Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu cuts a ceremonial cake to mark KEFRI’S 30 years anniversary and ISO certification celebrations, at KEFRI headquarters, Muguga. From left is PS Margaret Mwakima who accompanied the CS for the anniversary.

The Government has commended Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) for its crucial contribution towards the attainment of the Country’s 10 percent forest cover as enshrined in the Constitution 2010 and Vision 2030.

Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said the Institution has played a crucial role in developing technologies that have been used for sustainable forest development in the country, geared towards a 10 percent forest cover target.

Prof. Wakhungu said the technologies have further been used to address emerging challenges of climate change resilience and poverty alleviation initiatives not only in Kenya but across the region.

Speaking at KEFRI Headquarters in Kiambu County during the commemoration of the Institution’s 30 Years Anniversary and ISO Certification, Wakhungu said KEFRI has put up adequate facilities at regional centres alongside systems of collaboration with both local and international organizations in order to share research experiences and jointly tackle new emerging challenges such as climate change and biodiversity conservation.

The Cabinet Secretary said her Ministry will continue to support the Institution to ensure that forestry programmes across the 47 Counties use KEFRI’s significant research achievements to increase tree cover and improve the livelihoods of present and future generations.

She also said the Ministry has over the years supported KEFRI in its strategic planning, which entails interpretation of relevant government Policies and Legislations among them the Constitution of Kenya 2010, MTP I and II of Vision 2030 and the National Forest Programme.

The Kenya Research Forest Institute KEFRI has undertaken research programmes and projects that have generated technologies in the fields of forest management, utilization, rehabilitation, conservation and preservations of forests and allied resources that have guided various stakeholders in the forest sector to sustainably use forests and allied resources for improved livelihoods.

The Cabinet Secretary challenged the Institution to implement the two ISOs for improved service delivery and performance to customers and the public.

The two ISOs are 14001 and 9001, which focuses on Environmental Management System.

Accompanying Prof. Wakhungu were State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Chief Conservator Emilio Mugo and KEFRI Director Dr. Ben Chikamai among others.

The Principal Secretary Dr Margaret Mwakima welcomes CS Prof Judi Wakhungu at KEFRI, for the 30th anniversary for the institution.

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