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CS Judi Wakhungu, Information Communications and Technology Ps,Musuni Ole Tiampati (right) Francics Wangusi Director General communication authority of Kenya and Hodge Semakula(extreme left)  East Africa Communications Organization Executive Secretary at The East Africa Communications Organization E-waste management workshop at a Nairobi hotel

CS Judi Wakhungu, Information Communications and Technology Ps,Musuni Ole Tiampati (right) Francics Wangusi Director General communication authority of Kenya and Hodge Semakula(extreme left) East Africa Communications Organization Executive Secretary at The East Africa Communications Organization E-waste management workshop at a Nairobi hotel

The cabinet secretary for Environment Water and Natural Resources, Prof Judi Wakhungu has said that her ministry is committed to E-waste management to promote a clean, health and sustainably managed environment for socio/economic national development.

Addressing participants at the East Africa Communication Organization (EACO) workshop at a Nairobi hotel, the CS noted that the Ministry through National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has developed sustainable E-waste management guidelines including recovery of electronic and electric waste.

The workshop was organized by the Communication Authority of Kenya to create awareness and chart the way forward on E-waste management in East Africa region. It drew participants from the East African Countries.

She pointed out that E-waste is a challenge in third world countries because of the importation of new and used (second hand) electric and electronic devices and equipment such as phones,TV’s,computers among others  which has resulted in a lot of electronic waste in the East Africa region.

The CS recognized that e-waste is a health hazard because most electronic and electric equipment have chemicals which directly affect the health of people negatively, calling for collaboration among all stakeholders in the ICT and Ministry of Environment to find a permanent solution in the management of e/waste.

“Most E-waste emanates from importing second hand electric and electronic equipment. According to the report by UNEP about 40 million tons of electronic wastes are produced in the world annually. This is projected to increase if no action will be taken, therefore, capacity building and closer working relations between the private and public sector are needed to counter the problem.” She emphasized.

 Prof Wakhungu appreciated the efforts of mobile phones dealers and other electronic and electric products dealers who are engaged in e waste management.

The principal secretary for Information Communication and Technology, Joseph Tiampati said that his ministry with EACO has priotised environmental protection as far as E-waste is concerned in the country adding that the workshop was held to formulate policies and regulatory framework as a region to mitigate the E-wastes.

He also urged Kenyans to be innovative by engaging in e/waste recovering through recycling so as to aid in reducing importation of defective electric and electronic equipment that lead to a lot of e/ waste in the country.

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 PS- State Department of Water and Regional Authorities Jame Teko Lopoyetum (left) with Director of UNESCO Mohamed Djelid during the launch of the WWDR /2015

PS- State Department of Water and Regional Authorities Jame Teko Lopoyetum (left) with Director of UNESCO Mohamed Djelid during the launch of the WWDR /2015

The Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources in collaboration with UNESCO and GIZ today, the 20th March, 2015 jointly launched the World Water Development Report 2015 at hotel Laico in Nairobi. The report on water for a sustainable world will be launched globally in different regions in Africa, America, Europe and Latin America. In Kenya, launching of the report will be part of the activities for the national celebrations for the World Water Day.

Speaking at the launch of the WWDR 2015 the Principal Secretary for the State Department of  Water and Regional Authorities Mr. James Teko Lopoyetum said, the launching of the report will be an opportunity to organize a

high level policy round table to discuss and contextualize the findings and recommendations for Kenya towards vision 2030 and post-2015 on sustainable development goals. He said the overall goal of the high level policy round table was to;

  • raise awareness on the central role of water resources for sustainable development towards post-2015 on sustainable development goals.
  • To present, discuss and contextualize the findings and recommendations of world water development report 2015 on water for sustainable world.

The PS said, his ministry in partnership with UNESCO with other stakeholders will be marking this year’s 22nd World Water Day at Naro Moru Primary School in Kajiado County at the Kiserian dumpsite.

 UNESCO convener Mr. Abou Amani (left) with PS Teko (Center) and UNESCO Director Mohamed Djelid before the launch.

UNESCO convener Mr. Abou Amani (left) with PS Teko (Center) and UNESCO Director Mohamed Djelid before the launch.

