Kenya Wins a Global CHM award 2016

Section of Kenyan delegation pose for a photo

Kenya was awarded a Bronze Medal for the outstanding and most significant progress made in the establishment and development of her national Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM)

The highly regarded Global Award was presented during a ceremony held on Friday 9 December 2016 at the margins of Conference of Parties (COP 13) on Convention Biological Diversity in Cancun Mexico.

Kenya was formally recognized for her significant progress made in the establishment and further development of the national clearing-house mechanisms. The award was granted through a certificate signed by the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Kenya came third position behind Guatemala and Malaysia who won silver and gold respectively under the category of  Parties that have established their national CHM after COP 12, and prior to COP 13.

National CHM of parties were assessed  a Jury  established  Executive Secretary of CBD.

NEMA is the designated national CHM and the contact person is Director General Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu. Desk office is Mr. Joseph Masinde Environmental Education and Information officer from the department of Environmental Education Information and Public Participation.

Joseph Masinde receiving the Award

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 MEAs portal to provide all stakeholders involved in environmental conservation with a platform on which information on Biodiversity Climate Change, Desertification and POPs can be shared.

NEMA worked with experts and stakeholders who contributed to the development of the national MEAs portal

CHM website is integrated within this MEAS Portal website and was developed after a CHM needs assessment study was done by consultant. URL is

The award was received by Joseph Masinde who in his remarks thanked the NEMA staff for the support they had given him and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and CBD secretariat for the technical guidance they offered during the development of the CHM. He concluded by saying that the will CHM website will support the implementation of the revised and updated National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) as the information on national biodiversity targets the status and trends of biodiversity in Kenya will be regularly uploaded on the CHM website

The following Countries/Parties were granted a CHM Award at COP 13:

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


Medal achievers

Joseph Masinde giving his remarks at the award ceremony

Ministers commit to integrate biodiversity into key economic sectors in order to achieve global biodiversity targets.


Ministers of Environment, Agriculture, Tourism, Fisheries and Forestry agree on urgent coordinated action to advance progress on biodiversity targets

Meeting adopts Cancun Declaration on Mainstreaming the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity for Well-Being

Countries also announce ambitious commitments in support of Aichi Targets.


4 December 2016 – Ministers from around the world committed to working together to save biodiversity and take urgent action to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and backed this with a host of specific commitments.

In the “Cancun Declaration,” agreed on 3 December 2016 as part of the UN Biodiversity Conference, ministers dealing with environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, declared that they would make the additional efforts needed to ensure the effective implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols, including the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, said “The Cancun Declaration, and the powerful commitments made here at the High Level Segment send a strong signal that countries are ready to increase efforts to achieve the Aichi Targets. I look forward to this momentum carrying through the next two weeks, and then the coming years of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.”

H.E. Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico, said “I thank all the participating countries for showing political will and achieving this Ministerial Declaration that ensures your commitment to the mainstreaming of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for well-being.”

“I’m optimistic because in the Ministerial Declaration we are all committing to raise the level of our ambition to ensure mainstreaming. The best investment that we can make for the well-being of our people is stopping the loss of biodiversity.”

UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim said, “UN Environment welcomes the Cancun Declaration as a timely and absolutely critical commitment to meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. For

the first time, through the efforts of all parties, we are really speaking meaningfully to one another about the real value of biodiversity to tourism, to agriculture, to forestry, to fisheries – to the very lifeblood of our economies.“

“We call on countries to use the momentum of this declaration to lay out in practical steps over these next two weeks how they will meet the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Biodiversity makes business sense. Biodiversity makes common sense. It’s the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Let’s follow this declaration with action.”

Naoko Ishi, CEO of the Global Environment Facility, said “The continued loss of biodiversity is part of a broader pattern of unsustainable pressure on our global commons such as the climate, forests, water, land and oceans. We have reached a dangerous point, and we now need a fundamental transformation in our key economic systems if we are to avoid devastating consequences in the future.”

“We need to continue our efforts to strengthen biodiversity mainstreaming, and the Cancun Declaration on Mainstreaming Biodiversity can serve as an important guidepost in that regard” she said.


Participants recognised the importance of mainstreaming and enhanced policy coherence for environmental protection as well as for the vitality and profitability of agricultural sectors. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through its integrated nature, was seen to be a major driver of the transformation needed to make agriculture more sustainable and to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.


Delegates discussed the importance of reducing adverse impacts of tourism development on ecosystems and local communities while also leveraging the capacity of tourism to be a unique tool for financing conservation, and for raising awareness and educating travellers on the value of nature and culture.


Fisheries discussions looked at ways that legislation and policies could resolve issues of overfishing in small-scale and large scale fisheries, and emphasised the important role of regional fisheries organizations in coordinating responses. Ensuring sustainable fisheries and aquaculture is possible through commitment to work together, and with various stakeholders, including industry, consumers, retailers and trade, academia, and various other civil society groups.


Effective mainstreaming of biodiversity into the forestry sector will need continued strengthening of technical capacities, and enhanced partnerships among stakeholders. The need for new and additional resources for sustainable forest financing was also noted, as well as the role of international cooperation. Several participants expressed support for the collaborative work between CBD and other organizations and agencies. Some noted the role of organizations in raising awareness of mainstreaming approaches and drew attention to reports on forest genetic diversity.

