Monday, November 19, 2018
 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing delegates attending the IUCN conference at the the Hotel Intercont., Nairobi.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing delegates attending the IUCN conference at the the Hotel Intercont., Nairobi.

Environment cabinet secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has urged African countries to identify practical ways to harness wealth through natural capital in order to improve the standards of living for their citizens.

She said that through natural capital countries would be able to draw on solutions to climate change, food security and economic growth in a responsible manner that is cognizant of the generations to come.

The CS was speaking when she opened the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Forum in Nairobi which drew participation from Eastern and Southern African countries..

American Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Robert Godec addressing the delegates as CS, Prof. Wakhungu and other IUCN officials listen keenly

American Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Robert Godec addressing the delegates as CS, Prof. Wakhungu and other IUCN officials listen keenly

The forum brings together 100 governmental and non-governmental organizations spread across 18 of its 24 countries.

The meeting is   being held in preparation for the World Conservation Congress to be held in Hawaii in September, 2016 with the theme “Planet at the crossroads.”

Prof Wakhungu stressed the need for all participating countries to put aside their differences and work together to create good environmental governance by engaging all sections of society to share both the responsibilities and benefits of conservation.DSC_0395

The CS also noted that environmental challenges were surmountable if participants at the forum brought together their individual wealth of knowledge to form a collective movement to inform and guide the region in making the-post 2015 development agenda a reality.

Also in attendance were US ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec and IUCN president Zhang Xinsheng among others.

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The government is supporting enterprises that adopt the use of friendly chemicals that promote protection of the ozone, Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu has said.

She noted that the country had already repl aced equipment that depended on ozone depleting chemicals with friendly ones.

The CS singled out industries, companies and agricultural enterprises for support to sustain the adoption of ozone friendly alternatives and technologies.

The country has phased out use of chlorofluorocarbons that were previously commonly used in various industries like halons in fire fighting, methyl bromide in post harvest grain sector among others.

Prof. Wakhungu made the remarks in a speech read on her behalf by the director of Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements Mr. Richard Mwendandu during this year’s celebration of Ozone day held in Mombasa.

She pledged the government’s commitment to support global Multilateral Environmental agreements that addressed challenges posed by alternatives to products that were ozone depleting, in a bid to strengthen the Montreal protocol.

Kenya signed the Montreal Protocol in February 1988 and has ratified the Protocol and its four amendments, namely; London (1990), Copenhagen (1992), Montreal (1997), and Beijing (1999).

The day’s celebration aims to disseminate as widely as possible the importance of protecting the Ozone Layer and the country’s efforts towards this end. The Ozone Layer shields the earth from harmful ultra-violet radiation (UV-B) emanating from the Sun, causing; skin cancer, eye cataracts, reduced plant and animal productivity, poor air quality, damage to plastics and impact on climate.

The CS stressed that it is the responsibility of every person in Kenya to protect their surroundings and equally enjoy a clean, healthy, safe and sustainably managed Environment as dictated by the Kenya Constitution 2010.

The theme for this year’s observation is, “30 Years of Healing the Ozone together” supported by the slogan “Ozone: All there is between you and UV”.  The theme celebrates the collective efforts of the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol, among them Kenya, in protecting the Ozone Layer over the past three decades.

The world Ozone Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly and is observed on 16th September every year to sensitize people on the need to protect the ozone layer.

The celebrations were also attended by senior officials from the Ministry and state corporations under it, representatives from Mombasa County Government, elected leaders from the area and the general public.

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PS Lesiyampe with Ephraim Muchiri, Deputy Director Forest Conservation at the meeting

The degradation of Kirisia-Leroghi and Mathews range forests in Samburu County will be turned around following the formation of a Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Ball Star community Forest Adidas Jacka Herr association and a Task force to map out the conservation boundaries.

