Thursday, August 13, 2020
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko is joined by PS Dr. Criss Kiptoo during a clean up exercise at City Park Nairobi as part of the WDCD celebrations

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko is joined by PS Dr. Criss Kiptoo during a clean up exercise at City Park Nairobi as part of the WDCD celebrations

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has decried the increasing human population which is exerting pressure on the environment while degrading agricultural land.

The CS has raised concern that agricultural land is shrinking whereby 12 million hectares of land is lost every year globally through deforestation, clearing of ecosystems and land degradation causing massive soil erosion.

 Speaking during the mark of the Desertification and Drought Day, the CS said there is less productive land to produce food to feed people, and decried the massive wastage of food where 1/3 of all the food produced globally is wasted as is evident in markets where volumes of food produced do not reach households for consumption.

“There are 7.6 billion people globally and in 2030 the population will be at 9 billion and in 2050 the population is expected to rise to over 10 billion people, where will this people get food?” posed Tobiko.

 The CS said the relevance of celebrating the day in the city is because people in the city rely on 80% agricultural land in Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs), which is prone to drought and desertification for food for the people, feed for the animals and fibre for clothing.

CS Keriako Tobiko adressing the public during the World Day to Combat Desertification at City park Nairobi

CS Keriako Tobiko adressing the public during the World Day to Combat Desertification at City park Nairobi

 The CS also said because of drought and desertification in the rural areas a number of people are moving to the cities to look for employment which has led to an increase in population in the cities.

 The CS called for urgent check and address of drought and desertification in order to protect and ensure survival of human populations as well as flora and fauna.

Environment and Forestry CAS Hon. Mohamed Elmi carries trash during the WDCD celebrations

Environment and Forestry CAS Hon. Mohamed Elmi carries trash during the WDCD celebrations

The CS underscored the need for conservation and preservation of Green Spaces such as Karura Forest and City Park for the people in the city to relax especially during lock downs due to Covid 19 pandemic, adding that Kenya Forest Service is also managing Michuki Memorial Park and it will turn it round to be a standard city green space.

 Environment, Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Mohamed Elmi cited that the reason for insecurity and inter-communal conflict in the northern region is due to land degradation, which has led to desertification hence impacting negatively on people’s livelihoods.

 On his part Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo said ASALs are expanding exponentially in the Northern region due to climate change among other factors.

 Present were NEMA Chairperson Hon. John Konchella and NEMA Acting Director General Mamo B. Mamo, Kenya Forest Service CCF Julius Kamau, Starehe DCC Anthony Macharia among other leaders.

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