Monday, February 19, 2018

Regional development Authorities has the potential to dramatically spur the country’s economic growth through exploitation of the vast natural resources in their jurisdiction, Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking in Narok town where she inaugurated a new management board of the Ewaso Ng’iro South Development Authority, Prof Wakhungu noted that, a vast potential of natural resources, including wildlife, wind, solar energy, mineral resources were some of the resources that were awaiting exploitation in various regions in the country.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a group photo with the new ENSDA board members after the inauguration

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a group photo with the new ENSDA board members after the inauguration

In view of the untapped potential, she added the government was investing and implementing elaborate programs and initiatives to exploit the vast resources in order for them to stimulate the national economic growth currently estimated at     6 % annually.

She called on the new board to ensure the Authority smoothly integrated with stakeholders in the basin to achieve best environmental management practices.

Prof. Wakhungu urged Regional Development Authorities to play a complimentary role to County governments who were also implementing projects in the regions.

The new seventeen board of directors will be chaired by Mr. George Wambugu while the acting managing director is Mr. Sammy Napolos.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the new Board of management

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the new Board of management

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086a398a-b89b-4c31-91ee-2bfb8dd17333A new lease of life was today pumped into the Ministry of Environment and Natural resources, as two newly appointed Principal Secretaries assumed leadership during a handing over ceremony at the Ministry headquarters.

Mr. Charles Sunkuli of Environment and Dr. Margaret Mwakima of Natural Resources, both received the leadership mantle from Dr. Richard Lesiyampe following the recent re-organization of government that created  two new state departments in the Ministry.

During the handing over, the two PS’s were briefed about the Ministry’s strategic plan designed to deliver the country into a newly industrializing country status as stipulated by Kenya Vision 2030 development model.

The ministry of Environment is key in supporting the country’s economy through   various programs under the social, economic and political pillars of vision 2030.

Dr. Lesiyampe who has served the Ministry for 2 years has been transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture as the Principal Secretary.

During the handing over ceremony, the incoming P.S’s were introduced to heads of department, division and sections.

Dr. Margaret Mwakima, the new PS for Natural Resources being handed over the docket by out-going PS, Dr. Richard Lesiympe.

Dr. Margaret Mwakima, the new PS for Natural Resources being handed over the docket by out-going PS, Dr. Richard Lesiympe.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Danish Foreign Minister, Kristian launching the Programme as Env. Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia and Ms. Angwenyi from the Danida look on.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Danish Foreign Minister, Kristian launching the Programme as Env. Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia and Ms. Angwenyi from the Danida look on.

The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu , has lauded the Danish Government for its support through the promotion of green growth opportunities, that are geared towards stimulating growth based on green solutions and  employment generation in the Country.

Speaking in the presence of the Danish Foreign Minister, H.E. Kristian Jensen, during the launch of the Kenya Green Growth and Employment Programme at the Climate Change Innovation Center, Nairobi, Prof. Wakhungu noted that,  the 5 year programme, that will see Denmark provide financial and technical support  worth Ksh. 7Billion, will deliver on inclusive greener growth with higher employment in Kenya and will focus on sustainable growth and jobs from investment and trade,  and sustainable use of natural resources/ community resilience. Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the green growth approach emphasizes the need for businesses, governments, communities and civil societies to come together in partnership to find common solutions to the current environmental challenges, noting that, an integrated and universal approach is needed to secure growth and prosperity in the future, focusing on people, planet, prosperity and partnerships to mobilize the world’s response to meet these urgent challenges.

Speaking in the same occasion, Danish Foreign Minister, Kristian Jensen noted that, Demark will continue to help Kenya achieve its green growth agenda through reducing poverty and improving livelihoods through climate mitigation and adaptation of green technologies, business advocacy, trade facilitation, market access, building up competitiveness, productivity and promotion of green value chains in the country.

The Environment Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Alice Kaudia, Danish Ambassador to Kenya Ms. Mette Knudsen and the Director General, NEMA, Prof. Wahungu attended the function.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Danish Foreign Affairs Minister, Kristian Jensen join in a group photo with DANIDA beneficiaries from Kenya

Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Danish Foreign Affairs Minister, Kristian Jensen join in a group photo with DANIDA beneficiaries from Kenya

Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the Danish Foreign Minister, Kristian Jensen at the Ministry's exhibition during the launch

Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the Danish Foreign Minister, Kristian Jensen at the Ministry’s exhibition during the launch

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Regional development Authorities have the potential to dramatically spur the country’s economic growth through exploiting of vast natural resources in their jurisdiction, Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu has said.

