Wednesday, January 17, 2018
PS, SDENR and other staff members join   Parlimantary committee on delegated legislation in a group photo during  their retreat at Msa

PS, SDENR and other staff members join Parlimantary committee on delegated legislation in a group photo during their retreat at Msa

Members of Parliament, as people’s representatives, have been called upon to help in creating awareness on the economic benefits of electronic waste and waste tyres as they will contribute towards creating green jobs for the youth.

Addressing members of the Parliamentary select committee on delegated legislation during a briefing retreat on E-waste and waste tyres regulations at the Travelers beach hotel, Mombasa, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe noted that, burning of waste tyres has become a health hazard due to poor management and lack of a regulation. However, with the enactment of the waste tyres bill, the producer responsibility will be enhanced and complimented to create wealth, employment and reduce pollution to the environment.  Communities who have been re-using the old tyres for making shoes and other products will get value for their money.

The Principal Secretary reaffirmed that, the electronic waste regulations will provide a legal backing for the producers, create employment in the collection, transportation or in the treatment facilities and attract investments in the e-waste re-cycling sub sector.

The Parliamentary select committee was led by the vice chairman, Hon. Joseph Gitari. The Environment Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Alice Kaudia, Director, Policy  Formulation and Implementation Mr. Paul  Kere and NEMA Director General, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu attended the meeting.

Dr. Richard Lesiyampe opening the Parliamentary committee's workshop at Travelers beach, Msa

Dr. Richard Lesiyampe opening the Parliamentary committee’s workshop at Travelers beach, Msa

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KWS_recruits_during_their_pass (1)Kenya Wildlife Service rangers have undergone an advanced first aid training course, the first of its kind in East Africa, thanks to support by the Canadian government.

The first batch of 42 officers will be graduating tomorrow morning (Friday, March 27, 2015) at a ceremony presided over by the Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya HE Mr David Angell at the Kenya Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Academy, Manyani, in Tsavo West National Park.

A total of 420 officers are earmarked for the two-week intensive training through the sponsorship of the Canadian government under the Global Peace and Security Fund.

The advanced training has equipped the KWS frontline officers with the necessary skills and provided first hand response to trauma during emergencies such as injuries from bullet wounds in fire exchange with poachers, drowning while on patrol and attacks by wildlife.

The course has been jointly conducted by KWS and the Kenya Red Cross.  The trainees were taken through resuscitation skills, managing an injured officer and protecting them from further injury while in combat situations.

Most of wildlife conservation efforts are usually labour-intensive, with rangers having to physically manage the wildlife and only use of air patrol to supplement such efforts. The threat posed by well-armed poachers to wildlife and rangers has grown in sophistication.

According to names on the Conservation Heroes Monument roll of honour, KWS has lost over 65 officers while in line of duty arising mainly from gunshots, drowning and attacks by wildlife. Some of the officers’ lives would have been saved if only the accompanying officers had the necessary skills to administer first aid. Therefore, the training is expected enable KWS officers deal with preventable deaths as well as give morale to rangers working in dangerous conditions.

Beyond the training, the support by the Canadian Government includes provision of protective and night vision equipment, and equipping of the forensic laboratory to boost prosecution of poachers and smugglers of wildlife and wildlife related products. The ultimate goal of the Canadian Government support is to ensure that KWS modernises its security operations, systems and troops deployment working with community rangers around national parks and other wildlife areas.

The support is designed to ensure that the troops and field operators have adequate intelligence, use modern equipments and embrace the latest and appropriate technology in their day to day operations to achieve high standards of performance, as well as stop any further poaching incidents. By multiplier effect, this would deter poaching gangs that survive on this trade.

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KMDLight to moderate rainfall has been reported in several places across the country for the past six days marking the onset of the Long Rains Season. Northwestern parts of the country however remained dry. Occasional heavy to very heavy rains were also reported in some areas.  Tuthu, Meru, Kangema and Karurumo  in central Kenya; Lunza and Shikoti in western Kenya and Mombasa at the coast received more than 40mm in 24hours………Read more

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Environment Secretary Dr Alice Kaudia hold one of the 100 radios donated by Meteorogical services to the local community she is flanked by Mr Peter Ambenje Deputy Director Meteorological Services

Environment Secretary Dr Alice Kaudia holds one of the 100 radios donated by Meteorogical services to the local community she is flanked by Mr Peter Ambenje Deputy Director Meteorological Services

Nganyi Ranet community radio station and Ranet Climate Resource center were launched in pomp and colour at Esibila Primary school, in Luanda, Vihiga County, as the Meteorological Day was marked worldwide.

