Monday, December 6, 2021
ps1Ministry of Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo held a meeting  with Principal Secretary State Department of Infrastructure, Prof. Paul Maringa to discuss on how agencies under the two ministries will ensure government infrastructural projects are implemented seamlessly.
PS Kiptoo said a multi agency team will be formed to oversee implementation of projects while mitigating negative environmental impacts.
 “We need all concern agencies to be involved from initial project designs, this will ensure all issues raised in regard to delays are address” said the PS.
Present in the meeting were, Kenya Forest Service Chief Conservator of Forests, Julius Kamau, NEMA Director General Mamo B Mamo, Kenya National Highway Authority (KENHA) Director General Eng. Peter Mundinia, Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) Director General Eng. Wilfred Oginga among others.
Dr. Kiptoo urged the agencies through their Social Corporate Responsibilities to ensure they rehabilitate,  and plant trees areas where they are undertaking projects, in order to help meet the Presidential directive of achieving 10 percent forest cover by 2022.
“We need the contractors to rehabilitate and maintain the areas where they are doing projects; and those undertaking projects must be cognizant of the fact that we need green spaces and well maintained walkways” he said.
PS said there is need for the agencies to purchase modern equipments that will ensure transplanting of trees to other areas instead of cutting them down, “it takes several years for a tree to mature, we should embrace  modern technology to ensure we don’t destroy trees along road or forest roads” he added.
The Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Julius Kamau said most road projects were affecting forest and called for coordinated efforts to ensure no unilateral trees cutting without permission.
PS Maringa on his part said that when the agencies collaborate in undertaking the projects, there will be no delay in implementation of the projects, he added that the Ministry of Infrastructure  and its agencies will adopt forests and plant over 10 million trees as part of their environmental conservation activities.
He said that the Ministry of Infrastructure was in the process of ensuring there is Green Infrastructure  which will ensure  improvement and maintenance of major highway corridors and other roads  with other environmental features designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ecosystem services.

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