The Principal Secretary of Environment, Natural resources and Regional Authorities Dr. Lesiyampe Golden Goose Sneakers Outlet Richard told the local community to embrace a forest management plan if they were to reap the benefits of conservation of the Athletic Bilbao Kit 2012/13 invaluable forests and related Natural Resources.

He was speaking when he hosted a group of Samburu Community leaders at his office who briefed him on the challenges faced in the conservation of the environment at Kisia and Mathews Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Sale ranges mountains.

Dr .Lesiyampe said that the government was committed to protect forests and water catchment areas and would engage the Samburu community in the realignment of the conservation area boundaries. This he noted would help the local people engage in income generating activities such as bee Golden Goose Femme Pas Cher keeping, eco-tourism among others formed through home grown forest associations.

The PS who reacted to complaints by the leaders regarding political interference in the management of the local environment matters emphasized that conservation was for the community’s benefit and that of the future generations.

He urged the elite of the Samburu County to focus their leadership on uplifting the standards of living of the majority disadvantaged members of their community.

Dr. Lesiyampe confirmed that there would be no evictions of people living with the conservation areas adding that the government would opt for promotion of economic activities that would encourage them to conserve the environment for the sake of sustaining the lives of future generations.

The meeting was attended by members of the Samburu county assembly Elly Stephen Loldepe (Maralal ward), John Lemulugo ( Ang’ata Nanyuki ward) among other leaders.

Members of Kirisia Community Forest Association at the meeting with the a PS
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A bridge over the Mara River as it flows down Mugumu district in Tanzania. A call was made to conserve its catchment area.

Communities living along the Mara River ecosystem on both sides of Kenya and Tanzania have been called upon to conserve its catchment by adopting and embracing climate change strategies like bee keeping, establishment of tree nurseries and use of energy saving stoves, in order to ensure the river’s sustainability.

Ministry of Water and Irrigation touring an exhibition stand of one of the Regional Authorities under the Ministry of Environment.

Speakers during the 4th Mara Day celebrations that were held in Butiama district, Tanzania, and who included the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania Hon. Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, among others, called for serious investments within the Mara River Basin that will help citizens from both Countries to alleviate poverty.

Tanzania’s VP, Dr. Gharib looks on as Kenya and Tanzania sign the MOU on the transboundary use of the Mara River water.

In recognition of its spectacular migration of wildebeest from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the 10th Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin met in Kigali Rwanda and declared every 15th September, to be Mara Day.  During the occasion, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation and Tanzania’s Permanent Secretary for Water mr. Mbogo Futakamba signed a memorandum of understanding on the transboundary use of the Mara river waters.

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Environment PS Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing EA environmental regulators CEOs at forum in Naivasha

Environment PS Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing EA environmental regulators CEOs at forum in Naivasha

The Principal Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural resources Dr Richard Lesiyampe has urged environmental Chief Executive Officers(CEO’s) to involve policy makers in their processes to ensure their roles are appreciated in environmental conservation.

“Governments role in development is to create a conducive and enabling environment for businesses to thrive, the rest is upto the CEOs to ensure the personnel are working on mechanisms to get more funding” he said.

He alluded to the fact that government will never have sufficient funds to support all projects and programmes, and it is therefore incumbent upon those for those in authority to device ways of source for more funding.

He spoke as he opened the 2nd East African Environmental Regulators CEOs policy dialogue forum on Green Growth and environmental compliance meeting at Naivasha.

The meeting focus was on green growth which aims at fundamental shifts in production and consumption that reduces pollutants, improve energy, and minimize green house gases while using natural resources efficiently and minimizing wastage.

The meeting was attended by National Environment Management Authority(NEMA) Kenya Director General (DG) Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu, Tanzania NEMA DG, Eng. Bonaventure Baya, Arnold Waiswa Director, Environmental Monitoring and Compliance NEMA Uganda among other stakeholders.

