Saturday, July 11, 2020
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko and Elgeyo Marakwet Governor  Eng. Alex Tolgos during the 4th Edition of the Sabor Annual Tree Planting exercise, in Kaptagat Forest, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko and Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Eng. Alex Tolgos during the 4th Edition of the Sabor Annual Tree Planting exercise, in Kaptagat Forest, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has instructed Kenya Forest Service to replenish the Kaptagat Forest with indigenous trees saying exotic trees in the forest will be replaced with indigenous trees.

The CS said the government will gazette the  forest as a critical water tower and as an indigenous forest , which will be restored to its original pristine state.
Tobiko urged the local community to support the government restoration efforts and added that Kaptagat Forest is a critical water tower that supplies water to the Lake Victoria region , Turkana and all the way to Egypt, and destruction of the forest will affect people down and up stream.
“The trees we planted here today are not for us but for our future generations”, said Tobiko.
The CS was speaking at Sabor in Kaptagat Forest, Elgeyo Marakwet County, He reiterated that the moratorium on logging does not affect harvesting of trees in private lands as long as there is approval from KFS.

Environment PS  Dr. Chris K Kiptoo , the patron of the annual Sabor Forest  tree planting event , plants a tree during the 4th Edition of event .

Environment PS Dr. Chris K Kiptoo , the patron of the annual Sabor Forest tree planting event , plants a tree during the 4th Edition of event .

The CS warned that livestock will not be allowed to graze in forest lands, for they were destroying trees, a section of the community had requested to be allowed to access the forest to graze their livestock.
He thanked the EU Envoy Simon Mordue , and UNDP Representative Walid Badawi for supporting the government conservation agenda, and termed their presence as a significant commitment by the international community in matters environment.
During the event , 18,000 indigenous tree seedlings were planted on the Sabor Forest bloc.
Present during the exercise were, Principal Secretaries Environment and Forestry Dr. Chris Kiptoo ,State Department of Broadcasting Esther Koimett, Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos , Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Kenya Country Representative Walid Badawi, EU Ambassador Simon Mordue, several area Members of Parliament, heads of Ministry of Environment Agencies among others .
Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo who is the patron of the initiative since 2017 said  the main objectives of the annual event is to rehabilitate  the degraded areas and riparian areas, creating awareness and sensitization on tree growing and mobilization of stakeholders in the Region to participating in increasing the current tree cover to 10% as envisaged in the vision 2030 which should be attained by the year 2022.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko prepares to plant a tree during the  4th Edition  of the Sabor Annual Tree Planting , in Kaptagat Forest Water Tower.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko prepares to plant a tree during the 4th Edition of the Sabor Annual Tree Planting , in Kaptagat Forest Water Tower.

Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Eng. Alex  Tolgos said the environmental degradation has continued in all parts of the county and especially in the escarpment, the water catchments and wetland areas, which has compromised the livelihoods of upstream and downstream communities that have led to resource-based conflicts in the county.
He said the County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet will continue to collaborate with other stakeholders to negotiate for urgent collective action on sustainable forestry and tree growing, including deal with the impacts of climate change.
“The role of our people, including local communities and indigenous people remains imperative – and all needed action will be taken for this purpose” he added.
The leaders applauded CS Tobiko for his efforts to restore and conserve Kenya’s forests and urged local communities to compliment the government efforts in oder to reap benefits from forest resources.
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