Friday, September 20, 2019
 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu having a light moment with ES, Dr. Kaudia,Hon. Amina Abdalla, Hon. Wandayi and Vicky Onderi during the launch of the e-waste project

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu having a light moment with ES, Dr. Kaudia,Hon. Amina Abdalla, Hon. Wandayi and Vicky Onderi during the launch of the e-waste project

Kenya is earnestly seeking for solutions to manage e-waste that is an emerging threat to the environment, CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

She called on all Kenyans to guard against the increasing volumes of e-waste arising from usage of electrical and electronic devices by putting proper measures in place to control the menace.

Prof. Wakhungu disclosed that estimates rated Kenya as releasing 17,350 metric tons of e-waste annually following wide usage of refrigerators, TV’s, computers, mobile phones among others.

The extent of threat the CS noted, was shown by a recent UNEP report that gave a global figure of an estimated 40 million tones spewed to the environment annually.

She said that Kenya had a relatively a high internet penetration that threatened to push further volumes of e-waste unless interventions were put in place to manage the phenomenon in an environmentally sound manner.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu poses for a memorable photo with participants who attended the launching ceremony.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu poses for a memorable photo with participants who attended the launching ceremony.

In order to mitigate the emerging phenomenon, the CS added that her Ministry had developed e-waste guidelines to streamline procedures of handling the problem.

Prof Wakhungu was speaking in Nairobi when she launched an electronic e-waste implementing tool kit, to enlighten members of the public on best practices to handle the problem. She emphasized the need for a public-private partnership as an intervention to e-waste.

The CS said sustainable collection, sorting and pre-processing could create job opportunities and cautioned that ‘’crude e-waste processing caused air pollution through release of toxic emissions that may cause cancers”.

She expressed satisfaction that some Kenyan companies like Safaricom and East African Compliant and recycling, had initiated e-waste management which sensitized the public on mopping up and its proper disposal.

Prof Wakhungu appealed to county Governments to work with the national Government to build capacity and to establish recycling facilities through harmonization of environmental standards and removal of barriers that could slow down the process.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu presenting a memento to chair of Parliamentary committee on environment, Hon. Amina Abdala as Vicky Onderi looks on.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu presenting a memento to chair of Parliamentary committee on environment, Hon. Amina Abdala as Vicky Onderi looks on.

Kisii County and Kisii University will be the first public institutions to implement the program.

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Prof. Judi Wakhungu, CS, Min. of Env. & Nat. Res.  briefing Mr. Eugene Wamalwa, CS, Min. of Water & Irrigation during the  handing over ceremony

Prof. Judi Wakhungu, CS, Min. of Env. & Nat. Res. briefing Mr. Eugene Wamalwa, CS, Min. of Water & Irrigation during the handing over ceremony

The Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has congratulated the newly appointed Minister for Water and Irrigation, Mr. Eugene Wamalwa on his new appointment to the Cabinet.

Speaking when she handed over the Water docket that was hived off from her former Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Wakhungu briefed Mr. Wamalwa on the various on-going water projects in the Country and wished him success in his endeavours.  At the same time, she called on the staff at Maji house to extend to the new Cabinet Secretary the same cooperation they had showed to her.

On his part, Mr. Wamalwa said he would focus on delivering to the Kenyan people by working closely with the County governments to help address water challenges in various regions.

President Kenyatta with CS Wakhungu, Wamalwa, PS   Lesiyampe, AG Githu Muigai,chief of staff Mr. Kinyua and Solicitor  General, Gee Muturi  at state hse during the swearing in ceremony. (pix.  courtesy PSCU)

President Kenyatta with CS Wakhungu, Wamalwa, PS Lesiyampe, AG Githu Muigai,chief of staff Mr. Kinyua and Solicitor General, Gee Muturi at state hse during the swearing in ceremony. (pix. courtesy PSCU)

Mr. Wamalwa, who was nominated to the Cabinet by President Kenyatta on April, 17th, 2015 and sworn in on Friday, 11th July, 2015, will be based at the headquarters of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation at Maji house, while  Prof. Judi Wakhungu, the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, will be based at her Ministry’s headquarters at NHIF building.

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Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia  addressing the members of the  Kenya Youth Climate Change Alliance in her  office.

Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia addressing the members of the Kenya Youth Climate Change Alliance in her office.

