Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima of State Department for Natural Resources has today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and GATSBY Africa, in her NSSF Office.
The programme of GATSBY is designed to support the country’s National efforts of increasing timber production and creating higher income streams for investors in tree growing. Gatsby Africa is an English charitable company limited by guarantee, established to implement the Gatsby charitable foundation’s Africa programmes.
One of the Gatsby’s key objectives is to improve livelihoods by stimulating viable market in East Africa by contributing much in poverty reduction and alleviation. Gatsby will pursue this objective through the implementation of commercial forestry programme in Kenya (Kenya Commercial Forestry Programme).
Gatsby will support the development of planted forest sector in Kenya as envisaged in the National Forest Conservation and Management Act (2016) and Draft National Forest Policy, the National policy programme(NFP)2016, aligned to the objectives of the vision 2030.
The programme will work in co-ordination with the key public and private forestry stakeholders and private sector actors including farmers’ groups- referred to as- The Forest Sector Stakeholders.
It is therefore noted that;
- Gatsby will seek to improve commercial viability of tree growing in order to add sustainable value to the sector.
- Gatsby will seek to ensure that the programme delivers a long-term sustainable impact by seeking to support the development of local institutions providing commercial and public services to the industry.
- The programme will seek to evaluate the opportunities for forestry to play a role in delivering sustainable bio-energy.
- The programme will also seek to evaluate the potential for deriving benefits from climate finance and to access any environmental risks from climate change.