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CS, Pro. Judi Wakhungu stressing a point, as Mr. Kunihiro Yamauchi, Director General, Global Environment Department, Japan, and a colleague listen keenly

CS, Pro. Judi Wakhungu stressing a point, as Mr. Kunihiro Yamauchi, Director General, Global Environment Department, Japan, and a colleague listen keenly

The government appreciates the role of the Japan International Cooperation agency, JICA, for its commitment in helping to combat desertification by enhancing the forest cover in the Country, the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she received a delegation of JICA forestry experts in her office, that was led by Mr. Kunihiro Yamauchi,  Director General, Global Environment Department, Japan,  Prof. Wakhungu observed that, the tree cover in the country had grown from 6.9% to 7.2%  and hoped that, with the help of strategic partners like JICA, the country was on track to achieving the 10% internationally recognized tree cover.

Prof. Wakhungu called for the speedy ratification of the forest transition plans by the counties to enhance the pace of afforestation noting that, to date, only the counties of Taita Taveta and Laikipia had signed the transition plan.

Memories - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a memorabe photo with the JICA team after the courtesy call.

Memories – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu joins in a memorabe photo with the JICA team after the courtesy call.

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 Glad to see you! - PS, State Dept. of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli receiving the deputy head of mission-Danish embassy, Mr. Lars Bredal.

Glad to see you! – PS, State Dept. of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli receiving the deputy head of mission-Danish embassy, Mr. Lars Bredal.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources appreciates the partnership with other stakeholders and development partners, in ensuring that technologies adopted for combating the effects of climate change are clean and safe, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

Mr. Sunkuli made the remarks in his NHIF office when he received a delegation from the Royal Danish Embassy that was on a follow up mission on the Strategic Sector Cooperation Project document on Green Growth in the Manufacturing Sector in Kenya 2016-2019, a partnership between the two countries which is due for signing.

The partnership, which will be funded by the Danish government to the tune of 4,993.552 Danish kronor, will focus on the Green Economy Strategic Implementation Plan (GESIP), the National Solid Waste Management Strategy and the Green Growth Employment Programme and will have the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Industrialization, Investment and Trade, as the participating institutions.

The delegation from the Royal Danish Embassy was led by the Deputy Head of mission Mr. Lars Bredal.

PS, State Dept of Natural Resources, Mr. Charles Sunkuli in discussion with the delegation from the Danish embassy in his NHIF office.

PS, State Dept. of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli in discussion with the delegation from the Danish embassy in his NHIF office.

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Dr. Mwakima with other participants during the one day retreat.

“We should engage County governments in conservation and restoration efforts of our natural resources in order to achieve the desired results,” the Principal Secretary (Ps) for Parajumpers Selma Natural Belstaff Brooklands Blouson Antique Resources Dr. Jordan Cp3 Vii Ae Review Margaret Mwakima has affirmed. The Ps said this during a meeting with members of conservation groups at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) offices in Nairobi.

The meeting was a follow up of a previous one at the Ps’ office and it was called to explore areas of possible collaboration between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Conservation groups particularly IUCN.

Among the possible areas that were identified was landscape restoration where it was agreed that the Ministry through the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) would partner with IUCN to achieve the 10 percent forest cover in the country as prescribed by the new constitution of 2010. This will include dry land forestry where the Kenya Forest Research institute (KEFRI) would advice on the appropriate tree species to be planted in dry or semi-arid areas of the country.

The forum also agreed to work together for better and Golden Goose Pas Cher sustainable water resources management. The Ps said the Ministry through its state agency Kenya Water Towers Agency (KWTA) would ensure that the Country’s water towers are protected and Golden Goose V-Star 2 Rebajas rehabilited so that they can continue serving the country. She also thanked IUCN for their efforts in rehabilitating the country’s water towers.

During the meeting it was also agreed that all the parties would join hands to fight the menace of invasive species which included the water hyacinth in Lake Victoria and other species in the National Parks and other protected areas. The Ps noted that the government would not win the war against these Golden Goose Superstar Solde plants unless it joined hands with the local communities in the affected areas.

It was also agreed that that there was need to join hands in order to protect our wildlife against poaching and illegal wildlife trade.

Dr. Mwakima thanked the IUCN for facilitating Kenya and Africa at large in the forthcoming World Conservation Congress to take place in Hawaii.

She was accompanied by the Director Wildlife Conservation Mr. Stephen Manegene and the Director Multilateral Environmental Agreements Mr. Richard Mwendandu. Also present were representatives

 from the IUCN  Kenya Office, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, Nature Kenya, East African Wildlife Society, the Kenya Forest Service among others.

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PS Sunkuli chairs meeting to resolve issues on closed ngong dumpsite

PS Sunkuli chairs meeting to resolve issues on closed ngong dumpsite

One week after the national government announced the closure of Ngong dumpsite, the county government of Kajiado has agreed to secure an alternative site for waste land fill.

