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PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe with other  local leaders at the gate of Michinda Primary Sch. during the event

PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe with other local leaders at the gate of Michinda Primary Sch. during the event

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has lauded the success of the Green Schools and Commercial tree growing initiative that was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Michinda Primary School in Nyandarua County, on 7th December, 2013.

Speaking when he officiated at the unveiling of the Green Schools model at the Michinda Primary School in Nyandarua, Dr. Lesiyampe noted that, during the launch, the President directed that the initiative be up scaled into a programme and rolled out to all public schools in the country, a task that the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources has vigorously initiated through the Kenya Forest Service.

Noting that Michinda Primary School was selected as the model school for the Green Schools Programme, Dr. Lesiyampe said as a result, the School has been assisted to establish a woodlot, a fence that has been erected to protect the woodlot, a water tank and water harvesting infrastructure to enable it harness and store rain water for use in the nursery during dry seasons, and the schools classrooms have been refurbished and a solar system installed through assistance by the Danish Development Agency (DFID), which has  also helped in establishing energy efficient cooking stoves for use by the school.

Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, PS, SDENR planting a  commemorative tree at Michinda Primary School.

Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, PS, SDENR planting a commemorative tree at Michinda Primary School.

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Participants attending the Nagoya Protocol workshop Nike Free 3.0 V6 Pink following deliberations at the Great Rift Valley Lodge, Belstaff Icon Collection Naivasha.

The Ministry of Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources organized a one day National dialogue meeting on Kenya’s Obligations under the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic resources and benefit sharing at the Great Rift Valley Lodge, Naivasha

The objective of the meeting was to bring to the attention of the stakeholders, who included members of the committees on environment from both Senate and National Assembly, policy makers, County Government governors, NGO’s and University vice chancellors among others, the country’s obligation under the Nagoya protocol with a view to domesticating  and implementing it, while noting existing initiatives on benefit sharing both at the National and County governments.

Opening the dialogue, the Principal Secretary in the State Comprar Calzoncillos Philipp Plein Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe noted that, the Nagoya Protocol was adopted in 2010, in Nagoya and ratified by Kenya on 1st May, 2014.

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Genetic resources, whether from plant, Golden Goose Mid Star Pas Cher animal or micro-organisms are used for a Golden Goose Francy Sale variety of purposes ranging from basic research to the development of products. In some cases, traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources that comes from indigenous and local communities provides valuable information to researchers.

Environment Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Alice Kaudia addressing the workshop on Nagoya Protocol.
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Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard  Lesiyampe introducing leaders of the forest dependent  communities during  the forum

Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe introducing leaders of the forest dependent communities during the forum

The Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is committed to conservation of its forest resources, while at the same time ensuring the rights of all its citizens, including forest- dependent communities.

Speaking when he presided over the National Forum on dialogue with forest-dependent communities at the Cathay hotel, Nakuru, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe noted that, the country’s forest cover stands at only seven per cent and said the Ministry was developing a policy to ensure it is increased to ten percent.  Noting that lack of strategic policies with the forest dependent communities subject the country to food insecurity and drying up of rivers, Dr. Lesiyampe called on the Ogiek and the Sengwer  communities that live in the forests  to be involved in conservation.

A group photograph of the workshop participants  with the PS at the Cathay hotel, Nakuru.

A group photograph of the workshop participants with the PS at the Cathay hotel, Nakuru.

Noting that proper conservation of forests and water towers will speed development and reduce conflict among communities, Dr. Lesiyampe called for the conservation of the country’s water towers that are part of the Ministry’s flagship projects with the vision 2030 development blue print.

A cross section of the forest dependent  communities following deliberations during the workshop in Nakuru

A cross section of the forest dependent communities following deliberations during the workshop in Nakuru

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Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard  Lesiyampe addressing the participants during the retreat in Naivasha

Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the participants during the retreat in Naivasha

Kenya appreciates the support of development partners in combating the vagaries associated with effects of climate change, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

Speaking when he officiated during the Low Emission Climate Resilience Development Project’s retreat to develop its work plan and activities at the Enahipai resort, Naivasha, Dr. Lesiyampe extended the Kenya Government’s gratitude to the US generous funding of the project to the tune of US$ 7,760.595. The project, whose specific objectives will be to strengthen capacity for low emission development in Kenya, build national and county institutions capacity to better coordinate climate change activities and climate finances, enhance decision making for increased resilience to climate change impacts and promote climate smart technologies and business opportunities, is expected to last up to September, 2017.

