Friday, October 20, 2017

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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