WORLD WETLAND DAY CELEBRATION JANUARY 2019
World Wetlands Day was first celebrated in 1997. Since then government agencies, non-government organisations and community groups have celebrated World Wetlands Day by undertaking actions to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits and promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands. These activities include seminars, nature walks, festivals, announcement of new Ramsar sites, newspaper articles, radio interviews and wetland rehabilitation.
Each year, World Wetlands Day focuses on a different theme. The theme for 2018 was ‘Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future’ – encouraging us all to view urban wetlands as a precious and prized resource rather than a wasteland. The World Wetlands Day 2019 convened under the theme, 'Wetlands and Climate Change'. The Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. “Wetlands and climate change”, the theme for WWD 2019, aims to highlight the important role played by wetlands, as natural solutions, in adapting to, and mitigating the impact of climate change
Wetlands can be vulnerable to climate change, being impacted by changes in temperature, rainfall, sea level rise and extreme events. Wetlands can also play an important role in our approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation, through capturing and storing carbon to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases, and providing resilience to hazards such as flooding, storm surge and sea level rise.
In Kenya the Ministry of Environment and Forestry joined the rest of the world in celebration to mark this important worldwide event. National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) organized this event through the national steering committee. The event was held from 30th to 2nd February 2019 at Rimuruti in Laikipia County. On 30th January 2019, before the event there was a panel discussion at Safaricom headquarters where participants discussed the role stakeholders in Wetlands conservation and Climate Change mitigation measures in the country. This was a buildup activity for the World Wetland Day. The Dean School of Environmental Studies led five KUNEC Students in the discussion since they are members of the NEMA steering Committee.
The bus left the University at 1.p.m to Rumuruti. Rumuruti is a town in Laikipia County in. It is approximately 40 kilometers due north from Nyahururu on the Nyahururu Maralal road. They had a stopover in Limuru Town for refreshment before heading to Nyahururu town at 7.30 p.m. since the day was far spent, the students slept at Safari lodge hotel.
1st January, 2019
Students woke up early in the morning and joined other participants from the county directorate of Environment in a clean-up activity in Rumuruti market. This exercise was organized to educate people living in the town and market on the importance of a clean environment and the effects of plastic bags and bottles on the environment. Later students went to Thomson Falls one of the biggest tourist destination in Kenya and the county for relaxation moment. While there, they enjoyed the scenic beauty, watched and listened to birds singing and took some photos. After this they haeded back to the lodge and slept.
2st January, 2019
This was the D-day; they woke up early and attended a community forum in Rumuruti Catholic Church. This forum was organized to create awareness on the conservation of Marura Wetland which is one the sources of Ewaso Nyiro River which supplies water to the Northern part of Kenyan communities. People have encroached on the wetland through farming and cutting down of trees and overusing and the depletion of the water resource in their farms. This has brought human –wildlife, farmers and pastoralist conflict between calling for a serious concerted effort to preserve the wetland.
After the forum there was a procession starting at the Governor’s office led by KUNEC students who were carrying the events banner to the Water Resource Authority offices where the celebrations took place. there was a tree planting session where a total of 100 trees seedlings were planted in the wetland. The chief guest the cabinet secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko gave his speech to mark the day followed by speeches from other invited guests.
The event was working towards the gazzettment of the wetland to protect the Wetland from extinction and ended at 2.p.m after a vote of thanks the students travelled back to the University arriving at 9.00p.m. For more information, CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2019 13:12
WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION 2018
Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations. Desertification does not refer to the expansion of existing deserts. It occurs because dryland ecosystems, which cover over one third of the world‘s land area, are extremely vulnerable to overexploitation and inappropriate land use. Poverty, political instability, deforestation, overgrazing and bad irrigation practices can all undermine the productivity of the land. In Kenya, 80% of the land is classified under Arid and Semi- Arid.
Every year on 17th of June, the world celebrates the world day to combat desertification and drought. Theme “Land has true value – invest in it” the purpose of this World Day is to promote public awareness of land degradation and to draw attention to the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). To maximize its impact, the UNCCD Secretariat invites all States, civil society organizations, international and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to draw attention to land issues and educate the public about effective methods of achieving Land Degradation Neutrality through the publication and diffusion of documentaries and the organization of conferences, round-table meetings, seminars and expositions relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought....
In Kenya the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is organized by NEMA through its national steering committee, who invites the chief guest and other stake holders to mark the day. This day is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The day is a unique moment to remind everyone Kenyan that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels of the country.
The 2018 World Day to Combat Desertification was celebrated at Oldonyonyokie Primary School in Magadi, Kajiado County. The chief quest was Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry, Keriako Tobiko. The event was attended by Permanent Secretary, ministry of environment and forestry, Charles Sunkuli, Deputy Governor, Martin Moshisho, NEMA board of management chairman, John Konchellah, Board of directors, Director General Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu and management team, area elected leaders and a host of other dignitaries and other stakeholders.
1st Day 15th June 2018
Kenyatta University students’ also graced the occasion. The University bus left the University compound around 8.00 a.m went through Mombasa road and stopped at kitengela where the students had some refreshments before proceeding to Namanga town near the Kenya Tanzanian border. This was the first day of the trip and was purely an academic trip and slept in Namanga town.
2nd Day 16th June 2018
They left Namanga town at 8.00 a.m and travelled to Keserian town for a clean-up activity specifically the plastic bags which littered the town. This was community based activity of creating awareness on the effect of plastic bags on the environment and took around 6 hours. The students later slept in a hotel in Kiserian town.
