Kenya hosts 10th Africa Carbon Forum

Kenya was privileged to host the 10th Africa Carbon Forum from 9th to 13th April 2018 which is also serving as the 1st Climate Action Week. The event is being held at UN Gigiri Complex.
The theme for this year’s forum, “Climate Action for Sustainable Development: Driving Change in Africa.”


NEMA Director General, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu following the proceedings of the Africa Carbon Forum opening ceremony among other participants [PHOTO: D. KAHUTHU/NEMA]
This is an annual event held in the African Continent that draws members from government, private sector and non-state actors with the objective of acting as a carbon fare, capacity building forum and an exhibition event.
The 1st Carbon Forum was held in Nairobi in 2009 and NEMA served as the host organizer since we serve as the Designated National Authority for the Clean Development Mechanism.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other partner members under Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP) were the joint organizers of the Africa Carbon Forum (ACF). The event was organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

CS Environment and Forestry, Mr. Keriako Tobiko when he visited NEMA stand accompanied by NEMA DG, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu. They were received by the NEMA’s Anne Gateru and Eunice Kibunga during the forum [PHOTO: COURTESY]

The High-level ministerial delegation during the Carbon Forum at UNEP [PHOTO: A. MWANGI/NEMA]
The forum brought together over 600 climate change experts, carbon market players, policy makers and project developers from across Africa. Participants had an opportunity to tap knowledge from these experts during the week-long forum.
Some of the high-level ministerial delegation included CS Environment and Forestry, Mr. Keriako Tobiko; Executive Secretary UNFCC, Patricia Espinosa; Executive Director, UN-Habitat, Maimunah Mohd; Tomasz Chruszczow, High level Champion for COP 24, Poland and Erik Solheim, Executive Director UN Environment.

Kenya to host 10th carbon forum

Kenya is set to host the 10th African Carbon Forum scheduled for April 2018. This forum will be in Nairobi Kenya on 10th to 13th April 2018 and will also serve as the 1st Climate Action Week where climate change negotiations will take place with the highlight being the Ministerial High-Level Segment on 12th April 2018.

Kenya is set to host the 10th African Carbon Forum scheduled for April 2018. This forum will be in Nairobi Kenya on 10th to 13th April 2018 and will also serve as the 1st Climate Action Week where climate change negotiations will take place with the highlight being the Ministerial High-Level Segment on 12th April 2018.

This is an annual event held in the African Continent that draws members from government, private sector and non-state actors with the objective of acting as a carbon fare, capacity building forum and an exhibition event.  The 1st Carbon Forum was held in Nairobi in 2009 and NEMA served as the host organizer since we serve as the Designated National Authority for the Clean Development Mechanism.

NEMA with support from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will serve as the organizer and host of the event and therefore. Committee meetings to prepare for the forum have commenced with the implementation plan already in place.

The ACF is an annual event organized under the umbrella of the Nairobi Framework  Partnership,  designed  to  mobilize  investment  for  the  implementation  of  nationally  determined  contributions  (NDCs)  and  emission  reduction  projects  to  spur  sustainable  development and make the continent more resilient to climate change.

The event also  functions as a trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments helping  countries  in  Africa  capitalize  on  the  development  benefits  of  the  Clean  Development  Mechanism (CDM). The forums regularly attract upwards of 600 experts of climate change mitigation to convene in one place and discuss important trends in the field.

 

For more information/Registration visit: www.http://africacarbonforum.com/

Nyandarua County to host World Wetlands Day (WWD) 2018

World Wetlands Day (WWD) is commemorated annually on 2nd February since 1971, to mark the Day the Ramsar Convention was signed in Iran. These commemorations are meant to raise public awareness and consciousness about the benefits and challenges facing wetlands.

Details for WWD 2018:

  • Theme: Wetlands for a sustainable urban future
  • Slogan: Healthy Wetlands, Clean Towns
  • Date: 2nd February 2018
  • Venue: Lake Olpolosat, Nyandarua County

The theme for this year’s celebrations is ‘Wetlands for a sustainable urban future’ and the proposed slogan is ‘healthy wetlands, clean cities’. The theme for this year is meant to highlight the impacts of urban development to wetlands such as habitat loss due to development and pollution due to garbage and sewerage discharge. The theme will help to promote the wise use of wetlands as a means of achieving a sustainable urban future.

In preparation to commemorate WWD 2018, meetings are being held by the National Steering Committee at NEMA Headquarters as well as at the County level to ensure the event is well coordinated.

Healthy wetlands play a vital role in urban areas such as slowing floodwater, cooling effects in hot temperatures, improving water quality as well as providing urban green space.

The partners include: UON, NECC, WI, MENR, WWF-K, KCCF, CANCO, WS, KLB, Nature Kenya, NECC, EAWS, Wetlands International, EJSK, Safaricom, Kenya Airways, ICF, KENWEB, ANAW, WRA, among others.

