News Categories: Lands , Environment & Natural Resources

10 Jun
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COUNTY ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TRAINING BEGINS

Food and Agriculture Organization in partnership with the county department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change today held County Environment Committee Training for Gazzetted members of the environment.

The Environment members have been gazzetted and some of the functions they have been mandated to do include being responsible for proper management of the environment within the County, Development of County Environment Action plan after every 5 years , promote environmental education and awareness to the community, Protection and conservation of environment ie hills, forests, traditional areas and environmental restoration and conservation by cutting off eucalyptus trees an exercise  which is ongoing across the 6 Sub Counties.

Among the areas of focus discussed include discussions on Environmental issues like hunting of sitatungas and dikdiks, escarpment restoration, Sand harvesting along the rivers, change in rainfall patterns, waste management and Climate Change.

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06 Jun
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

INCEPTION WORKSHOP ON COUNTY SPATIAL PLAN KICKS OFF

The County Department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change together with the Spatial Plan Consultants and other key stakeholders today held a County Spatial Plan Inception Workshop to discuss way forward on how best to achieve the desired plan.

While officially opening the two days workshop, Acting County Secretary Dr. Sang emphasized on the need to have a Spatial Plan that will be sustainable and will include roles of various actors throughout the implementation process.

County Spatial Plan will be of benefit to the County as it will promote balanced and equitable development across the County, enhance effective coordination between the different departments, Spur development of the county’s economy, improve conditions of human settlements and provide an enabling environment for potential investors among other benefits.

Participants will be taken through key Spatial planning areas, Spatial optimization processes, Land use guidelines, validation of land use plan among other steps.

Members of the County Assembly, Lands Committee led by Chairman Hon. Robert Kirwa appreciated the efforts being done by the County as this will lead to proper planning of the town hence reducing the congestion experienced.

Acting CECM Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Dr. Kiplimo Lagat emphasized on the need to consider the population growth when planning. “Let us plan well and make our County sustainable through providing access to water and Healthcare. Improper Land Sub division and unemployment are as a result of poor planning” he said.

Chief Officer LENRCC Dr. Mang’ira urged the consultant to develop a County Spatial Plan that will meet the threshold. “Let us do it right from the beginning” he added.

The participants were drawn from different sectors including Food and Agriculture Organization, National Environment Management Authority, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service and National Land Commission.

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05 Jun
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

DEVELOPMENT OF COUNTY SPATIAL PLAN PROCESS KICKS OFF

The County Department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change together with Spatial Planning Consultants from the department of Physical Planning and Survey conducted a  reconnaissance survey at Kamobo, Kapsasur, Chepsonoi, Musasa, Kiboswa, Mogoiwet, Kapsengere, Kapkerer and Tinderet Sub  County in order familiarize themselves with the planning area, map out planning issues and identify opportunities to tap for development.

Recently, the County Government launched Geographic Information System, a planning tool that will help in presenting Spatial or Geographic data that will be gathered  by the consultants.

The spatial plan will address among other issues like urban sprawl, uncontrolled developments, uneconomical subdivision of land, land and air pollution, encroachment into environmentally sensitive areas.

The balance between food production and urbanization will be realised hence promoting food security and industrialization.
Development of the spatial plan will ensure regional balance across the county.

The 2 days exercise is aimed at assisting the consultant to develop an inception report towards preparation of the Nandi County Spatial Plan which is estimated to be through within the next 18 months.

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05 Jun
By: Joyce Mutai 0 1

COUNTY MARK’S WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY BY PLANTING OVER 2000 TREES

The County Government of Nandi through the department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change  in partnership with Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, Equity Bank and National Environment Management Authority today held World Environment Day at Namgoi mixed secondary school, Emgwen Sub County.

World Environment Day is held every 5th of June every year with today’s theme being “Clean air our responsibility.”

