Wednesday, September 19, 2018
CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing stakeholders during the Nbi River's Forum at the Pan Afric Hotel, Nairobi

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing stakeholders during the Nbi River’s Forum at the Pan Afric Hotel, Nairobi

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, has told stakeholders involved in the rehabilitation and restoration of the Nairobi River’s to take their roles seriously if they are to achieve their targeted results. Speaking when she held a preliminary meeting with different stakeholders to brainstorm on how to restore the lost glory of the Nairobi Rivers, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the meeting was a follow up of series of visits she had made to different sections of the rivers in the recent past, where she witnessed firsthand, the poor state of the rivers.

The CS emphasized the need for cooperation from the stakeholders so as to achieve the desired results, pointing out that Nairobi highly depended on the rivers and the Nairobi dam for its flora and fauna, saying that she remembered with nostalgia the good old days when she could swim in Nairobi dam and the clean river. The CS told the team to create awareness so that citizens would willingly comply with the law rather than being forced to comply. The team was also told to hold further meetings to come up with ideas that would be implemented to restores the rivers. She personally promised to take the matter to higher

Director, Multilerateral Env. Agreements addressing the forum as CS, Nbi County Commisiioner and Mr. Akotsi listen keenly

Director, Multilerateral Env. Agreements addressing the forum as CS, Nbi County Commisiioner and Mr. Akotsi listen keenly

levels of Government to ensure its success. The meeting was attended by representatives from different government institutions including senior officers from the Ministry, Nairobi County Commissioner Mr. Godfrey Mwaura Kigochi and representatives from the County Government of Nairobi, Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, National Environmental Management Authority and Water Resources Management Authority.

Consultations - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu consulting with the Nbi County Commissioner, Mr. Godfrey Mwaura as Dir. MEAs, Mr. Mwendandu and Dir. Urban Rivers, Mr. Akots consult

Consultations – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu consulting with the Nbi County Commissioner, Mr. Godfrey Mwaura as Dir. MEAs, Mr. Mwendandu and Dir. Urban Rivers, Mr. Akots consult

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 Salute to the Cabinet Secretary - The parade commander raises the sword of honour as he salutes the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu during the pass-out parade at Manyani.

Salute to the Cabinet Secretary – The parade commander raises the sword of honour as he salutes the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu during the pass-out parade at Manyani.

Wildlife plays a key role in our economy, being a key attraction to tourists visiting our country and who are critical in generating foreign exchange, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking during the Law Enforcement Academy recruit rangers passing out parade of 592 recruit rangers at Manyani in Taita Taveta County, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, wildlife continues to face serious threats from poaching and illegal trafficking of its products and as custodians of our natural heritage, Kenya Wildlife Service cannot afford to take chances in putting in place the right security personnel to protect our wildlife.

The CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu inspecting a parade  mounted by the KWS ranger recruits during the pass-out parade at  Manyani

The CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu inspecting a parade mounted by the KWS ranger recruits during the pass-out parade at Manyani

Noting that the global demand and market for wildlife products continues to exert pressure on wildlife through poaching and illicit wildlife trade, Prof. Wakhungu  noted that, during the London Conference on illegal Wildlife Trade, Kenya committed itself to  the Elephant Protection Initiative, which is  Africa’s new governmental conservation initiative, that was launched by Space for Giants club that seeks to combat the poaching crisis by bringing together leaders of African elephant-range states, heads of major businesses operating  in Africa and elephant-protection experts in order to provide the political will, financial resources and technical capacity to save Africa’s remaining elephant populations and stop their continued slaughter by poachers.

Memorable photo - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with  some of the top KWS commanders after presinding over the pass out parade at  Manyani

Memorable photo – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with some of the top KWS commanders after presinding over the pass out parade at Manyani

Prof. Wakhungu  paid tribute to the brave and gallant Kenya Wildlife Service officers, both the serving and fallen heroes for their commitment to the management and protection  of  our precious wildlife and natural heritage and noted that, besides increasing the ranger force, the Ministry will continue to invest in science and technology and thanked the French government for assisting KWS to put in place digital radio communication network that is set  to  replace the analogue one in all KWS conservation areas.

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Participants at SLEEK quarterly meeting pose for a group photo

Participants at SLEEK quarterly meeting pose for a group photo

The Deputy Director, Forest Conservation Mr. Ephraim Muchiri yesterday opened the System for Land Based Emissions Estimation in Kenya (SLEEK) quarterly workshop at a Naivasha hotel.

The meeting objectives were to ensure the program’s Element Working Groups (EWG) are working in a harmonized way, develop matrices and identify activities for the EWGs, identify, manage and collate data that is currently available.

