Thursday, December 3, 2020
Global Environment Facility (GEF-5) funded National Project Steering Committee members pose for a group photo at the meeting in Maralal

Global Environment Facility (GEF-5) funded National Project Steering Committee members pose for a group photo at the meeting in Maralal

In a statement delivered on his behalf by Director Programs Projects and Strategic Ms Agnes Yobterik who is also the Desk Officer for Global Environment Facility (GEF) Projects in Kenya the PS said “There is need for our land to be used in a sustainable way”.

The PS was speaking today at the National Project Steering committee meeting in Maralal where he said even though food is a necessity it must be produced in a manner that is sustainable to ensure the ecological integrity of our landscape management.

“As we put bread on the table we must ensure that our land is used in a sustainable way for all manner of production systems we have in the county”, PS Kiptoo urged. He thanked the county governments of Samburu for embracing the project and being at the forefront in conservation efforts and called for more partnerships for sustainable development.

PS Kiptoo who is the Operational Focal Point for GEF Projects in Kenya reiterated the importance of the voices of CFAs, since they have a close relationship with the forest and need to see the value of conservation of the forest.

The PS assured of policy and technical support from the government as the project is being implemented and called for a balance between conservation and enhancing community livelihoods. Through the bio enterprise component the five year project is expected to identify and promote non timber forest products through commercialization of gums and resins, honey and medicine with the aim of thriving the economy around the forest products.

Speaking at the same meeting Samburu Deputy Governor, Hon Julius Leseeto called for research on medicinal plants to justify that certain plants treats certain diseases. He added that the county has the potential to produce unique and high quality honey a venture that should be exploited divulging that Samburu is the first County to export honey in 1952 to Queen Elizabeth of England.

On his part Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative MrHamisi Williams said statistics have it that by 2050 the Horn of Africa will be at it’s worse state in terms of food security due to population growth, and called for sustainable production and consumption.

GEF which is based in Washington DC is a global revenue stream where resources are mobilized by 194 member countries and put in a basket to benefit countries to support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and recently the Convention on Chemicals. FAO has secured Sh280 million funds to promote and facilitate strategic capacities and incentives to counter forest and land degradation in Kirisia forest.

Through the project, FAO supports capacity development of key institutions, such as KFS, KWS, county government and CFAs to adopt an inclusive and sustainable forest management approach to protect the integrity of Kirisia forest Ecosystem.In attendance during the meeting were Samburu Central DCC John Otieno, Samburu CEC for Environment, Hon Grace Lempei, KFS Deputy CCF, Ms Charity Munyasia, Chairmen of Nkarro, Naramat and Nailepunye CFAs, representatives of KWTA, Kenya Wildlife Service among other stakeholders.

Ms Agnes Yobterik Director Programme Projects and Strategic Initiative with Samburi Deputy Governor Hon. Julius Leseeto at the Project Management Meeting

Ms Agnes Yobterik Director Programme Projects and Strategic Initiative with Samburi Deputy Governor Hon. Julius Leseeto at the Project Management Meeting

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