Friday, December 6, 2019

CS Keriako Tobiko shows KFS officials the extent of damage of the water tower during a fact finding mission.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko made an aerial and ground tour of the Marmanet forest in Laikipia County and decried the extensive encroachment on the water tower.

The CS warned individuals who had encroached and destroyed the water catchment and even obtained title deeds for the land that their time was up and must vacate.

Mr. Tobiko criticized the grabbing of large swathes of forest that have been convertedcommercial farm lands.

The forest which is an important water tower originally measured 19,600 hectares has now been reduced into commercial wheat and maize plantations.

Thecatchment area that is the source of water for Lakes Bogoria and Baringo, and feeds EwasoNgiro River which also drains into the Lorian Swamp in northern Kenya, has been degraded and destroyed, through human activities including overgrazing of livestock, illegal settlements and charcoal burning.

In an effort to reclaim and restore the water catchment area Safaricom and Kenya Prisons department have each adopted and replanted trees in portions of the expansive forest.

Wheat and maize plantations in place of what used to be Marmanet forest, now cleared for commercial farming

The Government through the Ministries of Environment and Forestry and Interior and National Coordination recently reclaimed approximately 22,000 hectares of forest land in the Maasai Mau Forest water tower where restoration efforts are ongoing.

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