Under the theme climate knowledge for climate action this year’s Met day takes stock of the climate knowledge built in the last decade and ways of addressing climate change and climate variability.

Broadcasting at 101.2 FM the Anyole radio station aims at delivering and disseminating climate knowledge to the local community for them to foster climate action.

Speaking at the Launch of the station the CS, for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu stated the significance of the choice of the venue considering the role the Nganyi people have played over the years in weather forecasting. Kenya Meteorological Services over the years brought together climate scientists and traditional forecasters to develop a consensus forecast.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Environment Secretary Dr Alice Kaudia, the CS said “Nganyi people have served as rainmakers for generations helping communities prepare their land and sow their seeds, this will then be relayed to the community through ceremonies, public meetings and on a person to person engagement”.

This method of disseminating information will be improved immensely with the launch of the community radio prof. Wakhungu added.

According to the Emuhaya Member of Parliament, Hon Wilbur Otichillo the station will be giving weather forecast after every 10 minutes to ensure farmers are well informed on the best time to plant their crops hence improving food security.

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia dances with Vihiga residents during the launch of Nganyi Ranet Community radio that will assist local people in monitoring the weather.

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia dances with Vihiga residents during the launch of Nganyi Ranet Community radio that will assist local people in monitoring the weather.

 The Climate Resource center will also serve as learning center for students on environmental and climate related studies.

The guest of honour donated 100 radio receivers to the local people to ease flow of climated related information. It will therefore be accessed by even the less fortunate members of the society. Nganyi Ranet radio is the fifth of its kind in Kenya others are Suswa in Narok, Budalangi in Busia, Kangema in Muranga and Kwale in Kwale County.

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DSC_0815The International Day of Forests (IDF) was celebrated at Ndabibi Primary School in Naivasha Sub County, Nakuru County.

Under the theme forests and climate change this year’s IDF celebrates the increased forest cover in the country that stands at about 7%, 3% shy of the

United Nations recommended 10 % forest cover of the total land area.

Speaking at the event the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu attributed the increased forest cover to ambitious restoration programmes for country’s water towers and dry land forests.

She said “the Government in collaboration with stakeholders has initiated a number of programmes to increase the forest cover in the country and protect it from destruction”. This will enhance biodiversity conservation, water catchment protection and provision of other environmental benefits the CS added.

On forest fires she urged farmers bordering forests to exercise due care and desist from practices which can lead to this fires.

Pupils of Ndabibi Primary School follow proceedings at the International Day of Forests celebration

Pupils of Ndabibi Primary School follow proceedings at the International Day of Forests celebration

The acting Director of Kenya Forest Service Mr. Emilio Mugo said Eburu Forest one of the 22 blocs of Mau forest that contributes heavily to power generation, protection of the wildlife and hence the need to protect it at all costs.

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CS-Prof.-Judi-Wakhungu-unveilling-the-plaque-to-officially-open-the-Kisumu-Lab-that-was-rehabilitated-by-LVEMP-II-Kenya

CS-Prof.-Judi-Wakhungu-unveilling-the-plaque-to-officially-open-the-Kisumu-Lab-that-was-rehabilitated-by-LVEMP-II-Kenya

The government is committed to the environmental management within the East African region by improving collaborative management of the Trans-boundary natural resources of the Lake Victoria basin, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she inaugurated a state of the art water laboratory   under the Lake Victoria Environmental Programme (LVEMP 11) in Kisumu, that was rehabilitated at a cost of over ksh 18 million to analyse portable water, analyze effluent from sewers and help safeguard the lake by measuring its pollution levels, prof. Wakhungu urged the County

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being assisted to plant a commemorative tree in Kisumu during the official commissioning of the Kisumu Lab

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being assisted to plant a commemorative tree in Kisumu during the official commissioning of the Kisumu Lab

Governments in the region to ensure that the lab was fully utilised for service to the people.

