Sunday, December 17, 2017

wildlife policyThe process of formulating the National Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy has been going on for over ten years. The process is now complete and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will be holding a validation workshop on the Draft Policy on 4th May, 2017 at KCB Leadership Centre, Karen starting 9.00 a.m.

The Ministry therefore invites members of the public for final comments/ additions before the National validation forum.

The Draft Policy can be accessed on the Ministry website…….Draft Policy
http://www.environment.go.ke.
Written comments can be sent to
wildlifepolicy@environment.go.ke by 2nd May, 2017.

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Thursday 27 April, 2017

 

- Principal Secretary, State Dept of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli during the interview with KTN's Alex Chamwanda in his NHIF office..JPG

– Principal Secretary, State Dept of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli during the interview with KTN’s Alex Chamwanda in his NHIF office..JPG

A comprehensive study of the Nairobi River Basin to determine the level of pollution in the water will be conducted. A scoping mission has already been done on the study that is expected to be completed in six months.  The report will inform on the next steps that will include withdrawal of licenses of culprits who fail to comply with the set standards.

Principal Secretary, Charles Sunkuli stated that the Ministry has undertaken activities to clean and rehabilitate Nairobi River since 2008.  It has also coordinated stakeholders who play a key role in the rehabilitation namely; Nairobi City County, Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, Water Resources Management Authority, and the Residents Association – KARA.

He explained that a directorate of Urban Rivers Rehabilitation Program (URRP) was formed to clean and rehabilitate urban rivers in the country. The rivers include; Sosiani, Muranga, Narok, Migori among others. He expressed satisfaction that if the Ministry is allocated 1.5-2billion annually, all activities will be undertaken and sustained to ensure cleaner and rehabilitated rivers.

Speaking to KTN crew during a Special Report interview on Nairobi River in his office today, Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli decried inadequate resources that have scaled down the level of activities in cleaning and restoring the river.

He said that the State Department of Environment was in discussions with the Architectural Association of Kenya to ensure that going forward, rivers should not be at the back of any new building but in the front to create greater responsibility of taking care of the river.

On climate change and Sustainable Development Goals, the PS said the Ministry has started an air quality programme in the country that will do emission testing for all vehicles in the city to reduce the level of pollution.

Present during the interview was the Director, URRP Eric Akotsi.

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The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu, PS Dr Margaret Mwakima and Director KFS, Emilio Mugo listening keenly to the KFS official explaining how the seedlings will be distributed to areas earmarked for the 2017 long rains Western Regime tree planting season.

The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu, PS Dr Margaret Mwakima and Director KFS, Emilio Mugo listening keenly to the KFS official explaining how the seedlings will be distributed to areas earmarked for the 2017 long rains Western Regime tree planting season.

The government has announced that it will plant 170 million trees during this long rain season in an effort meant to attain the 10 percent forest cover by the year 2030.

Speaking at Koibatek Forest Station in Baringo County during the inauguration of Long Rains Tree Planting Season in the Western region, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said the Ministry  through the Kenya Forest Service in partnership with the private sector and communities, has this financial year planned to raise and plant 170 million seedlings.

The Cabinet Secretary said that for the case of Mau forest conservancy, the Ministry targets to raise and plant 26.6 million seedlings to be achieved by the close of the current rainfall season.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu said investing in trees will not only create wealth and employment for Kenyans, but also stabilize the country’s landscape.

The launch of tree planting regime is marked every year, as a demonstration of the Ministry’s commitment and resolve to the greening of the country as well as supporting the growth of the forestry sector with the aim of continuous contribution to national economic and social growth as well as promoting environmental sustainability.

Prof. Wakhungu pronounced that the Ministry has now put into operation the Forest Conservation and Management Act, 2016 operationalized in March this year and which seeks to foster management and conservation of forests.

“This new legislation aligned to our Constitution, is a broad-based legislation and has reaching effects on the management and conservation of our forests. Subsequently, the national government and the counties are now, by law and in line with the Constitution required to work together in promoting the development of the forestry sector,” she said.

The Cabinet Secretary appealed to County governments to take note of the law and make good use of its provisions while drafting the county level policies and legislations to guide the development and management of community as well as county forests.

