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Caption 1The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities has launched the Kenya Climate Change adaptation programme through its National Implementing Entity (NIE) National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). The 10M USD-approximately Ksh 1 B programme is funded by the Global Adaptation fund.

Environment Cabinet Secretary (Cs) Prof. Judi Wakhungu congratulated NEMA for securing the fund on behalf of the government of Kenya. The funding will support the national programme, titled Integrated Programme to build Resilience to Climate Change and Adaptive Capacity of Vulnerable Communities in Kenya.

The Fund is designed to respond to effects of Climate Change and covers water management, food security, agroforestry, coastal and mangrove ecosystems and disaster reduction.

The CS noted that Kenya ratified the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1994 and the Kyoto Protocol in May 2005, joining the 192 nations committed to tackling climate change.

Caption2Nema was nominated by the Ministry to be accredited as the NIE for Kenya.  The accreditation status was issued after being subjected to rigorous evaluation criteria by the accreditation panel of the Fund. So far the Adaptation Fund only has 20 accredited organizations globally, the Cs added.

NEMA Director General Prof. Geoffrey Wakhungu said that the programme will be implemented in 14 counties in conjunction with three Executing Entities namely Coast Development Authority (CDA), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (TARDA) and eight other Sub Executing Agencies.

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 PS, Dr. Margaret Mwakima with KWS leadership in Tsavo being greeted by Asst. Director, Tsavo conservation, Captain Robert Obrien.

PS, Dr. Margaret Mwakima with KWS leadership in Tsavo being greeted by Asst. Director, Tsavo conservation, Captain Robert Obrien.

The Government is soon coming up with a National Wildlife Strategy that will address and resolve outstanding issues on human wildlife conflict, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima has said.

The PS was speaking while on a fact finding mission of complaints of human wildlife conflicts in Tsavo National Park in Tsavo Conservation area, following complaints of massive destruction by wildlife in Taita Taveta County.

 PS, Dr. Mwakima being received at the Tsavo Conservation area by the Captain Robert Obrien.DSC_0264

PS, Dr. Mwakima being received at the Tsavo Conservation area by the Captain Robert Obrien.DSC_0264

Dr. Mwakima noted that, the government will also create enabling conditions for investing opportunities to have wildlife as an alternative to land use. The complaints revolved around destruction of greenhouses, compensation of wildlife deaths and injury cases in the county, livestock incursion inside the park and fencing of the park and Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to keep off wildlife from human settlements.

During her fact finding mission, the P S held a meeting with Kenya Wildlife Service leadership in Tsavo  wildlife conservancy  offices in Voi, during which it was agreed that, security of wildlife and residents would be beefed up for peaceful co-existence.

 Dr. Mwakima assured stakeholders that, the same initiatives that are currently being implemented in Taita Taveta County would also be employed in other wildlife hotspots in the Country.

MEMORIES - Senior KWS officers from the Tsavo conservation area pose for a memorable photo with the PS.

MEMORIES – Senior KWS officers from the Tsavo conservation area pose for a memorable photo with the PS.

The Principal Secretary, who was accompanied the Conservation Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Gideon Gathara and the Head of Communications in the Ministry Elias Njeru, called on the officers to work towards restoring the integrity of the office which is the eye of the local community.

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January 26, 2016

PS's Mr. Nyakera of Transport, Dr. Margaret Mwakima of Natrural Resorces, Msa Gvnor, Hassan Joho, CS, Prof. Wakhungu, USA's Sally Jewell, US Amb. Mr. Codek and KPA MD, Mr. Ndua at the Kilindini Port

PS’s Mr. Nyakera of Transport, Dr. Margaret Mwakima of Natrural Resorces, Msa Gvnor, Hassan Joho, CS, Prof. Wakhungu, USA’s Sally Jewell, US Amb. Mr. Codek and KPA MD, Mr. Ndua at the Kilindini Port

The war against illegal trafficking in wildlife has intensified in the last three years leading to 80 % of seizure of such products in Mombasa port, Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu has said.

The Environment and Natural Resources CS disclosed that collaboration by inter-Government agencies with the assistance of international agencies such as Interpol and the US anti-drugs and serious crimes agency had led to a drop in the illegal trade in wildlife products.

Speaking when she conducted the US Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell on a tour of Mombasa port where most of the seizures of ivory and rhino horn were made, Prof. Wakhungu lauded the US government support in the fight against poaching and illegal wildlife trade.

