Monday, June 18, 2018

 

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli being escorted by Env. Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia and other senior County officials on arrival at Kilgoris ..JPG

The PS is escorted to the venue of the workshop by the Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia, ENSDA MD, Sammy Naporos (right) and the workshop organizers.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is committed to protecting the environment and conserving wildlife by working with communities living around the forests to undertake activities and projects intended to reduce effects of deforestation of indigenous trees.

Speaking during a stakeholder engagement workshop for the restoration and conservation of Nyekweri forest in Transmara, the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli called upon the communities living around the forest to conserve it for their own good and that of future generations.

Nyekweri forest is the largest remaining indigenous forest block of Transmara covering approximately 300 sq km. It is of high ecological and socio cultural importance to the Maasai people and also an important feeding and breeding ground for large mammals such as elephants.

The PS observed that our survival depends on how well we take care of the environment noting that conservation and sustainable use of environmental resources solely depends on changed behavior by individuals, households, consumers, private as well as public institutions.

He expressed satisfaction that though the environmental challenges facing us are enormous, much more can be accomplished through collaborative efforts of key stakeholders.

PS, Charles Sunkuli, flanked by Env. Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia viewing exhibits at Kilgoris, during the launching ceremony.DSC_0409.JPG

Denis Orioki, team leader of the Nyamira/Kisii Energy saving group explains to the PS how sugarcane waste is used to make briquettes for cooking as one way of conserving the environment. Looking on is the Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia.

The forum was organized to develop a comprehensive programme for rehabilitation of Nyekweri forest and upper Migori catchment area. It also aimed at securing both community and political support for rehabilitation of the forest as it is one of the major sources of river Mogor that traverses through seven (7) counties of Narok, Kericho, Nyamira, Bomet, Kisii, Homabay, Migori and beyond.

He acknowledged that sustainability of the programme required effective community participation and involvement and thanked participants for their tireless efforts in conserving the environment.  At the end of the workshop, the stakeholders identified twelve (12) priority action areas for environment restoration.

 

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rollThe Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources was judged the Third Best Large Government stand during this year’ Nairobi International Trade Fair, that runs from October 3rd to 9th at the Jamhuri Show ground, and which is an  annual event that is the largest trade fair in East African run by the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK).

The show offers opportunities for regional, continental and global exhibitors to display and demonstrate their services and products.It also ffers show visitors an opportunity to meet people from different countries and backgrounds, hence creating a platform for interaction and exchanging of ideas and experiences.

dsc_0210Exhibitors showcase their work as well as learn best practices during the annual classes held at the show. This year’s theme is enhancing agriculture in food security and industry for food security.

This year’s show will run through to Wednesday, October 7.dsc_0312

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The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources stand at the Nairobi ShowDSC_0183

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources stand at the Nairobi ShowDSC_0183

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is among the various exhibitors, who are show casing during this year’s Nairobi International Trade Fair that opened at the Jamhuri Show ground on 3rd October, 2016.

The Ministry is competing on four categories that it had entered for judging- ie. Theme interpretation, Best government large stand, Environmental standards and Technology innovation.

The Director of Admin, Env., who is the Co-Chair of the  MENR show committee, viewing the Nairobi river model at the  Ministry stand.  DSC_0206

The Director of Admin, Env., who is the Co-Chair of the MENR show committee, viewing the Nairobi river model at the Ministry stand. DSC_0206

This year’s theme is enhancing agriculture in food security and industry for food security.

 

 

 

Judges at the MInistry stand during the judging  day.DSC_0162

Judges at the MInistry stand during the judging day.DSC_0162

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 Wanton destruction of Nyekweri forest - human activities like charcoal burning deplete our forest cover.

Wanton destruction of Nyekweri forest – human activities like charcoal burning deplete our forest cover.

 Communities living near forests have been called upon to conserve them for their benefits and generations to come.

Speaking during a stakeholder engagement workshop held in Kilgoris town to restore, rehabilitate and conserve the Nyekeweri forest, the Environment Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Dr. Alice Kaudia observed that, the best way to promote conservation was through participatory approach which involves community engagement and sharing ideas on non-destructive ways of conserving the environment with clear benefits for all.

Depleting our forest cover - A Kenya Forest Service  guard documents charcoal burning activities before taking  action.

Depleting our forest cover – A Kenya Forest Service guard documents charcoal burning activities before taking action.

Noting that conservation was not only about planting trees but also protecting them from wanton destruction, Dr. Kaudia exuded confidence that, if all Kenyans conserve the environment, future generations will not suffer.

The three day workshop aims at conserving and protecting river Mogor and the greater river Sondu catchment area, promote community inclusivity through a green chain value development and secure habitat, bio diversity and increase the forest cover that has been depleted by human practices, through illegal logging and perennial charcoal burning.

Creating awareness on conservaton- Env. Sec. Dr. Kaudia  with Ministry officials and other stakeholders at Kilgoris  during the  workshop.

Creating awareness on conservaton- Env. Sec. Dr. Kaudia with Ministry officials and other stakeholders at Kilgoris during the workshop.

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