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PS, Mr. James Teko (Left) andFinish Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Sophie From- Emmesberger officially commissioning water sanitation facilities at Naro Moru Primary School.

This year’s World Water Day 2015 was marked in Kajiado County, Kajiado West constituency at Naro Moru PrimarySchool in Kiserian town.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Water and Regional Authorities Mr. James Teko Lopoyetum, during the celebrations, the CS launched the Water Services Trust fund programmes funded by the Finish, Swedish, Germany and Danish Parajumpers Last Minute Jacket Governments; the EU and the World Bank .

She said, the water sector funding rose from a combined Government allocation and development partners grants and loans of Ksh 6.36 billion in 2004/2005 financial year to a total allocation Kshs 38.60 billion during the 2010/2011 financial year.

Prof. Wakhungu noted that, 647 water pans and 54 small dams have been completed at a cost of Kshs 3.5 billion increasing water storage by 16 million cubic meters over the last one year.  The program targeted all rural constituencies in the country with emphasis in the Arid and semi Arid Lands areas. In addition, ground water explorations  are ongoing in Northern Kenya, specifically, Turkana, Marsabit, and Golden Goose Haus Swan Rebajas Garissa Counties to unlock development potentials in those Asal areas through provision of adequate water from reliable sources, said the CS.

“My ministry had launched a national water bodies cleaning exercise to restore degraded water bodies (Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers rivers, lakes and wetlands) to their regional status. Work on restoration of urban rivers has been intensified in recognition of the importance of clean rivers to human health: Jordan 2015 Releases especially in high density settlement” she observed.

Most recently Prof. Wakhungu launched the Athi river restoration program, focusing on pollution to enhance access to clean water among riparian communities. The cleaning of Athi River program will be implemented in the next five years and is estimated to cost Ksh 2.5 billion.

A waste treatment plant for Kiserian town will also be constructed beginning July, 2015. The Kiserian dam, the water treatment and the waste water facilities are some of the Ministry’s deliverables of the Millennium Development Goals.

Among the dignitaries who attended the WWD were the Finish Ambassador to Kenya H. E Sofie From-Emmesberger, representatives from the UN Organization,  kajiado deputy governor, Senator, MP and MCAs from the County.

A hand washing facility at Naro Moru Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Uk primary school funded by Athi Water Services Board

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ps signing mouWater security in the country has received a boost following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the government and research institutions on rain water harvesting.

The Principal Secretary for Water and Regional Development Authorities Mr. James Teko Lopoyetum signed on behalf of the government the research understanding with University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology and the Kenya Rainwater Association.

Other signatories were Professor Henry Mutoro (UON), Professor Bancy Mati (JKUAT), Professor Shem Wandiga (UON), Professor Oguge Nicholas (JKUAT), Dr. Stephen Ngigi (KRA) and Engineer Phillip Langat (KRA).

ps signsThe parties agreed to cooperate in finding a lasting solution to the water scarcity in the country.

The memorandum of understanding will upscale research, training, innovation, science and technology transfer in the Water and Environmental sector alongside other areas of mutual interest.

Mr. Teko urged individuals, communities, organizations and private companies to come up with initiatives that would support the government’s efforts in providing water to all its citizens.

The PS cited the innovativeness and change of attitude of people two locations in Yatta, Machakos County, whose lives have improved as a result of rainwater harvesting and water pans. “These people have achieved food security and improved incomes and now 80% of them live in permanent houses”, he said.reps after signing

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PROFESSOR WAKHUNGU APPLAUDS    IFAW ON WILDLIFE CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT – 18TH MARCH 2015.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu receives the Modern (Night Vision equipment) for KWS from IFAW-to be used by rangers at night to maintain security in parks

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu receives the Modern (Night Vision equipment) for KWS from IFAW-to be used by rangers at night to maintain security in parks

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The Ministry OF Environment Water and Natural Resources and KWS have benefitted on the lattest KWS-IFAW initiative to modernize the security operations of KWS that has started with the donation of NVGs worth US$30,000 to be used at Tsavo Sanctuaries. IFAW has also and the signed for a project called ten Boma (name borrowed from Nyumba kumi) that will aim at improving predictive action of KWS rangers so as to stop poachers before the killing takes place.

