RCMRD Director General Dr. Emmanuel Nkurunziza; Director, Technical Services Prof. John B.K. Kiema. and Business Development and Marketing Officer Mr. Byron Anangwe called on the Principal Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ms. Susan Mochache on September 10, 2018.
RCMRD Briefs PS
Dr. Nkurunziza briefed the PS on the work that RCMRD had done with the Ministry including: the System for Land-based Emissions Estimation in Kenya (SLEEK)- http://www.sleek.environment.go.ke/, a Government of Kenya program to develop a robust Measurement, Reporting and Verification system to estimate land-based emissions in Kenya and provide the data to drive development in the country; Atlases of Changing Environments for Africa & Kenya;Water Atlas; State of Environment & Outlook Reports 2009 & 2010;Gum & Resins Resource Mapping; Various trainings & Workshops; Biodiverity Atlas – Kenya’s Natural Capital; Preparation of Briefs for Kenya to UNEP GC; Hazard Atlases; Biomass Estimation; Fire alert Service;Satellite imagery;Ground verification of satellite imagery with Mombasa County; Invasive Species mapping;AMESD as welll as MESA & GMES.
She was impressed with the work RCMRD has done and advised RCMRD continue provision of services in the member States. Ms. Mochache promised support for RCMRD in view of the significant role they play in the region and beyond. She also urged RCMRD to enhance awareness especially among the youth to come up with innovative solutions for enhancement of their livelihoods.
Other areas for collaboration
The PS and RCMRD discussed other areas the two could partner in like the Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) Project that is funded by USAID through UNDP, and implemented by The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. It aims at contributing to Kenya’s overall goal in achieving transformative development, accelerating sustainable climate sustainable climate resilient economic growth while slowing down Green House Gas emissions. The Project contributes towards the implementation of National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP 2013- 2017), with a goal of enhancing low carbon climate resilient development in Kenya. http://lecrdkenya.blogspot.com/p/about-lecrd.html
There were deliberations on the LECRD project which intends to protect human health and the environment by managing the risks posed by production, use, import and export of chemicals and reducing or preventing the release of U-POPs and toxic compounds originating from the unsafe management of waste in two key sectors: Health Care Waste and Municipal Waste.UPOPs - http://upops.environment.go.ke/
The sound management of chemicals and wastes is an important component of UNDP’s efforts to achieve sustainable, inclusive and resilient human development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP advocates for integrating chemicals management priorities into national environmental and poverty reduction planning frameworks, helps countries access financial and technical resources, and aids and implementation support to improve the holistic management of chemicals and waste at national, regional and global levels.
Notable follow up actions:
The RCMRD management through the DG's office committed to following up with the PS and Ministry on re-establishing linkages with departments at the ministry, participating in each other’s activities, RIC 2019 & AfriGEOSS 2019, Oceans Conference, Blue Economy Conference, Conference of the Parties (COP) and the PS's attendance at the Technical Committee/Governing Council/Conference of Ministers 2018. The DG asked the PS to visit RCMRD and also requested for RCMRD technical team to visit the Ministry for detailed discussions.