Friday, August 17, 2018

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu delivers a speech at Boma hotel in Eldoret,Uasin Gishu County during the opening of a workshop for sensitization and planning for conditional grants to Counties for the Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation (WaTER) Programme.

The Government is implementing a program dubbed the Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation (WaTER) programme, which will offer opportunities to communities to participate in the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources alongside improving their livelihoods.

Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu yesterday said the programme which is categorized into four components will enable communities to earn a better living while at the same time conserving natural resources, both directly and indirectly.

“While all these components are important towards the achievement of the programme objective, the most important component is the Result Area 3 which gives the community an opportunity to participate in the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in addition to improving their livelihoods, “She said.

Prof Wakhungu was speaking in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County during the opening of a workshop for sensitization and planning for conditional grants to Counties for the Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation (WaTER) Programme.

The Cabinet Secretary called on County governments to encourage residents to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the programme to improve their livelihood as well as participate in conservation of Natural resources.

“It is expected that Counties will mobilize communities to come up with action plans which will be funded through the counties’ component funds,” She added.

Prof Wakhungu further said that the programme will also support Kenya in eradicating poverty through enhanced productivity of ecosystem services of Mt. Elgon and Cherangany Hills beside improving resilience to climate change through sustainable management of water resources.

She said the Government, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, with the support of the European Union will invest in two ecosystems for four years through the WaTER Programme.

The target areas include degraded hotspots, farms and urban areas in river basins linked to Mt. Elgon and Cherangany Hills ecosystems.

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