The youth are the back bone of the nation and can change the future of the society with their well-being and courageous behavior, as they constitute the majority of the population in many countries, and have an increasingly strong social and environmental awareness, that  has the power to transform our societies towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future.

Speaking when she received a delegation from the Kenya Youth Climate Change Alliance in her office, the Environment Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice Kaudia observed that, engaging the youth in environmental protection not only creates a direct impact on changing their behaviour and attitude, but also influences their parents, relatives and families.  She  informed the group that, the Ministry recognized the key role that the youth play in tackling climate change and will continue working closely with youth-led and youth-focused organizations around the Country  to empower them to take adaptation  and mitigation actions and enhance their effective participation in climate change policy decision making processes.

Memories!- Members of the Kenya Climate Change  Alliance pose for a group photo with the ES in her office.

Memories!- Members of the Kenya Climate Change Alliance pose for a group photo with the ES in her office.

The Environment Secretary noted that, human activities such as the use of fossil fuels, deforestation and unsustainable agriculture contribute to climate change, which decreases the availability of nutritious food and clean water, destroys ecosystems leading to malnutrition and ill health thus rendering the youth vulnerable. She thus, reminded the youth that, they can play an active role in protecting and improving the environment by changing their lifestyles and how it affects the environment, making their homes, schools and youth organizations more environmentally friendly by adopting environmentally friendly practices and recycling of different materials, as well as preserving resources such as water and electricity.

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tenderFollowing the advertised Tender/Prequalification in the Daily Nation Newspaper dated 26 June, 2015, the ministry makes the following clarifications.
1. All annual tenders number MENR/T/01/2015-2016 to MENR/T/09/2015-th 2016 are hereby cancelled and will be re-published at a later date through
the e-procurement module of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS)
2. However, prequalification to supply/provide service (Tender Number  MENR/T/10/2015-2016) remains as per the earlier advertisement. The closing/opening date is on Friday 10th July 2015 at 10.00am.

 

Head of Supply Chain Management
For Principal Secretary

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Participants of the the Gaborone declaration for sustainability in Africa pose for a group photo

Participants of the the Gaborone declaration for sustainability in Africa pose for a group photo

 The Cabinet Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu has emphasized the commitment of Kenyan Government in implementation of the Gaborone declaration on sustainable use of Natural Resources.

In a Speech read on her behalf by the Director Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAS), Mr. Richard Mwendandu the CS said Africa’s Natural Resources have always underpinned the continents economy and continue to represent a significant development opportunity for its people.

The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) is a transformative framework for pursuing sustainable development in Africa. It is a regional policy framework initiated in 2012 by the Government of Botswana and agreed to by nine additional African countries including Kenya.

The declaration  aims to facilitate the transition from industrial revolution to green economies and to take action towards sustainability in accordance to the Proposed Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) set to replace the existing, less comprehensive Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) by the end of 2015.

She further, said that in pursuing this declaration, Kenya in partnership with the private sector, donors, communities and other countries has developed an atlas of the biodiversity component of natural capital among other interventions in sustainable management of the environment.

The Ministry has also launched a hand book on education for sustainable development to inculcate conservation efforts in learning institutions.

 This declaration aims to foster partnerships to catalyze financial and technical resources to support implementation of sustainable development in Africa.

 The workshop was attended by representatives from Conservation International, GDSA members which are Liberia, Ghana, Gabon, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana.

MENR officials follow proceedings at the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa

MEMWR officials follow proceedings at the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa

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CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu  plants a commemorative tree during the World Day to Combat Desertification at the Christian Impact Centre in Yatta Machakos County.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu plants a commemorative tree during the World Day to Combat Desertification at the Christian Impact Centre in Yatta Machakos County.

Environment cabinet secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu has called on Kenyans to actively guard against land degradation and utilize the soils appropriately in order to maintain sustainable production systems.

 The CS pointed out that deforestation, illegal charcoal burning, unsustainable agricultural practices, inappropriate sand harvesting and other activities led to unsustainable production systems thereby causing food shortages.

Prof Wakhungu who was speaking during the World Day to Combat Desertification in Yatta, Machakos County, lamented that Ukambani region like other arid and semi-arid areas of the country, experienced food insecurity and poverty due to persistent drought and inadequate adaptation strategies. 

