Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu (Centre) and other participants during the TICAD VI special event on Forest and Landscape Restoration for food Security and Resilience to climate change.

Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu (Centre) and other participants during the TICAD VI special event on Forest and Landscape Restoration for food Security and Resilience to climate change.

The government of Kenya is targeting 5.1 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes for restoration by 2030, as a contribution to the African Forest and Landscape Restoration initiative [AFR] 100], a pan African, country –led effort to restore 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscape .This will also be Kenya’s contribution to the Bonn challenge, New York declaration on forests and the CBD AICHI targets.

The indication here is that, the African Forest and Landscape Restoration Initiative [AFR100] Seeks to restore 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscape, the Bonn challenge and the New York Declaration seeks to restore 150 million hectares by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

On behalf of the Government of Kenya, the Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu, represented Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources at this 1st TICAD conference in Africa, since its inception in 1993. The TICAD VI conference took place as from 25th to 28th September 2016, here in Nairobi.

The CS who represented Kenya at the TICAD VI, side event on forest and landscape restoration and resilience to climate change, said that the Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, is determined to reclaim, rehabilitate and conserve all the forested landscape to address the problem.

In order to address the problem, Prof Wakhungu said, the Government is organizing on how to reach out communities, development partners, the private sector and other stakeholder.

She said that the Ministry will endeavor to tap into financing mechanism including climate change funds and the carbon markets to support the goals. The REDD+ process has been singled out to champion the efforts and preparatory activity to support implementations with support from multiple stakeholders like Japanese Government.

Wakhungu defended the exploration of the country-wide range of option in restoration including policy and institutional reform and investments in order to protect the existing forests, restore degraded forest ecosystem and increasing forest cover across the country.

CS also said the Kenyan vision 2030, the Government policy and climate change Act, the National Climate Change Response Strategy and the Green Growth Strategy, recognize the forestry Sector as a major Carbon sink and priority area to move Kenya towards a low carbon, climate-resilient development pathway.

Cabinet Secretary noted that ambitious restoration programmes for the country’s water towers and dry land forest have been initiated in ensuring that adaptation and Mitigation measures are synergized with other forest management objectives.

She also ruminated the meeting that the ministry has a step ahead in formulating a National Forest Programme (NFP) to provide an overall operational and investment framework for implementing the new forest legislation and policy.

A Good number of around 36 dignitaries attended the TICAD VI meeting in Kenya.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu at a special event of TICAD VI on Forest and Landscape Restoration for food security and resilience to climate change.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu at a special event of TICAD VI on Forest and Landscape Restoration for food security and resilience to climate change.

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A bridge over the  Mara River as it flows down   Mugumu district  in Tanzania. A call was made to conserve   its catchment area.

A bridge over the Mara River as it flows down Mugumu district in Tanzania. A call was made to conserve its catchment area.

In recognizing the importance of Mara river ecosystem, the 10th Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin, held in  Kigali, Rwandan, declared every 15th September, the Mara Day to coincide with the great migration of wildlife from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Maasai-Mara National Game Reserve in Kenya.

The Mara River starts in the mountains of Kenya and runs across the Tanzania border into Lake Victoria. The Mara River is home to one of the great natural wonders of the world as every year, over a million wildebeests, zebras and antelopes migrate across the Serengeti to drink from its waters as the only perennial water source in the region.

The celebrations are held on an annual rotation basis between Kenya and Tanzania. In 2015, the celebrations were marked in the town on Butiama in Tanzania and this year, 2016, the day will be marked in Bomet, Kenya.

 

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2nd September 2016.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the plaque to officially launch the restoration of Lake Magadi ecosystem at Suswa, Narok County

Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the plaque to officially launch the restoration of Lake Magadi ecosystem at Suswa, Narok County

Strengthening environmental compliance and enforcement requires collective efforts among institutions and individuals, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

DSC_0048Pulling together - CS, flanked by PS,   Environment, Charles Sunkuli and other senior Ministry and Country   officialls from Narok and Kajiado during the launch.

CS, flanked by PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli and other senior Ministry and Country officialls from Narok and Kajiado during the launch.

Speaking when she launched the Suswa-Lake Magadi Ecosystem Restoration programme at Suswa, Narok County, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, successful restoration of suswa-Lake Magadi catchment area will open up opportunities for business development, clean water in rivers, create jobs, improve livelihoods and accelerate the growth of quality livestock feed and forage.

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Cabinet Secretary, Prof Judi Wakhungu briefing the stakeholders on the forthcoming CITES COP 17 meeting in South Africa to be held as from 24th September to 5th October 2016.

Cabinet Secretary, Prof Judi Wakhungu briefing the stakeholders on the forthcoming CITES COP 17 meeting in South Africa to be held as from 24th September to 5th October 2016.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu on 29 August 2016, officiated a stakeholder’s briefing session at the Panafric Hotel, as Kenya entered the homestretch of her preparations for the CITES CoP17 to be held next month in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The preparations process started with the commissioning of a National CITES Technical Committee earlier in the year and included representation from Species Taxa and CITES issues experts from Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya Wildlife Service, National Museums of Kenya, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, State Department of Fisheries and Blue Economy, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Forestry Research Institute and representation from the Conservation Alliance of Kenya.

The first retreat of the National CITES Committee was held in April 2016 in Kilaguni Lodge in Tsavo West National Park to prepare country submissions to CoP17.

A second retreat of the Committee to review proposals submitted by other countries and prepare country interventions and positions on each was held two weeks ago.

In total, Kenya has submitted fourteen 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 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 www.cites.org in readiness for discussion as agenda items of the triennial World Wildlife Conference.

Over 180 proposals are lined up for discussion, as agenda items of the Conference 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.

The CITES Convention is an international framework for regulation of trade in certain endangered species of wild animals and plants to ensure use of such species is sustainable and not detrimental to their survival in the wild.

The provisions of the Convention are binding to the signatory States; Kenya being one of them since 1978.

CITES is about regulation through permitting, of INTERNATIONAL trade and about certain species that are subject to the listing in the Appendices of the Convention: Appendix I, II and III.

The purpose of the session was to brief national stakeholders on the proposals the Government has prepared and submitted to the CITES CoP17 and some of the provisional positions that will be articulated at CoP17.

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 Kenya has been lobbying Parties to the CITES Convention to ensure discussions of the proposals bear this intention in mind.

Prof Wakhungu reiterated that Kenya’s proposals, especially on listing the African Elephant on Appendix I is further informed by the call made by H.E the President Hon Uhuru Kenyatta during the burning of country’s ivory stockpile in April. The proposals are supported by 28 other African States nd Sri Lanka and are meant to offer the highest level of protection of the species under CITES framework.

The listing proposal is accompanied by four other complimentary proposals also supported by the 28 other African States: closure of domestic ivory markets, management of stockpiles, suspension of decision-making mechanism process and control of trade in live elephants.

Prof Wakhungu called on all delegates to the Johannesburg conference, both the Government and Observer delegates, to familiarise themselves with the country proposals and, as much as possible, seek any clarification from her as the Head of Government delegation or her designated alternate heads of delegate (s) on any issue regarding the country position.

PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima makes her brief in preparation of the stakeholders about Kenyan's position at the CITES COP 17 meeting in South Africa.

PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima makes her brief in preparation of the stakeholders about Kenyan’s position at the CITES COP 17 meeting in South Africa.

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