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National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) together with Wetlands International issued a public notice in one of the local dailies inviting all stakeholders and general public to submit comments on the draft amendment regulations.

The notice is pursuant to the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA), Cap 387 that requires public participation in the review of the draft Environmental Management and Coordination (Conservation and Management of Wetlands) Amendment Regulations, 2017 intended to amend the Environmental Management and Coordination (Wetlands, River banks, Lake shores and Sea shore Management) Regulations, 2009.

The objective of this regulations review process is to align it to the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA), Cap 387 and the National Wetlands Conservation and Management Policy, 2015. They will also seek to address emerging issues like climate change and invasive species. One can download the draft regulations from www.nema.go.ke Comments should be submitted before 16th June 2017 via hand delivery to NEMA offices, posted or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wetlands International has invited bids from Consultants to conduct investments mapping along Ewaso Ng’iro and Tana River Basins. Through a Strategic Partnership (SP) with Cordaid, Kenya Red Cross and Red Cross Climate Centre, Wetlands International is implementing a 5 year (2016-2020) Partners for Resilience (PfR) Programme to build and strengthen community resilience in Kenya by integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), and Ecosystem Management and Restoration (EMR) – referred to as Integrated Risk Management (IRM).

Interested Consultants are expected to respond by submitting a proposal on their understanding of the shared Terms of Reference stating their experience and expertise to undertake the assignment with a clear outline of the methodology including the work plan and budget. The application should be sent on or before Friday 19th May 2017.

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Message of condolence following the death of Mr. Tristan Voorspuy

The Board, management and staff of the East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) wish to send a heartfelt message of condolence to the family, friends and the entire conservation fraternity following the sudden and unfortunate death of Mr. Tristan Voorspuy who was shot dead on Sunday in Laikipia.

Until his death Mr. Voorspuy was a long standing friend and member of EAWLS personally and through Sosian Lodge and Offbeat Safaris Limited as corporate members since 1995. The conservation sector has lost a devoted player whose contribution to East Africa and Laikipia in particular will me greatly missed.

EAWLS has expressed concerns over the ongoing illegal invasion of private wildlife conservancies, ranches and sanctuaries in Laikipia County by herders. The society believes that the issue at hand is not only drought as politics could also be at play. The society therefore urges the government to provide efficient and elaborate security apparatus to stem these and to bring to book those responsible for this sad state of affairs.

 

Laikipia ecosystem has second highest concentration of wildlife in the country and more endangered wildlife species than anywhere else in Kenya. This is an area of great conservation value whose fate is largely in the hands of its residents and their peaceful co-existence. Such acts of lawlessness and lack of respect for private property must be dealt with according to the laws of the country to ensure success stories in conservation are not sabotaged.

 

Julius Kamau

Executive Director

Community Forest Association member during the signing of jilore Forest Management Agreement (FMA) in Kilifi County(PHOTO: JACKSON BAMBO)

NAIROBI, KENYA: Climate Change is a global phenomenon, and its impacts are real in Kenya.

Scientists predict that the increasing frequency of extreme weather, such as drought and flooding among other drastic climatic changes, will become more severe in coming years. Based on this Kenya enacted the Climate Change Act 2016, but to ensure its full implementation, including active participation and informed decision making on issues affecting women and youth as relates to climate change, we in the forestry sector cannot ignore a critical aspect of climate transformation: empowering women, youth, marginalized and people living with disability through access to finance, skills and technology. This is only possible if they are nominated to take leadership roles in the National Climate Change Council.

Women and youth’s access to finance and adaptive skills is central to addressing climate change. Women and youth make up 90 percent of the world’s poor, and it is common knowledge that climate change disproportionately affects the have nots. Floods, droughts, land degradation, displacements all have a disproportionately greater negative effect on the livelihoods of the poor than the rich, further pushing them to the bleak edge of deprivation. In Kenya women and youth, especially poor rural women and youth, are dependent on these resources for their livelihoods on forests and other natural resources that are threatened by climate change.

Access to finance and adaptive skills breaks down many barriers, including access to less fragile agricultural lands, better safety nets, access to clean energy for lighting and cooking, easy mobility in case of natural disasters, and the ability to engage in alternative livelihoods such as off-farm and nature based employment. Simple farm tools like hoes are last-century technology and have no place in the era of digitization and resource efficiency.

Kenya cannot build low-carbon and climate-resilient economy on the back of rudimentary technologies and policies. Information is power; for climate change, this means that community forest associations and rural farmers – most likely to be women and youth– must be able to receive early warning climate information that enables them make smart decisions on seeds, sowing and harvesting times, risks, markets, etc. With technology, as mobile phone technology has proven, Kenya is capable of leapfrogging into an era of digitization which minimizes risks and cuts costs of doing business. Kenyan women and youth have shown potential to compete in this digital workspace – K-Macho App, JuaKali, and ICow mobile app, are only a few of the women and youth-led tech startups with prospects in Kenya.

With the right amount of capital, these start-ups can be scaled up to generate Kenya-specific technologies that would enable Kenyans to deliver their Paris Agreement Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) commitments to help reduce global temperature to below two degrees Celsius. Imagine how big that contribution would be if women and youth– half of the world’s population – were given a chance to sit on the National Climate Council. Linked to the technology challenge is the skills challenge. The right skills set is critical to lifting women and youth out of poverty and ultimately managing climate change. Kenya together with other African countries negotiated hard to get loss and damage recognized by the Paris Agreement.

This is a commendable feat, but it will not serve any purpose if the loss sufferers (again, mostly women and youth) are not equipped to deal with climate change. It is not sufficient to engage in technology transfer if the target communities are not skilled to use the technologies. With the right investment in their tertiary education, women and youth are equally capable of designing and become users of technologies that best fit their communities. In addition, given rural women and youth’s symbiotic relationship with nature, they possess indigenous knowledge that would enable them to truly make technology appropriate for their communities. This is only possible if they sit at the highest decision making National Climate Change Council as envisaged by the Climate Change Act 2016

Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2000223400/include-youth-women-in-climate-decision-making-organ-for-effective-fight-against-global-warming

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