She praised LVEMP II- K for its role of reducing environmental stress in Lake Victoria basin thereby improving the live hoods of communities who depend on the natural resources of the Lake basin.

DSC_0045CS, Prof. Judi Wakhugu flanked by SDA, Amb. Kandie   and LVEMP II-K NFP, Agnes Yobterik being taken on a conducted tour of the   Lab.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu flanked by chair of  Council of Governors, Hon. Isaac Ruto and Kisumu governor, Hon. Raguma  flagging off the exhausters in Kisumu

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu flanked by chair of Council of Governors, Hon. Isaac Ruto and Kisumu governor, Hon. Raguma flagging off the exhausters in Kisumu

Governors have vowed to support the central government in conservation and development of environmental infrastructure.

The Chairman of the council of governors Mr. Isaac Rutto and Kisumu governor Mr. Jack Ranguma congratulated the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural resources for launching a fleet of exhauster trucks that will help reduce pollution of Lake Victoria and its environs.

The seven exhauster trucks that cost Ksh. 65 million, will empty pit latrines and septic tanks used by residents who are not connected to sewer lines in Homa bay,Bomet, Siaya,Kericho,Migori and Kisumu counties.

The two governors who spoke during the trucks flagging off ceremony presided over by Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu in Kisumu, concurred that environmental conservation and management was the responsibility of  leaders at all  levels of government.

Mr. Rutto noted that residents of Bomet town would soon benefit from the ongoing construction of a sewerage system courtesy of the central government and appealed for continued assistance to improve the environmental status of the counties.

Thank you Madam! Governor's Isaac Ruto of Bomet  and Jack Raguma of  Kisumu congratulates the CS after the launch as SDA,  amb. Kandie looks on.

Thank you Madam! Governor’s Isaac Ruto of Bomet and Jack Raguma of Kisumu congratulates the CS after the launch as SDA, amb. Kandie looks on.

Prof Wakhungu also inaugurated state of the art water laboratories under the Lake Victoria Environmental Programme (LVEMP 11) rehabilitated at a cost of over ksh 18 million. The labs will analyse portable water, analyze effluent from sewers and help safeguard the lake by measuring its pollution levels.

The CS observed that the launch of the exhausters and the commissioning of water labs was a key output in environmental management in the East Africa region and urged the County Governments in the region to ensure that investments were fully utilised for service to the people.

She further praised the role of LVEMP 11 in improving collaborative management of the Trans -boundary natural resources of Lake Victoria basin for the shared benefits of the EAC partner states.

This she observed reduced environmental stress in Lake Victoria basin thereby improving the livelihoods of communities who depend on the natural resources of Lake Victoria basin.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu (centre), amb. Julius  Kandie and LVEMP II-K coordinator, Ms Fransiscah Owuor following  proceedings during the launch.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu (centre), amb. Julius Kandie and LVEMP II-K coordinator, Ms Fransiscah Owuor following proceedings during the launch.

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CS Judi Wakhungu, Information Communications and Technology Ps,Musuni Ole Tiampati (right) Francics Wangusi Director General communication authority of Kenya and Hodge Semakula(extreme left)  East Africa Communications Organization Executive Secretary at The East Africa Communications Organization E-waste management workshop at a Nairobi hotel

CS Judi Wakhungu, Information Communications and Technology Ps,Musuni Ole Tiampati (right) Francics Wangusi Director General communication authority of Kenya and Hodge Semakula(extreme left) East Africa Communications Organization Executive Secretary at The East Africa Communications Organization E-waste management workshop at a Nairobi hotel

The cabinet secretary for Environment Water and Natural Resources, Prof Judi Wakhungu has said that her ministry is committed to E-waste management to promote a clean, health and sustainably managed environment for socio/economic national development.

Addressing participants at the East Africa Communication Organization (EACO) workshop at a Nairobi hotel, the CS noted that the Ministry through National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has developed sustainable E-waste management guidelines including recovery of electronic and electric waste.

The workshop was organized by the Communication Authority of Kenya to create awareness and chart the way forward on E-waste management in East Africa region. It drew participants from the East African Countries.

She pointed out that E-waste is a challenge in third world countries because of the importation of new and used (second hand) electric and electronic devices and equipment such as phones,TV’s,computers among others  which has resulted in a lot of electronic waste in the East Africa region.

