Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Participants attending the Nagoya Protocol  workshop following deliberations at the Great Rift Valley Lodge,  Naivasha.

Participants attending the Nagoya Protocol workshop following deliberations at the Great Rift Valley Lodge, 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 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.

Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe  officiating at the Nagoya Protocol workshop in Naivasha

Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe officiating at the Nagoya Protocol workshop in Naivasha

Genetic resources, whether from plant, animal or micro-organisms are used for a 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.

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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