Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima join members of the British Army in Kenya during the launch of 2016 long rains tree planting season.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima join members of the British Army in Kenya during the launch of 2016 long rains tree planting season.

This year’s long rains tree planting season was officially launched at Nyambogichi Primary school in Laikipia County by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities Prof. Judi Wakungu on 4th April 2016.

Accompanied by her Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Wakhungu also officiated the launch of  Nyambogichi water harvesting project at the school, saying that there was need for her Ministry to continue working with the school children and the youths in order to instill a culture of tree planting in the Kenyan Society at an early stage.

Speaking during the event, the CS assured the residents that her Ministry,  through the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) will ensure that there was enough seedlings countrywide for planting during this season and encouraged the media to run a publicity campaign pointing out where wananchi could access the tree seedlings.

The event  also witnessed the signing of the Transition Implementation Plan (TIP) between the County government of  Laikipia on one hand and the KFS on the other. This arrangement which started in February 2016 will be rolled out to all the 47 counties and it will provide a clear roadmap for implementation of devolved forestry functions.

“During the month of February this year, my Ministry through Kenya Forest Service, held regional meetings with all the counties to finalize the Transition Implementation Planning (TIPs) for devolved forestry functions.” She said.

On her part, the Ps Dr. Margaret Mwakima said such events not only helps the country to achieve the 10% national forest cover threshold but also to strengthen the forest sector to continue producing a continuous flow of forest goods and services which are needed by our national economy.

Mwakima encouraged the Laikipia County’s efforts of initiating tree planting activities  in improving the forest cover that remain threatened by human encroachment, Global warming, environmental degradation, and clearing forests for agricultural purposes.

The event was attended by among others Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu who promised that the county would plant 10 million trees this season alone. Others were the KFS chairman Peter Kimani, KFS Director Emillio Mugo, Director Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) Dr. Ben Chikamai and the County Commissioner among others.

Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima witnesses the signing of transitional implementation plan between the County Government and KFS, for devolved forestry functions

Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima witnesses the signing of transitional implementation plan between the County Government and KFS, for devolved forestry functions

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