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/

At last, Kenya signs bill into climate change law

Dr Ottichilo (left) in an interview with a PAMACC Journalist

By David Njagi

Article source PAMACC News – After years of wheeler dealing, Kenya finally has a climate change law.

The 2014 Climate Change Authority Bill has finally been signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta on May 06, 2016 after going through the third reading in Parliament.

“We discussed the Bill’s progress with the President during this year’s World Economic Forum in New York,” said Wilbur Ottichilo, the Parliamentary Network on Renewable Energy and Climate Change (PNRECC) chairman. “He promised to assent to it as soon as it passes through the committee stage.”

This is the second time the Bill has gone through Presidential scrutiny after former President Mwai Kibaki declined to sign it into law citing lack of public participation in the drafting process during the late stages.

“The Bill has gone through a rigorous process of amendment,” assures Ottichilo, who is also Emuhaya Member of Parliament. “We expect a new law any time before the New Year.”

This is the first time a climate change law has been established by an African country. Research indicates that some African governments have Bills in Parliament, while others are still debating whether to have legislation in place or not.

Joseph Pamba, a farmer from Mbeere South in Eastern Kenya has high expectations from the legislation.

The 65-year-old has already sown maize, peas and millet at his farm since the short rains were due in October, going by Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) weather forecast for the last quarter of 2014.

“Very little has rained up to this point,” mourns the father of six. “The government is not doing enough to support weather vulnerable farmers like us.”

The retired primary school teacher understands the need for such legislation. For he has seen a lot of change in his village for the six decades he has lived here.

He can count a couple of tree, animal and bird species which have disappeared from the Mbeere ecosystem. Even a nearby river was flowing with fish. Now there are none, he says.

“This is because of climate change and global warming,” reckons Pamba. “I know this because I used to be a teacher before I became a farmer.”

According to him, a climate legislation may create structures to reach rural Kenya, like his village. Even processes like issuance of title deeds and better markets for farmers may be influenced by the new legislation.

“With the Climate Change Act I am sure the government will be able to address land problems,” figures Pamba. “If someone knows which land is theirs, they will be able to take care of it, unlike when it is communally owned.”

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR) agrees with Pamba’s expectations. To reach farmers like him, the legislation is expected to pave way for the establishment of a Secretariat under the Ministry, officials say.

The Secretariat will then be made into a Department, then into an Authority, explains Alice Kaundia, the environment secretary at MEWNR. This will enable the introduction of incentives such as tax rebates, subsidies and e-procurement for climate innovations, she says.

“Kenyans can soon expect a climate change fund and a climate change resource center to be based at KMD,” says Kaundia. “Through the legislation, the government will contribute to the East Africa integration process and the Africa adaptation program.”

But there are challenges to even. Experts say the greatest test for Kenya will be to translate scientific data into information that can be used for the welfare of climate hit communities.

According to Richard Munang’, the climate change program coordinator at the Regional Office for Africa (ROA), UNEP, experience shows there are barriers in building the capacity of the public to take action when there are new breakthroughs.

“The main rationale is to package knowledge in a way that benefits communities,” says Munang’. “The barriers are there but steps should be taken to address them and pave way into utilizing what works.”

Meanwhile, Erastus Gatebe, the chief research scientist at the Kenya Industrial Research institute (KIRDI), says the new climate law should enable farmers transform from subsistence farming to manufacturing.

2016 Momentum for Change Awards

The RCC Kampala is pleased to let you know that The United Nations Climate Change secretariat is now accepting applications for the 2016 Momentum for Change Awards to showcase action and ambition as national governments work toward implementing the historic Paris Agreement. Please see the article that appeared on the UNFCCC Newsroom, with the press release in different languages available for download: http://bit.ly/1oOBToG

Selected initiatives, called ‘Lighthouse Activities,’ shine a light on innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change, in the hope of inspiring others to act. They will be recognized and celebrated during a series of special events in November at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Who can apply?

Organizations, cities, businesses, governments and other key players that are taking concrete action on climate change can apply to have their projects recognized as a 2016 Lighthouse Activity.

Why should you apply?

