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Untitled-1The Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu presided over the 4th graduation ceremony at the Kenya Wildlife Service Institute in Naivasha on the 30th April, 2015.

A total of 100 granduands were conferred with diplomas and certificates in various disciplines, including Environmental Management, Tourism Management, Wildlife Management, Tour Guiding and Wildlife Sanctuary Management.

   CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing graduands at the 13th KWSTI graduation ceremony in Naivasha

 Prof.  Wakhungu congratulated the graduands, singling out the institute as a centre of excellence in natural resource management and tourism development. The institute, which was started in 1985, is renowned for training and conducting research in Natural Resource Management in an effort to enhance conservation, management and sustainability of Kenya’s wildlife resources and their habitats.

She challenged the graduands to use their acquired knowledge and technical skills to help protect biodiversity which is little compared to the cumulative threats to our environment today.  “This calls for all of us to work much harder to inject positive change before it is too late.  Wildlife belongs to all Kenyans. We must show the communities the benefits they are getting and how they can gain direct benefits from wildlife conservation”.

                 More than 100 granduands were conferred with diplomas and certificates in various disciplines.

Professor Wakhungu congratulated the Kenya wildlife services for running a corrupt-free Ranger recruitment exercise for recruits to join the KWS Law Enforcement Academy. She said the rangers will help to increase security and response around the conservation areas.

The CS emphasised the need to educate the people on the importance of wildlife conservation and to make sure that they are well engaged in protection of habitats, in order to the natural heritage, adding that weapons and sophisticated equipment  alone could not stop poaching and called for collaboration with all stakeholders.

She reiterated that the need to nurture Mother Nature through Training, Capacity building and Conservation Education adding that wildlife conferred immense ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational, and aesthetic benefits to sustainable development and human well-being. She urged KWS to   raise awareness of the urgent need for conservation and its attendant benefits.

Wildlife, the CS noted has great socioeconomic value for the people of Kenya and comprised a critical pillar of the country’s tourism which is industry largely wildlife based and is one of the key sectors expected to deliver the vision 2030.

The CS paid special tribute to the Governments of South Sudan, Zambia, and Uganda for trusting Kenya to train their citizens on wildlife and tourism.

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Hiroshi Kumagae from Japan with  Director, MEAs, Mr. Richard Mwendandu with the signed agreements after  exchanging them, as officials from the Ministry and Japan look on

Hiroshi Kumagae from Japan with Director, MEAs, Mr. Richard Mwendandu with the signed agreements after exchanging them, as officials from the Ministry and Japan look on

The country will soon have a state of the art incinerator to treat medical waste, thanks to a grant aid from the Government of Japan to the Government of Kenya.

The sh. 2 billion grant Aid for medical waste treatment follows an exchange of an agreement between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and a procurement agent Crown agencies limited on behalf of the Government of Japan.

The Government of Kenya team was led by the Director of Multilateral Environmental Agreements Mr. Richard Mwendandu while the Crown agencies team was led by Mr. Hiroshi Kumagae, during the exchange of the agreement.

The medical and hazardous  waste treatment facility was necessitated by the tons of waste churned out by hospitals across the country annually, and has no proper disposal.

The incinerator expected to be constructed on a Design, Build and Operate basis will be put up on land set aside by the Government at Ruai area of Nairobi.

Mr. Mwendadu who represented the Environment Principal secretary Dr. Richard Lesiyampe said that the Government of Kenya had already budgeted for the facility and was keen to commence the project that will ensure environmental safety in disposal of the medical waste.

Director, MEASs, Mr. Richard Mwendandu conducting  the Japanese team on the site where the facility will be built in Ruai,  Nairobi County.

Director, MEASs, Mr. Richard Mwendandu conducting the Japanese team on the site where the facility will be built in Ruai, Nairobi County.

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Environement Secretary, MENR, Dr. Alice Kaudia presiding over the validation workshop of the GESIP, on behalf of the PS

Environement Secretary, MENR, Dr. Alice Kaudia presiding over the validation workshop of the GESIP, on behalf of the PS

Kenya aims to transform into a newly industrialized, middle-income country, providing a high quality of life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment by 2030, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Environment Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Alice Kaudia, during stakeholders forum to validate the Green Economy Strategy Implementation Plan at the Nairobi Sarova Stanley hotel, Dr. Lesiyampe observed that, Green Economy is an important tool for achieving sustainable development and poverty reduction, and a shift in investment to green sectors would lead to an additional 3.1 million people being lifted out of poverty by 2030.

