The World Environment (WED) 2016 will be celebrated in Laikipia County on 5th June, 2016 under the theme, “Fight against the Illegal Trade in Wildlife”
World Environment Day (WED) 2016 Summary
World Environment Day: 5th June, 2016
Theme: “Fight against the Illegal Trade in Wildlife”
Slogan: “Go Wild for Life”
National Celebration Venue: Laikipia County
Coordination: NEMA is coordinating the National event through the National Steering Committee.
County events will be hosted across all 46 Counties spearheaded by the County Directors of Environment and in conjunction with the County Governments and other stakeholders.
World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event created in 1972. The global event seeks to educate the public on the importance of the environment.
The Global celebrations are held on 5th June each year since 1974.In Kenya these celebrations are held at both the National level as well as in all the counties. With the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA – KENYA) spearheading our country’s celebrations. The WED event is aimed at celebrating the achievements of all stakeholders throughout the year.
In addition, WED is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform that serves as the ‘people’s day’ for taking positive action for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.
Theme for WED 2016
This year’s theme is “fight against the Illegal Trade in Wildlife”. It focuses on joining the fight against illegal wildlife trade with the aim of seeking to conserve our country’s biodiversity-rich wildlife while at the same time rebuilding our elephant population. The theme ties in with this year’s first United Nations resolution on wildlife trafficking, which calls for wildlife trafficking to be treated as a serious crime both nationally and across borders. The National World Environment Day 2016 event will highlight the efforts Kenya has put in place in protecting our wildlife including raising awareness on illegal poaching of wildlife and accelerating the action that will protect species, ecosystems and livelihoods from extinction.
This year’s WED Slogan – Go Wild for Life – encourages us to celebrate all those species under threat due to illegal wildlife trade from the big elephants and rhinos to the small but significant antelopes, snakes and birds within our country; and take action to help safeguard them as well as their habitats for our country and the future generations.
Wildlife crime refers to acts committed contrary to national laws and regulations intended to protect natural resources and to administer their management and use. This involves illicit exploitation of natural resources, such as poaching, unlicensed netting of animals, unauthorized logging of trees, and interference with genetic species among others.
Wildlife crimes violate the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which regulates exports, imports and re-exports of wildlife at international level.
WED 2016 Activities
Various Build Up activities to be implemented towards this year’s National WED event include:
1) Ivory Burning Event
2) Panel Discussion
3) CEOs luncheon
4) Road show
5) Tree planting activities
7) Songs, dances & Poems
9) Environmental Campaigns & Walks
NEMA’s contribution to the protection of our Biodiversity
Part V of EMC (Amendment) Act, 2015 under Protection and Conservation of the Environment, Section 54 states the importance of protection of Environmentally Significant Areas. This entails gazettement of any area of land, sea, lake or river to be a protected natural environment for the purpose of promoting and preserving specific ecological processes, natural environment systems, natural beauty or species of indigenous wildlife or the protection of biological diversity in general. In addition, the Authority has developed several regulations towards the protection and conservation of our wildlife.
These regulations are;
1. CONSERVATION OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND RESOURCES, AND ACCESS TO GENETIC RESOURCES AND BENEFITS SHARING REGULATIONS, 2006.
The regulations were developed to protect biological diversity and resources. These Regulations apply to access to genetic resources or parts of genetic resources, whether naturally occurring or naturalized, including genetic resources bred for or intended for commercial purposes within Kenya or for export, whether in in-situ conditions or ex-situ conditions.
2. WETLANDS, RIVERBANKS, LAKE SHORES, AND SEASHORES MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS 2009
Wetlands are areas permanently or seasonally flooded by water where plants and animals have become adapted and incorporates riparian and coastal zones. This regulation seeks to ensure wetland resources are utilized in a sustainable manner compatible with the continued presence of wetlands and their ecological goods and services. The sustainable use of wetlands should be integrated into the national and local land use plans to ensure sustainable use and management of the resources.
3. IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT REGULATIONS, 2003.
The goal of an EIA is to ensure that decisions on proposed projects and activities are environmentally sustainable. It guides policy makers, planners, stakeholders and government agencies to make environmentally and economically sustainable decisions.
In addition the Authority has developed the National Guidelines for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a range of analytical and participatory approaches that aim to integrate environmental consideration into Policies, Plans, and Programs (PPP) and evaluate the interlink ages with economic and social considerations.
County and National WED 2016 Events
The WED 2016 event will be celebrated across the country on 5th June, 2016. The National event will be hosted in Laikipia County while the County events will be hosted across all 46 Counties spearheaded by the County Directors of Environment and in conjunction with the County Governments and other stakeholders. Partners are encouraged to collaborate with NEMA offices Countrywide towards ensuring successful events. Public and private institutions, Schools, Wildlife Clubs among other stakeholders are encouraged to get in touch with our NEMA Offices and join the National and County Committees in the WED celebrations.
Let us all join hands and show zero-tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife in word and deed, and make a difference!