If your project is selected, you’ll receive a wide range of benefits, including:
– Attendance to the 2016 UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco (COP 22)
– Access to policy makers and potential funders during the conference
– Public recognition by the UN Climate Change secretariat
– Public relations support and media training
– High-quality promotional videos and podcasts
– Graphic assets such as infographics and professional photography
– A dedicated page about your project on our website
How to apply?

To apply, you’ll need to first register in United Nations Climate Change Secretariat register in our online application portal. It will take at least an hour to complete an application but you can save your progress at any time and work on it at your convenience. Completed applications must be submitted by 23:59 GMT on 25 April 2016.

What are the categories?

The 2016 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities will recognize climate action that is already achieving real results in three key areas.

Women for Results
Financing for Climate Friendly Investment
ICT Solutions

Apply online now!

Applications for the 2016 Momentum for Change Awards are being accepted from today until 23:59 GMT on 25 April 2016 at http://momentum.unfccc.int/

Please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Marchildon whose contact details are below if you have any questions.

Sarah Marchildon
Communications Officer
Momentum for Change Team
Communications and Outreach Programme
United Nations Climate Change Secretariat
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 228 815 1065
Email: smarchildon@unfccc.int
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Kenya fights global warming head on

The Kenyan government wants to achieve a legally binding agreement to reduce carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius, Environment Cabinet Secretary Professor Judi Wakhungu has said.

Wakhungu told media in Paris that the Government also desired to see transparency in accessing the pot of Green climate funds, estimated at $100 billion by the year 2020.

“As part of the African group of negotiators, we would like to see transparency in how these funds can be accessed,” said Wakhungu, part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s delegation at the UN Climate Conference, better known by the acronym COP 21.

When it comes to mitigation and adaptation, Kenya would want these steps supported in equal measure, she said.

Wakhungu also pointed out that Kenya’s contribution to global warming was negligible, but the government endorsed strong commitment to adaptation funds.

“The country expects capacity building and technology support from the industrialised countries,” said Wakhungu.

The Kenyan Government is encouraging industrialised countries, especially the large emitters, to step up their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) promises to ensure that the world does not exceed 1.5 celsius global warming.

Leading to COP 21, each country was asked what it intended to do to reduce emissions. The result was the INDC pledge.

Wakhungu also met with the US Under-Secretary Sally Jewel and discussed the ongoing partnership between Kenya and US on wildlife conservation, and strategies for combating the illegal wildlife trade.

Under-Secretary was following up on President Barack Obama’s bilateral talks with Kenyatta which took place in Nairobi in July this year. The US supports Kenya’s wildlife conservation and anti-illegal wildlife trade activities.

The US has pledged to support Kenya’s forensic lab at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the Law Enforcement Institute at Manyani in Taita Taveta County, the Northern Range Lands Trust, and Inter-Agency Cooperation to combat illegal wildlife trafficking.

Kenya is the only country in Africa where wildlife and forest rangers have paramilitary training.

The Under Secretary will visit Kenya at the end of January next year to consolidate this partnership.

Wakhungu, a petroleum geologist familiar in the UN Climate Change corridors, was also due to discuss wildlife tracking with senior Google executives, as well as senior officials in the French government.

Kenya’s COP 21 position paper ready

 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the COP 21 National Action Plan Validation workshop at Panafric, Nbi (Photo source MENR)

Kenya, is among the Countries that have complied with the resolution agreed during the Climate Change Conference, that was held in Lima, Peru in 2014 by submitting her Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions,  Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Addressing a joint meeting of the Kenyan team to the Paris Climate Change Conference, who had met at the Panafric hotel, Nairobi, in order to validate the National Adaptation Plan, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, Kenya was among the 195 member states of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC) and her position paper was ready. Calling on all the participants to speak with one voice, Prof. Wakhungu reminded them that, the aim of COP 21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference was to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change, with the aim of keeping global warming to below 2degrees Celsius.

A cross-section of participants during the COP 21 National Action Plan validation workshop

The 21st Conference of the Parties, which is the annual meeting of all Countries which want to take action for the climate, will be held in Paris, from November 20th to December, 11th, 2015.

Information source -Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Website