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PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli stressing a point during the courtesy call by officials from DANIDA,who were led by the Deputy head of Mission, Lars Bredal.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli stressing a point during the courtesy call by officials from DANIDA,who were led by the Deputy head of Mission, Lars Bredal.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources appreciates the continued support the Danish government, through the Danish International Development Aid (DANIDA), has continued to extend to the Ministry  in the field of environment and especially, the implementation of the Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP), Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

 PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli bids kwaheri to the DANISH deputy head of mission, Lars Bredal after the courtesy call.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli bids kwaheri to the DANISH deputy head of mission, Lars Bredal after the courtesy call.

The Principal Secretary made the remarks when he received a delegation from the Danish embassy, which was led by the deputy head of mission, Mr. Lars Bredal. The deputy head of mission, who was accompanied by Anne Ang’wenyi and Paul Mbole from the Green Growth and Employment Opportunity (GGEP) in the Danish embassy, briefed the Principal Secretary on the progress DANIDA has made in mainstreaming Green Growth, work plan and budget for the 2017/2018 and the provision of weather equipment to upscale the improved use of climate data in economic planning and disaster risk mitigation.

 PS, Environment, Mr, Charles Sunkuli posses for a memorable group photo with officials from DANIDA and the Ministry after the courtesy call.DSC_0335

PS, Environment, Mr, Charles Sunkuli posses for a memorable group photo with officials from DANIDA and the Ministry after the courtesy call.DSC_0335

Deputy Director, Climate change, Mr. Augustine Kenduiwo and Ms. Irene Ngonde from the Administration division attended the meeting.

 

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28.05.2017

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by Dr. Debisi Arabia, CIAT Regional Director for Africa when he opened the Conference at the Villa Rosa Kempiski, Nairobi.SC_0313-001

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by Dr. Debisi Arabia, CIAT Regional Director for Africa when he opened the Conference at the Villa Rosa Kempiski, Nairobi.SC_0313-001

The government is modernizing equipment at the meteorological department as part of the strategy for smart Agriculture aimed at achieving food security in the country.

Environment Principal Secretary Mr. Charles Sunkuli said dissemination of accurate and timely weather information to farmers was part of the national drought response strategy to modernize the agriculture system in Kenya.

He noted that the recent prolonged drought that gripped the country had left about 2.7 million people in dire need of food.

The PS was speaking at a Nairobi hotel, during the 50 years celebrations for the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) where he represented the Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu.

He said Kenya was collaborating with international research organizations to enable famers plan their harvests in advance and improve food security and generate more income while at the same time they overcome environment challenges.

Delegates attending the CIAT conference at the Villa Rosa Kempiski hotel, Nairobi in a group photo after the official opening of the conference.DSC_0309

Delegates attending the CIAT conference at the Villa Rosa Kempiski hotel, Nairobi in a group photo after the official opening of the conference.DSC_0309

Mr. Sunkuli noted that some organizations, including CIAT were already engaged in such collaboration through sustainable land Management to work with farmers in the upper Tana River basin to improve food security and secure clean water for Nairobi city.

CIAT has been working with various countries in Africa for last 35 years to achieve food security by growing crops that are better suited to higher temperatures or longer periods of drought.

The organization has already reached nearly 27 million Farmers in Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi through the Pan-African Bean Research Alliance to improve their bean varieties.

The celebrations were attended by Dr. Richard Echeveria, the Director General of CIAT, Dr. Debisis Araba CIAT regional Director and Sara Menker the chief Executive and founder of GRO, An international data company dedicated to building products that change the way the world understands agriculture among other scientists and Agriculture experts.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by senior officials from CIAT, cutting the cake to mark 50 yrs of CIAT at the Kempiski, Nairobi.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by senior officials from CIAT, cutting the cake to mark 50 yrs of CIAT at the Kempiski, Nairobi.

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Posing for a memorable photo are,Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof.Judi Wakhungu,Bidco Africa Chairperson Vamal Shah and a group of young Water Professionals during the unveiling of a million bamboo tree plantation programme at Ndakaini Dam.

Posing for a memorable photo are,Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof.Judi Wakhungu,Bidco Africa Chairperson Vamal Shah and a group of young Water Professionals during the unveiling of a million bamboo tree plantation programme at Ndakaini Dam.

Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu on Saturday last week launched a program that will see partners in the environment and conservation sector plant a million bamboo trees at Ndakaini Dam, in Murang’a County.

The project, the Cabinet Secretary said, is among the efforts the government has adopted to realize the 10 percent forest cover across the country.

Prof. Wakhungu said it is vital for partners and Kenyans to invest in tree plantation in order to mitigate challenges emanating from extreme weather events associated with frequent droughts and increased incidences of land degradation and deforestation.

“All Kenyans should therefore redouble their efforts by planting trees in all available land on our farmslands,riparian reserves, office compounds,drylands,cities,urban and market centers in order to achieve our National objectives and surpass the national target of 10 percent forest cover,” she said.

The Cabinet Secretary urged partners to invest more in sustainable practices and solutions alongside planting more bamboo trees, saying they are good for the economy and energy production.

The project was organized by Bidco Africa, Kenya Forest Research Institute, African Plantation and the Young Water Professionals among others.

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The PS State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS; briefing the Media on the implementation progress of LVEMP II Kenya in Kisumu

The PS State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS; briefing the Media on the implementation progress of LVEMP II Kenya in Kisumu

The Principal Secretary State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli has said that the Government is committed to ensuring that Lake Victoria and its Basin is economically viable and in a state of improving the livelihood of the riparian Communities.

The PS made these remarks while a addressing the Journalist after paying a courtesy call to the Kisumu County Commissioner yesterday. He underscored the need to involve the County Governments in matters pertaining to development stressing that it is the only way to ensure sustainability of the investments once the Projects come to an end.

The PS who was on an evaluation tour of the progress made by the Lake Victoria Environmental Project Phase two [LVEMP II Kenya] which is coming to an end by December this year, told the  Kisumu County Commissioner and members of the Press that going by the  assessment of the World Bank, the Project’s implementation is satisfactory.

He said that the Project under Community Driven Development [CDDs] initiatives, Sustainable Land Management [SLM] endeavors, rehabilitation of bare Hills and River Banks, establishment of tree nurseries to enhance tree cover by selling Tree seedlings at subsidized rates, the Government is ensuring that the Lake and its Basin is protected from pollution and erosion.

The PS Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS, seated right briefing the Kisumu County Commissioner Mr.Maalim Muhamed [Center] when he paid him a courtesy call in his office. Looking on is LVEMP II Kenya National Project Coordinator Ms. Francisca Owuor, HSC

The PS Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS, seated right briefing the Kisumu County Commissioner Mr.Maalim Muhamed [Center] when he paid him a courtesy call in his office. Looking on is LVEMP II Kenya National Project Coordinator Ms. Francisca Owuor, HSC

He went on to say that matters of environmental conservation and livelihood improvement were the government’s top priority adding that the Government is committed to allocating resources to ensure that the environment is well conserved and the livelihoods improved. To that effect he added that the government is working closely with stakeholders particularly development partners the World Bank to explore the possibility of the third phase of LVEMP II. He said discussions to that effect are in progress and there is positive reaction from the World Bank.

He further said that the government is committed to ensure that the Water Hyacinth suffocating the Lake at certain periods and paralyzing socio – economic activities is managed through four options that is, Manual removal, Biological by releasing weevils into the Lake, Mechanically removing the weed and also the fourth option which is being explored, the generation of energy from the weed.

The PS on tour of the Homa Bay Sewerage facility in which a total of Kshs. 285 million has been spent to rehabilitate it and extend new lines.

The PS on tour of the Homa Bay Sewerage facility in which a total of Kshs. 285 million has been spent to rehabilitate it and extend new lines.

He added that through the Project’s interventions of rehabilitating the Homa Bay Sewerage facility which had collapsed, expanding the Kisumu city Sewerage facility and constructing the Bomet sewerage facility is a great step the government has taken to reduce pollution load into the lake.

While in Homa Bay, the managing Director of Homa Bay County Water and Sanitation Company [HOMAWASCO] Mr. Evans Nyagol said that the rehabilitation of the facility has changed the face of the town and their collection has risen from paltry Kshs. 65 thousand to Kshs. 800 thousand monthly, this is a clear indication that the project is sustainable.