Speaking during the event, Nandi Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot who was the chief guest emphasized on the need to safeguard our planet and the entire biodiversity. “It is time we embrace the use of solar power as it is less harzadous and cheaper. The recent changes in rainfall patterns witnessed can be addressed through creating awareness to the public on importance of planting indigenous trees and conserving the environment. Over 2,000 trees have been planted in Chebarbar swamp and this will indeed improve the place,” she said.

On his part Nandi County Commissioner urged those living around the forest to be the government’s watchdogs adding that the initiative of getting rid of eucalyptus trees is irreversible.

Acting CECM LENRCC Dr. Lagat appreciated the efforts being made by National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). “The legislation done by NEMA on use of plastic bags is a step in the right direction. We need to restore back our environment and these can be achieved through partnership with various Stakeholders,” he said.

Chief Officer LENRCC Dr Mangira urged the community to make efforts of planting trees at the homesteads as a way of promoting greener environment.

County Director NEMA, Vincent Mahiva alluded that implementation of removing all eucalyptus trees in riparian areas is ongoing and should it face any challenge the law will apply.

Also present were County Director of Education Mr Mwashosho, Sub County Administrator Madam Keter, Ecosystem Conservator Mr.Musikiton and County Environment Officers among other invited guests.

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28 May
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON ESTABLISHMENT OF SOLAR PARK PROJECT

Acting CECM Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Dr. Kiplimo Lagat today held a consultative meeting between County officials from the department of Lands, Agriculture, Nema, Health, Songhor community representatives and a representative from Solar Park project to be established at Kimwani near Kopere.

Speaking during the meeting, Dr. Kiplimo emphasized on the need for a thorough public participation to be done to let the community understand the scope and importance of the project.

“It is important that community concerns are heard and addressed since the project is expected to improve their livelihoods” said Dr. Lagat.

According to the Director of Physical Planning Veronica Kioko, the change of user from Agricultural to Industrial has so far been done and it is the master plan and the building plans that await views of the public during public participation.

So far a number of activities including conducting  environmental Impact assessment, carrying out a 7km social study  to find out if the community around  have the skills to work in the park.

James  Kigomo, Solar Park project representative emphasized that there’s need for harmony and good working relations with the community so as to achieve the set objectives of the project.

Also present were Sports, Youth Affairs and Arts CEC Elly Kurgat, Chief Officer LENRCC Dr. Solomon Mang’ira, Songhor/Soba Ward MCA Hon. Justin Chepnyango, Sub County Administrator Tindiret Barnabas Tallam, Director NEMA Mr. Mahiva, Environment Director, Mr. Meli and Public health Officer Mr. Bichii among other county officials.

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28 May
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ANGLICAN DEVELOPMENT SERVICES PARTNERS WITH LANDS DEPARTMENT TO CONSERVE THE ENVIRONMENT.

The County Government of Nandi in collaboration with the Anglican Development Services Western( ADS) today carried out a a sensitization programme at Kipgongorwa Lelmokwo/ Ngechek Ward Chesumei Sub county.

The meeting brought together the residents of the area, County environmental officers and ADS officers where issues which in the past years have influenced the climate change were highlighted.

Among the issues were clearing of indigenous trees in the water catchment areas, cultivation activities on the wetlands, planting of eucalyptus species in the riparian areas were among the factors causing the climate to change.

“There is a need to plant more indigenous trees in the water catchment areas as this will improve and conserve our water sources” emphasized ADS representative Ms Cheptoo.

Later ADS distributed trees seedlings to following churches; Kipgongorwa AIC , ACK, Mogoiwet and Cheloyo SDA, Lelmokwo and Catholic churches. Kipgongorwa and Lelmokwo chiefs offices also got the seedlings. St Luke’s Mogoiwet as well as Kipgongorwa Primary and Secondary received the seedlings.

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25 May
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

HANDING OVER OF WATER SECTOR TRUST FUND WATER PROJECTS KICKS OFF

The County Government of Nandi is working hard in order to ensure that the residents get adequate water through working with various development partners in the water sector.

