Thursday, February 20, 2020
Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia, flanked by Director KEFRI, Ben Chikamai and INBBAR Director, Dr. Hans Freidrica reading the CS speech

The Government of Kenya has noted the important role played by the bamboo subsector and is determined through the concerted efforts with stakeholders and development partners, to re-organize the sector so that it can play its rightful role in the socio-economic development of the people of Kenya, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

A cross section of the participants during the Bamboo workshop

In a speech read on her behalf by the Environment Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Alice Kaudia during the official opening of the International Bamboo workshop, held at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Prof. Wakhungu  noted that, Bamboo forms an integral part of indigenous forests in Kenya, providing vital ecosystem services to the nation’s water towers and as a fast growing highly renewable resource with properties similar to timber, bamboo can support green economic development and contribute to key national goals such as Vision 2030.

Noting that bamboo has been acclaimed as an important natural resource, Prof. Wakkhungu lamented that, policy and legislation to support its organized production, processing and utilization are still lacking and in cases where policies and laws have been enacted, they have either been inadequate or out rightly hindering the development of the sector. She called on the distinguished scientists and practitioners who are attending the two day workshop to provide ingredients that are necessary for an enduring policy direction which will ensure the sustainability of the bamboo industry.

Delegates attending the Bamboo workshop in a group photo after the official opening

The workshop, that is expected to review the status of the bamboo management in the country, identify key bamboo sector stakeholders, raise awareness of key policy makers and investors, was also attended by the Director of KEFRI, Dr. Ben Chikamai and the Director General of INBAR, Dr. Hasn Freidrica, among others.

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