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PS Dr Margaret Mwakima with Argentina Kits 2018 trainers and staff members who undertook a 5 days training on training needs assessment (TNA) at Kenya Wildlife Training Service Institute, Naivasha.

Poor skills and knowledge deficiency have been identified to be the biggest Comprar Bragas Calvin Klein challenges affecting service delivery and the overall economic development in the country. The only solution to determine this deficiency is to identify the gaps existing in an organization and what training is required to fill the gaps.

The P.S. Dr. Margaret Mwakima said this when she closed 5 days workshop to train  the State  department of Natural resources staff on training needs assessment [TNA], in Naivasha on 27th Jan 2017. About fifteen members of staff were trained.

“The workshop is a clear demonstration of the state department’s commitment towards developing the work force to provide efficient and effective service to the public in meeting performance contract targets “PS said.

Mwakima said that since her State   department for Natural Resources plays a central role in all government led initiatives to attain the goal of conservation and protection of both flora and fauna in Kenya, there is need to Southampton Kits 2017/18 strengthen human resources development programmes for the staff to implementation core functions for sustainable natural resources Nike Dunk High Mens management.

She also added that training needs assessment with no doubt lead to the identification of gaps in the performance, knowledge, skills and abilities of the institution’s employees which will in turn help to improve on the training and development of the employees.

Training of the staff would help the institution to Nike Roshe One Online direct resources to areas of Adidas Superstar 80s Womens priority while addressing resources needed to fulfill the mission, productivity and quality services to the public.

The workshop was organized by the state department of natural resources through the Director HRM/ Development, Mr. P.W.C. K’Agira.

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he CS Golden Goose Femme Francy Eugene Wamalwa with PS Dr Margaret Nike Fingertrap Max Red Mwakima during the launch of the consultative meeting to restore D&G Scarf Outlet Nairobi River

The Ministry of Environment and Natural parajumpers Selma Rea Resources will partner with other likeminded stakeholders in an effort to Golden Goose Sale ensure the success of the cleanup and restoration of the Nairobi River and its tributaries, the Principal Secretary for State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima has said.

The PS said this during the launch of a consultative meeting on the Nairobi River Restoration Program at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi. The meeting attended by various stakeholders including Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA), National Environmental Authority (NEMA) and the County Government of Nairobi among others, whose main aim is to look for ways to combine efforts for the successful cleanup and restoration of the river to its former glory.

Dr. Mwakima stressed that there is need to map out the river and its tributaries from their water sheds to the point where it pours into the Indian Ocean for the exercise to be successful and meaningful.  She also said that there is need to learn from past experiences like what the late John Michuki had done.

Partnership among key stakeholders from women and youth is also important in bringing  economic gains through job creation, tourism, recreational parks among other activities, PS added.

Mwakima, stressed that long term programs should also incorporate afforestation of water towers and the river’s riparian grounds and its tributaries.

Also present during the event were the CS Water and Irrigation Mr. Eugene Wamalwa and Mr. Musikari Kombo who is Adidas Nmd Chukka Trail chairman Water Services Trust Fund.

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Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima addressing the family, friends, relatives and colleagues to the late Asbel Chepkorir Koech, at his home in Magongi, Uasigishu County

Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima addressing the family, friends, relatives and colleagues to the late Asbel Chepkorir Koech, at his home in Magongi, Uasigishu County

The Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima has said that the current drought that is affecting most parts of Kenya has been caused by climatic change and global warming. “ the only solution to this trend of climatic change is tree planting which can also be done during rainy  seasons” PS remarked.

It is regrettable that the affected areas are experiencing human Wildlife conflicts because the animals are sometimes moving out of their habitat areas because of water and grass. To this, she added, the government has embarked on constructing of electric fences at wildlife demarcated areas to avoid conflicts.

The government has already committed 5.1 million hectares of deforested and degraded forests and other landscapes for restoration by the year 2030. This commitment is directly linked for the National Determined Contribution to climate change (NDC) and the national forestry aspirations, including the minimum 10 % forest cover.

In this case therefore, the country is exploring a wide range of options, including policy and Institutional reforms and investments to protect the existing forests, restore degraded forest ecosystems and to increase forest cover across the country.

Mwakima added the government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and County Governments, are working as a team in rehabilitating our water towers to improve the quality of ecosystem services through increased forest cover, improved landscape and natural resources management. This will eradicate poverty through enhancing the productivity of ecosystem services of Kenyan’s critical ecosystems and enhancing resilience to climate change of water sources.

