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28th Nov, 2016

Participants of a Stakeholder Workshop on Sustainable Land Management held in Naivasha. Seated in the Middle (with a scarf) is Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia

Participants of a Stakeholder Workshop on Sustainable Land Management held in Naivasha. Seated in the Middle (with a scarf) is Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia

The Ministry organized a stakeholders’ workshop for County Executive Committee (CECs) members in charge of Environment, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Water, Land, Trade and Energy from all Counties to develop a framework for coordination of Sustainable Land Management and investment in the country.

The workshop which was officially opened by the Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia, on behalf the Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli was organized by the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Sustainable Land Management Project (KAPSLMP).

 In her address, Dr. Kaudia acknowledged the importance of the new governance structure in the country stating that it was now easier to cascade projects to the ground and carry out duties in a more organized manner. She stated that the Ministry was very delighted to have an opportunity to discuss the achievements of KAPSLM project with County policy makers and called on County Governments to support the project as the products generated will be valueless if not implemented at the county level.

Mr. Malik Aman, the Project’s Component Manager said the workshops’ objective was to mainstream sustainable land management in the County Integrated Development Plans and incorporate feedback from stakeholders in the strategic investment framework for purposes of ownership going forward.

Dr. John Chumo, the CEC member for Environment for Nandi County and Chair, Caucus for CEC Members for Environment, Water, Land and Mining said that members discussed and agreed on appropriate ways to integrate best agricultural practices in land management and economic production without compromising the state of the environment. Participants also developed strategies that champion enough food production, use of mixed farming methods, building barriers and terraces to stop soil erosion, and practicing rotational farming to address soil acidity and reduce degradation challenges among other approaches.

‘Agriculture is a devolved function and therefore county governments are major stakeholders in implementing best practices that would transform the sector’, noted Dr. Chumo who decried poor enforcement of legislations, bad attitude, corruption and resistance to change as the most critical impediments to a successful and flourishing agricultural sector in the country.

At the end of the workshop, members agreed that implementation is critical and the complete report to be shared with stakeholders and donors for support.

KAPSLMP is a Government of Kenya project funded by GEF through the World Bank. It started November, 2010 and is supposed to end in December, 2016.

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23rd/ Nov/2016

CS, Prof Wakhungu with a team from Conservation International,an American non-profit environmental organization,whose goal is to protect nature as a source of food, fresh water, livelihoods and a stable climate.

CS, Prof Wakhungu with a team from Conservation International,an American non-profit environmental organization,whose goal is to protect nature as a source of food, fresh water, livelihoods and a stable climate.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu today held discussions with a team from Conservation International, who briefed her on the activities they were undertaking in Kenya and Africa in general with a view to seeking more partnership opportunities.

The team led by Michael O’Brien, head of Conservation Systems Services in Africa said they were working on Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Chyulu and Tsavo West Redd project to conserve the ecosystem. He said they were also partnering with Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in the same region to conserve the environment. They expressed their interest to work in the northern rangelands of Marsabit and Isiolo to reduce emission effects and activities of deforestation.

The CS welcomed their initiative and said Kenya supports the collaboration of conservation international with KFS and KWS. She noted that the ecosystem around Amboseli and Mzima springs is under threat and if revitalized will impact positively on the population as it will translate into alternative dividends for livelihoods.

At the meeting were Carlos Manuel Rodrigues, former Minister for Environment for Costarica and now board member of Conservation International in Africa and Richard Mwendandu, Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements in the Ministry among others.

Conservation International is an American non-profit environmental organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its goal is to protect nature as a source of food, fresh water, livelihoods and a stable climate.

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22/Nov/2016

Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Mr. Richard Mwendandu opening the Mercury workshop at the Pan Afric hotel, Nairobi.

Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Mr. Richard Mwendandu opening the Mercury workshop at the Pan Afric hotel, Nairobi.

Plans are at an advanced stage between Kenya and Japan to construct a state of the art incinerator for Nairobi County and its environs to manage harmful chemical substances in line with the Minamata Convention on mercury management. The construction will start in August, 2017 on a seven acre piece of land located near the eastern by pass.

The Minamata Convention is the first major global environmental treaty in over a decade and requires best available control technology for coal fired power plants. It also roots for the banning of mercury containing commercial products in the next 15 years.

Addressing participants of a joint Kenya –Japan Technical Workshop on Mercury Management in Nairobi on behalf of the Principal Secretary for Environment, Julius Sunkuli, Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Mr. Richard Mwendandu, observed that Kenya is a signatory to the Minamata Convention on mercury and is making effort to have it ratified by latest May, 2017. 128 countries have already signed the convention and ratification by 50 countries is required for it to be effected. Nine countries including the US have already ratified.