A group photo of stakeholders of the GESIP who attended the validation workshop at the Stanley hotel, Nbi.

A group photo of stakeholders of the GESIP who attended the validation workshop at the Stanley hotel, Nbi.

Noting that a transition to a green economy requires an integrated development planning approach from our national and county governments, Dr. Lesiyampe said there is need to mainstream the aspects of green economy model into the overall decision making in Kenya, observing  that, the development of GESIP will contribute in building a transformative development pathway that will be  expected to create more green jobs, accelerate poverty reduction, support sustainable growth and restore environmental health, quality and well-being, among others.

A participant from Kitui County, Dr. Muusya  Mwinzi, presenting his views  during the validation workshop

A participant from Kitui County, Dr. Muusya Mwinzi, presenting his views during the validation workshop

The National Validation workshop of the Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan, was attended by representatives from development partners, line ministries and county governments.

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Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia, flanked by Director KEFRI, Ben Chikamai and INBBAR Director, Dr. Hans Freidrica reading the CS speech

The Government of Kenya has noted the important role played by the bamboo subsector and is determined through the concerted efforts with stakeholders and development partners, to re-organize the sector so that it can play its rightful role in the socio-economic development of the people of Kenya, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

A cross section of the participants during the Bamboo workshop

In a speech read on her behalf by the Environment Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Alice Kaudia during the official opening of the International Bamboo workshop, held at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Prof. Wakhungu  noted that, Bamboo forms an integral part of indigenous forests in Kenya, providing vital ecosystem services to the nation’s water towers and as a fast growing highly renewable resource with properties similar to timber, bamboo can support green economic development and contribute to key national goals such as Vision 2030.

Noting that bamboo has been acclaimed as an important natural resource, Prof. Wakkhungu lamented that, policy and legislation to support its organized production, processing and utilization are still lacking and in cases where policies and laws have been enacted, they have either been inadequate or out rightly hindering the development of the sector. She called on the distinguished scientists and practitioners who are attending the two day workshop to provide ingredients that are necessary for an enduring policy direction which will ensure the sustainability of the bamboo industry.

Delegates attending the Bamboo workshop in a group photo after the official opening

The workshop, that is expected to review the status of the bamboo management in the country, identify key bamboo sector stakeholders, raise awareness of key policy makers and investors, was also attended by the Director of KEFRI, Dr. Ben Chikamai and the Director General of INBAR, Dr. Hasn Freidrica, among others.

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Principal Secretary, State Dept. of  Env.&Nat. Res. Dr. Lesiyampe addressing the sector stakeholders as Dr.  Songa,PS, Industrialization and other stakeholders listen keenly

Principal Secretary, State Dept. of Env.&Nat. Res. Dr. Lesiyampe addressing the sector stakeholders as Dr. Songa,PS, Industrialization and other stakeholders listen keenly

The Government of Kenya has been awarded a grant of USD 24 million to support the Agricultural Sector Coordination Unit, that was established in 2005 as an inter-ministerial unit and secretariat to the Agricultural and Rural Development related Ministries and non-State actors, tasked with coordinating and implementing Agricultural sector strategies and development agenda.

Speaking during a breakfast meeting with the Agriculture Sector Coordination stakeholders, that was chaired by the current chair, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development , Dr. Wilson Songa, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe noted that, through effective coordination, the sector has made remarkable achievements which includes: formulation of policies and strategies, institutional and legal reforms, coordination of projects and programmes in the sector ministries, signing of comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Kenya and more recently developed the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme.

Speaking during the breakfast meeting, the chair, Dr. Wilson Songa, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development noted that, in response to Vision 2030, the over ten Ministries that constitute the sector, have developed an Agricultural Sector Development Strategy to contribute to the ten percent economic growth target.

Industrialization and Enterprise Dev. PS, Dr.  Wilson Songa addressing the sector members as PS, SDENR, Dr. Lesiyampe  looks on.

Industrialization and Enterprise Dev. PS, Dr. Wilson Songa addressing the sector members as PS, SDENR, Dr. Lesiyampe looks on.

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 Kenya has completely phased out the use of Methyl Bromide a substance widely used as a fumigant against pests on high value crops and which depletes the ozone layer resulting to global warming.