PS Mwakima said this during the burial of her driver senior Sgt. Asbel Kipkorir Koech, which was done at his home Magongi, Segero in Uasin Gishu County. Asbel died on 14th Jan 2017at Nairobi West Hospital while undergoing treatment.

Mwakima said that her hardworking driver Asbel met his death at a time when the government really wanted his good services. He was a committed and distinguished worker who recognized and responded to his call of duty with enthusiasm. He lived a life of humility; his confidence was placed in right places, doing the right things not because he was forced to do so.

The Ps assured mourners that through God’s power, the person or people who shot down Asbel, shall be found, arrested and brought to book. It is only time that can tell- when? The Ps assured the family that God is sovereign and does things in his time.

The death of Asbel  Koech was  a surprise to all and was received by MENR Staff with bouts of pain, shock, anger and  grief.

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

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 launched a Waste management programme whose strategy is to have Zero Waste in future. This will be done by promoting resource recovery to ensure a clean environment.

A National Steering Committee with representation from key sectors from the national and county governments is in place to spearhead the programme and promote sound management of waste using various structures.  Religious organizations are also involved to ensure that every member of the society plays their role in proper waste management.

‘Cleaning of the environment is the responsibility of each one of us and should not be left to the Government alone.  It is a critical issue that requires concerted effort from every citizen of this great country to succeed’, said Charles Sunkuli, Principal Secretary in the department when he officially opened a workshop on Solid Waste Management in Lukenya.

The Programme will start off with the Ngong Dumpsite project that is spearheaded by the Kajiado County Government as a pilot project. The aim is to have the project demonstrate how to have a sanitary land-fill, and decommission a dumpsite in a town with appropriate waste management technology.

‘This is a clear case of an organized value chain and this committee will use it as a model for other urban centers in the country to get dump sites out of the town center’, said Sunkuli when he visited the site on a fact finding mission.

The County Government has already identified land for the project and the Ministry has held discussions with The National Treasury and identified financial resources for the same. The Italian Government is also willing to offer financial support to this noble project.

During the workshop, the Principal Secretary tasked the Committee to look at all existing legislations and regulations, review them and see if any changes are required, indicate time frames and make recommendations. To enforce the laws, the police will work closely with the Judiciary and make recommendations on what else is required to enforce the laws. Already, the Judiciary has created an Environment and Land Court to be launched in this month and this will go long way in creating awareness and enhance visibility on environment matters and especially during the court users open days.

The Ministry will also embark on a publicity and creation awareness campaign to try to change people’s attitudes and behavior and persuade them to adopt proper habits in sustainable waste management.

The programme which is a flag ship project of the Ministry will ensure sound waste management of all types of waste in the country. It will encourage segregation of waste at source up to the disposal stage among other measures.  It will start with Kajiado County as a pilot project before being rolled out to other counties.

 

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A memorable group photo of some of the guests during the launch of the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund, at the Kempiski hotel, Nbi

A memorable group photo of some of the guests during the launch of the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund, at the Kempiski hotel, Nbi

 Unpredictable Climate change will likely increase water insecurity due to erratic rainfall causing challenges in food security and slow recovery by small holder farmers, Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

 The PS further called for concerted efforts to manage land, water and biodiversity in a bid to address food insecurity in order to safeguard the country’s long term potential of agricultural productivity and water supply.

 Mr. Sunkuli made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by the Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia during the launch of Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund yesterday at a Nairobi hotel. The project aims at conserving water catchment basin thereby improving the ecosystem and quality of life of local communities.

 The more than sh. 1.2 billion financing from the Global Environment Fund (GEF), Government of Kenya and local stakeholders will support about 21,00 rural small holder families to adopt climate smart farming that is expected to stabilize and restore ecosystems along the Upper Tana basin which is the source of water supply for Nairobi city and its environs.

A cross section of invited guests following proceedings during the launch of the Water Fund.

A cross section of invited guests following proceedings during the launch of the Water Fund.

The PS observed that forests and wetlands in the project area played an important role in maintaining water quality and quantity alongside providing space where runoff water and sediment are stored and filtered naturally.

However, due to significant growth of the agriculture sector in the area, sedimentation is reducing the capacity of reservoirs. The Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund therefore, is expected to work with public and private sector partners, to establish the Water Fund, which will act as a sustainable financing mechanism to support integrated natural resource management approaches in the catchment area.

Further the project is expected to boost water quality and quantity for both upstream and downstream users, climate change adaptation and resilience capabilities among other benefits.

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11th JANUARY, 2017. 