Mr. Mwendandu noted that Kenya is already implementing Minamata Mercury activities to protect human health and environment by reducing mercury releases through contaminated water, air and food. It is evident that medical waste contains mercury and there are emissions and releases of mercury into the environment. However, there is no data available on quantities and source of materials of mercury in the country.

Kenya’s solid waste is contaminated extensively by dumping of batteries, switches, cosmetics, soaps and cream, pesticides, biocides, antiseptics, non electronic measuring devices like barometers, hydrometers, manometers, thermometers and lamps.  Plans are in place to ban or phase out these products.

Japan shared knowledge and experiences on how they handled mercury management and will partner with Kenya to develop action plans to manage mercury and achieve objectives of the Convention.

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CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu gives her remarks at Hotel Intercontinental where she officiated the launch of 2016 African Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference on 21 Nov 2016

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu gives her remarks at Hotel Intercontinental where she officiated the launch of 2016 African Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference on 21 Nov 2016

The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said that Kenya is a great supporter of Ecosystems economic program by playing a major role in passing the resolutions including me one on Natural Capital during UNEAII. She said that the Government of Kenya supports the innovative programs of the UN Environment like VANTAGE (Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy).

Speaking during her official launch of the 2016 African Ecosystem Services partnership conference at Hotel Intercontinental, Prof. Wakhungu said Kenya has put in place policy frameworks that address protection and preservation of ecosystem services, included the minimum target of 10% forest cover in vision 2030. She also said that the Kenya water towers management program which is aimed at protecting and preserving the five water towers in the country is also one of the policy frameworks to address protection and preservation of ecosystem services.

Participants of just launched Conference of 2016 African Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference

Participants of just launched Conference of 2016 African Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference

CS said that because Kenya faces a couple of environmental issues like deforestation, soil erosion, desertification, water shortage, flooding, poaching, it has resolved to undertake the restoration of 5.1 million hectares of degraded lands through tree based restoration including agro forestry. “This initiative is part of Kenya’s involvement in the AFR IOO initiative,” she added.img_3395

 

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Yatta Member of Parliament Hon. Francis Mwangangi makes a point at Kabaa Bridge along River Athi

Yatta Member of Parliament Hon. Francis Mwangangi makes a point at Kabaa Bridge along River Athi

Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources experienced firsthand the massive pollution that has endlessly chocked Athi River.

And as the lawmakers were taken on a guided tour of sections of River Athi to ascertain claims of pollution, residents hoped a permanent solution would be found to save their lives from toxic waste finding its way into the river.

The visits were prompted by a petition to Parliament by Yatta Member Francis Mwangangi on behalf of his constituents who complained of the massive pollution of the river.

The MPs led by the acting chairperson of the Committee and M P for Kitui East, Mutua Muluvi made stop over’s at Kabaa Bridge and Wamunyu along the river. They later held a public hearing in Katangi in Yatta Constituency, Machakos County.

Some of waste collected in River Athi by residents of Kabaa

Some of waste collected in River Athi by residents of Kabaa

During the meeting, residents of Yatta constituency decried the alarming rate of pollution that adversely affected their health, livestock and farm produce. “We use water from the river to cook food, eat which makes us sick since we do not have an alternative”, said Pastor Musembi, a local resident.

Mwala MP Eng. Vincent Musyoki on the other hand said the main source of pollution was from Nairobi and Kiambu counties. Raw sewage, industrial waste and medical waste are disposed off directly into the river he noted. The situation is worsened by extensive slums built along the river that also discharge raw sewage into it as they lack basic amenities like toilets.

The committee members who included Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja), Richard Makenga (Kaiti), Ronald Tonui (Bomet Central) were urged to make recommendations that will help save River Athi which is an important source of water for residents of Kajiado, Nairobi, Machakos, Kitui and Makueni counties.

The meeting was attended by among others the Director of Administration in the Ministry of Environment, Charity Chepkonga Bokindo, Director Urban Rivers Restoration Erick Akotsi, and representatives from NEMA, WARMA among others.

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Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with President Kenyatta and CS Aminia Mohammed during the High Level Segment conference in Marrakech, Morocco

Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with President Kenyatta and CS Aminia Mohammed during the High Level Segment conference in Marrakech, Morocco

Kenya has welcomed the coming into force of the Paris Agreement that will provide the much-needed impetus to address climate change for a safer future.

Speaking in Marrakech, Morocco, when he addressed the high-level segment of the twenty second Conference on Climate Change (COP 22) , President Kenyatta, who was accompanied by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu, among other dignitaries, said his Cabinet had already approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement and now awaits the final ratification from Parliament.

