World Environment Day (WED) 2016

World Environment Day: 5th June, 2016
Theme: “Fight against the Illegal Trade in Wildlife”
Slogan: “Go Wild for Life”
National Celebration Venue: Central Park Nanyiki Township 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.

For more information or to support WED 2016:

Contact: Ms Anne Theuri, Mobile: 0702 335 172, Email: atheuri@nema.go.ke

Background

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
6)    Barazas
7)    Songs, dances & Poems
8)    Exhibitions
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, LAKESHORES, 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!

ICZM fosters Coastal environment

Stakeholders participating in a beach clean-up exercise in Kilifi County [PHOTO: JAMES KAMULA/ NEMA]

The government of Kenya has put in place Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Awareness and Behaviour Change Strategy to foster attitude and behavioral change towards environmentally sustainable development in the coastal zone.

The strategy whose preparation was spearheaded by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) was developed within the framework of the country’s ICZM Action plan which provides for sound management of the coastal and marine resources through inter-sectoral coordination and integration of environmental consideration into socio-economic planning and implementation at all levels.
Kenya is endowed with a variety of coastal and marine resources that support livelihoods and economic development in addition to maintaining a healthy and functioning of marine and coastal ecosystems. They include mangroves and other coastal forests, estuaries, coral reefs, marine species, and open sea marine resources among others.
The resources are however under threat from a variety of causes, which if not adequately addressed will in the long-term undermine the livelihoods of the local communities, impair economic activities supported by the coastal resources as well as result in biodiversity loss.
Among the key issues causing degradation of the coastal and marine environment is low level of understanding and awareness on the linkage between the environment, livelihoods and economic development.

Although various programmes have been implemented in the past by various actors to raise public awareness on the need for environmental consciousness in the coastal zone, the scope and focus of the efforts have been limited to certain aspects of environment.
Few of such programmes have targeted the general urban population and the rural based segments of the coastal society.
As a result of the narrow focus of the programmes, pollution for instance, has remained a major problem in urban areas while poor compliance with environmental laws has continued in the coastal zone.

ICZM2Lake Tamaso in Tana Delta, Kenya [PHOTO: JAMES KAMULA, NEMA]

It is against this background that NEMA with support from the World Bank through Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP) has developed the Awareness and Behaviour Change Strategy.
The ICZM Awareness and Behaviour Change strategy has articulated a number of interventions that if implemented will not only help to foster attitude and behavioural change towards environmentally sustainable development in the coastal zone but will also contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Country’s development road map – Vision 2030; and the and Medium Term Plan (MTP) 2013-2018.
The strategy preparation process was highly consultative and participatory involving stakeholders from the Government sector, NGOs, Private Sector, experts and community based organizations. With stewardship of the ICZM Steering Committee coordinated by NEMA, several stakeholder consultative meetings were held and inputs provided in the strategy preparation process.
Plans are underway to have the strategy printed in readiness for launching and dissemination. Implementation of the strategy will help the government create maximum positive attitude and behavioral change towards environmentally sustainable development in the coastal zone.