Sunday, May 27, 2018

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing guests at the Crowne Plaza hotel, during the launch of the SLM framework.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, takes a keen interest in inter-related issues between economic, social, and environmental challenges, and the need for finding integrated solutions to achieve sustainable use of our land and water resources, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking during the launch of the Framework for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) (2017-2027) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nairoibi, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, the Framework, will provide a blueprint to strengthen and enhance investments and implementation of Sustainable Land Management (SLM), with a view of attaining the synergistic benefits of increasing food production, while at the same time, supporting crucial ecosystem services and promoting sustainable rural livelihoods.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by PS, Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli and representatives from Terr Africa, Ministry of Agriculture and the Council of Governors, during the lauch of the SLM at the Crowne Plaza, Nbi

Noting that Climate change has posed a major challenge to economic and social development, and that, Many years of exploitation, population pressure, demand for wood fuel resources and unsustainable land use practices, exacerbated by poor policies and institutional failures, have all contributed to land degradation and misuse of the natural environment, Prof. Wakkhungu observed that, “this document which we are launching today, provides a blueprint to strengthen and enhance investments and implementation of Sustainable Land Management”.

Speaking during the same function, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli noted that, The main reason for developing the framework, that was developed through extensive stakeholder consultations at both national and county levels  backed by targeted baseline diagnostic studies, was to leverage on a joint operational framework, which will help to harmonize all Sustainable Land Management interventions and investments across sectors in a programmatic approach.

PS, Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli addressing guests during the launch of the SLM framework.

 The launch was also attended by representatives of stake holders and institutions, that collaborated with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in developing the framework, who included the State department of Agriculture, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Ministry of Lands Urban Development and Housing, KFS, KWS, NEMA, and Civil Society organizations.

The Global Environment Facility, through the World Bank provided the grant that facilitated the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Sustainable Land management Project (KAPSLMP).

 

 

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Conference Objectives

The overall objective of the workshop is to create an understanding regarding weather and climate extremes with emphasis on the issues related to the causes, monitoring and manifestations of extreme weather and climate and their implications to our social and economic fabric…..read more

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Principal Secretary Dr Margaret Mwakima poses for a photo with pupils of Mwakishimba Primary School in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County where she led the public for tree planting ceremony for the Coastal region. This is a photo to be ever remembered by these pupils about the visit to their school. A total number of 1,500 trees were planted.

State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima has hailed the roll out of Plantation Establishment and Livelihood Improvement Scheme (PELIS) in Taita Taveta County, saying it has both enhanced forest conservation and improved human livelihood.

Speaking on Tuesday at Mwakishimba Primary School in the County, the Principal Secretary said through PELIS programme, the forest adjacent communities have taken part in forest conservation while at the same time earning a living from the resource.

“The benefits forest adjacent communities derive from these partnerships are enhanced food production and income generation through sustainable harvesting of non-wood forest products guided by the approved participatory forest management plans for each of our forests,” said the PS.

She said the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has operationalized the Forest Conservation and Management Act, 2016 which creates strong provisions for the formation of Community Forest Associations (CFAs) for all communities who live in the neighborhoods of State as well as county forests.

Dr. Mwakima said the new Act is in tandem with the Country’s Constitution and lays emphasis on inclusive engagement and participation of all stakeholders.

The PS  said that Kenya Forest Service has the mandate to sustainably manage all public forests and allied resources for environmental stability and the socio-economic development of the Kenyan people.

“This is an enormous mandate which the Kenya Forest Service cannot achieve singly, but through collaboration and cooperation with the county governments and well-structured partnerships with the private sector, individuals, corporate entities and other government agencies”, she added.

Dr. Mwakima announced that nine Community Forest Associations registered in the county are actively engaged in forest protection, rehabilitation and tree planting in the degraded forest areas.

She said Taita Taveta forests have played a major role in addressing some of the threats facing the biodiversity and livelihoods of the local people and require to be protected at any cost.

The PS challenged all Kenyans including those in Taita Taveta County to ensure that forests that are protected and conserved for posterity.

The ever green beautiful scenery of Wundanyi, with indigenous trees and shrubs that forms the ever attractive and strong ecosystem in Taita Taveta County.
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Several parts of the country remained dry over the past week. However some parts of the Highlands West of the Rift Valley and the Coast received some rainfall……..read more

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The PS and the Chair of the Board of Director AFEW-Kenya presents a trophy to one of the winners.

The PS and the Chair of the Board of Director AFEW-Kenya presents a trophy to one of the winners.

The government has asked Kenyans across the country to plant more trees in order to meet the Constitutional and the Global requirement of 10 percent forest cover, which currently stands at 7.2 percent.

Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. Judi Wakhungu on Friday said the efforts by Kenyans to invest in tree plantation would supplement the strategies undertaken by the government to meet the requirement.

In a speech read on her behalf by Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima during the commemoration of Environmental Awards Day held at AFEW- Kenya, the CS said her Ministry has put in place effective measures to  combat environmental challenges  facing the country, among them  sensitization and awareness creation.

“In the view of the same, my Ministry through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Department of Environmental Education, Information and Public Participation (EEIPP), has provided strategies for education and awareness creation activities as well as services for sustainable environmental conservation,” she added.

She lauded the initiatives undertaken by the Education Ministry, saying its move to develop an educational curriculum that promotes sustainable education and learning in schools is a major step forward towards up scaling environmental conservation.

The PS is welcomed at event.

The PS is welcomed at event.

The Cabinet Secretary cited environmental degradation as one of the greatest threats facing the country, through unsustainable human activities, extreme weather conditions and the effects of climate change among others.

Prof. Wakhungu said that unless the government moves with speed to address these challenges, it would be very difficult for Kenya  to realize her  desired social-economic benefits and the objectives and aspirations of the vision 2030.

During the occasion, Bildad Tom Ochieng from Maseno School was awarded as the overall Environment Master 2017, while Caroline Mwende Gitonga from Moi University Annexe scooped the overall Miss Environment 2017.

Also honoured was Geoffrey Karani from Rare Gem Talent School in Kitengela,who won the Merit Award Winner 2017.

 

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Crown Plaza photosThe Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has inaugurated a National Wildlife Conservation and Management Strategy policy in a bid to beef up wildlife conservation.

Unveiling the plan in Nairobi, Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu  announced that the strategy is intended to provide guidance to the country on how wildlife will be protected, conserved, managed and sustainably utilized taking into account the three land regimes  among them public, community and private lands alongside the conservation model, innovations and current challenges.

Prof. Wakhungu said the scheme also seeks to review and analyze historical approaches and give an overview of the current conservation models’ in Kenya.

“This strategy should therefore   recognize the emerging opportunities that exist in wildlife as a land use by promoting participatory land-use planning in wildlife corridors and dispersal areas in community and private land, providing innovative benefit-sharing and conflict resolution mechanisms, and engaging in social contracts with communities to increase space for wildlife with shared liabilities”, she added.

The CS joined by Industrialist Manu Chandaria, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and PS Mwakima at the event.

The CS joined by Industrialist Manu Chandaria, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and PS Mwakima at the event.

The Cabinet Secretary (CS) tasked the Committee working on the plan to explore innovative ways of education and awareness not only to communities but to various levels of government, in order to reduce conflicting sectorial policies and adequate support to the conservation agenda.

The CS emphasized that the process of strategy formulation is as important as the final product, calling for engagement of stakeholders including national and county, alongside private partners.

The five year strategy is aligned to the vision 2030 and other relevant policy and legal frameworks.

Its implementation will address chronic issues within the wildlife sector such as lack of recognition of wildlife as land use and a major driver of our economy, increase in human-wildlife conflicts, challenges in achieving an integrated wildlife management approach and increased poaching and illegal wildlife trade, among others.

Present at the launch were State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godhec, Industrialist Manu Chandaria and Conservation Secretary Gideon Gathaara among others.

 

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advertThe Global Environment Facility, through the United Nations Environment Programme is providing financial support to the Government of Kenya to review and update Kenya’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). This assignment is expected to be implemented within a duration of twelve (12) months. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, State Department of Environment therefore intends to engage two (2) staff to coordinate the activities to be implemented during the assignment, these are:

  1. THE NATIONAL PROJECT COORDINATOR (NPC)

The role of the NPC will be to oversee project implementation and liaison between the Steering Committee and Project Staff. The NPC will be critical in catalyzing inter-ministerial and broader stakeholder support towards the objectives of this project and liaising with counterparts in other ministries, regional/local governments…….read more

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Best practices- CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with PS, Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli and CEC Env. from Nakuru County at the MENR stand during the WED in Egerton, NjoroDSC_0071-001

Best practices- CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with PS, Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli and CEC Env. from Nakuru County at the MENR stand during the WED in Egerton, NjoroDSC_0071-001

This year’s World Environment Day, whose theme was “Connecting people to Nature” and its slogan “I am with Nature”, was marked at the Egerton University in Njoro, and presided over by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu.

Speaking during the occasion, the CS noted that, the World Environment Day, has since its inception, continued to be used as a platform to create awareness and educate the public on the importance of the environment and observed that, through the celebrations, her Ministry has been able to recognize best environmental practices and share lessons and experiences on sound environmental management.

