Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Karibu!. PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe  receiving the israel Ambassador to Kenya in his office as Conservation  Sec., Mr. Gedion Gathaara looks on.

Karibu!. PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe receiving the israel Ambassador to Kenya in his office as Conservation Sec., Mr. Gedion Gathaara looks on.

The government of Israel recognizes the cordial bilateral relationship with Kenya, acting Israel Charge D’Affaires to Kenya, Mr. Nadav Peldman has said.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call to the Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, Mr. Peldman said his government will collaborate with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in the field of tree planting as it marks its independence anniversary in April, this year.

Dr. Lesiyampe thanked the Israel government for the assistance, saying it will to boost the government’s effort of raising the current forest tree cover that stands at 6.9% as opposed to the internationally accepted standard of 10%.

Conservation Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Gideon Gathaara and officers from the Kenya Forest Service attended the meeting.

S, SDENR Dr. Lesiyampe holding bileteral talks  withe the Israel envoy as Conservation Secretary, Gedion Gathaara listens  keenly.

S, SDENR Dr. Lesiyampe holding bileteral talks withe the Israel envoy as Conservation Secretary, Gedion Gathaara listens keenly.

 

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Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe opening the 39th Greater Horn of Africa Forum at the Boma Hotel.

Principal Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe opening the 39th Greater Horn of Africa Forum at the Boma Hotel.

The Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, has developed a climate change response strategy and a climate change action plan, that will be mainstreamed into the national development plan and programmes as an effort to combating the 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 official opening of the 39th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum at the Boma hotel, Nairobi, Dr. Lesiyampe noted that, climate change was a reality in the region, as evidenced through the reduction of water levels in Lake Turkana, retreat of glaciers over Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro, sea level rise and decreasing rainfall trends. Noting that 80% of the Greater Horn of Africa is arid and semi-arid with pastoralism as the main occupation, Dr. Lesiyampe called for governments and different stakeholders in the region to develop and strengthen early warning systems to provide information for timely interventions in the mitigation of adverse impacts of climate extremes.

Memories- a group photo of the particpants after the official opening of the forum by the PS.

Memories- a group photo of the particpants after the official opening of the forum by the PS.

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The forum, which is organized by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC) in collaboration with the Kenya Meteorological Services, brought together national, regional and international climate experts, representatives of regional and international climate centers and experts from specific climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture and food security, and is meant to develop a consensus climate outlook for the March to May 2015 rainfall season as well as formulate mitigation strategies.

 

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The Public Complaints Committee (PCC) is established under Section 31 of the Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act (EMCA) 1999 to investigate allegations or complaints regarding the condition of the environment or on its own motion, suspected cases of environmental degradation and to make reports of its findings and recommendations thereon to the National Environment Council (NEC). It was formally constituted (and inducted) by the then Minister for Environment and Natural Resources in August 2001 and that is when it started operations.

PCC operates under the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR). The Ministry has elaborated its Vision and Mission clearly in the context of its mandate which is to protect, conserve and manage the environmental and natural resources through exploitation for socio-economic development aimed at eradication of poverty, improved living standards and ensuring that a clean environment is sustained now and in the future in line with the country’s aspirations as found in Kenya Vision 2030. PCC’s Vision and Mission is;

Vision

To be the leading environmental ombudsman in Africa

Mission

To facilitate access to environmental justice to the public by providing a forum for expeditious and affordable environmental conflict resolution and to contribute to environmental policy development

Mandate

The Public Complaints Committee is an impartial entity charged with the in-depth investigation of any allegations against any person in relation to the condition of the environment in Kenya or on its own motion; any suspected case of environmental degradation. Further, parliament through Section 32 of EMCA mandates PCC to: prepare and submit to the NEC periodic reports of its activities which report shall form part of the annual report on the state of the environment and to perform such other functions and exercise such powers as may be assigned to it by the NEC.