And to supplement the legislation that guides management and conservation of forests, she said the Ministry has also introduced the Plantation Establishment and Livelihood Improvement Scheme (PELIS) which facilitates improvement of tree plantation survival rate alongside allowing farmers to raise tree seedlings planted in gazetted forests, while growing food crops on the same piece of land.

State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr.Margaret Mwakima said the tree plantation program was a milestone towards not only rehabilitating encroached forests but a step forward in forest conservation and management.

Present at the launch were Kenya Forest Service Chief Conservator Emilio Mugo, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Director of Administration Christopher Musumbu and various representatives from Government Agencies.

The theme for this year’s tree planting season is, ‘Panda Miti, Punguza Makali ya Ukame. This theme bears the reflection of the climate related challenges of a severe drought that our country and the region has just gone through in the recent months and which left a trail of destruction and suffering among Kenyans.

Nationally, the area which the National Government has set aside for the establishment and management of industrial plantation forests within the state forest areas currently stands at 140,000 hectares which represents eight percent of the total gazetted forest reserves.

This is part of the ready seedlings to be planted during the 2017 Tree planting season, for Western Rainfall Regime of our country.

This is part of the ready seedlings to be planted during the 2017 Tree planting season, for Western Rainfall Regime of our country.

 

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Pupils from one of the Primary schools in Lari, Uplands, in Kiambu County holding a bamboo tree during the launch to mark the Israel & Kenya's partnership on matters of forest conservation and Management.

Pupils from one of the Primary schools in Lari, Uplands, in Kiambu County holding a bamboo tree during the launch to mark the Israel & Kenya’s partnership on matters of forest conservation and Management.

The Israel Embassy in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources on Friday last week launched a three-block tree plantation and rehabilitation program in Uplands, Kiambu County which will cover 1,526 hectares.

While inaugurating the project, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu lauded the program saying it will foster forest protection and conservation across the country.

The CS said that the desire for the Embassy of Israel through the efforts of his Excellency the Ambassador, has opened the door for collaboration in the forest sector initially starting with the proposed adoption of three forest blocks in Kiambu county.

Prof. Wakhungu pointed out that the two forests, Nyamweru and Lari, which are part of the wider Aberdare forest ecosystem, are important water catchment forests and their improvement will contribute to the realization of national goals of rehabilitating and conserving the water tower forests.

The Cabinet Secretary said that Kenya and Israel have for many years had mutual cooperation by promoting activities geared towards the conservation of the environment and other natural resources in the country, a good example of cooperation being the November 2014, when MENR through Kenya Forest Service, participated in the 5th International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification, where Israel exhibited high levels of providing international leadership in the development of science and technology for the rehabilitation of drylands and deserts globally.

The CS additionally  said the launch of the National Forest Programme for the period 2016 to 2030 and which provides the strategic framework for forest policy, planning and implementation will significantly support the country’s  national efforts of revitalizing the forestry sector and improve capacity to with stand and recover from climate related stresses and disturbances.

The National Forest Programme was unveiled on 21st March this year during the International day of Forests which was held at Ramisi Primary School in Kwale County.

State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima who accompanied the Cabinet Secretary pronounced that Kenya has 5.2 million hectares of land which can be rehabilitated through tree growing aimed at attaining the 10 percent forest cover as enshrined in the country’s vision 2030.

Also present at the event were Ambassadors among them Israel Ambassador to Kenya Yahel Vilan and Kenya Forest Service Director Emilio Mugo.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu, Ambassador Yahel Vilan of Israel and PS Dr Margaret Mwakima in a jovial mood of celebrating the partnership to conserve 1,526 hectares in Uplands, Kiambu County. This will realize the National goals of rehabilitating and conserving the water towers.

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu, Ambassador Yahel Vilan of Israel and PS Dr Margaret Mwakima in a jovial mood of celebrating the partnership to conserve 1,526 hectares in Uplands, Kiambu County. This will realize the National goals of rehabilitating and conserving the water towers.

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Rainfall Review

weatherSeveral parts of the country received rainfall during the past week. However the northern parts of the country continued to be mostly dry.

