Friday, September 20, 2019
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Prof. Judi Wakhungu flanked by PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and UNON Director General, Sahle-Work Zewde arriving at UNEP to open the working group conference.

Kenya became the official environment capital of the World when it welcomed over 160 Countries for the historic United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) that took place at the UNEP headquarters, Gigiri, Nairobi.

Addressing the assembly, the first in the World that brought all the Countries that make up the United Nations to dialogue on the environment, Cabinet Secretary for environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, who was elected as one of the vice- presidents of UNEA to deputize the President, Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren, the Mongolian Minister r for Environment and Green Development noted that, the event marked a historic   milestone in UNEP’s 43-year history and was a significant momentous for Kenya, Africa and the developing World and reiterated Kenya’s commitment to supporting UNEP, noting that, the environmental challenges that the World was facing underscored the importance of UNEP.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the United Nations Environment Assembly at UNEP, Gigiri

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the United Nations Environment Assembly at UNEP, Gigiri

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United Nations Secretary General Mr. Banki Moon signing the visitors book at UNON, Nairobi, when he arrived to close the first UNEA session.

United Nations Secretary General Mr. Banki Moon signing the visitors book at UNON, Nairobi, when he arrived to close the first UNEA session.

The inaugural United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) meeting concluded its five-day deliberations at UNEP, Nairobi, with resolutions that encourage international action on major environmental issues ranging from air pollution and the illegal trade in wildlife, to plastic debris in the oceans, chemicals and waste.

Addressing the high level delegations from 160 UN member and observer states and stakeholders from multiple sectors, UN secretary General Mr. Banki Moon noted that, the world was poised for the crucial next stage of human development and hoped that, the post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda will be shaped as soon as possible and a new climate change agreement will be adopted by the end of next year.

UNEA is the highest level UN body ever convened on the environment and enjoys universal membership of all 193 UN member states as well as other stakeholder groups.

UN Secretary General, flanked by President Uhuru Kenyatta amongst  other dignitaries addressing the high level segment of UNEA, at UNON, Gigiri in Nairobi

UN Secretary General, flanked by President Uhuru Kenyatta amongst other dignitaries addressing the high level segment of UNEA, at UNON, Gigiri in Nairobi

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DSC_0246 PS, SDENR, Dr.  Richard Lesiyampe opening the Adaptation  NIE conference at the Windsor Hotel, Nairobi

DSC_0246 PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe opening the Adaptation NIE conference at the Windsor Hotel, Nairobi

Africa should unite by building a common front in governance of climate change related issues, Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

Africa he noted has borne the brunt of harsh climate change through floods, water shortages and food insecurity and it is the high time countries utilized the climate adaption fund to mitigate the adversity.

Dr. Lesiyampe was speaking when he opened the first Africa climate change open dialogue adaption fund workshop at a Nairobi hotel. The workshop, sponsored by Heinrich Boll Stiftung, brought together stakeholders from African states and aimed at addressing climate change through an adaptation fund for accredited entities.

The workshop is expected to provide a forum for formulating a regional voice to inform ongoing developments in the international climate finance architecture such as the “Green Climate Fund

Kenya, through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is among seven African countries accredited to implement programmes through the fund while only 16 national implementing agencies have been accredited globally.

The Heinrich Boll Stiftung East Africa Region Director Katrin Siedel where the fund is domiciled, disclosed that an estimated Ksh.10 billion was available for implementing climate change programs in the region.

She said that half of the available funds could be accessed through National Implementing Entities.

The workshop was attended by countries from West, North, South and Eastern Africa.

PS, SDENR join other delegates for a memorable photo at the Windsor hotel, Nairobi, after he opened the NIE conference

PS, SDENR join other delegates for a memorable photo at the Windsor hotel, Nairobi, after he opened the NIE conference

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ROLL - DSC_0207Institutions that were create under the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA), have been challenged to professionally discharge their respective mandates. Speaking in her Maji house office when she received Board members of the Public Complaints Committee, which is an EMCA institution, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted that, issues of environmental conservation cut across all spheres of development and as servants of the people, we are expected to diligently deliver on our mandates.

The Public Complaints Committee is mandated to promote compliance with environment laws by the public to reduce “public complaints” related to the environment. The team, which was led by the chair, Mr. Limo, was accompanied by the Ministry’s Director of Policy Formulation and Implementation, Mr. Paul Kere and the Director-General of NEMA, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and Amb. Nehemiah Rotich, chair of the task-force on Wildlife Conservation with members of the task force during the presentation of the report

Bush meat poaching has become a multi-billion shillings business and unsuspecting consumers find the delicacy on their menus across the country courtesy of local butchers, a Taskforce on Wildlife Security has revealed.