Core Values

The PCC shall strive to maintain the following core values;

  • Professional integrity
  • Team work
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Equity
  • Commitment to excellence and timely responsiveness;
  • Continuous learning
  • Effective and efficient service delivery
  • Application of best environmental practices
  • Continuous staff development

Principles

The values and principles of public service include:

  1. High standards of professional ethics;
  2. Efficient, effective and economic use of resources;
  3. Responsive, prompt, effective, impartial and equitable provision of services;
  4. Involvement of the people in the process of policy making;
  5. Accountability for administrative acts;
  6. Transparency and provision to the public of timely, accurate information;
  7. Subject to paragraphs (h)and (i), fair competition and merit as the basis of appointments and promotions;
  8. Representative of Kenyan’s diverse communities; and
  9. Affording adequate and equal opportunities for appointment, training and advancement, at all levels of the public service, of-
  • Men and women;
  • The members of all ethnic groups; and
  • Persons with disabilities.

For more information, please visit ..www.pccenvironment.or.ke

Pupils on their way fetch water at Misadhi River in Rongo, Migori County

Pollution and disease outbreaks could be minimized by engaging local communities in cleaning and restoration of urban rivers the Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia has said.

The recent cholera outbreak in Migori County was caused by widespread pollution of rivers and reduction of water levels that led to high concentration of germs in the untreated water consumed by local people she observed.

Dr. Kaudia was speaking when she led a team of environment officials under the urban rivers restoration program to initiate clean up and restoration of rivers Migori and Oyani in the county.

The environment secretary called on the local County officials to engage other upstream devolved governments of Narok, Bomet, Kisii, Nyamira and Kericho in the rivers cleanup program to include all areas that were sources of widespread pollution.

The urban rivers restoration program under the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources has enlisted nine counties whose rivers will be cleaned this year. They include Uasin gishu, Baringo, Kisumu, Kilifi, Nyeri, Busia, Laikipia  Kisii and Migori counties.

Cattle drinking at Masaba dam, Kuria East, Migori County

The programme has also focused on initiating conservation activities in schools as a means of inculcating a culture of environmental conservation in youth.

In Migori, five schools were identified which include Migori Boys, Sare Primary, Rapogi girls, Kigonga and Nyora primary schools.

While visiting Migori Boys high school, the Director Urban Rivers Restoration Programme, Mr. Erick Akotsi lauded the efforts of the school in adapting a one KM stretch of Migori River for restoration. He pledged working tools of wheelbarrows, rakes and protective gear to aid the restoration exercise.

The Ministry is collaborating with the county governments and other stakeholders in an all inclusive approach to urban rivers restoration. Alongside restoring rivers the programme also aims at providing employment opportunities to women and the youth.

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Environment Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Alice  Kaudia addressing the women leaders at hotel Intecont., Nrb.

Environment Secretary, SDENR, Dr. Alice Kaudia addressing the women leaders at hotel Intecont., Nrb.

The government has created opportunities for gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment in its development programs as a basis for the achievement of Kenya’s Vision 2030, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

 Speaking  when she represented the Principal Secretary Dr. Richard Lesiyampe during a consultative meeting with Women Parliamentarians on gender mainstreaming,  Policy, Strategy and Action Plan for Environment at the hotel Intercontinental, Nairobi, the Environment Secretary in the State Department  of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice Kaudia noted that, gender mainstreaming in environment and natural resources remains imperative and  called on women to take advantage of opportunities such as Women enterprise fund, Youth fund and Uwezo funds to empower their communities.

 Dr. Kaudia informed the women leaders that, the Ministry was developing a Gender Mainstreaming Policy, Strategy and Action Plan for Environment and Natural Resources to support the government in meeting her international obligations to conventions like the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the 1985 Nairobi Forward Looking Strategy for the advancement of women, the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action and the Millennium Development Goals. She called on women law makers to fully support the Ministry in its endeavor’s as the strategy will strengthen and focus gender mainstreaming strategically in order to promote gender equality in access, use and benefits from environment, natural resources and economic/development programs and projects at national and devolved levels.

Nominated senator, Hon. Zani  making a point  during the consultaive meeting at hotel intercont., Nrb.

Nominated senator, Hon. Zani making a point during the consultaive meeting at hotel intercont., Nrb.