This declaration will be forwarded to the United Nations General Assembly, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017 and the Third United Nations Environmental Assembly.

The Cancun Declaration was supported by strong commitments from countries representing all United Nations regions, and a variety of Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including:

– Presented by Guatemala, a commitment by the Like Minded Mega-Diverse Countries, which harbour over one third of all terrestrial biodiversity, to carry out over 200 priority actions to support actions that will enhance implementation of Aichi Target 11.



– France and other participants in the International Coral Reef Initiative agreed to a variety of targets and actions to in support of Aichi Target 10 to protect coral reefs and their ecosystems, including actions to reduce pollution from plastic microbeads and sunscreen, actions to harmonize monitoring and other long-term management activities and actions which encourage financing for projects and initiatives which help protect and restore coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses.

– Netherlands and 11 other European Countries, inspired by the IPBES report on pollinators, announced the creation of a “coalition of the willing” to protect pollinators, contributing to Aichi Targets 7 and 14.

– For Target 9, Brazil committed that at least three invasive alien species will be brought under control and an early warning system will be designed by 2020. Brazil also committed that 100% of threatened species will be under conservation tools by 2020, and 10% of them shall have their conservation status improved by the same date, contributing to Aichi Target 12.

– Germany announced support for Aichi Target 20 with the continuation of funding for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects through its International Climate Initiative (IKI) for 500 million euros per year.

– Japan will continue its support to capacity-building activities in developing countries through to the end of the Decade with a multimillion dollar commitment through to 2020 and will mobilise individuals to take action to support achievement of all the Aichi Targets.

– New Zealand committed to bring together a broad coalition of actors from all levels to develop new initiatives, methodologies and techniques to increase the effectiveness control of invasive alien species in support of Aichi Target 9.

– In support of Aichi Target 16 on the Nagoya Protocol for Access and Benefit Sharing, South Africa will develop and implement species management plans for high value plant species through its BioPANZA programme and will set milestones for the cultivation of indigenous biological resources and community participation in product development.

– Peru, Mexico, Ecuador and Guatemala, together with FAO, the Darwin Initiative and Bioversity, in support of implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Target 13. The initiative is entitled “Towards the Implementation of Aichi Target 13 in centers of origin Coalition For food and agriculture countries”. It encourages countries to take action to preserve genetic diversity and safeguard both native varieties of crops and their wild relatives. The commitment proposes a roadmap of collaborative engagement and action to be implemented before 2020.


The High Level Segment closes today. The UN Biodiversity conference continues on 4 December 2016, with the opening of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Meetings of the Parties to the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols. The conference continues until 17 December 2016

Source : CBD Website


Kenya to restore 5.1 million hectares of degrated land

Photo: Hotel Intercontinental where she officiated the launch of 2016 African Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference on 21 Nov 2016

The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said that Kenya is a great supporter of Ecosystems economic program by playing a major role in passing the resolutions including me one on Natural Capital during UNEAII. She said that the Government of Kenya supports the innovative programs of the UN Environment like VANTAGE (Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy).

Speaking during her official launch of the 2016 African Ecosystem Services partnership conference at Hotel Intercontinental, Prof. Wakhungu said Kenya has put in place policy frameworks that address protection and preservation of ecosystem services, included the minimum target of 10% forest cover in vision 2030. She also said that the Kenya water towers management program which is aimed at protecting and preserving the five water towers in the country is also one of the policy frameworks to address protection and preservation of ecosystem services.

CS said that because Kenya faces a couple of environmental issues like deforestation, soil erosion, desertification, water shortage, flooding, poaching, it has resolved to undertake the restoration of 5.1 million hectares of degraded lands through tree based restoration including agro forestry. “This initiative is part of Kenya’s involvement in the AFR IOO initiative,” she added.

Source: MENR Website

MENR to partner with Conservation International

CS, Prof Wakhungu with a team from Conservation International,an American non-profit environmental organization,whose goal is to protect nature as a source of food, fresh water, livelihoods and a stable climate.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu today held discussions with a team from Conservation International, who briefed her on the activities they were undertaking in Kenya and Africa in general with a view to seeking more partnership opportunities.

The team led by Michael O’Brien, head of Conservation Systems Services in Africa said they were working on Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Chyulu and Tsavo West Redd project to conserve the ecosystem. He said they were also partnering with Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in the same region to conserve the environment. They expressed their interest to work in the northern rangelands of Marsabit and Isiolo to reduce emission effects and activities of deforestation.

The CS welcomed their initiative and said Kenya supports the collaboration of conservation international with KFS and KWS. She noted that the ecosystem around Amboseli and Mzima springs is under threat and if revitalized will impact positively on the population as it will translate into alternative dividends for livelihoods.

At the meeting were Carlos Manuel Rodrigues, former Minister for Environment for Costarica and now board member of Conservation International in Africa and Richard Mwendandu, Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements in the Ministry among others.

Conservation International is an American non-profit environmental organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its goal is to protect nature as a source of food, fresh water, livelihoods and a stable climate.

source: MENR website