The CS observed that that Kenya was both a source of wildlife products and a big transit point for the products that found their way to consuming countries of China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia among others.

The combined efforts of Kenya wildlife service, Customs department, Kenya Forest Service, Police, Kenya Ports Authorities among others had led to the rise in the level of seizures of export bound game trophies at the port of Mombasa Prof Wakhungu added.

 US Secretary for interior Sally Jewell looks on as CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu makes her remarks at the Mombasa Port,Kilindini during the visit

US Secretary for interior Sally Jewell looks on as CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu makes her remarks at the Mombasa Port,Kilindini during the visit

The CS and madam Sally Jewell witnessed a demonstration by combined agencies on intensified surveillance on ways to combat the illegal wildlife trade. These include sharing of intelligence and eventual seizure of the contraband. They witnessed trained dogs sniff out ivory and rhino horns from impounded container cargo.

The US Secretary of interior who visited to follow up on last year’s promises by president Barrack Obama to assist Kenya in curbing illegal wildlife trade reaffirmed her country’s commitment to combat the vice.

She said the US would support Kenya through equipment, training alongside other investments and resources that would help eradicate the illegal trade adding that “the two countries shared a common problem since the US was both a consumer and transit point of illegal wildlife products”.

The Principal Secretary for natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima,US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, Mombasa  governor Hassan Joho were among the high ranking delegates who attended the occasion.

Karibu- CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu introduces PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima to US Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell at Msa Airport as US Amb. to Kenya, Mr. Codek looks on

Karibu- CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu introduces PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima to US Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell at Msa Airport as US Amb. to Kenya, Mr. Codek looks on

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25.01,2016

PS, State Dept. of Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima with US Deputy head of economic planning and othe US officials inspecting a container in Kilindini

PS, State Dept. of Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima with US Deputy head of economic planning and othe US officials inspecting a container in Kilindini

 

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Natural Resources in the Ministry of Environments, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Dr. Margaret Mwakima, has lauded the role the Kenya Wildlife Service plays in the management of Kenya’s wildlife

Speaking when she led a delegation from the US and Kenyan government officials while on an extensive tour of the Mombasa Port in Kilindini , in preparation for the official visit to the Port by the visiting US Secretary of Interior, Dr.Mwakima commended the KWS and the KPA management for ensuring that, no wildlife product is allowed to pass through our Ports. The PS, was accompanied by the Conservation Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Gideon Gathara, the deputy head of economic planning in the US embassy, Mr. David Drinkered and other US and Kenyan Government officials.

 Dr. Margaret Mwakima at the Coast KWS conservacy office holding talks in preparation of the US secretary for interior visit to Mombasa

Dr. Margaret Mwakima at the Coast KWS conservacy office holding talks in preparation of the US secretary for interior visit to Mombasa

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CS Wakhungu holds discussions with Governor Mruttu (in specs) accompanied by NRS PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima and Mwatate MP Andrew Mwadime

CS Wakhungu holds discussions with Governor Mruttu (in specs) accompanied by NRS PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima and Mwatate MP Andrew Mwadime

The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities will work with the County Governments to resolve the perennial human wildlife conflict, cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Among the programs to  the reduce the conflict is that  the Taita Taveta National Reserve will be fenced off , water pans  will be  constructed  and  grazing of livestock be banned  in the park while the government will step up corporate social responsibility (CSR)  in order to limit the conflict she confirmed.

The CS was speaking when she met the Taita-Taveta Governor Mr.  John Mruttu at her office and acknowledged the increased destruction of crops by jumbos and killing of livestock and human beings by wild animals in the county.

The governor had informed the CS that the conflict had been aggravated by the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway across the migration route of wild animals hindering their free movement in search of water and pasture.

Mr. Mruttu enumerated some of the most affected areas as Sagalla, Mbololo,Mwatate, Mgeno and Caltex. The animals had also negatively affected learning in the area as school going children kept off school to avoid being attacked on their way.

Present during the meeting were the Principal Secretary (PS) for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima , Mr. Benjamin Kavu from the Kenya Wildlife Service and Mwatate M P  Mr. Andrew Mwadime.

The PS said that the Ministry had conducted a background check and confirmed the conflict was real and advised the locals to embrace some traditional strategies such as bee keeping to scare off the jumbos.

Environment CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu hosts Taita Taveta Governor, John Mruttu at her office to discuss human wildlife conflict

Environment CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu hosts Taita Taveta Governor, John Mruttu at her office to discuss human wildlife conflict

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PS, Charles Sunkuli touring the Nairobi  river basin jumps over a sewer at  Dagoreti area.