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The cordinator of the National Ozone office in the MEWNR, Mr. Marindany Kirui giving a roadmap on the phasing out of Methyl Bromide in Kenya

The cordinator of the National Ozone office in the MEWNR, Mr. Marindany Kirui giving a roadmap on the phasing out of Methyl Bromide in Kenya

l Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe disclosed that Kenya joined other countries of the world in complying with the International convention demanding the total phase out of the chemical by January 2015.

Methyl Bromide is a substance that was widely used in developing countries as a fumigant to control pests on high value cereals like maize, beans, rice and others. It is also used to fumigate soils to control pests. The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) was the biggest user of the substance in Kenya.

The Montreal Protocol which Kenya is a signatory is a treaty signed by over 160 countries to protect the stratospheric ozone layer, which protects the earth from harmful solar radiation. The Protocol controls global production and trade of ozone depleting substances. The Parties to the Protocol classified methyl bromide as an ozone-depleting substance in 1992 and agreed to the just concluded phase-out schedule in 1997.

The protocol agreed on gradual reduction of the substance in phases before the total phase out in January 2015.

Dr. Lesiyampe in a statement read on his behalf by a Senior Assistant Director of Environment Mr. Dan Marangu during the handover of grain preservation equipment to NCPB, said the use of alternatives to Methyl Bromide had enabled the world reduce destruction of the ozone layer. Its destruction also exposes human beings to harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) assisted the phase out program by providing equipment worth Ksh. 450 million. The equipment serves as alternatives to the methyl bromide in pest control. They include phosphine generators and chillers.

he cordinator of the National Ozone office in the MEWNR, Mr. Marindany Kirui giving a roadmap on the phasing out of Methyl Bromide in Kenya

he cordinator of the National Ozone office in the MEWNR, Mr. Marindany Kirui giving a roadmap on the phasing out of Methyl Bromide in Kenya

The Managing Director of the NCPB Mr. Newton Terer ,receiving the equipment described the phase-out programe as a milestone having been implemented in Nakuru, Kisumu, Bungoma and Moi’s bridge grain silos. He added that the equipment was instrumental to NCPB in improving the integrated pest management system.

The UNIDO representative in the handing over ceremony Mr. Riccardo Savigliano confirmed that all countries who were signatories to the montreal protocol had already phased out the use of methyl bromide.

He said that UNIDO had assisted 80 percent of the countries; signatories of the protocol achieve the phase out.

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 Karibu!. PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe  receiving Mr. Robert Allport, FAO  assistant rep. (Programme implementation  in his office

Karibu!. PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe receiving Mr. Robert Allport, FAO assistant rep. (Programme implementation in his office

The Kenya Government recognizes the support of international organizations in the field of environmental sustainability, Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has observed. The Principal Secretary made the remarks when he received a high powered delegation from the Food and Agriculture Organization, led by the Assistant FAO representative in charge of Programme Implementation, Mr. Robert Allport in his NHIF  office.

The FAO team is familiarizing itself on Kenya’s programme framework and other areas of collaboration and especially the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Sustainable Land Management (KAPSALM).

The Director, Programmes, Project and Strategic Initiatives in the Ministry, Agnes Yobteric and the component manager, KAPSALM, Mr. Malik Aman attended the meeting.

PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe holding talks  with the FAO asst. rep. Mr. Robert Allport and his delegation in his  office. Dir. PPSI, Agnes Yobteric and KAPSLM component manager, Malik Aman  attended.

PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe holding talks with the FAO asst. rep. Mr. Robert Allport and his delegation in his office. Dir. PPSI, Agnes Yobteric and KAPSLM component manager, Malik Aman attended.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu presenting a  memento to theVice Minister for The State Forestry Administration, People's Republic of China Mr. Chen Fengxue

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu presenting a memento to the Vice Minister, State Forestry Administration, Peoples Republic of China to cement the pact.

Kenya and the Peoples republic of China moved closer to implementing a memorandum of understanding between the two states on cooperation relating to Forestry and Ecological conservation.

Officials of the State Forestry Administration of the People’s Republic of China and those from Kenya’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources met yesterday to draw an implementation plan in the areas of bilateral cooperation.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources prof Judi Wakhungu led the Kenyan delegation while Mr. Chen Fengxue, the vice minister for The State Forestry  Administration headed the Chinese team in the bilateral talks held in Nairobi.