Noting the agreement’s linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that include ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, the President noted that, the agreement was the beginning of renewed transparent enhanced global ambitious action and support, that will  address the challenge of climate change in the short and long terms, and emphasized the need to synchronize the implementation processes of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with CS, Amina Mohammed of Foreign Affairs, Ireland former President, Mary Robinson and CS, Water, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa during COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco. (pix. courtesy)

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with CS, Amina Mohammed of Foreign Affairs, Ireland former President, Mary Robinson and CS, Water, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa during COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco. (pix. courtesy)

The Head of State added that, the World should aim to ensure achievement of the long-term global goal of stabilizing the global temperature increase to below 1.5 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial levels, which gives hope to the most vulnerable countries and communities.

Noting that Climate change continues to adversely impact Kenya’s socio-economic sectors, President Kenyatta said the country has made its contribution to combating environmental challenges. “Kenya submitted an ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, within the context of the pre-2020 ambition and the Paris Agreement, even though our contribution is a mere 0.1% of the total global emission,” the President said.

The President informed the conference that, Kenya now has a Climate Change Act and a National Adaptation Plan (NAP), that were developed through multi-stakeholder engagement and contribute to the national implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The two build on the foundation laid down by the National Climate Change Action Plan (2013-2017), through a comprehensive and inclusive process. “The Act strengthens climate change governance, institutional arrangements, and mainstreaming of climate change into sectoral planning, budgeting and implementation at all levels of government,” the President said.

To build resilience and enhance adaptive capacities to the impacts of climate change, President Kenyatta said Kenya’s national adaptation plan contains sector strategic adaptation actions for each planning sectors taking into account that all sectors are vulnerable to climate change.

Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with President Kenyatta and CS Aminia Mohammed during the High Level Segment conference in Marrakech, Morocco

Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with President Kenyatta and CS Aminia Mohammed during the High Level Segment conference in Marrakech, Morocco

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PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima who led the Kenyan Government delegation gives her contributions at the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife trade which is deliberating on best tactics to deal with Wildlife crimes for better Conservation

The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said that Kenya continues to play a very active role in combating illegal wildlife trade locally and internationally since 1980’s. She said that African elephants were listed in the Appendix I during the convention on International Trade in Endangered species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), because in 1989, Kenya was key proponent for global ban in ivory trade. This led to the collapse of ivory prices globally and thus ended the crisis in the 80’s.

Wakhungu said that the promulgation of the wildlife conservation and management Act in 2014 has repealed and updated the previous legislations the wildlife conservation Act cap 376 laws of Kenya and has ushered in a more transformative legal regime in Kenya. The new law now provides mechanisms for active involvement by the Kenyan public in decision making processes through the use of national media, relevant consultative mechanism and public hearings.

CS said that Kenya feels great because prosecution of wildlife crimes has been boosted by use of legislation such as Anti-Money Laundering Act (2010), the Prevention of Organized Crimes Act (2011), the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act (2003) and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (2012).

“The minimum penalties under these laws is 15 years jail and seizure of property and bank accounts. This has contributed a lot to the decline in poaching and IWT in Kenya,” Wakhungu added.

She told the conference attendants that in ensuring that there is effective law enforcement capability, the wildlife protection unit in Kenya has been enhanced through the purchase of equipment, vehicles and other related security accessories. The Government has also established an inter-agency team to implement and coordinate national and local action and strategies.

The Government has also adopted community conservation approach by including the involvement of grass root people in making conservation a success. By involving community-oriented initiatives, the Government has increased the capacity of the sustainable livelihood opportunities such as nature based tourism.

The CS said the convening of the Hanoi conference on illegal wildlife Trade was timely as it came up almost to the recently concluded CITES COP 17 meeting in South Africa.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu’s speech was read by Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima who represented her at the conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Hanoi, Vietnam today.

Dr. Margaret Mwakima who is leading the Kenyan Government delegation in Hanoi, Vietnam, said that the Hanoi Conference provides a good opportunity in reflecting and reviewing commitments towards implementing the London Declaration and Kasane statement.

PS Mwakima said that in fulfillment of the London and Kansane Commitments, Kenya has taken lead role in the fight to eradicating the market for illegal wildlife trade. She also said that Kenya has been a leader in the implementation of the London Declaration Commitments and the Kasane Statement Commitments.

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the COP 22 Climate Change conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the COP 22 Climate Change conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

Kenya has reiterated its commitment to public participation and provision of incentives to stakeholder’s in order to combat negative effects of climate change. The cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu also confirmed that, the government will soon make operational the Climate Change Fund that will provide financing priority for climate change actions and interventions.

The CS was speaking when she hosted a side event at the ongoing conference of parties (COP 22) held in Marrakech, Morocco as a follow up of the historic 2015 Paris conference that agreed to reduce the average global warming to two degrees Celsius by 2035. This will help the world achieve clean and sustainable development.