Kitui Meteorological Station recorded the highest seven-day total of 70.3mm.  This same station recorded the highest rainfall within one day (70.3mm on 16th April). Compared to the previous review period there was a marked decrease in rainfall amounts over most parts of the country. Figure 2 shows the spatial distribution of rainfall during the review period. Figure 3 shows stations that recorded heavy (>20mm/24hrs) and very heavy (>50mm/24hrs) rainfall during the review period………Read more

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The top managemetn of the Ministry during the signing ceremony.DSC_0062

The top managemetn of the Ministry during the signing ceremony.DSC_0062

Performance contracts are important tools for forward planning that remind us about the highlights of our annual work plans, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry  of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking when she presided over the signing ceremony of the Performance contracts for State Corporations under her Ministry, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, while each institution has its unique performance contract, the respective targets complement each other, noting that, the mandate of each respective corporation is most essential in ensuring a clean and healthy environment, as envisaged in our constitution.

Prof. Wakhungu called on the SAGAs under her Ministry to take their targets a notch higher and work together so that at the end, Kenya will have something to thank us for.

Performance contracting is a management tool for measuring performance against negotiated targets that are freely negotiated, specifying mutual performance obligations, intentions and responsibilities.

During the function, that was attended by the two Principal Secretaries in the Ministry, Mr. Charles Sunkuli of Environment and Dr. Margaret Mwakima of Natural Resources, the Management of the Kenya Water Towers Agency, National Environment Trust Fund, National Environment Management Authority, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Forest Service signed the Performance contracts.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu handing over the signed Performance Contract the chair, Kenya Water Towers Agency, Mr, Isaac Kalua, during the signing ceremony.DSC_0019

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu handing over the signed Performance Contract the chair, Kenya Water Towers Agency, Mr, Isaac Kalua, during the signing ceremony.DSC_0019

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3.Prof. Wakhungu addressing participants of the International Triple Helix Summit at Chandaria Centre, University of Nairobi.

3. Prof. Wakhungu addressing participants of the International Triple Helix Summit at Chandaria Centre, University of Nairobi.

Implementation of sustainable development goals and climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts require an integrated approach at local, national and international levels to succeed.

Synergies exist between the SDGs and the Paris Climate Change Agreement that recognizes that climate change is a reality that cuts across sectors and presents a threat to attaining sustainable development.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said this when she addressed participants of the international Triple Helix Summit at the University of Nairobi.  The Summit is the first of its kind on SDGs in Africa and it seeks to develop a roadmap for implementation, monitoring and evaluation for achieving SDGs.

Kenya is at the forefront of international efforts to address climate change and its related SDGs and the Ministry has developed robust policy and legislative frameworks, which will contribute towards the implementation of the SDGs and Paris Agreement, said Prof. Wakhungu.

She said development of these policies involved multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral engagement at both national and county government levels. The policy and legislative frameworks include Environment Management and Coordination Act, Climate Change Framework Policy, Climate Change Act, National Climate Change Action Plan, National Adaptation Plan, and the Green Economy Strategy.

Other efforts towards this course include Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC’s) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which builds on the strong foundation laid through these policies. Kenya’s NDC’s is also aligned with the national development agenda and Vision 2030.

Prof. Wakhungu informed participants that a Climate Change Resource Centre has been opened at Dagoreti to act as a one stop shop for Climate Change Information and Knowledge Management. This is one way of supporting advocacy, awareness, education and research at all levels to catalyze the implementation of these policy initiatives that will contribute to reduce adverse environmental impacts of our cities and towns.

1.Prof. Wakhungu is received at by Monica Kalenda, Senior Deputy Chief Conservator at KFS at Chandaria Centre, University of Nairobi where she addressed participants of the international Triple Helix Summit

1. Prof. Wakhungu is received at by Monica Kalenda, Senior Deputy Chief Conservator at KFS at Chandaria Centre, University of Nairobi where she addressed participants of the international Triple Helix Summit

The Implementation of SDGs and The Paris Agreement will require re-orientation of national investments and international partnerships as well as support in finance, technology development and transfer, and capacity building. For example, developed countries are obliged by the Paris Agreement to mobilize financial resources of USD100 billion by year by 2020 to assist developing countries with respect to both mitigation and adaptation.

The theme of the summit was “Accelerating the attainment of SDGs through ICT + Data”. The summit provided a platform to engage and share experiences among government, private sector, academia, and civil society on efforts towards achieving Sustainable Development as well as Kenya’s Vision 2030.

The Summit proposed the use of a “Quadra Helix” approach that takes into consideration the role of the Government, Private Sector, Civil Society and Academia in exploring the use of ICT and Data in accelerating the attainment of SDGs.

