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Env. Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia poses for a group photo with some of the recipients of the Award.JPG

Env. Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia poses for a group photo with some of the recipients of the Award.JPG

The Government recognizes the role environmentalists play as chief stewards of the World’s ecosystem. Speaking during  the Equator  prize for sustainable  Land  Management in Sub-Saharan  Africa Award Ceremony at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, the Environment Secretary in the State Department  of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice  Kaudia, who represented the Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judii Wakhungu noted that, over generations, environmentalists have used their traditional ecological  knowledge to manage natural resources, conserve and maintain ecosystems and adapt to environmental changes.

 Dr. Kaudia commended Equator Initiative for working to recognize and advance local and indigenous efforts that reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.   United Nation Developments’ Equator Initiative leads a process that identifies examples of local ingenuity, innovation, and leadership in sustainable land management in dry lands in sub-Saharan Africa.

Among the recipients of the Equator Initiative Awards were Utooni Development Organization and Northern Rangelands Trust both from Kenya.  Other recipients were from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Togo, Chad, Tanzania, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia.

Some of the recipients of the Award proudly displaying them

Some of the recipients of the Award proudly displaying them

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PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe holding talks with Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Geert Anderson in his office.

The Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, has lauded Demark for its continued support to the Ministry through the Natural Resources Management Programme (NRMP)

Speaking when he received the Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Geert Aagaaard Anderson in his NHIF office, Dr. Lesiyampe noted with appreciation that, Denmark had granted NRMP an extension of one year up to June 2015 and was on the fore front in supporting the Green Global Forum.

The Principal Secretary, who was accompanied by the Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia and DANIDA’s technical adviser to the Ministry, Ms. Isabel Masinde thanked the Royal Danish Embassy for extending support to the Public Private Partnership in sector areas like water, energy agriculture and forestry.

The Danish ambassador was accompanied during the courtesy call by Mr. Joe Okudo from the embassy.

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PS, Dr. Lesiyampe addressing the Parliamentarians during the sensitization workshop at the Flamigo beach hotel, Msa

PS, Dr. Lesiyampe addressing the Parliamentarians during the sensitization workshop at the Flamigo beach hotel, Msa

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, has said that, Kenya has taken a deliberate measure to secure the Country’s development against the risks and impacts of climate change and is on track to achieve the constitutional requirement of achieving and marinating a tree cover of at least 10 percent.

Speaking during a sensitization workshop for members of the Parliamentary committee on Environment and Natural Resources on the new climate change law and bill at the Flamigo Beach and Resort hotel in Mombasa, Dr. Lesiyampe said that, the National Climate Change Action Plan forms the basis for the Country’s transition to a low carbon resilience development through clear priority actions aimed at building resilience of communities, the economy and the environment, while at the same time enabling the country to remain a low emitter.

Hon. Amina Abdalla, chair of Parliament committee on Environment addresing the workshop

Hon. Amina Abdalla, chair of Parliament committee on Environment addresing the workshop

Dr. Lesiyampe said the draft Climate Change Bill aims to facilitate effective climate change response by all actors and is expected to position the country effectively to harness emerging opportunities on climate change.

The workshop was also addressed by   Hon. Amina Abdulla, Chair of the National Assembly committee on Environment and Natural Resources amongst others.

A group photo of the MPs, PS and other participants at the Flamigo beach hotel, Msa

A group photo of the MPs, PS and other participants at the Flamigo beach hotel, Msa

 

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 Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the Governors and their representatives at the North Coast beach hotel

Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the Governors and their representatives at the North Coast beach hotel

Climate change ranks among the greatest global issues today as it threatens every creation and life under planet earth, threatens the future of our generations and our development blueprint, vision 2030, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Addressing a sensitization workshop for all the 47 Governors on the new climate change bill and law at the North Coast beach hotel, Mombasa, Prof. Wakhungu noted that today, erratic rains, floods, food security and rising oceans are emerging as major challenges being attributed to climate change, hence the need to come up with a policy and set of laws to set up mechanisms to confront them, and called on the County representatives to give their views on the bill.