An eight (8) member strong committee was today formed to resolve the persistent poor solid waste management which has continuously polluted the environment causing health problems in Kajiado County.

Consequently the National Environment Management Authority was directed to design an approved landfill for Kajiado County that will be replicated to the rest of the county.

Kajiado deputy Governor Paul Ntiati stresses a point to PS during the meeting

Kajiado deputy Governor Paul Ntiati stresses a point to PS during the meeting

This follows persistent complains by residents of Ngong town and its environs about serious health hazards as result of pollution from illegal dumping of garbage. Environment and health experts confirmed that many residents experienced health problems related to use of contaminated water air, and food that resulted from poor management of waste.

The committee was established during a crisis meeting at the Ministry of Environment Headquarters on and chaired by the Principal Secretary of Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli.  It was attended by Kajiado County Deputy Governor Paul Ntiati, Kajiado Senator Eng. Petyer Mositet, Environment and Health officials.

The committee will comprise the following.

  1. Governor Kajiado County
  2. Senator Kajiado County
  3. Principal Secretary Environment
  4. Principal Secretary Health
  5. Bishop Ngong Catholic Diocese
  6. Director General NEMA
  7. Kajiado north Citizens Participation Forum
  8. Environment Secretary.
  9. Regional Commissioner-Kajiado County

Its terms of reference are;

  1. The committee will be Co-chaired by the Principal Secretary Environment and the Governor of Kajiado County
  2. Develop a framework for ensuring that proper management of waste in Kajiado County under a shared objective
  1. The team will visit and identify alternative sites from the proposed alternative sites by Kajiado county Government to decommission Ngong dumpsite for better
Kajiado Senator Eng. Moses Mositet (in glasses) addresses the meeting as PS listens

Kajiado Senator Eng. Moses Mositet (in glasses) addresses the meeting as PS listens

Management of the increasing unsound and haphazard dumping of waste particularly

in Ngong sub-county.

  1. The team will also develop the estimates of cost that will be required for establishment of a landfill.
  2. The team will be responsible to foresee the process that ensure decommissioning and commissioning of the existing dumpsite and the new landfill respectively

 

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Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli today held talks with officials of the International Union for Conservation of Canada Goose Lorette Parka Nature (IUCN) at his Kobe Xi Alt office. The officials comprised Mr. Luther B. Anukur, the Louis Vuitton Monogram Scarf Outlet regional Director of Eastern and Southern Africa for IUCN and Ms Yasuoa Kaori, the Strategic Parajumpers Ugo Outlet Partnershgip Development Coordinator for Eastern and Southern Africa.

The PS noted the importance of Nike Roshe One Hyperfuse Cool Grey continued collaboration between the Kenya Government and IUCN in areas of Global Environment Fund (GEF), Wetlands and International Waters.

Under the GEF, collaboration includes Chemicals, Climate change and Land reclamation at Lake Nike Air Max 90 Pinnacle Oatmeal Magadi and Mt. Suswa.

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PS, State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli during the launch of the 100 days Rapid Result Initiative at the KICC. He called for Kenyans to Keep Kenya Clean

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has emphasized for the focus of the National Government in enforcing Waste Management regulations and for proper mechanisms to be put in place to ensure efficient management of the Sewerage facilities by respective County Governments.

Speaking at the Lake side city of Kisumu, during the 15th National Policy Steering Committee of the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project II – Kenya, Mr. Sunkuli cautioned that, every Kenyan has a right to a clean and healthy environment as enshrined in the Constitution and Vision 2030, and at the same time, emphasized the role of Community Driven Development Sub Projects as effective tools and key foundation in preventing pollution.

The challenge of solid waste management is a real and growing one in Kenya, with most urban centres literally sinking under the weight of garbage. Uncontrolled and improper waste management affects human health, harbour disease causing organisms, thus increasing the cost of Medicare.

The impacts are manifested in the clogging of drainage systems that lead to flooding during rainy seasons, resulting to destruction of infrastructure and at times, loss of lives.

Challenges of solid waste – Principal Secretary, State Department of Env, Charles Sunkuli with Kajiado leaders touring the Ngong dumpsite before ordering for its clossure.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has drawn an action plan for environmentally sound management of waste to ensure that Kenyans enjoy a garbage free, clean and healthy environment as provided for by the constitution 2010.

The implementation of the plan, to be undertaken within 100 days Rapid Results Initiative on Solid Waste Management, will require the support of various sectors, institutions and individuals to be successful. The initiative will comprise key intervention areas which will include:- enhancing collaboration between relevant institutions charged with the responsibility of waste management in order to enhance compliance and enforcement, surveillance missions and inspections on illegal waste dumping especially on highways, riparian reserves and residential areas, and enhance public education and awareness through media engagement in print and electronic.

