Saturday, May 26, 2018

The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu flanked by PS Mwakima and KFS board of Directors Peter Kinyua display copies of the Strategic plan during its launch at Karura.

A decree has been put in place to address challenges emanating from forest destruction due to human activities across the Country, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Prof Wakhungu, while officiating the launch of Kenya Forest Service 3rd Strategic Plan (2017-2022) at Kenya Forest Service Headquarters (KFS), in Karura said her Ministry has enacted a Forest Conservation and Management Act 2016 to deal with the challenges in the forest sector.

The law, she said will in addition to the National Forest Programme (NFP) guide development of the Forest Sector for the next fifteen years (2016-2030).

The Cabinet Secretary further said the document has identified programmes, projects and strategies that will be implemented for the forestry sector.

Prof Wakhungu said a sizeable number of forests across the Country were under destruction, causing decline in the supply of environmental goods and services.

“For the Forests to continue giving sufficient goods and services, they must be well protected and managed. This has not been the case in our Country as most of our forests, including the water towers are heavily degraded. The supply of environmental goods and services has declined and the country is experiencing serious negative impacts “, said the Cabinet Secretary.

She said forest destruction has led to decline in food productivity, biodiversity, reduced water flows and adverse effects arising from climate change.

“The critical role of the five water towers has also been appreciated and their restoration and conservation has been prioritized”, Prof Wakhungu further added.

The Cabinet Secretary was accompanied by among others State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, KFS Chief Conservator Emilio Mugo and Kenya Research Institute Director Ben Chikamai.

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