The two sides agreed on initially implementing three broad areas as relating to climate change, supporting local livelihood and development of Bamboo industry and would extend to other areas of cooperation.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Chinese prime Minister signed a memorandum of understanding in 2014, between the two states to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas forestry and Ecological conservation.

Mr.Fengxue said that the bilateral cooperation will include wildlife conservation which falls under the China’s state forestry administration.

Prof Wakhungu on her part said that Kenya stood to gain immensely from the highly developed bamboo industry in China.

She thanked the Chinese government for supporting Kenya in Wildlife conservation by providing protection equipment to the Kenya Wildlife service.

The CS noted that Kenya faced wildlife conservation challenges of a rapidly rising population that competed for space with the existing conservancies.

She said that her Ministry was encouraging private land owners to incorporate wildlife conservation in their diversified land use in order to promote the country’s wildlife heritage.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu, with officials from her Ministry pose for a memorable group photo with the Chinese team in her Maji house office

Prof. Judi Wakhungu, with officials from her Ministry pose for a memorable group photo with the Chinese team in her Maji house office

Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural  Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu chairing the meeting with the Japanese team  at her Maji house office.

Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu chairing the meeting with the Japanese team at her Maji house office.

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CS Judi Wakhungu (middle front row) in a group photo of the attendants of the Annual Water Sector Conference held at Safari Park Hotel

CS Judi Wakhungu (middle front row) in a group photo of the attendants of the Annual Water Sector Conference held at Safari Park Hotel

The 9th Annual water Sector Conference Under the theme ‘Towards Realisation of the Right to Water under Devolution was officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment Water and Natural Resources Prof.  Judi Wakhungu on the 8th of April, 2015 at Safari Park Hotel Nairobi.

The theme mirrored with the provisions of Kenya Constitution 2010, which explicitly entrenches the right of access to adequate and clean water in the Bill of Rights. “The Water Sector Conference is  an important event in the development calendar of the water sector as it provides an opportunity for us to report to our stakeholders, discuss our performance and challenges over the last year, and chart the way forward for the coming year,” said Wakhungu.

Prof. Wakhungu said, the constitutional provision puts into focus the mandate and obligation of her Ministry and the entire sector to deliver services to the citizens. She said County Governments have a fundamental role and responsibility to undertake in provision of Water and related services adding that “Understanding our roles with clarity in the new constitutional order is key to effective delivery of our mandate”.

“My Ministry’s vision is to engage all stakeholders, enhance collaboration, promote coordination and create partnerships, all in an effort to support Kenya to secure adequate water for the present and future generations”.

In Kenya, demand for water is expected to grow exponentially over the next 15 years. She noted that despite the heavy investment in water infrastructure, it is still difficult for supply to keep pace with demand.  Therefore, she noted, it was inevitable to think creatively about conservation, catchment management, and new supply and demand management options.  The country needed to create the right incentives to attract private investment into areas such as efficient water use technologies, wastewater recycling and water storage and conservation solutions the CS said.

The conference heard that the National water Master Plan is under dissemination. It will set the baseline for available resources in Kenya and is available for all stakeholders to use. On the groundwater front, the ground water survey in northern and Central Turkana has been done.

The CS said, the development of a policy to facilitate effective management of trans-boundary waters has been finalised and approved. The sub-sector has concurrently initiated bilateral agreements through Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with neighboring countries to promote cooperative frameworks for sustainable management and equitable utilization of shared waters.  The shared waters include Mara river basin, Sio-Malakisi River Basin, Lake Chala and Jipe basin, Lake-Turkana- River Omo basin and River Daua Basin.

She said the land reclamation sub-sector has to affirmatively engage in programmes to improve on water storage; reclamation of arid and semi-arid lands and environmentally degraded areas.  Such hitherto unproductive areas have to be transformed to increase food production and for other economic developments.” We need to ensure that there is adequate capacity all levels to address these issues” said prof Wakhungu.

During the last financial year, capacity needs assessment of 18 counties was conducted to give baseline information. Some 647 water pans were built in collaboration with the Ministry of devolution and planning.

Currently 24 million Kenyans easily access safe clean drinking water. Of these, 10.3 million live in rural areas and have access to water within 2 kilometers.  In the urban areas water is accessible within 30 minutes of water source. Despite these efforts, 16 million Kenyans are without access to water in both rural and urban areas. The current Funding to the water sector is inadequate and hence this high deficit in acces to water. On Sanitation status, the total sewerage coverage only serves a population of about 3.5 million Kenyans. An estimated 1.4 Million Kenyans use on-site sewerage.

