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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with CS, Eugene Wamalwa at the finishing point of the 15 kms marathon

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with CS, Eugene Wamalwa at the finishing point of the 15 kms marathon

The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities has made tremendous efforts to enhance conservation and protection of our national heritage in line with our Vision 2030 of attaining a forest cover of 10 per cent, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she launched the first ever Kakamega Forest Marathon, whose main goal was to raise awareness on the need to conserve the forest, the only remaining Guineo-Congolian Equatorial rainforest in Kenya,   Prof. Wakhungu noted that, forests and trees are the lungs of the world as they take in excessive carbon dioxide from industries and our activities, thus resulting to a healthy and clean environment.

Noting that the Marathon aims to highlight, address and bring into daily conversation the imperatives and importance of Kakamega forest  conservation, restoration, wise use of forest resources, research and development, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, apart  from providing lively hood to a large number of people living around it inform  of timber, fuel wood, herbal medicine, building materials, land for farming and recreation, the forest is a sanctuary for an extra ordinary large variety of endemic flora and fauna, including insects, reptiles , birds, and  blue monkeys which are not found in other parts of Kenya, and  an important watershed  to river’s Yala and Isiukhu that flow to Lake Victoria .

CS,Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing wananchi at the edge of Kakamega forest as CS, Water and Irrigation, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa listens keenly.DSC_0191

CS,Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing wananchi at the edge of Kakamega forest as CS, Water and Irrigation, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa listens keenly.DSC_0191

Prof. Wakhungu, who alongside her Water and Irrigation counterpart, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa ran for the 15kms marathon, called for the organizers of the event to make it an annual one, saying the government will redouble its efforts in conservation and protection of Kakamegan forest by investing more resources, both material and human.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu flagging off the Kakamega forest marathon

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saicamKenya is signatory to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (MCM) whose objective is to protect human health and the environment from mercury use and its emissions. From the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities has received financing through the World Bank towards the cost of undertaking the conventions initial activities leading to its ratification by Kenya and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services between November 2015 and March 2016. The consulting services will include taking inventory of Kenya’s use and emissions of mercury, assessment of Kenya’s capacity to manage mercury and develop an action plan and its endorsement by the national stakeholders. The consultancies will address major highlights of the MCM including a ban on new mercury mines; the phase-out of existing ones, supply, storage, trade, control of emissions and releases to air and water as well as international obligations of the artisanal and small-scale gold mining and phase down of mercury in dental amalgam. It will also address health and environmental issues.
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The consultancy services required include international consultant, a lead national consultant and thematic experts and reviewers. Details of the Terms of Reference are available in the Ministry’s website www.environment.go.ke

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CS, Prof.Judi Wakhungu, flanked by SDA, Amb. Kandie and senior officials from NETFUND launching the Green Innovations Award

CS, Prof.Judi Wakhungu, flanked by SDA, Amb. Kandie and senior officials from NETFUND launching the Green Innovations Award

Kenyans should embrace and instill amongst themselves, a culture of self-regulation in environmental management and envision a future where, all citizens take personal and community responsibility for the management of the environment, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she launched the third phase of NETFUND Green Innovation Award, that focuses on agribusiness, water, energy and resource based waste management at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi, Prof. Wakhungu appreciated the fact that, the award  begins with a comprehensive and inclusive awareness program that reaches all levels of the society ,with particular focus on bottom of the pyramid and its categories include; Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Individuals, Community Based Organizations, Small Medium Sized Enterprises and Women Groups.

Prof. Wakhungu noted that, NETFUND Green Innovation Award identifies, recognizes, rewards and nurtures innovative projects and ideas in environmental management, Prof. Wakhungu called for a special focus on Sustainable Livelihoods and Greening the Economy  by stimulating solutions  for and by the bottom of the  pyramid, in order to tackle environmental degradation, climate change and poverty, while enhancing inclusive economic growth.