 

Speaking at the IFAW’s 15th celebrations today the 18th of March 2015 at the Crowne plaza hotel in Nairobi, the Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu applauded IFAW for their tremendous efforts in wining space for wildlife with the community of Olgulului by signing a five year lease for 16,000 acres of critical Kitenden Corridor and Amboseli.

“My ministry will prioritize the rehabilitation of the Amboseli Northern Water Pipeline upon the recommendations of the recent EIA exercise that was conducted recently by KWS late last year” said Wakhungu.

 

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with US A mbassador Bob Godec during the  15th IFAW celebrations

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with US A mbassador Bob Godec during the
15th IFAW celebrations

Prof.  Wakhungu said her ministry will be proactive in working with Central and County Governments for the publishing of a National land use Master Plan.The Master Plan will bring Coherence and balance between the activities of people and wildlife, and between wildlife conservation and Macro development.

IFAW has been partnering with KWS since 2000 in tracking elephants in Amboseli and helping in defining movement corridors for conservation.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with conservationists Jim Nyamu at the IFAW 15th celebrabrations

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with conservationists Jim Nyamu at the IFAW 15th celebrabrations

The ceremony was attended by former vice president of the Republic of  Kenya Dr Moody Awori, American Ambassador, Rob Kodek, Manu Chandaria, Paula Kaumbu, among others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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achievmentsThe Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is implementing projects and programmes as enumerated in the 2nd Medium Term Plan (MTP-II) of Vision 2030 with a clear focus on the implementation of the Jubilee Manifesto. The Ministry is mandated to undertake protection, conservation and development of environment, water and natural resources for sustainable development through policy and strategy formulation as well as implementation of development programmes and projects.
In the Environment Sector, the Jubilee Manifesto undertook to protect Kenya’s remaining forests and increase our forest cover……..Read more

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DSC_0010Conservation will be boosted by the continued bilateral relations between Kenya and China whose recent capital investments by the Asian country focuses on the Environment sector, Environment and Water Resources cabinet Secretary Pro Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking during a forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) workshop in Nairobi, the Cabinet Secretary noted that cooperation between the governments of China and Kenya has grown tremendously rising to Kshs. 46 billion in 2013, through investments in manufacturing, energy, construction real estate, tourism and trade.

She said that increased credit lines for environmentally sensitive sectors such as infrastructure, manufacturing and agriculture stand to achieve tangible benefits for Kenyans if strong environmental considerations are applied.

Prof Wakhungu observed that FOCAC forum has identified new areas on corporate social responsibility, clean energy, renewable resources and the fight against transnational organized crime linked to illegal wildlife trade as areas of continued cooperation.

DSC_0016The CS pointed out that in the efforts to ensure that all Kenyans had access to clean and healthy environment her Ministry had developed the National Climate Change Response Strategy and the National Climate Change Action Plan which address adaptation and mitigation challenges, among other policies and progammes.

She appreciated the support being accorded by the Chinese government towards the protection of wildlife targeting elimination of poaching menace adding that Kenya had finalized discussions on provision of wildlife protection equipment by the Chinese government.

 The Chinese deputy Secretary General for International Cooperation on Environment and development pledged continued support to Kenya’s environmental impact process that was enhanced by the recent launch of the National Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) guidelines.

The official also promised support in   sustainable development through provision of jobs opportunities and in climate change mitigation efforts.

DSC_0023The workshop held at a Nairobi hotel brought together development partners alongside Kenyan and Chinese officials.

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A group photo of  part of the participants  attending the dialogue meeting

A group photo of part of the participants attending the dialogue meeting

Some non-governmental organizations are sabotaging environment conservation efforts by engaging in falsehoods that earn them foreign financial assistance, PS Dr.Richard Lesiyampe has disclosed.

The NGO’s seek funds from donors abroad under the pretext that they promoted human rights for the local forest dependent communities evicted from water towers and other conservation areas they previously occupied.

At the same time, Dr. Lesiyampe announced that the government’s initiative of forestry reforms had achieved positive results through engaging forest dependent communities in conservation.

