Friday, February 21, 2020
 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the COP 21 National Action Plan Validation workshop at Panafric, Nbi

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the COP 21 National Action Plan Validation workshop at Panafric, Nbi

Kenya, is among the Countries that have complied with the resolution agreed during the Climate Change Conference, that was held in Lima, Peru in 2014 by submitting her Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions,  Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Addressing a joint meeting of the Kenyan team to the Paris Climate Change Conference, who had met at the Panafric hotel, Nairobi, in order to validate the National Adaptation Plan, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, Kenya was among the 195 member states of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC) and her position paper was ready. Calling on all the participants to speak with one voice, Prof. Wakhungu reminded them that, the aim of COP 21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference was to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change, with the aim of keeping global warming to below 2degrees Celsius.

A  cross-section of participants during the COP 21   National Action Plan  validation workshop

A cross-section of participants during the COP 21 National Action Plan validation workshop

The 21st Conference of the Parties, which is the annual meeting of all Countries which want to take action for the climate, will be held in Paris, from November 20th to December, 11th, 2015.

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by the Nbi County Minister for Environment, Mr. Evans Ondieki opening the workshop

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by the Nbi County Minister for Environment, Mr. Evans Ondieki opening the workshop

The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities is following and implementing the Government’s Policy of supporting a Green Economy and Low Carbon Emission pathway, that will see the entire Kenyan population get involved in conservation and sustainable utilization of forest resources for poverty alleviation and industrial development, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she opened the capacity building workshop for Nairobi head teachers at the Panafric hotel, Nairobi, which aims at training head teachers from various schools in Nairobi County on sustainable conservation and management of environment, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, her Ministry was targeting each school in Nairobi to produce 50,000 seedlings per year, as trees in Nairobi act as carbon sinks, that  offsets the large amount of greenhouse gases  produced by vehicles and various industries in the city, and also maximize revenue generation from the seedlings, hence making their schools self-reliant in wood production.

CS, Prof. Wakhungu, Nbi Minister for Env. Mr. Ondieki and Nbi KNUT rep. Elizabeth Nduta in a jovial mood during the workshop

CS, Prof. Wakhungu, Nbi Minister for Env. Mr. Ondieki and Nbi KNUT rep. Elizabeth Nduta in a jovial mood during the workshop

Noting that, head teachers are influential change agents who can mobilize and spearhead environmental training in their respective schools, Prof. Wakhungu informed them that, her Ministry was implementing the Green Schools and Commercial Tree Growing Program, which aims to inculcate a culture of tree growing and environmental conservation among school going children from a young age, and called on them to take advantage of the on-going prolonged rainfall season to mobilize students to grow trees in their schools, and other available public places.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu in a group photo with a cross-section of Nbi head teachers.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu in a group photo with a cross-section of Nbi head teachers.

The function was also attended by the Nairobi County Minister for Environment, Mr. Evans Ondieki, among others

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 Great stride - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu after cutting the tape to officially launch the Atlas

Great stride – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu after cutting the tape to officially launch the Atlas

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will continue to provide policy guidance to all its stakeholders to enable them to carry out their activities in a manner that is not detrimental to our natural heritage and wealth, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she presided over the launching ceremony of the Atlas of Kenya’s Biological Diversity at the Crowne Plaza hotel, Nairobi, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, Kenya is endowed with a wealth of natural capital that forms the basis of the country’s social-economic development and the Atlas will provide the government, Kenyans and the global community with a comprehensive source of up to date data, policy and relevant information on Kenya’s Natural Capital.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with Dr. Western applauding during the launching ceremony

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with Dr. Western applauding during the launching ceremony

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu in a group photo with stakeholders involved iin developing the Atlas

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu in a group photo with stakeholders involved iin developing the Atlas

Noting that our natural capital, that includes food, medicinal plants, energy, water catchments and pollination are the bedrock of our sustainable development, social welfare and security, Prof. Wakhungu said there is urgent need to adopt appropriate measures and timely interventions, in order to secure our natural capital  so that our future generations can also derive similar benefits from it.

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the JICA team during the courtesy call

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the JICA team during the courtesy call

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, has expressed her Ministry’s gratitude to the Government of Japan for its continued support to development projects to her Ministry.

Speaking in her office when she received a delegation from the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), Prof. Wakhungu welcomed JICA’s initiative for supporting the Capacity Development Project for Sustainable Forest Management Project, that will help the country in achieving its goal of the   internationally accepted forest cover of 10% by 2017.

