Thursday, August 13, 2020
Locals draw water from River Tiva. Uncontrolled sand harvesting has led to extensive degradation of the riverbed on which the community depends for water for both domestic use and irrigated farming. Photo:  COURTESY OF KNA

Locals draw water from River Tiva. Uncontrolled sand harvesting has led to extensive degradation of the riverbed on which the community depends for water for both domestic use and irrigated farming. Photo: COURTESY OF KNA

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has raised a red flag on illegal sand trade in rivers across Kitui County citing extensive environmental degradation and depletion of water resources.

The illegal sand harvesting has worsened water scarcity in the arid county forcing thousands of households to trek for tens of kilometres in search of the precious commodity, essential in fighting Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking in Kitui the County NEMA Director Njoki Mukiri said that they were aware of the ongoing sand trade despite a ban imposed by the County Government in 2018.

Mukiri said the County Environmental Committee will stop sand harvesting in a bid to find a long lasting solution to make it sustainable.

“We have noted that several riverbeds have been degraded and left bare. Urgent and radical measures must be undertaken to protect the natural resources as per national sand harvesting regulations,” said Mukiri.

This comes on the backdrop of protest by residents of Nduumoni and Kwa Masesi in Kitui Central over illegal sand harvesting in Tiva River which they say has threatened the ecosystem and their only source of water.

The irate locals claimed cartels were conniving with some families to conduct the illegal sand trade thereby causing environmental degradation and a serious decline in water levels.

The locals want the NEMA and the County Government of Kitui to strictly enforce the existing ban on sand trade besides ensuring that the culprits are punished.

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President of the Ruiru Rotary club Mr Mburu Machua speaks to the press at the Aberdare National Park headquarters in Mweiga town, Nyeri County during the launch of a tree planting campaign in the area

President of the Ruiru Rotary club Mr Mburu Machua speaks to the press at the Aberdare National Park headquarters in Mweiga town, Nyeri County during the launch of a tree planting campaign in the area

Ruiru Rotary club will partner with the government and other stakeholders to establish nurseries in schools to help raise seedlings much needed by the government to achieve the country’s 10% forest cover.

The Club President and District Environment Committee chair Mburu Machua has appealed to corporate organizations and Kenyans to plant more tree seedlings to help the country meet the ten per cent forest cover.

Machua was speaking at the Aberdare National Park in Mweiga town in Nyeri County Saturday, during the launch of a tree planting campaign in the region.

He added that the club is promoting the use of alternative cheap, safe, renewable and green energy as a measure to ensure a clean environment that does not pose health risks to the people, adding that this will also help to protect and conserve our forests.

“As a country we are currently at a meagre six per cent and we need to do two billion seedlings and this is not a walk in the park,” he said.

President of Ruiru Rotary club Mr. Mburu Machua waters a tree seedling at Aberdare National Park headquarters at Mweiga town, Nyeri County during the launch of a tree planting campaign in the region

President of Ruiru Rotary club Mr. Mburu Machua waters a tree seedling at Aberdare National Park headquarters at Mweiga town, Nyeri County during the launch of a tree planting campaign in the region

The chairman noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the number one killer in urban areas is respiratory related diseases and the only solution to the menace is by planting more trees.

Machua said the club is also promoting the cleanup of rivers noting that they are in a mess.

“We are relying on these rivers to get water for drinking and irrigation and for our animals,” he added.

He urged towns like Nyeri to promote recycling for the sake of human health and clean air.

“Environment is the cornerstone of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda,” Machua said, adding that achieving food security and nutrition, good health, manufacturing and housing were not possible without a clean environment.

Machua revealed the rotary club had planted 20,000 tree seedlings since the inception of the programme in Nairobi, Nakuru, Embu, Kajiado and kiambu and would be launching the programme in the remaining counties by the end of the year.

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PS Dr Chris Kiptoo second right , Sanergy Managing Director Michael Lwoyelo left and Deputy Chief of Staff- Presidency Dr. Francis Muray (second right), during the tour at Sanergy recycling plant.

