Monday, November 19, 2018

 

 

 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu stressing a  point when   he met Mr. Mike    Pflanz  from UK's  the Independent newspaper in her   office

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu stressing a point when he met Mr. Mike Pflanz from UK’s the Independent newspaper in her office

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, in collaboration with various programmes like the Green Schools has already planted 150 million trees since 2013, as one way of controlling climate change and erratic weather patterns, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking in her office when she met Mr. Mike Pflanz from UK’s “The Independent” newspapers, Prof. Wakhungu reiterated that, as the Country develops, there is need to reduce our carbon footprints in order to maintain clean air, saying that, if we destroy our forests and water towers, at the end of the day, we will be destroying ourselves as we will no longer have available water.

The Cabinet Secretary, who spoke on a wide range of issues touching on climate change, wildlife conservation, biodiversity and poaching observed that, her Ministry had set up a forensic laboratory at the Kenya Wildlife Service that will create awareness on illegal bush meat trade as it can be a source of zoonotic diseases.

Mr. Pflanz, who writes for the respected UK’s The Independent newspaper, is crisscrossing the Continent to profile personalities who have excelled in their portfolios in the newspapers column “Space for Giants”.

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CS Prof. Wakhungu is shown the inventory process of a Rhino Horn. She commissioned elephant and rhino stockpiles at the KWS headquarters in Langata, Nairobi.

CS Prof. Wakhungu is shown the inventory process of a Rhino Horn. She commissioned elephant and rhino stockpiles at the KWS headquarters in Langata, Nairobi.

The government is undertaking an inventory of all game trophies to enhance efficiency and security of their management, Environment CS prf. Judi Wakhungu has said.

So far a total of 2993 weighing 21,600 kg of ivory has already been inventoried.

The CS said the inventory process will yield a digital National Ivory and Rhino Horn Database which will be stored on a secure server hosted and maintained solely by Kenya Wildlife Service and with restricted access.

 The samples collected in the process during the inventory exercise will be stored in a secure sample bank for DNA profiling and analysis at the newly established KWS Forensic and Genetics Laboratory.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu at the showroom of the inventoried ivory.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu at the showroom of the inventoried ivory.

Prof. Wakhungu was speaking during the commissioning of inventory of elephant stock piles by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu.

 The Wildlife Conservation and Management Act,2013 (section 83(3) requires that Kenya Wildlife Services undertakes an audit every year of Government trophy stockpile and the cabinet secretary publishes in the Gazette, the amount of trophies held in the country.

 Prof. Wakhungu said the government is undertaking an inventory of all Ivory and Rhino Horn stockpiles that would include those held as court exhibits and any that might be held by other agencies such as the judiciary, police, customs, and wildlife conservancies among others.

 Besides, complying with the act, 2013 and fulfillment of international obligations under CITIES provisions, the exercise will be used to create a DNA reference library for profiling the national populations of the elephants and rhinoceroses.

 The DNA reference library to be created will be a central component in analysis of forensic evidence

To be used in prosecution of wildlife crime both in the country and the region. She said “I am happy that in the process of this inventory, the existing management systems of trophies in the country will be reviewed to enhance security and efficiency. It is expected that the inventory exercise will take at least 45 working days”.

 The CS added that Kenya Wildlife Service has partnered with Stop Ivory, a UK-based not-for profit organization, to support the inventory exercise by offering technical and financial contribution. The inventory of the national stockpile of these trophies requires meticulous planning and enormous resources she observed.

Inventory teams have been trained on the Inventory Technology drawn primarily from the Kenya Wildlife Service and Stop Ivory. They are supported by selected university students majorly from the Technical University of Kenya.

 Prof. Wakhungu asked all the stakeholders in the wildlife conservation sector in the country to take interest in the inventory exercise and participate as observers, urging all government agencies to follow the exercise, as it had been open and transparent.

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Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu addresses participants of the capacity building and conservation management conference at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre, Nairobi.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu addresses participants of the capacity building and conservation management conference at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre, Nairobi.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu has appealed to Afrcican countries to seek for solutions in Capacity building in order to effectively conserve biodiversity and manage resources.

