Monday, November 19, 2018

It was jubilation and ululation from residents of Ngerenye, when the Principal Secretary for State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret W. Mwakima officially handed over the construction site and launched the construction work of KEFRI sub regional research centre at Ngerenye, Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County on 29th March 2016.

Speaking during the handing over and launch ceremony, the PS said that the establishing of the sub regional research centre will promote technologies for forestry conservation addressing opportunities and challenges of natural resources in the coastal region as envisioned in the coastal eco region research pragramme and as per the KEFRI’s strategic plan2013-2018.

“The new research centre will also be complying with specifications of Kenyas new constitution of devolving goods and services to counties” Dr. Mwakima added.

PS Mwakima regretted that most highland forests and woodlands have been destroyed for firewood and charcoal production in the region thus employing crude technologies which are wasteful in terms of conservation and efficiency.

She went on saying that before the end of 2013-2018 of KEFRIs strategic plan, KEFRI will work into identifying the existing opportunities within the mountainous sites, valleys, riverine and dry  land woodlands of df Taita taveta County and other surrounding Counties like Kajiado, Makueni, Kilifi and Kwale.

The PS said that KEFRIs work in Taita Taveta County will as well promote the importance of forest opportunities and researching on better ways of improving the right tree cover with appropriate species that can add value for better management and utilization in the area. The area Governor Eng. John

Mruttu said that the start of the sub regional centre was timely in adding up to afforestation matters and sustainable use of forests.

Dr. Ben Chikamai who is also the CEO, KEFRI said that the centre will contribute a lot to social economical and environmental well being of the community.

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PS , Margaret Mwakima with National Cohesion chairman Francis Ole Kaparo listening keenly to contributions from the Ogiek leaders

Destruction of the Mau ecosystem and other natural resources could cause catastrophic effects, some of which have already been witnessed in the Country, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima has said.

Noting that, Kenya has been experiencing adverse effects of climate change like other parts of the world that caused disasters in environment, water and forestry sectors, Dr. Mwakima warned against destruction of ecosystems such as the Mau forest, saying further destruction would destroy the national heritage and livelihood of thousands of residents.

Speaking when she met leaders from the minority community of the Ogiek, in her office, Dr. Mwakima noted that, forest dependent communities were custodians of rich indigenous knowledge that was useful in forestry conservation adding that, such knowledge would complement modern science in environmental management.

The communities expressed their desire to conserve the environment if they were allowed to earn their livelihood from forests products.

The National Cohesion chair, Hon. Francis ole Kaparo, Nakuru deputy Governor Mr. Joseph Ruto and the Natural Resources Secretary, Mr. Gideon Gathara attended the meeting.

PS Dr. Mwakima flanked by Mr. Kaparo and other Ministry officials listening keenly as an Ogiek leader explains a point.
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oneThe Cabinet Secretary for Environment Natural Resources and Regional development Authorities Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said that there is need for all Kenyans to set aside the 21st day of every month of march in celebration forests and trees.

The Cs said that this global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees. She said this when she officiated over celebrations to mark this year’s International Day of Forests at Chemususu Primary School Eldama Ravine  in Baringo County. The theme for this year’s celebrations was “Forest and Water.”

The date for this celebration was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly to allow Member States celebrate the Importance of forest globally. This she noted was achieved through efforts of the United Nations Forum on Forests and the Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO.

 Prof. Wakhungu stressed the importance of forests saying that around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood adding that forests are biologically diverse ecosystem on land and also home to more than 80% of the torrential species of animals, plants and insects. Forests regulate regional ecological, hydrological and climate patterns.

Forests protect watersheds which provides 75% of freshwater globally. Among the major locally available watersheds also known as water towers in Kenya that she pointed out were the Mau forest Complex, Mt. Kenya, Mt. Elgon, the Aberdares among others.

The CS recommended and urged the Ministry and Kenya Forest Service to remain committed to identifying innovative ways of promoting investments in forests with a view to creating a climate-resilience and sustainable economy for Kenyan people.

On his part, Baringo Governor Mr. Benjamin Cheboi who is also of the natural resources committee chair in the council of governors, urged the Kenya Forest Service to allocate 30% of the milling licenses to women youths and people with disabilities from the county. He said that this would create employment hence developing the region.