Principal Secretary, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the workshop as CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Hon. Barua  and  H.E. Hon. Joshu

Principal Secretary, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the workshop as CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Hon. Barua and H.E. Hon. Joshu

Addressing the participants, the Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe noted that, the economy, and especially agriculture and tourism which support the livelihoods of the majority of people, has not been spared from the effects of climate change, citing declining forest cover that has affected water towers as well as wildlife diversity.

The two day workshop was also addressed by the representative of the Parliamentary committee on Environment and natural Resources, Hon. Barua Njogu, M.P, Gichungu and the chair of Governors sub-committee on natural Resources, H.E. Hon. Joshua Irungu, Governor, Laikipia County.

Memorable photo- Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary, Dr. Lesiyampe join the participants for a group photo

Memorable photo- Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary, Dr. Lesiyampe join the participants for a group photo

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SDS, Mr. Ben Mugambi addressing wananchi at the Mkunguni grounds, Lamu during the IDB fetes.

SDS, Mr. Ben Mugambi addressing wananchi at the Mkunguni grounds, Lamu during the IDB fetes.

Kenyans have been called to actively take responsibility of their environment and at the same time reflect on the role of biodiversity on human, plants and animal life on our planet.

Speaking during celebrations to mark the 2014 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) at the Mkunguni grounds, Lamu , the Senior Deputy Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Ben Mugambi, who represented the Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted that, islands are a biodiversity hot spots as they make a contribution to global biodiversity that is out of proportion to their land area, contain some of the richest reservoirs of biodiversity and are home to some 600 million people, endowed with unique cultures, whose main economic activities revolve around tourism and fishing, activities that rely on biodiversity, and called for their protection.

SDS, Mr. Ben Mugambi being taken on a conducted tour of the Lamu sea shore during the IDB celebrations (2)

SDS, Mr. Ben Mugambi being taken on a conducted tour of the Lamu sea shore during the IDB celebrations (2)

Mr. Mugambi noted that, Lamu was chosen due to its rich biodiversity, cultural heritage, marine biodiversity and expansive mangrove forest that calls for sustainable management and said the Ministry will continue to put measures in place to protect the rich biodiversity in the island.

Mr. Ben. Mugambi, SDS, State Dept. of Env. & Nat. resources join students of Wiyoni Primary School, Lamu in creating

Mr. Ben. Mugambi, SDS, State Dept. of Env. & Nat. resources join students of Wiyoni Primary School, Lamu in creating

The International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated annually in order to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity.

The function was also attended by Lamu County Commissioner, Mr. Ikua, Lamu County Minister for Environment & Health, Hon. Dr.Kombo and the Deputy Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements in the Ministry, Mr. Parkinson Ndonye, among others.

 

 

 

 

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DSC_0004 roll - PS, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the donors meetingThe Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR), in collaboration with other stakeholders will endeavor to mobilize resources to enable the fulfillment of its role in promoting environmental management for sustainable development and provide a clean environment as envisaged in the Kenya Constitution.

The Ministry is faced with financial resources gaps to support its ambitious programmes. To address this shortfall, the Ministry has developed Projects Concepts Notes to address key thematic environmental areas. The document aims at sharing notes with Development Partners and Private Sector for purposes of establishing new projects and programmes to help the Ministry provide the needed interventions in the sector as outlined in the strategic plan.

DSC_0007PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe prresenting a copy of the concepts notes.A Group photo of the development partners after the meeting

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Creating World Environment Day awareness in Ngomeni, Kilifi County

Kenyans need to urgently address issues of climate change that Burberry Wrap Scarf Outlet threaten the Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Sneakers Sale country’s future economic growth, environment and sustainable development, cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources Prof.Judi Wakhungu has said.

She observed that scientists at the Inter-governmental panel on climate change had recently launched a report prescribing a raft of interventions to address climate change that currently faced the world as a result of global warming.

