Monday, July 23, 2018
Participants of the the Gaborone declaration for sustainability in Africa pose for a group photo

Participants of the the Gaborone declaration for sustainability in Africa pose for a group photo

 The Cabinet Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu has emphasized the commitment of Kenyan Government in implementation of the Gaborone declaration on sustainable use of Natural Resources.

In a Speech read on her behalf by the Director Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAS), Mr. Richard Mwendandu the CS said Africa’s Natural Resources have always underpinned the continents economy and continue to represent a significant development opportunity for its people.

The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) is a transformative framework for pursuing sustainable development in Africa. It is a regional policy framework initiated in 2012 by the Government of Botswana and agreed to by nine additional African countries including Kenya.

The declaration  aims to facilitate the transition from industrial revolution to green economies and to take action towards sustainability in accordance to the Proposed Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) set to replace the existing, less comprehensive Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) by the end of 2015.

She further, said that in pursuing this declaration, Kenya in partnership with the private sector, donors, communities and other countries has developed an atlas of the biodiversity component of natural capital among other interventions in sustainable management of the environment.

The Ministry has also launched a hand book on education for sustainable development to inculcate conservation efforts in learning institutions.

 This declaration aims to foster partnerships to catalyze financial and technical resources to support implementation of sustainable development in Africa.

 The workshop was attended by representatives from Conservation International, GDSA members which are Liberia, Ghana, Gabon, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana.

MENR officials follow proceedings at the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa

MEMWR officials follow proceedings at the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa

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CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu  plants a commemorative tree during the World Day to Combat Desertification at the Christian Impact Centre in Yatta Machakos County.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu plants a commemorative tree during the World Day to Combat Desertification at the Christian Impact Centre in Yatta Machakos County.

Environment cabinet secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu has called on Kenyans to actively guard against land degradation and utilize the soils appropriately in order to maintain sustainable production systems.

 The CS pointed out that deforestation, illegal charcoal burning, unsustainable agricultural practices, inappropriate sand harvesting and other activities led to unsustainable production systems thereby causing food shortages.

Prof Wakhungu who was speaking during the World Day to Combat Desertification in Yatta, Machakos County, lamented that Ukambani region like other arid and semi-arid areas of the country, experienced food insecurity and poverty due to persistent drought and inadequate adaptation strategies. 

She praised a local non-governmental organization – Christian Impact Mission Centre, for improving people’s livelihoods through improved food production systems, value addition, promotion of agro-forestry and appropriate technologies. The outreach programs had helped the local community reduce dependency on food aid.

Prof Wakhungu said that her Ministry had put in place several policy frameworks to guide sound environmental management.

She disclosed that the Environmental Policy was being finalized and had incorporated emerging environmental issues. Once enacted, the policy will strengthen sectoral mandates and roles in ensuring sound environmental planning and management. In addition, the Government has put in place various policies, legislations and strategies to mitigate Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought impacts the CS added.

The theme for this year’s celebrations was “Food Security for all through Sustainable Production Systems” and with   the slogan “Invest in Healthy Soils”.

 Besides the National Action Plans, sustainable land use management is also delivered through implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  Sustainable “food production systems” and “investment in healthy soils” are delivered through effective implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

She recommended advocacy, awareness-raising and education; policy framework; science, technology and knowledge; capacity building; financing and technology transfer as strategic objectives to effectively combat desertification, land degradation and drought.

The CS noted that the National and County governments had set aside resources to revitalize the agricultural sector through provision of services such as subsidized agricultural inputs and equipment and economic incentives to eradicate poverty and extreme hunger.

CS Judi Wakhungu presents a certificate of participation during the world day to combat desertification                                                              In Yatta Machakos County

CS Judi Wakhungu presents a certificate of participation during the world day to combat desertification
In Yatta Machakos County

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Prof Judi Wakhungu  addressing participants of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services Stakeholders Forum at a     Nairobi Hotel.

Prof Judi Wakhungu addressing participants of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services Stakeholders Forum at a Nairobi Hotel.

Kenyans need to safeguard the limited water resources for future survival, Environment, Water and Natural resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has advised.