She praised a local non-governmental organization – Christian Impact Mission Centre, for improving people’s livelihoods through improved food production systems, value addition, promotion of agro-forestry and appropriate technologies. The outreach programs had helped the local community reduce dependency on food aid.

Prof Wakhungu said that her Ministry had put in place several policy frameworks to guide sound environmental management.

She disclosed that the Environmental Policy was being finalized and had incorporated emerging environmental issues. Once enacted, the policy will strengthen sectoral mandates and roles in ensuring sound environmental planning and management. In addition, the Government has put in place various policies, legislations and strategies to mitigate Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought impacts the CS added.

The theme for this year’s celebrations was “Food Security for all through Sustainable Production Systems” and with   the slogan “Invest in Healthy Soils”.

 Besides the National Action Plans, sustainable land use management is also delivered through implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  Sustainable “food production systems” and “investment in healthy soils” are delivered through effective implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

She recommended advocacy, awareness-raising and education; policy framework; science, technology and knowledge; capacity building; financing and technology transfer as strategic objectives to effectively combat desertification, land degradation and drought.

The CS noted that the National and County governments had set aside resources to revitalize the agricultural sector through provision of services such as subsidized agricultural inputs and equipment and economic incentives to eradicate poverty and extreme hunger.

CS Judi Wakhungu presents a certificate of participation during the world day to combat desertification                                                              In Yatta Machakos County

CS Judi Wakhungu presents a certificate of participation during the world day to combat desertification
In Yatta Machakos County

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Prof Judi Wakhungu  addressing participants of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services Stakeholders Forum at a     Nairobi Hotel.

Prof Judi Wakhungu addressing participants of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services Stakeholders Forum at a Nairobi Hotel.

Kenyans need to safeguard the limited water resources for future survival, Environment, Water and Natural resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has advised.

She said opportunities to construct more dams are limited owing to rising costs in storage and supply facilities which made the commodity increasingly distant from the users.

The CS was speaking during the opening of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services stakeholder’s forum at a Nairobi hotel where she emphasized the need to manage catchment areas for sustainable water supply.

Care for the land, tree planting, conservation of forests and rehabilitation of eroded lands was critical in safeguarding the water resources she observed.

She noted that this year’s theme: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all, was a clarion call for all to rethink  the future of water and sewerage infrastructure development projects and challenged  Athi Water Services Board to device new ways of providing and managing  water security for generations to come.

CS Wakhungu (centre),Eng. Lawrence Simitu Director Water Services(left) and Athi Water CEO Mr.  Malakwen Milgo (right) during the stakeholders forum.

CS Wakhungu (centre),Eng. Lawrence Simitu Director Water Services(left) and Athi Water CEO Mr. Malakwen Milgo (right) during the stakeholders forum.

The CS noted that, many communities in the country did not have access to water and in many cases Women and children walked long distances to fetch water and sometimes went back empty handed. Ironically she noted,  other Kenyans had abundant water and sometimes took it for granted that the commodity was never in short supply.

The CS urged Kenyans to treat water as a scarce commodity especially due to uneven rainfall patterns and rampant climate change. “Every user has a duty to care for the resource and to use water efficiently. All Water Service Boards, especially Athi Water Services Board, must work hard to reduce water losses and wastage” she advised and called for all industries, households and individuals to play their roles in respecting and saving water.

Prof Wakhungu said Kenyans must cut back on unnecessary use and called on the clamp down on illegal abstraction adding “We need to be steadfast in achieving our targeted total savings across the country”.

She said that, through the forum, the officers needed to educate the public on how to conserve and harvest rainwater in the face of variable climate.

The  CS recognized the support of development  partners such as; World Bank ,French Development ,Agency – AFD, GIZ, Swedish Development Agency – SIDA, African Development Ban , KFW, JICA ,European Union and Badea among others as her Ministry  embarked  on its mission of providing efficient and effective water services .

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CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu takes a jig with traditional dancers during the Launch of KVDA Strategic Plan in Eldoret

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu takes a jig with traditional dancers during the Launch of KVDA Strategic Plan in Eldoret

The Government attaches great importance to environmental conservation, rehabilitation and protection for 5 main water towers in order to sustain main sectors of the economy.

Environment, Water and Natural resources Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu expressed concern over destruction of   Cherangany water tower by human activities.