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 The Governor, Nandi County flagging  off  the World Wetlands Day procession at Etabwo, Kapsabet.

The Governor, Nandi County flagging off the World Wetlands Day procession at Etabwo, Kapsabet.

Kenyan’s have been called upon to work together to secure the future through promotion of sustainable use and wise use of wetlands, as they guarantee food security, purify and filter harmful wastes from water, store carbon and are nature’s shock absorbers that are critical to biodiversity.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Director of Kenya Wildlife Service, Mr. William Kiprono, during the commemoration to mark the 2015 World Wetlands Day at Etabwo Primary School in Kapsabet, Nandi County, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, called for County governments to take up sustainable environmental management seriously, as they play a key role in the implementation of various environmental policies and programmes that are geared towards environmental sustainability.

Courtesy call- Senior Ministry and County  officials during a courtesy call to Nandi County Governor, Hon.  Langat.

Courtesy call- Senior Ministry and County officials during a courtesy call to Nandi County Governor, Hon. Langat.

Noting that the World Wetlands Day that is observed yearly on 2nd February to mark the anniversary of the signing of  the Convention on Wetlands of International importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran on 2nd February, 1971, Prof. Wakhungu observed that,  in Kenya, Wetlands were faced with various challenges  including encroachment for agriculture, pollution, urbanization and climate change and that the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources was putting in place various measures, that include formulation of a comprehensive National Wetlands Conservation and Management  Policy and Integrated Coastal Zone management  policy in order to reverse the trend.

This year’s World Wetlands Day, whose theme was “Managing Wetlands for Our Future”, was attended by the Nandi County Governor, Hon. Cleophas Langat, Director General, NEMA, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu and other senior government officials.

Director of KWS, Mr. William Kiprono delivering  the Cabinet Secretary's speech during this year's WWD at Etabwo, Nandi  County

Director of KWS, Mr. William Kiprono delivering the Cabinet Secretary’s speech during this year’s WWD at Etabwo, Nandi County

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PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe holding  talks with the French envoy to Kenya as Ms. Fatuma and Eng. Omendi from  climate change follow keenly

PS, SDENR, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe holding talks with the French envoy to Kenya as Ms. Fatuma and Eng. Omendi from climate change follow keenly

Kenya will rally other African countries to support a legally binding agreement in reduction of Green House Emissions by signatories of the Kyoto protocol during the forthcoming conference in December at Paris, France.

Principal Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe said, Kenya was committed to the success of the climate change international conference to be chaired by France.

He said Kenya advocated for regulations guiding matters of climate change and would soon have a law in place to control the phenomenon once the draft Bill and policy that is before parliament is debated and enacted.

 Dr. Lesiyampe was speaking in his office when he met the Ambassador of France to Kenya Mr. Remi Marechaux who paid him a courtesy call to lobby for support in influencing other African Countries to support the conference.

The conference dubbed cop 21, will be attended by countries that have ratified the Kyoto protocol and are expected to make individual Nationally Determined Contributions towards the reduction of the Green House Gases emissions (GHG) that contribute to climate change.

The Kyoto Protocol agreement under the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCC) seeks to convince member countries to ascertain timely delivery of the Intended Nationally determined Contributions before the 21st session of the COP 21.

The developed countries are currently leading in high levels of GHG emissions in the atmosphere owing to their long standing industrial activities. The Kyoto protocol places a heavier burden of the climate change and initiatives to alleviate it on developed nations.

Dr. Lesiyampe and Mr. Marechaux hailed the cordial relations between the two countries especially in areas of wildlife conservation and water development in the drier parts of kenya.

Mr. Marechaux observed that Kenya’s efforts to exploit geothermal power was evidence that the country was a leader in developing sustainable energy that had low emission of Green House Gases to the atmosphere.

The Ambassador was accompanied by the Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the UN in Nairobi Madam Annick Mathis.

French envoy to Kenya  explaining a point to the  Principal secretary during the courtesy cal.

French envoy to Kenya explaining a point to the Principal secretary during the courtesy cal.

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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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