Monday, July 23, 2018
CS, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu gestures as she opens the IGAD meeting in Nairobi

CS, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu gestures as she opens the IGAD meeting in Nairobi

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource, which is the focal point in the implementation of the Intergovernmental Organization on Development (IGAD) Biodiversity Management Programme, has been coordinating lead agencies and key stakeholders in the implementation of the Biodiversity Management Programme (BMP)Policy, that provides an opportunity towards harmonization of national legal frameworks, with particular emphasis on biodiversity database and information system, for effective protection and conservation of biodiversity within the IGAD region, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has observed.

Addressing representative of IGAD member states during the Ministerial Meeting of the Organization’s Regional Biodiversity Policy here in Nairobi, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, IGAD member States share a common objective in addressing poverty reduction, peace and stability through regional integration and trade, and it is worth noting that the IGAD region faces a myriad of environmental challenges such as unsustainable management of critical ecosystems that drives the agro-based economies of the member states. Such challenges are exacerbated by the fact that, more than 76% of IGAD’s landmass is classified as Arid Semis-Arid Lands (ASAL) which are characterized by unreliable rainfall distribution of less than 700 mm a year and persistent droughts.

Noting that IGAD, with financial support from the European Union is implementing Biodiversity Management Programme (BMP) in three selected biodiversity hotspots, that cover the trans-boundary natural resources between South-Sudan and Ethiopia, Djibouti and Ethiopia and Kenya-Somalia (Tana-Kipini-Laga Badana bush- bush and Seascape), Prof. Wakhungu extended the Kenya government’s gratitude to the European Union for the Financial Support; the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre (HOAREC), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); international Centre for Research in Agro-forestry (ICRAF) for specialized technical support and as implementing partners for Biodiversity Management Programme (BMP) in the three Pilot areas; and IGAD secretariat for project formulation and implementation.

Members of the IGAD member states during the session at a Nairobi hotel

Members of the IGAD member states during the session at a Nairobi hotel

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Members of the Low Emission and Climate Resilience Development during the meeting at the Kyaka hotel, Machakos

Members of the Low Emission and Climate Resilience Development during the meeting at the Kyaka hotel, Machakos

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources appreciates the support of development partners in combating the vagaries associated with effects of climate change, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Secretary of Administration in the Ministry, Mr. William Kiprono, during the Low Emission Climate Resilience Development Project’s (LECRD) steering committee meeting, to review the projects progress at the Kyaka hotel, Machakos, Mr. Sunkuli noted that, the project, whose specific objectives is to strengthen capacity for low emission development in Kenya, build national and county institutions capacity to better coordinate climate change activities and climate finances, enhance decision making for increased resilience to climate change impacts and promote climate smart technologies and business opportunities, is on track as per its timelines that is expected to last up to September, 2017.

Noting that, humanity, through its own actions is changing the world’s climate as temperatures are increasing, sea levels are rising and storms are growing, the PS  reiterated that, the project has been reinforcing capacity building of the Climate Knowledge Management System in Kenya.

The Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) project, funded by USAID through UNDP, aims at supporting Kenya’s efforts to pursue long-term, transformative development as well as accelerate sustainable climate resilient economic growth, while slowing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. The three year project will contribute towards the implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan (2013- 2017) which has the overarching goal of enhancing low carbon climate resilient development blueprint –Vision 2030.

Dr. Warui, the Project Manager, LECRD taking the  members through the project workplan

Dr. Warui, the Project Manager, LECRD taking the members through the project workplan

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