Friday, September 20, 2019
CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu takes a jig with traditional dancers during the Launch of KVDA Strategic Plan in Eldoret

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu takes a jig with traditional dancers during the Launch of KVDA Strategic Plan in Eldoret

The Government attaches great importance to environmental conservation, rehabilitation and protection for 5 main water towers in order to sustain main sectors of the economy.

Environment, Water and Natural resources Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu expressed concern over destruction of   Cherangany water tower by human activities.

 She observed that over time unwarranted human activities coupled with effects of global warming have increased around the water tower thereby negatively affecting agriculture, tourism, water and energy

The CS was speaking when she opened the Kerio Valley Development Authority Conference on conservation of Cherangany Watershed under theme “towards sustainable conservation of Cherangany watershedin Eldoret.

The watershed is home to unique flora and fauna that comprise part of a rich ecosystem. Despite this importance the water tower has hitherto not received any strong and sustained focus towards the conservation of the existing natural resources which are currently facing serious degradation.

The Kenya constitution 2010 emphasizes the need to protect the environment for future generation. Similarly the Kenya Vision 2030 blue print which covers the period 2008 – 2030 has a three “pillar” framework among them targeting a progressive society that enjoyed   equitable social development in a clean and secure environment. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) number seven aims at achieving environmental sustainability.

She said, the objectives of conserving  Cherangany  was; to preserve and improve biological diversity, improve sustainable flows of rivers, streams and other water bodies, improve the socio-economic status of the inhabitants, create awareness and sensitize the local community on conservation.

Like other Rural Development Authorities’, KVDA was formed to promote sustainable River basin conservation and management through integrated development. The conservation, rehabilitation, and protection of Cherangany watershed in collaboration with other stakeholders for improved livelihoods of the communities is a perfect example of the initiatives undertaken by the Authority.

KVDA has raised, contributed and planted 7 million tree seedlings in the region in the past. The Authority raised 1 million trees seedlings and 1.2 million of fruit seedlings especially mangoes in 2014/2015. It is planning to raise another 5 million tree seedlings in the 5 years that will be used for environmental conservation.

The conference is a culmination of tree planting campaign by KVDA which started on 9th June, 2015 in the Counties of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu during which a total of 100,000 tree seedlings were planted as part of the National Tree Planting Initiative. The Authority has been collaborating with schools and County Governments in the region in tree planting.

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