NEMA DG Prof. Geofrey Wahungu addressing East African Environmental regulators CEOs at forum in Naivasha

NEMA DG Prof. Geofrey Wahungu addressing East African Environmental regulators CEOs at forum in Naivasha

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Prof. Judi Wakhungu, CS, Environmnent flanked by Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, CS water and other officials addressing wanachi who turned up to cheer the marathoners at Ndakaini.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu, CS, Environmnent flanked by Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, CS water and other officials addressing wanachi who turned up to cheer the marathoners at Ndakaini.

The involvement of communities in forest management has helped the country achieve 7.2 per cent national tree cover, Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof.Judi Wakhungu has said.

She noted that the involvement and active participation of communities and other stakeholders in tree planting, had raised the tree cover from about 2 per cent to over 7 per cent in less than 8 years.

Prof. Wakhungu lauded the efforts of corporate organizations in championing efforts of conservation adding that it took concerted efforts of every responsible citizen to promote sustainable environment.

The CS was speaking when she presided over the  12th edition of the Ndakaini half marathon in Muranga county, that was sponsored by the by UAP insurance in an effort to conserve  the water source that supplies 80 percent of the commodity to the capital city, Nairobi

Ndakaini dam draws its water from the nearby Aberdares forest which is one of the biggest water catchments in the country and among the five (5) main water towers.

The winners take it all - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with CS Wamalwa presenting a check to the winners.

The winners take it all – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with CS Wamalwa presenting a check to the winners.

Prof Wakhungu emphasised the need for continued conservation of the Aberdare forest saying it was paramount because apart from supplying water to Nairobi and its environs, it also provided water for hydropower generation.

She called upon all Kenyans to participate in the cleaning up of the environment since almost everyone contributed to its pollution through various activities. This she noted would be for the country’s survival and that of future generations.

During the marathon, Mathew Kisorio won the men’s 21 kilometres and defended his title while Poline Korikiyang grabbed the 21km women’s title.

DSC_0066CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, CS, Hon. Wamalwa and other dignitaries join the winners in a memorial group photo in Ndakaini

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins her cabinet colleagues from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and Tanzania during their 15th meeting of LBBC Minister's at the Acacia hotel, Ksm.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins her cabinet colleagues from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and Tanzania during their 15th meeting of LBBC Minister’s at the Acacia hotel, Ksm.

The prudent management of Lake Victoria resources will reduce wealth disparities among communities and foster regional integration, Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu has said.

She said that success in addressing environmental and natural resources within the Lake Victoria basin required unwavering cooperation among the East African Community members in a bid to achieve progress in Maritime, Transport, Finance and safety for the region.

The CS was addressing the 15th session of the sectoral council of Ministers for the Lake Victoria Basin at a Kisumu hotel that was attended by delegates from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya.

Prof. Wakhungu disclosed that the Lake Victoria Environment Management  Programme had received an additional 10 million US$ to be spent in Kenya and Tanzania in the next two and a half years following successful utilization of funds in the previous phase of the project.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by Director of Programmes, Agnes Yobterik and Mr. Mwambu from the LVBC presenting the Country's position during the conference.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by Director of Programmes, Agnes Yobterik and Mr. Mwambu from the LVBC presenting the Country’s position during the conference.

She thanked the World Bank, the Africa Development Bank among other development partners for the additional financial support that will be spent on improving the trans-boundary natural resources and environmental management of pollution, degraded catchment areas for the benefit of communities dependent on the basins resources.

Prof. Wakhungu noted that Lake Victoria was set to become an enviable economic growth zone to benefit the entire basin if better management and best practices were put in place to transform the lives of the people and to achieve healthy environments.

