Wednesday, September 19, 2018

CS K.Tobiko interacts with participants of the Carbon Partinership Facility workshop held in Naivasha.

Kenya has secured over Sh. 300 million funding from the World Bank to combat deforestation and degradation.

The funds are to be administered by the United Nations Development Program UNDP under the forests carbon partnership facility (FCPF).

The Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko launched the FCPF inception meeting at a Naivasha hotel that brought together stakeholders from various parts of the country. They included government agencies, county governments, Non Governmental Organizations, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, National Gender and Equity Commission among others.

The inception meeting convened under the REDD + CARBON sensitized stakeholders on the projects goals and objectives alongside approval of the first annual work plan. It discussed ways of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation as a Climate Change mitigation strategy.

The REDD+ CARBON Project will involve Government agencies, the private sector, counties, the Kenya Human rights Commission, local communities among others in implementation.

It aims to prevent deforestation and forest degradation by active forest protection and to provide alternative livelihoods for local communities living in and around the forest areas.

At the same time Mr Tobiko urged county governments to speed up Forests Transition Implementation Plans (TIPS) to enable them take over management of the resources from the national government.

The CS challenged counties to take responsibility of forests under their jurisdiction as it was a devolved function under the constitution.

Mr. Tobiko noted that only 20 out of the 47 entities had signed the transition agreements with the national government since the process started more than six years ago but none had began to implement the plans.

He said that the county governments should oblige to the constitution by taking over the forests for ease of management adding that it was unfortunate that most of the counties have not shown interest in the function.

The CS urged different organizations whose roles were distinct and separate to work together to conserve the environment for the sake of future generations.

The meeting was also addressed by Elsie Attaffuah, the UNDP senior Technical adviser on climate and forests.

Env&Forestry CS K. Tobiko accompanied by Elsie Attaffuah the Senior Technical adviser of climate and forestry Team at the UNDP Kenya Country Office (left) and Senior Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests Esau Omollo,when he arrived at The Great Rift Valley Lodge to open an Inception meeting for Forests Carbon Partnership Facility Project.

 

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