 

Lake Olbolosatt in Nyandarua County. The once magnificent lake has now been reduced to a conflict zone between farmers, livestock and hippos. PHOTO | COURTESY

The lake is home to endangered bird species whose numbers are no longer visible, and it is marked as the 61st Important Bird Area (IBA) in the country, meaning it is a place of international significance for the conservation of birds at the global level.

KENYA’S APPEAL DURING COP 13 IN ORDOS, CHINA.

The Chair of the African group, Mr. Mwendandu, flanked by Kenya’s delegation to COP 13 giving Kenya’s statement during the HLS

Kenya, which the chair of the African region group to the  Thirteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 13), has called for COP 13 to consider specific measures to deal with the impacts of drought in the region, and to increase resilience of the affected communities.

Delivering the Ministerial statement on behalf of the African group during the opening session of the High Level Segment of COP 13 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, the Chair of the African group of negotiators, Mr. Richendandu noted that, drought was the most adverse climatic phenomenon affecting our region and has resulted to declining land productivity, increased food insecurity, exacerbated poverty, unemployment levels, decreased Gross Domestic Product, increased competition for natural resources, social economic disruptions and may compromise our efforts  to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality.

Mr. Mwendandu, who is also the Director of Multilateral Environmental Agreements in the State Department of Natural Resources observed that, in order to meet the set LDN targets, political commitment and enhanced resources will be required,over and above the national capabilities, and called for enhanced financial and technical support from partners and funding mechanisms, particularly, the Global Environmental Facility during the GEF-7 replenish phase.

On behalf of the African group region, Mr. Mwendandu appreciated the efforts by the UCCD secretariat to establish the LDN Fund and hoped that,the fund will be operationized in line with the Convention provisions.

The High Level Segment is being attended by over 80 Ministers and  more than 2,000 delegates from 196 member Countries of the UNCCD including Kenya, and 20 international organizations

Over 110 countries join the global campaign to save productive land

Vice Premier of the State Council of China Yang Wang addresses COP 13 during high level segment encouraging all stakeholders to assist in anti-desertification efforts

Ordos, September 11, 2017 – Up to 2 billion hectares of land are degraded. On average, 12 million hectares are lost every year and 169 countries are affected by land degradation, desertification and drought. In an unprecedented global campaign to save productive land, 112 countries, as of today, have agreed to make the Sustainable Development Goal target of achieving land degradation neutrality by 2030 a national target for action.

The world’s largest and most populous nations, including Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, Russia and South Africa have committed to the national targets in a move that could see over 1.3 billion mostly poor people regaining food, water, energy and job security, and resilience to climate change. Conservative estimates put the cost of land degradation globally at US$297 billion per year.

Under the land degradation neutrality target setting programme spearheaded by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and supported by 17 international partners, more than 60 of these countries have already established national land degradation baselines and set neutrality targets.

Joining the initiative signals a country’s determination to restore degraded land to ensure the amoung of productive land available today is maintained going forward.

“Desertification is the joint mission of all mankind and the responsibility of the international community to ensure a beautiful planet,” said Mr. Wang Yang, China’s Vice Premier.

“Over the coming decades China will put an emphasis on the development of an ecological civilization – including by combating desertification – to ensure better societal fairness and human well-being,” he added.

Wang was speaking on behalf of President Xi Jinping at the Ministerial meeting of the 13th session of the UNCCD in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, where more than 80 ministers discussed pursuing land degradation neutrality as a viable response to the growing threats of desertification, drought, and sand and dust storms.

Desertification, land degradation and drought are threats to global security due to their impacts on number of livelihoods tied to the productivity of land – more than 2 billion. This year, drought led to the worst humanitarian crises since the Second World War. Distress migration driven by desertification in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to reach 60 million out to 2045.

“The population is growing at an extra 200,000 people every day, while 20 countries have declared drought emergencies in the last 18 months alone. We were clearly not sufficiently prepared for these challenges. Hundreds of millions of people go to bed desperate, hungry and thirsty as a result. Under business as usual scenarios, there is no future relief,” said Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UNCCD.

She said the Convention, at its current Conference, “can offer the poor a new deal. By using our land resources rationally and acting before it is too late, there is enough for everyone to live well… We can be better prepared for drought and offer stable, green and land-based employment and development for millions of rural people. We can promote harmony between city and country and offer opportunity for all,” Barbut added.

A priority issue for the ministers is the mechanism needed to ensure communities that are vulnerable and at risk of drought have the means to take early action. They will also consider how to address the new sources of sand and dust storms, how to motivate the private sector to invest in land-restoration, and motivate mayors and local and regional leaders to support the achievement of these targets.

The 13th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention to Combat Desertification (COP13) is taking place in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China.

At a press conference with journalists, Mr Liu Dongshen, Vice Minister State Forestry Administration, said for some years now, China has restored more land than it has degraded. Last year, it registered a net surplus of more than 2,000 square kilometers. This year, the country has restored over 1,000 square kilometers above the net balance.