 The CS said capacity building should be multileveled and must be built on individuals, communities, organizations, and governments to make it successful adding that new and better methods were inevitable for success of such endeavors.

She was speaking Desmond Tutu Conference Center, Nairobi when opening a conference on Capacity Building for Conservation and Resource Management for participants drawn from African countries.

The CS said “human pressures on the natural environment continue to grow in both number and impact. Tackling these pressures requires relevant capacity for conservation action and resource management”

She noted that pressure on the Natural Resources in Africa was growing and there was an urgent need to ensure stakeholders such as communities and key organizations gained requisite skills, knowledge and information to face the environmental challenges in the coming decades.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu (middle) with 12 year conservationist Luca Berardi, taks a group photo during the capacity building conservation conference.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu (middle) with 12 year conservationist Luca Berardi, taks a group photo during the capacity building conservation conference.

Prof Wakhungu pointed out that it was critical for the conference participants, to discuss issues of protected areas, community engagement and rights based governance, professional e-learning and effective leadership and strong organization.

‘’In our efforts to promote sustainable development in Africa it is inevitable for us to link improved governance to these endeavors as it directly impacts on the lives of the continents rising population’’ she added.

She noted in Kenya, the devolution political model adopted after the promulgation of the Kenya Constitution 2010, places heavy responsibilities of natural Resources management to the 47 County Governments while the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources provided leadership in formulating appropriate policies, legislation, capacity building and coordination.

The conference covered among others topics:

1) Engaging the 47 county governments in developing Transition Implementation Plans in order to strengthen National and County Governments inter relationship aimed at building capacity to protect and maintain our protected areas,

2) Work with the National Assembly and the Senate in developing legislation on benefit sharing and exploitation of natural resources to develop capacity within communities, and ensure engagement & rights-based governance in terms of managing local natural resources,

3) Promote policies and legislation that incorporate reforms and values which are aimed at building effective leadership and strong organizations , in a bid to encourage e-learning, the Government has allocated 17.58 billion shillings in the 2015/2016 budget for deployment of ICT learning devices to schools.

More than 140 People from 29 different African countries attended the conference.

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The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakkhungu, has called for the promotion of sustainable development and wise –use of wetlands, through the adoption of life-changing actions that not only support community well-being, but also enhance nature conservation.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Principal Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, during the presentation of the  Tana Delta Land Use Plan (LUP) at the hotel Inter-continental, Nairobi, and that was attended by Tana River County governor, H.E. Hussein Daddo, Lamu deputy governor, Hon. Eric Gitau and Lamu County executive for Environment Amina Rashid, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, Tana Delta has been facing many severe threats from the impacts and activities of mankind, mainly competing land uses and  resultant conflicts.

Noting that the Tana Delta ecosystem is at a critical juncture of losing essential life-supporting services and goods, the Cabinet Secretary said her Ministry will endeavor to minimize and address impacts to the wetland resulting from changes in land use through creation   of awareness as  well as capacity building to communities within and other interest groups, and also put in place programmes that will ensure sustainable agricultural practices within the  wetlands and promote other sustainable livelihood  options to the communities in order to reduce over dependency on the wetland and their products.

Ministry of Env. & Nat. Res. Dr. Richard  Lesiyampe addressing the stakeholders during the launch.

Ministry of Env. & Nat. Res. Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the stakeholders during the launch.

The Tana River Delta is one of the most important wetlands in Africa and a key biodiversity area in Kenya. It is an important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) and a designated Ramsar site, that provides intangible environmental services such as regulating the hydrological cycle, moderating the climate, protecting soil from erosion, stabilizing the shoreline and reducing the impacts of storm surges, and in addition, it provides a wide range of habitants for terrestrial, aquatic and marine biodiversity.

Tana River governor, H.E. Hussein Daddo addressing  the stakeholders.

Tana River governor, H.E. Hussein Daddo addressing the stakeholders.

