Sunday, December 17, 2017

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the Danish Amb. to Kenya, H.E. Mette Kundsen and other development partners during the launch of the GESIP and SAG.

A transition to a sustainable development pathway is urgently needed if Kenya’s economic growth is to be protected from the growing climate and environmental threats, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking during the launch of the Kenya Green Economy Strategy Plan (GESIP) and the Switch Africa Green (SAG) networking forum, under the theme “Accelerating transition to an Inclusive Green Economy in Kenya” at the Kenya Forest Headquarters, Karura, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, the transition to an inclusive green economy, presents numerous opportunities for Kenya, and has the potential to unlock a new growth trajectory and spur to sustainability the country’s economic development.

Noting that the country’s transition to a green development pathway has been well anchored in the National Climate Change Response Strategy, the National Climate Change Action Plan and the Climate Change Act, Prof. Wakhungu called for concerted efforts to be made by all stakeholders to transform their respective actions to conform to a green economy regime.

Addressing the same function, the Danish Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Mette Kundsen noted that, sustainable economic development was now a key goal of many governments around the world, as failure to find ways to grow their economies in a more sustainable and inclusive way, was a sure way of facing a future of increasing resource scarcity and competition, continued environmental degradation, and unabated climate change impacts, which could potentially be catastrophic.

The launch was also attended by the Secretary of Administration in the Ministry, Mr. William Kiprono, and representatives of GIZ, Nature Kenya, UN-Environment, ADB and the European Union Commission, among others…….

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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu listening keenly to Mr. John Kioli from the KCCWG when she toured the exhibitions after launching the GESIP and SAG.DSC_0146

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The CS with panelists in a group photo during the dialogue.

The Government has put in place adequate measures that aim to sustainably coordinate and manage forests through the formulation of the National Forest Programme.

Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu on Tuesday pronounced that the programme is designed to increase forest and tree cover, enhance forest based economic, social and environmental benefits alongside integration of national values and principles of good governance in forest development.

Addressing Stakeholders in Nairobi during a National Dialogue on Biodiversity Mainstreaming into sectors of the economy within the implementation of the National Forestry Programme, the Cabinet Secretary said the sole purpose of mainstreaming biodiversity into other sectors of the economy is to ensure functional ecosystems for healthy human populations and the environment human beings live in.

“I am pleased to join you here today during this national dialogue whose main aim is to catalyze the implementation of the National Forest Programme, mainstream biodiversity into sectors of the economy and raise awareness for increased resource mobilization,” she said.

Prof. Wakhungu said that in spite of the centrality of forests in environmental stability, forest ecosystems are increasingly under threat from the ever growing pressure to meet anthropological needs.

The Cabinet Secretary reiterated that flood regulation functions of forests are increasingly being impaired as the impact of climate change becomes even more real.

She said the forest’s ability to sustain forest based businesses must critically be looked into, given that Kenya’s economic growth targets   could be compromised in unsustainable forest management.

The Cabinet Secretary challenged the Caucus to ensure that sustainable forest management approaches are deeply entrenched in restoration of landscapes including water catchments whether in protected forests, community or private lands.

She further announced that the Government is also developing a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) and the first ever National Wildlife Conservation Strategy with the view of up scaling conservation.

State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima who accompanied the Cabinet Secretary lauded the National Forest Programme,saying it is a unique policy framework designed to sustain and restore the resilience of forests in the country by ensuring that forests are able to withstand and recover from climate-related stresses and disturbances such as droughts, wildfires and epidemics of insects alongside diseases while adhering to the principles of sustainable forest management.

Dr. Mwakima said sustainable forest management will ensure that benefits derived from forests meet current needs and still contribute to the requirements for long-term development.

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Delegates attending the African COP 13 prep. workshop listening keenly as their chair, Mr. Richard Mwendandu, closses the workshop at the Nbi Safari Club.DSC_0217

African delegates to the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13), the sixteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC16), and the thirteenth session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST13), that will be held at the Ordos International Convention and Exhibition Center, Ordos, Inner Mongolia in China, will unite and articulate a very strong African voice, on the integration of Sustainable Development Goals and issues relating to drought, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

In remarks made on his behalf, by the Director of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in the Ministry, who is also the chair of the African group to COP 13, Mr. Richard Mwendandu during the closing session of the Africa Region preparatory meeting for the 13th Conference of Parties (COP 13) at the Nairobi Safari Club, Mr. Sunkuli noted that, it was only through unity that, the continent, which is vulnerable to vagaries of climate change can push its agenda.

The Principal Secretary expressed his satisfaction that, the African group had come up with an African position paper on the formulation of Drought Protocol to be an agenda during the conference.

The meeting that was held at the Nairobi Safari Club, was also attended by representatives of the African Forest Forum, NEPAD, FAO, UNCCD secretariat, UNDP and Food and Agriculture Organization, among others.

Applause- Delegates applasing after the closure of the three day workshop on the prep. of the roadmap to COP 13, in China.

 

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CS Wakhungu holding a copy of the report during the launch.

The government through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has launched a Wildlife Migratory Corridors and Dispersal Areas report, which has identified and mapped out wildlife habitats and migratory routes in the country.