The CS recognized that e-waste is a health hazard because most electronic and electric equipment have chemicals which directly affect the health of people negatively, calling for collaboration among all stakeholders in the ICT and Ministry of Environment to find a permanent solution in the management of e/waste.

“Most E-waste emanates from importing second hand electric and electronic equipment. According to the report by UNEP about 40 million tons of electronic wastes are produced in the world annually. This is projected to increase if no action will be taken, therefore, capacity building and closer working relations between the private and public sector are needed to counter the problem.” She emphasized.

 Prof Wakhungu appreciated the efforts of mobile phones dealers and other electronic and electric products dealers who are engaged in e waste management.

The principal secretary for Information Communication and Technology, Joseph Tiampati said that his ministry with EACO has priotised environmental protection as far as E-waste is concerned in the country adding that the workshop was held to formulate policies and regulatory framework as a region to mitigate the E-wastes.

He also urged Kenyans to be innovative by engaging in e/waste recovering through recycling so as to aid in reducing importation of defective electric and electronic equipment that lead to a lot of e/ waste in the country.

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 PS- State Department of Water and Regional Authorities Jame Teko Lopoyetum (left) with Director of UNESCO Mohamed Djelid during the launch of the WWDR /2015

PS- State Department of Water and Regional Authorities Jame Teko Lopoyetum (left) with Director of UNESCO Mohamed Djelid during the launch of the WWDR /2015

The Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources in collaboration with UNESCO and GIZ today, the 20th March, 2015 jointly launched the World Water Development Report 2015 at hotel Laico in Nairobi. The report on water for a sustainable world will be launched globally in different regions in Africa, America, Europe and Latin America. In Kenya, launching of the report will be part of the activities for the national celebrations for the World Water Day.

Speaking at the launch of the WWDR 2015 the Principal Secretary for the State Department of  Water and Regional Authorities Mr. James Teko Lopoyetum said, the launching of the report will be an opportunity to organize a

high level policy round table to discuss and contextualize the findings and recommendations for Kenya towards vision 2030 and post-2015 on sustainable development goals. He said the overall goal of the high level policy round table was to;

  • raise awareness on the central role of water resources for sustainable development towards post-2015 on sustainable development goals.
  • To present, discuss and contextualize the findings and recommendations of world water development report 2015 on water for sustainable world.

The PS said, his ministry in partnership with UNESCO with other stakeholders will be marking this year’s 22nd World Water Day at Naro Moru Primary School in Kajiado County at the Kiserian dumpsite.

 UNESCO convener Mr. Abou Amani (left) with PS Teko (Center) and UNESCO Director Mohamed Djelid before the launch.

UNESCO convener Mr. Abou Amani (left) with PS Teko (Center) and UNESCO Director Mohamed Djelid before the launch.

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PS, Mr. James Teko (Left) andFinish Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Sophie From- Emmesberger  officially commissioning water sanitation facilities at Naro Moru Primary School.

PS, Mr. James Teko (Left) andFinish Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Sophie From- Emmesberger officially commissioning water sanitation facilities at Naro Moru Primary School.

This year’s World Water Day 2015 was marked in Kajiado County, Kajiado West constituency at Naro Moru PrimarySchool in Kiserian town.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Water and Regional Authorities Mr. James Teko Lopoyetum, during the celebrations, the CS launched the Water Services Trust fund programmes funded by the Finish, Swedish, Germany and Danish Governments; the EU and the World Bank .

She said, the water sector funding rose from a combined Government allocation and development partners grants and loans of Ksh 6.36 billion in 2004/2005 financial year to a total allocation Kshs 38.60 billion during the 2010/2011 financial year.

Prof. Wakhungu noted that, 647 water pans and 54 small dams have been completed at a cost of Kshs 3.5 billion increasing water storage by 16 million cubic meters over the last one year.  The program targeted all rural constituencies in the country with emphasis in the Arid and semi Arid Lands areas. In addition, ground water explorations  are ongoing in Northern Kenya, specifically, Turkana, Marsabit, and Garissa Counties to unlock development potentials in those Asal areas through provision of adequate water from reliable sources, said the CS.