She said opportunities to construct more dams are limited owing to rising costs in storage and supply facilities which made the commodity increasingly distant from the users.

The CS was speaking during the opening of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services stakeholder’s forum at a Nairobi hotel where she emphasized the need to manage catchment areas for sustainable water supply.

Care for the land, tree planting, conservation of forests and rehabilitation of eroded lands was critical in safeguarding the water resources she observed.

She noted that this year’s theme: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all, was a clarion call for all to rethink  the future of water and sewerage infrastructure development projects and challenged  Athi Water Services Board to device new ways of providing and managing  water security for generations to come.

CS Wakhungu (centre),Eng. Lawrence Simitu Director Water Services(left) and Athi Water CEO Mr.  Malakwen Milgo (right) during the stakeholders forum.

CS Wakhungu (centre),Eng. Lawrence Simitu Director Water Services(left) and Athi Water CEO Mr. Malakwen Milgo (right) during the stakeholders forum.

The CS noted that, many communities in the country did not have access to water and in many cases Women and children walked long distances to fetch water and sometimes went back empty handed. Ironically she noted,  other Kenyans had abundant water and sometimes took it for granted that the commodity was never in short supply.

The CS urged Kenyans to treat water as a scarce commodity especially due to uneven rainfall patterns and rampant climate change. “Every user has a duty to care for the resource and to use water efficiently. All Water Service Boards, especially Athi Water Services Board, must work hard to reduce water losses and wastage” she advised and called for all industries, households and individuals to play their roles in respecting and saving water.

Prof Wakhungu said Kenyans must cut back on unnecessary use and called on the clamp down on illegal abstraction adding “We need to be steadfast in achieving our targeted total savings across the country”.

She said that, through the forum, the officers needed to educate the public on how to conserve and harvest rainwater in the face of variable climate.

The  CS recognized the support of development  partners such as; World Bank ,French Development ,Agency – AFD, GIZ, Swedish Development Agency – SIDA, African Development Ban , KFW, JICA ,European Union and Badea among others as her Ministry  embarked  on its mission of providing efficient and effective water services .

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CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu takes a jig with traditional dancers during the Launch of KVDA Strategic Plan in Eldoret

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu takes a jig with traditional dancers during the Launch of KVDA Strategic Plan in Eldoret

The Government attaches great importance to environmental conservation, rehabilitation and protection for 5 main water towers in order to sustain main sectors of the economy.

Environment, Water and Natural resources Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu expressed concern over destruction of   Cherangany water tower by human activities.

 She observed that over time unwarranted human activities coupled with effects of global warming have increased around the water tower thereby negatively affecting agriculture, tourism, water and energy

The CS was speaking when she opened the Kerio Valley Development Authority Conference on conservation of Cherangany Watershed under theme “towards sustainable conservation of Cherangany watershedin Eldoret.

The watershed is home to unique flora and fauna that comprise part of a rich ecosystem. Despite this importance the water tower has hitherto not received any strong and sustained focus towards the conservation of the existing natural resources which are currently facing serious degradation.

The Kenya constitution 2010 emphasizes the need to protect the environment for future generation. Similarly the Kenya Vision 2030 blue print which covers the period 2008 – 2030 has a three “pillar” framework among them targeting a progressive society that enjoyed   equitable social development in a clean and secure environment. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) number seven aims at achieving environmental sustainability.

She said, the objectives of conserving  Cherangany  was; to preserve and improve biological diversity, improve sustainable flows of rivers, streams and other water bodies, improve the socio-economic status of the inhabitants, create awareness and sensitize the local community on conservation.

Like other Rural Development Authorities’, KVDA was formed to promote sustainable River basin conservation and management through integrated development. The conservation, rehabilitation, and protection of Cherangany watershed in collaboration with other stakeholders for improved livelihoods of the communities is a perfect example of the initiatives undertaken by the Authority.

KVDA has raised, contributed and planted 7 million tree seedlings in the region in the past. The Authority raised 1 million trees seedlings and 1.2 million of fruit seedlings especially mangoes in 2014/2015. It is planning to raise another 5 million tree seedlings in the 5 years that will be used for environmental conservation.

