Wednesday, September 22, 2021
PS Kiptoo and WWF Ag. Head of Conservation Jackson Kiplagat (right) hold copies of the master plan, Dr. Kiptoo said the proposed interventions will help curb environmental challenges in the Cherangany- Elgeyo Hills Ecosytem.

PS Kiptoo and WWF Ag. Head of Conservation Jackson Kiplagat (right) hold copies of the master plan, Dr. Kiptoo said the proposed interventions will help curb environmental challenges in the Cherangany- Elgeyo Hills Ecosytem.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has launched an Integrated Master Plan for Rehabilitation and Restoration of the Cherangany–Elgeyo Hills Ecosystem, seeking to find a lasting and inclusive solution to the perennial, interconnected environmental challenges in the ecosystem.

The master plan launched by Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo provides an overview of the importance of the ecosystem, the challenges it faces, and the need for its restoration and it also provides a legal framework for supporting the Plan, with a focus on the five conservation zones in this ecosystem.

Speaking during the launch, at Chepkorio show ground, in Uasin Gishu, Dr. Kiptoo said among the other proposed interventions are establishment of a multi-agency team to develop an integrated conservation and management plan for the established five zones, development of a resource mobilization framework to implement the proposed Plan as well as to carry out environmental and social safeguards.

He said an estimated budget of KES 7.5 billion is required over a ten-year period of implementation and the main interventions include community sensitization, complete gazettement of Elgeyo Hills Water Tower, conversion of plantation forests to indigenous/bamboo forests, rehabilitation of springs and rivers, capacity building, adoption of alternative of income generating activities and sources of energy, replacement of Eucalyptus trees with indigenous ones (bamboo) and continuous monitoring of the Cherangany-Elgeyo ecosystem.

He said the Cherangany-Elgeyo Hills ecosystem is an important habitat for a wide range of biodiversity and harbours several regionally threatened animal and plant species.

The Cherangany-Elgeyo Hills ecosystem traverses Elgeyo-Marakwet, West Pokot, Trans-Nzoia and Uasin Gishu Counties, and it covers an area of 414,928 ha and consists of two water towers and 22 gazetted forest blocks.

The master plan, was spearheaded by the Ministry of Environment and the World Wildlife Fund-Kenya.

Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo , (in the middle), Deputy CCF Patrick Kariuki-left, PS Harry Kimutai 2nd left, WWF-Kenya CEO Mohamed Awer, NEMA Chair John Konchela and Elgeyo Marakwet County Commisoner Dr. Ahmed Omar hold copies of the launched master plan.

Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo , (in the middle), Deputy CCF Patrick Kariuki-left, PS Harry Kimutai 2nd left, WWF-Kenya CEO Mohamed Awer, NEMA Chair John Konchela and Elgeyo Marakwet County Commisoner Dr. Ahmed Omar hold copies of the launched master plan.

Present during the launch were PS  State Department for Livestock, Harry Kimtai , World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Kenya) CEO, Mohamed Awer, National Environment Complains Committee Secretary Dr. John Chumo , National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Director General Mamo B Mamo , Chairman NEMA Board John Konchella, Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests Patrick Kariuki , Members of Community Forest Associations among others.

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