Monday, July 23, 2018
 CS, Prof. Wakhungu with a member of the WWF TV crew during the interview

CS, Prof. Wakhungu with a member of the WWF TV crew during the interview

The proposed burning of tons of Ivory and the forth coming Giant’s Club Summit to be held in Nanyuki, will focus on the theme that “Ivory is only valuable to live elephants”, cabinet secretary for Environment Prof Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking during an interview with a television crew from the World Wildlige Fund (WWF) from Thailand in her NHIF office, Prof. Wakhungu reiterated that, Kenya will burn over 100 tons of Ivory and rhino horns on 30th April, to demonstrate its commitment to stop the trade in products of endangered wildlife species.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu receiving a branded T-shirt from a member of the TV crew after the interview

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu receiving a branded T-shirt from a member of the TV crew after the interview

Prof Wakhungu  confirmed that, the burning will be preceded   by a summit of Eminent world personalities led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and two of his colleagues from Africa.

Memories - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu poses for a memorable group photo with the WWF TV crew from Thailand.

Memories – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu poses for a memorable group photo with the WWF TV crew from Thailand.

The two events will halt the race towards the extinction of the big mammals, Prof.  Wakhungu said.

 

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Delegates pose for a group photo at the Regional Consultative Committee of UNCCD African Group of negotiators

Delegates pose for a group photo at the Regional Consultative Committee of UNCCD African Group of negotiators

Kenya has aligned her National Action Plan to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) ten year strategy.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu revealed this as she opened the Africa Regional Negotiators meeting and took the opportunity to thank the African representatives for bestowing on Kenya the presidency of Africa Group of negotiators for the next two years.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Director Multilateral Environment Agreements Mr. Richard Mwendandu the CS said Kenya is particularly keen in the promotion of Sustainable Land Management which covers desertification, land degradation, biodiversity as well as climate change.

The meeting brings together Africa negotiators on UNCCD to deliberate and reflect on key issues affecting the continent with regards to desertification, land degradation and drought.

“Africa is facing major challenges on development due to the impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought” She said. The challenges she alluded will erode the gains and will be a hurdle in achievement of Sustainable Development Goals both at continent and National levels.

Director Multilateral Environment Agreement Mr. Richard Mwendandu (centre) flanked by Dumpa Almani of AUC & Boubacar Cisse of RCU

Director Multilateral Environment Agreement Mr. Richard Mwendandu (centre) flanked by Dumpa Almani of AUC & Boubacar Cisse of RCU

The CS appreciated the global, regional and national effort being made to integrate SDGs in implementation of various conventions like UNCCD which is viewed as an African convention as it addresses common issues that resonates well with most African countries.

The three day meeting brings together representative from different African countries and was attended by Mr. Dampha Almani of African Union Commission, Boubacar Cisse from the Regional Coordination Unit of Africa under UNCCD among other dignitaries.

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The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said that the Government alone, cannot achieve the Nation’s educational goals and address environmental and Natural resources challenges facing the country.

Proper coordination, in both the National and County Governments, National line Ministries, local leaders, NGOs and the community, are refreshing examples on how critical needs can be addressed in our communities and at the same time conserving our environment.

Prof. Wakhungu said this when she officially opened Ereri Primary School water bank building which stores water for adaptation on climate change. The water bank building has a storage capacity of 200,000 liters which can serve 320 students in a year.

Ereri primary school is in Laikipia County, situated in a place where climate change poses enormous challenges which requires adaptation and mitigation as a response to climate change. “The water bank builiding therefore, is an innovative approach to addressing Africa’s most pressing problems in providing clean drinking water and education facilities” the Cabinet Secretary said.

The project demonstrates that in areas with prolonged drought, water banking in buildings and community spaces can be more resilient when water resources dwindle.

The launched Ereri water bank building was constructed by Zeitz Foundation, an NGO whose mandate is to deal with conservation,community development, commerce, culture and environmental care.

Those who attended the opening ceremony are Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu, Mathew Lemparkel, Zeitz founders Andrew Parker and Mrs Alexandra Parker, Head teacher, Teachers, Parents and Pupils, among others.

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unea picture2The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) represents the highest-level decision making body on the environment with universal membership. The inaugural UNEA took place in 2014, convening over 1000 key stakeholders from 163 UN member states to discuss progress toward delivering impactful environmental policy.

The second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) will take place at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23rd  to 27th  May, 2016 under the overarching theme of Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Assembly will culminate in resolutions and a global call to action to address the critical environmental challenges facing the world today.

The Government of Kenya will co-host UNEA 2 Assembly with UNEP. The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities is spearheading the preparatory meeting, through inter- ministerial organizing committee.

