Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The PS waters a tree she planted at Goro Rukesa Primary.

The Ministry of environment and Natural Resources has launched the 2017 Eastern Regime short rains tree planting season at Goro Rukesa Primary School in Marsabit County. The event was graced by the Principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima who was the Cabinet Secretary’s (CS) representative during the event.

In a speech read on the behalf of the CS by PS Mwakima during the launch at Goro Rukesa Primary School, Prof. Wakhungu said that the County governments and the Country at large need to embrace   innovations that will enable dry-lands across the country to benefit from the rich experiences from Israel regarding rehabilitation and reclamation of deserts after she formalized collaborations between KFS and Israeli Authorities responsible for forestry.

 “No effort should be spared in the protection, conservation and sustainable utilization of the important forests of northern Kenya including but not limited to Marsabit forest, Mt. Kulal, Ndotos, Leroghi and the Matthews Range from deforestation and degradation for continued provision of the environmental, social and economic benefits,” she added.

The Cabinet Secretary said that her Ministry will continue to provide the necessary policy and legal frameworks at both the national and county governments to enable Kenyans make consistent improvements in regard to proper management of forests across the country.

The Headmaster of Goro Rukesa Primary School receives a donation of laptops to the school from Dr. Mwakima. Looking on is the Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests.

Prof Wakhungu said that in recognition to the important role forests have played in the lives of Kenyans, she has through the KFS partnered with the County governments in the development of the Transition Implementation Plans for devolved forestry functions for all the 47 counties.

 “These plans provide a clear set of interventions for forestry development in all counties and lays out a clear roadmap for the implementation of forestry functions by the County governments.  In my view therefore, it is important that Counties take advantage of these frameworks to finalize the processes by signing the plans so that they can move to implementation with support from the Kenya Forest Service”, the Cabinet Secretary said.

Prof Wakhungu pointed out that dry-land forests are an important source of livelihood for the rural communities, particularly the pastoralists in the rural areas as well as in urban settings.

She said the forests in addition to supply of  tree fodder, firewood and charcoal, also provide a whole range of non-wood forest products and support rural livelihoods to an estimated human population of about 10 million Kenyans.

Dr. Mwakima being introduced to County Government officials by Governor Mohamud Mohamed Ali when she arrived for the launch.

Dr. Mwakima who represented the CS was accompanied by Marsabit Governor Mohamud Mohamed Ali, his deputy, a team of senior officers from the KFS, the KFS board of Directors, other local leaders and residents during the event.





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