The conference is a culmination of tree planting campaign by KVDA which started on 9th June, 2015 in the Counties of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu during which a total of 100,000 tree seedlings were planted as part of the National Tree Planting Initiative. The Authority has been collaborating with schools and County Governments in the region in tree planting.

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Prof Judi Wakhungu  addressing participants of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services Stakeholders Forum at a     Nairobi Hotel

Prof Judi Wakhungu addressing participants of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services Stakeholders Forum at a Nairobi Hotel

Kenyans need to safeguard the limited water resources for future survival, Environment, Water and Natural resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has advised.

She said opportunities to construct more dams are limited owing to rising costs in storage and supply facilities which made the commodity increasingly distant from the users.

The CS was speaking during the opening of the 11th Annual Athi Water Services stakeholder’s forum at a Nairobi hotel where she emphasized the need to manage catchment areas for sustainable water supply.

Care for the land, tree planting, conservation of forests and rehabilitation of eroded lands was critical in safeguarding the water resources she observed

She noted that this year’s theme: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all, was a clarion call for all to rethink  the future of water and sewerage infrastructure development projects and challenged  Athi Water Services Board to device new ways of providing and managing  water security for generations to come.

The CS noted that, many communities in the country did not have access to water and in many cases Women and children walked long distances to fetch water and sometimes went back empty handed. Ironically she noted,  other Kenyans had abundant water and sometimes took it for granted that the commodity was never in short supply.

CS Wakhungu (centre),Eng. Lawrence Simitu Director Water Services(left) and Athi Water CEO Mr.  Malakwen Milgo (right) during the stakeholders forum.

CS Wakhungu (centre),Eng. Lawrence Simitu Director Water Services(left) and Athi Water CEO Mr. Malakwen Milgo (right) during the stakeholders forum.

The CS urged Kenyans to treat water as a scarce commodity especially due to uneven rainfall patterns and rampant climate change. “Every user has a duty to care for the resource and to use water efficiently. All Water Service Boards, especially Athi Water Services Board, must work hard to reduce water losses and wastage” she advised and called for all industries, households and individuals to play their roles in respecting and saving water.

Prof Wakhungu said Kenyans must cut back on unnecessary use and called on the clamp down on illegal abstraction adding “We need to be steadfast in achieving our targeted total savings across the country”.

She said that, through the forum, the officers needed to educate the public on how to conserve and harvest rainwater in the face of variable climate.

The  CS recognized the support of development  partners such as; World Bank ,French Development ,Agency – AFD, GIZ, Swedish Development Agency – SIDA, African Development Ban , KFW, JICA ,European Union and Badea among others as her Ministry  embarked  on its mission of providing efficient and effective water services .

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Cs prof Wakhungu during talks with European Union Envoys. On CS right is Mrs. Marjaana Sall, Acting Head of EU Delegation and Charge d' Affaires.

Cs prof Wakhungu during talks with European Union Envoys. On CS right is Mrs. Marjaana Sall, Acting Head of EU Delegation and Charge d’ Affaires.

The European Union recognizes Kenya’s efforts to tackle climate change issues and leading the region in reduction of green house gases emission.

The Delegation of the European Union to Kenya expressed confidence that the country’s leading role will influence other nations in achieving a new binding global deal on climate change during the forthcoming conference of parties (COP 21) conference to be held in Paris in December.

The European Union Heads of Missions speaking during a courtesy call to Environment, Water and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu noted that Kenya had a strong voice in urging other countries to act now in cutting emissions ahead of the Paris conference.

The diplomats observed that climate change is already having an impact on Kenyans, their way of life and the economy adding that the country’s progress in legislating climate change laws and policies were commendable.

The Acting Head of delegation and Charge d’Affaires Mrs. Marjaana Sall said “the rains are becoming increasingly unpredictable and arid areas are becoming drier while floods in other areas are resulting in destruction and deaths’’

The envoys welcomed the progress made on the National Climate Change Action Plan and the Climate Change Bill which had already passed through parliament and was before Senate in anticipation to pass the critical stage to be enacted into law.

CS Prof Wakhungu in a group photo with European Union Envoys who paid a courtesy call on her to discuss Climate Change matters.