Prof stated that her Ministry highly regarded the conference as it was a national dialogue platform important for stakeholders’ engagement to harmonize their expectations and to optimize synergies and efforts as well as to enhance coordination.

She added that the ministry was committed in implementing the plans, programmes and recommendations arrived at by the conference.  She assured the conference that all resources set aside for interventions will be used strictly for intended purposes.

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PS, SDENR and other staff members join   Parlimantary committee on delegated legislation in a group photo during  their retreat at Msa

PS, SDENR and other staff members join Parlimantary committee on delegated legislation in a group photo during their retreat at Msa

Members of Parliament, as people’s representatives, have been called upon to help in creating awareness on the economic benefits of electronic waste and waste tyres as they will contribute towards creating green jobs for the youth.

Addressing members of the Parliamentary select committee on delegated legislation during a briefing retreat on E-waste and waste tyres regulations at the Travelers beach hotel, Mombasa, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe noted that, burning of waste tyres has become a health hazard due to poor management and lack of a regulation. However, with the enactment of the waste tyres bill, the producer responsibility will be enhanced and complimented to create wealth, employment and reduce pollution to the environment.  Communities who have been re-using the old tyres for making shoes and other products will get value for their money.

The Principal Secretary reaffirmed that, the electronic waste regulations will provide a legal backing for the producers, create employment in the collection, transportation or in the treatment facilities and attract investments in the e-waste re-cycling sub sector.

The Parliamentary select committee was led by the vice chairman, Hon. Joseph Gitari. The Environment Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Alice Kaudia, Director, Policy  Formulation and Implementation Mr. Paul  Kere and NEMA Director General, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu attended the meeting.

Dr. Richard Lesiyampe opening the Parliamentary committee's workshop at Travelers beach, Msa

Dr. Richard Lesiyampe opening the Parliamentary committee’s workshop at Travelers beach, Msa

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KWS_recruits_during_their_pass (1)Kenya Wildlife Service rangers have undergone an advanced first aid training course, the first of its kind in East Africa, thanks to support by the Canadian government.

The first batch of 42 officers will be graduating tomorrow morning (Friday, March 27, 2015) at a ceremony presided over by the Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya HE Mr David Angell at the Kenya Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Academy, Manyani, in Tsavo West National Park.

A total of 420 officers are earmarked for the two-week intensive training through the sponsorship of the Canadian government under the Global Peace and Security Fund.

The advanced training has equipped the KWS frontline officers with the necessary skills and provided first hand response to trauma during emergencies such as injuries from bullet wounds in fire exchange with poachers, drowning while on patrol and attacks by wildlife.

The course has been jointly conducted by KWS and the Kenya Red Cross.  The trainees were taken through resuscitation skills, managing an injured officer and protecting them from further injury while in combat situations.

Most of wildlife conservation efforts are usually labour-intensive, with rangers having to physically manage the wildlife and only use of air patrol to supplement such efforts. The threat posed by well-armed poachers to wildlife and rangers has grown in sophistication.

According to names on the Conservation Heroes Monument roll of honour, KWS has lost over 65 officers while in line of duty arising mainly from gunshots, drowning and attacks by wildlife. Some of the officers’ lives would have been saved if only the accompanying officers had the necessary skills to administer first aid. Therefore, the training is expected enable KWS officers deal with preventable deaths as well as give morale to rangers working in dangerous conditions.

Beyond the training, the support by the Canadian Government includes provision of protective and night vision equipment, and equipping of the forensic laboratory to boost prosecution of poachers and smugglers of wildlife and wildlife related products. The ultimate goal of the Canadian Government support is to ensure that KWS modernises its security operations, systems and troops deployment working with community rangers around national parks and other wildlife areas.

The support is designed to ensure that the troops and field operators have adequate intelligence, use modern equipments and embrace the latest and appropriate technology in their day to day operations to achieve high standards of performance, as well as stop any further poaching incidents. By multiplier effect, this would deter poaching gangs that survive on this trade.

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KMDLight to moderate rainfall has been reported in several places across the country for the past six days marking the onset of the Long Rains Season. Northwestern parts of the country however remained dry. Occasional heavy to very heavy rains were also reported in some areas.  Tuthu, Meru, Kangema and Karurumo  in central Kenya; Lunza and Shikoti in western Kenya and Mombasa at the coast received more than 40mm in 24hours………Read more

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