Friday, September 20, 2019
Conservation Secretary, Mr. Gedion Gathaara opening the Forest workshop at the Pan Afric Hotel, Nbi

Conservation Secretary, Mr. Gedion Gathaara opening the Forest workshop at the Pan Afric Hotel, Nbi

The Economic Development of any Country revolves around the environment and the choice of appropriate conservation and management strategies, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

In a speech read on his behalf by the conservation Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Gedion Gathaara during the launch of the awareness creation on Kenya’s National Forest Programme at the Pan Afric hotel, Nairobi, Dr. Lesiyampe noted that, Environmental conservation must be seen against the backdrop of economic development as forests are important components of the environment that proved life-supporting products.

The National Forests Programme, that is under the Miti Mingi Maisha Bora initiative and supported by the Finish Government, is designed to be a participatory, inter-sectoral and interactive strategy that will involve policy planning, implementation and monitoring at National and county levels geared towards improving sustainable Forest management in the country.

The National Forest awareness Programme, which will be rolled out to all the counties, will result to a strategic framework that will guide the sector development and provide clear linkages with other sectors including engagements with development partners. Noting that the Government embraces Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as a firm foundation for accelerated development, Dr. Lesiyampe welcomed county governments, development partners, civil societies and the private sector to engage in the programme.

The function was also attended by the deputy head of Mission, Finish embassy, Eva Alarcom, Director of Kenya Forest Service, Mr. David Mbugua and the Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia, amongst other guests.

The Project Manager, National  Forests Programme, Mr. David Mutisya addressing a thematic group.

The Project Manager, National Forests Programme, Mr. David Mutisya addressing a thematic group.

A  group photo  of the participants attending the workshop

A group photo of the participants attending the workshop

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Amb. Kandie, SDA, SDENR, flanked by Bomet deputy Governor, Mr. Stephen Mutai, Bomet County Commissioner Mr. Rerempai and other county officials during the ground breaking ceremony

Amb. Kandie, SDA, SDENR, flanked by Bomet deputy Governor, Mr. Stephen Mutai, Bomet County Commissioner Mr. Rerempai and other county officials during the ground breaking ceremony

National and County leaders have the responsibility of initiating projects that help Kenyans achieve their aspirations of productive and healthy environment, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

She said her Ministry was committed to the country’s vision 2030 goals of promoting clean, healthy, secure and sustainable environment in order for the citizens to achieve high quality life.

She made the remarks in a speech read on her behalf by a senior director of Administration Amb. Julius Kandie during a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a sewerage treatment works at Bomet town.

The sewerage facility, to be funded by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources through the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project at a cost ksh. 135 million, is expected to process over 700 cubic meters of sewerage daily. The largest town in Bomet County is currently not served by a sewerage system.

The sewerage will address water pollution and sanitation problems which face river Nyongores in the precincts of Bomet town.

According to the 2009 census, Bomet County had a population of over 730,000 people.

Amb. Julius Kandie with other Government officials following proceedings during the ground breaking ceremony

Amb. Julius Kandie with other Government officials following proceedings during the ground breaking ceremony

She called for proper utilization of the funds through cooperation of the implementing agency-Lake Victoria Environment management program and the county government which was represented at the ceremony by Deputy Governor Stephen Mutai. The National coordinator of LVEMP II (Kenya), Francisca Owour, Bomet County Commissioner Mr. Lerempai attended the function.

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Serious business- Env. Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Alice Kaudia opening the Green Economy workshop at La savannah hotel in Kisumu

Serious business- Env. Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Alice Kaudia opening the Green Economy workshop at La savannah hotel in Kisumu

The country will soon have a new development model dubbed Green Economy after completion of stakeholder consultations on a Strategy and Implementation plan currently going on in various counties.

Speaking while opening a Green Economy workshop at a Kisumu hotel on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu, the Environment Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice Kaudia, lauded the new initiative which she observed would build a transformative development pathway through integrated planning between the Counties and National governments.

Already consultations to obtain feedback and insights into county specific issues has been conducted for Northern Kenya, Nairobi, Central and Eastern regions targeting to mainstream Green growth into sustainable economic, resource and social development.

Among the key sectors that have been identified to support the proposed Green Economy are Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Tourism, Water and Sanitation, Housing/Construction, Energy, Mining, Transport, Manufacturing and Recycling.

Climate change experts from the Ministry and other workshop participant following proceedings  at  La savannah hotel, Kisumu

Climate change experts from the Ministry and other workshop participant following proceedings at La savannah hotel, Kisumu

Upon completion of the county consultation workshops, a national validation meeting would be held to consolidate the country’s view before the strategy is owned and launched, said Dr. Kaudia.