Prof. Wakhungu observed that, efforts to protect our environment have scored some successes, and cited the recent gazette notice to ban the use of plastic carrier bags in the country, noting that, plastic wastes have continued to chock our drainage systems, kill livestock and degrade infrastructure, among other negative impacts.

Speaking during the same occasion, that was attended by the vice chancellor of Egerton University, Ms. Rose Mwonya, Chair of NEMA board Mr. John Konchella and the DG, NEMA, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu among others, the Principal Secretary in the State Dept. of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli noted that, the Ministry was committed in seeing effective implementation of the ban on plastic carrier bags for the best interests of our environment, people and the Country Kenya.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with other dignitaries who included the PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, following events during the WED in Egerton, Njoro.DSC_0087

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with other dignitaries who included the PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, following events during the WED in Egerton, Njoro.DSC_0087

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memoThe wildlife Conservation and management Act 2013.

Call for public consultation on development of the National Wildlife Conservation and management strategy. …..Read more

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 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu cuts the tape to officially launch the climate change training manual, as the PS, Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli and Ms. Sheila Mbiru, from the Low Emission Climate Resilient Dev. Project lookDSC

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu cuts the tape to officially launch the climate change training manual, as the PS, Env. Mr. Charles Sunkuli and Ms. Sheila Mbiru, from the Low Emission Climate Resilient Dev. Project lookDSC

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in its effort to insulate Kenyan’s and protect the environment, has launched the first ever training program on climate change policy, planning and budgeting at both the National and County levels of Government.

The program, which is being implemented in collaboration with the Kenya School of Government and the Council of Governors, is premised on the notion of mainstreaming climate change into national and county decision making process.

Launching the program during this year’s World Environment Day celebrations at Egerton University, Njoro, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted that, the program will form a significant contribution towards the implementation of the climate change Act 2016, as well as the Kenya’s nationally determined contribution (NDC).

The curriculum, which is leaner and centered with emphasis on case studies, field excursions, as well as other practical learning approaches, will target middle level managers and technical cadres involved in policy formulation, planning, budgeting and implementation of programs in sectors that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

The launch, was also attended by the Principal Secretary, state Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli.

The CS and PS join in a group photo with staff from LECRD and other Ministry and County officials after launching the training manual at Egerton, NjoroDSC_0140

The CS and PS join in a group photo with staff from LECRD and other Ministry and County officials after launching the training manual at Egerton, NjoroDSC_0140

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[Golden Goose Sneakers Damen Sale caption id=”attachment_3663″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″] CS, Prof. Judi Wakungu flanked by PS, Prada Scarf Sale Environment, Mr. Sunkuli, Chair of NEMA board Mr. Konchella and Safaricom’s Regional Sales Dir, Mr. Okeyo, during the Under Armour Stephen Curry 1 Colorways launch of Safcoms eco-friendly bags at Midland,[/caption]

Corporates and manufactures have been urged to come up with Golden Goose France environment-friendly materials such as sisal, bamboo and hyacinth, in a bid to assist the government in fighting the plastic menace in the country.

Speaking during the launch of Safaricom’s eco-friendly re-usable bags at the Midland hotel in Nakuru, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted that, the launch of the re-usable bags was in line with the commitment to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12, which calls for responsible consumption and production.

Noting that the Government will enforce the plastic paper bag ban from August 27th, 2017, Prof.  Wakhungu urged more companies to invest in the production of alternative bags because protecting the environment was not solely the role of the government.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being Adidas Y-3 received at Midand hotel, Nkr, by Mr & Miss Env., Nkr County, as DG NEMA and Mr. Okeyo from Safaricom looks on.

Speaking at the same event, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli noted that, by phasing out plastic carrier bags, we reaffirm the government’s commitment of managing environmental impacts and ensuring a clean environment for all.

The Director General, NEMA Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu and Safaricom’s Regional sales and operations director, Mr. Steve Okeyo, attended the function.

Principal Secretary, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli addressing guests during the launch of Safaricom’s eco-friendly carrier bags at the Midland hotel, Nakuru

 

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing guests at the Golden Goose Sneakers Midaland Hotel, Nakuru, during the launch of Safaricom’s eco-friendly carrier bags.
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weather2The March-April-May (MAM) 2017 seasonal rainfall has ceased over  most parts of the country. An assessment  of  the  rainfall  recorded  from 1st      March  2017 up to date  indicates  that  the  rainfall performance  was  generally  poor over  most  parts  of the  country.  The  seasonal  rainfall was  also characterized by late onset  as well as poor distribution, both in time and space. Generally sunny and dry weather conditions  were dominant  over the much  of the country during the month of March 2017. Much of the rainfall was recorded during the second half of April and in May 2017…….read more

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