PS Dr Chris Kiptoo second right , Sanergy Managing Director Michael Lwoyelo left and Deputy Chief of Staff- Presidency Dr. Francis Muray (second right), during the tour at Sanergy recycling plant.

Ministry of Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo has called on the private sector to take up the circular economy concept to help deal with solid waste management problem in the country.

Dr. Kiptoo has said solid waste is a menace which affects most cities and major towns in the country leading to setting up of dump sites which are a health risk to people.
Speaking when he toured a  waste recycling plant -Sanergy in Athi River, Dr. Kiptoo urged the private sector to venture into the business of recycling so as to create opportunities and resources from waste.
The PS said the ministry has developed the Waste managed Policy and Bill which adopted a circular economy approach whereby all waste is regarded useful and extraction of maximum value from waste is prioritized.
Sanergy recycles organic and sanitation waste, to produce organic fertilizer through thermophilic composting, and i​nsect–based animal protein​, through the rearing of Black Soldier Fly larvae, which breakdown the waste to form fertilizer.
PS Dr.Kiptoo samples a solid waste hip that is under recycling at the Sanergy plant, he called on the private sector to consider update of circular economy concept to deal with waste menace .

PS Dr.Kiptoo samples a solid waste hip that is under recycling at the Sanergy plant, he called on the private sector to consider update of circular economy concept to deal with waste menace .

Present was also Deputy Chief of Staff- Presidency Dr. Francis Muraya who said there is need to build partnership with the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) to address the problem of waste in Nairobi and other counties .

Accompanying the PS was Director of Environmental Education and Awareness Dr Ayub Macharia who said the proposed Waste management Policy and Bill intends to create many jobs for Kenyans in the waste industry through waste recycling and composting.
Sanergy Managing Director Michael Lwoyelo said last year, Sanergy treated 12,000T of waste and is targeting to scale its operations  capacity to process about 70,000T of waste per year.

A member of the Sanergy group explains to the PS , on sanitation waste collection and recycling  which is then mixed with organic waste to make agricultural fertilizer.

A member of the Sanergy group explains to the PS , on sanitation waste collection and recycling which is then mixed with organic waste to make agricultural fertilizer.

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CS Tobiko gives his remarks , during the virtual meeting. The meeting was chaired by Nyandarua Senator and Chairman of the committee Hon Mwangi Githiomi and attended by Senators Philip Mpaayei (Kajiado) Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Sylvia Kasanga (Nominated) Issa Juma Boy (Kwale) and representatives of residents.

CS Tobiko gives his remarks , during the virtual meeting. The meeting was chaired by Nyandarua Senator and Chairman of the committee Hon Mwangi Githiomi and attended by Senators Philip Mpaayei (Kajiado) Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Sylvia Kasanga (Nominated) Issa Juma Boy (Kwale) and representatives of residents.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has reiterated that Ngong Road Forest Reserve except for the parts that were lawfully and validly degazetted for a public purpose must and shall be reclaimed, restored, conserved and protected for the benefit of all Kenyans.

