News Categories: Lands , Environment & Natural Resources

15 Nov
By: Joyce Mutai 0 3

NANDI COUNTY AND KFS EMBARK ON TREE PLANTING EXERCISE

The County Government of Nandi through the Department  of Lands, Environment, Natural resources, Water and Sanitation in partnership with Kenya Forest Service have  launched a tree planting exercise under the National Tree Planting Campaign in Nandi County.

Speaking to the team who had paid him a  courtesy call to his office, Governor Sang, reiterated his support in ensuring that the environment is well conserved. “We will strive to ensure that we achieve over 10% forest cover intended as a County through elaborate afforestation program and partnership with key Stakeholders involved in conservation” he added.

Nandi County Commissioner Mr. Kutswa Olaka asked KFS to have a clear report on the areas where trees have been planted during the planting seasons for accountability and to avoid instances of continuous planting at the same place.

CECM-LANDS Dr. Bureti emphasized on the need to carry out physical plan of the area for tree planting before the exercise begins  as this will reduce instances of destruction later.

Also present was NECC Secretary Dr. Chumo who had a warning message to all who have encroached public land.

Ecosystem Conservator Nandi Mr.Musikiton urged members present, institutions and farmers to  grow tree seedlings in their farms.  Nandi has 6 gazzetted forests where tree planting has been done.

The theme for this years programme is “Panda Miti Boresha Maisha”.

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08 Nov
By: Joyce Mutai 0 1

NEWLY APPOINTED LANDS CEC REPORTS TO OFFICE

The County Department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources, Water and Sanitation has a new CECM Dr. Philemon Bureti.

Dr. Bureti previously worked as the head of operations, finance, planning and administration at the department of Health and now takes the mantle from CECM Agriculture Dr. Kiplimo Lagat who has been in acting capacity at the department.

While assuming his new role, Dr. Bureti urged the departmental staff to work as a team for proper service delivery.

The handing over exercise was carried out by County Secretary Dr. Francis Sang and witnessed by Chief Officer Water and Sanitation Sally Kemboi, the Legal officer and the staff.

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08 Nov
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

TECHNICAL STAFF ATTEND A WEEK LONG CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP ON GIS & RS

In collaboration with United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the County Government of Nandi technical staff drawn across six departments have today wrapped up a capacity building training on Geo-spacial Information System (GIS) as well as Remote Sensing.

During the five days, a team of 23 staff made up of Land Surveyors, Physical Planners, Urban Planning Specialist, ICT experts among other GIS users/champions from various county departments were trained on how the respective departments can leverage on the GIS lab to influence decision making.

The training which was tailored to suit the needs of the newly commissioned Geo-spatial Information Users in Nandi County will enable the participants prepare GIS based plans for effective service delivery.

Data is always at the core of every decision made and policies formulated by the County Government. It is therefore only through its acquisition and proper analysis that the County Executives can make decisions that are beneficial to transforming Nandi.

Under the Kenyan law, it is also a requirement that spatial plans must be GIS based. This is a measure that will ensure decision making process are made from informed positions thus enhanced service delivery.

Cognizant to this fact, the County department of Lands, Environment and Natural Resource continues to partner with FAO to ensuring the GIS laboratory is fully operational and functional.

The training which was made possible by FAO in partnership with ESRI EA, RCMRD and Locate IT will now give all the departments represented in the training a chance to leverage on the GIS and Remote Sensing technologies.

#TransformingNandi

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06 Nov
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS WITH PRIVATE SECTOR

CECM-LENRCC Dr. Philemon Bureti today met with General Manager Kaimosi Tea Estate Mr. Angira in a bid to strengthen Partnership between County Government and the Tea Industry.

The tea estate through the assistance of County Government plans to install 16 Solar panels each weighing 2 tonnes on a 21/2 parcel of land located at the factory.

“We are committed to ensure that we collaborate with investors for the benefit of our residents and the County at large. Installation of solar panels will assist in bringing down the cost of electricity while on the hand improving the economy of tea farmers as the money that is being used in paying electricity can now be added to the bonus that our tea farmers get and also increase the Corporate Social Responsibility done by the estate, ” said Dr. Bureti.

