Monday, November 19, 2018
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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