Mr. Eric Dede from UNEP addressing the workshop participants at the La Savannah hotel, Kisumu

Mr. Eric Dede from UNEP addressing the workshop participants at the La Savannah hotel, Kisumu

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Kisumu Governor, H.E.  Hon. Jackton Raguma listens keenly as Amb. Julius Kandie, SDA, SDENR explains  a point during a courtesy call to the Governor

Kisumu Governor, H.E. Hon. Jackton Raguma listens keenly as Amb. Julius Kandie, SDA, SDENR explains a point during a courtesy call to the Governor

The commissioning of Ksh.146 million sewerage treatment works upgrade in Kisumu, that is being funded by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, through the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project, is a start of a long journey towards reducing pollution of Lake Victoria and infestation of water hyacinth which chokes the fresh water body.

Environment, Water and natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted, the improvement of sewerage treatment works will greatly improve Lake Victoria ecosystem alongside reducing diseases experienced within the city.

Currently only 8 percent of the population is served by a central sewerage system managed Kisumu Water and sewerage Company.

In a speech read on her behalf, by the Senior Director of Administration Amb. Julius Kandie during the launch of the project, the CS said the project would include construction of primary and secondary sedimentation tanks, a sludge digestion unit and a trickling filter bed.

“We are aware that pollution is one of the factors that contribute to the infestation of the lake with water hyacinth, hence this activity will significantly contribute to improving the lake’s eco-system” she added

She noted that the expansion of the sewerage facility expected to be complete in five months would increase the processing of sewage by more than 2,500 cubic meters per day from the current 4,000 cubic meters.

The CS urged the Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (KIWASCO) and the County Government to ensure that the construction was done to specification and that standards and quality was not compromised.

Amb. Julius Kandie, SDA, SDENR, delivering the Cabinet Secretary's  speech as Kisumu Governor H.E. Hon. Jack Raguma listens keenly.

Amb. Julius Kandie, SDA, SDENR, delivering the Cabinet Secretary’s speech as Kisumu Governor H.E. Hon. Jack Raguma listens keenly.

The ground breaking ceremony was attended by Kisumu County governor, H.E. Hon. Jackton Ranguma, National Coordinator, LVEMP II Kenya, Francisca Owour and officials of Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company.

Wananchi watching keenly as the ground breaking for the Kisumu  sewarage plant takes place at the Kisat site, Kisumu city.

Wananchi watching keenly as the ground breaking for the Kisumu sewarage plant takes place at the Kisat site, Kisumu city.

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Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education and Technology Prof. Kaimenyi, flanked by Hon. Otichilo, British Deputy envoy, PS, Env & Nat. Res, Dr. Lesiyampe and PS, Water, Mr. Teko during the IPCC conference

Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education and Technology Prof. Kaimenyi, flanked by Hon. Otichilo, British Deputy envoy, PS, Env & Nat. Res, Dr. Lesiyampe and PS, Water, Mr. Teko during the IPCC conference

The youth constitute the majority of the population and they are important stakeholders in environmental and sustainable development decision making processes, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Prof, Jacob Kaimenyi during the official launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fifth assessment report at the Safari   Park Hotel, Nairobi, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the youth are the greatest consumers, producers, victims and beneficiaries of environmental resources, and climate change will impact on their future lives and as such, they have much to gain from efforts to tackle climate change, and the most to lose if climate change is allowed to escalate. Prof. Wakhungu  observed that, decisions made today should aim at creating a future world that will be safer, healthier and more peaceful.

Speaking at the same function, the British deputy high commissioner to Kenya, Mr. John Murton announced that, Britain will spent Ksh. 5 billion in Kenya for the next five years in combating   climate change issues, mostly in the field of renewable energy and other projects involved in combating the effects of climate change.DSC_0320PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the IPCC workshop at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

The report that was launched presents strong evidence that warming over land across Africa has increased over the last 50 – 100 years, and the trend is very likely to continue.

Principal Secretaries for Environment and Water,   Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and Teko Lopoyotum attended the launch, amongst other dignitaries.

Memorable Photo- CS, Prof. Kaimenyi joins paticipants attending the IPCC conference for a group photo at the Saafari Park Hotel.

Memorable Photo- CS, Prof. Kaimenyi joins paticipants attending the IPCC conference for a group photo at the Saafari Park Hotel.

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Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, flanked by KFS Director, Mr. David Mbogua addressing the Ogiek community at his office

Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, flanked by KFS Director, Mr. David Mbogua addressing the Ogiek community at his office

The Ogiek community has been challenged to support government efforts of restoring water catchment areas as they have been conservationists since time immemorial. Speaking when he met a delegation from the community in his office, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe encouraged the community to form organized groups whom the Ministry can work with and embark on programs that are sustainable.