Memories- CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and other senior   Ministry officials pose for a group photo after the courtesy call

Memories- CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and other senior Ministry officials pose for a group photo after the courtesy call

The Cabinet Secretary also thanked the Japanese government, stating that the partnership with Kenya will help increase the number of technical experts to her Ministry, noting that, global synergy was good and Kenya was working with francophone countries in the African region, especially Senegal.

Prof. Wakhungu expressed appreciation for the Government of Japan for giving Kenya the opportunity to be the first African country to host the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD), in June 2016.

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu holding talks with  Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Mette Knudsen in her office.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu holding talks with Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Mette Knudsen in her office.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will partner with other stakeholders and development partners to ensure that, the technologies that will be adopted for combating the effects of climate change are clean and safe, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking in her NHIF office when she received the new Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Mette Knudsen, the Cabinet Secretary lauded Denmark for her support to the Ministry in the development of the National Environment Policy, Wetlands Policy, Integrated Coastal Zone Management Policy, amendment of EMCA, 1999,  the Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy & Act  and the Education for Sustainable Development Policy.

Karibu, CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, receiving the  Danish Amb. to Kenya, Mette Knudsen in her office.

Karibu, CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, receiving the Danish Amb. to Kenya, Mette Knudsen in her office.

On her part, the Danish envoy noted that, her Government will support the Ministry in the implementation of a new programme called Green Growth and Employment Programme, whose expected outcome would be “enabling environment for green growth and sustainable environment and natural resource management”.

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Environment CS Prof Judi Wakhungu consults with conservationists on green energy

The constant wildlife-conflict in most conservation areas of the country will be reduced drastically if a proposal to generate solar energy and increase conservation revenues is achieved.

Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu said the generation of solar Energy in Wildlife conservation areas will have a double effect of achieving the country’s clean energy goals and provide revenues for wildlife and Environment conservation.

Prof Wakhungu spoke when she met a team of investors from Solarcentury energy producers and ZSL LIVING conservation companies from the United Kingdom to evaluate the viability of the proposed venture at a Nairobi hotel.

 The two companies propose to produce power which would be fed into the Kenya Power National Grid and they would in turn be paid and the accruing revenue channeled to conservation projects.

The CS observed that the prospects of generating solar energy to boost conservation would enhance the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ (INDC’s) to be presented during the global Conference Of Parties (COP 21) to be held in Paris France in December 2015.

She said clean energy comprised more than 70 % of Kenya’s INDC’s alongside being part of sustainable development goals and the vision 2030.

Environment CS Prof Judi Wakhungu consults with Guy Lawrence, Director Solar Century (center) and Chris Gordon of Zoological Society of London 1

Prof Wakhungu disclosed that a stakeholders meeting would soon be planned to validate the proposal before the project proposal commenced.

According to Mr. Guy Lawrence of SolarCentury, the company proposed to install 7 solar plants with a capacity of 10 megawatts each to occupy an estimated 50 acres each in areas adjacent to National Parks, Group Ranches and private conservancies.

He said among the areas identified for the proposed solar installations are Lewa conservancy north of Mt. Kenya, Northern Rangeland Trust in Samburu county, Loitokitok , Maasai Mara , Tsavo, Kilifi and Nakuru among others.

The solar plants will be constructed within access of the Kenya Power distribution lines to enable feeding into the national grid, Mr. Lawrence said.

The project is a joint venture between SolarCentury and the Zoological Society of London represented Kenya’s country manager Mr. Chris Gordon.

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President Kenyatta, DP, William Ruto, CS Macharia and CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu following proceedings at Kibabii University

President Kenyatta, DP, William Ruto, CS Macharia and CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu following proceedings at Kibabii University

The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu was among a host of state dignitaries who included the Deputy President, who accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta on inspection tour of development projects in Western Kenya.

The Western circuit of the country is home to major rivers that aid in climate change sequencesion and plays a key role in mitigating and adopting the effects of climate change.

CS, DP, William Ruto and Prof. Judi Wakhungu  witnessesing as the President is being made the Chancellor of Kibabii  University.

CS, DP, William Ruto and Prof. Judi Wakhungu witnessesing as the President is being made the Chancellor of Kibabii University.