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In response to the United Nations  Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) decisions 1/CP.19 and 1/CP.20, Kenya has developed its Intended National Determined Contribution (INDC), through a consultative national process with support from partners, among them the UK and US Governments. INDC has been submitted to the United nations convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Friday 24th July 2015………read more on Downloads

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Kisii Governor, H.E.  James Ongwae during the opening of the e-waste collection  point at Kisii  University

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Kisii Governor, H.E. James Ongwae during the opening of the e-waste collection point at Kisii University

The government acknowledges training programmes that are initiated by our local institutions of higher learning in collaboration with other universities abroad in the field of waste management, alongside other specialized ones on electronic waste management, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

 Speaking when she launched the first ever electronic waste implementation toolkit on waste   collection points at the Kisii University in Kisii County, Prof. Judi Wakhungu observed that, such partnerships will enable the Country to achieve its strategic vision in ensuring collaboration between the National and County governments, building of Private-Public Partnerships in Environmental Management, linking training, research and policy to ensure development and building of strong global partnerships for sustainability.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the congregation at the  Kisii University grounds during the launch of the e-waste collection  point.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the congregation at the Kisii University grounds during the launch of the e-waste collection point.

 Addressing the congregation that included the Kisii Governor, H.E. James Ongwae and the Vice Chancellor of Kisii University, Prof. John Akama, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the Country’s ICT sector, that is driven by brains and talents like those in Kisii University has ensured that, the country has the most developed mobile phone financial services and money transfer systems in the World, and together with the policy of the Jubilee government to fast track the digitalization of mass media and provide mandatory computer education for all school going children, the consumption of electronic goods will increase.

 Prof. Wakhungu challenged the East Africa Compliance Recycling Company together with its extensive global networks, including the twin-city partnership between Kisii town and Oporto in Portugal to work with the local manufactures in developing products and services that are designed for recyclability and r-usability.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu planting a commemorative  tree at  Kisii University as Env. Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia and other  official look on.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu planting a commemorative tree at Kisii University as Env. Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia and other official look on.

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu having a light moment with ES, Dr. Kaudia,Hon. Amina Abdalla, Hon. Wandayi and Vicky Onderi during the launch of the e-waste project

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu having a light moment with ES, Dr. Kaudia,Hon. Amina Abdalla, Hon. Wandayi and Vicky Onderi during the launch of the e-waste project

Kenya is earnestly seeking for solutions to manage e-waste that is an emerging threat to the environment, CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

She called on all Kenyans to guard against the increasing volumes of e-waste arising from usage of electrical and electronic devices by putting proper measures in place to control the menace.

Prof. Wakhungu disclosed that estimates rated Kenya as releasing 17,350 metric tons of e-waste annually following wide usage of refrigerators, TV’s, computers, mobile phones among others.

The extent of threat the CS noted, was shown by a recent UNEP report that gave a global figure of an estimated 40 million tones spewed to the environment annually.

She said that Kenya had a relatively a high internet penetration that threatened to push further volumes of e-waste unless interventions were put in place to manage the phenomenon in an environmentally sound manner.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu poses for a memorable photo with participants who attended the launching ceremony.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu poses for a memorable photo with participants who attended the launching ceremony.

In order to mitigate the emerging phenomenon, the CS added that her Ministry had developed e-waste guidelines to streamline procedures of handling the problem.

Prof Wakhungu was speaking in Nairobi when she launched an electronic e-waste implementing tool kit, to enlighten members of the public on best practices to handle the problem. She emphasized the need for a public-private partnership as an intervention to e-waste.

The CS said sustainable collection, sorting and pre-processing could create job opportunities and cautioned that ‘’crude e-waste processing caused air pollution through release of toxic emissions that may cause cancers”.

She expressed satisfaction that some Kenyan companies like Safaricom and East African Compliant and recycling, had initiated e-waste management which sensitized the public on mopping up and its proper disposal.

Prof Wakhungu appealed to county Governments to work with the national Government to build capacity and to establish recycling facilities through harmonization of environmental standards and removal of barriers that could slow down the process.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu presenting a memento to chair of Parliamentary committee on environment, Hon. Amina Abdala as Vicky Onderi looks on.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu presenting a memento to chair of Parliamentary committee on environment, Hon. Amina Abdala as Vicky Onderi looks on.