PS, Charles Sunkuli touring the Nairobi river basin jumps over a sewer at Dagoreti area.

Nairobi River, Ngong River and Mathare River are on course to the receipt of a new impetus in their rehabilitation programme.

This was evident when the Principal Secretary for Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Mr. Charles Sunkuli gave an extensive tour of the Nairobi Rivers.

The rivers that have been essential in the providence of a lifeline to many communities and number of National parks in the lower eastern and coastal regions of Kenya have been at the backdrop of pollution. They are chocking from solid waste, liquid waste discharges and encroachment of its riparian areas.

PS, Charles Sunkuli planting a commemorative  tree at the Michuki Park during his tour to Nairobi river basin

PS, Charles Sunkuli planting a commemorative tree at the Michuki Park during his tour to Nairobi river basin

Mr. Charles Sunkuli during his tour called for concerted efforts and cooperation between the various stakeholders involved in the rehabilitation and restoration of the rivers.

“The current intense pollution could be attributed to the lack of participation in the implementation of the project by the stakeholders who were not feeling inclusive of the programme” he noted.

The PS highlighted how the new approach by the Ministry seeks to be all inclusive and with particular emphasis to the empowerment of women and youth. “They will be engaged in activities among them tree planting, cleaning the rivers and sensitization on the importance of conserving the rivers’’ he added.

Contamination! - an efluent of contaminated sewage  flowing to Nairobi river.

Contamination! – an efluent of contaminated sewage flowing to Nairobi river.

Mr. Sunkuli assured the public that the inter-sectoral team of experts initiated by the Ministry will work closely with the Nairobi County Government in the rehabilitation of the rivers.

The Director of Urban rivers restoration programme, Erick Akotsi, officials from the Ministry and local area administration officers were also in attendance.

Concerned! PS Sunkuli viewing a sewer  discharge into the Nairobi River at  Dagoreti.

Concerned! PS Sunkuli viewing a sewer discharge into the Nairobi River at Dagoreti.

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15th Jan 2015. 

PS, State Dept of Environment joins the other participants in a group photo after the official opening of the conference

PS, State Dept of Environment joins the other participants in a group photo after the official opening of the conference

The Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli has underscored the importance of data in decision making on climate change preparedness and mitigation.

He noted that through harnessing of data sources the Government recently succeeded in limiting the effects of the recent El Nino phenomenon which had been touted to exceed its predecessor of 1997.

Through collaboration with key partners like the United States Department, United Nations United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Red Cross, World Bank among other agencies, the government was able to mitigate the effects of El Nino rains he added.

“Our major commitment to ensuring that we enshrine the practice of use of data for decision-making is to create an active and inclusive data ecosystem involving government, private sector, academia, non-profit organizations, innovators, local communities and development partnerships” ‘he observed.

The PS was delivering a keynote address during the launch of the “IDEATION FOR CLIMATE ACTION” initiative that brought together various stakeholders at the Kenya School of Government in Kabete, Nairobi.

The initiative dubbed ‘The Ennova Challenge’ is developed by Infonet in partnership with the School of Government under the National partnership for sustainable development data (NPSDD).

The daylong event was a collaborative ideation that sought to bring the private sector, government, civil society and development partners to develop solutions to current challenges of government as it endeavors to improve the lives of its citizenry.

The event was also attended by Dr. Nura Mohamed, Director Kenya School of Government, Dennis Itumbi, and Director of Digital Communication in the Office of the President and was flanked by other top officials from the private sector.

 State Dept. of Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by Dr. Nura Mohamed, director, KSG and Mr. Denis Itumbi, Director, Digital Cmmunication in the Presidency during the conference

State Dept. of Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by Dr. Nura Mohamed, director, KSG and Mr. Denis Itumbi, Director, Digital Cmmunication in the Presidency during the conference

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Principal Secretary, State Dept of Environment during the interview

Principal Secretary, State Dept of Environment during the interview

The principal secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said that Conservative estimates assess the volumes churned out in Kenya as electronic waste at 20,000 tons annually.

He observed that the e-waste menace had degenerated because it was a lifestyle problem in developing countries especially from the growing population including modern youth who use various forms of electrical and electronic equipment.

E-waste comes in form of old, end-of-life electronic appliances that have ceased to be of value to their owners including refrigerators, mobile phones, computers, printers among others. Some of the waste is destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling, or disposal.