SLEEK has five EWGs: Land Cover Change, Soil, Forest, Crop and Climate parameters who are responsible for building SLEEK. At the meeting the groupsreported on the activities they had undertaken over the last three months, achievements attained, key challenges and possible solutions to the challenges. The meeting provided a platform for them to share and identify areas of improvement. Speaking at the meeting Mr Muchiri assured the team of the Government’s support for the programme and urged the participants to consolidate and share data to ensure vital information is shared with the public.

Mr Simon Roberts representative of the Austalian Government making his remarks

Mr Simon Roberts representative of the Austalian Government making his remarks

The SLEEK program aims to develop an emissions estimation system for the land sector in Kenya. It is being delivered by the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities. It is funded by the Government of Australia and is supported by the Clinton Foundation.

This system allows Kenya to meet its international reporting requirements, and provides crucial information to help the government respond to a range of developmental challenges. The program will bring together data from across a range of government departments and will use a central integration tool to answer important policy questions. This program will also establish a central data repository and data platform that will store the data to help support economic, environmental and social development.

The meeting was attended by members of EWG, representatives from the governments of Australia and South Africa among others. The meeting was convened by SLEEK’s Programme Management Unit anchored at the Ministry Headquarters.

Deputy Director Forest Conservation Mr Ephraim Muchiri addressing the SLEEK quartely meeting

Deputy Director Forest Conservation Mr Ephraim Muchiri addressing the SLEEK quartely meeting

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing wananchi at Mbirikani, Kajiado county as First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta and Kajiado Governor, Hon. Nkedienye listen keenly

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing wananchi at Mbirikani, Kajiado county as First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta and Kajiado Governor, Hon. Nkedienye listen keenly

Representatives from Communities living in wildlife prone areas are set to join the Kenya wildlife Service board, Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development authorities Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. Judi Wakhungu has declared. Prof. Wakhungu said this was a way of motivating these communities for their continued protection of the wildlife and conservation of the environment in which they live. The cabinet Secretary said this during the official launch of the United Nations Development Program funded Imbirikani Women Project in AmboseliKajiado County. The project is geared towards raising public awareness and support for Elephants which are facing a major poaching menace. The CS directed the local leadership to forward to her office two names from both genders for equal representation for appointment to the board.

The CS also noted that following the passage of an amendment to the Wildlife Conservation Act 2013 by the National Assembly good time lay ahead. Treasury has allocated 300 million in this financial year’s budget tovictims of human-wildlife conflict. They are set to be compensated. She directed that County compensation boards be constituted urgently to ensure the process is fast-tracked.

In regard to Imbirikani Women Project the CS said that her Ministry fully supports this venture and she would anything within her means to ensure its success.

“Before I came here I talked to my counterpart in the Ministry of East African Affairs Commerce and Tourism Phyllis Kandie who assured me that we shall work together to find a market for your goods. “ She assured the women.

Empowerment - First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and other dignitaries join Maasai women leaders after presenting them with mementos

Empowerment – First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and other dignitaries join Maasai women leaders after presenting them with mementos

The ceremony was presided over by Her Excellency Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya. Speaking during the ceremony the first lady urged the community to abandon retrogressive behaviors that make women lag behind in development. She pointed out that in areas where women have been involved in development a lot had been achieved.  Also in attendance were Country Director UNDP Ms. Nardos Bekele Thomas, KajiadoCounty Governor Dr. David Nkiedienye, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Big Life Foundation Richard Bonham and CEO of Wildlife Direct, Dr. PaulaKahumbu among others.

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Fisrt Lady Margaret Kenyatta and CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu viewing displays at Mbirikani, Kajiado County

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2leoKenyans should actively support the development and education on protection of some endangered species of orchids, Cabinet Secretary of Environment Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

The CS noted that Kenyan orchids are beautiful, coveted and their native habitat includes the famous Maasai Mara ecosystem and further exploitation of the endangered species should be stopped to allow their flourishing.

She was so speaking during the official opening of the Kenyan Orchid Society’s annual show at the Sarit Centre, Nairobi which was presided over by the First Lady, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta.

 Prof. Wakhungu lauded the Kenya orchid society for partnering with the friends of Karura Forest in an effort to propagate the perennial plant by reintroducing many species of indigenous orchids. She added that, her ministry will endeavor to build a deeper relationship between orchid enthusiasts and the Kenyan Orchid Society.

Presiding over the opening of the show, the First Lady, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta noted that, the event was one of the many ways that Kenyans could show greater appreciation for the environment as patriots as well as global citizens and called for the development of the Kenyan orchids within the tourism industry.

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members of NBSAP pose for a group photo at Nanyuki (1)

members of NBSAP pose for a group photo at Nanyuki (1)

The government will develop a national biodiversity strategy to mitigate widespread destruction and threat to conservation the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities says.