3rd Day 17th June 2018
This was the D-Day and students woke up very early and left Kiserian town for magadi at 7.00.am to join the other participants in the celebrations to mark the world day to combat desertification. They arrived in Oldonyonyokie Primary School in Magadi an hour later. The event was flagged off and the students lead the procession to mark the day. After several speeches given by the chief guest and other invited guests the participants preceded to plant trees were around 1000 tree seedlings were planted. Later there was a luncheon at Oldonyonyokie Primary School courtesy of the county Government of Kaijado. A vote of thanks was given and the students left back to the university. For more information,CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2019 13:14
Kenyatta University in partnership with the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is organizing a series of training workshops to introduce satellite data users to the domain of MODIS Data. The trainings will take place on the afternoons (2:00pm – 5:00pm) of 18th, 19th and 20th March 2019 in the GIS Lab, EF 03 within the 8:4:4 Complex at Kenyatta University Main Campus.
MODIS is an acronym for MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer which is one of the Satellite Remote Sensing instruments. It is an imaging sensor on board the Terra satellite. The satellite covers the entire Earth's surface area every 1 to 2 days, acquiring data in 36 spectral bands, or groups of wavelengths. MODIS collect data by detecting the energy that is reflected from Earth. The data collected is critical in understanding the global dynamics and processes occurring on the land, in the oceans, and in the lower atmosphere. Some specific uses include mapping the earth’s temperature, soil moisture, monitoring land use and land cover changes, urban growth, weather monitoring, oceanography, and disaster management.
MODIS Data has the following characteristics:
For more information about MODIS, checkout https://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/about/
In this course the participants will be introduced to:
To participate in the training and build your capacity and skills in the use of the MODIS data products, please apply for practical training by Registering here
Kindly note that there are limited slots for the training and opportunity will be offered on first-come-first-served basis
Download the Draft Programme here and the Poster here
Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2019 13:27
SCHOOLS UPCOMING EVENTS
1. EVENT: GREEN WEEK
DATE 19TH – 21ST MARCH, 2019
VENUE: BSSC ROOM 12
2. EVENT: UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSEMBLY DAY
DATE 11TH – 15TH MARCH, 2019
VENUE: UNITED NATIONS HEADQUATERS, GIGIRI
3. EVENT: CHANCELLORS GREEN DAY
DATE :16TH MARCH, 2019
VENUE: KENYATTA UNIVERSITY OML, CULTURE VILLAGE, ABORETUM AND NYAYO
4. EVENT: MR &MRS ENVIRONMENT
DATE :14TH MARCH, 2019
5. EVENT: GIS DAY
DATE 7TH MARCH, 2019
VENUE: KENYATTA UNIVERSITY GIS LAB
6. EVENT: BIRDING CLUB TRIP
DATE :16TH MARCH, 2019
VENUE: NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
DATE: 18th, 19th and 20th MARCH 2019
VENUE: GIS Lab, EF 03 within the 8:4:4 Complex at Kenyatta University Main Campus.
8. EVENT: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (ENS) 3RD & 4TH YEARS FIELD TRIP
DATE: 5TH – 7TH APRIL, 2019
VENUE: COAST REGION
9. EVENT: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (EED) 4TH YEARS FIELD TRIP
DATE 7TH – 10TH APRIL, 2019
VENUE: COAST REGION
Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2019 06:26
WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY CELEBRATIONS HELD IN UKUNDA KWALE COUNTY
A Platform for Action World Environment Day is the United Nations'(UN) most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. The People's Day above all, World Environment Day is the "people's day" for doing something to take care of the Earth. That "something" can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or can involve a crowd of people coming together for action towards a common goal. Therefore everyone is free to choose.
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern worldwide. The theme for 2018 thus was ‘beating plastic pollution’. Every World Environment Day (WED) has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces, and supports the effort to address them. Last year's host was India.
As earlier mentioned, the global theme for last year’s WED is “Beat Plastic Pollution” where governments, industry, communities as well as individuals were encouraged to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and access use of single-use plastic polluting oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health. The slogan for last year's event is "Greening the Blue". . In Kenya, the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) is mandated by government through its’ national steering committee to organize the yearly events.
Last year’s event was held on 1st to 6th June 2018, at Kwale Baraza Park in Kwale County and was graced by Kenyatta University Environmental Club Members (KUNEC) among other participants invited to mark the event. The bus left the campus 8.a.m in the morning went through Mombasa road to Mtito Andie, where the students had a stopover for 30 minutes for refreshments and some photos. They continued on their journey to Mombasa town and later took a ferry to Ukunda, which is approximately 40km from Mombasa town. On arrival to Ukunda, they were welcomed by a resort owner who later accommodated them at a private residence for three nights.
This was a clean-up day and students woke up very early and proceeded to vanga mainland which is about 90 kilometers from Ukunda, where the event was to take place. This village is in Kwale County near the Kenya Tanzanian border and was highly polluted with plastic bags and bottles. Students joined the other participants in the beach cleanup and tree planting exercise where around 1000 mangrove seedlings were planted.
After the cleanup the students proceeded to Diani beach, where they had a life time experience of enjoying the sand beach, sea bathing, cool sea breeze and watching the sea from a vantage point in the coastline.
This was the D- day and Students went for the world environmental day celebration in Ukunda showground and helped in the preparation of the venue. The main speech was given by the chief guest Deputy President, followed by the cabinet secretary for Environment and Forestry and other speeches from invited dignitaries. In the afternoon there was a luncheon sponsored by the county Government of Kwale. After the luncheon, students left to their rest room for the night.
The main event for the day was the stakeholders’ forum which deliberated on issues touching the recent plastic bags ban by NEMA and alternatives of the plastic bags. This event was held in Pride Hotel in Mombasa. The facilitators were safaricom, NEMA and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). After this event students left for Nairobi back to the University.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2019 05:55
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