The Principal Secretary assured the community of the government’s commitment to resolving environmental issues affecting them.  Other issues which were addressed during the meeting were land, excision of forests, and conservation of Mt. Elgon ecosystem and resettlement of the landless.

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Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing NEMA management team at the Boma hotel, Nairobi

Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing NEMA management team at the Boma hotel, Nairobi

Investing in human resources is the key to the transformation of any institution, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said. Speaking  when he met staff of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) at their offices, Dr. Lesiyampe challenged the managers to focus on the soft tissues of their staff like respect, appreciation, recognition, rewards and even sanctions, noting that, it is people who transform the world, create wealth and make the world move.

Dr. Lesiyampe, who was accompanied by the Director of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), Mr. Richard Mwendandu and the Deputy Director of Public Communications, Mr. Mulei Muia, assured the staff that, the Ministry will donate a piece of land along Mombasa road for the institution to construct its permanent headquarters and called on the County Directors of environment to negotiate with the County governments for land to construct their offices.

The chairman of the Board of management of NEMA, Mr. Maluki Mwendwa  and the Director General, Prof. Geoffrey  Wahungu attended.

Principal Secretary, State Department  of Env. & Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing NEMA staff at their head office.

Principal Secretary, State Department of Env. & Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing NEMA staff at their head office.

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The country will soon have a new development model dubbed Green Economy after completion of stakeholder consultations on a Strategy and Implementation plan currently going on in various counties.

The government in conjunction with development partners is in the process of developing the strategy aiming at achieving an all inclusive sustainable development in line with Kenya Vision 2030 of transforming the country into a newly industrialized nation.

Already consultations to obtain feedback and insights into county specific issues has been conducted for Northern Kenya, Nairobi, Central and Eastern regions targeting to mainstream Green growth into sustainable economic, resource and social development.

The strategy will involve development of infrastructure to support green industries and low carbon alternatives, achieving sustainable natural resource management, and building resilience against impact of climate change and efficient management of resources.

The new dispensation is Burberry Womens Trench Coat Sale expected to eliminate that usually dominant conflict of resource management and environmental quality in projects implementation.

During the consultations, counties deliberate on opportunities and challenges likely to be faced by the green economy, policy options, cost implication and institutional framework for coordination and implementation.

A group photo of the stakeholders at Maanzoni

 Among the key sectors that have been Nike Zoom Fit Agility Flyknit Price identified to support the proposed Green Economy are Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Tourism, Water and Sanitation, Housing/Construction, Energy, Mining, Transport, Manufacturing and Recycling.

Speaking while opening a Green Economy workshop at a Machakos hotel,the Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia Golden Goose Mid Star Glitter lauded the new initiative which she Golden Goose Superstar Femme observed would build a transformative development pathway through integrated planning between the Counties and National governments.

Upon completion of the county consultation workshops, a national validation meeting would be held to consolidate the country’s view before the strategy is owned and Borussia Dortmund Kits 2017 launched.

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Principal-Secretary-SDENR-Dr.-Richard-Lesiyampe-opening-the-workshop-on-charcoal-regulations-at-the-Silver-Springs-Hotel-Nairobi

The Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources is initiating a review of the current charcoal rules and regulations of 2009 so as to align them with the Constitution of 2010.  Speaking when he officiated during the official opening of the Green Africa Foundation stakeholders workshop on the current  charcoal rules  and regulations at the Silver Springs hotel, Nairobi, the  Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe  directed for the formation of a committee  comprising of stakeholders, civil society organizations, representatives of county governments and line Ministries  to review the current  charcoal guidelines  in order to  change and transform the lives of charcoal producers.

The committee, that will be under the Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources, will bring on bold all counties which are charcoal hotspots. Dr. Lesiyampe encouraged charcoal producers to form associations and called on the media to support the initiative.

Memorable photo- stakeholders attending the Charcoal regulations workshop pose for a group photo with the Principal Secretary.

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Principal Secretary, State Dept of Env. & Natural Resources

The government will acquire title deeds for all its national forests to secure them from potential land grabbers, the Principal Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

He noted that the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) had already been issued with 50 title deeds for various forest lands in the country and urged the organization to engage county governments that had such plantations with a view to securing them.

The PS disclosed that 45,000 hectares of the Maasai Mau forest would immediately be issued with a Title deed out of the over 400,000 hectares of the greater Mau forest. The KFS would engage respective county governments to resolve any outside disputes before processing the ownership documents he added.