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PS, State Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima in a past event- she called for high impact projects..JPG

PS, State Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima in a past event- she called for high impact projects..JPG

14.04.2016 – The Principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima has called on Regional Development Authorities and Parastatals to initiate high impact projects that would change lives of the people.

She called on the Semi autonomous government agencies (SAGA’s) who are  the implementers of  programs and projects in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities to take advantage of  the various legal instruments at their disposal, to efficiently and effectively serve the public .

Dr. Mwakima was speaking at an  Eldoret hotel where the Ministry’s technical officers and the SAGA’s chief executive officers  prepared budgets for priority projects to be undertaken in the 2016/17 financial year .

Among the issues discussed included  mainstreaming  the ministerial and SAGAs prioritized programmes and projects into County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs).

During the meeting  the officers developed  mechanisms  for engagement in trans-boundary management of environment and natural resources  and finalized Regional Development Authorities bills,  policies  and strategy  that would  enable the entities avoid duplication  of  projects undertaken by  county governments.

The six Regional Development Authorities ;Kerio Valley Development Authority, Lake Basin Development Authority, Ewaso Ng’iro South Development Authority, Ewaso Ng’iro North  Development Authority, Coast Development Authority and the Tana and Athi River’s Development Authority participated in the workshop alongside Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Forestry Research Institute and Kenya Water Towers Agency.

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Principal Secretary, Environment & Regional Dev. Authorities, Charles Sunkuli, flanked by CEO, KVDA Mr. David Kimosop opening the workshop in Eldoret

Principal Secretary, Environment & Regional Dev. Authorities, Charles Sunkuli, flanked by CEO, KVDA Mr. David Kimosop opening the workshop in Eldoret

13.04.2013 -The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities is mainstreaming its programs and projects to fit into County Integrated Development Plans, Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment and Regional Development Authorities, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

He noted that some of the programs and projects being undertaken by the semi-autonomous government agencies (SAGA’s) under the Ministry will be best implemented as part of county governments development plans if they were to make the desired impact to the tax payers.

The PS was speaking during a workshop for the Ministry’s technical officers and chief executives of the parastatals to harmonize the various activities and develop a framework for financial flow for the various projects in the next financial year, among other issues.

The meeting held at an Eldoret Hotel developed mechanisms for engagement in trans-boundary management of environment and natural resources and finalized Regional Development Authorities’ bills, policy and strategy to avoid duplication with county governments.

Mr. Sunkuli appealed to the SAGA’s under the Ministry to incorporate in their programs, climate change activities in a bid to plan mitigation and adaptation of the phenomenon among the projects beneficiaries.

Among the SAGA’s represented in the meeting were Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Forestry Research Institute and the Regional Development Authorities of Kerio Valley Development Authority, Lake Basin Development Authority, Ewaso Ng’iro South Development Authority, Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority, Coast Development Authority and Tana and Athi River Development Authorities.

Mr. Charles Sunkuli exchanging views with KFS director, Mr. Emilio Mugo during tea break as Mr. David Kimosop, MD, KVDA looks on

Mr. Charles Sunkuli exchanging views with KFS director, Mr. Emilio Mugo during tea break as Mr. David Kimosop, MD, KVDA looks on

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Memorable moment - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the out-going Japanese envoy, Tatshushi Teranda with other Ministry and Japanese official in a group photo after the courtesy call.

Memorable moment – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the out-going Japanese envoy, Tatshushi Teranda with other Ministry and Japanese official in a group photo after the courtesy call.

The bilateral relationship between Kenya and the people and government of Japan, has resulted into the two countries building strong ties on various levels in the field of environmental conservation, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has noted.

 Thank you for your cooperation - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu bids Japanese envoy to Kenya H.E. Tatsushi Terada kwaheri in her office.

Thank you for your cooperation – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu bids Japanese envoy to Kenya H.E. Tatsushi Terada kwaheri in her office.

Speaking when she bid farewell to the out-going Japanese ambassador to Kenya H.E. Tatsushi Terada, who had called on her in her NHIF office to say kwaheri at the end of his three year tour of duty in Kenya, Prof. Wakhungu commended the bilateral relations between the two countries noting that, Kenya had continued to benefit through transfer of Japanese technology in various sectors of the economy.

Noting that Kenya has always received close cooperation from the government of Japan, Prof. Wakhungu cited the recently signed Ksh. 2 billion support agreement for the construction of the first medical waste incinerator in the country, the development of a Public Private Partnership programme that would last for 20 years, Low Carbon Growth Partnership, and Japans efforts to prevent global warming by cooperating in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the Joint Credit Mechanism.