Others present during the commemorations included the Director Kenya Forest Service Mr. Emilio Mugo, Kenya Forest Research Institute Director Dr. Ben Chikamai and Senior Ministry Officials among others.

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Mr. Alex Rhodes handing over the ivory inventory to the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu in her NHIF office.

Mr. Alex Rhodes handing over the ivory inventory to the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu in her NHIF office.

Kenya is currently working on two important projects under the Elephant Protection Initiative framework, including the review of her National Elephant Strategy and the ivory and rhino horn burn, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authority. Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Prof. Wakhungu made the remarks when she received an official copy of the inventory report of Kenya’s ivory and rhino horn stocks from Mr. Alex Rhodes, the Chief Executive officer of Stop Ivory, a United Kingdom based Charity that supports the implementation of the Elephant Protection Initiative.  During the function, that was also attended by the Director of Wildlife in the Ministry, Mr. Stephen Manengene, the Cabinet Secretary discussed various conservation issues with Mr. Rhodes, including the forth coming National Elephant Strategy Stakeholder’s workshop.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with Mr. Alex Rhodes and the Director of Conservation in the Ministry , Mr. Stephen Manengene, after receiving the ivory inventory

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with Mr. Alex Rhodes and the Director of Conservation in the Ministry , Mr. Stephen Manengene, after receiving the ivory inventory

Kenya joined the Elephant Protection Initiative in June, 2016, and among the projects that have successfully been completed by Stop Ivory, under the framework of EPI is the inventory of ivory and rhino horn stocks, that was launched by the Cabinet Secretary in June 2015.

The Stop Ivory charity works with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Disney Foundation in implementing the project.

Glad to see you-Mr. Alex Rhodes receiving the Cabinet Secretary in a Nairob hotel before proceeding to her office.

Glad to see you-Mr. Alex Rhodes receiving the Cabinet Secretary in a Nairob hotel before proceeding to her office.

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 Congrats - CS, Min. of Env. Nat. Res. & Reg. Dev.  Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu congratulates Hon. Maalim Mohamed on his  new appointment when he made a courtesy call to her.

Congrats – CS, Min. of Env. Nat. Res. & Reg. Dev. Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu congratulates Hon. Maalim Mohamed on his new appointment when he made a courtesy call to her.

Hon. Hussein Maalim Mohamed, who is a former long serving Cabinet Minister, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority.

The Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority (ENNDA), that is a river basin catchment spread over 10 counties of Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo,Marsabit, Samburu, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Laikipia and Meru, has the potential to dramatically spur the country’s economic growth through exploiting of vast natural resources in their jurisdiction.

Congratulating Hon. Mohamed on his new appointment, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof Judi Wakhungu noted that, 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, and called on the new chair to ensure the Authority smoothly integrated with stakeholders in the basin to achieve best environmental management practices.

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Kenya joined the world in marking the World Wildlife day amid pomp and color in a ceremony  presided over by  the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Natural Köpa Venoherron V Resources and Regional Development Authorities Prof. Judi Wakhungu.

The event held at Maasai Mara University grounds in Narok County, the first outside Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters since inception three years ago. The day was proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The CS stressed the need for awareness by different groups in the protection of wildlife which was a vital natural resource. “I Sevilla Kits appeal to all Kenyans, including those in the transport business like Boda Boda, Tuk Tuk, truck and taxi drivers to turn down attempts to hire them to traffic in illegal wildlife trophies,” She added.

Environment CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu (centre) Narok County Governor Hon. Samuel Tunai (third right) and US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec (third left) in a group photo at the County headquaters.

Prof. Wakhungu pointed out that Narok County was an important Canada Goose Lorette Parka Black Label region in world life conservation being home to the famous Maasai Mara National reserve and other Parajumpers Doris conservancies.

She underlined the importance of wildlife to the economies of the National and County governments adding that communities should be given incentives to use of their private land for wildlife corridors, dispersal areas and other environmental conservation initiatives.

The occasion was also attended by among others Narok County Governor Hon. Samuel Tunai, United States Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, KWS Director General Mr. Kitili Mbathi and Maasai Mara University Vice Chancellor Prof. Mary Walingo.

The US ambassador told the meeting that his country was committed in supporting Kenya in the fight against wildlife trade and poaching.

He further revealed that the US government had committed an extra over sh. 400 million for conservation efforts in Kenya this year.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu charts with Narok County Governor Hon. Samuel Tunai at the event, looking on are KWS DG Mr. Kitili Mbathi (left) and US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec (right).