“All purported titles issued in respect of undegazetted part(s) of Ngong Road Forest Reserve are illegal, unlawful, fraudulent and null and void ab initio. Such purported titles do not confer upon the original holder or subsequent holder any ownership or other proprietary rights or interests”. CS Tobiko said.
The CS was responding to the Senate Standing Committee on Land, Environment and Natural Resources on the Government position on the alleged repossession of the forest land and demolition of houses in Langata.
The CS said all forest lands within the undegazetted parts of Ngong Road Forest that have been illegally alienated and/or allocated to private individuals and/or entities, shall be repossessed and restored to their original purpose as forests.
The CS warned the public to exercise due diligence before investing all their savings in buying land so as to avoid similar mistakes, failure to which they will have themselves to blame.
The CS allayed fears that the government will not to demolish any houses within the forest the CS said the Government has not at the moment expressed any such intentions.
The CS urged the residents to surrendered the purported title documents to the Government, then through Kenya Forest Service  a long term lease(s) or Special User Licenses on new terms and conditions will be issued.
This the CS said will be done in tandem with the requirements of planning and environmental legislation.
The CS said that in order to reduce the pressure on the Nairobi National Park, the government is working on a plan to link up the Nairobi National Park and the Ngong Road Forest in order to provide an expanded dispersal area for the Wildlife in the Park.
“My Ministry is working with the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife on a technical proposals to provide linkages through underpasses or overpasses to allow wildlife crossings, these proposals are at an advanced stage of preparation”. The CS said .
The CS added that a wildlife-proof fence will be constructed around the Ngong Road Forest Reserve except for the parts of the forest that have been lawfully and validly degazetted for a public purpose.
Once the Ngong Road Forest Reserve has been fully reclaimed, fenced off and the animal crossings constructed, the wildlife within Nairobi National Park will be released into the newly created expanded dispersal area.
The meeting was chaired by Nyandarua Senator and Chairman of the committee Hon Mwangi Githiomi and attended by Senators Philip Mpaayei (Kajiado) Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Sylvia Kasanga (Nominated) Issa Juma Boy (Kwale) and representatives of residents.
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko during a virtual zoom meeting with the Senate Standing Committee on Land, Environment and Natural Resources , the committee had sort answers from the CS concerning the Ngong Forest evictions.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko during a virtual zoom meeting with the Senate Standing Committee on Land, Environment and Natural Resources , the committee had sort answers from the CS concerning the Ngong Forest evictions.

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  1. 689A2023The Senate Standing Committee on Land, Environment and Natural Resources has invited the Cabinet Secretary to respond to the following issues raised by Senator Johnson Sakaja CBS, MP,namely: -
  2. Provide a substantive report and the official Government position from the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources on the alleged repossession of land and demolition of houses, so as to allay fears and dispel the anxiety and tension among the targeted residents…read more
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Environment CAS Hon. Mohammed Elmi (in black jacket) accompanied by Ahadi Kenya Trust Director Dr. Stanley Kamau (right) donating seedlings to aged persons at Pundamilia village of Maragua.

Environment CAS Hon. Mohammed Elmi (in black jacket) accompanied by Ahadi Kenya Trust Director Dr. Stanley Kamau (right) donating seedlings to aged persons at Pundamilia village of Maragua.

Youths have  challenged to take up the responsibility of establishing tree nurseries, to meet the rising demand for seedlings as the government gears towards attaining 10 percent forest cover.

Ministry of Environment  Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Hon. Mohammed Elmi has said urged youths should venture into  raising seedlings and growing  as a form of employment and income generating activity.
Speaking in Murang’a when he graced occasion of issuing seedlings to farmers  within Maragua area, Hon. Elmi observed that youth groups could seek technical advice from Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) on how to effectively establish tree nurseries.
“Young people can make a lot of money by selling seedlings, let them get seeds from KFS and be trained on how to make better nurseries. The demand for seedlings countrywide is quite high,” added Hon Elmi.
The CAS spoke even as Ahadi Kenya Trust in partnership with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched a programme of distributing 20, 000 fruit and indigenous tree seedlings to farmers in Murang’a.
On his part, the Director of Ahadi Kenya Trust Dr. Stanley Kamau said people should focus on growing trees but not just planting them, while failing to take care of them.
He encouraged young people to come up with tree nurseries and make money by selling seedlings to farmers.
Currently people want seedlings to plant but unfortunately there is shortage of them in some parts of the country. Let our young people take up the initiative,” noted Kamau.
During the event has avocado seedlings were donated. Murang’a county forest currently stands at 14.5 percent as the county gears to attain 17 percent by the end of 2021.
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unnamed Deputy Head of Public Service, Mr. Wanyama Musiambu led locals of Mt Elgon in tree planting that saw 10,000 trees at Kaberua Forest. Speaking during the event, Musiambu called upon the locals to take advantage of the frequent rains in the area, to plant more trees to conserve Mt Elgon forest which is a critical water tower.

