Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mr. Tobiko addresses the Council of Governors on various Environment matters.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has urged closer inter-government ties to enable counties implement some National Government Policies.

The CS noted that many Environment and National Resources Management functions were devolved and that it was incumbent upon Governors to take advantage of better working relations to implement Solid Waste, Forestry, and Pollution among other policies formulated by the National Government.

He noted that Inter-Government relations will go a long way to alleviate the water catchment issues and logging crisis currently facing the country.

A section of Ministry of Environment Officials during the CS address to the Council of Governors.

Speaking when he addressed the council of Governors in Nairobi Mr. Tobiko urged the county governments to support the task force that he recently gazetted to look into the status of forestry and water catchment areas in the country and recommend ways to improve their management.

The CS expressed confidence that the renewed cooperation between the two levels of government will boost tree planting during the ongoing rainy season which he would launch this week. This he observed had the potential of raising the country’s tree cover from the current 7.4% to 10% in a short period, long before the anticipated year 2030 by the Kenya Constitution 2010.

Mr. Tobiko told the governors that about 170,000,000 tree seedlings were ready for planting this season and advised the counties to approach private entrepreneurs who were in possession of the seedlings in various parts of the country.

A section of the Governors listen as Ag CEO Kenya Water Towers Prof. Julius Tanui explains a point after the CS address of COG

The outgoing chair of the council of governors Josephat Nanok said that all governors in the country appreciated that Environment matters that were shared between all counties adding that Climate change, logging and tree planting were of more interest to them.

He promised that Governors would forge closer working relations with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in a bid to improve Management of Natural resources.

 

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