A delegation comprising PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli , Ministry of Environment and Lamu county government official touring Lake Kenyatta, as a decomposing carcase of an hippo lies at the forefront

A delegation comprising PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli , Ministry of Environment and Lamu county government official touring Lake Kenyatta, as a decomposing carcase of an hippo lies at the forefront

The Government, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, will undertake a scientific research of Lake Kenyatta in Mpeketorni, Lamu, with a view to establishing the route course of its drying up, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

Speaking at Mpeketoni in Lamu, during a fact finding inspection of the environmental impacts of Lake Kenyatta, Mr. Sunkuli, who was accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, National Environment Management Authority, Lamu county government, environmentalist’s and stakeholders noted that, the lake was on its verge of extinction unless urgent measures were undertaken to address the vagaries of climate change and human activities affecting the lake.

Noting that the Lake, which is the only source of water for thousands of residents of Mpeketoni and its environs was shrinking at an alarming rate hence threatening the country’s natural resources, Mr. Sunkuli called for the formation of an inter-agency coordinating taskforce, that will ensure the gazzetment of the Lake and mark the riparian area of the lake in order to address insecurity.

The Principal Secretary, who was accompanied by the area member of Parliament, Hon. Julius Ndegwa, Lamu deputy governor, Hon. Eric Mugo and Lamu County Commissioner, Mr. Patrick Kanyiri among other national and county government officials, called for a sustained awareness creation of the lakes sustainability and proposed a marathon that would bring the lake into international limelight and turn it into a recreational facility.

A view of the drying up Lake Kenyatta in Mpeketoni, Lamu.

A view of the drying up Lake Kenyatta in Mpeketoni, Lamu.

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PS Dr Margaret Mwakima addressing the workshop participants at Laico Regency Hotel

The Principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima has said that there is need to engage people in governance in order to enable them learn how to control their own development in an equitable and sustainable way.

Dr Mwakima was speaking during her official launch of the inception workshop for the development of the Nature Kenya-UNEP GEF-6 for Tana Delta Project under the restoration initiative, at Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi.

 PS said the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources through the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), is increasingly striving to put people at the heart of governing natural resources.

She said that through KFS, community forest agreements can now allow communities to manage and benefit from sustainable forest management as KWS is also seeking to empower communities to take responsibility for sustainable wildlife management through creation of conservancies and community conservation areas which aims to add value to traditional livelihoods.

The workshop which is part of a project that is being spearheaded by the Global Environmental Facility in partnership with the government of Kenya through the ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and other governmental and non-governmental agencies is aimed at arresting and reversing current trends in land degradation for increased ecosystem services in the Tana Delta.

She said the project is a practical way in which Tana Delta’s vast natural resources can be conserved and provide a pathway out poverty. This approach will make Kenya deliver key articles of the Conference of Biological Diversity (CBD) and many of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Dr. Mwakima said that the project is in line will the government’s implementation targets of land use plan as it puts the people of Tana Delta to be in control of the Delta’s sustainable development.

Present during the event were the conservation Secretary from the State Department of Natural Resources, Director Wildlife Conservation, Executive Director Nurture Kenya among others.

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PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima being welcomed at Laico Regency Hotel for the launch of inception Workshop for the development of the Nature Kenya UNEP GEF6 Tana Delta project

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9th January, 2016

Amb. Ann Wanjohi of the Kenya Mission to United Nations Office in Nairobi (KMUNON) and Richard Mwendandu, Director, Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) listen to an interesting presentation during the workshop.

Amb. Ann Wanjohi of the Kenya Mission to United Nations Office in Nairobi (KMUNON) and Richard Mwendandu, Director, Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) listen to an interesting presentation during the workshop.

Stakeholders have endorsed an action plan that will guide the management of mercury in the country.

This was done during a two day stakeholder engagement workshop held in Nairobi under the Minamata Convention on Mercury that brought together sector players to interrogate the document and make improvements before it is submitted to parliament for ratification.

Mercury affects all of us either directly or indirectly through contaminated water, air and food. It is found in every dumping site in the country and the highly affected populations are those practicing fishing and artisanal gold mining.

Kenya does not mine mercury but it imports mercury and its products. However, though limits have been exceeded, there are no clear records to show the amounts of mercury stocks imported and locally used. This action plan will therefore ensure that mercury levels are not exceeded and also provide a way on how stocks will be stored instead of being released into the environment.

Representing Charles Sunkuli, Principal Secretary for Environment, Director, Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) Richard Mwendandu stated that the objective of the workshop was to bring stakeholders together to look at mercury in an integrated way and come up with measures which the national and county governments can use to minimize the harm caused by mercury and its products.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury was developed by UNEP and approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) at its 2nd sitting that followed the signing of the Convention of which Kenya is a signatory.

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