Conservation key test for officers

ECOLOGY: Nema boss Geoffrey Wahungu with John Nandasamba, a director, at the ministry yesterday. Photo/Charles Kimani
ECOLOGY: Nema boss Geoffrey Wahungu with John Nandasamba, a director, at the ministry yesterday. Photo/Charles Kimani

ENVIRONMENTAL sustainability will be one of the targets for ministries and state agencies in the performance contract, National Environment Management Authority has said.

Nema boss Geoffrey Wahungu said the government has incorporated environmental conservation as a component the institutions will be examined in for the coming performance contracting.

He spoke during the launch of the County Environment Action Planning manual in Nairobi yesterday.

“This document will help our officers in the counties in the vetting exercise of ministries and state corporations on how they contributed to environmental conservation efforts. The information will be used to rank them. This is something that is happening for the first time in the history of Kenya,” Wahungu said.

He said the manual will help in planning within counties which will in turn help control or set guidelines on development and other activities with the aim of promoting a sustainable environment.

Wahungu criticised the increasing e-waste, over reliance on electricity and increasing poverty that is driving more people into over-extraction of natural resources depleting them in the process.

Nema director of environmental planning and research coordination Kennedy Ondimu said the manual will help counties integrate environmental concerns to their development.

“This will help conserve the environment,” he said.

Wahungu said the implementation of the action plans as directed by the manual will require more than Sh47 million.

He appealed to the government and donors to step in and help raise the funds.