Dr. lesiyampe was speaking during the opening of the 2nd National Participatory Forest Management Conference held at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute in Nairobi. The 2 day conference brings together forestry professionals; community based Forest Associations, County and National Golden Goose Sneakers Womens policy makers, development partners, private companies among other stakeholders.

Memories- PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe joins the participants for a memorable photo after he opened the Conference.

The PS told the conference that owing to the rapidly changing aspirations of Kenya’s’ diverse communities, his ministry had Adidas Neo Skor Dam drafted a suitable Kenya Forestry draft amendment bill 2014, that would address stakeholders interests once enacted into law. He said people living around forests would be allowed to benefit from the natural resource as they continued to protect it. He appealed to the participants to develop innovative ways of sustainably Nike Free 5.0 V2 Black managing forests in order to add value to Running Sneakers Sale products, Real Madrid Kits By Year create industries and employment for the local communities.

Participants during the Participation Forest Management Conference at KEFRI following the deliberations

The PS cited the case of Bamboo trees that took shorter periods to mature adding that they could dramatically uplift the standards of living for rural communities. He challenged county stakeholders to grow the variety extensively as it had proved to be of high potential even in developed countries. He said the Casuarina variety also had great economic potential.

Further, Dr. Lesiyampe noted that his Ministry would join forces with the Nyayo tea Zones Corporation to support creation of buffer zones in forests that are home to the countries 5 major water Slip Calvin Klein Outlet towers. They include Mt. Kenya, Abadares, Cherangany, Mt. Elgon and Mau.

He disclosed that the country was steadily establishing forest cover beyond the current level of 7 percent of the total land mass.

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Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia opening the African Media and Climate Change Conference at Summerdale

Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia opening the African Media and Climate Change Conference at Summerdale

The role of the media is critical in the control of climate change as it not only raises its public awareness, its causes, consequences and possible remedies but also investigates and reports incidences of its devastation, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Environment Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice Kaudia, during the official opening of the Africa Conference on Media and Climate Change at the Summerdale Inn, Nairobi West, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the effectiveness of the media depends on access to information and freedom of expression, coupled with a professional and ethical competences of investigative journalism.

Noting that one of the greatest threats confronting human existence today is climate change, the Cabinet Secretary said the Kenya Government puts a high premium on environmental conservation and hoped that, the conference will help African journalists to focus and intensify reporting on the subject, shape public opinion, set agendas leading to discussions aimed at creating awareness, enhance public understanding of climate change and change attitudes in the general citizenry, in order to help mitigate its effects.

Thanking the Kenyan Correspondents Association for organizing the event, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, media advocacy should be seen as a key strategy in climate change control and that contain strong and credible media content in order for it to contribute effectively as required.

A cross section of journalists drawn accross Africa following deliberations during the opening of the workshop

A cross section of journalists drawn accross Africa following deliberations during the opening of the workshop

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PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe opening the SLM stakeholders workshop at  the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Resort, Naivasha

PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe opening the SLM stakeholders workshop at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Resort, Naivasha

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR), is in the process of finalizing the Strategic Plan for 2013-2017, whose one of its key objectives is to create partnerships and collaboration with stakeholders to mobilize resources including capacity building, that is necessary for Sustainable Land Management (SLM)

Addressing Stakeholders from different government Ministries, Departments and Agencies during a workshop to deliberate on matters of Sustainable Land Management at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Resort, Naivasha, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe noted that, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources plays a key role in environmental management, protection and conservation as envisaged in the Kenya Constitution 2010, in addition to economic recovery and poverty reduction through sustainable management of natural resources.

Noting that the Ministry recognizes the formidable challenge of achieving the economic growth targeted in the Vision 2030 together with the national food security demands and environmental protection, Dr. Lesiyampe lauded the role played by Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) as partners in advocacy and resource mobilization noting that, the CSO’s will play a big role in achieving the   objectives set out in the Ministry’s Strategic Plan.

SDENR, Dr. Lesiyampe addressing the media at the Great Rift Valley Lodge, Naivasha, after opening the SLM stakeholders workshop

SDENR, Dr. Lesiyampe addressing the media at the Great Rift Valley Lodge, Naivasha, after opening the SLM stakeholders workshop

The workshop, which was under the auspices of the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Sustainable Land Management Project (KAPSLMP) aims at building strong coalitions to dialogue and seek solutions to problems of Land degradation and Sustainable Land Management.

Memorable photo- PS, SDENR, Dr. Lesiyampe joins the stakeholders for a memorable photo at the Great Rift Valley Lodge, Naivasha, after  he openend their workshop.

Memorable photo- PS, SDENR, Dr. Lesiyampe joins the stakeholders for a memorable photo at the Great Rift Valley Lodge, Naivasha, after he openend their workshop.

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