The side event hosted by Kenya for delegates from various countries was planned to showcase various measures the country had put in place to implement the Paris agreement.

Prof Wakhungu told the participants that, Kenya had created an enabling environment to achieve its nationally determined contributions towards low carbon emissions as agreed by nations during the Paris conference. These include clean energy initiatives for sustainable development through the green economy. She noted that, Kenya was already working to expand geothermal, solar and wind energy production among other clean energy options.

The CS enumerated Low carbon and efficient transport systems and clean energy technologies as some of the measures Kenya was taking to reduce overreliance on wood fuels Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in line with the National CSA Framework. She said the country targeted to achieve a tree cover of at least 10% of the land area of Kenya as enshrined in the Kenya constitution 2010 and in line with vision 2030.

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in Marrakech to attend the heads of state and governments during the high level segment of the conference.

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maraketchKenya is honoured to participate in this important Climate Change Conference here in Marrakech, Morocco. I thank the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Morocco for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to my delegation since our arrival here.  I also congratulate Morocco for hosting the first climate change conference, “for Action”, after the historic Paris Agreement last year.

Kenya welcomes the coming into force of the Paris Agreement with the confidence that the Agreement will provide the much-needed impetus to address climate change for a safer future. This universal Agreement is the beginning of renewed transparent enhanced global ambitious action and support to address the challenge of climate change in the short and long terms. We should aim to ensure achievement of the long-term global goal of stabilizing the global temperature increase to below 1.5 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial levels, which gives hope to the most vulnerable countries and communities. We also appreciate the Agreement’s linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals that include ending extreme poverty; fighting inequality and injustice; and taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; and hence the need to synergize the implementation processes of both……….Speech by H.E. UHURU KENYATTA

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14/11/2016

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Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday 12th November, 2016.

The celebrations started with the planting of trees by Ministers from all the partner states and representatives of East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA), EAC, and LVBC at the Tom Mboya Labour College. This was followed by a cleanup exercise at Nyalenda area in Kisumu.

A roundtable strategic forum was also held where development partners, Ministers, EAC Secretariat and LVBC held discussions on various areas of focus and possible areas of partnership.

During the celebrations LVBC highlighted its achievements in the last 10 years and also launched the EAC Population Health and Environment (PHE) Strategic Plan for 2016-2021, LVBC Website and Strategic Plan 2016-2021.

The high level celebrations culminated into the signing of the Kisumu declaration on sanitation and hygiene by partner states in a bid to prevent communicable diseases.

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11TH Nov 2015

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu plants a tree at Meru Forest Station in commemoration of her launch of the Eastern Rainfall Regime, tree planting season for short rains.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu plants a tree at Meru Forest Station in commemoration of her launch of the Eastern Rainfall Regime, tree planting season for short rains.

The launch of 2016 Eastern Regime tree planting season for short rains has been done. Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu who officiated the launch at Meru Forest Station in Meru County, said that forest sector will make use of every drop of the rain in making landscapes greener through tree planting and care of seedlings.

The CS said that the yearly tradition for Kenya, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is to mobilize and encourage all citizens to plant trees for environmental sustainability, production of forest goods and services and also to increase national forest cover to 10% of the National land area.

Further, the CS added that MENR will always remain committed to forging strong working relationships with the County governments at enhancing forestry development and encouraged County governments to also finalize and implement their transition implementation plans (TIPs) for the devolved forestry functions. Wakhungu called upon Governor Munya who is also the chairman of the council of Governors to lead by example by finalizing and endorsing the plan for Meru County.

She assured Wananchi that the recently enacted forest conservation and management Act 2016, is a tremendous achievement which can contribute to the growth of the forest sector goals.

This is because the Act provides for registration of private forests and creates a raft of incentives for persons with interest to invest in forestry development.

The CS encouraged communities and members of the Community Forest Association (CFA) to continue partnering with Kenya Forest Service in protecting and conserving forests.

She said that already 250 Community Forest Associations (CFAs) have been established countrywide and are actively involved in forest rehabilitation work, forest protection and to establish commercial plantation forests through Plantations Establishment for Livelihood Improvement Scheme [PELIS].

She said that this kind of beneficial engagements between the government and communities will continue to be supported by the Ministry at all times.

A total of 800 thousand seedlings were planted during the launch of this year’s National tree planting season, for the Eastern Regime of our County.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu congratulates one of the locals (Centre), who planted a big number of trees, compared to those who participated in the tree planting occasion in Meru Forest Station on 11th Nov 2016

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu congratulates one of the locals (Centre), who planted a big number of trees, compared to those who participated in the tree planting occasion in Meru Forest Station on 11th Nov 2016

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