 Prof. Judi Wakhungu looking on as the  President receives the instruments of power at Kibabii University

Prof. Judi Wakhungu looking on as the President receives the instruments of power at Kibabii University

During the tour, the Cabinet Secretary witnessed the awarding of University Charter to Kibabii University in Bungoma County by the President.  The University, which is a constituent of Masinde Muliro University, is expected to play a pivotal role in combating the effects of climate change issues, by offering environmental studies, among other disciplines.

President Kenyatta and CS Judi Wakhungu listening keenly as DP, William Ruto addresses wananchi at Kibabii University

President Kenyatta and CS Judi Wakhungu listening keenly as DP, William Ruto addresses wananchi at Kibabii University

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 The 22 beneficiaries in a group photo with Mr. Gathara and the Australian High Commissioner, Mr Mr. John Feakes after receiving the scholarships.

The 22 beneficiaries in a group photo with Mr. Gathara and the Australian High Commissioner, Mr Mr. John Feakes after receiving the scholarships.

The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authority, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, has lauded the Government of Australia for supporting the System for Land-based Emissions Estimation in Kenya Programme, that is being implemented by the Clinton Climate Initiative, to enable the country to report on its land sector greenhouse gas emissions and support good land sector policy and accessible data.

Mr, Gathara, the Natural Resources Secretary delivering the PS speech during the awarding ceremony

Mr, Gathara, the Natural Resources Secretary delivering the PS speech during the awarding ceremony

In a speech read on his behalf by the Natural Resources Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Gideon Gathara, during the awarding of scholarships to 22 Kenyans at the Australian High Commission residence in Nairobi, Dr. Lesiyampe noted that, the SLEEK programme will provide critical information about Kenya’s environment and become integral for land  planning and development  purposes.

Australian High Commissioner with Mr. Kimani from Clinton Foundation, Dr. Musila of SLEEK, Mr. Mugo of KFS and Dr. Warugute of DRSRS.

Australian High Commissioner with Mr. Kimani from Clinton Foundation, Dr. Musila of SLEEK, Mr. Mugo of KFS and Dr. Warugute of DRSRS.

The 22 Kenyans will pursue Masters and PhD’s to promote sustainable development in the agriculture, food security and natural resources management sectors.

The function was also attended by the Regional Director, Clinton Foundation Mr. Jackson Kimani, Director of Kenya Forest Service Mr. Emilio Mugo and the coordinator, SLEEK. Dr. Winnie Musila, among others.

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Meteorologists from 25 English speaking African Countries in a group photo with SDA, Amb. Julius Kandie after the official opening of the workshopDSC_0241-001

Meteorologists from 25 English speaking African Countries in a group photo with SDA, Amb. Julius Kandie after the official opening of the workshop

Meteorologists should articulate their data and findings in a language that is easily understood by the masses, majority of whom are at the grassroots, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

The Principal Secretary, made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by the Senior Director of Administration in the Ministry, Amb. Julius Kandie, during the official opening of the  World Meteorological Organization (WMO)/African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) Strategic Planning workshop at the Nairobi Safari Club, Nairobi,

The meeting, that drew representatives from over 25 Anglophone countries, seeks to align and develop national strategic plans to have linkages with other strategic plans such as The Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (IASM), and align National projects with Government National Programmes and Relevant International Decisions.

SDA, Amb. Julius Kandie delivering the PS speech during the official opening of the workshopDSC_0217

SDA, Amb. Julius Kandie delivering the PS speech during the official opening of the workshopDSC_0217

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Over to you- CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu receiving the keys for the vehicles from Mr. Gue Ce, from the Chinese Embassy.

Over to you- CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu receiving the keys for the vehicles from Mr. Gue Ce, from the Chinese Embassy.

The Kenya Government appreciates the People’s Republic of China continued assistance in diverse areas, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking at the Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters in Nairobi, when she received 18 four wheel drive  double cabin vehicles worth Ksh. 70million, 100 tents, 100 mountain jackets, night vision equipment and small binoculars from the Chinese Government for use by the KWS to strengthen her capacity to conserve our precious  wildlife, Prof. Wakhungu assured that, the donation will be used prudently and for the specific purposes they were meant for, noting that, as the Country expects enhanced rains occasioned by the El Nino phenomena, the vehicles will aid in surveillance in parks and reserves.

Speaking during the same occasion, the Economic and Commercial Counselor in the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Guo Ce, noted that, the donation was part of the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed during the recent visit to Kenya by the Chinese Premier this year, to support Kenya’s fight against poaching.

The function was also attended by the Ag. Director of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Mr. Julius Kimani and the Natural Resources Secretary, Mr. Gideon Gathara.