The Environment , Natural Resources  and Regional Development  CS noted that a vast potential of natural resources, including wildlife, wind, solar energy, mineral resources were some of  the resources that were awaiting exploitation in various regions in the country.

In view of the untapped potential, she added the government was investing and implementing elaborate programs and initiatives to exploit the vast resources in order for them to stimulate the national economic growth currently estimated at     6 % annually.

Prof Wakhungu was speaking in Isiolo town, where she inaugurated a new management board of the Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority, a river basin catchment spread over 10 counties. They are Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo,Marsabit, Samburu, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Laikipia and Meru.

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She called on the new board to ensure the Authority smoothly integrated with stakeholders in the basin to achieve best environmental management practices.

The CS urged Regional Development Authorities to play a complimentary role to County governments who were also implementing projects in the regions.

The new board of directors will be chaired by Rehema Jaldesa while the managing director is Omar Sheikh.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a group photo with the newly appointed Board members
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 Deputy Director, Multilerateral  Environmental Agreements, Dan Marangu, flanked by reps from UNEP, KIRDI and  GIZ opening the workshop

Deputy Director, Multilerateral Environmental Agreements, Dan Marangu, flanked by reps from UNEP, KIRDI and GIZ opening the workshop

The global energy demand for coolants will significantly increase in the next decade due to growing population, urbanization and food chains that will contribute to climate change, an environment expert has said.

The senior assistant director at the Multilateral Environment Agreements department, Mr. Dan Marangu told a workshop in Nairobi that substances used in refrigeration and air conditioning caused an increase in the green house gases emissions contributing to climate change alongside depleting the Ozone layer.

He said the country through the Ministry of Environment was discouraging and had phased out the use of hydrofluorocarbons, most of which were depleting the ozone layer and caused global warming.

Mr, Marindany Kirui from the National Ozone   Office in the Ministry addressing the workshop

Mr, Marindany Kirui from the National Ozone Office in the Ministry addressing the workshop

The Ozone depleting substances are being replaced with friendly alternatives, the senior assistant director added.

The workshop which also served to establish an inventory of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector in Kenya at a Nairobi hotel was attended by importers of refrigerators and air-conditioners, sales and servicemen, enforcement and regulatory bodies and Kenya Industrial Research Development Institute.

Among other sector players at the training workshop that sought alternatives for the Ozone depleting substances were the coordinator of the National Ozone office in the Ministry of Environment Mr. Kirui Marindany and development partners United Nations Environment Program and GIZ Proclima of Germany.

Participants attending the workshop in a memorable  group photo

Participants attending the workshop in a memorable group photo

The sector is grappling with alternatives to substances that deplete the Ozone layer and global warming owing to the rise in demand in energy consumption and demand for cooling particularly in the emerging economies.

Further Mr. Marangu noted that fundamental technology changes in the global refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) market were critical to forestall, the greenhouse gases emissions that was projected to rise rapidly in the next three decades.

He observed that mitigation for greenhouse gases could be realized in a well-defined field of action with a relatively low costs, straightforward measurements, reporting and verification, as a contribution of combating global climate change.

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Pope Francis planting a commemorative tree in Kenya watched by President Uhuru Kenyatta, KFS director, Emilio Mugo and other KFS officials. (pix. courtesy PSCU)

Kenyans have been called upon to take care and protect the country’s abundant natural resources to benefit future generations. During his recent Papal visit to Kenya, Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church in the world,  praised the beauty of our country,  but challenged Kenyans to take good care of their environment.

Pope Francis, who planted a commemorative tree on Kenyan soil, noted that, the Kenyan people have a strong appreciation of these God given treasures and are known for a culture of conservation. He noted that, the grave environmental crisis facing the world demands an ever greater sensitivity to the relationship between human beings and nature.

Pope Francis listens as KFS director, Emilio Mugo brief him on tree planting as President Uhuru Kenyatta listens keenly. (pix. courtesy PSCU)

In a veiled reference to the Kenyan model of tree growing by schools, the “Green Schools Programme”, Pope Francis noted that, “I am told that, here in Kenya, it is a tradition for young schoolchildren to plant trees for posterity, may this eloquent sign of hope in the future and trust in growth, which God gives, sustain all of you in your efforts to cultivate a society of solidarity, justice and peace on the soil of this country”.

Noting that we are all living in a world which continues to exploit rather than protect our common home, the Pope said we all have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations, and an obligation to exercise a just stewardship of the gifts we have received.

Thank you your eminence. Director, KFS, Emilio Mugo seems to be telling the pope as President Uhuru Kenyatta watches keenly (pixs. courtesy PSCU)CUwo9I3U8AAPH8K
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