The Senior Director of Administration in the Ministry Amb. Julius Kandie and the Chief Executive Officer of NETFUND, Catherine Ndegwa attended, among other senior Ministry officials.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the invited guests during the GIA launch

Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the invited guests during the GIA launch

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Deforestation, degradation of forests, desertification as well as global warming are some of the major threats to sustainable development that continue to negatively affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people,  Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment , Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she presided over the launch of the 2015 National Tree growing season for the Eastern  rainfall regime at Riandu Primary School in Embu County,  Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the Eastern Conservancy alone has 10.3 million seedlings available for planting during this season, and encouraged Kenyans to ensure that, the planted tree seedlings are well protected and nurtured, so that they can contribute to increasing our national forest  cover, enhance environmental sustainability and improve the livelihoods of Kenyans.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing wananchi at Riandu Primary School, in Embu County, during the launch of the tree planting season

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing wananchi at Riandu Primary School, in Embu County, during the launch of the tree planting season

Noting that the Country’s forest cover of 6.99 per cent, though small by global standards remains a valuable natural endowment that must be managed sustainably for the benefit of the present and future generations, Prof. Wakhungu noted with appreciation that, the Kenya Forests Service had prioritized country- wide programs that support community participation in the conservation of forest resources

Prof. Wakhungu called on all Kenyan’s to rally behind the clarion call for this year’s tree planting season theme of ‘’for a Green Economy, Wakenya  Tupande Miti’’ and intensify tree growing in our Country.

Embu Governor, Hon. Martin Wambora, and the local member of Parliament attended the function.

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CS-Prof.-Judi-Wakhungu-arriving-at-Riandu-Primary-School-to-launch-the-2015-Eastern-regime-tree-planting-season

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Prof. Judi Wakhungu posses for a group photo  with members of the Kakamega forest marathon after registering

Prof. Judi Wakhungu posses for a group photo with members of the Kakamega forest marathon after registering

The conservation of Kenya’s forests is one of the key priorities of the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, as forests act as climate amelioration and carbon sinks to offset greenhouse gases that are produced by various industries and vehicles, Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has reiterated.

Speaking when she registered to take part during this year’s Kakamega forest Marathon, that is meant to raise funds for the conservation of the forest, the only tropical rain forest in Kenya, Prof. Wakhungu called on Kenyans to understand the critical roles that forests play in National Development, and their potential in assisting the nation to pursue the green economy pathway, by providing forest goods and services such as timber, poles, water, wildlife habitats and wood fuel.

The CS noted that, that her ministry will continue supporting initiatives that will see wananchi get involved in conservation of the environment and our natural resources. She said that, her Ministry will support the fencing off of the Kakamega forest to protect it from destruction, was also working with the Kenya Forest Service and County Governments to conserve other forests like the Mau and Nyakwere forest in Narok.

The Kakamega Forest Marathon will be held on the 28th November, in Kakamega.

CS, Prof. Wakhungu receiving her branded T-Shirt  from Dr. Murila in her office

CS, Prof. Wakhungu receiving her branded T-Shirt from Dr. Murila in her office

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 PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe exchanging the signed project papers with Mr. Kinichi Shishido of JICA watched Ministry and JICA officials

PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe exchanging the signed project papers with Mr. Kinichi Shishido of JICA watched Ministry and JICA officials

The Kenya Government, through the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, has signed a four year project with the Government of Japan on sustainable forest management.

Speaking when he presided over the ceremony in his NHIF office, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry Dr. Richard Lesiyampe thanked Japan for its continued support to development activities in Kenya and noted that, the project will support the government policy towards achieving 10 percent forest cover, improved seed production, REDD+ activities, tree breeding and regional cooperation in forestry development.

PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the JICA team  in his NHIF boardroom

PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe addressing the JICA team in his NHIF boardroom

Mr. Kenichi Shishido, the Deputy Director General, Global Environment Department in Japan and who represented his Country noted that, the four year project will commence in 2016 and run up to 2020.

PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and JICA's Mr, Kenichi  shishido signing the  project papers watched by officials from JICA and  Ministry.

PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and JICA’s Mr, Kenichi shishido signing the project papers watched by officials from JICA and Ministry.