2.Prof Wakhungu at the Summit flanked by (from left) Monica Kalenda, Prof. Peter Mbithi, VC, UON and Mr. Kenduiywo from the Climate Change secretariat in the Ministry

2. Prof Wakhungu at the Summit flanked by (from left) Monica Kalenda, Prof. Peter Mbithi, VC, UON and Mr. Kenduiywo from the Climate Change secretariat in the Ministry

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CS Environment Prof. Judi Wakhungu and visiting Seychelles president Daan Faure during a game drive in the Nairobi National Park

CS Environment Prof. Judi Wakhungu and visiting Seychelles president Daan Faure during a game drive in the Nairobi National Park

Kenya and the republic of Seychelles will strengthen their partnership on conservation following a successful tour of President Daany Faure of Seychelles to Kenya.

The cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu revealed that the two countries will strengthen their cooperation and enhance environmental management for their mutual benefit.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu explains appoint to visiting Seychelles president (middle, in black top and glasses) during a visit in the Nairobi National Park.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu explains appoint to visiting Seychelles president (middle, in black top and glasses) during a visit in the Nairobi National Park.

The CS was speaking this morning when she conducted the president on a tour of the Nairobi national park to where they viewed different species of wildlife at the facility.

She noted that the two countries will further collaborate on the sea front to boost the blue economy and the safari tourism alongside capacity building in the various fields of cooperation.

Seychelles president Daany Faure is entertained by traditional dancers at the Nairobi National Park.

Seychelles president Daany Faure is entertained by traditional dancers at the Nairobi National Park.

President Faure’s entourage comprised two Ministers during the three day state visit. He had earlier signed various agreements with Kenya when he visited President Uhuru Kenyatta at state house Nairobi.

 

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The steering committee briefs the PS on the importance of establishing the Kenya Conservation Trust Fund of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013, to provide for independent Trust Fund

The steering committee briefs the PS on the importance of establishing the Kenya Conservation Trust Fund of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013, to provide for independent Trust Fund

The Kenya Wildlife Service in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy are working together to support the establishment of the Kenya Conservation Trust Fund.

The two organizations have through a Memorandum of Understanding agreed to amend section 23 of the Wildlife Endowment Fund -under the Wildlife and Management Act 2013, in order to provide for an independent trust fund that will be able to effectively attract substantial funding.

The Fund Steering Committee briefed and presented the proposal to the State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima who approved it. This was done in her office on 3rd April 2017. The PS’s endorsement now paves way for the establishment of the kitty.

In a memo dated March 21, 2017, the Fund Steering Committee (FSC) spearheading the talks have argued that establishing the kitty will play a vital role of effective wildlife assets conservation.

“It is recommended that the Wildlife Act 2013 be amended so that a Kenya Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund be established as an independent entity, and that includes not only an endowment fund but also other types of funds such as sinking and resolving funds, in order to attract a wider range of funding sources,” reads the FSC recommendation.

PS Dr Margaret Mwakima (center) and the Fund steering committee (FSC) for Kenya Wildlife Conservation Fund establishment, in the office of the PS at NSSF Building.

PS Dr Margaret Mwakima (center) and the Fund steering committee (FSC) for Kenya Wildlife Conservation Fund establishment, in the office of the PS at NSSF Building.

Acknowledging that a significant financial gap exists in terms of the amount of total funding needed for public protected areas and conservancies, the Committee has proposed that a long term funding is needed to mitigate impacts of fluctuating tourist income, shifting politics and the vagaries of international economics.

The committee further recommends that to effectively conserve the country’s wildlife assets, there is need for creation of sufficient space that meets the requirement of breeding habitat, migration corridors alongside dispersal areas.

“Because of rapid population growth and related factors, the public protected areas are insufficient islands by themselves. But combined with private and community conservancies, this comprehensive system of conservation areas can ensure sustainable conservation for these wildlife assets,” the steering committee states in its findings.

The Wildlife Act of 2013 establishes a Wildlife Endowment Fund to provide reliable and long term resources for national parks and conservation initiatives outside national parks.

The legislation mandates the Wildlife Endowment Fund to manage and restore protected areas such as national parks and conservancies.

Additionally the kitty will protect endangered species, habitats and ecosystems, support wildlife security operations alongside facilitating community-based wildlife initiatives.

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