Monday, June 18, 2018

The Deputy president Mr. William Ruto has urged the task force evaluating the status and management of forestry resources to consider balancing environmental conservation and business interests.

He said that the task force’s outcome will impact differently various players in the forestry sector and the country will make sacrifices in an effort to restore degraded forests and water towers while retaining a vibrant timber Industry.

Mr. Ruto noted that the country was curiously waiting for the task force recommendations on the best alternatives to raise funds for the management of the forestry resources that were a heritage for posterity adding that the exchequer was already overburdened with financial demands.

The DP asked the task force to consider whether forest plantations were better maintained inside gazetted areas or it was more convenient to plant them at the alternatives community land.

He was speaking when he launched the 15 member task force at his office in Karen, Nairobi. He assured the team drawn from across many sectors of the government’s financial support to the end of their term.

Mr. Ruto said that Kenya was committed to make its Nationally Determined Contributions towards reducing global warming and moderate climate change as contained in the Paris climate change agreement of 2016.

The taskforce comprises of professionals such environmentalists, lawyers, civil society, trade unionists and is chaired by Marion Kamau of Kenya Green Belt Movement.

The task force has 14 days to submit its initials report after visiting various forests and water towers in the country alongside holding public hearings on the destruction of the resources leading to acute water shortage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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