Mr. Sunkuli noted that e-waste posed a big challenge to the country considering that there was low technology in managing it but confirmed that the government was alive to the fact and had already put in place guidelines and regulations to handle the menace. He was speaking during a media interview in his office.

Further he noted that the Ministry was looking forward to the next face of compliance, awareness and better working relationships with all stakeholders to ensure e-waste posed no threat to the environment.

He disclosed that his Ministry would soon establish an e-waste steering committee to oversee management guidelines in order to reduce the danger. These would include improving technical skills, increasing capacity to monitor among others.

The PS said some of the long term solutions to manage e-waste were to mobilize investments for technology and creating awareness among all users of electronic and electrical appliances in a bid to improve ways of handling the problem

Mr. Sunkuli promised that his Ministry would provide the necessary leadership in all aspects of e-waste management for the country to conform to the international standards.

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Dr. Margaret Mwakima holding talks with the FAO team in her office, as the Mr. Gathara, the Conservation Secretary listens keenly..

Dr. Margaret Mwakima holding talks with the FAO team in her office, as the Mr. Gathara, the Conservation Secretary listens keenly..

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been lauded for its continuous support to the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, especially in the development of forest subsidiary rules that are meant to operationalize the existing forest law.

Speaking in her NSSF office, when she received the Food and Agriculture Organization representative to Kenya, Mr. Robert Allport, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima appreciated the fact that, FAO has supported her Ministry in the Forest and Farm Facility project to strengthen the capacity of member based producer organization’s such as the Forestry Small holder producers associations of Kenya, which started in 2015, the UN-REDD  programme and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), among others.

On his part, the FAO Country representative, Mr. Robert Allport observed that, FAO will consider supporting the Ministry in hosting of the 20th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission conference that will be hosted by Kenya in February, 2016, and will continue cooperating with the Ministry in programmes meant to enhance sustainable development of the country’s invaluable natural resources.

The Natural Resources Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Gideon Gathara attended the courtesy call.

PS, Dr. Mwakima poses for a memorable group photo with the FAO team after the courtesy call in her NSSF office.

PS, Dr. Mwakima poses for a memorable group photo with the FAO team after the courtesy call in her NSSF office.

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govThe Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities is committed to its mandate of ensuring a clean and secure environment for all its citizens, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

Speaking when he received the Laikipia Governor, Hon. Joshua  Irungu during a courtesy call in his office, Mr. Sunkuli noted that, the Ministry will partner with county governments in a bid to raise the country’s tree cover to the internationally accepted standards.

During the courtesy call, the Laikipia governor briefed the Principal Secretary on the status of environmental issues in Laikipia Country, including its ambitious programme of planting 10 million trees in the county.

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Charles Sunkuli explaining a point to Laikipia Governor, Joshua Irungu during the courtesy call

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 PS's Charles Sunkuli and Dr. Margaret Mwakima in a group photo with CEO's of Parastatals in the Ministry.

PS’s Charles Sunkuli and Dr. Margaret Mwakima in a group photo with CEO’s of Parastatals in the Ministry.

 

The newly appointed Principal Secretaries of Environment and Natural Resources have advised organizations working under the Ministry to synergize and share information as a way of boosting conservation.

Mr. Charles Sunkuli of Environment and Dr. Margaret Mwakima of Natural resources told senior staff in the Ministry to develop effective communication channels to exchange ideas  in order to enrich services offered to the public through various programs with the environment sector.

The duo were addressing heads of department and chief executives officers of Parastatals under the Environment and Natural Resources docket during a briefing at the Ministry headquarters  to update them on various programmes  being undertaken.

Mr. Sunkuli told the meeting that strong Institutional Governance structures were critical in all public organizations to meet the high demand of accountability to the tax payers.

Dr. Mwakima on her part appealed to the Kenya Forestry Research Institution and the Kenya Forest Service to collaborate in efforts to seek innovative ways to develop appropriate tree species that would survive in arid and semi-arid areas of the country.

The meeting agreed that various departments among them Multi Lateral Environmental Agreements, Programs, Projects and strategic Initiatives and the National Environment management Authority would intensify integration activities in a bid to boost environmental conservation activities.

Other organizations represented in the meeting were all the six regional development Authorities and the National Environment Trust Fund.

State Dept. of Environment, Charles Sunkuli listening keenly as his counterpart in the State Dept. of Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima addresses the CEO's

State Dept. of Environment, Charles Sunkuli listening keenly as his counterpart in the State Dept. of Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima addresses the CEO’s

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