He said the Government was determined to solve long standing socio-economic hardships facing the communities, through dialogue that will promote their rights to access forest products alongside protecting the water catchment areas.

The PS welcomed foreign assistance in environmental conservation efforts but warned that the process will only be driven by the Government which is working with the local communities to improve their livelihood.

Dr. Lesiyampe was reacting to claims that government had instigated evictions were being carried out in Embobut forest at a time when a round table dialogue with leaders of the minority  Sengwer,Ogiek, Ichamus and Eldrois had kicked off.

The government initiated negotiations seeks to resolve the persistent conflict between the authorities and the local communities over occupation of water catchment and conservation areas.

Dr Lesiyampe recently ordered an aerial inspection of the Embobut forest by a team comprising community representatives, county governments, Kenya forest service, World Bank Officials, members of the press among other stakeholders who confirmed that no fresh evictions had been carried out.

 Following the dialogue, the communities’ representatives expressed their desire to conserve the environment if they were allowed to earn their livelihood from forests products.

The PS confirmed that the government would no longer destroy property belonging to members of the forest dependent communities adding that the Ministry had initiated forestry reforms that would promote harmony between people and forests.

The reforms will be undertaken through  the ongoing development of national forest programme, whose principles include recognition of customary rights of indigenous people and forest dependent communities he observed

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Mrs . of explains the mandate ofWARMA as CS Prof. Judi Under Armour Stephen Curry 1 Colorways Wakhungu and PS James Teko Lopoyetum keenly listen

Thousands of water consumers downstream Athi river are set to get clean water following the launch yesterday of a massive clean-up and Restoration program by cabinet secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources prof. Judi Wakhungu.

The waterway has for long been unclean with countless gallons of effluent, flowing downstream courtesy of industries and the constant bursting of the main Nairobi county sewer line.

Water consumers downstream, fish, and millions of animals dependent on the water way ecosystem  have for years choked under the liquid waste was spewed by polluters upstream.

Athi River comprises several tributaries that feed into it at around Nairobi County and flow down to the Indian Ocean hundreds of kilometers south.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu responding to questions from journalists. Flanking her is the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) Chief Executive Philip Olum

The cabinet secretary at a function held at fourteen falls, Ol Donyo Sabuk in Golden Goose Smash Baratas Kiambu County led the restoration initiative by Water Resources Management Authority dubbed A clean Athi River: My Life, My Responsibility” with its  Kiswahili version“Usafi wa Mto Athi: Uhai Wangu, Jukumu Langu”

 The restoration program aims at protecting the water, from adverse impacts in order to achieve sustainable development and return the river to its former glory, clear from of any form of pollution.

At the same time, prof. Wakhungu warned that hefty fines to as high as sh. 20 million awaited any Golden Goose Superstar Billigt person or institution found polluting the river and appealed to all water users to change their attitude in waste Saucony Jazz Original Yellow disposal in order to  turn around the potential of the water resource.

The implementation of the programme, expected to cost nearly ksh. 2.5 in the next five years will ensure adequate good quality water for human needs and ecological functions, protection of the resource against pollution through collaboration with stakeholders and Calzoncillos Burberry Baratos enhanced institutional capacity for water resource protection.

The minister was accompanied by the Billiga Fotbollsskor Nike Magista Principal Secretary, State Department of Water and Regional Development Authorities, Mr. James Teko Lopoyetum and officials of water Resources Management Authority.

Athi River: the pollution and the hyacinth menace
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CS, MEWNR, World Bank Country rep., community elder, Swedesh official and NLC chair, Mr. Swazuri during the meeting.

Forest dependent communities in North rift have kicked off a dialogue with the Government to seek permanent solutions to the constant conflict over occupation and rights to derive livehood from the natural resource.

Leaders from the minority communities of Sengwer,Ichamus, Eldrois and Ogiek,  gathered in Eldoret during a round table meeting organized by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. The communities expressed their desire to conserve the environment if they were allowed to earn their livelihood from forests products.

The forum which was opened by the Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu and attended by county governments, senators and members of parliament is a crucial component in the ongoing forestry reforms under the National Forest Development programme.