The trees were planted along river Kibuk, The Deputy Head of Civil said that water from Mt.Elgon serves the whole of Western region and destruction of the forest will interfere with millions of lives. He said encroachment on the water tower and cutting down of trees are leading to calamities like landslides and drought, and directed those practicing shamba system to vacate with immediate effect.

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Marathon World record holder Eliud Kipchoge , signs an agreement after adopting 50 hectaresof Kaptagat Forest, as Environment CS Keriako Tobiko and PS Chris Kiptoo and other senior KFS officials looks on.

Marathon World record holder Eliud Kipchoge , signs an agreement after adopting 50 hectaresof Kaptagat Forest, as Environment CS Keriako Tobiko and PS Chris Kiptoo and other senior KFS officials looks on.

Renown athlete and World record holder Eliud Kipchoge has adopted 50 hectares of forest land in the Kaptagat Forest,boosting government’s conservation efforts.

Kipchoge said forests, especially Kaptagat has played a key role in his endeavors.“There is no athletics high altitude training site on Earth-like Kaptagat forest and it’s environs. Ask any athlete from Kenya and even those who come to train here from other countries. They will tell you the best place to train in Kenya is Kaptagat” said Kipchoge.
Kipchoge shocked the world when he ran Ineos marathon under two hours, setting unbeatable world record.Shocked, athletes from across the world have been thronging to Kaptagat Forest to train while enjoying the breeze from the forest.Kipchoge said the forest should not only be preserved for the current generation but also for future generations.
He said he therefore adopted the 50 hectares as a challenge to other individuals, businesses, NGOs and citizens to conserve forests.
“Restoring this forest and handing it over to our children and grandchildren when it’s intact is the best gift we can give them.. I  have adopted 50ha I will finish the race with you” asserted Kipchoge.
KFS Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests Patrick Kariuki , and Marathon World record holder Eliud Kipchoge exchanges the agreement documents as Environment CS Keriako Tobiko looks on.

KFS Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests Patrick Kariuki , and Marathon World record holder Eliud Kipchoge exchanges the agreement documents as Environment CS Keriako Tobiko looks on.

Kipchoge said ; “The speed that we employ when aiming for the prize during competitions is the same speed and urgency we need now to stop further forest loss and reduce our negative impact on this precious natural resource that provides us clean air, clean water and is a perfect training ground for our athletes”.

The athlete regretted that there was rampant wanton destruction of forests killing the Kenyan heritage.“We need to reduce destruction, forest provides us with clean water,fresh air and best training camp,” he said.The adoption will see rehabilitation of the 50ha with indigenous trees to restore the forest to it’s natural state.

World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge plants a tree at Kaptagat Forest to mark the 4th annual Sabor Forest tree planting event.

World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge plants a tree at Kaptagat Forest to mark the 4th annual Sabor Forest tree planting event.

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Environment CS Keriako Tobiko and Elgeyo Marakwet Governor  Eng. Alex Tolgos during the 4th Edition of the Sabor Annual Tree Planting exercise, in Kaptagat Forest, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko and Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Eng. Alex Tolgos during the 4th Edition of the Sabor Annual Tree Planting exercise, in Kaptagat Forest, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has instructed Kenya Forest Service to replenish the Kaptagat Forest with indigenous trees saying exotic trees in the forest will be replaced with indigenous trees.

The CS said the government will gazette the  forest as a critical water tower and as an indigenous forest , which will be restored to its original pristine state.
Tobiko urged the local community to support the government restoration efforts and added that Kaptagat Forest is a critical water tower that supplies water to the Lake Victoria region , Turkana and all the way to Egypt, and destruction of the forest will affect people down and up stream.
“The trees we planted here today are not for us but for our future generations”, said Tobiko.
The CS was speaking at Sabor in Kaptagat Forest, Elgeyo Marakwet County, He reiterated that the moratorium on logging does not affect harvesting of trees in private lands as long as there is approval from KFS.

Environment PS  Dr. Chris K Kiptoo , the patron of the annual Sabor Forest  tree planting event , plants a tree during the 4th Edition of event .

Environment PS Dr. Chris K Kiptoo , the patron of the annual Sabor Forest tree planting event , plants a tree during the 4th Edition of event .