Kisii County and Kisii University will be the first public institutions to implement the program.

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Prof. Judi Wakhungu, CS, Min. of Env. & Nat. Res.  briefing Mr. Eugene Wamalwa, CS, Min. of Water & Irrigation during the  handing over ceremony

Prof. Judi Wakhungu, CS, Min. of Env. & Nat. Res. briefing Mr. Eugene Wamalwa, CS, Min. of Water & Irrigation during the handing over ceremony

The Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has congratulated the newly appointed Minister for Water and Irrigation, Mr. Eugene Wamalwa on his new appointment to the Cabinet.

Speaking when she handed over the Water docket that was hived off from her former Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Wakhungu briefed Mr. Wamalwa on the various on-going water projects in the Country and wished him success in his endeavours.  At the same time, she called on the staff at Maji house to extend to the new Cabinet Secretary the same cooperation they had showed to her.

On his part, Mr. Wamalwa said he would focus on delivering to the Kenyan people by working closely with the County governments to help address water challenges in various regions.

President Kenyatta with CS Wakhungu, Wamalwa, PS   Lesiyampe, AG Githu Muigai,chief of staff Mr. Kinyua and Solicitor  General, Gee Muturi  at state hse during the swearing in ceremony. (pix.  courtesy PSCU)

President Kenyatta with CS Wakhungu, Wamalwa, PS Lesiyampe, AG Githu Muigai,chief of staff Mr. Kinyua and Solicitor General, Gee Muturi at state hse during the swearing in ceremony. (pix. courtesy PSCU)

Mr. Wamalwa, who was nominated to the Cabinet by President Kenyatta on April, 17th, 2015 and sworn in on Friday, 11th July, 2015, will be based at the headquarters of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation at Maji house, while  Prof. Judi Wakhungu, the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, will be based at her Ministry’s headquarters at NHIF building.

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Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia  addressing the members of the  Kenya Youth Climate Change Alliance in her  office.

Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia addressing the members of the Kenya Youth Climate Change Alliance in her office.

The youth are the back bone of the nation and can change the future of the society with their well-being and courageous behavior, as they constitute the majority of the population in many countries, and have an increasingly strong social and environmental awareness, that  has the power to transform our societies towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future.

Speaking when she received a delegation from the Kenya Youth Climate Change Alliance in her office, the Environment Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice Kaudia observed that, engaging the youth in environmental protection not only creates a direct impact on changing their behaviour and attitude, but also influences their parents, relatives and families.  She  informed the group that, the Ministry recognized the key role that the youth play in tackling climate change and will continue working closely with youth-led and youth-focused organizations around the Country  to empower them to take adaptation  and mitigation actions and enhance their effective participation in climate change policy decision making processes.

Memories!- Members of the Kenya Climate Change  Alliance pose for a group photo with the ES in her office.

Memories!- Members of the Kenya Climate Change Alliance pose for a group photo with the ES in her office.

The Environment Secretary noted that, human activities such as the use of fossil fuels, deforestation and unsustainable agriculture contribute to climate change, which decreases the availability of nutritious food and clean water, destroys ecosystems leading to malnutrition and ill health thus rendering the youth vulnerable. She thus, reminded the youth that, they can play an active role in protecting and improving the environment by changing their lifestyles and how it affects the environment, making their homes, schools and youth organizations more environmentally friendly by adopting environmentally friendly practices and recycling of different materials, as well as preserving resources such as water and electricity.

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tenderFollowing the advertised Tender/Prequalification in the Daily Nation Newspaper dated 26 June, 2015, the ministry makes the following clarifications.
1. All annual tenders number MENR/T/01/2015-2016 to MENR/T/09/2015-th 2016 are hereby cancelled and will be re-published at a later date through
the e-procurement module of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS)
2. However, prequalification to supply/provide service (Tender Number  MENR/T/10/2015-2016) remains as per the earlier advertisement. The closing/opening date is on Friday 10th July 2015 at 10.00am.

 

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