Saturday, July 11, 2020
A section of members of the Sengwer and Marakwet communities follow proceedings during a meeting with ministry of Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo and Representatives of UNDP, , the European Union  and the Elgeyo  County Governor Alex Togols, the meeting was meant  to discuss alternative methods to share forest resources.

A section of members of the Sengwer and Marakwet communities follow proceedings during a meeting with ministry of Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo and Representatives of UNDP, , the European Union and the Elgeyo County Governor Alex Togols, the meeting was meant to discuss alternative methods to share forest resources.

Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo has  formed a multi agency team to come up with a road map that will offer a lasting solution to the Sengwer and Marakwet communities conflict over the Embobut forest.

The PS directed the team to come with a report within two week , which will enable the  Ministry and European Union to solve the stalemate, which led to EU suspending funding for the conservation of Embobut Forest.
The EU withheld the funding over conflict between Kenya Forest Service and the local communities.
The PS was speaking today at Moron Primary School, Marakwet East Constituency, Elgeyo Marakwet during a meeting with Sengwer and  Marakwet  communities . The meeting was to discuss alternative methods to share forest resources.
The meeting was also attended  by United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Kenya Country Representative Walid Badawi, EU Ambassador Simon Mordue, Elgeyo  County Governor Eng. Alex Tolgos , Livestock CAS Hon. Jebii Kilimo,Marakwet East MP Bowen Kangongo among others.
The EU Envoy called on the Kenyan government and local community to find amicable solution to the grievances of local communities.
On his part , UNDP Representative Walid Badawi  called for dialogue among the communities and government as a long term measure to address the issues surrounding forest degradation & deforestation.
Governor Alex Tolgos urged the government to find alternative land for those in the forest as a lasting solution which will stop further destruction of the Embobut forest.
In May this year, the Environment and Lands Court in Eldoret dismissed a suit by the indigenous Sengwer community seeking to stop evictions from Embobut Forest.
The ruling  was a win for Kenya Forest Service which had argued that the forest was unlawfully invaded and inhabited by different ethnic groups which were, practising farming and livestock keeping at the expense of conservation efforts.
KFS further said the government had offered Sh1.1 billion to resettle 2,864 households that were living as squatters in Embobut Forest in 2014, stating that each household received Sh400,000 to acquire alternative land outside the forest and that the Sengwer community were no an exception.
Europe Union Envoy  Simon Mordue plants a commemorative tree at Moron Pri. School, Marakwet East Constituency, in Embobut forest.

Europe Union Envoy Simon Mordue plants a commemorative tree at Moron Pri. School, Marakwet East Constituency, in Embobut forest.

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