The report forecasts possible submergence of low lying Small Islands like Mombasa in the near future owing to the rising sea levels. The rising sea level already witnessed in the Kenya coast and other areas is caused by carbon emissions that cause global warming and arising from Green House Gases.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Senior Director of Administration Ambassador Julius Kandie during the World Environment Day 2014 Golden Goose Deluxe Brand celebration at Ngomeni, Malindi, Prof.Wakhungu noted that the phenomenon had also affected inland lakes along the kenya rift valley. They include lakes Nakuru, Baringo, Bogoria,Naivasha, Solai and Elmentaita where human settlement has been disrupted and various installations submerged.

The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change recommended the phase out of the use of fossil fuels by 2040 in a bid to reduce the global warming.Fosil fuels are a major emitter of the Green House Gases into the atmosphere.

The Cabinet Secretary recommended that the country embraces the use of renewable energy resources to mitigate the threat. She said that advised that for fossil fuels to continue being used; carbon dioxide emitted must be captured before escaping into the atmosphere and instead injected underground or under the ocean floor for long term storage technically referred to as “carbon Capture Sequestration”

She disclosed that her Adidas Stan Smith Dam Skor Ministry had formulated the Adidas Springblade Razor Drive 4.0 National Climate Change Response Strategy through which specific sector responses and interventions were identified. The strategy will enhance resilience to climate change based on low – carbon pathway and practices. Further the national climate change plan 2013-2017 has been developed through which stakeholders had identified and prioritized adaption and mitigation actions.

The CS added that the country will soon mainstream climate change response actions Belstaff Naima Jacket Lady across all sectors and ensure climate-proofing of all development projects.

mangrove plantation at Ngomeni, Kilifi County SDA, Amb. Julius Kandie assisted by DG, NEMA, Prof. Wahungu presenting an award to Moi Hospital
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The Kitui County Minister for Environment, Energy & Mineral Investments Development, Hon. George Mulatya, flanked by other officials opening the workshop.

The County Government of Kitui has created a Kobe Xi Review climate adaptation fund to address issues of solar and other renewable sources of energy in order to turn to green energy. Speaking during the official opening of Kitui Stakeholders Workshop on Climate Change Policy and Bill at the Nike Free Fs Lite Run 2 Parkside Hotel, in Kitui, the Kitui County Minister for Environment, Energy and Mineral investments Development, Hon. George Mulatya said that all the sectors within the Chelsea Kits Pes 2018 county government Canada Goose Hybridge Lite Hoody Graphite including Ministries and programmes will have to mainstream climate Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Outlet change in all their activities.

Reiterating   his government Parajumpers Right Hand Jacket support to the climate change bill process, Hon. Mulatya noted that, to date, the county has planted over 100,000 tree seedlings. He identified temperature increases and reduced food   production as major climate change impacts in the county and called on his people to think globally and act locally.

The workshop, which drew representatives from the entire Kitui County, was also addressed by Mr. Stephen King’uyu , who represented the Principal Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Richard Lesiyampe, Ms. Fatuma Hussein, the Director of Climate Change in the Ministry and Mr. John Kioli, the chairman of the Kenya Climate Change Working Group

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The Director of Programmes in the Ministry, Agnes Yobterik addressing the delegates to the EAC meeting

The Director of Programmes in the Ministry, Agnes Yobterik addressing the delegates to the EAC meeting

Kenya takes cognizance of the fact that, the Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PRREPARED), is in line with the country’s development agenda as it aims at mainstreaming integrated, multi-sectoral, evidence based, climate-resilient development planning and program implementation.

Addressing the 1st Joint Regional Policy Steering Committee for PREPARED at the Seasons hotel, Narok, the Director of Programmes, Projects and Strategic Initiatives in the Ministry of Env. Water & Natural Resources, Mrs. Agnes Yobterik noted that, the PREPARED Programme is an up scaled initiative meant to build on the achievements of the Trans boundary Water for Biodiversity and Human Health Project in the Mara River Basin, noting that, the challenges of climate change are already being felt and it is therefore important to prepare our communities to be resilient.