The KWS Director General Mr. Kitili Mbathi said it was an honor for the Kenya Wildlife Service to have hosted the event in Narok County and Sevilla Kits 14/15 looked forward to further collaboration from the County Government in the protection of wildlife.

This year’s event was held under the theme, “The future of wildlife is in our hands.’

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PS, Environment making a point during the call by the Finish MP's as the team leader, Hon. Tarja Filatov and deputy head of mission Rambees Malaty look on

PS, Environment making a point during the call by the Finish MP’s as the team leader, Hon. Tarja Filatov and deputy head of mission Rambees Malaty look on

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Regional Development Authorities, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, has lauded the Finish 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 when he received a delegation of members of Parliament from Finland who are members of the employment and equality committee in his office, Mr. Sunkuli lauded Finland for her continued support and helping Kenya achieve its green growth agenda through reducing poverty and improving livelihoods through climate mitigation and adaptation of green technologies and boosting the Country’s tree cover.

The delegation was led by the chairperson of the Finish Parliamentary Employment and Equality committee, Hon. Tarja Filatov and included the deputy head of mission in the Finish embassy, Rambes Malaty.

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli addressing the Finish delegation.

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli addressing the Finish delegation.

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PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli being received by Dr. Guleid Artan, Director of IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC) officiate during the validation

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli being received by Dr. Guleid Artan, Director of IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC) officiate during the validation

Human induced climate change has been recognized as one of the key challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century, and world governments are now adopting the Paris agreement of December 2015, of limiting climate change below dangerous levels of 2 degrees Celsius,, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Regional Development Authorities Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

Speaking when he officiated during the validation workshop of Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Regional Climate Change Strategy at the Hilton hotel, Nairobi, Mr. Sunkuli noted that, the IGAD region was among the most vulnerable to the vagaries of climate change, as manifested through an increase in the frequency and magnitude of extreme events such as droughts and floods.

The  Principal Secretary noted that, the Paris agreement which is  a legally binding treaty on climate  action, contains emission reduction commitments starting in 2020, and establishes an enduring binding and transparent legal regime, where all countries make commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and manage the impacts of climate change.

The validation workshop aims to identify and prioritize the major climate change challenges and opportunities in the region and strategic areas of intervention and ensure key issues regarding climate change for the region are well covered in the strategy.

Memories - PS, Charles Sunkuli with delegates attending the IGAD validation workshop in a group photo

Memories – PS, Charles Sunkuli with delegates attending the IGAD validation workshop in a group photo

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DSC_0047ROLL- PS, Environmnt, Mr. Charles Sunkuli at the KMD weather forecasting studios being taken through the forecasting process

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The government will put measures in place to provide farmers with real time weather data in order to boost their production, the Principal Secretary Ministry of Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

He noted that the Kenya Meteorological Department would strengthen its presence in all the counties and interact more with farmers by providing them with real time weather data through mobile phones to allow them make informed decisions.

The PS observed that Kenyans were very confident with the critical role meteorology was playing in providing information regarding climate change and its adaption in the country.

Mr. Sunkuli was speaking when he toured the Kenya Meteorology Department headquarters to appraise himself with the various emerging needs of the station. The Kenya Meteorological Department is relied upon by the entire Eastern and Central Africa region to provide critical weather data.

The PS who was accompanied by the department’s director Mr. James Kongoti emphasized the need to support the Institution both financially and in human resources in a bid to meet its emerging needs.

“There is need to boost security at all the country’s meteorological installations and support the department’s need to advance technologically to enable it provide various services within its mandate” Mr. Sunkuli added.

PS, Environment, Mr Charles Sunkuli inspecting some of the weather forecasting equipments at the Kenya Meteorological Department.

PS, Environment, Mr Charles Sunkuli inspecting some of the weather forecasting equipments at the Kenya Meteorological Department.

The PS told members of staff at the institution that the government had drafted the Kenya Meteorological ACT that would be presented to stakeholders before being presented to parliament for discussion and possible enactment into law.

Mr. Sunkuli observed that enactment of meteorological law would make it easier for increased funding and the technological upgrading of the institution.

He appealed to the weathermen to take advantage of their foremost position to lead the country in better environmental conservation.

The PS also visited the Institutions Regional Meteorological and Research Centre that has students from Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia,Somalia,Botswana and Uganda.