The PS being shown the Homa Bay Sewerage layout by the Sewerage Project Manager Eng. Amek, flanked by DPP&SI/NFPO Ms. Agnes Yobteric on his right and NPCT Members at the Sewerage site office

The PS being shown the Homa Bay Sewerage layout by the Sewerage Project Manager Eng. Amek, flanked by DPP&SI/NFPO Ms. Agnes Yobteric on his right and NPCT Members at the Sewerage site office

Both the Kisumu and Homa Bay County Commissioners Mr. Maalim Mohamed and Muhammed K. Farah respectively promised to support the project noting that they will ensure that they work closely with other stakeholders in matters pertaining to the development of their Counties.

In his entourage was the Director Programmes, Projects and Strategic Initiatives and also the National Focal Point Officer for the Project Madam Agnes Yobteric, OGW; LVEMP II – Kenya National Project Coordinator Ms. Francisca Owuor, HSC, the National Project Coordinating Team and County Project Coordinating Teams among others. The PS is to tour progress made by LVEMP II Kenya investments in Kisumu, Homa Bay and Bomet Counties.

The PS Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS, seated second from left being briefed by the Homa Bay County Commissioner Mr. Muhammed K. Farah [in white shirt] when he paid him a courtesy call in his office. Looking on is DPP&SI Ms. Agnes Yobteric and LVEMP II Kenya National Project Coordinator Ms. Francisca Owuor, HSC among others

The PS Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS, seated second from left being briefed by the Homa Bay County Commissioner Mr. Muhammed K. Farah [in white shirt] when he paid him a courtesy call in his office. Looking on is DPP&SI Ms. Agnes Yobteric and LVEMP II Kenya National Project Coordinator Ms. Francisca Owuor, HSC among others

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23.05.2017

DSC_0225ROLL - The Dir, Env. Ed. and Awareness Intitiative, Dr. Ayub Macharia (in white turban) with dignitaries, among them DG, KWS Mr. Kitili Mbathi and KFS chair, Peter Kinyua, during the launch of Hood Safi Trust.

DSC_0225ROLL – The Dir, Env. Ed. and Awareness Intitiative, Dr. Ayub Macharia (in white turban) with dignitaries, among them DG, KWS Mr. Kitili Mbathi and KFS chair, Peter Kinyua, during the launch of Hood Safi Trust.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has established a National Steering Committee on Waste Management, to upscale the enforcement of waste regulations, and is spearheading development of a National Waste Management Bill to further guide on governance and investment in waste Management in the Country, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Director of Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative in the Ministry, Dr. Ayub Macharia, during the launch of the Hood Safi Trust, an organization proposing to embark on a national anti-littering campaign in the Country, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, in an effort to guide the counties and Kenyan public on solid waste Management, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), had developed the National Solid Waste Management Strategy  that outlines what stakeholders need to do to rid our country of the solid waste menace.

Prof. Wakhungu applauded efforts by the Hood Safi Trust, whose campaign strategy is “Sitaki Takataka” for seeking to use the youth as the vehicle for attitude change, noting that, young people form the bulk of our country’s population and any large-scale change, must have them at the forefront.  The CS noted that, provision of information on the dangers of littering and how best to combat it from a young age, will ensure a generation which holds the reclamation and safeguarding of our environment as sacred.

The Hood Safi Trust whose objectives are to create awareness about the problems of littering and its seriousness, aid in developing strategies for reducing litter, understand attitudes and behaviours towards littering and create social deterrence’s  hence convincing people to stop littering, proposes to use celebrities to craft strategies of effective communication to reach the targeted audience, and increase awareness and behavior change.

The function, that was held at the Kenyatta International Convention Center, was also attended by the Kenya Wildlife Service Director General, Mr. Kitili Mbathi, Chair of Kenya Forest Service board, Peter Kinyua, Kenya Association of Manufactures chair, Flora Mutahi, UNEP representatives and other private and business community representatives.

Members of the board of directors of the Hood Safi Trust, among them one of the celebrities, Mr. Jeff Koinange, during the launch at the KICC, Nbi. DSC_0215

Members of the board of directors of the Hood Safi Trust, among them one of the celebrities, Mr. Jeff Koinange, during the launch at the KICC, Nbi. DSC_0215

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1Several parts of the country received rainfall during the past week, with very heavy rainfall being recorded over the coastal region as well as some areas within the Highlands west of the Rift Valley.…Readmore

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CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu is shown a copy of a book Birth of a Nation, the story of Nation Newspaper, by NMG Editor-in-chief Tom Mshindi. She was presented with the book during a courtesy call at the Nation Centre

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu is shown a copy of a book Birth of a Nation, the story of Nation Newspaper, by NMG Editor-in-chief Tom Mshindi. She was presented with the book during a courtesy call at the Nation Centre

The cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof.  Judi Wakhungu has urged Kenyans to change their behavior on the use of polythene as it was a health and Environmental hazard.

