Our Silent Ally in the Fight against Climate Change

By Osoro Naftaly & Godfrey Wafula

Climate change is currently an issue attracting global need for urgent action. Several
measures have been put in place to deal with its impacts; such are as efficiency improvement
and clean energy technologies among others.
Globally, soils are often seen as dirt, because they are hidden below-ground, out of our sight.
This important resource is rarely known when it comes to helping meet the challenges brought
about by climate change. Soils store atmospheric carbon as organic stocks and it’s the second largest
carbon sink after oceans.
It has the ability to sequester carbon and hence holds the power to mitigate climate change by extraction of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It is essential to appreciate that the ground beneath our feet is more precious than we know and therefore promoting sustainable soil management is essential in addressing climate change. Adopting soil management practices is critical in
preventing erosion, retention of water, reduction of flood risk and storage of high amount of carbon.
Increasing soil carbon sequestration at global scale represents one of our strategies in the fight against
climate change. Our best ally therefore at cooling the planet might be right under our feet!

20,000 Thousand Tree Planting Expedition

TEAMEnvironment KENYA in Partnership with the COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF MACHAKOS Invites you to MACHAKOS COUNTY CONSERVATION MISSION 20,000 Thousand Tree Planting Expedition, The Launch of the #1M+Tree PlantingExpedition.

21st MARCH:-
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS COMMEMORATIONS.

Our 1st and BIGGEST CONSERVATION MISSION in 2020 will be happening in TWO WEEKS TIME.
TEAMEnvironment KENYA in Partnership with the COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF MACHAKOS Invites to a *200,000 Tree Planting (Growing) Expedition.*
DATE:- *16th to 20th JUNE* whose Culmination will be on SATURDAY with the *INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS (IDF)* COMMEMORATIONS to be Hosted at the *MACHAKOS PEOPLES PARK.*
On *Saturday 21st* During which we shall be LAUNCHING Our *10M+TreePlantingChallenge*
The Event will be Presided over by HE. DR. ALFRED MUTUA, GOVERNOR MACHAKOS COUNTY. Also expected is the CS. MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTRY.
NOTE:-
*All Partners will be accorded an Opportunity to Exhibit.*
*#IDF2020*
*#10M+TreePlantingChallenge*
*#MachakosCountyConservationMission*
@tek_kenya *#TrendSettersInConservation* On Our Mission to *#Keep🇰🇪&MACHAKOSCOUNTYBreathing*

Adopt Ozone and Climate friendly technologies

Ministry of Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has said that Kenya has made considerable progress in phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in most applications.

The CS said that the country has in most of the operations, adopted ozone – friendly alternatives and technologies, and further moving to adopt both ozone and climate friendly technologies in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector.
In a speech read on his behalf by Environment Principal Secretary Ms Betty Maina during International Day For The Preservation of the Preservation of the Ozone Layer Kenya Meteorological Department., Tobiko said the day aims to increase awareness of ClimateChange & Ozone Depletion.
He said that the day serves as a reminder that humans must keep up their momentum to ensure healthy people and a healthy planet.
Tobiko said that Preservation of the Ozone Layer is one of the major environmental concerns for the world and responsibility of protecting mankind’s heritage is collectively global.
On her part PS Betty Maina said ; “the responsibility of saving the earth belongs to all of us it is not solely the Government.
She said the Government has significantly reduced the importation amount of ozone depleting goods. “We should however find alternatives to the ozone depleting substances” said the PS.
In a statement read by UNEP Ozone Secretariat Commination and Information Officer , Stephanie Haysmith, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ underscored the need for cooperation to address a global challenge saying cooperation is a key instrument for tackling today’s climate crisis.
He called for shifting of energies on tackling climate change, and also  the ozone layer and stay alert to the threats posed by the illegal use of ozone-depleting gases.
WMO representative Sebastian Grey said WMO assisted in setting up of four global atmosphere watch stations in Africa located in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco and Nigeria. Their role is to monitor trends in the earth’s atmosphere.

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/