CS Prof Wakhungu in a group photo with European Union Envoys who paid a courtesy call on her to discuss Climate Change matters.

Prof. Wakhungu reassured the diplomats that Kenya was committed to legislating climate change laws and had involved diverse stakeholders in formulating laws that will help the country invest and grow low carbon and climate-resilient economy.DSC_7943

She noted that Kenya was among the few African countries to initiate such laws, adding that she was confident the country would achieve the 70 percent renewable energy target having made impressive progress in Wind, geothermal, hydro and solar energy fields.

The envoys visit was aimed at marking the “European Climate Diplomacy Day” and also served as a forum to discuss preparations ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate (COP 21) in Paris, France in December.

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DSC_0271Bon Voyage! PS, MENR, Dr. Lesiyampe bids the  Danish envoy, H.E. Geert Andersen  kwaheri  after the courtesy call.

DSC_0271Bon Voyage! PS, MENR, Dr. Lesiyampe bids the Danish envoy, H.E. Geert Andersen kwaheri after the courtesy call.

Denmark has pledged an estimated Ksh.300 million to support the country’s development of green growth that will target employment of the youth.

The Royal Danish Ambassador to Kenya Geert Aagaard Andersen disclosed that the development aid details through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources were now completed for the program to start in 2016.

The ambassador who spoke during a courtesy call on the Environment and Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Richard Lesiyampe noted that the green Growth and Employment comprised four thematic areas of engagement.

Officials from the MENR taking notes during the  courtesy call by the Danish Amb.  to Kenya as the PS makes some  remarks

Officials from the MENR taking notes during the courtesy call by the Danish Amb. to Kenya as the PS makes some remarks

In order to create an enabling environment for green growth and sustainable environment and natural resource management, the program will include new technologies, innovations and practices creating opportunities for employment.

Under the public private partnerships the program intends to improve private sector engagement, procure efficiently, mainstream environment into County Integrated development Plans and improve the use of climate change data in economic planning and risk mitigation.

PS, Min. of Env. & Nat. Res. Dr. Lesiyampe  holding talks with Danish Amb. to Kenya, H.E. Geert Andersen  during the  courtesy callThe media, tax exemptions, energy efficiency use and manufacture of environmentally friendly products are among the issues to be covered under the improved private sector engagement.

Speaking when he received the ambassador, Dr. Lesiyampe noted that Kenya like other developing countries required accurate climate and weather data to help the country in risk planning and disaster mitigation.

He observed that Kenya desired to shift to a green and sustainable development path, a dream  which was aptly captured in key planning documents such as vision 2030, National climate change Action Plan, Green Economy and strategy and Implementation Plan among others.

The PS further noted that in readiness for a green economy, Kenya was preparing draft Intended Nationally determined Contributions (INDC) as required by the conference of Parties (COP 20) during the forthcoming December conference to be held in Paris.

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Kenya’s war against poaching has been boosted by a new set of superior digital and solar radio communications technology.

The over Ksh. 700 million projects funded by the French government will be instrumental in facilitating Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) security operations through the upgrading of its current analogue network to a more robust and enhanced digital platform.

This is a major boost to the country and particularly KWS as it will go a long way in achieving conservation targets under the National Elephant Action Plan aimed at using advanced technology in wildlife conservation, says Environment and Natural Resources CS Prof Judi Wakhungu said.

Speaking during the Launch of Kenya wildlife service Digital Radio Network and Solar Power backup project at the KWS headquarters in Langata, the CS said, the current phase of the project is worth seven million Euros will be repaid in thirty equal consecutive six monthly installments with an interest of 0.73 percent and a grace period of five years.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the French Minister Matthias FEKL during the launch of the Digital Radio first call at the KWS headquarters

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the French Minister Matthias FEKL during the launch of the Digital Radio first call at the KWS headquarters

Prof Wakhungu noted that the first phase of digital radio network will be covering three out of the eight conservation areas delineated by KWS. The project will eventually be rolled out to the remaining five conservation areas for effective protection of the country’s national heritage in a second phase of the project.