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 A Jumuiya steam ship submerged by hyacith in L. Victoria, Kisumu. The invasive weed is a major challenge in the conservation of the L. Victoria Basin.

A Jumuiya steam ship submerged by hyacith in L. Victoria, Kisumu. The invasive weed is a major challenge in the conservation of the L. Victoria Basin.

The Lake Victoria Environment Management Project Phase Two (LVEMP II-Kenya), has been challenged to put more emphasis in ensuring the environmental conservation of the Lake Victoria basin.

Speaking when he officiated at the 15th National Policy Steering Committee of LVEMP II – Kenya, at the Tom Mboya Labour College, Kisumu, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli noted that, Lake Victoria Basin is an important and strategic economic zone for the Country and cautioned that, the growing population in the Basin has a right to a clean and healthy environment as enshrined in the Constitution and Vision 2030.

To ensure proper coordination, implementation, better performance and continuity of the Project investments, the PS directed the co-opting of the County Government teams from the Project catchments.

PS, State Department of Environment, Charles Sunkuli  with Env. Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia and Director of  Programmes, Agnes Yobteric listening as LVEMP's Franciscah Awuol makes  a statement

PS, State Department of Environment, Charles Sunkuli with Env. Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia and Director of Programmes, Agnes Yobteric listening as LVEMP’s Franciscah Awuol makes a statement

Mr. Sunkuli emphasized the focus of the National Government in enforcing Waste Management regulations, and urged the Project to ensure that proper mechanisms are put in place to ensure efficient management of the Sewerage facilities by the respective County Governments. He at the same time emphasized the role of Community Driven Development Sub Projects as effective tool and key foundation in preventing pollution of the lake. He therefore, called on the Project to ensure effective implementation of its interventions to prevent Lake Pollution and involve the County Governments.

The National Policy Steering Committee is composed of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources which is also the National Focal Point Ministry for the Project, The National Treasury, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Ministry of Water and Irrigation and Ministry of Devolution and Planning.

 

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19th AUGUST, 2016. 

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with other participants following proceedings during the forum on electromagnetic frequencies at a Nairobi hotel

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with other participants following proceedings during the forum on electromagnetic frequencies at a Nairobi hotel

Kenyans have become increasingly concerned with the potential harmful effects that electromagnetic frequencies might have on their health with the upsurge in the use of the mobile telephony that has necessitated the deployment of base stations close to residential area’s in a bit to boost connectivity and communication, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking on the role of her Ministry in addressing environmental impact of electromagnetic frequencies, during a forum on the effects of electromagnetic frequencies that was organized by the Kenya Alliance of Residents Association (KARA) in a Nairobi hotel, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, the development of applications by telecommunication companies for the installation of mobile phone towers are a major sources of contentious litigations in the Ministry and called on the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), to ensure that all base stations are subjected to Environmental Impact Assessment process and licensed, saying that, her Ministry considers public health as the key aspect to take into account in dealing with electromagnetic frequencies.

Prof. Wakhungu called for the provision of basic information on the electromagnetic frequencies to  unravel the myths around the health effects of the base stations and at the same time, promote a better understanding between what is known and what is not known about electromagnetic frequencies.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu making a contribution  during the workshop.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu making a contribution during the workshop.

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Principal Secretaries in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Water and irrigation and Mining, yesterday on 16 August 2016, held a meetings at the Mining Offices in abide to launch Environmental protection, water and Natural Resources Sector Budget process for 2017 to 2018 Medium Term Budget.

The chairman of the Budget process, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed Principal Secretary for the State department of Mining, was the host of his counterparts Prof. Fred Segor of State Department of Water Services, Dr Margaret Mwakimwa of State Department of Natural Resources and Patrick Nduati of State Department of Irrigation. The treasury department was represented by George Muthembi.

Work plans, Secretarial team and technical working groups were constituted to work with treasury team and will keep their respective accounting officers/the PSs informed on the progress at the most convenient time possible.

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Nairobi       17.08.16              

The government has ordered the closure of the Ngong town dumpsite for failing to meet recommended environmental standards.

Environment Principal secretary Charles Sunkuli, directed the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to immediately commence the process to decommission the solid waste management site that was at the brink of environment disaster.

And at a meeting held at the Ngong  deputy County Commissioner’s office, Kajiado senator,  Peter Mositet and deputy governor Paul Ntiaty supported the dumpsites closure and confirmed that the process of identifying  an alternative garbage management site ongoing.