 She observed that over time unwarranted human activities coupled with effects of global warming have increased around the water tower thereby negatively affecting agriculture, tourism, water and energy

The CS was speaking when she opened the Kerio Valley Development Authority Conference on conservation of Cherangany Watershed under theme “towards sustainable conservation of Cherangany watershedin Eldoret.

The watershed is home to unique flora and fauna that comprise part of a rich ecosystem. Despite this importance the water tower has hitherto not received any strong and sustained focus towards the conservation of the existing natural resources which are currently facing serious degradation.

The Kenya constitution 2010 emphasizes the need to protect the environment for future generation. Similarly the Kenya Vision 2030 blue print which covers the period 2008 – 2030 has a three “pillar” framework among them targeting a progressive society that enjoyed   equitable social development in a clean and secure environment. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) number seven aims at achieving environmental sustainability.

She said, the objectives of conserving  Cherangany  was; to preserve and improve biological diversity, improve sustainable flows of rivers, streams and other water bodies, improve the socio-economic status of the inhabitants, create awareness and sensitize the local community on conservation.

Like other Rural Development Authorities’, KVDA was formed to promote sustainable River basin conservation and management through integrated development. The conservation, rehabilitation, and protection of Cherangany watershed in collaboration with other stakeholders for improved livelihoods of the communities is a perfect example of the initiatives undertaken by the Authority.

KVDA has raised, contributed and planted 7 million tree seedlings in the region in the past. The Authority raised 1 million trees seedlings and 1.2 million of fruit seedlings especially mangoes in 2014/2015. It is planning to raise another 5 million tree seedlings in the 5 years that will be used for environmental conservation.

The conference is a culmination of tree planting campaign by KVDA which started on 9th June, 2015 in the Counties of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu during which a total of 100,000 tree seedlings were planted as part of the National Tree Planting Initiative. The Authority has been collaborating with schools and County Governments in the region in tree planting.

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Prof Judi Wakhungu  addressing participants of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services Stakeholders Forum at a     Nairobi Hotel

Prof Judi Wakhungu addressing participants of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services Stakeholders Forum at a Nairobi Hotel

Kenyans need to safeguard the limited water resources for future survival, Environment, Water and Natural resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has advised.

She said opportunities to construct more dams are limited owing to rising costs in storage and supply facilities which made the commodity increasingly distant from the users.

The CS was speaking during the opening of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services stakeholder’s forum at a Nairobi hotel where she emphasized the need to manage catchment areas for sustainable water supply.

Care for the land, tree planting, conservation of forests and rehabilitation of eroded lands was critical in safeguarding the water resources she observed

She noted that this year’s theme: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all, was a clarion call for all to rethink  the future of water and sewerage infrastructure development projects and challenged  Athi Water Services Board to device new ways of providing and managing  water security for generations to come.

The CS noted that, many communities in the country did not have access to water and in many cases Women and children walked long distances to fetch water and sometimes went back empty handed. Ironically she noted,  other Kenyans had abundant water and sometimes took it for granted that the commodity was never in short supply.

CS Wakhungu (centre),Eng. Lawrence Simitu Director Water Services(left) and Athi Water CEO Mr.  Malakwen Milgo (right) during the stakeholders forum.

CS Wakhungu (centre),Eng. Lawrence Simitu Director Water Services(left) and Athi Water CEO Mr. Malakwen Milgo (right) during the stakeholders forum.

The CS urged Kenyans to treat water as a scarce commodity especially due to uneven rainfall patterns and rampant climate change. “Every user has a duty to care for the resource and to use water efficiently. All Water Service Boards, especially Athi Water Services Board, must work hard to reduce water losses and wastage” she advised and called for all industries, households and individuals to play their roles in respecting and saving water.

Prof Wakhungu said Kenyans must cut back on unnecessary use and called on the clamp down on illegal abstraction adding “We need to be steadfast in achieving our targeted total savings across the country”.

She said that, through the forum, the officers needed to educate the public on how to conserve and harvest rainwater in the face of variable climate.

The  CS recognized the support of development  partners such as; World Bank ,French Development ,Agency – AFD, GIZ, Swedish Development Agency – SIDA, African Development Ban , KFW, JICA ,European Union and Badea among others as her Ministry  embarked  on its mission of providing efficient and effective water services .

