Environment, Natural resources & Disaster Management

Post on 27 January 2016

Our mandate includes Refuse removal, refuse dumps and solid waste, Fire fighting services and disaster management, Control of air pollution, noise pollution, other public nuisances and outdoor advertising, Implementation of specific national government policies on natural resources and environmental conservation ,including; - Soil and water conservation

Mandate

  • Refuse removal, refuse dumps and solid waste
  • Fire fighting services and disaster management.
  • Control of air pollution, noise pollution, other public nuisances and outdoor advertising.
  • Implementation of specific national government policies on natural resources and environmental conservation ,including;
    • Soil and water conservation

 Performance Overview of the Sector

Description of activity/project

Location

Target

Achieved

Immediate outcome /Impact

Greening the County programme

 

·       Public schools and other public institutions

·       Rehabilitation of hills

Aiming at vision 2030 of 10% forest cover

-740 institution across the county

-8 hills rehabilitated

Enhanced forest cover and mitigate climate change

Solid waste management

Town and trading centres

-having clean environment

-youth, women empowerment

-clean town, markets and their surroundings

Healthy citizenry

 

 Youth/ women groups contracted to manage wastes in 2015/2016

 

S/no.

Sub-County

No. of Groups contracted

Average no. of people per group

1.

Awendo

13

13

2.

Rongo

10

10

3.

Uriri

12

13

4.

Suna-East

15

15

5.

Kuria-East

16

15

6.

Suna-West

10

12

7.

Nyatike

14

12

8.

Kuria-West

12

11

 

TOTALS

102

 

 

 Launch of County greening programme (pics)

  

Governor Okoth Obado in collaboration with Kenya Forest Service planting a tree during launch of greening programme.

 

Seedlings ready for distribution to Uriri Sub-County

Tree-planting at Masara Primary School, Suna-West Sub-County

Komomange Primary School pupils in Kuria-West receive delivered seedling for their school greening programme

 

Garbage collection activity

Garbage-collection in Migori town

Major cleaning of Isebania Town

Governor Okoth Obado leading cleaning exercise in Migori town

 

Flagship Projects

Omani farm demonstration site: This site has been established to demonstrate to the public good forestry activities and general conservation matters.

It has different tree species to give an integrated learning approach

 

Photo showing bamboo cuttings planted at the Demonstration plot

County Demonstration Tree Nursery at Oyani farm (Bamboo) in Uriri Sub-County

 

 

Policies formulated for effective service delivery

 

The following policies are underway

  • Greening Programme policy
  • Disaster Management policy
  • Integrated Solid Waste Management policy

 

Public Awareness and Participation in the Sector

Public participation is done during;

  • Dissemination of information to the public through the department of information and public communication
  • Sectoral Planning and budgeting process
  • Allocation of projects and programmes
  • Public awareness is done through stakeholder meetings and community sensitization at ward levels (public Baraza)
  • Selection of beneficiaries is done through public meetings conducted by stakeholders.
  • Greening Programme - school committee and administrative units involved in the process
  • Rehabilitation of hills – youths, women groups and persons with disability within the site involved in supply, planting and maintenance
  • Projects are implemented based on the community preference

Sustainability of Projects

  • To educate and sensitize the public on the need, ownership and care of projects
  • Collaborating with Non-state actors like banks, NGOs and CBOs through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

 

Risks and Challenges of the Sector

  • Failure by the community to take care of trees planted under the greening programme
  • Inadequate knowledge on environmental conservation
  • Climate change resulting from unpredictable weather patterns.
  • Natural disasters for example fire outbreak during dry seasons on hills
  • Encroachment into forest for agriculture and settlement

 

Strategies and Methodologies to Achieve Project Objectives

 

  • The County has established Monitoring and Evaluation department to ascertain the value-for- money for all projects, programmes and policies implemented
  • Enhance efficiency, productivity and sustainability of natural resource use.
  • Develop strategic approaches to policy development, implementation and integration including improving environmental governance and raising awareness.
  • Employ an integrated all-hazards risk-based approach for mitigation, response, continuity of operations, recovery and preparedness planning.
  • Develop and implement efficient and effective solid waste management.

 

Audit and Control Measures

All procurement of seedlings and cleaning services are tendered to youths, women and persons with disability considered as per the constitution.

  • Quarterly monitoring and evaluation for the implemented projects
  • Inspection of the procured items for quality standards

Mid-Term Goals

  • Continuous maintenance and monitoring of project e.g. greening and hill top rehabilitation projects
  • Establishment and maintenance of one demonstration plot per Sub-County.
  • Training of Community Forests Associations and tree nurseries producers
  • Developing policies governing Greening Programmes
  • Procurement of garbage bins, skips and skip loaders
  • Procurement of a sanitary landfill site
  • construction of garbage transfer stations
  • Procurement of fire fighting-equipment
  • Setting up of a disaster management centre
  • Development of County Disaster Contingency Plan
  • Setting up more Environmental Demonstration Plots
  • Development of County Tree Nursery
  • Policy formulation on artisanal mining
  • Capacity building of artisanal miners on the safe mining methods
  • Mapping all mining areas
  • Registering all mining facilities
  • Implementing and adhering to health, safety and environmental standards
  • Mining in Nyatike - Macalder