Monday, July 23, 2018
Deputy President, Hon. William ... them Prof. Judi Wakhungu, CS, MEWNR in saluting th

Deputy President, Hon. William … them Prof. Judi Wakhungu, CS, MEWNR in saluting th

The 3rd Mara Day celebrations under the theme ‘Mara forever, Mara milele was held at the Maasai University, Narok. Speaking during the occasion, Deputy President, Hon. William Ruto noted that, the Mara celebrations are aimed at increasing visibility of the region, its natural resources and the impact Mara Ecosystem has on the livelihoods and economies of the sister counties of the East African Community.

The DP said the government was committed to conserve the Mara basin and ecosystem as the river is a regional shared resource for sustainable economic development of Lake Victoria Basin.

Speaking during the same function, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted that, as a shared resource, the Mara River has important significance and therefore, we as a people of this region have a responsibility to ensure resources benefit citizens and generations to come.

Principal Secretary Dr. Lesiyampe of Environment and Teko Lopoyotum of Water attended the function, amongst other dignitaries.

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Min. of Env. & Natural Resources, Prof. … ungu addressing the Mara day festivities in Narok.JPG

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Conservation Secretary, Mr. Gedion Gathaara opening the Senator's workshop at hotel Sentrin, Naivasha

Conservation Secretary, Mr. Gedion Gathaara opening the Senator’s workshop at hotel Sentrin, Naivasha

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 Senate committee on Environment and Natural Resources on the new climate change law and bill at a Naivasha hotel, Conservation Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Gedion Gathaara, who represented the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard 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.

Mr. Gathaara 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. Dr. Chris Obure, Chair of the Senate committee on Environment and Natural Resources amongst others.

A group photo of part of the senators and senior officials attending the workshop

A group photo of part of the senators and senior officials attending the workshop

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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. In a speech read on his behalf by the conservation Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Gedion Gathaara during the   awareness creation on Kenya’s National Forest Programme at the   Izaak Walton Inn hotel, Embu, 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 Forest awareness Programme, which is being 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.

Conservation secretary, Mr. Gideon Gathara briefing the media after officially opening the stakeholders workshop A group photo of the workshop participants
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Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia opening the North Rift stakeholder workshop at an Eldoret hotel.

Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia opening the North Rift stakeholder workshop at an Eldoret hotel.

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 an Eldoret hotel,l on behalf of the the Principal Secretary, Stated Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Environment Secretary, 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 have been conducted 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.

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.

A group photo of the workshop participants.

A group photo of the workshop participants.

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Kenya has made considerable progress in phasing out substances that deplete the Ozone layer that shields the earth from harmful ultra-violet radiation from the sun, Principal Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

He disclosed that the country had phased out chlorofluorocarbons, halons and methyl bromides which are Ozone depleting substances (ODS) found in applications such as fire-fighting equipment and fumigation for soils and cereals.

The substances destroy the ozone layer once they are released into the atmosphere, and expose human beings to sun radiation that causes skin cancer, and eye cataracts. The harmful rays also contribute to reduced plant and animal activity, poor air quality, damage to plastics and negatively impact on the climate.

Dr. Lesiyampe made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by a senior deputy secretary Ben Mugambi during the International Ozone Day 2014 celebration at Mt. Kenya primary school, Nanyuki in Laikipia County. This year’s theme was Ozone layer protection, the mission goes on.

The celebrations attended by among others Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu and Laikipia East member of parliament Anthony Mutahi Kingaru heard that the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources had spared not efforts in preservation of the Ozone layer in an effort to meet the country’s obligation to the 1987 Montreal protocol which it was a signatory to.

The Ministry had in partnership with development partners trained refrigeration service technicians on good practices. Common refrigeration in home appliances, cooling systems including those in mortuaries often contain ODS in form of gases.

He confirmed that his Ministry was supporting industries, companies and and Agricultural enterprises to shift from using ODS for Ozone friendly alternatives.

Further the Ministry in collaboration with other agencies such as customs department and National Environmental Management Authority have controlled importation of ODS through import permits and quota allocations.

The principal Secretary singled out the German International Co-operation agency (GIZ), France Development Fund, United Nations Agencies for working with the National Ozone Unit to implement the requirements of the Montreal protocol.

Governor Irungu who spoke during the celebrations confirmed that his county would work with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources to implement various programmes in a bid to promote clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

The aim of commemorating the International Ozone day is to disseminate as widely as possible, the importance of protecting the Ozone layer and the efforts the country was doing in that direction.

The of the United Nations’ Secretary General’s  celebration message was read by the Deputy County Commissioner for Laikipia Central, Mr Titus Kilonzi who said the Montreal Protocol is a historical treaty that has helped in the fight against climate change.

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DSC_0519Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources were at the Travellers Beach Hotel to discuss the amendments of the Environment Management and Coordination Act 2014.

Addressing the meeting the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources             Dr Richard Lesiyampe called for the indulgence of the legislatures to come up with a document that will be presented in parliament without amendments. He urged them to go through article by article and clause by clause to ensure EMCA becomes a master piece in Africa.

DSC_0531The Chairperson of the Committee Hon Amina Mohamed urged members to take into account the challenges encountered in implementation of EMCA 1999 and address it, adding that there is enormous investment in extractive sectors.

The meeting brought together 26 members of parliament from the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in the August house.

Ends……

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The 2014 NETFUND Green Innovations Award’s Gala will perhaps go down in history as one of the most anticipated events in as far as environmental management is concerned. The September 9th event was buzzed with an eerie atmosphere from an excited audience. The event began on a high note with Safari Cats African dancers setting the tone.

At the center of it all, was well-known, eloquent speaker, Michael Oyier, former news anchor, Standard Group Media and famous comedian Eric Omondi. Oyiers’ engagement coupled with a series of seasoned sentiments from Eric Omondi left the audience desiring for more.

See Also,

    1. Speech by Her Excellency the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta
    2. Speech by the principal secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe

The audience was also treated to fun and laughter as His Excellency Mr. Andres Ronquist, the Head of Kenya Development Corporation Section at the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi and Eric Omondi paused for a selfie with Her Excellency the First Lady Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta .

NETFUND’s desire to continuously support environmental conservation was greatly underscored by recognizing and rewarding the efforts of ordinary Kenyans who have embraced the same vision in their daily livelihoods. While at times this may be deemed as an unnecessary expense, the Green Innovations Awards proactively amplify a cause for environment conservation because embracing best practices for a clean, healthy and productive remain expedient to the current and future generations.
The NETFUND GIA awards categories of prizes ranged from: Primary schools, Secondary schools, Civil Society, Green villages, SMEs and Individuals. In all these, sustainable development and environmental green initiatives were keenly evaluated. All the short listed nominees were awarded pegged on their efforts and unquenchable desire for environmental sanity.

All the prizes were presented by the Guest of Honor, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta and other High Level Delegates as shown in the Gallery below:

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