NEMA has kicked off capacity building efforts on CEAP preparation targeting the 47 counties. The initiative seeks to enhance the skills of County government technical officers as well as NEMA field officers on the use of the recently launched EAP guidelines.
The first workshop was held in Kisumu city and attracted representation from 19 counties in NEMA’s western region. Nine County governments participated in the forum.
While addressing the participants, the CEC Member for Environment for West Pokot County Hon. Wilfred Longronyang asked participants to seek ways for building synergy between the two levels of government in order to win for the environment. ‘’Environmental issues are a source of conflict in many counties and there is need for networking between the two levels of Government for proper planning, ’’ he noted.
He added said there were challenges among many counties in gazetting their environmental committees noting that there were so many other committees at the County level.
Participants during the Nairobi CEAP workshop pose for a group photo
The Nairobi regional workshop was held on 10th -13th April 2017 at Cooperative college, Karen and attracted representation from 11 counties with Nyeri, Narok, Murang’a and Nairobi County governments sending representation. Two Representatives from the Council of Governors’ natural resources committee attended the Nairobi meeting and gave useful insights on how to bring on board the county governments into the CEAP process.
Two more workshops targeting the Isiolo and Coast Regions are scheduled for Embu and Mombasa respectively within the next two weeks.
A section of participants during the Kisumu CEAP Capacity building workshop [PHOTO: H. WANJOHI/NEMA]
The government has banned the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags for commercial and household packaging.
This follows a move by the CS Environment Prof Judi Wahungu to gazette on March 14th, 2017 the ban that will see the country eradicate plastic bags menace. The increased use of plastic bags has been the leading cause of environmental degradation.
Speaking during an interview with Citizen TV yesterday, NEMA Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu said the banning of plastic carriers will play a critical role in fostering a clean and healthy environment for all.
NEMA DG Prof Geoffrey Wahungu (L) in an interview with Citizen’s Dennis Otieno yesterday at their studios [PHOTO: S. IRUNGU/NEMA]
He expressed optimism that the government will support the enforcement of the banning and urged manufacturers to seek alternatives which are more environmental friendly. He also urged the public to support the ban especially on behavior change towards the use of plastic bags.
The plastic bags will no longer be in use six months from the date of publication of the Gazette notice.
Miss Eco Universe Kenya pageants paid a courtesy call to NEMA headquarters on 21st February 2017 to seek partnership on creation of environmental awareness in their Counties.
Ten models emerged best during the Miss Eco pageant held on 11th February in Laikipia County. The pageants were received by the Deputy Director Environmental Education and Information, Mr. Mamo Boru.
Miss Eco Universe Kenya contest brought together models from all the counties in Kenya but only 10 from Kitui, Tharaka Nithi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Bomet, Laikipia, Nakuru Counties emerged as the best. The best models will have an opportunity to be mentored where the best model will represent the country in the Miss Eco Universe pageant to be held in Egypt later in the year.
In this regard, the models sought to partner with NEMA on matters environment and be environmental ambassadors in their respective Counties especially in the area of waste management.
Deputy Director EEI, Mamo Boru (5th R) and CCCM, Evans Nyabuto (5th L) joins Miss Eco Pageants at NEMA Headquarters [PHOTO: S. IRUNGU/NEMA]
Mamo explained to them mandate of NEMA in particular creation of awareness on environmental issues such as waste management. He expressed his support of their initiative and challenged them to rise to the occasion as matters of environmental requires a collaborative effort.
He also requested them to NEMA’s champions during its national environmental days such as World Environment Day which is normally observed in June. He assured them that the Authority will give them the necessary platform as environmental ambassadors to pass environmental messages to their Counties.
Miss Eco Universe is an international beauty contest founded in 2015 to awaken the world, through the theme of economic and environment. The main objective of the contest is to choose the best Eco queen for the marketing of eco-tourism all over the world and to save the planet environmentally and culturally.
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is the Adaptation Fund’s (AF) accredited National Implementing Entity (NIE) for Kenya. NEMA commenced implementing AF funded programme titled, ‘The integrated programme to build resilience to climate change & adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities in Kenya’ in 2016.
The first Adaptation Fund National Programme Steering Committee (PSC) meeting was held on 7th March 2017 at the ministry of environment headquarters and was chaired by Environment PS Charles Sunkuli.
NEMA Director general Prof Geoffrey Wahungu is the PSC Secretary. The Committee comprises of the heads of the 11 executing entities and Transparency International.
