Kenya has won a bronze medal for its outstanding provision of information regarding the biological diversity to world.

The country received the award during the ongoing Conference of Parties (COP 13) in Cancun, Mexico in the category of establishment and development of National Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM).

Nations that are parties to the conference strive to provide effective information services in a bid to promote scientific and technical cooperation on the Biological Diversity under the clearing house Mechanism.

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) which is the designated National CHM strategic leader, operates a national Multilateral Environment Agreement’ s (MEAS) portal on its website, providing information, status and trends of  biodiversity in Kenya. It lists various Ministries and semi autonomous government agencies and stakeholders that are partners in the program.

A section of the Kenyan delegation to COP 13 in Mexico join in celebrating the award

A section of the Kenyan delegation to COP 13 in Mexico join in celebrating the award






The highly regarded Global Award was presented at a ceremony held on the margins of the Conference of Parties (COP 13) on the Convention of Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico. It was received on behalf of the Republic of Kenya by Mr. Joseph Masinde, an Environmental Education and Information Officer   from NEMA.

The award was granted through a certificate signed by the executive secretary of the Conference on Biodiversity (CBD), Dr. Braulio F de Souza Dias.

The CHM further examines whether countries are transparent in knowledge sharing and Information exchange that assists in decision making in order to establish a fully operational network of parties and partners to the CBD.

Network development, information exchange, co-operation, Transparency, and the availability of national, regional, and local data are some of its key elements.

Kenya's Joe Masinde(second right) with other global achievers after receiving the Bronze Award in Cancun, Mexico.

Kenya’s Joe Masinde(second right) with other global achievers after receiving the Bronze Award in Cancun, Mexico.











NEMA established her National CHM website in 2015 with the support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Medium-size Project under GEF-4.

The project was for the development of a National Multilateral Environmental Agreements portal, to provide all stakeholders involved in environmental conservation, with a platform on which information on Biodiversity and Climate Change would be posted.

The other achievers who were granted CHM Awards at COP 13 were:

Existing National CHM Category /Parties that already had established their national CHM by COP 12

  1. Gold Award – Mexico
  2. Silver Award – Australia
  3. Bronze Award – Belgium

New National CHM Category/ Parties that have established their national CHM after COP 12, and prior to COP 13

  1. Gold Award – Malaysia
  2. Silver Award – Guatemala
  3. Bronze Award – Kenya

Certificates of Achievement at COP 13

A Certificate of Achievement was delivered to the following Parties at COP 13:
Existing National CHM Category/ Parties that already had established their national CHM by COP 12

  • Burundi
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Jamaica
  • Madagascar
  • Morocco
  • Togo

New National CHM Category /Parties that have established their national CHM after COP 12, and prior to COP 13

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Dominican Republic
  • Iraq
  • Nigeria
  • Seychelles
  • Sudan
  • Uruguay

CBD COP13 to mainstreaming biodiversity for well-being

Section of Kenyan delegation

The 13th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD/COP13) is taking place from 4-17 December 2015 in Cancun, Mexico. Biodiversity is critical to achieving the sustainable Development Goals.

It lies at the center of many economic activities, including those related to agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism. Many of the most vulnerable people depend directly on biodiversity to fulfill their daily sustenance needs, leaving them particularly at risk to environmental degradations.

Biodiversity forms the foundation of life on earth but it is disappearing in the face of human activity. Biodiversity comprises much of the renewable natural capital on which livelihoods and development are grounded.

Policies relating to issues such as land degradation and desertification, trade, transport, development, climate change, security, health care and education, all have impacts on biodiversity. The losses are due to a range of pressures driven by a range of socio-economic drivers.

img_3785The response to these concerns are that the Governments negotiated the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to promote sustainable development thereby reducing biodiversity loss.

The CBD is therefore one of the three Rio Conventions (together with climate change and desertification conventions). It entered into force on 29th December 1993 and it has 196 Parties which constitute the Conference of the Parties (CBD/COP).

The main objectives of CBD are; conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization.

Consideration of biodiversity and ecosystem health will be essential in (CBD/COP13), as countries embark on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and it’s SDGs and implementation of key National priorities for sustainable development.

Listening carefully at presentations on financial mechanisms at COP13- in Cancun, Mexico 2016



The Venue of COP14 will be decided at CBD/COP13, in Mexico. It is hoped that Egypt’s offer to host COP14 in 2018 in Sharm El- Sheikh will be supported by all parties.

Ministry of Environment hands over Management of Ecosystem Fund

PS Sunkuli leads Ministry and The Nature Conservancy officials in displaying the signed MOU


The Ministry of Environment and Natural resources is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to manage the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund that supports upstream water and soil conservation for improved water quality and supply.

The principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with officials of The Nature Kenya Conservancy to take over the fund that was operated by Kenya Agricultural productivity and sustainable land management (KAPSLM).

The MOU will provide a framework for cooperation and coordination between the Ministry and The Nature Conservation which will promote and maintain Sustainable Land Management through implementation of the payment of Ecosystems (PES) Scheme in the Sasumua Watershed. The Nature Conservancy Kenya program director Munira Bashir signed the MOU on behalf of the organization.

The water Fund provides thousands of farmers in the Sasumua watershed with positive benefits for protecting and conserving the ecosystem that ensures over 90 % of steady water supply to Nairobi and its environs.

The new partnership will allow full roll out of environmental conservation support to all the farms in the 8 micro catchments of Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund.

Present during the signing was the Director of programs, Projects and Strategic Initiatives Mrs. Agnes Yobterick and KAPSLM component Manager Mr.   Malik Aman.

Environment PS Mr. Charles Sunkuli welcomes Munira Bashi of The Nature Conservancy to sign an MOU for management of the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund

 source MENR Website