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Env&N.Resources CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu addresses Renewable Energy in East Africa Conference at Strathmore University on 23.01.18.

Kenya has a great opportunity to transition its electricity system towards renewable energy, in a quick and sustainable way, thereby embracing the choice of de- carbonization.

Scaling up green investments in key sectors such as energy, agriculture and transport would catalyze significant advancement in sustainable development and poverty eradication

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said there are however challenges that have to be overcome if Kenya is to benefit from the many opportunities offered by renewable energy technologies. She was speaking during a two day regional conference on renewable energy in East Africa at Strathmore University.

“Capacity building, increased access to finance,  technology innovation and investing in renewable energy is the best option because it will help the country address its susceptibility to climate change effects and reduce global emissions”, she said.

The CS further noted that considering the prominence of climate change in today’s global narrative, it is no surprise that renewable energy is the forefront development option.

She observed that renewable energy promises to be the future of the region’s energy needs adding that provision of clean and reliable energy would be crucial to the success of Kenya’s Vision 2030 energy goals.

“Renewable, sustainable, competitively priced and affordable energy is one of the main catalysts of industrial growth and job creation”, Prof.Wakhungu said.

“The Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (2016-2030) the Protocol on Climate Change  that Kenya, like many countries, signed as a guideline for our environmental sustainability efforts commits the government to increase the share of renewable energy geothermal, wind and solar in the national grid to at least 70 percent.”, the CS added.

Prof. Wakhungu noted that the government has put in place steps to secure a sustainable and resilient country. This has been made possible through consistent investments substantial amount of resources towards renewable energy such as geothermal, wind, hydro and solar to power the economy.

Expansion of geothermal power plants in Olkaria and Wind power projects in Turkana, are vital in achieving Vision 2030 goal of universal energy the CS said adding that her Ministry has been on the forefront in tree growing and that the country’s tree cover had now increased to over 7 percent against a target of 10 per cent.

Prof.Wakhungu shakes hands with Mauro Massoni Italian Ambassador to Kenya during the Renewable Conference.

She congratulated Strathmore University for leveraging resources to safeguard the environment through solar projects demonstrating the level of commitment to sustainable development and clean energy.

“I am glad that this practical demonstration and the renewable energy conference is happening here, on the continent of Africa. I urge other institutions and individuals to emulate you and become self-sufficient in power supply as well as avail excess power to the national grid”, the CS said.

The two day regional conference will touch upon the key topics for renewable energy deployment such as enabling policy and regulatory frameworks, financing solutions and innovative business models, technological and technical issues, capacity building and socio-economic benefits to local economies.

An exhibition being held on the sidelines allowed local, national and international renewable energy solutions providers to present their business and products.

Sub Saharan African countries are attracting attention as new markets for Renewable energy technologies whose vast market potential is based on growing African energy demand.

Over 600 million people still live without access to energy in the region representing significant residential and productive demand for affordable, reliable and clean energy.

 

 

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During the review period a number of station within the Highlands West of the Rift Valley and the Central Highlands recorded notable increases in rainfall amount. However, much of Northern Kenya, the Southeastern Lowlands, the Coast and Nairobi continued to experience warm and dry conditions.

Narok Meteorological Station recorded the highest seven-day total of 35.4mm while Busia Ministry of Water Office recorded the highest rainfall within 24 hours (34.2mm on 19th January, 2018). Figure 2 shows the spatial distribution of the total 7-day rainfall while Figure 3 shows areas that received heavy to very heavy rainfall during the review period. Only a few stations including Busia Ministry of Water Office, Kisumu Meteorological Station and Chebisaas Girls High School (in Nandi County) recorded more than 20mm of rainfall within 24 hours…….read more

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Prof. Wakhungu and PS. Dr. Margaret Mwakima in a group photo with the Participants of the Social Forestry Training Course.

Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has commented the Social Forestry Regional Training Programme, saying it will provide amicable solutions to effects of climate change in Africa.

Speaking at the Kenya Forest Research Institute Headquarters in Kiambu County during the opening of the 4th Social Forestry Regional Training Course dubbed ‘Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa through Social Forestry’, Prof Wakhungu said the training will assist Natural Resource Managers drawn from Central, Eastern and Southern Africa Countries to discuss concerns, share experiences and opportunities crucial for mitigation of climate change challenges in the Continent.

“This informs the purpose of this training course which aims to provide participants with opportunities to enhance their capacities necessary for implementation of climate change adaptation measures through participatory social forestry extension methodologies”, the Cabinet Secretary said.

Prof. Wakhungu said that though climate change is a global problem, Africa is the most affected rendering her less able to cope with the negative effects associated with frequent droughts, severe flooding, increased temperatures as well as incidents of human and livestock diseases.

The Cabinet Secretary noted that the impacts not only degrade natural resources, but further propel communities to compete for the assets leading to conflicts, displacement of people and increase in poverty.

“To tackle these challenges, we need to develop capacity to strengthen resilience and attitude of our people by offering sustainable livelihood options and strategies that ensure food security”, She further added.

Accompanying the Cabinet Secretary were State Department of natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima and Representatives of various High Commissions in Kenya among others.

The Programme commenced in 1995, has seen at least 492 participants trained based on the annual available opportunities.

The project is supported by Japan International Cooperation in Africa.

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Many parts of the country continued to experience warm and dry conditions as expected for this time of the year. However, rainfall was reported in parts of Western, the Rift Valley, Central, Southeastern and the Coast. These areas therefore recorded significant increases in rainfall amounts as compared to the previous week (See Figure 1)…….read more

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Much of the country continued to experience warm and dry conditions with only a few stations including Kisii, Kericho, Narok and Suba recording minimal amounts of rainfall.

Kisii Meteorological Station recorded the highest seven-day total of 12.6mm. Figure 2 shows the spatial distribution of the total 7-day rainfall, no stations received heavy rainfall during the review period.

A review of the season’s performance up to 31st December is shown in Figure 3 below. The patterns still show that there has been no significant change in the performance compared to the previous 7-day period due to the minimal amounts of rainfall recorded during the past week. Some of the stations that have already achieved their LTMs include Lodwar (228.9%), Eldoret Kapsoya (179.7%), Mtwapa (140.4%), Dagoretti Corner (132.9%), among others. Three stations had not yet achieved 50% of their LTMs by the close of the season. These are Lamu (42.2%), Voi (39.4%) and Garissa (23.5%)…..read more

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