Noting that, humanity, through its own actions is changing the world’s climate as temperatures are increasing, sea levels are rising and storms are growing, the PS  reiterated that, the project will reinforce capacity building of the Climate Knowledge Management System in Kenya.

An  elated  manager of the Low Emission project,  Dr. Warui giving his remarks

An elated manager of the Low Emission project, Dr. Warui giving his remarks

A group photo of the team that was involved in the  development of the workplan join the PS  in a group photo

A group photo of the team that was involved in the development of the workplan join the PS in a group photo

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Conservation Secretary, Mr. Gedion  Gathaara   flanked by Mr. Edward Awumfour from World Bank, H.E. Tekka Mwttinaa,  Finish  envoy to Kenya and David Mutisya from NFP (2)

Conservation Secretary, Mr. Gedion Gathaara flanked by Mr. Edward Awumfour from World Bank, H.E. Tekka Mwttinaa, Finish envoy to Kenya and David Mutisya from NFP (2)

As an integral element of the National Forest Programme, REDD+ process, which is critical to the development of the forest sector requires that, the relationship between forests management and forest dwelling communities’ rights to forest resources-based livelihoods are well balanced, Conservation Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Gedion Gathaara has said.

Speaking when he met Mr. Edward Dwumfour from the World Bank and the Finish Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Tekka Mwttomaa who were accompanied by officials of the National Forest Programme in his office, Mr. Gathaara noted that, in order to incorporate the interests of multiple stakeholders, including historically marginalized forest dependent communities, the Government of Kenya has initiated a process to provide policy direction on its engagement with forest dependent communities and as  such, the Government has requested the Ogiek and Sengwer forest dependent communities residing in 10 counties within the Mau, North Rift and Western Forest Conservancies to prepare common memorandum per  County, on the challenges and concerns which will be shared in a National Multi-stakeholder National Forum.

Members from National Forest  Programme listening keenly   during the meeting

Members from National Forest Programme listening keenly during the meeting

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PsThe second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) opened on Monday 15 December 2014 at  the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland under the chairmanship of Dr Richard Lesiyampe, Principal Secretary MEWNR who is the current President of the  international Conference on Chemicals Management(ICCM4). ICCM4 is tentatively scheduled to be held from 28 September to 2 October 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland….read more

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Conservation Secretary, SDENR, Mr. Gathaara with KWS director, William Kiprono in a pensive mood during the heroes day remembrance

Conservation Secretary, SDENR, Mr. Gathaara with KWS director, William Kiprono in a pensive mood during the heroes day remembrance

Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers have been commended for their bravery, sacrifice and commitment despite the difficulty task and risk that they face in the course of their duty. Speaking during this year’s solemn ceremony in remembrance of Kenya’s conservation heroes who died in their course of duty at the Kenya Wildlife Service Headquarters, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted that, the departed KWS rangers died while defending our precious wildlife and that is why on every 16th December, we congregate to show solidarity for what they paid the ultimate price for.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Conservation Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Gideon Gathaara, Prof. Wakhungu paid tribute to the gallant fallen conservation heroes, noting it was a sad reflection of a dark moment for their families, relatives, colleagues and friends. Saying that their lives were cut short while protecting Kenya’s wildlife resource which is a key national heritage, the Cabinet Secretary said her Ministry acknowledged the challenges facing KWS   and other partners in conserving key species, especially rhinos and elephants.

Conservation Secretary, SDENR, Mr. Gedion Gathaara preparing to lay a wreath at the Conservation heroes monument at the KWS hqs

Conservation Secretary, SDENR, Mr. Gedion Gathaara preparing to lay a wreath at the Conservation heroes monument at the KWS hqs

Concervation Secretary, SDENR delivering the Cabinet Secretaries remarks during the heroes day commemoration at KWS

Concervation Secretary, SDENR delivering the Cabinet Secretaries remarks during the heroes day commemoration at KWS

Addressing the congregation, the acting director of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Mr. William Kiprono called on the families of the departed heroes to count on KWS as their friend and promised to support their children especially on education matters.

