Thursday, February 20, 2020
CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu presenting a  memento to theVice Minister for The State Forestry Administration, People's Republic of China Mr. Chen Fengxue

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu presenting a memento to the Vice Minister, State Forestry Administration, Peoples Republic of China to cement the pact.

Kenya and the Peoples republic of China moved closer to implementing a memorandum of understanding between the two states on cooperation relating to Forestry and Ecological conservation.

Officials of the State Forestry Administration of the People’s Republic of China and those from Kenya’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources met yesterday to draw an implementation plan in the areas of bilateral cooperation.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources prof Judi Wakhungu led the Kenyan delegation while Mr. Chen Fengxue, the vice minister for The State Forestry  Administration headed the Chinese team in the bilateral talks held in Nairobi.

The two sides agreed on initially implementing three broad areas as relating to climate change, supporting local livelihood and development of Bamboo industry and would extend to other areas of cooperation.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Chinese prime Minister signed a memorandum of understanding in 2014, between the two states to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas forestry and Ecological conservation.

Mr.Fengxue said that the bilateral cooperation will include wildlife conservation which falls under the China’s state forestry administration.

Prof Wakhungu on her part said that Kenya stood to gain immensely from the highly developed bamboo industry in China.

She thanked the Chinese government for supporting Kenya in Wildlife conservation by providing protection equipment to the Kenya Wildlife service.

The CS noted that Kenya faced wildlife conservation challenges of a rapidly rising population that competed for space with the existing conservancies.

She said that her Ministry was encouraging private land owners to incorporate wildlife conservation in their diversified land use in order to promote the country’s wildlife heritage.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu, with officials from her Ministry pose for a memorable group photo with the Chinese team in her Maji house office

Prof. Judi Wakhungu, with officials from her Ministry pose for a memorable group photo with the Chinese team in her Maji house office

Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural  Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu chairing the meeting with the Japanese team  at her Maji house office.

Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu chairing the meeting with the Japanese team at her Maji house office.

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