It has been a good cordial relations, CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Japanese envoy, H.E. Terada in a pensive mood during the courtesy call to say kwaheri

It has been a good cordial relations, CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Japanese envoy, H.E. Terada in a pensive mood during the courtesy call to say kwaheri

Conservation Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Gideon Gathara, Dr. Charles Mutai from the Climate Change Secretariat and Mr. Jeremiah Munayi, Under Secretary in the Ministry attended.

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Environment CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu speaks to Journalist after addressing the 2nd stakeholders meeting on human wildlife conflict

Environment CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu speaks to Journalist after addressing the 2nd stakeholders meeting on human wildlife conflict

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said the government will soon form a task force to look into boundaries in a bid to address human Wildlife conflict.

Speaking at the opening of the second stakeholders meeting between the national and Taita Taveta County governments on human/wildlife conflict, the CS noted that the government was determined to resolve the perennial problem to allow peaceful co-existence.

“The people of Taita Taveta County, like many communities living near wildlife protected areas have continued to bear the brunt of human wildlife conflict” she affirmed.

Over the years, she said residents have suffered huge losses occasioned by presence of herds of elephants that invade their farmlands destroying crops, besides threatening lives and destroying properties.

The CS addressed diverse issues on management of human wildlife conflict for sustainable peace and development. The one day meeting was organized by the County government of Taita Taveta in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service, Taita Taveta University and Kenya Forest Service.

Taita Taveta Governor Hon. John Mruttu said the 12,000 elephants in Tsavo East and West National Parks is unmanageable. “There is need for research to establish the carrying capacity of National Parks” he said. This will he said will ensure elephants are kept in the parks away from peoples farms.

Dr Mwakima (standing) welcomes Environment CS Wakhungu to human wildlife conflict meeting in Voi looking on is Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu

Dr Mwakima (standing) welcomes Environment CS Wakhungu to human wildlife conflict meeting in Voi looking on is Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu

The meeting which brought together stakeholders to find amicable solution to the recurrent human wildlife conflict was attended by among others Natural Resources, Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Voi and Mwatate Members of Parliament Hon. Jones Mlolwe and Andrew Mwadime respectively.

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Natural Resources Principal Secretary, Dr. Mwakima inspects SGR from Maungu bridge in Tsavo East National Park

Natural Resources Principal Secretary, Dr. Mwakima inspects SGR from Maungu bridge in Tsavo East National Park

Natural Resources Principal Secretary, Dr. Margaret Mwakima has urged Members of Parliament in the Environment and Natural Resources Committee to facilitate the allocation of more resources to conservation due to the role it plays in economic growth in Kenya.

She spoke as the Ministry and Kenya Wildlife Service took the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on a guided tour to assess the impacts the Standard Gauge Railway has had on the wildlife in Tsavo Conservation Area.

“We as a Ministry are committed to the process of protecting wildlife resources, as enshrined in the Wildlife Act 2013” She confirmed. This Act she said allows for benefit sharing among various stakeholders of this valuable asset to Kenya through wildlife tourism.

Tsavo Conservation Area is the country’s largest officially gazatted protected wildlife area which spans 16,000 square miles in Southern Kenya. The area comprises three adjoining National Parks which are Tsavo East, Tsavo West and the Chyulu Hills.

In Tsavo alone the Standard Gauge Railway will take about 10.2 km2 of the park. This necessitated the MPs visit to the parks to ascertain among others claims of habitat fragmentation and blockage of wildlife migration route which has led to enhanced human wildlife conflict.

Emuhaya MP Hon.Wilbur Otichillo who chaired the meeting directed the Kenya Wildlife Service to furnish the committee with an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and evidence that all stakeholders were involved in the process.

During the tour to Bachuma, Maungu, Man Eaters and Tsavo river members noted with concern the increased human/wildlife conflict as a result of the railway and oil pipeline construction and recommended the inclusion of underpasses and overpasses to allow wildlife movement.

PS Mwakima, KWS DG Kitili Mbathi (center) and South Imenti MP, Kathuri Murungi inspecting SGR programme at MaungoThe meeting was attended by 10 Members of Parliament of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya Wildlife Service, Director General, Mr. Kitili Mbathi among other stakeholders.

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Prof Judi Wakhugu, CS ministry of Environment, Natural resources and regional development authorities gives her key remarks during the 22nd graduation ceremony of Londiani Forestry College -done on 8th April 2016

Prof Judi Wakhugu, CS ministry of Environment, Natural resources and regional development authorities gives her key remarks during the 22nd graduation ceremony of Londiani Forestry College -done on 8th April 2016

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Natural resources and regional developments authorities has said that there is need to train technical personnel who can sustainably manage forests and sensitize communities to increase forest cover as an essential strategy in the ministry’s operations. This is because forests are central to the wellbeing of Kenyan citizens.