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Director General, KWS, Mr. Kitili Mbathi and NTV's Smiriti Vidyathi holding burnt ivory at the Nbi national park during the interview

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Director General, KWS, Mr. Kitili Mbathi and NTV’s Smiriti Vidyathi holding burnt ivory at the Nbi national park during the interview

The Government has in the past three years doubled its efforts and relentlessly implemented a number of measures directed at combating poaching and illegal trade in wildlife products, including legislation with heavy penalties, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking during a curtain raiser exclusive interview for this year’s World Wildlife Day with the Nation Television (NTV) at the Nairobi National Parks ivory burning site, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, formulation of such effective wildlife legislations have resulted into seizures of contraband ivory at our major entry and exit ports, reduced levels of wildlife crime and disposal of seized contraband through burning.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with KWS Director General,  Mr. Kitili Mbathi during the interview with NTV's news anchor, Smiriti  Vidyarthi at the ivory burning site, Nbi national Park.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with KWS Director General, Mr. Kitili Mbathi during the interview with NTV’s news anchor, Smiriti Vidyarthi at the ivory burning site, Nbi national Park.

Noting that theme of this year’s World Wildlife Day, that will be marked in Narok town on March 3rd, 2016, is “the future of wildlife is in our hand”, Prof. Wakhungu said the day is meant to provide Kenyans with an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of world fauna and flora, and is a platform to raise awareness on the many benefits of wildlife resources to humanity, and recognizes the important roles stakeholders play to ensure sustainable development and human well-being.

The interview, that was carried out by NTV’s news anchor, Smiriti Vidyarthi, was also attended by the Director General of KWS, Mr. Kitili Mbathi.

Memories - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a  group photo with the NTV crew and other KWS staff after the interview at  the Nbi National Park.

Memories – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a group photo with the NTV crew and other KWS staff after the interview at the Nbi National Park.

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Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu (centre) and Vihiga County Governor Dr. Moses akaranga (Right) join in a dance to mark the Nile Day Celebrations. (2)_1

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu (centre) and Vihiga County Governor Dr. Moses akaranga (Right) join in a dance to mark the Nile Day Celebrations. (2)_1

The Nile River Initiative (NBI) has provided the riparian states with boundless and timeless unique opportunities for cooperation, cabinet Secretary for Environment Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

She said the Initiative led to harmony across borders as nations initiated and implemented joint investments that enhanced livelihoods, market integration, trade, movement of labour, alongside preservation and protection of ecosystems.

Prof. Wakhungu was speaking during this year’s Nile Day Celebrations that were marked in Vihiga High School where she represented Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Mr. Eugene Wamalwa. The event was to be presided over by the Deputy President Hon. William Ruto.

The CS further noted that “practices from all over the world inform that shared water resources provide a unique medium of cooperation between nations even in times of conflict”.

The event brought together all the Nile Basin riparian states which include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu (centre) and Vihiga County Governor Dr. Moses akaranga (Right) join in a dance to mark the Nile Day Celebrations. (2)

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu (centre) and Vihiga County Governor Dr. Moses akaranga (Right) join in a dance to mark the Nile Day Celebrations. (2)

The CS stressed the need for prudent management and utilization of water resources by the Nile Basin Countries as the resource comprised an important livelihood of the regions residents adding that the Basin riparian states had worked together under different initiatives since early 1960s.

The Principal Secretary (PS) State Department of Water Prof. Fred Segor, speaking during the occasion pointed out that Kenya was honored to host this year’s event and would do all within its means to ensure the success of NBI projects and programs such as Kenya-Tanzania and Kenya-Uganda power interconnection projects.

On the other hand Vihiga County Governor Dr. Moses Akaranga urged the Egyptian delegation led by the Egyptian Minister for Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazy to consider the County when awarding scholarships to students from the Nile Basin region since the county was an important water basin for the Nile.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu (Right) pays  Vihiga County Governor Dr. Moses Akaranga a courtesy call in his office.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu (Right) pays Vihiga County Governor Dr. Moses Akaranga a courtesy call in his office.

The event was also attended by the Chair Council of Ministers who is also the Water and Irrigation Assistant Minister for Tanzania Eng. Aloys Kamwele, Uganda’s Minister for water and Irrigation Prof. Ibrahim Kamunda, Vihiga County Commissioner Ann Gakuria among other regional leaders.

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