News Categories: Environment

20 Mar
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County, Ministry partner to mitigate climate change effects

The County Government of Nakuru in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and other stakeholders in the environment and climate change sector have launched the Measurement, Reporting and Verification System (MRV) to help mitigate the threats posed by climate change in the country.

The MRV system was developed by the Green Belt Movement in partnership with the International Climate Change Initiative and the Earth Innovation Institute. It assesses and quantifies the county’s carbon emissions right from the village level and provides an information basis for planning and implementing actions to combat climate change.

The MRV system was piloted in Dundori in Nakuru County and Kipsamoite in Nandi County.

“We are glad to know that the system is fully developed. Once it is implemented at the grass-root level, we shall be able to enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation plans and improve our reporting at the national level.” said the C.O for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Kiogora Muriithi during the launch.

He also mentioned that the County Government of Nakuru is in the process of setting up a Climate Change Policy and Plan to anchor issues to do with the environment, energy and climate change.

The new system comes at a time when Kenya needs to collect significant amounts of accurate data on the activities that cause greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; this data was initially derived from estimates.

According to the Head of Directorate of Forest Conservation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the system will greatly contribute to the national MRV System already in place in measuring performance in dealing with climate change more accurately.

“This MRV system will not only report to us internally but will also inform discussions we have at the global level.” He added.

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17 Mar
By: NGPU 0

Policy to guide County on greenspaces engagements

A team led by the Chief Officer for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Kiogora Murithi, has attended an inception workshop for the “Mau Restoration Project” at the Green Belt Movement Centre in Lang’ata.

The project; developed by the Green Belt Movement in collaboration with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) seeks to restore the degraded Dundori, Nandi North and North Tinderet forests. This will be done through proper landscape management, a watershed-based reforestation approach and good governance.

The project will also restore biodiversity, improve water quality and quantity and improve the livelihoods of neighbouring communities.

Speaking during the workshop, the C.O, Mr Kiogora Murithi revealed that the County Government of Nakuru is developing a County Forest Management and Tree Growing Bill and Policy that will give a legal framework of county engagement in greenspaces.

“We will also be putting up a statue in Nyayo Park to commemorate the late Wangari Maathai for her tremendous work in conserving the environment,” he further disclosed.

Mr Kiogora was accompanied by the Nandi: CECM for Agriculture and Cooperative Development, Dr Kiplimo Araap Lagat and the CECM for Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Sanitation, Dr Philemon Buret.

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