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BY MAPESA NELSON

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), the world's highest level decision making body on environment, will gather in Nairobi from November 27 to December 6   2017 under the banner of UNEA III to discuss pollution. UNEA meets biannually and the last meeting was held in Nairobi in 2015.

MS Catherine Ndegwa; CEO NETFUND 

 

UNEA has a universal membership of all 193 UN Member States and enjoys the full involvement of UN organizations, specialized agencies, inter-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. In bringing together these varied communities, the Assembly provides a platform for leadership on global environmental policy.

The theme for the conference is ‘Towards a free pollution planet’. Besides, side events have also been organized to showcase ways to confront pollution in various forms.

The Assembly aims to deliver a number of tangible commitments to end pollution of air, land, waterways, oceans, and to safely manage our chemicals and waste. The major key deliverables will include:

  1. A policy declaration on pollution, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals, to signal that humanity can work together to eliminate the threat of pollution and the destruction of our planet;
  2. Resolutions and decisions adopted by Member States to address specific dimensions of pollution;
  3. Voluntary commitments by Governments, private sector entities and civil society organizations to clean up the planet;
  4. Kenyan Government to showcase to the world how we have managed to implement the plastic ban.

Hosting the 3rd UNEA conference puts Kenya in a unique position as the only country in Africa to host such a high level decision-making body. With more than 2000 delegates expected to participate, the event will definitely have a positive impact on the country’s tourism sector among other economic developments in the country.

In this regard, NETFUND will lead a team of innovators that it has supported through NETFUND Green Innovations Award to showcase to an international community various innovations that are greatly contributing towards enhancing a pollution free planet in a more sustainable manner. The exhibitors will include;

Qtron Systems 3D Printer innovation which focuses on 3D printing technology that is used in prototyping, data visualization and making figures (solid images) using materials from recycled plastic waste.  This is opposed to other methods which require lots of energy and results in lots of waste in terms of materials.

Nanyuki Dumpsite where Dajopen collects some of the bio-degradable waste materials

Similarly, NETFUND will be showcasing Dajopen – Organic Fertilizer an innovation which collects bio-degradable waste materials from dumpsites across different counties. The organic fertilizer balances the soil pH, enhances water retention capacity of the soil, increases in the organic carbon content of the soil, enriches soil fertility, increases root aeration hence increasing crop yield.

Trace Eco Solutions Ltd innovations among others will take part in an exhibition to showcase construction Eco Blocks and Tiles which are eco-friendly, affordable and durable building products from discarded post-consumer waste materials such as plastics, glass waste and industrial left over fly ash. 

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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