Mr. Sunkuli toured the dumpsite following widespread complaints that the garbage had caused untold suffering to residents whose lives are threatened by health and environmental hazards posed by the piling garbage. He appealed to residents to change their ‘’ throw away “culture which had caused the eye sore that is Ngong dumpsite. Residents at the nearby estates and  primary schools  complained of constant res

 PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli, accompanied by Senator, Kajiado County, Eng. Peter Mositet, sub-county comm., Mr. Komen, ES, Dr. Alice Kaudia and NEMA officials tourng the dumpsite

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli, accompanied by Senator, Kajiado County, Eng. Peter Mositet, sub-county comm., Mr. Komen, ES, Dr. Alice Kaudia and NEMA officials tourng the dumpsite

piratory ailments and skin infections.

The PS urged  Kajiado  County government to invest heavily in safe solid waste management and security as the two areas were of concern to prospective investors in Ngong town.

He disclosed that NEMA would maintain a data base on various waste management activities including the gazettement of all solid waste transport vehicles, and monitoring self help groups that derived economic benefits from such sites in an effort  to promote a clean and healthy environment.

The deputy governor Paul Ntiaty told the meeting that his county was working in collaboration with an investor who would manage garbage through recycling and other environmentally recommended methods.

It was agreed that with the relocation of the dumpsite, all self help groups working on value addition activities from the solid waste, would be allowed to carry on with their economic activities as long as they had structured their management.

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The Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu (Centre) makes her contributions at the CITES COP17 retreat meeting, as Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima (left) waits for her turn to give views. The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu for Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, consulting with Principal Secretary, State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima, during the retreat to prepare for Kenyas position for CITES COP17, at Sawela Hotel, Naivasha, on 15th August 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 18, 2016 

Kenya’s preparations for the forthcoming 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) have entered the homestretch.

This follows completion of Kenya’s consultative preparation process through a national multi-agency CITES Technical committee and Under Armour Speedform Phenom Black subsequent submission on 27 April 2016, of proposals for consideration at the conference. In total, Kenya has submitted fourteen (14) proposals covering a wide range of wild species, including the African elephant, African Pangolins, species of snakes endemic to Kenya, the thresher Sharks, species of chameleons, plant species and others on Adidas Climacool Boat Shoes Womens measures to combat illegal wildlife trafficking.

These proposals, together with others submitted by other Parties to the Convention, have since been uploaded on the CITES website in readiness for discussion as agenda items of the triennial World Wildlife Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September to 5 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Over 180 proposals are lined up for discussion as agenda items of the Conference of the Parties that will bring together 182 States that are Parties to the Convention. The Parties will take critical decisions on wildlife trade policy and the scope of regulatory control over international trade in specific wild species

As part of Kenya’s roadmap to Johannesburg, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu this week convened a two-day retreat in Naivasha for the National CITES Technical committee to review and develop a country position on all items of CoP17. The committee brings together experts from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya Wildlife Service, National Museums of Kenya, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs State Department of Fisheries and Blue Economy and representatives of Conservation Alliance of Kenya, an umbrella body bringing together more than 50 NGOs.

Meanwhile, plans are underway to convene a briefing session for national stakeholders, including members of the Adidas Eqt 93/17 Triple Black Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources ahead of the conference.

Kenya remains committed to playing its rightful role in ensuring that international trade in endangered species of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival in the wild. That is why it is lobbying and Under Armour Micro G Torch 4 Review persuading Parties to the CITES Convention to ensure discussions of the proposals Toronto Fc Home Kit 2015 before the CoP17 bear this intention in mind.

It is therefore critically important that Parties to CITES adopt the proposals submitted by Kenya, key among them the five complementary proposals on African elephant submitted by Kenya and other Parties under the framework of the African Elephant Coalition calling for decisive action to ban trade in elephants and elephant ivory to save the species from imminent extinction.

These joint proposals seek the listing of all African elephants in CITES Appendix I, closure of domestic markets for ivory, enhancing management of ivory stockpiles including where possible, their destruction, ending discussion on the Nike Free Rn Distance 2 Decision-Making Mechanism for legalizing future trade in ivory and prohibiting the export of live African elephants to zoos.

 

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flagged by PS, Environmet, Charles Sunkuli and NEMA officials unveiling the plague to officially launch the 100 days RRI on solid waste

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flagged by PS, Environmet, Charles Sunkuli and NEMA officials unveiling the plague to officially launch the 100 days RRI on solid waste

 

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has formed an inter-agency committee on the enforcement of waste management, which has identified gaps in the implementation of the waste agenda in the country, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, has said.

Prof. Wakhungu, made the remarks when she launched a Rapid Results Initiative (RRI),  on solid waste management in the next 100days at the KICC.

A memorable photo- PS, Charles Sunkuli poses for a group photo with NEMA and Private sector officialss after the launch of the RRI.

A memorable photo- PS, Charles Sunkuli poses for a group photo with NEMA and Private sector officialss after the launch of the RRI.

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