Wednesday, September 19, 2018
DSC_0090ROLL- CS,Prof. Wakhungu, PS, Charles Sunkuli of Environment, PS, Dr. Mwakima of Natural Resources, Env. Minister, Migori County Elija Odhiambo and NEMA vice Chair .

DSC_0090ROLL- CS,Prof. Wakhungu, PS, Charles Sunkuli of Environment, PS, Dr. Mwakima of Natural Resources, Env. Minister, Migori County Elija Odhiambo and NEMA vice Chair .

Kenyans have been urged to intensify efforts to combat desertification and restore degraded land.

Speaking at Pap Sori playground in Migori County during the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), the Cabinet Secretary noted that land degradation neutrality cannot be achieved without inclusive cooperation among key actors.

She observed that the Theme for this year’s WDCD – ‘Inclusive cooperation for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality’ with the Slogan: ‘Protect Earth, Restore Land – Engage People’ advocates for the importance of inclusive cooperation to restore and rehabilitate degraded land and contribute towards achieving the overall Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

She called upon development partners and all key actors to pull efforts together to realize land degradation neutrality as it is the most cost effective way of fighting hunger and also coping with climate change, securing water and energy resources and promoting inclusive growth.

Combating desertification - CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu planting a commemorative tree in Sori, to mark the 2016 WDCD

Combating desertification – CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu planting a commemorative tree in Sori, to mark the 2016 WDCD

This year’s celebrations were held in Pap Sori, Karungu Division, Nyatike Sub County in Migori County. This is a semi –arid area characterized by prolonged dry spells and short erratic rains. Environmental degradation has resulted into severe climatic changes whose effects are being felt by the residents. Other characteristics of environmental degradation experienced here include floods, deforestation, soil erosion, mining and high population density.

The CS also observed that the cost of land restoration per hectare had increased and noted that the government had put into place necessary interventions to address this. Some of the interventions include: Enactment of the National Land Policy, National Climate Change Response Strategy and Action Plan and its Secretariat, establishment of the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) among others.

Moreover, the Ministry has been very instrumental in the preparation of Environment Policy and review of relevant policies to be in line with the Constitution. It is envisaged that these initiatives will lead to improved community participation in environmental planning and management as well as strengthened environmental governance and partnerships.

Environment matters- PS, Env. Charles Sunkuli consulting with CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu during the WDCD in Sori, Migori County

Environment matters- PS, Env. Charles Sunkuli consulting with CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu during the WDCD in Sori, Migori County

The WDCD is observed worldwide on June 17 every year to fulfill national obligations under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification which Kenya signed in October, 1994 and ratified in June, 1997.


 

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