Environment Ministry in plans to combat drought as state moves to ensure food security


The government has embarked on a number of initiatives and projects in a bid to address challenges posed by desertification and drought. Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof Judi Wakhungu has said these programmes will be integral in achieving food security.

Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment, Mr Charles Sunkuli said Kenya is implementing a programme on promoting drought resistant tree species such as Melia volkensii to increase the country’s forest cover.

The PS was speaking on CS Wakhungu’s behalf during the official opening of the Fifteenth Session of the Committee on Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 15) at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi.

Prof Wakhungu told the over  1,000 delegates representing different countries party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), civil societies and partners, that there are active initiatives to tackle the issue.

Kenya, in partnership with JICA, Senegal and UNCCD, has launched the African Initiative for Combating Desertification and Resilience to Climate Change in Sahel and Horn of Africa. In her statement, the CS called for  support of development partners and relevant organisations in the implementation of those noble initiatives.

Hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the Conference seeks to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought in countries affected through effective action at all levels.

CRIC 15 was a special intersessional session which allowed parties, through interactive sessions, to discuss key elements for a new Strategy, findings from the optional reports and future modalities for reporting, and progress in delivering land degradation neutrality (LDN) targets for those Parties engaging in the LDN target setting exercise among others. The session was preceded by regional consultations of implementation annexes that did not have the opportunity to meet and discuss items on the agenda of CRIC 15.

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