The department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change visited Lelmokwo and Cheptil Water utility where the handing over of the project was officially handed over to the contractor and community, a process witnessed by Chief Officer LENRCC Dr. Mang’ira and other county officials.

Speaking during the handing over, Dr. Mang’ira urged the community to support the contractor to ensure that the work is done to perfection and to meet the set requirements for sustainability and better utilization of funds.

Cheptil Water project already has 350 water meters supplied to households in Marinyin, Kormaet, Seretio, Kapkechui, Tuiyobei, Kapsato, Kaigat, Kilagan rural among other neighbouring villages.

Cheptil official member making his remarks during the handing over exercise

Schools already benefitting are Cheptil high School and Tenai Primary school.

A 225 cubic metres tank, a 2 kilometer extension line from Kapsiria to Chemngochoi and installation of 3 pumps and motor sets will soon commence as the contractor is on site.

A pump set and distribution pipes will be done for Lelmokwo water utility.

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15 May
By: Joyce Mutai 2 0

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM LAUNCHED IN NANDI

The County Government of Nandi is the Second to launch the Geographic Information System Laboratory, a planning tool that is aimed at presenting Spatial or Geographic data.

Through a European funded program implemented by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the County Government of Nandi, the GIS LAB will support Inclusive land management and administration, Participatory land use planning, Land policy and legal framework for improved land governance among other roles.

It is important to note that the plans will be implemented by having development control on building plans, Change of use, Extension of use and land Sub division.

Governor Sang appreciated the efforts put in by development partners in ensuring that GIS LAB is established in Nandi. “The recent ruling by National Land Commission that a resurvey of parcels of land held by Tea Estates be done to establish what’s to be held in trust for the community by the County will be done by use of GIS, the launch is indeed timely” he said.

Speaking during the launch FAO Representative Mr. Gabriel Rugalema thanked the County Government for the good rapport created and reiterated the organizations commitment for better engagements, “We have done a great work in Nandi through training, capacity building, development of Policies and we intend to continue supporting Nandi” he added.

“Digitization of land records and justice for Land cases will be well handled at whatever stage as information will be retrieved easily” emphasized European Union representative Mr. Njuru

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26 Feb
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STAKEHOLDERS MEETING ON DEVELOPMENT OF A CLIMATE CHANGE FUND HELD

Today, the Department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change held a Stakeholders Inception meeting on Lake Region Economic Bloc and Climate Change Governance Project aimed at developing a climate change fund.

The process is spearheaded by the Anglican Development Services in partnership with Christian Aid.

Among the challenges faced as a result of Climate change include emerging pests, weeds and diseases, Pollution of water sources, Decline in water source, Landslides, Sand harvesting, Hailstorms and floods.

While speaking during the opening session CECM LENRCC Mr. Baliach applauded the organizers of the meeting and said that the program will curb the occurrences that normally occur.

“As a department we have a draft on Climate change and when completed we will be able to access the Climate Change fund” he said.

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22 Feb
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

SAGAS TRAINING COMES TO AN END

The Training of over 150 Water committee members across the 6 Sub Counties has come to an end.

The Committee members were taken through their roles in regard to Procurement, management of Water projects, supervision, finance and record keeping.

The Department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change will play the monitoring, evaluation and supervision role through the Sub County water officers.

Matters on audit, Environment, Conservation and protection of water sources will also be taken into consideration by the officers.

Speaking while closing the training at Kabiyet hall in Mosop Sub County, CECM LENRCC Mr. Baliach urged the community to fully own the projects for posterity.

“The County Government wants the community to have a feel of devolution by making them own the projects and ensure the projects become operational and sustainable. Let us maximize the funds given for the projects. Labour based approach is the preferred way of implementing the projects” he said.

Among the Committee members who attended the training were from Koria, Kakiptui, Ndulele, Ngariet/Kabruce water projects. A total of 66 Water projects across the Sub County will be done this financial year.

Present during the trainings were Sub County Water officers, Procurement, Legal, Finance and Environment officers.

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