The joint meeting, which is to consider components being implemented by the Lake Victoria Basin Commission and the East Africa Community Secretariat and that is being attended by delegates from Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and the host country, Kenya, was opened by the Governor of Narok County, H.E. Hon. Tunai.

Opening the meeting, Hon. Tunai noted that, Narok County forms a significant land scape in the Mara River Basin and is home to the Maasai Mara National Game Reserve. The Governor that, though the landscape is highly potential for agricultural production, it is faced with challenges of resource degradation arising from demographic pressures and climate related aspects.

The delegates to the EAC meeting join Narok Governor for a memorable photo after the official opening.

The delegates to the EAC meeting join Narok Governor for a memorable photo after the official opening.

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PS, Dr. Lesiyampe addressing the Parliamentarians during the sensitization workshop at the Flamigo beach hotel, Msa

PS, Dr. Lesiyampe addressing the Parliamentarians during the sensitization workshop at the Flamigo beach hotel, Msa

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, has said that, Kenya has taken a deliberate measure to secure the Country’s development against the risks and impacts of climate change and is on track to achieve the constitutional requirement of achieving and marinating a tree cover of at least 10 percent.

Speaking during a sensitization workshop for members of the Parliamentary committee on Environment and Natural Resources on the new climate change law and bill at the Flamigo Beach and Resort hotel in Mombasa, Dr. Lesiyampe said that, the National Climate Change Action Plan forms the basis for the Country’s transition to a low carbon resilience development through clear priority actions aimed at building resilience of communities, the economy and the environment, while at the same time enabling the country to remain a low emitter.

Dr. Lesiyampe said the draft Climate Change Bill aims to facilitate effective climate change response by all actors and is expected to position the country effectively to harness emerging opportunities on climate change.

The workshop was also addressed by   Hon. Amina Abdulla, Chair of the National Assembly committee on Environment and Natural Resources amongst others.

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PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, flanked by Conservation secretary, Mr. Gathaara and SDA, Amb. Kandie addressing the media at KWS offices.

PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, flanked by Conservation secretary, Mr. Gathaara and SDA, Amb. Kandie addressing the media at KWS offices.

The Government is fully aware of the magnitude of the problems facing the wildlife sector, in particular poaching which has been an issue of great concern. As you are all aware, the poaching and trafficking in wildlife are trans-national problems that have increased in sophistication and scope.

The Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources gazetted a task force on wildlife security headed by Ambassador Nehemiah Rotich, a former Director of Kenya Wildlife Service, and we expect its full report by the end of next month. We call upon all stakeholders to come forward and share their views with the Taskforce. The Cabinet Secretary also presented the situation of the wildlife sector to the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources last week.

In addition, the Government has constituted an inter-ministerial committee to scrutinize and oversee operations in KWS for the next three months with a view to identifying challenges in the Service and undertaking remedial measures. The committee comprises of senior officials of the following Ministries:

  • The National Treasury
  • Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • Planning and Devolution
  • Interior and National Co-ordination
  • Kenya Wildlife Service

The committee started working yesterday (April 10, 2014) and shall be meeting every week to ensure measures identified are effected timely.

Further to these, consultations between the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), both field and headquarters officers, have been held. We came up with a raft of measures to be undertaken to revamp KWS within the next 100 days starting on Saturday (April 3, 2014).

Six senior officers have been asked to proceed on leave starting yesterday to pave way for investigations into operations of KWS. The affected officers include:

  1. Mr Julius Kimani- Deputy Director Security
  2. Mr Patrick Omondi, Deputy Director Wildlife Conservation
  3. Mr William Waweru-Deputy Director Finance and Administration
  4. Mr Tom Sipul- Deputy Director Corporate Services
  5. Mr Wesley Isanda- Head Finance
  6. Mr Christopher Oludhe- Acting Head Supply Chain management

For continuity in services, the following have been appointed in acting capacity:

