CEC member – Cecilia Muthoni Kibe   

Lands, Environment & Climate Change

We take this opportunity to welcome you to our Environmental, Natural Resources and Climate Change Department of the Murang’a County Government. In a world that is faced with mounting environmentally related challenges, we have undertaken to play our part through rising awareness, information, integration and management of environment resources in with a view of benefiting our people and the universe at large.

The Department is the administrative structure of the Murang’a County Government charged with the the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of  environmental and natural resources and climate change policies and programmes guided by the principle of sustainable development and enhancement of human well-being.

Sustainable utilization of the natural resources has been our guiding principle in the management and utilization of all both renewable and non-renewable natural resources in Murang’a County. We have developed necessary policies, legal framework and strategies to ensure maximum benefits to the local communities with little impact on the environment. Integration of indigenous traditional knowledge in the management and utilization of natural resources through community participation has been a major reason in success of Natural Resources projects implementation.

Impacts of Climate Change in Murang’a County, just like in many other parts of the world have been very significant. Changes in seasons, extreme weather, damage to infrastructure, primate – farmers’ conflict due to draught and scarce water resources, drying of rivers have been evident all across the County. The Muranga County Government has initiated serious Climate Change adaptation and mitigation projects to ensure minimal impact of these climate vulnerabilities in Muranga.

Finally, Muranga County Government engages with stakeholders in the Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Changes area to ensure knowledge, resources, technical support necessary to achieving its departmental objectives are met. We invite you to liaise with the Department for information, expression of interest, partnership and/or any other endeavour that may be beneficial to the people of Muranga County and the world at Large.

ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES AND CLIMATE CHANGE DEPARTMENTS

ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT

Projects & Programs

  1. Environment Policy formulations
  2. Environmental Enforcement
  3. Environmental Entrepreneurship
  4. Tree Planting
  5. Environmental Education and Awareness
  6. Solid waste management
  7. Afforestation
  8. Energy Jikos Program
  9. Renewable Energy Enterprise
  10. Asbestos Disposal and Management
  11. Primates – Human conflict management
  12. Soil Conservation Management
  13. Plastic Pollution Management
  14. Air pollution control
  15. Noise pollution Control
  16. Volunteering Program
  17. Internship/Attachment Program

NATURAL RESOURCES DEPARTMENT

Projects

  1. Resource Mapping
  2. Minerals Prospecting
  3. Biodiversity Conservation
  4. Game Conservation
  5. Flora & Fauna Genetic Bank
  6. Sand & Stone Quarries Management and Rehabilitation.

CLIMATE CHANGE DEPARTMENT

Projects

  1. Awareness and Education
  2. Climate Change Adaptation
  3. Climate Change Mitigation

Investment Opportunities

  1. Mini-Hydropower Generation
  2. Animal Orphanage/Zoos
  3. Solar energy generation,
  4. wind power generation
  5. biogas
  6. Waste collection, treatment, transportation and waste recycling
  7. Bio-ethanol production
  8. Garbage incinerators
  9. solid waste management systems
  10. Hydrams and small irrigation kits
  11. Polyethene paper and plastic container recycling
  12. Organic fertilizer production
  13. Natural water bottling
  14. Consultancy Services

Physiographic and Natural Conditions          

 Physical and Topographic features 

The County lies between 3,353m above sea level, in the West along the slopes of Aberdare Mountains and 914m ASL in the East. The western highlands have deep dissected topography and drain into various rivers. These rivers flow from Aberdare ranges to the West, South Eastward and drain into Tana River. The County’s geology and basement system comprises of volcanic rocks of the Pleistocene age and Achaean rock type respectively. The western part of the County bordering Aberdares is characterised by volcanic rocks while Eastern part is composed of the rocks of the basement system. Porous beds and disconformities within the volcanic rock system form important aquifers, collecting and moving ground water, thus regulating water supply from wells and boreholes. The County’s rugged, dissected topography and geology is both an asset and liability to the County’s development. The highest parts bordering Aberdares form the rain catchment areas, from where most of the rivers passing through the county originate. The volcanic rocks hence fertile soils result in thriving agricultural activities. The ecological conditions in the high areas provide a suitable environment for tea and coffee farming. However, this dissected topography causes gulley erosion and landslides hence construction and maintenance of bridges and roads are very expensive. 

Ecological conditions

The county is composed of six agro-ecological zones. Zone 1 consists of the highest potential areas where forestry, tea and tourism industry are the major economic activities. Zones 2 and 3 are the lowlands east of Aberdares, which are generally suitable for both coffee and dairy farming.  The flat area of Makuyu division in Maragua constituency is characterized by arid and semi-arid conditions. This forms the agro-ecological zones 4, 5, and 6. In these zones, coffee and pineapple plantations thrive under irrigation.

Climatic conditions

The County has three climatic regions: The western region with an equatorial type of climate, the central region with a sub-tropical climate and the eastern part with semi-arid conditions. Long rains fall in the months of March, April and May. April reliably records the highest amount of rainfall.  The short rains are in the months of October and November.  The Western region covering Kangema, Gatanga, and higher parts of Kigumo and Kandara, is generally wet and humid due to its proximity to the Aberdare Ranges and Mt. Kenya.  The Eastern region, covering the lower parts of Kigumo, Kandara, Kiharu and Maragua constituencies receive less rain and crop production requires consistent irrigation

Official email: environment@muranga.go.ke