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The Sectoral Council of Ministers (SECOM) of the Lake Victoria basin has urged member states to step up efforts to end pollution of the lake and degradation of its wetlands.  The ministers observed that depleting forest cover and improper land use led to silting and declining of water levels that resulted in reduction of fish stocks in the lake.

This was said during the 17th SECOM meeting that was held at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu from 7th -12th November, 2016. The meeting brought together ministers of East African Community in charge of Lake Victoria Basin from the five partner states of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi.

The Kenyan delegation was led by the Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation, Eugene Wamalwa on behalf of Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources. It was also attended by Principal Secretaries: Charles Sunkuli of Environment, Dr. Margaret Mwakima of Natural Resources and Prof. Fred Segor of Water.

In his address, CS Wamalwa urged Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) to speed up construction of its headquarters.  Wamalwa noted that after 10 years in existence, LVBC did not have a ‘home’ even after the Government of Kenya offered land for construction of the offices. The 2.8 hectares of land is located next to Kisumu airport and partner states were called upon to support the construction. A construction fund has been set up to receive contributions.

As a key entity in shared transboundary natural resources management, LVBC was urged to strive to ensure careful balanced investments, in terms of hardware and software, with tangible results to benefit communities in the region. The commission was also urged to put more emphasis on areas of trade, commerce, agriculture, and energy to spur industrial development in the region.

The highly successful meeting charted the way forward and the next steps on soil conservation and management of resources by LVBC.

The Ministers’ forum provides policy direction and oversight on issues affecting the Basin and accords an opportunity to partner states to articulate issues and address challenges to improve lives.

Tanzania is the current chair of the Council.

 PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli briefing CS, Water & Irrigation during the opening session of the 17th LVB Sec. Council of Ministers at the T. Mboya Labour Coll. KSM. PS Nat. Res. Dr. Mwakima & F.Segor of Water

PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli briefing CS, Water & Irrigation during the opening session of the 17th LVB Sec. Council of Ministers at the T. Mboya Labour Coll. KSM. PS Nat. Res. Dr. Mwakima & F.Segor of Water

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Natural Resources PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima witnesses the Successful collaring process at the Park.

Natural Resources PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima witnesses the Successful collaring process at the Park.

The Kenya Wildlife Service is in the process of collaring elephants at the Amboseli national Park. The exercise which started in 2012 is geared towards better understanding the migratory routes of jumbos in order to give concrete data about their migratory patterns. This exercise has been made necessary due to the ever increasing human population in the country leading to the encroachment on to the jumbo’s migratory routes.

The process was led by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu who was accompanied by the PS for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima, KWS Director General Mr. Kitili Mbathi among others.

During the exercise one young male elephant was successfully collared by the team of vets  from the KWS. This was the second elephant to be collared.

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CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu shakes hands with PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima before launching the National Validation of KWS Regulations and Guidelines for Wildlife Conservation and Management Workshop

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu shakes hands with PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima before launching the National Validation of KWS Regulations and Guidelines for Wildlife Conservation and Management Workshop

The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has today officially launched a forum to deliberate in formulating regulations and guidelines under the wildlife conservation and management Act, 2003.

This is a critical sitting to give impetus to the Act with a view to making it fully operational. Much of the tasks to the forum are to validate these regulations and guidelines to full implementation of the Acts’ provisions.

While addressing the forum for deliberations, the CS said that KWS had made a request to members of the public to submit their views on the regulations under the Act in order to meet the threshold of public participation as provided in the fourth schedule of the act.

The act envisages 18 regulations done by technical committee and consultants who drafted the regulations and guidelines by collecting views, comments and recommendations from the public and stakeholders’ forums.

The process of formulating the requisite regulations under the Act commenced in January 2015 with the appointment of the KWS technical team which was appointed by the Director General and the consultancy team which came later   through a competitive process.

The Principal Secretary, Dr. Margaret Mwakima who accompanied the Cabinet Secretary during the launch of the forum said the process of validating the KWS regulations and guidelines is up to date and needs to be enacted to give full effect to various provisions of the law.

Mwakima said that the approval from the forum shall be instrumental in illustrating the goodwill for submission of the drafts to the National Assembly for further approval and subsequent enactment through publication in the Kenya Gazette.

The PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima addressing participants at the workshop to Validate the KWS Regulations and Guidelines for Wildlife Conservation and Management at Bomas of Kenya.

The PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima addressing participants at the workshop to Validate the KWS Regulations and Guidelines for Wildlife Conservation and Management at Bomas of Kenya.

 

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