Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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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CS, prof. Judi Wakhungu with US Amb. Godec Roberts   and other officials during the launch of the project

CS, prof. Judi Wakhungu with US Amb. Godec Roberts and other officials during the launch of the project

Kenya appreciates the support of the American government in combating the vagaries associated with effects of climate change, Cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu  has said.

Speaking when she officiated during the official launch of the Low Emission Climate Resilience Development Project at the Crowne Plaza hotel, Nairobi, Prof. Wakhungu 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, Prof. Wakhungu reiterated that, the project will reinforce capacity building of the  Climate Knowledge Management System in Kenya.

Speaking during the same launch, American Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Robert Godec noted that, collectively, we must all be stewards of our environment as  its effects are costs that no country can afford.

The launch was also attended by the Resident Representative of UNDP, Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas and the Environment Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice Kaudia, who represented the Principal Secretary, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe.

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Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the guests during   the launch of the project

Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the guests during the launch of the project

 

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PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe fielding  questions from the  AFD  film crew at the KWS headquarters.

PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe fielding questions from the AFD film crew at the KWS headquarters.

The success of the 20th Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP 20) In Lima, Peru, will be a clear draft of the universal agreement and a shared determination by all actors to deliver significant national contributions to build a low carbon resilient future and capitalization of the Green Climate Fund, Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

Speaking when he met a team from the French Agency for Development (AFD), which is a public development finance institution that has been working to fight poverty and foster economic growth in developing countries, Dr. Lesiyampe lauded the AFD for its priority focus in Kenya, especially its support in core infrastructure, particularly for energy, with a specific focus on environmental issues like biodiversity, natural resources management and fight against climate change.

Noting that the Lima Climate Conference, that will be held  from 1st to 12th  December, 2014 will be a crucial moment to reach a climate agreement in 2015, Dr. Lesiyampe  emphasized that, successful adaptation to climate change not only depends on governments, but also on the active and sustained engagement of stakeholders including national, regional, multilateral and international organizations, the public and private sectors, civil society and other relevant stakeholders, as well as effective management of  knowledge.

DSC_0570 Proceedings during the meeting between PS, SDENR  Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and the AFD team at the KWS headquarters

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Amb. Julius Kandie, SDA, State Dept. of  Env.  launching the Green Sch. Prog. at Bale  Pr. Sch., Kilifi

Amb. Julius Kandie, SDA, State Dept. of Env. launching the Green Sch. Prog. at Bale Pr. Sch., Kilifi

The School Greening   program, which is one of the strategies to increase forest cover in the country has been rolled out to all counties and at least, one school has been selected from each county during  this initial phase.

Speaking when he presided over the official launch of the Green Schools Tree Planting  at Bale Primary School  in Ganze , Kilifi County on behalf  of the   Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu,   the Senior Director of Administration in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Ambassador Julius Kandie   noted that, the rationale of selecting  public  Primary Schools  was to allow School children to learn key issues of the environment, thus inculcating positive attitudes, skills, knowledge and behavior change towards caring for the environment.

Noting that the Ministry will be working with Scouts and Girl guides nationwide in tree growing, Ambassador Kandie   said  51 Primary Schools will  be supported during this rainy season  under the greening activities that   include water harvesting for tree nursery and woodlots establishment; tree nursery infrastructure establishment; capacity  building for Schools and tree nursery and woodlots protection. DSC_Ms. Isabella Masinde, Tech. adviser from the Danish  Embassy and a teacher from Godo Primary School in  Kwale guiding pupils  during the tree planting launch

 

Pupils from Bale Primary Schooll, Kilifi county  particpating in tree planting in their school after the launch  of the  program.

Pupils from Bale Primary Schooll, Kilifi county particpating in tree planting in their school after the launch of the program.

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Cabinet Secretary, MEWNR, Prof. Judi Wakhungu opening the UNDAF Conference at a Mombasa hotel

Cabinet Secretary, MEWNR, Prof. Judi Wakhungu opening the UNDAF Conference at a Mombasa hotel

The Government is committed to result based management in the implementation of all GOK activities, and recognizes the contribution made by the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), through collaboration with the UN and Kenya’s development partners in delivering the Second Medium-term Plan (MTP) of our Kenya Vision 2030, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she officiated  at the  UNDAF conference held at a Mombasa hotel,  Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted that, her Ministry greatly appreciates the approach taken in the development of  UNDAF as  it has been developed according to the principle of UN Delivering as One (DAO), aimed at ensuring Government ownership, demonstrated through UNDAF’s alignment to Government priorities and planning cycles, as well as internal coherence among UN and other key stakeholders, noting that, this approach has ensured that we embrace inclusivity by involving Government, Development Partners, Civil Society and the Private Sector working as one towards our common purpose.

Noting that Kenya is faced by a number of environmental challenges, including unsustainable use and poor management of our natural resources. Pollution, including plastic waste as well as electronic waste (e-waste), solid and liquid waste, land degradation, deforestation and poaching of wildlife, Prof. Wakhungu said that, environmental sustainability is essential to the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals.

Principal Secretaries Dr. Richard Lesiyampe of Environment and Natural Resources and Teko Lopoyetum of Water attended the Conference.

PS, SDENR, Dr. Lesiyampe addressing the conference participants

PS, SDENR, Dr. Lesiyampe addressing the conference participants

A cross section of delegates attending the UNDAF conference

A cross section of delegates attending the UNDAF conference

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