In addition to the strategic plan for 2018-2030, the ministerial declaration and the decisions COP13 will take on drought, land rights and sand and dust storms, he underlined the mobilization of youth as an important issue from the Conference, which China will pursue going forward.

More than 4000 delegates are participating in COP13, which runs until 16 September.

For more information or interviews contact: wwischnewski@unccd.int or telephone +8615598835711 (in China)

UNCCD COP 13 OPENS IN ORDOS, CHINA.

Kenya’s Dr. , Ondimu from the MENR, flanked by Mr. Dan Kithinji from the Ministry, making a statement on behalf of the African region group in Ordos, China

Kenya was among the 196 countries that attended the thirteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 13) that opened in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China.

The conference also attended by 20 international organizations, witnessed the handing over the COP presidency to Mr. Zhang Jianlong, Minister of State Forestry Administration, China, as the 13th President.

The COP presidency was handed over from Turkey who held the 12th conference presidency. During the handing over, the country was represented by Hon. Cemal Noğay, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey, on behalf of Hon. Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs.

Mr. Zhang Jianlong urged the conference parties to urgently consider integrating the Sustainable Development Goal on Desertification in their development plans in order to achieve a Land Degradation-neutral world by 2030.

Equally, he called on the parties to consider the future strategic Framework of the Convention, Implementation of the comprehensive communication strategy, and the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the fight against Desertification.

He noted that COP 13 was a gathering of great minds to discuss ways to combat desertification and share experiences of controlling the spread of  deserts in the world.

The President also called on the delegates to ensure that, starting from Ordos, and in the course of combating desertification, they embark on a fight side by side and engage in a common Endeavour to pursue green development.

Addressing the same gathering, the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, Monique Barbut observed that, substantial achievements have resulted from efforts made over the past years. She added that more was expected with the strategic framework to be formed at from Ordos’s conference.

The executive Secretary further expressed fears that, the window of opportunity created from aligning the Convention with the 2030 Agenda was limited against high expectations. This therefore required more effort at COP 13 and thereafter to enable refocus implementation and translating the Land Degradation Neutrality targets into action.

Baurbut further noted that, COP 13 needed to take decisions on issues that had not been dealt with, including drought and sand storms, gender, land tenure security, and acceleration of knowledge and strategic communication.

Kenya on behalf of the African region and in its capacity as chair of the African group of negotiators, in a statement read by Dr. Kennedy Ondimu, of the State Department of Environment, said the country was looking forward to the adoption of the future strategic framework, which will be a landmark of the conference.

This will enhance UNCCD’s role in contributing to the implementation of sustainable development goals and the Rio convention, in a synergetic and integrated manner Dr. Ondimu added.

Kenya’s Environment Action Plan (EAP) Preparation Guidelines launched

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.

The launch was presided over by the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Charles Sunkuli on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu.
The launch had representatives from the national institutions including key ministries departments and agencies, county executive committee members from various Counties, civil societies and members of the business community.
Addressing the gathering, the Principal Secretary reiterated the need for systematic planning in order to address the myriad environmental challenges facing the country.
The Chair of the NEMA Board of Management Mr. John Konchellah in his address urged county governments to work closely with NEMA for the betterment of the environment in the country.

NEMA Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu on his part asked the county governments to fast-track the process of CEAPs preparation noting that success of NEAP preparation is dependent on timely preparation of CEAPs.
“We will be ready when called upon to provide the necessary technical backstopping during the preparation of their CEAPs”, Prof Wahungu informed the County governments.

Download Environment Action plan preparation guidelines booklet or http://meas.nema.go.ke/publications/

 

Consultations to restore Nairobi river kicks off

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will partner with other likeminded stakeholders in an effort to ensure the success of the cleanup and restoration of the Nairobi River and its tributaries, the Principal Secretary for State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima has said.

The PS said this during the launch of a consultative meeting on the Nairobi River Restoration Program at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi. The meeting attended by various stakeholders including Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA), National Environmental Authority (NEMA) and the County Government of Nairobi among others, whose main aim is to look for ways to combine efforts for the successful cleanup and restoration of the river to its former glory.

Sections of Nairobi river

Dr. Mwakima stressed that there is need to map out the river and its tributaries from their water sheds to the point where it pours into the Indian Ocean for the exercise to be successful and meaningful.  She also said that there is need to learn from past experiences like what the late John Michuki had done.

Partnership among key stakeholders from women and youth is also important in bringing  economic gains through job creation, tourism, recreational parks among other activities, PS added.

Mwakima, stressed that long term programs should also incorporate afforestation of water towers and the river’s riparian grounds and its tributaries.

Also present during the event were the CS Water and Irrigation Mr. Eugene Wamalwa and Mr. Musikari Kombo who is chairman Water Services Trust Fund.

Polluted sections of Nairobi river

KENYA WINS GLOBAL AWARD AT COP 13, MEXICO.

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