  • Mr Robert Muasya Ag. Deputy Director Security
  • Mr Nelson Agina Ag. Deputy Director Finance and Administration
  • Mr Robert Njue Ag, Deputy Director Wildlife Conservation
  • Engineer Benson Wamaya Ag. Deputy Director Corporate Services
  • Mr James Sambu Ag. Head of Finance
  • Mr Gitonga Runo Head of Supply Chain Management

In order to address the issue of poaching, we have identified key areas that need urgent attention. These include:

  • Formation of an anti-poaching committee to look at all aspects of poaching and recommend actions must be followed up and executed.
  • Review budgets to channel more resources to the core business of KWS, especially in the field
  • Restructure and revamp the Intelligence Unit which plays a critical role in the war against poaching
  • Renovation and upgrading of Lake Nakuru, Nairobi and Ngulia Rhino sanctuary fences
  • The Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and KWS will enhance engagements with various stakeholders, especially County governments, community and other security agencies with a view to boosting the war against poaching
  • In order to increase the mobility of rangers, 50 4×4 wheel drive vehicles will be procured for deployment to the field
  • In order to fast-track procurement of critical security equipment there is need to review membership of the tender and procurement committees urgently
  • Follow through force modernization by procuring and deploying modern equipment, including night vision and firearms
  • Rationalize and harmonize allowances for rangers with a view to improving their welfare

To address the current shortage of staff, we plan to commence recruitment of 600 rangers from Monday next week.

Senior Ministry  and KWS officials listen as  PS, Dr. Richard  Lesiyampe addresses the media  on steps to revamp KWS.DSC_0024

Senior Ministry and KWS officials listen as PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addresses the media on steps to revamp KWS.DSC_0024

As you are aware, we are in the process of merging KWS with KFS, Water Towers Authority and Nyayo Tea Zone. The process is on course and we hope to complete it as soon as possible.

More consultations will continue to be done with a view to ensuring that our wildlife heritage is conserved at all costs.

I wish to assure Kenyans of our commitment to secure wildlife and the safety of our visitors. At the same time, I wish to sound a warning to poachers out there that their days are numbered. Finally, I appeal to all Kenyans to support us in our efforts to conserve our national heritage.

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Senior Director of Admin. Amb. Kandie flanked by Conservation Secretary, Mr. Gathaara addressing Kaya elders at Kaya Nimwache forest, KwaleDSC_0203

For many years, Kaya forests have been revered as sacred sites, where special prayers have been held by the Mijikenda. They therefore, owe their existence to beliefs, culture, and history of the nine coastal Mijikenda ethnic groups: the Giriama, Digo, Duruma, Rabai, Kauma, Ribe, Jibana, Kambe, and Chonyi. To date, there are over 50 Kayas that have been identified in Kwale County, Mombasa County and Kilifi County.

Speaking during an inspection tour of the on-going rehabilitation and conservation of Kaya forests in Kwale County, the Senior Director of Administration in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Ambassador Julius Kandie, who led a team from the Ministry on behalf of the Principal Secretary noted that, Kaya forests have been managed through very efficient traditional systems that have been achieved largely through the strength of spiritual beliefs and social rules and norms.

Noting that conservation endeavors are faced with numerous challenges, Ambassador Kandie identified rising demand for forest products and land for agriculture, mining, and other activities as a result of increased population, as some of the causes of gradual destruction and loss of the Kaya forests.

While paying a courtesy call to Kwale Governor, HE. Hon. Salim Mvury, Ambassador Kandie noted that Government was focusing on planting over 100 million trees by the end of 2014 and setting up Green Schools as epi-centres of learning on the issues of conservation, and noted that, the Ministry was spearheading a programme on commercializing trees and Bamboo and called for the participation of the youths and women in the exercise.

Kwale County Commissioner, Mr Evans Achoki, Conservation Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Gideon Gathaara and Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia where in the tour.

Kwale County Commissioner, Mr. Evans Achoki taking the SDA and his team on a conducted tour of the Kaya forests in Kwale
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