Monday, April 6, 2020
Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko interacts with locals of the Enapuiyapui Swamp, Molo, Nakuru County , during the mark of the World Wetlands Day, the CS emphasized  on the need for communities living adjacent to forests to benefit from forest resources.

Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko interacts with locals of the Enapuiyapui Swamp, Molo, Nakuru County ,
during the mark of the World Wetlands Day, the CS emphasized on the need for communities living adjacent to forests to benefit from forest resources.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has issued a directive to remove all eucalyptus plantations within the Enapuiyapui wetland area and be replaced with bamboo and indigenous trees.

Tobiko observed that the eucalyptus species was not conducive with the swamp ecosystem due to their high water consumption.

He directed the Kenya Forest Service KFS, the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and the county governments of Nakuru and Narok to jointly carry out the exercise and ensure proceeds from the trees will go into replenishing the swamp with bamboo and indigenous trees.

The CS made the remarks at the Enapuiyapui swamp, in Molo, Nakuru County during the mark of this year’s World Wetlands Day celebrations.

Further, the CS directed the Kenya Water Towers Agency, KFS, NEMA and the two counties to start mapping, surveying and marking the wetland boundaries to be gazetted like other protected sites.

“This is a wetland of international importance, in addition to gazettement, the swamp should be recognized as a Ramser site” the CS added.

On forest illegal encroachment, the CS issued a notice to those still carrying out farming activities to leave immediately or be forced to do so, citing the recent evictions and voluntary recovery of Mau and Kirisia forests.

Communities living adjacent to forests, the CS said should benefit from resources derived from the forests, saying they are key stakeholders who protect and maintain forests through community forest associations.

During the event, the CS spearheaded and mobilized the governmental and non governmental institutions in attendance to contribute over 800 beehives to benefit the Kiptunga Community Forest Association members.

Present during the celebrations were Environment Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Mohammed Elmi, the Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo, Chairman, NEMA John Konchella, NEMA Ag. Director General Mamo B.Mamo, Director Kenya Forestry Research Institute Dr. Joshua Cheboiwo, Ag.   C. E O. National Environmental Trust Fund  Samson Toniok, National Environmental Complaints Committee  Secretary Dr. John Chumo, Nakuru County Commissioner Mr. Erastus Mbui, the Molo member of Parliament Mr Francis Kimani, representatives from Nakuru  County, Moi, Narok, Egerton, Maasai Mara and Kabianga universities among others.

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