Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Participants pose for a group photo during the REDD+ Academy training programme in Mombasa.

Pressure for conversion of forest lands to other land uses and unsustainable utilization of forest resources, have contributed to deforestation, forest degradation and general landscape degradation, Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Ms. Betty Maina has said.

The Government has however committed to increase and maintain a forest cover of over 10% by 2022 and to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector, added the PS.

“An elaborate National Forestry Strategy has been developed which provides a basis for shared responsibility while recognizing the need for new and innovative approaches to forest management and conservation.

The PS made the remarks when officially opening a one week training academy for the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) project in Mombasa yesterday.

PS Envirornment and Forestry Ms. Betty Maina listening to the Head of Forest Conservation Mr. Alfred Gichu during the traing.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) has developed the (REDD+) project to support the conservation of forest carbon stocks, recognizing the potential role of forests in contributing to climate change mitigation.

REDD+, which also seeks to identify and implement innovative approaches, is an important vehicle for delivery of the strategy, the PS added.

“A Successful implementation of REDD+ and forestry development requires broad cooperation and coordination across sectors; including national and county governments, NGOs, community groups, academia and the private sectors”. Maina said in her speech.

Participants following proceedings during the training.

The PS told the participants that the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has the mandate and responsibility to coordinate forest sector development. This mandate is exercised fully cognizant of the multiple land and forest tenure systems in the country and extensive stakeholder community that require inclusive engagement and participation in sustainable forest management.

Present during the launch of the training programme were,  Mr.Alfred N. Gichu, Head of the  Directorate of Forest Conservation and  National REDD+ Coordinator Ministry of Environment & Forestry Dr. Harun Warui the Low Emissions  and Climate  Resilient Development (LECRD) Project Coordinator, Mr. Walid Badawi,  the UNDP Resident Representative, and  Ms. Evelyn Koech, Head Environment and Resilience UNDP among other.







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