Area MCA Hon. Wilson Sang appreciated the efforts being done by the factory as far as community engagement is involved. Also present was Chief Officer Madam Sally who supported installation of solar panels as it is a clean energy condusive to the environment.

So far, the Company builds one classroom per year, educates 8 bright and needy students to secondary level in the area as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility.

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06 Nov
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

LANDS CEC HOLDS MEETING WITH ANGLICAN DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

The County Department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change today held a strategic meeting with a team from Anglican Development Services Western region.

CECM LENRCC Dr. Philemon Bureti appreciated the partnership that ADS has had with the department. “The idea of mainstreaming Climate Information System into County plans is very important as this will curb the occurrences of too much rain experienced during the planting and harvesting season as the Metereological department will also be involved” he emphasized.

Chief Officer Dr. Solomon Mang’ira urged ADS to continue engaging with the community as they have felt the need to conserve the environment following the occurrences experienced lately.

Project Officer ADSW Ms Cheptoo pplauded the partnership and good working relationship from the County as this will lead to more engagements.

So far, ADS has partnered with the Department in formulation of policies, drafts and regulations on Climate Change that will soon be presented to the County Assembly.

ADS has visited 10 wards including Kilibwoni, Terik, Kabiyet, Nandi hills and Lelmokwo to carry out Sensitization on Climate Change and also engaged the community in tree planting exercise in churches and schools.

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29 Oct
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON LICENSE APPLICATION BY KANAWASCO

Stakeholders consultative meeting on license application by Kapsabet Nandi Water and Sanitation Company on water service provision for Kapsabet and Nandi Hills residents was today carried out.

Present during the meeting were a team from Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB),  the only body in Kenya mandated to license companies that provide water to its residents.
Team leader, Wasreb emphasized on the need to supply adequate water and to ensure that water sector standards are maintained and adhered to. We urge the water users ranging from kiosk vendors, schools, Government institutions and all those benefiting from the resource to pay their bills on time, report incidences of leakages and bursts for timely response,” he said.

Chief Officer Water and Sanitation Sally Kemboi, emphasized on the need to have a strong  partnership between the company,  County and the stakeholders with a view to improving service delivery to the people of Kapsabet and Nandi Hills.” The Department will soon embark on the process of developing a Water and Sanitation policy that is anticipated to address the very challenges of water and sanitation in the two towns,” She added.

KANAWASCO currently provides water services to Kapsabet Municipality, Nandi hills town and their environs with a total of 5271 connections in which Kapsabet town has a total of 4416 consumers while Nandi hills town has 855 consumers.

Stakeholders present were drawn from Lake Victoria North Water Works Development Agency and Kapsabet and Nandi Hills towns.

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24 Oct
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

COUNTY GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO PROVIDE CLEAN, SAFE DRINKING WATER

In coming CEC LENRCC, Dr. Philemon Bureti today held a sensitization meeting with Key Stakeholders from Lake Victoria North and South Water Works Development Agency in a bid to plan for handing over of Nandi South from Lake Victoria South to Lake Victoria North.

Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Bureti emphasized the county’s commitment of providing access to clean, safe drinking water as it is a human right. “As a department we are working hard to ensure that all the contracted works are completed on time and are well done” he said.

Chairman LVNWWDA Dr. Julius Kones  emphasized on the need for proper coordination for sustainability of projects. “We have done a number of projects in Nandi some of which are complete like Kipture community water project, Mosoriot and Kabiemit water supply . We will now focus in Tindiret and Aldai Sub Counties this financial year” he added.

CO Water and Sanitation Sally Kemboi, thanked the team for the projects being undertaken in schools as the school management can own the project and properly manage it.

On the other hand, Lake Victoria South Water Works have completed projects which include Kaptumeiwo dam, Lessos water supply pipeline extension to Kibabet and Kipkoror location and on going construction of Kaptuimeiwo-Taunet water pipeline.