Animals hunted for meat have joined the ranks of the endangered species as commercial bush meat poaching gains currency in the country, the Taskforce Chairman Ambassador Nehemiah Rotich says.

He warned that the country needed to take commercial bush meat poaching seriously as poachers were trafficking game meat in tons daily, usually transported in metal containers and sold in butcheries across the country.

The Chairman was speaking when he handed over a wildlife security report to the Environment, Water and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu in her office.

The Taskforce was appointed at the beginning of the year to examine the causes of widespread poaching and wildlife security in the country.

The Taskforce, however, discovered that more poaching for game trophies was conducted in private conservancies as opposed to protected areas of national parks contrary to common believe. It praised the Kenya Wildlife Service for continued efforts to manage and conserve wildlife. “In the last few months 40 out of 51 elephants killed were in private ranches,” Ambassador Rotich observed.

Prof. Wakhungu, while receiving the report, said that the Government had deployed over 500 wildlife rangers in the last 6 months to various protected parks in a bid to secure the threatened wildlife species. Further, the Government would recruit about 1,000 more rangers in the next financial year in order to protect wildlife, the CS added.

She disclosed that the Government was collaborating with international agencies, including the Interpol, in surveillance, leading to large seizures of trafficked wildlife products. “A substantial amount of funds will be set aside in the next financial year to acquire sophisticated equipment to fight poaching,” the CS added.

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Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe receiving the Wildlife Protection report from the chair of the task force, Amb. Nehemiah Rotich.

The Principal Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe said a committee to implement the Taskforce’s recommendations will be put in place immediately. He added that the recommendations set the way forward for management of wildlife for the next 10 years.

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Heads of member states of United Nations Environment Assembly pose for a group photo with President Kenyatta after he opened the high level segment at UNON, Nairobi

The Environment took Centre stage as the world converged in Kenya for a landmark meeting of the first session ever of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

The International community watched as delegates from over 170 countries attended the assembly the first one under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) whose home is Nairobi to discuss various environment related issues.

The Assembly with the slogan “Towards A Life of Dignity for All,” whose agenda comprised 40 different events saw the delegates discuss among other topics sustainable consumption and production, illegal trade in wildlife, Environmental law, and Financing green economy.

And the United Nations expressed confidence in Kenya and assured that it will work with the Government in achieving its development agenda.

Speaking when he met President Uhuru Kenyatta, United Nations Environmental Programme Executive Director Dr. Achim Steiner said Nairobi will continue being a UN city.

“Don’t let anyone sow the seeds of doubt. We have been part of Kenya and we will continue being here,” he said.

President Kenyatta thanked Dr. Steiner for UNEP’s close co-operation with the Government as he also announced that his administration will embark on programmes to make Nairobi “a truly UN city”.

The President said Kenya will continue playing its leadership role in the conservation of the environment.

At the same time the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) entered into a partnership with Kenya on wildlife conservation and anti-poaching in the country.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta opening the high level segment of the United Nations Environment Assembly at UNON, Nairobi.

Under the partnership, UNDP will sponsor the Kenya’s First Lady’s ‘Hands Off Our Elephants campaign’ to the tune of Ksh. 100 million. UNDP will also scale up support for wildlife conservation initiatives by communities and other stakeholders involved in the campaign to protect elephants and other endangered wildlife species in the country, UNDP Administrator    Ms. Helen Clark said.

Ms. Clark stressed the need for all stakeholders to collaborate in maintaining the global momentum of awareness campaigns, especially in countries where wildlife trophies are sourced.

At another event, the three East African states of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania announced that they would work together to curb illegal timber trade. The three committed to work with Interpol and UN to curb the illegal trade of timber logged in the Democratic Republic of Congo and transited through their territories.

President Kenyatta was a special guest during the opening of the Assembly that was to be closed by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Others present were the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Dr. Achim Steiner and the United Nations General Assembly President John Ashe.

The Assembly was graced by Heads of State and Government, among them Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia looks on as members of the disciplined force take part in tree planting during this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification in Kirinyaga County.

Kenyans have been reminded of the need to address issues of climate change that threaten the country’s future economic growth, environment and sustainable development.

Speaking during the commemoration of the 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification in Mwea Secondary, Kirinyaga County, the Environment Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice Kaudia, who represented the Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted that, the Ministry had formulated the 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.

Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia presenting education materials to primary schools during WDCD

Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia presenting education materials to primary schools during WDCD

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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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