Saturday, June 24, 2017

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu flagging off the World Day to Combat Desertification procession at HulaHula in Marsabit County.

This year’s World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), was marked at Hulahula Primary School, in Saku Sub-County of Marsabit County, in a ceremony that was officiated by the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu..

Speaking during the commemoration, whose theme was Conserving Our Land for Sustainable Livelihoods, and the slogan “Our Land – Our Home – Our Future”, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, the World Day to Combat Desertification is observed on 17th June each year, as provided for under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) which Kenya ratified in 1997, to promote public awareness relating to the international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, assisted by Miss Environment, Kenya, Debra Omondi, lauching the National Action Programme to Combat Desertification at Marsabit.

Noting that Marsabit County was a  largely an arid/semi-arid part of the country, and experiences food insecurity and poverty due to persistent drought and inadequate adaptation strategies, Prof. Wakhungu said, her Ministry  had put in place several policy frameworks to guide sound environmental management, including  the Environmental and wetlands policies, among others. The policies, Prof. Wakhungu noted, have incorporated emerging environmental issues and proposes measures to address them.

During the celebrations, that were also attended by the Chair of the NEMA  Board, Mr. John Konchella, Director General Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu and  Kenya’s deputy representative, Kenya Mission to UNEP, Amb. Anne Wanjohi, among others, Prof. Wakhungu launched the rehabilitation of a big gulley in Hulahula and the National Action Programme to Combat Desertification for Kenya 2015-2025.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu lauching the rehabilitation of gurley erosion at HulaHula, MarsabitDSC_0037

 

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