For smooth transition, a joint working committee drawn from LVSWWDA and LVNWWDA and County Government of Nandi as convener has been formed to take inventory of assets, liabilities, projects and their status.

Members present were drawn from different institutions that included Water Resource Users Association, Lake Victoria North and South Water and Assistant County Commissioner among others.

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11 Oct
By: Joyce Mutai 1 1

AFRICAN CRANE CONSERVATIONISTS IN NANDI

Department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change has today held a consultative meeting with a team from Crane International who are engaged in a programme on African Crane Conservation.

African Crane Conservation Programme aims at maintaining a stable wild population of 4 threatened crane species namely Wattled, blue black crowned and Grey crowned cranes which is the endangered species in Africa.

Speaking to Kenya Wildlife Service, FAO and team from LENRCC, Dr. Mwangi from Crane International emphasized on the need to secure the ecological sites for the cranes for posterity. “We have a number of strategies that we intend to implement with the County Government and they include: partnership engagement, conservation agreement, Ecosystem restoration and community involvement among others,” he said.

King’wal and Kibirong wetlands are so far the home of cranes found in Nandi. Communities living near the wetlands are encouraged to engage in activities that do not interfere with wildlife.

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30 Sep
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

EXCHANGE VISIT ON GEO-SPACIAL INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS)

On 15th May 2019, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang accompanied by the outgoing FAO representative in Kenya Dr. Gabriel Rugalema launched the first ever Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) labaratory in the county, a project poised to help in development of county’s spatial plan that will guide the development of urban areas and ensure proper utilisation of land resources in the county.

Today, led by Ag. CECM for Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change (LENRC) Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat, Nandi Physical Planners, Land Surveyors and GIS team and users met with their counterparts in Vihiga County on an exchange visit to exchange experiences and best practices on application of the Geospacial Information System (GIS) in Nandi.

Speaking during the visit, Ag. CECM lands stated that the objective of the two day visit is to exchange unique knowledge and best practices between the County GIS experts and the host county Vihiga. “The visit aims to expose the participants to the best practices on GIS and gain valuable knowledge they can apply.” Dr. Lagat further revealed.

While officially welcoming the Nandi team, Vihiga Governor. H.E Wilber Ottichilo enumerated ways in which the County Government of Vihiga has optimized the GIS system in all departments to gather more information which greatly inform decision making. Notably, Governor Ottichilo narrated how the system has helped the county double revenue collection in the county.

“When we came to office two years ago, we were collecting a paltry Kshs 93m, but with the help of GIS, we managed to increase our collection to Kshs 194m in last financial year and we’re targeting Kshs 250 collection this financial year.” said the County boss who is also a GIS expert.

Ottichilo lauded Nandi County for investing in the system noting that it was worth every coin. “Some people won’t appreciate the GIS platform, but I would tell them that it is more expensive to make wrong decisions than to quip a GIS laboratory.” he added.

Sentiments which were reiterated by the CECM Lands who said that there is nothing more costly than making a decision from an uninformed position. “Therefore, this visit will greatly contribute to sharing knowhow, innovation and technologies which will go a long way in policy formulation.” said Dr. Lagat.

The two day visit organized in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO is an opportunity to share insights and will culminate to field visits on Tuesday.

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18 Sep
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

ARDHI HOUSE TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN NANDI

A team from Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning today visited the County Government of Nandi with the aim of accessing the exact place to put up Arthi house.

The move is aimed at improving the services offered by the relevant offices at the County. Speaking while visiting the current Lands office at the County, Chief Officer LENRCC Dr. Solomon Mang’ira appreciated the team, “by having all our Lands offices centralized at one place will make it easy for us to effectively and efficiently handle Lands issues. Our records will be well stored and retrieved faster when needed,” he emphasized.

Among the requirements needed to have the Office in place include availability of water, access to  Road, Sewer system and electricity and all these have been met and survey of the land already done.

Preparation of the design and cost estimates will now proceed.

The team later visited the lands registry.

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