 Roll - Thanks for the support - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu trying one of the vehicles.

Roll – Thanks for the support – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu trying one of the vehicles.

 Prof. Judi Wakhungu flagging off the vehicles that were donated by the Chinese Government.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu flagging off the vehicles that were donated by the Chinese Government.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing stakeholders during the Nbi River's Forum at the Pan Afric Hotel, Nairobi

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing stakeholders during the Nbi River’s Forum at the Pan Afric Hotel, Nairobi

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, has told stakeholders involved in the rehabilitation and restoration of the Nairobi River’s to take their roles seriously if they are to achieve their targeted results. Speaking when she held a preliminary meeting with different stakeholders to brainstorm on how to restore the lost glory of the Nairobi Rivers, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the meeting was a follow up of series of visits she had made to different sections of the rivers in the recent past, where she witnessed firsthand, the poor state of the rivers.

The CS emphasized the need for cooperation from the stakeholders so as to achieve the desired results, pointing out that Nairobi highly depended on the rivers and the Nairobi dam for its flora and fauna, saying that she remembered with nostalgia the good old days when she could swim in Nairobi dam and the clean river. The CS told the team to create awareness so that citizens would willingly comply with the law rather than being forced to comply. The team was also told to hold further meetings to come up with ideas that would be implemented to restores the rivers. She personally promised to take the matter to higher

Director, Multilerateral Env. Agreements addressing the forum as CS, Nbi County Commisiioner and Mr. Akotsi listen keenly

Director, Multilerateral Env. Agreements addressing the forum as CS, Nbi County Commisiioner and Mr. Akotsi listen keenly

levels of Government to ensure its success. The meeting was attended by representatives from different government institutions including senior officers from the Ministry, Nairobi County Commissioner Mr. Godfrey Mwaura Kigochi and representatives from the County Government of Nairobi, Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, National Environmental Management Authority and Water Resources Management Authority.

Consultations - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu consulting with the Nbi County Commissioner, Mr. Godfrey Mwaura as Dir. MEAs, Mr. Mwendandu and Dir. Urban Rivers, Mr. Akots consult

Consultations – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu consulting with the Nbi County Commissioner, Mr. Godfrey Mwaura as Dir. MEAs, Mr. Mwendandu and Dir. Urban Rivers, Mr. Akots consult

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 Salute to the Cabinet Secretary - The parade commander raises the sword of honour as he salutes the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu during the pass-out parade at Manyani.

Salute to the Cabinet Secretary – The parade commander raises the sword of honour as he salutes the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu during the pass-out parade at Manyani.

Wildlife plays a key role in our economy, being a key attraction to tourists visiting our country and who are critical in generating foreign exchange, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking during the Law Enforcement Academy recruit rangers passing out parade of 592 recruit rangers at Manyani in Taita Taveta County, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, wildlife continues to face serious threats from poaching and illegal trafficking of its products and as custodians of our natural heritage, Kenya Wildlife Service cannot afford to take chances in putting in place the right security personnel to protect our wildlife.

The CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu inspecting a parade  mounted by the KWS ranger recruits during the pass-out parade at  Manyani

The CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu inspecting a parade mounted by the KWS ranger recruits during the pass-out parade at Manyani

Noting that the global demand and market for wildlife products continues to exert pressure on wildlife through poaching and illicit wildlife trade, Prof. Wakhungu  noted that, during the London Conference on illegal Wildlife Trade, Kenya committed itself to  the Elephant Protection Initiative, which is  Africa’s new governmental conservation initiative, that was launched by Space for Giants club that seeks to combat the poaching crisis by bringing together leaders of African elephant-range states, heads of major businesses operating  in Africa and elephant-protection experts in order to provide the political will, financial resources and technical capacity to save Africa’s remaining elephant populations and stop their continued slaughter by poachers.

Memorable photo - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with  some of the top KWS commanders after presinding over the pass out parade at  Manyani

Memorable photo – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with some of the top KWS commanders after presinding over the pass out parade at Manyani

Prof. Wakhungu  paid tribute to the brave and gallant Kenya Wildlife Service officers, both the serving and fallen heroes for their commitment to the management and protection  of  our precious wildlife and natural heritage and noted that, besides increasing the ranger force, the Ministry will continue to invest in science and technology and thanked the French government for assisting KWS to put in place digital radio communication network that is set  to  replace the analogue one in all KWS conservation areas.

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