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PS Dr Margaret Mwakima addressing the workshop participants at Laico Regency Hotel

The Principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima has said that there is need to engage people in governance in order to enable them learn how to control their own development in an equitable and sustainable way.

Dr Mwakima was speaking during her official launch of the inception workshop for the development of the Nature Kenya-UNEP GEF-6 for Tana Delta Project under the restoration initiative, at Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi.

 PS said the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources through the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), is increasingly striving to put people at the heart of governing natural resources.

She said that through KFS, community forest agreements can now allow communities to manage and benefit from sustainable forest management as KWS is also seeking to empower communities to take responsibility for sustainable wildlife management through creation of conservancies and community conservation areas which aims to add value to traditional livelihoods.

The workshop which is part of a project that is being spearheaded by the Global Environmental Facility in partnership with the government of Kenya through the ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and other governmental and non-governmental agencies is aimed at arresting and reversing current trends in land degradation for increased ecosystem services in the Tana Delta.

She said the project is a practical way in which Tana Delta’s vast natural resources can be conserved and provide a pathway out poverty. This approach will make Kenya deliver key articles of the Conference of Biological Diversity (CBD) and many of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Dr. Mwakima said that the project is in line will the government’s implementation targets of land use plan as it puts the people of Tana Delta to be in control of the Delta’s sustainable development.

Present during the event were the conservation Secretary from the State Department of Natural Resources, Director Wildlife Conservation, Executive Director Nurture Kenya among others.

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PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima being welcomed at Laico Regency Hotel for the launch of inception Workshop for the development of the Nature Kenya UNEP GEF6 Tana Delta project

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