She added that her Ministry aimed at reducing poverty in the country through its mandate: to monitor, protect, conserve and manage the environment and natural resources through sustainable exploitation for socio-economic development. Further the ministry strived to improve Kenyans’ living standards by ensuring a clean environment is sustained into the future.

Tourism has for a long time been the second largest sector in Kenya’s economy after agriculture, accounting for 21% of total foreign exchange earnings and 12 % of GDP. In recent years, however, this key sector has been adversely affected by a myriad of factors.

Despite the challenges, the Government is firmly committed to fighting wildlife crimes, including poaching the CS said, adding that the country was also beefing up surveillance at the ports of entry exit with a view to blocking transit of illegal wildlife trophies.

The French minister Matthias FEKL (left) and CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the plaque to mark the Launch of the Digital Radio First call at the KWS headquarters

The French minister Matthias FEKL (left) and CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the plaque to mark the
Launch of the Digital Radio First call at the KWS headquarters

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AFRICAN FARM FORESTRY PRODUCER ORGANIZATIONS CONFERENCE

Forests constitute a vital natural resource in Africa with over 70% of rural households  depending on them for their livelihoods, domestic fuel requirements and timber, Environment and Natural Resources CS prof Judi Wakhungu has said.

She noted that forests are critical in conservation of biodiversity and are increasingly becoming increasingly important in bio-prospecting for pharmaceutical and other bio-products industries, and in alternative medicines (herbal medicine).

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing participants of the African Farm Forestry producers organizations Conference  at Laico Regency, Nairobi.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing participants of the African Farm Forestry producers organizations Conference
at Laico Regency, Nairobi.

Speaking during she opened the First African Farm Forestry Producers organizations Conference in Nairobi, the CS added that Forests are   critical in providing a variety of environmental services for human wellbeing alongside underpinning many sectors of the continent’s growing economies.

Said Prof wakhungu “ It is for this reason that most African governments have prioritized enhancing conservation of forests and promotion of farm forestry as a strategy of reducing pressure on existing natural forestry resources’’.

The CS observed that conference was taking place at the right time in Africa when most governments are reforming their national forestry policies to effectively contribute to the livelihoods of the people.

She noted that the development of farm forestry producer organizations faces great challenges ranging from inadequate policy and legal frameworks, inadequate institutional capacity for the producer organizations to conduct business and engage in the market economy, inadequate quality standards for products and overall lack of emphasis by most governments on the contribution of this sector to the economy

The African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC) was established by the Food And Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the united Nations in 1959 and it has continued to provide   a policy and technical forum for the countries of the African region to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis

AFWC’s   purpose is to advise on the formulation of forest and wildlife management policies and to review and coordinate its implementation at the regional level, to exchange information and, generally through special Subsidiary Bodies, advise on suitable practices and action in regard to technical problems; and to make appropriate recommendations.

The participants were drawn from organizations representing farm/family forestry in Africa, as well as government forest managers, forest technical agencies, NGOs, donor agencies, academic institutions, and general forestry groups committed to encourage the development of family farm forestry producer organizations and federations in their countries.

Group photo of the attendance of the conference at Laico Hotel, Nairobi

Group photo of the attendance of the conference at Laico Hotel, Nairobi

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being received at Maasai girls  sec. Sch., by Mr. Maluki Mwendwa, chair of the NEMA board of  director's.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being received at Maasai girls sec. Sch., by Mr. Maluki Mwendwa, chair of the NEMA board of director’s.

Destruction of the various ecosystems and natural resources could cause catastrophic effects some of which have already been witnessed in the country, cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resource Prof Judi Wakhungu has said.

 She noted Kenya has been experiencing adverse effects of climate change like other parts of the world that caused disasters in environment, water and forestry sectors.

She warned against destruction of ecosystems such as the world famous Maasai Mara game reserve that is home to the phenomenon wildebeest migration and considered the 8th wonder of the world. Further destruction she added would destroy the national heritage and livelihood of thousands of residents.

Speaking when presiding over this year’s World Environment Day marked in Narok town, the CS lamented it was unfortunate that such ecosystems are under constant threat of depletion from human encroachment.

Prof. Wakhungu cited the Maasai Mau Forest block in Narok County that forms the source of Mara River, the lifeline of millions downstream as a priority for conservation.