While inaugurating the findings at Kenya Wildlife Service Headquarters in Nairobi, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said the document also suggests salient recommendations on strategies for securing the dispersal areas and migratory corridors within the specific context of different regions and landscapes.

Prof Wakhungu said that although wildlife dispersal areas and migratory corridors are mainly found on human and livestock dominated landscapes, they form important habitat connectivity that links the animals to their resources such as food, water, and breeding sites.

The Cabinet Secretary said that with over 25,000 species of wild animals and 7,000 species of wild plants, Kenya is ranked as one of the biodiversity rich countries in the world.

“We are proud as a nation and a people to have over 50 protected areas, across all ecosystems in the country to ensure the diversity of wildlife and its beauty is preserved for present and future generations,” she said.

However Prof Wakhungu acknowledged that there is a significant proportion of the country’s wildlife living outside the protected areas.

The Cabinet Secretary attributed the hurdle to the ever increasing human population, saying it has created a high demand for land as well as exerting an incredible amount of pressure and threats to wildlife and other biodiversity types in the country.

She pointed out that human encroachment on critical biodiversity sites in search of agricultural land has over the decades shifted to low potential rangelands and forests which coincidentally are the prime wildlife habitats.

“This has created problems including competition for pasture and water resources, habitat fragmentation and blockage of wildlife migratory routes and dispersal areas,” added the Cabinet Secretary.

Prof. Wakhungu said that most of the habitat connections have been disrupted by or lost to human activities and their restoration will greatly increase ecosystem resilience and space for wildlife, while enhancing conservation and reducing human-wildlife conflicts.

She announced that several interventions have been adopted to avert and reduce wildlife declines, notably through securing dispersal areas and migratory corridors, strengthening and investing in local communities and landowners to create and develop community and private wildlife conservancies alongside diversification of rural livelihoods through benefits from ecosystem services.

Prof. Wakhungu said the proposed Conservation Connectivity Framework suggests a number of mechanisms including legal and economic among others to be used to engage local communities, private land owners, counties, and national government in a collaborative process for securing critical wildlife areas.

The launch of the report which was spearheaded by the Ministry in collaboration with other conservation stakeholders who included Nature Kenya, African Conservation Centre among others comes in the backdrop of the escalating wildlife loss in Kenya, with a drastic decline of some wildlife populations by 67 percent between the year 1977 and 2013……..read More

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Theme: “Accelerating transition to an Inclusive Green
Economy in Kenya”

 

 

 

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PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, opening the the Africa Preparatory meeting the COP 13 at the Nairobi Safari Club.

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, has called on the African Continent to be united and articulate a very strong African voice on integration of Sustainable Development Goals, and issues relating to drought, during the 13th Conference of Parties on Desertification, to be held at Ordos International Convention and Exhibition Center in China.

Addressing delegates during the official opening of the Africa Region preparatory meeting for the 13th Conference of Parties (COP 13) at the Nairobi Safari Club, Mr. Sunkuli called on the delegates to ensure their countries have set their voluntary Land Degradation Targets (LDN), in readiness for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular goal 15 on attainment of land degradation neutral world by 20120.

Noting that COP 13 will be very critical for Africa as it is prone to frequent droughts, which have been made worse by the vagaries of  climate change, Mr. Sunkuli expressed his satisfaction that, the African group is keen to have discussions on the formulation of Drought Protocol as one of the agenda items of COP 13,  observing  that, Kenya was committed to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), as the  80per cent of the Country was classified as Arid and Semi-Arid Lands.

A group photo of paricipants to the Africa preparatory meeting for COP 13 after the official opening.

The meeting that is being moderated by the Chair of the African group Mr. Richard Mwendandu, is also being attended by representatives of the African Forest Forum, NEPAD, FAO, UNCCD secretariat, UNDP and Food and Agriculture Organization.

 

 

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PS Sunkuli bis farewell to OXO PLAST directgor Shazia Khan who paid a courtesy call on him.

The government will intensify awareness of alternative biodegradable carrier bags as the ban for plastics takes effect in August this year, Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

He emphasized the government’s commitment to invest in new technology that will support the private sector in developing eco-friendly carrier bags to replace the plastic bag whose ban takes effect on August 28th.

The ban which was gazette by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu on 28th February 2017, affects the manufacture, sale and use of plastic carrier bags usually designed for domestic use.

The plastic carrier bags have been blamed for widespread pollution of the ecosystems, blockage of drainages, deaths of livestock and littering of the environment.

Mr. Sunkuli was speaking at his office when he received m/s Shazia Khan a director of Oxo Plast, a local company that manufactures alternative carrier bags who paid a courtesy call on him.

He said that the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources was encouraging producers of eco-friendly carrier bags in a bid to satisfy the demand of the local market and to promote a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

The PS advised manufacturers to liaise with the   Kenya Bureau of Standards to ensure their products were certified as eco-friendly for use in the domestic market.

The Director of Environmental Education and Awareness in the Ministry Dr. Ayub Macharia accompanied the PS  during the courtesy call.

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Most parts of the country remained generally dry in June 2017. Several meteorological stations in western Kenya and the Coastal strip, however, recorded substantial amounts of rainfall that was slightly enhanced at Kakamega and Lamu.

Occasional cool and cloudy conditions were recorded over the central parts of the country during the month. The daytime temperatures were however warmer than average with maximum temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C……..read more

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