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SDA, SDENR, Amb. Julius Kandie, flanked by  officers from LBDA, LVEMP-II and Stated Dept of Water at the Kisumu Lab  when he opened it

SDA, SDENR, Amb. Julius Kandie, flanked by officers from LBDA, LVEMP-II and Stated Dept of Water at the Kisumu Lab when he opened it

The Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said the opening of a state of the Art water quality Laboratory in Kisumu will boost the ecosystem in East African Community region.

The state of the Art laboratory opened in Kisumu, courtesy of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources Ministry in conjunction with the World Bank, will be used for Industrial and domestic effluent analysis alongside that of heavy metals and pesticides.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Senior Director of Administration Amb.Julius kandie during the handing over of the rehabilitated laboratory, the PS underlined its significance in environmental management in the country and the region.

The laboratory rehabilitated at Ksh. 18.4 million with equipment worth Sh. 33 million will also be used for bacterial, physical and full chemical analysis and monitoring of zoo and phytoplankton of Lake Victoria water initially in the local counties bordering Kisumu, before expanding regionally.

Dr. Lesiyampe noted that, the laboratory, under the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Programme II- Kenya (LVEMPII-Kenya) has the potential of being accredited to an international laboratory.

Amb. Kandie handing over the keys to the lab to  LVEMP -II Kenya National Coordinator, Franciscah Awour

Amb. Kandie handing over the keys to the lab to LVEMP -II Kenya National Coordinator, Franciscah Awour

He added that with some additional investments, it would undergo a certification process and that the Ministry was committed to solicit for funds to realize the ambition.

The PS paid tribute to development partners among them the World Bank for making the project successful. He appealed to stakeholders to make use of the laboratory for the benefit of the lake Victoria Basin ecosystem and the country.

Amb. Kandie, SDA, SDENR delivering the Principal  Secretary's speech during the official opening of the Kisumu Lab

Amb. Kandie, SDA, SDENR delivering the Principal Secretary’s speech during the official opening of the Kisumu Lab

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KQ Pics 3National carrier, Kenya Airways and international wildlife charity Born Free Foundation have boosted the fight against rhino poaching in Kenya with a donation of surveillance equipment and funds for training to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

The donated equipment include tents, GPS trackers and binoculars. This is in addition to a KSh350,000 cheque that will go towards training rangers in the KWS Rhino Monitoring Team.

Speaking during the handover of the equipment and the cheque at KWS Headquarters, Kenya Airways’ Marketing Director Chris Diaz said the donation demonstrated commitment by the airline, and its partner, Born Free Foundation, to support conservation of wildlife.

“The fight against wildlife poaching requires concerted efforts from all of us. This is the reason Kenya Airways has chosen to get involved in supporting KWS to fight this vice through skills improvement and equipment,” Mr Diaz added.

On his part, the Kenya Country Manager of Born Free Foundation, Tim Oloo said: “Working together is the only way to succeed in our joint mission to protect and conserve Kenya’s – and indeed the world’s– wildlife heritage for future generations. Rhinos are symbolic of that heritage – an ancient species whose current plight is entirely as a result of human greed, superstition and ignorance. It is our responsibility and duty to ensure that this amazing creature is not lost on our watch. That is why, in partnership with our good friends at Kenya Airways, and as part of the Change Brings Change programme, we are delighted to be making this strategic contribution to the professional efforts of the dedicated KWS rhino team to enable them to carry out their live-saving job to the very best of their ability”.

The donation was received by Julius Kimani, the deputy director of KWS, who lauded the two organizations for the support.

Mr Kimani added: “This equipment and training for rangers will greatly support the conservation of rhinos, which presently face a huge threat from poachers, who are after their horns. Last year, we lost 59 rhinos to poachers; and 26 rhinos so far this year. This challenge is surmountable with this kind of support from Kenya Airways and the Born Free Foundation”.

Conservation and management strategy for black rhinos in Kenya overall goal is that black rhinos are projected to increase by at least 5% pa to reach a confirmed total of 750 rhinos by end of 2016.

In October 2013, Kenya Airways and the Born Free Foundation unveiled a new initiative to raise funds for wildlife conservation causes throughout the world dubbed ‘Change Brings Change’.