She said polythene used for manufacture of plastic carrier bags was a dangerous contaminant and pollutant that caused deaths of livestock, fish and life in biodiversity.

Prof. Wakhungu emphasized that the ban on the use and manufacture of plastic bags by the government will be affected in September adding that the move will exempt plastics used in primary production of goods.

She said the ban on plastics was consistent with Kenyans right to a clean, healthy environment that was provided for by the country’s constitution , and appealed to the public to help eradicate the use of the destructive product.

Environment PS Mr. Charles Sunkuli makes a point at the Nation Centre during a courtesy call by CS Prof. Wakhungu on the Editor-in- Chief Mr. Tom Mshindi. On PS’s left is Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu, DG NEMA and NMG’s Advertising Director Mr. Michael Ngugi

Environment PS Mr. Charles Sunkuli makes a point at the Nation Centre during a courtesy call by CS Prof. Wakhungu on the Editor-in- Chief Mr. Tom Mshindi. On PS’s left is Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu, DG NEMA and NMG’s Advertising Director Mr. Michael Ngugi

The CS was speaking when she paid a courtesy call on the Nation Media Group’s Editor-in-Chief Mr. Tom Mshindi at his office.  She confirmed that alternatives to the plastic carrier bag were already in use and included traditional wooven bags, paper bags using sisal, bamboo and water hyacinth.

Prof Wakhungu observed that production of the alternative carrier bags would create employment in the country and promote the use of local products.

She was accompanied by Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli and the Director General of National Environment Management Authority Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu.

 

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu exchanging the signed Performance Contract with Chair, Kenya Wildlife Board of Management, Dr. Richard Leakey, in her NHIF office.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu exchanging the signed Performance Contract with Chair, Kenya Wildlife Board of Management, Dr. Richard Leakey, in her NHIF office.

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

Performance contracts are therefore important tools for forward planning, that remind us about the highlights of our annual work plans, and while each institution has its unique performance contract, the respective targets complement each other in ensuring a clean and healthy environment as envisaged in our constitution, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu said.

The Cabinet Secretary made the observations during the signing ceremony of the Performance contracts for State Corporations under her Ministry. She called on SAGAs under her Ministry to take their targets a notch higher and work together so that at the end, Kenyans will have something to thank us for.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by PS, Natural Resources during the signing ceremony. The chair, KWS board and the Director General, Mr. Kitili Mbathi attended.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by PS, Natural Resources during the signing ceremony. The chair, KWS board and the Director General, Mr. Kitili Mbathi attended.

The function, that was attended by the Principal Secretary, State Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima, saw the Management of the Kenya Wildlife Service, led by the Chair of the Board of Management, Dr. Richard Leaky, who was accompanied by the Director General, Mr. Kitili Mbathi and other senior KWS officials, sign the Performance contract.

 

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Coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. Coral reefs are breeding grounds for fish and other marine life and a major tourist attraction

Coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. Coral reefs are breeding grounds for fish and other marine life and a major tourist attraction.

Coral reefs inhabit less than 0.1% of the world’s oceans but are some of the most productive and diverse ecosystems on the planet. They are the largest living structure on the planet. Though coral reefs cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface, over 25% of all marine fish species find their homes in coral reefs.

The reef plays a diverse role. As well as bio-diversity strongholds, they are breeding grounds for fish and other marine life, a vital barrier against the force of the sea, protecting marine organisms and tourist recreation, keep out dangerous sharks commonly found in the deeper waters, and their color and the exotic coral fish they support provides a major attraction for tourists.

These amazing corals face many threats, including damage from poorly managed tourism, bad fishing practices (such as fishing with poison, dynamite or trawlers), over fishing, water pollution, climate change and many others.

Even with the looming dangers the reefs face, the level of awareness of coral reef conservation within coastal community as well as the local fishing communities has increased. This has changed the attitude of fishermen who now recognize the importance of conserving their environment for the future and are now less likely to use destructive fishing gear.

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