“My ministry had launched a national water bodies cleaning exercise to restore degraded water bodies (rivers, lakes and wetlands) to their regional status. Work on restoration of urban rivers has been intensified in recognition of the importance of clean rivers to human health: especially in high density settlement” she observed.

Most recently Prof. Wakhungu launched the Athi river restoration program, focusing on pollution to enhance access to clean water among riparian communities. The cleaning of Athi River program will be implemented in the next five years and is estimated to cost Ksh 2.5 billion.

A waste treatment plant for Kiserian town will also be constructed beginning July, 2015. The Kiserian dam, the water treatment and the waste water facilities are some of the Ministry’s deliverables of the Millennium Development Goals.

Among the dignitaries who attended the WWD were the Finish Ambassador to Kenya H. E Sofie From-Emmesberger, representatives from the UN Organization,  kajiado deputy governor, Senator, MP and MCAs from the County.

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A hand washing facility at Naro Moru primary school funded by Athi Water Services Board

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ps signing mouWater security in the country has received a boost following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the government and research institutions on rain water harvesting.

The Principal Secretary for Water and Regional Development Authorities Mr. James Teko Lopoyetum signed on behalf of the government the research understanding with University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology and the Kenya Rainwater Association.

Other signatories were Professor Henry Mutoro (UON), Professor Bancy Mati (JKUAT), Professor Shem Wandiga (UON), Professor Oguge Nicholas (JKUAT), Dr. Stephen Ngigi (KRA) and Engineer Phillip Langat (KRA).

ps signsThe parties agreed to cooperate in finding a lasting solution to the water scarcity in the country.

The memorandum of understanding will upscale research, training, innovation, science and technology transfer in the Water and Environmental sector alongside other areas of mutual interest.

Mr. Teko urged individuals, communities, organizations and private companies to come up with initiatives that would support the government’s efforts in providing water to all its citizens.

The PS cited the innovativeness and change of attitude of people two locations in Yatta, Machakos County, whose lives have improved as a result of rainwater harvesting and water pans. “These people have achieved food security and improved incomes and now 80% of them live in permanent houses”, he said.reps after signing

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PROFESSOR WAKHUNGU APPLAUDS    IFAW ON WILDLIFE CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT – 18TH MARCH 2015.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu receives the Modern (Night Vision equipment) for KWS from IFAW-to be used by rangers at night to maintain security in parks

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu receives the Modern (Night Vision equipment) for KWS from IFAW-to be used by rangers at night to maintain security in parks

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The Ministry OF Environment Water and Natural Resources and KWS have benefitted on the lattest KWS-IFAW initiative to modernize the security operations of KWS that has started with the donation of NVGs worth US$30,000 to be used at Tsavo Sanctuaries. IFAW has also and the signed for a project called ten Boma (name borrowed from Nyumba kumi) that will aim at improving predictive action of KWS rangers so as to stop poachers before the killing takes place.

 

Speaking at the IFAW’s 15th celebrations today the 18th of March 2015 at the Crowne plaza hotel in Nairobi, the Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu applauded IFAW for their tremendous efforts in wining space for wildlife with the community of Olgulului by signing a five year lease for 16,000 acres of critical Kitenden Corridor and Amboseli.

“My ministry will prioritize the rehabilitation of the Amboseli Northern Water Pipeline upon the recommendations of the recent EIA exercise that was conducted recently by KWS late last year” said Wakhungu.

 

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with US A mbassador Bob Godec during the  15th IFAW celebrations

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with US A mbassador Bob Godec during the
15th IFAW celebrations

Prof.  Wakhungu said her ministry will be proactive in working with Central and County Governments for the publishing of a National land use Master Plan.The Master Plan will bring Coherence and balance between the activities of people and wildlife, and between wildlife conservation and Macro development.

IFAW has been partnering with KWS since 2000 in tracking elephants in Amboseli and helping in defining movement corridors for conservation.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with conservationists Jim Nyamu at the IFAW 15th celebrabrations

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with conservationists Jim Nyamu at the IFAW 15th celebrabrations

The ceremony was attended by former vice president of the Republic of  Kenya Dr Moody Awori, American Ambassador, Rob Kodek, Manu Chandaria, Paula Kaumbu, among others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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