The Natural Resources Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Gideon Gathaara witnessed the signing, among other senior Ministry and JICA official.

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the COP 21 National Action Plan Validation workshop at Panafric, Nbi

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the COP 21 National Action Plan Validation workshop at Panafric, Nbi

Kenya, is among the Countries that have complied with the resolution agreed during the Climate Change Conference, that was held in Lima, Peru in 2014 by submitting her Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions,  Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Addressing a joint meeting of the Kenyan team to the Paris Climate Change Conference, who had met at the Panafric hotel, Nairobi, in order to validate the National Adaptation Plan, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, Kenya was among the 195 member states of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC) and her position paper was ready. Calling on all the participants to speak with one voice, Prof. Wakhungu reminded them that, the aim of COP 21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference was to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change, with the aim of keeping global warming to below 2degrees Celsius.

A  cross-section of participants during the COP 21   National Action Plan  validation workshop

A cross-section of participants during the COP 21 National Action Plan validation workshop

The 21st Conference of the Parties, which is the annual meeting of all Countries which want to take action for the climate, will be held in Paris, from November 20th to December, 11th, 2015.

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by the Nbi County Minister for Environment, Mr. Evans Ondieki opening the workshop

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by the Nbi County Minister for Environment, Mr. Evans Ondieki opening the workshop

The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities is following and implementing the Government’s Policy of supporting a Green Economy and Low Carbon Emission pathway, that will see the entire Kenyan population get involved in conservation and sustainable utilization of forest resources for poverty alleviation and industrial development, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she opened the capacity building workshop for Nairobi head teachers at the Panafric hotel, Nairobi, which aims at training head teachers from various schools in Nairobi County on sustainable conservation and management of environment, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, her Ministry was targeting each school in Nairobi to produce 50,000 seedlings per year, as trees in Nairobi act as carbon sinks, that  offsets the large amount of greenhouse gases  produced by vehicles and various industries in the city, and also maximize revenue generation from the seedlings, hence making their schools self-reliant in wood production.

CS, Prof. Wakhungu, Nbi Minister for Env. Mr. Ondieki and Nbi KNUT rep. Elizabeth Nduta in a jovial mood during the workshop

CS, Prof. Wakhungu, Nbi Minister for Env. Mr. Ondieki and Nbi KNUT rep. Elizabeth Nduta in a jovial mood during the workshop

Noting that, head teachers are influential change agents who can mobilize and spearhead environmental training in their respective schools, Prof. Wakhungu informed them that, her Ministry was implementing the Green Schools and Commercial Tree Growing Program, which aims to inculcate a culture of tree growing and environmental conservation among school going children from a young age, and called on them to take advantage of the on-going prolonged rainfall season to mobilize students to grow trees in their schools, and other available public places.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu in a group photo with a cross-section of Nbi head teachers.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu in a group photo with a cross-section of Nbi head teachers.

The function was also attended by the Nairobi County Minister for Environment, Mr. Evans Ondieki, among others

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 Great stride - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu after cutting the tape to officially launch the Atlas

Great stride – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu after cutting the tape to officially launch the Atlas

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will continue to provide policy guidance to all its stakeholders to enable them to carry out their activities in a manner that is not detrimental to our natural heritage and wealth, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she presided over the launching ceremony of the Atlas of Kenya’s Biological Diversity at the Crowne Plaza hotel, Nairobi, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, Kenya is endowed with a wealth of natural capital that forms the basis of the country’s social-economic development and the Atlas will provide the government, Kenyans and the global community with a comprehensive source of up to date data, policy and relevant information on Kenya’s Natural Capital.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with Dr. Western applauding during the launching ceremony

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with Dr. Western applauding during the launching ceremony

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu in a group photo with stakeholders involved iin developing the Atlas

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu in a group photo with stakeholders involved iin developing the Atlas

Noting that our natural capital, that includes food, medicinal plants, energy, water catchments and pollination are the bedrock of our sustainable development, social welfare and security, Prof. Wakhungu said there is urgent need to adopt appropriate measures and timely interventions, in order to secure our natural capital  so that our future generations can also derive similar benefits from it.

