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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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Environment Secretary Dr Alice Kaudia hold one of the 100 radios donated by Meteorogical services to the local community she is flanked by Mr Peter Ambenje Deputy Director Meteorological Services

Environment Secretary Dr Alice Kaudia holds one of the 100 radios donated by Meteorogical services to the local community she is flanked by Mr Peter Ambenje Deputy Director Meteorological Services

Nganyi Ranet community radio station and Ranet Climate Resource center were launched in pomp and colour at Esibila Primary school, in Luanda, Vihiga County, as the Meteorological Day was marked worldwide.

Under the theme climate knowledge for climate action this year’s Met day takes stock of the climate knowledge built in the last decade and ways of addressing climate change and climate variability.

Broadcasting at 101.2 FM the Anyole radio station aims at delivering and disseminating climate knowledge to the local community for them to foster climate action.

Speaking at the Launch of the station the CS, for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu stated the significance of the choice of the venue considering the role the Nganyi people have played over the years in weather forecasting. Kenya Meteorological Services over the years brought together climate scientists and traditional forecasters to develop a consensus forecast.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Environment Secretary Dr Alice Kaudia, the CS said “Nganyi people have served as rainmakers for generations helping communities prepare their land and sow their seeds, this will then be relayed to the community through ceremonies, public meetings and on a person to person engagement”.

This method of disseminating information will be improved immensely with the launch of the community radio prof. Wakhungu added.

According to the Emuhaya Member of Parliament, Hon Wilbur Otichillo the station will be giving weather forecast after every 10 minutes to ensure farmers are well informed on the best time to plant their crops hence improving food security.

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia dances with Vihiga residents during the launch of Nganyi Ranet Community radio that will assist local people in monitoring the weather.

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia dances with Vihiga residents during the launch of Nganyi Ranet Community radio that will assist local people in monitoring the weather.

 The Climate Resource center will also serve as learning center for students on environmental and climate related studies.

The guest of honour donated 100 radio receivers to the local people to ease flow of climated related information. It will therefore be accessed by even the less fortunate members of the society. Nganyi Ranet radio is the fifth of its kind in Kenya others are Suswa in Narok, Budalangi in Busia, Kangema in Muranga and Kwale in Kwale County.

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The International Day of Forests (IDF) was celebrated at Adidas Zx 700 Ndabibi Primary School in Naivasha Sub County, Nakuru County.

Under the theme Nike Lebron 14 forests and climate change this year’s IDF Adidas Y-3 celebrates the increased forest cover in the country that stands at about 7%, 3% shy of the

United Nations recommended 10 % forest cover of the total land area.

Speaking at the event the Cabinet Cheap Vancouver Whitecaps Jersey Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu attributed the increased forest cover to ambitious restoration programmes for country’s water towers and dry land forests.

She said “the Government in collaboration with stakeholders has initiated a Burberry Wallets Online number of programmes to increase the forest cover in the country and protect it from destruction”. This will enhance biodiversity conservation, water catchment protection and provision of other environmental benefits the CS added.

On forest fires she urged Golden Goose Comprar farmers bordering forests to exercise due care and desist from practices which can lead to this fires.

Pupils of Ndabibi Primary School follow proceedings at the International Day of Forests celebration

The acting Director of Kenya Forest Service Mr. Emilio Mugo said Eburu Forest one of the 22 blocs of Mau forest that contributes heavily to power generation, protection of the wildlife and hence the need to protect it at all costs.

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The government is committed to the environmental management within the East African region by improving collaborative management of the Trans-Calzoncillos Philipp Plein Baratos boundary natural resources of the Lake Victoria basin, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she inaugurated a state of the art water laboratory   under the Lake Victoria Environmental Programme (LVEMP 11) in Kisumu, that was rehabilitated at a cost of over ksh 18 Calzoncillos Ralph Lauren million to analyse portable water, analyze effluent from sewers and help Golden Goose Mens Sneakers Sale safeguard the lake by Nike Dunk High Mens measuring its pollution levels, prof. Wakhungu urged the County

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being assisted to plant a commemorative tree in Kisumu during the official commissioning of the Kisumu Lab

Governments in the region to ensure that the lab was fully utilised for service to the people.

She Nike Free Powerlines Ii Black/melon Mint praised LVEMP II- K for its role of reducing environmental stress in Lake Victoria basin thereby improving the live hoods of communities who depend on the natural resources of the Lake basin.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu flanked by chair of  Council of Governors, Hon. Isaac Ruto and Kisumu governor, Hon. Raguma  flagging off the exhausters in Kisumu

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu flanked by chair of Council of Governors, Hon. Isaac Ruto and Kisumu governor, Hon. Raguma flagging off the exhausters in Kisumu

Governors have vowed to support the central government in conservation and development of environmental infrastructure.

The Chairman of the council of governors Mr. Isaac Rutto and Kisumu governor Mr. Jack Ranguma congratulated the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural resources for launching a fleet of exhauster trucks that will help reduce pollution of Lake Victoria and its environs.

The seven exhauster trucks that cost Ksh. 65 million, will empty pit latrines and septic tanks used by residents who are not connected to sewer lines in Homa bay,Bomet, Siaya,Kericho,Migori and Kisumu counties.

The two governors who spoke during the trucks flagging off ceremony presided over by Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu in Kisumu, concurred that environmental conservation and management was the responsibility of  leaders at all  levels of government.

Mr. Rutto noted that residents of Bomet town would soon benefit from the ongoing construction of a sewerage system courtesy of the central government and appealed for continued assistance to improve the environmental status of the counties.

Thank you Madam! Governor's Isaac Ruto of Bomet  and Jack Raguma of  Kisumu congratulates the CS after the launch as SDA,  amb. Kandie looks on.

Thank you Madam! Governor’s Isaac Ruto of Bomet and Jack Raguma of Kisumu congratulates the CS after the launch as SDA, amb. Kandie looks on.

Prof Wakhungu also inaugurated state of the art water laboratories under the Lake Victoria Environmental Programme (LVEMP 11) rehabilitated at a cost of over ksh 18 million. The labs will analyse portable water, analyze effluent from sewers and help safeguard the lake by measuring its pollution levels.

The CS observed that the launch of the exhausters and the commissioning of water labs was a key output in environmental management in the East Africa region and urged the County Governments in the region to ensure that investments were fully utilised for service to the people.

She further praised the role of LVEMP 11 in improving collaborative management of the Trans -boundary natural resources of Lake Victoria basin for the shared benefits of the EAC partner states.

This she observed reduced environmental stress in Lake Victoria basin thereby improving the livelihoods of communities who depend on the natural resources of Lake Victoria basin.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu (centre), amb. Julius  Kandie and LVEMP II-K coordinator, Ms Fransiscah Owuor following  proceedings during the launch.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu (centre), amb. Julius Kandie and LVEMP II-K coordinator, Ms Fransiscah Owuor following proceedings during the launch.

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