The Adaptation Fund (AF) Kenya Programme Document establishes a Programme Steering Committee (PSC), whose role is to Oversight the Programme Implementation by a) Monitoring and ensuring coherence of the Adaptation Fund Programme implementation in Kenya, with national policies; b) providing national leadership in the Adaptation Fund Programme implementation process; c) receiving annual reports of the Adaptation Fund Programme implementation process and d) resolving national level conflicts of the AF Programme.
This programme is being implemented in 14 counties namely: Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Moyale, Garissa, Wajir, Laikipia, Muranga, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Kajiado, Kisumu and Homa Bay. There are 11 government and non-governmental Executing Entities (EEs) and Sub-EEs implementing the Programme as follows: Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) Coast Development Authority (CDA) and Tana & Athi Rivers Development Authority (TARDA), CARITAS Nyeri, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Kenya, NASARU Women Community Based Organization, Horn Aid (Kenya), Victoria Institute for Research on Environment and Development (VIRED) International, Kenya Redcross, Kenyatta University (KU) and World Vision (Kenya).
During the meeting, members adopted the Programme Document and Contracts signed by EEs and Sub-EEs which bind them to execute what NEMA has also signed for with Adaptation Fund Board. The meeting also adopted the NIE Finance and Procurement Manual, Environment and Social Policy of the Fund, NIE Environmental and Social Management Framework, Governance of the Adaptation Fund Programme and the Grievance Redress Mechanism. The members agreed that future only one representative from Sub-EEs will attend the PSC meeting but on rotational basis. The EEs were asked to have meetings with their Sub-EEs to resolve conflicts and if the Sub-EEs is still aggrieved, then refer them to NEMA. The Principal Secretary Inaugurated the National Programme Steering Committee as agreed during the meeting.
The meeting also adopted the proposed Field Implementation Committee and its terms of reference. In future, work plans for the field visits shall be shared in advance to the EEs and Sub-EEs for smooth running of the programme.
The National Environment Management Authority and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources launched the Kenya’s Environment Action Plan (EAP) Preparation Guidelines on 31st January 2017 at KICC, Nairobi. The guidelines are a product of a participatory consultative process involving many stakeholders. The exercise was coordinated by National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) as per the provisions of EMCA cap 387.
PS State Departent of Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli (C), NEMA Board Chair Mr. John Konchellah (L) and NEMA Dg Prof Geoffrey Wahungu during the launch
In pursuit of development, the environment has become more vulnerable to both natural and human induced changes. Water systems are under threat from pollution and encroachment emanating from human related activities, forests is facing serious degradation as a result of expansion of settlements and agriculture. It is imperative, therefore, that these changes are monitored on a continuous basis and interventions that address such negative impacts on the environment are put in place. Environmental Action planning is intended to provide guidance on solutions to some of these concerns through a systematic planning process.
The Environmental Management and Co-ordination (Amendment) Act, 2015, (EMCA Cap 387) provides for the integration of environmental concerns into national and county policies, plans and programmes through the formulation of:
i. County Environmental Action Plan (CEAP) within one year of the commencement of Act and every five years thereafter
ii. National Environment Action Plan (NEAP) within two years of' the commencement of the Act and every six years thereafter
The Environmental Action plans are meant to co-ordinate and harmonize the environmental policies, plans, programmes and decisions of the national and county governments in order to-
(i) Minimize the duplication of procedures and functions; and promote consistency in the exercise of functions that may affect the environment.
(ii) Secure the protection of the environment across the country; and
(iii) Prevent unreasonable actions by any person, state organ or public entity in respect of the environment that are prejudicial to the economic or health
interests of other counties or the country.
The PS State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli presents a copy of the EAP Preparation guidelines to the CEC member for Environment, Nyamira County Hon. Reuben Sinange
Section 40 (5) of EMCA, Cap 387 requires the Cabinet Secretary, on the recommendation of NEMA, to issue guidelines and prescribe measures for the preparation of Environmental Action Plan. The purpose of the guidelines is to provide a standard way of engagement with the stakeholders, generating data, analyzing data, teasing out the major environmental issues and planning for necessary interventions. The guidelines also provide the generic sectors of environment for consideration during the development of Environment Action Plans.
It is expected that the guidelines will facilitate development of action plans which will integrate social, economic and environmental issues with an aim to reduce poverty, enhance equity and generate wealth for the present and future generations. The Environmental Action plans implementation will lead to sustainable development initiatives by both the National and County Government. It also makes provision for conducting research and to build an information base for environmental monitoring and reporting through the State of Environment Reports (SOEs).
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources would like therefore to notify stakeholders the launch of Kenya’s Environment Action Plan (EAP) Preparation Guidelines on . The launch will be officiated by Prof. Judi Wakhungu, EGH, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
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