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World Environment Day 2017 Connects People and Nature

By Mapesa Okumu

It may seem hard to believe now, but, fifty years ago, it was thought the best way to protect nature was to make it off-limits to the human population. Today, we now know better that the closer the relationship between people and their natural environment the more likely people are to appreciate the importance of nature and its biodiversity, heritage and water, for their personal well-being and the planet’s future.website

(Environment and Natural Resources CS, Judi Wakhungu addressing the public duirng WED celebrations)

The theme of ‘Connecting People with Nature,’ carried the World Environment Day 2017 celebrations at Egerton University main campus. This year’s theme highlighted the importance of natural systems and a clean environment to humanity, and encouraged people to appreciate those benefits including the beauty and diversity of the natural world that surrounds and sustains us.

To mark the Day, thousands joined efforts to clean up parks and riverbanks across the Country, including Primary schools, Universities, secondary schools, private sectors among other government institutions. There was also crowning of Mr. and Ms. Environment Nakuru County as well as the anti-plastic bag campaign across the country. Addressing the congregation Prof. Judy Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources noted that, banning of plastic bags will instill the discipline of sustainable management of the Environment as well establishing commitment to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12, which calls for responsible consumption and production.

The National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) joined the community of innovators in showcasing Green innovations to mark the WED 2017. Among the innovations, NETFUND, showcased a hand maize sheller technology, organic fertilizers by Dajopen waste management, Maa briquettes innovation an initiative which involve collection of charcoal dust, maize cobs/stalks and waste vegetable matter from Narok market and the use of these wastes as raw materials. NETFUND also showcased Ujuzi Kilimo initiative which provides farming guidelines by improving soil conditions as well as a Mango initiative which is focuses at Combating post-harvest loses through applied research.

A WED fact sheet illustrates estimated values of the benefits that nature provides, and data on how protected areas, including national parks and nature reserves, safeguard those benefits.

A ‘WED Lesson Plan: Nature in Daily Life’ aims to help guide young people through the process of “discovering their connection with nature” through group activities, and learning how different cultures connect to nature on a daily basis.

CS Prof Judy Wakhungu together with the PS Charles Sunkuli visiting NETFUND exhibition stand during WED 2017

WED has been celebrated on 5 June every year since 1974, following the 1972 designation by the UN General Assembly. Each WED is organized around a theme focusing on a pressing environmental concern and is hosted by a cross the globe.

Our Mission

Empowering kenyans to sustainably manage the environment through promotion and support of green growth.

What We do

Incubation Phases

All incubation applications go through the awarding process. The incubation programme is delivered in phases.

The National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) is a state corporation under the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities. NETFUND was established within the provisions of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) 1999 to facilitate research intended to further the requirements of environmental management, capacity building, environmental awards, environmental publications, scholarships and grants.

NETFUND is governed by a Board of Trustees (BoT) which is the highest decision making organ of the Fund. The BoT members are appointed by the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Environment.

The BoT is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the fund, organizational policy frameworks, oversight of the Fund’s assets and undertaking any other activities within the mandate of the organization. The day-to-day running of the organization is vested in the Chief Executive Officer who is supported by a dedicated and skilled team.

Strategic Direction

To support the development of 100 Green companies by 2025.

NETFUND Vision

A society empowered and motivated to sustainably manage the environment.

NETFUND Mission

Empowering Kenyans to sustainably manage the environment through promotion and support of green growth 

Core Values:

  • Passion: Belief in the difference our work makes that compels us to provide exceptional services.
  • Respect: Our esteem for our stakeholders makes us receptive and responsive to their needs and divergent opinions.
  • Stewardship: We manage all resources entrusted to us in a manner that creates the best value.

What we Believe:

• We believe that no one wants to destroy the environment willfully.
• We believe we can pursue development in a sustainable way while respecting the environment.
• We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity for business growth despite their economic status.

It is this belief system that informs our focus on Sustainable Livelihoods and Greening the Economy. We achieve this by stimulating solutions for and by the bottom of the pyramid in order to tackle environmental degradation, climate change and poverty while enhancing inclusive economic growth.

NETFUND Board of Trustees

 

 

Ms. Naumy Jeptanui, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. 