The CS warned that livestock will not be allowed to graze in forest lands, for they were destroying trees, a section of the community had requested to be allowed to access the forest to graze their livestock.
He thanked the EU Envoy Simon Mordue , and UNDP Representative Walid Badawi for supporting the government conservation agenda, and termed their presence as a significant commitment by the international community in matters environment.
During the event , 18,000 indigenous tree seedlings were planted on the Sabor Forest bloc.
Present during the exercise were, Principal Secretaries Environment and Forestry Dr. Chris Kiptoo ,State Department of Broadcasting Esther Koimett, Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos , Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Kenya Country Representative Walid Badawi, EU Ambassador Simon Mordue, several area Members of Parliament, heads of Ministry of Environment Agencies among others .
Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo who is the patron of the initiative since 2017 said  the main objectives of the annual event is to rehabilitate  the degraded areas and riparian areas, creating awareness and sensitization on tree growing and mobilization of stakeholders in the Region to participating in increasing the current tree cover to 10% as envisaged in the vision 2030 which should be attained by the year 2022.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko prepares to plant a tree during the  4th Edition  of the Sabor Annual Tree Planting , in Kaptagat Forest Water Tower.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko prepares to plant a tree during the 4th Edition of the Sabor Annual Tree Planting , in Kaptagat Forest Water Tower.

Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Eng. Alex  Tolgos said the environmental degradation has continued in all parts of the county and especially in the escarpment, the water catchments and wetland areas, which has compromised the livelihoods of upstream and downstream communities that have led to resource-based conflicts in the county.
He said the County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet will continue to collaborate with other stakeholders to negotiate for urgent collective action on sustainable forestry and tree growing, including deal with the impacts of climate change.
“The role of our people, including local communities and indigenous people remains imperative – and all needed action will be taken for this purpose” he added.
The leaders applauded CS Tobiko for his efforts to restore and conserve Kenya’s forests and urged local communities to compliment the government efforts in oder to reap benefits from forest resources.
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24 people were arrested by National Environment Management Authority  (NEMA) officials in Homa Bay County, for contravening effluent discharge of licensing and also possessing banned polythene papers.
The authority conducted raids in Homa bay town, junction Kodoyo and Rodi Kopany trading centre where the suspects were arrested.
According to NEMA County Director of Environment Josiah Nyandoro, out of 24 culprits, 2 were found contravening environmental management and coordination act by commencing a project without environmental impact assessment report.
 Nyandoro said that the two had applied for the license but they had not gotten it and yet they had commenced the project before the conclusion of the all process without an environmental impact assessment report.
He further said that most of the people arrested were found with commodities such as mandazi, sugar, chips, vegetables, charcoal among others packed in the polythene bags contrary to the law.
“ The polythene single use papers were banned in 2017 and there are other alternatives of the bags such as cloth bags which are nowadays used in the markets, those who are still using the polythene papers should simply discard them,”Nyandoro said.

The officer also reiterated that they are still investigating the source of plastic paper bags, adding that they will not relent until the culprits are brought to book, adding that similar crackdown will be conducted in Mbita, Oyugis, Kendu bay and other big towns.

“I want to send a stern warning to scrupulous businessmen behind the supply of the polythene bags to small scale traders in the region that the law will soon catch up with them,” Nyandoro disclosed.

The crackdown team was reinforced by NEMA officials and county police officers.At the same time Nyandoro said that the suspects were released on a police cash bail and they will appear before Homa Bay law courts.
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This year’s Africa Public Service Week, was marked at the Ngong Hills Forest, where the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko and Prof. Margaret Kobia, the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, led wananchi in planting over 5,000 tree seedlings.

Speaking during the occasion, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, challenged Kenyan’s to ensure the trees they plant were protected and bequeathed for future generations, observing that, the importance of trees cannot be overemphasized, saying his Ministry was keen to ensure the trees that are grown in all occasions held countrywide survive. He decried the destruction of the Ngong Hills Forest which is a water tower that supplies water to Athi River, a major source of water for Ngong, Kiserian among others. “This forest was initially 3,000 hectares and was a closed canopy forest but overtime, and due to degradation and encroachment, the forest has been reduced to 500 hectares” the CS said.

The Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Prof. Margaret Kobia, who read President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech during occasion noted that, the government recognizes and celebrates Public Servants, individuals and teams who are in the frontline in the fight against the Covid 19 Pandemic. “It is in this spirit that we are providing support to vulnerable groups in our Society, and engaging in neighborhood clean-ups to promote a more hygienic and healthy Nation. I am glad that you are also engaging in tree planting in line with our National Goal of achieving 10% forest cover” .

Speaking during the same occasion, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, observed that, the Ministry was keen to break the Guinness book of record by growing many trees within one hour and reiterated that, monitoring and evaluation was key in achieving the desired results. On his part the Deputy Head of Public Service Mr Wanyama Musiambo said that, in order to ensure the sustainability of trees grown, care should be taken to ensure they don’t wither.

Present during the occasion were Chief Administrative Secretaries Maureen Mbaka (ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs) Rachel Shebesh (Public Service and Gender) Principal Secretaries Collette Suda (Gender), Mary Kimonye (Public Service) Julius Korir (Youth) among other government officials.

PS, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, watering a commemorative tree after planting at Ngong Hills forest, Kajiado County.

PS, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, watering a commemorative tree after planting at Ngong Hills forest, Kajiado County.

 

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A section of members of the Sengwer and Marakwet communities follow proceedings during a meeting with ministry of Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo and Representatives of UNDP, , the European Union  and the Elgeyo  County Governor Alex Togols, the meeting was meant  to discuss alternative methods to share forest resources.

A section of members of the Sengwer and Marakwet communities follow proceedings during a meeting with ministry of Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo and Representatives of UNDP, , the European Union and the Elgeyo County Governor Alex Togols, the meeting was meant to discuss alternative methods to share forest resources.

Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo has  formed a multi agency team to come up with a road map that will offer a lasting solution to the Sengwer and Marakwet communities conflict over the Embobut forest.

The PS directed the team to come with a report within two week , which will enable the  Ministry and European Union to solve the stalemate, which led to EU suspending funding for the conservation of Embobut Forest.
The EU withheld the funding over conflict between Kenya Forest Service and the local communities.
The PS was speaking today at Moron Primary School, Marakwet East Constituency, Elgeyo Marakwet during a meeting with Sengwer and  Marakwet  communities . The meeting was to discuss alternative methods to share forest resources.
The meeting was also attended  by United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Kenya Country Representative Walid Badawi, EU Ambassador Simon Mordue, Elgeyo  County Governor Eng. Alex Tolgos , Livestock CAS Hon. Jebii Kilimo,Marakwet East MP Bowen Kangongo among others.
The EU Envoy called on the Kenyan government and local community to find amicable solution to the grievances of local communities.
On his part , UNDP Representative Walid Badawi  called for dialogue among the communities and government as a long term measure to address the issues surrounding forest degradation & deforestation.
Governor Alex Tolgos urged the government to find alternative land for those in the forest as a lasting solution which will stop further destruction of the Embobut forest.
In May this year, the Environment and Lands Court in Eldoret dismissed a suit by the indigenous Sengwer community seeking to stop evictions from Embobut Forest.
The ruling  was a win for Kenya Forest Service which had argued that the forest was unlawfully invaded and inhabited by different ethnic groups which were, practising farming and livestock keeping at the expense of conservation efforts.
KFS further said the government had offered Sh1.1 billion to resettle 2,864 households that were living as squatters in Embobut Forest in 2014, stating that each household received Sh400,000 to acquire alternative land outside the forest and that the Sengwer community were no an exception.
Europe Union Envoy  Simon Mordue plants a commemorative tree at Moron Pri. School, Marakwet East Constituency, in Embobut forest.

Europe Union Envoy Simon Mordue plants a commemorative tree at Moron Pri. School, Marakwet East Constituency, in Embobut forest.

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