Illegal occupation and destruction of forests in Embobut and Mau water towers has dominated the local scene over the last few years, prompting the Government to evict the concerned families.

The government and the concerned communities agreed during the meeting to resolve the conflict amicably.

The CS, MEWNR opening the dialogue meeting at the Boma hotel, Eldoret

The CS told the meeting of the Government’s commitment to incorporate views of forest dependent communities in development plans among them the National forest development programme in order to address their rights to access forest resources. She urged the communities to always seek open dialogue with the Government through elected representatives.

Prof. Wakhungu noted that the Ogiek and Sengwer communities were among those in ten counties that had identified their representatives to hold future structured dialogue with the government.

She said communities were custodians of rich indigenous knowledge that was useful in forestry conservation adding that such knowledge would complement modern science in environmental management. “there is need for close collaboration between policy implementers and community indigenous knowledge alongside borrowing of international best practices in formulation of policies, legislation and institutional reforms” she observed.

Prof.Wakhungu promised that her ministry would promote harmony between people and forests during the ongoing development of national forest programme, whose principles include recognition of customary rights of indigenous people and forest dependent communities.

She confirmed that the national forest programme would be the future guide within the broader fields of forestry.

A group photo of part of the participants attending the dialogue meeting

The CS praised the initiative for raising awareness among stakeholders on their roles and numerous opportunities in the sector noting that they will now be actively involved in planning and decision making.

The forum attracted participation of the World Bank, United Nations development programme, civil society and the national assembly.It was attended by among others senator Kipchumba Murkomen, vice-chairman parliamentary committee on environment, water and natural resources Reginald Wanyonyi, Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Madago and other regional county leaders.

Other communities that were represented were the maasai, Yaaku, Samburu, somali and kaya.

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The President watch and the CS Environment and Natural resources watch as I5 tonnes of ivory goes up in flames

The President watch and the CS Environment and Natural resources watch as I5 tonnes of ivory goes up in flames

President Uhuru Kenyatta and first lady Margaret yesterday afternoon lead the nation in marking the Africa Environment Day cum Wangari Maathai Day and the World Wildlife Day at the Nairobi National Park.

This year’s theme for the Africa Environment Day is “Empowering women for sustainable natural resource management”

 The climax of the well attended event was the destruction of 15 tonnes of illegal ivory.

President Kenyatta said the burning of the ivory was intended to send a clear signal to those in illegal game trophy trade that his government’s determination to eradicate this vile economy is unrelenting.

The President signing the visitors book upon his arrival at KWS headquarters as the CS, MEWNR’s and her two PS’s watch on.

The President signing the visitors book upon his arrival at KWS headquarters as the CS, MEWNR’s and her two PS’s watch on.

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Professor Judi Wakhungu also speaking this in this event said the war against poaching is beginning to bear fruit because of the close collaboration between law enforcement agencies.

 At regional level, we are collaborating closely  with the neighbouring countries to share information on poaching and illegal trafficking, she said.

The President is welcome by the CS, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural resources

The President is welcome by the CS, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural resources

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Karibu!. PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe  receiving the israel Ambassador to Kenya in his office as Conservation  Sec., Mr. Gedion Gathaara looks on.

Karibu!. PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe receiving the israel Ambassador to Kenya in his office as Conservation Sec., Mr. Gedion Gathaara looks on.

The government of Israel recognizes the cordial bilateral relationship with Kenya, acting Israel Charge D’Affaires to Kenya, Mr. Nadav Peldman has said.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call to the Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, Mr. Peldman said his government will collaborate with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in the field of tree planting as it marks its independence anniversary in April, this year.

Dr. Lesiyampe thanked the Israel government for the assistance, saying it will to boost the government’s effort of raising the current forest tree cover that stands at 6.9% as opposed to the internationally accepted standard of 10%.

Conservation Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Gideon Gathaara and officers from the Kenya Forest Service attended the meeting.

S, SDENR Dr. Lesiyampe holding bileteral talks  withe the Israel envoy as Conservation Secretary, Gedion Gathaara listens  keenly.

S, SDENR Dr. Lesiyampe holding bileteral talks withe the Israel envoy as Conservation Secretary, Gedion Gathaara listens keenly.

 

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