The deputy director for Multi Lateral Environmental Agreements Mr. Parkinson Ndonye told a stakeholder’s workshop on biodiversity mapping that the threat had intensified over time calling for urgent attention.

“The threats to biodiversity have grown in magnitude and complexity hence the need for National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP)”. He noted.

He spoke at a three day workshop in Nanyuki which brought together stakeholders from the Ministries of Environment, Agriculture, Nature Kenya, NEMA, NACOSTI, Indigenous Information Networks and National Museums of Kenya among others to discuss Terms of Reference (TOR) for a national consultancy.

The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities is in the process of seeking the services of a consultant to take stock and assess biodiversity and ecosystem services in Kenya.

Mr. Ndonye said the consultant will collate and analyze data to identify gaps and key issues in conservation sustainable use and benefit sharing of biodiversity resources in Kenya.

The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan is the principal instrument for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at National levels. Article 6 of the Convention requires contracting Parties to develop an NBSAP and to integrate conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into sectoral and cross-sectoral activities.

stakeholders at the NDSAP workshop in Nanyuki check progress of trees planted during World Biodiverty Day

stakeholders at the NDSAP workshop in Nanyuki check progress of trees planted during World Biodiverty Day

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Participants at the Smallholder Innovation for Resilience workshop pose for a group photo

Participants at the Smallholder Innovation for Resilience workshop pose for a group photo

There is need to improve adaptive capacities for communities through existing indigenous knowledge in combating the impacts of climate change, Environment PS Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.
The use of such knowledge is critical in identifying and disseminating innovations which enhance food productivity in the face of climate change the PS noted.
Dr. Lesiyampe’s sentiments were contained in a speech read on his behalf by the Director of Forestry conservation Mr. Hewson Kabugi during Smallholders Innovation for Resilience (SIFOR) workshop in Watamu, Kilifi County.
He called for a coordinated global, regional and national strategy in a bid to build resilience through exchange of ideas and experiences in tackling climate change that threatened to be a global disaster.

Participants at the Smallholder Innovation for Resilience workshop follow proceedings

Participants at the Smallholder Innovation for Resilience workshop follow proceedings

Said the PS “as you are aware the impacts of climate change is the number one looming crisis globally but we can use indigenous knowledge to identify and disseminate innovation to enhance productivity” he said.
The workshop whose theme was Strengthening Innovation Systems for Food Security in the Face of Climate Change brought together participants from five countries; Kenya, Peru, China, UK and India.
It is expected to promote dialogue between researchers, community innovators and policy makers to build on their findings in order to improve food security.
The meeting was attended by Kenya Forestry Research Director Dr Ben Chikamai, Ms Krystyna Swiderska of International Institute for Environment and Development partners.

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 CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by Head of  EU delegation to Kenya, French Amb. to Kenya, Hon. Dr. Chumo and Mr.  Gathara addressing the high level meeting

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by Head of EU delegation to Kenya, French Amb. to Kenya, Hon. Dr. Chumo and Mr. Gathara addressing the high level meeting

Kenya, having been among the first countries to submit an ambitious  Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC), will take part during this year’s 21st Conference of Parties on Climate Change, commonly referred to as COP 21, that will be held in the city of Paris in France, where it hopes to adopt an ambitious and fair new legally binding international agreement on climate change, that will be applicable to all countries,  Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

High level photo - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with  Heads of delegations and other senior Govt officials in a memorable  photo

High level photo – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with Heads of delegations and other senior Govt officials in a memorable photo

Noting that Kenya’s contribution to the global challenge was low, Prof. Wakhungu said  the Country had taken measures to shield herself against the risks and impacts of climate change such as achieving  a tree cover of at least 10 per cent of the land area, transiting to renewable energy, efficient use of biomass and sustainable  land use management.

Prof. Wakhungu  informed the gathering  that, climate change policy and legal framework were in the final stages of enactment but noted that, climate change was a global challenge that requires global response and actions by all countries and welcomed the recent outcome of the UN summit that adopted the agenda    ‘’ Transforming our world, The 2030  Agenda for Sustainable Development’’, and hoped that, COP 21 will be a defining moment to realize an enhanced action by all that will be ambitious, effective and comprehensive.

Saying it all - Prof. Judi Wakhungu  opening the  high level meeting at the Crowne Plaza, Nbi.

Saying it all – Prof. Judi Wakhungu opening the high level meeting at the Crowne Plaza, Nbi.

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked community  reps and other officials from support institutions cuts the tape to  officially launch the booklet

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked community reps and other officials from support institutions cuts the tape to officially launch the booklet

Environment cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has called for new stakeholder partnerships to address challenges facing the community based natural resources management.

She noted that over-exploitation of natural resources, limited access to markets; poverty and weak policies were rampant in areas endowed with community resources posing challenges in their exploitation.

