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January 18, 2023

ENG. NG’ENO PRESENTS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, WATER AND NATURAL RESOURCES SECTOR

Environment and Climate Change, Principal Secretary, Eng. Festus K. Ng’eno has today presented the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for the Environmental Protection, Water and Natural Resources Sector at KICC.

The vision of the sector which comprises Environment and Climate Change, Forestry, Water and Sanitation, Irrigation, Wildlife and Mining is to ensure sustainable development in a clean and secure environment.

This Eng. Ngeno said will be achieved through promoting sustainable utilization and management of environment and natural resources for socio- economic development.

To fully achieve its mandates, Eng. Ngeno said the sector will use coordinated and sustained actions across multiple sectors and partnership with State and non-state actors, these are critical in promotion of sustainable utilization and management of environment and natural resources for socio-economic development.

The strategic Objective of the sector is to protect and manage the environment for sustainable development and posterity; enhance climate change resilience and low carbon emission; Increase forest and tree cover to enhance socio-economic benefits of the Kenyan people in a clean and healthy environment among others.

Key among the environment and forestry achievements include Sustainable Waste Management Policy 2021, The Sustainable Waste Management Act 2022, The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations 2022; The National Water Policy of 2021; Installation of 120 Automatic Weather Stations and two hydrological modelling workstations for Flood early warning.

In the year under review National Forest cover and tree cover improved to 8.83% and 12.13%, respectively with established 3,174 Ha of woodlot and 17,324 Ha of farm forest. 2.6 million Ha of closed canopy forests were protected and 316 million seedlings were raised among other achievements.

The PS said the sector faces a myriad of challenges key among them is inadequate funding, climate change, environmental degradation, population pressure, Inadequate data and Information on Environmental Resources, Waste Management and Disposal, pollution among others.

Eng. Ng’eno reiterated the intergral role the sector plays as a fundamental pillar of the economy and is one of the priority sectors under Kenya Vision 2030, and the Plan of the Kenya Kwanza Administration.

“The sector is cognizant of the linkages with other sectors as well as emerging issues and challenges that affect its performance. The linkages established have direct and indirect contribution to socio-economic benefits to life support systems” Eng. Ng’eno emphasized.

The government continues to invest heavily in the Environment Protection, Water and Natural Resources (EPWNR) sector with the aim of achieving the sector’s goals and objectives, and various outcomes in the different subsectors.

To fully achieve its mandates, the sector will use coordinated and sustained actions across multiple sectors and partnership with State and non-state actors, these are critical in promotion of sustainable utilization and management of environment and natural resources for socio-economic development.

The Sector will undertake recommendations to address the challenges by Developing a legal and regulatory framework which will promote and enhance climate-smart and green technologies for climate change action; Promote research and innovative technologies for the adoption of a circular economy; Increase tree seed and seedlings production, tree planting management and development of appropriate technologies in a bid to achieve the presidential directive of 30% tree cover by 2032 among other interventions.

The Public Sector meeting was attended by Principal Secretaries Silvia Musenya (Wildlife), Elijah Mwangi (Mining) representatives from National Treasury, CEOs from state corporations under the sector, civil society organization, development partners and the public.

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