Monday, December 6, 2021

002Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called for concerted efforts based on technology and data based scientific evidence to address landscape restoration.

Speaking when he officially opened the Kenya National Landscape Restoration Scaling virtual Conference, CS Tobiko said there is need to ensure policy decisions are based on proper verifiable data, to catalyze action for landscape restoration.
He said the world faces triple self-reinforcing interconnected crises of climate change, biodiversity loss  pollution and waste management , and that land degradation is the fourth crisis which cuts across borders while affecting the youth, women and the most marginalized communities.
CS Tobiko called for harmonized efforts, and coordinated mechanisms from grassroots level to policy makers, as the only way to address the problem holistically, saying land restoration must be at the center of Covid-19 recovery process.
Speaking at the conference, Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Eng. Alex Tolgos said County governments must be cognisant of restoration efforts, sustainable forest management, expansion of forest and tree growing, sustainable agroforestry practices, building resilience of the community and mobilizing climate based resources in the community.
FAO Kenya representative Philip Kisoyan said for Kenya to achieve landscape restoration through the ambitious ongoing national tree planting campaign that aims at achieving 10 percent forest cover, there is a need for collaborative approach with all relevant stakeholders.
Delegation of the European Union to Kenya, Head of Rural Development Food Security, Ms Myra Bernardi said Kenya is making some good steps in restoration but can do more, and this can unlock new forms of financing such as green bonds and carbon credit.
 The Kenyan government has pledged to restore 5.1 million hectares of degraded land in Kenya by 2030 under the African Forest and Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) and Bonn Challenge, and this will require about Ksh 1.8 trillion to accomplish.
Participants will use the opportunity to reflect upon achievements in the restoration space foster better synergies between initiatives, agree on areas for coordinated implementation and monitoring, and create mechanisms that will better harness the collective strengths of government with non-government organizations, research, and the private sector, to move collectively towards addressing the national challenges and meeting the commitments.
The week-long conference organized by ICRAF brings together stakeholders working across multiple sectors to shape mindsets, support implementation, provide a platform for engaging with policy makers that will contribute to necessary policy adjustments needed to support landscape restoration.
The deliberatelions will also seek to catalyze the national movement to achieve Kenya’s landscape restoration ambitions in the auspices of the recently launched UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Also present were Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau, officials from United Nations, Ministries, KFS, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Non Governmental organizations among others.



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