Prof. Wakhungu confirmed that her Ministry was committed to support community-based environmental initiatives that recognize equity, fair-trade and benefits sharing of natural resource management.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Kajiado deputy governor  Hon. Ntiati, Dr. Western, Ms Lucy Waruingi and Mr. Gathara displaying the  booklets after the launch

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Kajiado deputy governor Hon. Ntiati, Dr. Western, Ms Lucy Waruingi and Mr. Gathara displaying the booklets after the launch

The CS was speaking  at the Lale‘Enok Community Resource Center in Magadi, Kajiado County when she launched the Community Based Natural Resource Management booklet titled ‘’ Creating an Enabling Environment in Kenya’’.

The policy guide is collaboration between her Ministry, World Wildlife Fund, World Wide Fund for Nature and the African Conservation Center.

She called for strategic and active engagement with communities who manage the country’s  natural resources adding  that, “my Ministry recognizes that, for better environmental governance, it is important to boost cooperation and integration with communities’’.

The  book launch was attended the Conservation Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Gedion Gathara,  Kajiado deputy governor Hon. Paul Ntiati and the chairman of the Africa Conservation Center, Dr. David Western, Director Africa Conservation Centre Lucy Waruinge among others.

celebration time - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins  Maasai women to celebrate the launch of the initiave

celebration time – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins Maasai women to celebrate the launch of the initiave

Prof Wakhungu noted that conservation focus had now widened from wildlife and forests to all forms of natural resource management including water, fisheries, rangelands, wetlands and biodiversity.

She singled out Olkiramatian and Shompole communities as leaders in conservation through zoning their land for various integrated uses such as farming, livestock rearing, wildlife conservation and fishing.

Further she disclosed that there were 300 community Forestry Associations, 500 Water Resource User’s Associations and 120 wildlife Conservancies in the country.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu inspecting a guard of honour mounted by the new recruits at Londiani.

Recruits Parajumpers Kodiak Herr Billigt joining the Nike Air Huarache Run Sd Herrenschuh public Golden Goose Mid Star Baratas service should always execute their mandates with extreme diligence and servitude when dealing with the public by confining their actions to the law, if they are to have long and successful careers. Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she officiated during the passing out parade for 226 forest guards’ recruits at the Kenya Forestry training College, Londiani, prof. Wakhungu reminded the recruits that, their role will be to protect our forests by ensuring they are well Adidas Marathon Tr 13 Caracteristicas conserved and sustainably managed to realize the constitutional requirement of 10 percent forest cover.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with KFS board Golden Goose Running Soldes members and other senior KFS commanders in a memorable group photo. CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu presenting a trophy to one of the best recruits during the passing out parade

Prof. Wakhungu called on the recruits to always adhere to the oath they took and only undertake lawful orders and actions, noting that, the Public Golden Goose Haus Swan Sneakers Officer Ethics and Anti-Corruption Act clearly states what is ethically and lawful in their duties as  public officers.

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CS,Prof. Judi Wakhungu flanked by team from her Ministry poses for a group photo with the delegation from University of Leicester, UK

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will partner with institutions of higher learning in the field of environment in order to develop a satellite Nike Blazer Mid Retro enabled forest monitoring for REDD+, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking in her NHIF office when she received the Director, center for landscape and Parajumpers Jacka Billigt climate research, university of Leicester, Prof.  Heiko Baleter, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, deforestation and forest

Bilerteral talks- CS, Prof. Wakhungu addressing the delegation from Leicester University in her office

degradation account for nearly 20 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the global transportation sector.

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Noting that Forest ecosystems play a crucial role in global biogeochemical cycles and in stabilizing the climate system, the Cabinet Secretary called for Golden Goose Mid Star Glitter closer Canada Goose Lodge Jacket cooperation between her Ministry and the University of Leicster.

The Director, Kenya Forest Service, Mr. Emilio Mugo and the Natural Resources Secretary  in the Ministry, Mr. Gideon Gathaara attended.

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elninoKenya Meteorological Department has issued a warning of the likely occurrence of El Nino Rains over the short rains season October to December 2015. Following the warning relevant National State Organs and the County Governments held a meeting on Tuesday 8th September, 2015, under the chairmanship of the Deputy President in order to develop strategies to minimize the negative effects of the phenomenon while at the same time maximizing on positive impact of the abundant rains……Read more

                                                                                   i) CONTINGENCY PLANS  EL NI__O 2014_2018

                                                                                  ii) Sectoral El Nino plan consolidated

                                                                                  iii) UPDATE ON THE 2015 2016 EL NINO PREPAREDNESS  PROGRAMME

                                                                                  iv) Weather Advisory for the coast_6_12 Oct 2015

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