initiatives that will see wananchi get involved in conservation of the environment and our natural resources. She said that, her Ministry will support the fencing off of the Kakamega forest to protect it from destruction, was also working with the Kenya Forest Service and County Governments to conserve other forests like the Mau and Nyakwere forest in Narok.

The Kakamega Forest Marathon will be held on the 28th November, in Kakamega.

CS, Prof. Wakhungu receiving her branded T-Shirt  from Dr. Murila in her office

CS, Prof. Wakhungu receiving her branded T-Shirt from Dr. Murila in her office

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 PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe exchanging the signed project papers with Mr. Kinichi Shishido of JICA watched Ministry and JICA officials

PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe exchanging the signed project papers with Mr. Kinichi Shishido of JICA watched Ministry and JICA officials

The Kenya Government, through the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, has signed a four year project with the Government of Japan on sustainable forest management.

Speaking when he presided over the ceremony in his NHIF office, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry Dr. Richard Lesiyampe thanked Japan for its continued support to development activities in Kenya and noted that, the project will support the government policy towards achieving 10 percent forest cover, improved seed production, REDD+ activities, tree breeding and regional cooperation in forestry development.

PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the JICA team  in his NHIF boardroom

PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the JICA team in his NHIF boardroom

Mr. Kenichi Shishido, the Deputy Director General, Global Environment Department in Japan and who represented his Country noted that, the four year project will commence in 2016 and run up to 2020.

PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and JICA's Mr, Kenichi  shishido signing the  project papers watched by officials from JICA and  Ministry.

PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and JICA’s Mr, Kenichi shishido signing the project papers watched by officials from JICA and Ministry.

The Natural Resources Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Gideon Gathaara witnessed the signing, among other senior Ministry and JICA official.

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