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Cs prof Wakhungu during talks with European Union Envoys. On CS right is Mrs. Marjaana Sall, Acting Head of EU Delegation and Charge d' Affaires.

Cs prof Wakhungu during talks with European Union Envoys. On CS right is Mrs. Marjaana Sall, Acting Head of EU Delegation and Charge d’ Affaires.

The European Union recognizes Kenya’s efforts to tackle climate change issues and leading the region in reduction of green house gases emission.

The Delegation of the European Union to Kenya expressed confidence that the country’s leading role will influence other nations in achieving a new binding global deal on climate change during the forthcoming conference of parties (COP 21) conference to be held in Paris in December.

The European Union Heads of Missions speaking during a courtesy call to Environment, Water and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu noted that Kenya had a strong voice in urging other countries to act now in cutting emissions ahead of the Paris conference.

The diplomats observed that climate change is already having an impact on Kenyans, their way of life and the economy adding that the country’s progress in legislating climate change laws and policies were commendable.

The Acting Head of delegation and Charge d’Affaires Mrs. Marjaana Sall said “the rains are becoming increasingly unpredictable and arid areas are becoming drier while floods in other areas are resulting in destruction and deaths’’

The envoys welcomed the progress made on the National Climate Change Action Plan and the Climate Change Bill which had already passed through parliament and was before Senate in anticipation to pass the critical stage to be enacted into law.

CS Prof Wakhungu in a group photo with European Union Envoys who paid a courtesy call on her to discuss Climate Change matters.

CS Prof Wakhungu in a group photo with European Union Envoys who paid a courtesy call on her to discuss Climate Change matters.

Prof. Wakhungu reassured the diplomats that Kenya was committed to legislating climate change laws and had involved diverse stakeholders in formulating laws that will help the country invest and grow low carbon and climate-resilient economy.DSC_7943

She noted that Kenya was among the few African countries to initiate such laws, adding that she was confident the country would achieve the 70 percent renewable energy target having made impressive progress in Wind, geothermal, hydro and solar energy fields.

The envoys visit was aimed at marking the “European Climate Diplomacy Day” and also served as a forum to discuss preparations ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate (COP 21) in Paris, France in December.

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DSC_0271Bon Voyage! PS, MENR, Dr. Lesiyampe bids the  Danish envoy, H.E. Geert Andersen  kwaheri  after the courtesy call.

DSC_0271Bon Voyage! PS, MENR, Dr. Lesiyampe bids the Danish envoy, H.E. Geert Andersen kwaheri after the courtesy call.

Denmark has pledged an estimated Ksh.300 million to support the country’s development of green growth that will target employment of the youth.

The Royal Danish Ambassador to Kenya Geert Aagaard Andersen disclosed that the development aid details through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources were now completed for the program to start in 2016.

The ambassador who spoke during a courtesy call on the Environment and Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Richard Lesiyampe noted that the green Growth and Employment comprised four thematic areas of engagement.

Officials from the MENR taking notes during the  courtesy call by the Danish Amb.  to Kenya as the PS makes some  remarks

Officials from the MENR taking notes during the courtesy call by the Danish Amb. to Kenya as the PS makes some remarks

In order to create an enabling environment for green growth and sustainable environment and natural resource management, the program will include new technologies, innovations and practices creating opportunities for employment.

Under the public private partnerships the program intends to improve private sector engagement, procure efficiently, mainstream environment into County Integrated development Plans and improve the use of climate change data in economic planning and risk mitigation.

PS, Min. of Env. & Nat. Res. Dr. Lesiyampe  holding talks with Danish Amb. to Kenya, H.E. Geert Andersen  during the  courtesy callThe media, tax exemptions, energy efficiency use and manufacture of environmentally friendly products are among the issues to be covered under the improved private sector engagement.

Speaking when he received the ambassador, Dr. Lesiyampe noted that Kenya like other developing countries required accurate climate and weather data to help the country in risk planning and disaster mitigation.

He observed that Kenya desired to shift to a green and sustainable development path, a dream  which was aptly captured in key planning documents such as vision 2030, National climate change Action Plan, Green Economy and strategy and Implementation Plan among others.

The PS further noted that in readiness for a green economy, Kenya was preparing draft Intended Nationally determined Contributions (INDC) as required by the conference of Parties (COP 20) during the forthcoming December conference to be held in Paris.

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