County governments should work closely with the national government in order to establish strong institutions, that will have a positive effect on environmental performance of the counties, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.
Speaking in Kitale, when he paid a courtesy call on Trans Nzoia Governor, H.E. Hon. Patrick Khaemba, during celebrations to mark the 2017 World Wetlands Day, Mr. Sunkuli noted that, Wetlands in many parts of the country have continued to be degraded as a result of human activities, leading to loss of many wetlands and their functions.
In order to reverse the trend, the PS noted, the Ministry had developed important policies that seek to ensure wise use and sustainable management of wetlands to enhance sustenance of their ecological and socio-economic functions for the present and future generations.
Such regulations the PS noted, required a strong county administration to implement them, while at the same time, enabling communities to earn a decent living from the wetlands.
At the same time, the Principal Secretary said that, the Ministry had developed an Atlas of Kenya’s Natural Capital, a Biodiversity Atlas’ that documents the natural wealth of Kenya. The atlas, noted Mr. Sunkuli, maps Kenya’s biodiversity and explains the richness of its ecosystems.
Further book looks at the status and threats of Kenya’s biodiversity and assesses the ecosystem services provided by nature’s capital. It also outlines the vision and strategy needed for Kenya to incorporate natural capital as a foundation of a sustainable development, along with the economic and political pillars on which Vision 2030 is founded.
It offers Kenyans and visitors an illustrated guide to the wealth and importance of its rich biological heritage, hence laying the foundation for the conservation and sustainable use of the nation’s natural capital.