Speaking during the 22nd graduation ceremony of  Kenya Forestry college in Londiani on 8th April 2016 where she was the guest of honour, the CS said that this year’s graduands have undergone training on a comprehensive curriculum with the market driven subjects which captures modern trends in forestry with support from the Government of Finland.

She said that the training fulfils the Ministry’s role of overseeing the management of Forestry and other Natural Resources in the country in ensuring that they are conserved and sustainably utilized to realize the constitutional requirement of 10% forest cover.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhugu (middle) gives an award to one of the graduands as the KFC Principal Prof. Donald Ongweno (third left) looks on.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhugu (middle) gives an award to one of the graduands as the KFC Principal Prof. Donald Ongweno (third left) looks on.

She further said that Finland has also contributed to Forest production purposes by installing a modern sawmill in the college which will contribute a lot in the country’s economic growth apart from using it in training workers of small scale and medium scale enterprise.

The CS urged the grandaunts to use their knowledge positively in helping communities to understand the value of conserving forest and trees as a critical measure towards climate change mitigation.

Those who accompanied the Cs during the graduation ceremony are Director KFS Emilio Mugo, KFS board chairman Mr Peter Kinyua, Principal KFC Prof. Donald Ogweno among others. A total of 158 candidates graduated with certificates and Diplomas.

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Rewarded for weather data innovation -  Director of KMD, James Kongoti presenting a certificate to chair of Green  Africa Foundation, Mr. John Kioli

Rewarded for weather data innovation – Director of KMD, James Kongoti presenting a certificate to chair of Green Africa Foundation, Mr. John Kioli

Early climate change warning systems have always existed in our culture, as our ancestors could predict weather for the next day from reading signs from the behaviour of animals and slight changes in the vegetation around them. With this knowledge, they made strategic decisions to relocate, move, and adapt the people in order to guarantee survival of the majority. Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

In a speech read of her behalf by the Director of the Kenya Meteorological Department, Mr. James Kongoti, during the “Wazo Prize” Climate Information awarding Ceremony, the first in the Climate Information Prize competition at a

Comedian Eric Omondi performing during the prize  awarding ceremony

Comedian Eric Omondi performing during the prize awarding ceremony

Nairobi hotel, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, today, we are armed with knowledge and are better equipped technologically to read the signs of change, and with technology and sharing information with other countries and communities, we can adapt or change our behavioral patterns for a sustainable planet, observing that, the top ideas exhibited by the competitors have the potential to change the course we are  as a country.

The Climate Information Prize competition, that is funded by DFID and whose main theme is Climate Information, Innovation, Business and Resilience, sets to demonstrate how climate information data from Kenya Meteorological Department can be used to save vulnerable Kenyan communities.

A participant admiring one of the trophies  that  were presented to the winners.

A participant admiring one of the trophies that were presented to the winners.

During the award ceremony, 13 contestants were awarded with the overall winner receiving $15,000.

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Dr Mwakima chairs a stakeholders meeting between KEPSA and SAGAs in Environment sector

Dr Mwakima chairs a stakeholders meeting between KEPSA and SAGAs in Environment sector

The government will continue to engage the Private sector in order to achieve its development agenda in accordance with vision 2030, the Principal Secretary for State Department for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima has reaffirmed

The Ps was speaking when she met members of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Ministerial Stakeholders in Nairobi where various opportunities of engagement were explored.

The forum deliberated on areas of mutual engagement with the private sector which include the status of various bills such as the Water Bill 2014, National Environment Policy, Climate Change Bill and Frameworks for incentives in engaging stakeholders on environment friendly investments Forum.

Dr. Mwakima called on the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND), an organization under the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, to work closely with the Private sector in mobilizing resources for Environmental Conservation.

She urged the private sector to join hands with the Ministry during this tree planting season in an effort to achieve the recommended 10% tree cover.

The private sector Alliance members were led by Mr. Suresh Patel, chairman of KEPSA environment, water and Natural Resource Sector Board.

Others who attended the meeting were National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) Director General Geoffrey Wahungu, Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) Director Dr. Ben Chikamai and the Conservation Secretary Mr. Gideon Gathaara.

Natural Resources PS Dr. Mwakima chairs a stakeholders meeting between KEPSA and Environment Ministry

Natural Resources PS Dr. Mwakima chairs a stakeholders meeting between KEPSA and Environment Ministry

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