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The  services offered  by the Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources are life supporting and therefore officers deployed to serve at various departments  should be Golden Goose California Sneakers Sale selfless and persons of integrity, Principal Secretary Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

He emphasized that water; trees, wildlife, environment, weather, climate change, soil erosion, and pollution were T Shirt Versace Pas Cher delicate issues that directly affected human life and needed to be handled carefully.

Dr. Lesiyampe observed that environment issues are essential for Golden Goose Deluxe Brand nature’s survival, and called on those charged with the responsibility of steering the Ministry’s strategic objectives to be diligent, honest and morally upright professionals. Highly competent staff would help the Ministry achieve its vision of “a clean, healthy, safe and sustainably managed environment, water and natural Golden Goose Francy Sneakers resources’’ he added.

The PS  was addressing senior management staff of the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, during an interactive retreat at a Mombasa hotel. The team reviewed the state Department’s score card and appraised on the strategic plan and the Ministry’s performance contract.

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Dr. Lesiyampe implored on the senior managers to propagate for the improvement of customer care, etiquette, innovativeness and creativity in service delivery in a bid to meet the Ministry’s obligations.

Giving his personal reflection for the 18 months he has been at the helm of state department, Dr.  Lesiyampe lauded the differently opinioned staff he has interacted with, New Balance 530 terming some of them as very knowledgeable, experienced, mature, very skilled, obedient, respectful and committed to their duties. He called for the entrenchment of International Standards Organization (ISO) and Gemba Kaizen for the continuous improvement of services.

The retreat was attended by all heads of departments and chief executive officers of Parastatals and quasi government agencies under the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources. They each presented respective strategic objectives and performance targets for the financial year.

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PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe assisted by  pupils of Engaboli Primary School in Namanga planting a commemorative  tree.

PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe assisted by pupils of Engaboli Primary School in Namanga planting a commemorative tree.

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources has commended the Maasai community for their conservation efforts noting that, since time immemorial, they have been protectors and keepers of forests and wildlife for generations and as such, they should reap the benefits such as eco-tourism through sustainable management.

Speaking when presided over a tree planting ceremony at Engaboli Primary School in Namanga, Dr. Lesiyampe called on schools to take advantage of the Green Schools Tree Growing programme that is being rolled out by the Ministry and harvest rain water for use during the dry spells.

The Principal Secretary, who later addressed the local residents at Kilauani Secondary School in the same area called on the Maa community to shun old age traditions and embrace education as it is the key to success. Kajiado Senator, engineer Peter Mositet, Kajiado MP. Hon. Nkaisery and Kajiado County commissioner Mr. Harsama Kelio were present.

Wananchi of Namanga taking part in tree planting  at Engaboli primary school in Namanga

Wananchi of Namanga taking part in tree planting at Engaboli primary school in Namanga

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PS, SDENR, Dr. Lesiyampe flanked by senator  Mositet and MP, Hon. Nkaisery briefing the media after the function

PS, SDENR, Dr. Lesiyampe flanked by senator Mositet and MP, Hon. Nkaisery briefing the media after the function

The government has appointed a taskforce to resolve a long standing boundary dispute between Mailua group Ranch and Namanga Hill Forest in Kajiado County.

The Principal Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe disclosed that the Task force had already started work and made several recommendations that will be implemented in January 2015.

The PS who spoke at Kilauni Secondary School in Namanga when he met the local community said that the task force would promote conservation efforts and at the same time spread forest benefits to the people. Members of the task force include local leaders, county and National government officials.

The boundary dispute arising from a gazette notice imposed by the Government more than 30 years ago pitted the local community and the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) because social amenities like schools, dispensaries and pasture land were locked inside the conservation area, making it illegal for local people to access forest products.

Dr. Lesiyampe called for cordial working relations between the local community, county and national Government as preparations for a fresh survey to determine the demarcations gets under way. He urged members of the Mailua group Ranch to form a forest community association that would spearhead conservation efforts and work with the Kenya Forest Service.

The PS was accompanied by Kajiado senator Peter Mositet, Kajiado central MP General Joseph Nkaissery, county and KFS officials.

SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the  Maasai leaders at Namanga

SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the Maasai leaders at Namanga

 PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe handing  over a copy of the taskforce report to Kajiado senator, Eng. Peter Mositet  and area MP. Hon. Nkaisery.

PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe handing over a copy of the taskforce report to Kajiado senator, Eng. Peter Mositet and area MP. Hon. Nkaisery.

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