Friday, December 3, 2021
Bee Hives delivered to the Naramat Community Forest Association in Kirisia Forest

Bee Hives delivered to the Naramat Community Forest Association in Kirisia Forest

Months after Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko promised bee hives to support livelihoods for community around Kirisia Forest 100 beehives have been delivered.

Through the Kenya Water Towers Agency Naramat Community Forest Association (CFA) can now engage in bee keeping for honey production as an alternative and for improved livelihoods. The CFA, is one of the three Community Forest Association that brings together 4,000 members from 8 locations around Maralal.

The bee hives are additional to the 2,000 distributed countrywide by the KWTA 435 of which was dispersed to Samburu Bee Keepers last year. Over 500 Forest dwellers in Kirisia commonly known as Leroghi moved out of the forest voluntarily in December 2019 paving way for restoration efforts at the 91.452Ha gazetteddryland forest.

Since the reclamation the Forest last year it has undergone through natural regeneration, degraded sites replanted with indigenous seedlings an effort aimed at restoring the integrity of the Forest.

The Development partners have also supported the livelihoods improvement project by donating more bee hives and tree seedlings to the CFAs engaged in conservation of the critical ecosystem. This effort is geared towards bolstering government’s resolve to increase the country’s tree cover to over 10 per cent by 2022.

The Kirisia ecosystem is inhabited by the Samburu nomadic pastoralists, an area that is also home to small populations of hunter gatherers (Ndorobo) who are undoubtedly the oldest inhabitants of the Kirisia Forest.

The ecosystem hosts significant carbon stocks while simultaneously providing a safe habitat that constitutes an important wildlife refuge and corridor to the greater Samburu, Marsabit and Laikipia wildlife habitats. #KirisiaRestoration#TreesForBetterLives




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