Ms. Jeptanui is also a member of the Communication, Resource Mobilization and Technical Committee of the Board. 
Ms. Jeptanui is a result driven individual with more than 28 years of progressive experience in Kenya’s education sector. Currently, Ms. Jeptanui is a part time lecturer in the Department of Education Management, Policy & Curriculum Studies at Kenyatta University. Ms. Jeptanui holds a M. Ed in Planning & Economics of Education from Kenyatta University and currently pursuing a PhD in Planning & Economics of Education in the same University.

 

 

Dr. Ptoton Mnangat Brian,Trustee
 Dr. Mnangat has held various positions in academia. Currently, Dr. Mnangat is a member of the faculty in the Department of Physical sciences at Muranga University College (a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology).
Dr. Mnangat holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford (UK).

 

 

Mr. Ntwiga Wilberforce Muriungi, Trustee.
Mr. Ntwiga is also the Chairperson of the Finance, Human Resource and Administration Committee.
In the course of his career, Mr. Ntwiga has built synergy between County Governments, Ministries and relevant stakeholders in promoting agricultural value chains. He has progressive experience in project planning, implementation and monitoring & evaluation having worked with various corporations. 
Mr. Ntwiga holds a Master of Science in Agricultural and Rural Development from Kenya Methodist University.

 

Prof. Losenge Turoop, Trustee.
Prof. Losenge is also the Chair of the Communication, Resource Mobilization and Technical Committee of the Board. 
Prof. Losenge is a renowned Phytopathologist in Kenya. Widely published, Prof. Losenge is currently the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Agriculture at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is also the Chair to a successful resource mobilization committee at the university. 
Prof. Losenge holds a PhD in Phytopathology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.

 

NETFUND Senior Management

“I am excited to watch these green initiatives bridge the gap from product to great companies that are built to last”, Ms. Catherine Ndegwa, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. 
Catherine is the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND. Under her leadership, the Fund has grown from one employee to a work force of over 30 staff occupying one and a half floors at Geomaps Centre in Upper Hill, Nairobi. 
At NETFUND, Catherine is responsible for strategy development and deployment, development and execution of policies and other governance procedures, creating a conducive culture, building the team, maintaining NETFUND strategic relationships as well as ensuring the overall success of NETFUND and its programs.

Under her leadership, the Fund has morphed into an independent environment organization with considerable funding from Swedish Development Agency, USAID, UNDP, IGAD, WWF among others. Since starting NETFUND, Catherine has seen the execution of several programs amongst them the flagship program, the NETFUND Green Innovations Award.

Previously, Catherine worked with the SOS Children’s Villages- Kenya as the Fundraising and Communication Manager. In the course of her career, Catherine has also lectured at the United States International University (USIU) and Daystar University.

Catherine is an alumna of the Kenya High School and holds a BA from Kenyatta University, MA in Communication from Daystar University and Executive MBA from Strathmore Business School

 

“Our financial prudence has amplified our impact at the grassroots”, Mr. Samson Toniok- Director, Finance.

Samson is the Director, Finance at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).

At NETFUND, Samson is responsible for developing and implementing financial controls, financial reporting, IFRS, IPSAS, budgeting, payroll accounting, taxation, project accounting and financial management.

Since joining NETFUND, Samson has reorganized the budget formulation process; increasing the recurrent GoK funding by 156%. He also oversaw the automation of financial operations whilst strengthening compliance and internal controls. Under his watch, GoK and donor funds have been managed prudently.

Previously, Samson worked with Kenya Reinsurance Corporation. Samson holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting option) from the University of Nairobi and currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance at the University of Nairobi. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K), Investment and Securities Analyst (ISA) as well as a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

 

“At NETFUND, we pride ourselves in implementing projects that improve the livelihoods of our beneficiaries whilst sustainably managing the environment”, Ms Joy Juma – Director, Technical Services Department.
Joy is the Director, Technical Services Department at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).

At NETFUND, Joy is responsible for planning, designing and coordinating the implementation of sustainable environmental management programs and monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of NETFUND’s interventions.

Since joining NETFUND, Joy has enhanced the design of the NETFUND Green Innovations Award, a flagship NETFUND program by the development of the Incubation Policy and Business Plan. Joy has played a key role in providing leadership in the development of NETFUND’s first incubates. Additionally, Joy has built the skills and abilities in the NETFUND project team to develop systems and structures for program design, development and implementation. Joy represents NETFUND in the global environment agenda.

Previously, Joy served as a Programme Manager with Flora and Fauna International. She holds an M.Phil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University.

 

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