The government of Kenya is targeting 5.1 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes for restoration by 2030, as a contribution to the African Forest and Landscape Restoration initiative [AFR] 100], a pan African, country –led effort to restore 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscape .This will also be Kenya’s contribution to the Bonn challenge, New York declaration on forests and the CBD AICHI targets.
The indication here is that, the African Forest and Landscape Restoration Initiative [AFR100] Seeks to restore 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscape, the Bonn challenge and the New York Declaration seeks to restore 150 million hectares by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.
On behalf of the Government of Kenya, the Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu, represented Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources at this 1st TICAD conference in Africa, since its inception in 1993. The TICAD VI conference took place as from 25th to 28th September 2016, here in Nairobi.
The CS who represented Kenya at the TICAD VI, side event on forest and landscape restoration and resilience to climate change, said that the Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, is determined to reclaim, rehabilitate and conserve all the forested landscape to address the problem.
In order to address the problem, Prof Wakhungu said, the Government is organizing on how to reach out communities, development partners, the private sector and other stakeholder.
She said that the Ministry will endeavor to tap into financing mechanism including climate change funds and the carbon markets to support the goals. The REDD+ process has been singled out to champion the efforts and preparatory activity to support implementations with support from multiple stakeholders like Japanese Government.
Wakhungu defended the exploration of the country-wide range of option in restoration including policy and institutional reform and investments in order to protect the existing forests, restore degraded forest ecosystem and increasing forest cover across the country.
CS also said the Kenyan vision 2030, the Government policy and climate change Act, the National Climate Change Response Strategy and the Green Growth Strategy, recognize the forestry Sector as a major Carbon sink and priority area to move Kenya towards a low carbon, climate-resilient development pathway.
Cabinet Secretary noted that ambitious restoration programmes for the country’s water towers and dry land forest have been initiated in ensuring that adaptation and Mitigation measures are synergized with other forest management objectives.
She also ruminated the meeting that the ministry has a step ahead in formulating a National Forest Programme (NFP) to provide an overall operational and investment framework for implementing the new forest legislation and policy.
A Good number of around 36 dignitaries attended the TICAD VI meeting in Kenya.