The Meeting was attended by Mr. Eugene Wamalwa- Water and Irrigation (Kenya) Prof. Epraim Kamuntu – Water and Environment minister (Uganda), Leontine Nzeyimana Minister for East African Community (Burundi), Dr. Canius Karangire, and Executive Secretary Lake Victoria Basin Commission among others

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu receives his Water and Irrigation counter part, Hon. Wamalwa Kijana

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu receives his Water and Irrigation counter part, Hon. Wamalwa Kijana

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CS, Prof. Judi Parka Kodiak Parajumpers Wakhungu with Dr. Western, Ms. Adidas Leggings Damen Günstig Waruingi, Mr. Mwendandu, Mr. Manengene and Mr. Gathaara, during the launch of the Golden Goose Portugal Community Based Resource Management Policy in her office

The Country’s first ever atlas of Natural As Roma Kits Pes 2016 Capital, that among other issues will link traditional knowledge and environmental practices for the well-being of communities is due to be launched soon.

Speaking in her office when she received the  a  team from the  African Conservation Center  comprising the chair, Dr. David Western and the Executive Director, Lucy Waruingi, the Cabinet parajumpers Geena Rea Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources  Prof. Judi Wakhungu  lauded the contribution of the African Conservation Center to the conservation of the country’s ecosystem.

Dr. Western briefed the Cabinet Secretary on the launch of the completed Natural Capital Atlas, Canada Goose Chateau Parka Discount policy briefs based on the Natura capital and the community based natural resource management.

During the meeting, that was also attended by the Natural Resources Secretary Mr. Gideon Gathaara, Director of Wildlife Conservation, Mr. Stephen Manengene and Director, Multilateral Agreements, Mr. Richard Mwendandu, the Cabinet Secretary launched the Community-Based Natural Resource Management Policy.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a memorable group photograph after the courtesy call.
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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by UNEP's Achin Steinner, briefing the media after launching the air quality monitoring equipment

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by UNEP’s Achin Steinner, briefing the media after launching the air quality monitoring equipment

Thousands of Nairobi residents are regularly exposed to elevated concentrations of fine particle air pollution posing a long term health risk, Environment cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

To mitigate these effects, the government has formulated numerous air quality regulations to control emissions by vehicles as stipulated by the Kenya Bureau of Standards legal provisions of 2014, Prof. Wakhungu noted.

The Kenya Bureau of standards offers pre-export inspection of used vehicles to determine whether they conform to the code regulations in a bid to control pollution and address other national economic interests.

A view of the air quality monitoring equipment that were launched by the Cabinet Secretary.

A view of the air quality monitoring equipment that were launched by the Cabinet Secretary.

The CS was speaking at the United Nations offices in Nairobi where she witnessed the Inauguration of Air Quality Monitoring equipment developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The new air quality devices will provide real time monitoring especially in developing countries and bridge the data gap experienced in those countries thereby forming a basis for policy formulation and development guidelines.

Said Prof.  Wakhungu “ the Kenya government began to take action in the transport sector by setting the age limit for imported vehicles at eight years old in 2003, phased out use of lead in gasoline in 2005, and reduced the standard limit of sulphur in fuel from 10,000 part per million (ppm) to 500 ppm in 2010. Further the Government continues in efforts to decongest the city of Nairobi by building and expanding roads to ease congestion and reduce pollution”. She added.

The CS welcomed news that the new air quality device was affordable and would provide real time data monitoring and bridge the data gap experienced in the country. It would further form the basis of development through informed decisions made from the collected data alongside creating job opportunities the she added.

Prof. Wakhungu urged UNEP to work closely with the Kenya Meteorological Department to install as many as 50 monitoring units in various parts of the country, with a bias to learning institutions in order to boost regular weather monitoring lessons. Currently the Kenya Met service operates a mobile air quality monitoring unit while other stations are at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Chiromo near the central business district. These are alongside the Global Atmospheric Watch station at Mt. Kenya.

The Executive Director of UNEP Achim Steiner observed that the proliferation of motor-bikes was a big boost to the Kenya economy but lamented that the machines were the single largest cause of air pollution in the country. He advised Kenyans to adopt the electric powered motor-bikes to reduce the level of air pollution.

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