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the JICA team during the courtesy call

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the JICA team during the courtesy call

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, has expressed her Ministry’s gratitude to the Government of Japan for its continued support to development projects to her Ministry.

Speaking in her office when she received a delegation from the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), Prof. Wakhungu welcomed JICA’s initiative for supporting the Capacity Development Project for Sustainable Forest Management Project, that will help the country in achieving its goal of the   internationally accepted forest cover of 10% by 2017.

Memories- CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and other senior   Ministry officials pose for a group photo after the courtesy call

Memories- CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and other senior Ministry officials pose for a group photo after the courtesy call

The Cabinet Secretary also thanked the Japanese government, stating that the partnership with Kenya will help increase the number of technical experts to her Ministry, noting that, global synergy was good and Kenya was working with francophone countries in the African region, especially Senegal.

Prof. Wakhungu expressed appreciation for the Government of Japan for giving Kenya the opportunity to be the first African country to host the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD), in June 2016.

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu holding talks with  Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Mette Knudsen in her office.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu holding talks with Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Mette Knudsen in her office.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will partner with other stakeholders and development partners to ensure that, the technologies that will be adopted for combating the effects of climate change are clean and safe, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking in her NHIF office when she received the new Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Mette Knudsen, the Cabinet Secretary lauded Denmark for her support to the Ministry in the development of the National Environment Policy, Wetlands Policy, Integrated Coastal Zone Management Policy, amendment of EMCA, 1999,  the Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy & Act  and the Education for Sustainable Development Policy.

Karibu, CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, receiving the  Danish Amb. to Kenya, Mette Knudsen in her office.

Karibu, CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, receiving the Danish Amb. to Kenya, Mette Knudsen in her office.

On her part, the Danish envoy noted that, her Government will support the Ministry in the implementation of a new programme called Green Growth and Employment Programme, whose expected outcome would be “enabling environment for green growth and sustainable environment and natural resource management”.

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Environment CS Prof Judi Wakhungu consults with conservationists on green energy

The constant wildlife-conflict in most conservation areas of the country will be reduced drastically if a proposal to generate solar energy and increase conservation revenues is achieved.

Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu said the generation of solar Energy in Wildlife conservation areas will have a double effect of achieving the country’s clean energy goals and provide revenues for wildlife and Environment conservation.

Prof Wakhungu spoke when she met a team of investors from Solarcentury energy producers and ZSL LIVING conservation companies from the United Kingdom to evaluate the viability of the proposed venture at a Nairobi hotel.

 The two companies propose to produce power which would be fed into the Kenya Power National Grid and they would in turn be paid and the accruing revenue channeled to conservation projects.

The CS observed that the prospects of generating solar energy to boost conservation would enhance the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ (INDC’s) to be presented during the global Conference Of Parties (COP 21) to be held in Paris France in December 2015.

She said clean energy comprised more than 70 % of Kenya’s INDC’s alongside being part of sustainable development goals and the vision 2030.

Environment CS Prof Judi Wakhungu consults with Guy Lawrence, Director Solar Century (center) and Chris Gordon of Zoological Society of London 1

Prof Wakhungu disclosed that a stakeholders meeting would soon be planned to validate the proposal before the project proposal commenced.

According to Mr. Guy Lawrence of SolarCentury, the company proposed to install 7 solar plants with a capacity of 10 megawatts each to occupy an estimated 50 acres each in areas adjacent to National Parks, Group Ranches and private conservancies.

He said among the areas identified for the proposed solar installations are Lewa conservancy north of Mt. Kenya, Northern Rangeland Trust in Samburu county, Loitokitok , Maasai Mara , Tsavo, Kilifi and Nakuru among others.

The solar plants will be constructed within access of the Kenya Power distribution lines to enable feeding into the national grid, Mr. Lawrence said.

The project is a joint venture between SolarCentury and the Zoological Society of London represented Kenya’s country manager Mr. Chris Gordon.

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