Implementation of environmental and forestry related policies key to effective governance in the forest sector.

By Tobby Otum The government is currently implementing the second National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) for the period 2018-2022. Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Betty Maina said NCCAP is the vehicle for delivering the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. She pointed out the National Forestry Programme 2016-2030 as a strategic framework for forest policy, recognizes that REDD+ provides an opportunity to promote effective governance in the forest sector. ‘’I am aware that REDD+ preparedness process will enhance forest management through promotion of a multi stakeholder and inclusive approach in the sector,”…

Ted Turner’s Environmental Legacy Ready for broadcast

Al Gore, Jane Fonda and Bill Gates to feature in hour-long special, Ted Turner: Captain Planet – In an hour-long documentary on CNN, Ted Turner  the founder of the 24-hour news network sits down for a rare and exclusive interview to discuss his longstanding conservation efforts amid the ongoing climate emergency. While Ted Turner is best known as a billionaire media mogul, an America’s Cup-winning captain and the owner of a baseball, basketball and ice hockey team, Ted Turner: Captain Planet examines how he has been at the forefront of…

Meet Nairobi’s next generation of environmentalists on Going Green

By 2050, 68% percent of the global population will live in a major city. CNN’s Going Green travels to Nairobi, Kenya, to hear how a population which has doubled since 1986 is adapting to today’s environmental challenges. The programme meets Sam Dindi, who has dedicated his life to volunteering and campaigning to protect the environment in his home city. Alongside a group of volunteers, Dindi has helped clean the banks of the Nairobi river, including founding a park for local residents. Dindi tells Going Green: “My journey to keep Nairobi…

Learn about the new generation of rock climbers in Kenya

This week on Inside Africa, CNN International travels to Kenya to explore its iconic climbing culture. From urban walls to Mount Kenya’s snowy peaks, the programme learns how a new generation of climbers are conquering their own mountains. Kenyan born Allan Wide tells the writer how significant his sport, rock climbing, is to Kenya. He says:  “Climbing has always had quite a culture in Kenya. To understand it, I think you’ve probably got to go back quite far… the first ascent of Mount Kenya was in 1899. At that time…

shocking as Dozens of elephant carcasses found in Botswana

It’s one of the world’s last sanctuaries for African elephants. But now, Botswana says, its population of the animals will be fair game for hunters. The southern African nation, which is home to 130,000 elephants — more than anywhere else on the continent — imposed the ban in 2014 to help declining numbers recover from poaching and shrinking habitats. Late on Wednesday, Botswana’s government scrapped the ban, shrugging off criticism from some environmental groups and conservationists. It cited increasing conflict between humans and elephants, as well as the need to…

A legacy of lunacy haunts Kenya’s old railway. Will China’s $3.6bn line be different?

Kenya took on huge debt to buy a modern railway from Beijing that it hopes will boost its economy … despite the controversy it has attracted. At the close of the 19th century, Britain decided to build a railway line, the Lunatic Express, from the port of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean to its protectorate of Uganda, in a bid to lay claim to the land in between amid rumblings that the German and French empires were coming for it. In 2014, the Kenyan government decided the aging line needed…

Greenpeace Africa Calls on China to Maintain the Ban on Rhino Horns

Conservationists in Kenya are worried by China’s decision to reverse the ban on trade in tiger bones and rhino horns.  Experts have also condemned the move as one that could have dire repercussions for the endangered species.  Reacting to these developments, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior political advisor, Fredrick Njehu has said: “China’s decision to reopen trade on rhino horns and tiger bones will not only reactivate the demand for rhino products, but also contribute to a rise in poaching and other illegal activities. This also reverses steps that have been made…

CNN explores Kenya’s skydiving scene

By CNN This week on Inside Africa, CNN International travels to the Kenyan coast where the Skydive Diani team are one of the only fully operational skydiving centres on the continent, outside of South Africa. Diani Beach is one of the few places in the world where skydivers can jump out, over the ocean and land on a beach all year-round. Chief Supervisor, Gary Lincoln-Hope tells CNN about how the company first started: “Skydive Diani started by complete chance… A bunch of skydivers found themselves in Kenya and were missing their passion,…

Governors spearhead realization of Kenya’s blue economy potential

By Abednego Mwikya The bid for full exploitation of the potential of Kenya’s blue economy has gained momentum after county governments vowed to rally behind the agenda. More than 20 governors from counties endowed with blue economy resources said they will be on the forefront in spurring conversations around utilization of water resources in the country with a view to creating job opportunities for unemployed Kenyans and for improvement of the economy. “Going forward, we are going to tackle the challenges that prevent this country from tapping the full potential…

Hemingways Watamu to host 2018 marine excursion

The Watamu Bucket List campaign has listed 10 must-do activities for visitors to Watamu Hemingways Collection has welcomed the launch of the Twin Migration Campaign by the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. The campaign seeks to promote the double annual migration of wildebeests in the Masai Mara and that of humpback whales in Watamu beach, a unique wildlife phenomenon on both the savannah and the sea occurring between July and September annually. This event has been monitored since 2011 with numbers of whales passing through Kenya varying. In the boom…