 This year’s theme, “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care” focused on the increasing global population which is currently estimated at seven billion people who draw their livelihoods from dwindling environmental resources.

CS,Prof. Judi Wakhungu delivering her speech during  this year's World Env. Day fetes at Maasai girls high sch., Narok  County

CS,Prof. Judi Wakhungu delivering her speech during this year’s World Env. Day fetes at Maasai girls high sch., Narok County

It further emphasizes the need to embrace sustainable exploitation of resources and life within the planet’s limits thus urging mankind to “Consume with Care”. The theme also underscores the importance of the environment as a common resource for all which provides livelihood to mankind and the need to safeguard it through our collective action and responsibility.

 She said “We are reminded that we are the owners, users and protectors of the environment and so we must embrace sustainable interventions and actions that have a positive impact”.

 The slogan formulated as a rallying call for action dubbed; “Save it, or perish” could not have come at a better time Prof Wakhungu said adding “the slogan clearly reiterates our complete dependence on environmental resources to support livelihoods through provision of ecological goods and services”.

The CS disclosed that, the ministry has put in place various policies and strategies that guide sound environmental management. The long awaited Environment Policy has since been reviewed to incorporate emerging environmental issues and subjected to wider stakeholder validation. Once enacted by parliament, the Policy will inform all sectors on their respective roles in ensuring sound environmental management.

She observed that in severe cases of flooding and drought, Kenya had experienced loss of lives and property as well as destruction of infrastructure. Climate change Prof Wakhungu noted is largely caused by unsustainable human activities that increase emissions of greenhouse gases causing global warming. Destruction of catchment areas has depleted forest cover leading to extreme soil erosion downstream and flash floods in areas downstream as was recently experienced here in Narok County.

Prof. Wakhungu said challenges compromise sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources. Poverty is a key contributor to unsustainable exploitation of resources as communities strive to earn their livelihood. The need to survive has taken precedence over conservation leading to rampant destruction of ecosystems through encroachment and unsustainable practices.  Resource-use conflict has been on the rise due to increasing population and competition over the dwindling resources.

The CS called upon colleagues in the relevant sectors to work together to ensure peaceful coexistence among communities and equitable sharing of available resources.

This year’s event that created awareness and educated the public on the importance of the environment, while appreciating the achievements made by diverse stakeholder’s environment was marked at Maasai Girls Secondary school.

 

 

 

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Prof. Judi Wakhugu addressing the KWS board of trustees during the inauguration at Langata Headquarters.

Prof. Judi Wakhugu addressing the KWS board of trustees during the inauguration at Langata Headquarters.

A new Board of Trustees for Kenya Wildlife Service is in place, following its inauguration by the Cabinet Secretary of Environment Water and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu.

Speaking during the installation, Prof. Wakhungu noted that their appointment was significant as it came at a time when KWS is facing major challenges like decline in number of visitors to the country;

She noted that KWS had witnessed a substantial drop in its revenues from park entry fees, illegal killing of wildlife, particularly the elephant and the rhino and the rising  human population which added pressure on wildlife protected areas thereby accelerating increased human-wildlife conflict.

                 The Cabinet Secretary enumerated the board’s terms of reference as:

  1. Considering  strategies for mobilizing resources for the Service, including operationalizing the Wildlife Endowment Fund,
  2. Take the lead in ensuring that all wildlife species are safe and secure it should also assist the Service put in place effective measures to mitigate human-wildlife conflict, and to ensure that the essential partnership with communities living with wildlife is maintained and nurtured
  3. Formulate policies to ensure that the people of Kenya utilize and benefit from their wildlife, as envisioned in the Constitution and the new Wildlife Act.
  4. Assist management formulate strategies to secure more space for wildlife.

The KWS Board of Trustees is established under section 8 of the Wildlife Act. Its general function is to manage the Service. More specifically, its three functions as specified in section 9 of the Act are to oversee the effective implementation of the national wildlife strategy, to approve the strategic plans, operational policies, and capital and recurrent budget of the Service and to perform such other functions as may be necessary to fulfill its mandate under the Act.

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