Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Environment CAS Hon. Mohamed Elmi speaks during the opening of the National Community Based Natural Resources Management (NCBNRM), conference that brought together members of the National Alliance for Community Forest Associations (NACOFA) at Kenya Forest Service , Karura. He commanded CFAs for their efforts in forest conservation.

Environment CAS Hon. Mohamed Elmi speaks during the opening of the National Community Based Natural Resources Management (NCBNRM), conference that brought together members of the National Alliance for Community Forest Associations (NACOFA) at Kenya Forest Service , Karura. He commanded CFAs for their efforts in forest conservation.

Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Hon. Mohamed Elmi, has commended Community Forest Associations (CFAs) for their roles in conservation, management and protection of forests.

Hon Elmi has said CFAs, are critical joint managers, who play a significant role in supporting Government efforts in rehabilitation of degraded forest areas, promotion of stakeholder engagement and creation of awareness on the importance of forest conservation at the local level.

The Chief Administrative Secretary was speaking at Karura Forest, when he opened the National Community Based Natural Resources Management (NCBNRM), conference that brought together members of the National Alliance for Community Forest Associations (NACOFA).

He called on the NACOFA members to continue protecting forests in order to reap benefits, and added that Forests provide multiple environmental, economic, social and cultural benefits and are enablers in achieving the Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030 goals of the Government of Kenya.

“Forest ecosystems provide essential support to critical sectors of the economy particularly, water, agriculture, fisheries, electricity generation and tourism among others” He added.

He regretted that despite the immense importance of the forestry sector, the forest ecosystems continue to be threatened by increased human activities, encroachments, overgrazing, forest fires, frequent droughts and pressure for forest land.

Hon. Elmi called on communities living adjacent to forests to bolster tree planting and growing activities in public and private lands in order to increase the country’s forest cover to 10 percent by 2022.

KFS Board Chairman Mr. Peter Kinyua said KFS will continue to collaborate with CFAs to upscale more activities that will ensure forest protection and management , and urged NACOFA to expand its membership to cover the whole country.

He said organized CFAs will attract funding from the private sector, and this will help in better forest management which will in turn provide alternative sources of income for forest dependent communities.

Members of NACOFA drawn from different parts of the country follow proceedings during the conference, the theme of the conference is “Embrace CBNRM in participatory forest management practices for the wellbeing of forests and people”.

Members of NACOFA drawn from different parts of the country follow proceedings during the conference, the theme of the conference is “Embrace CBNRM in participatory forest management practices for the wellbeing of forests and people”.

Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Mr, Julius Kamau said CFAs play a critical role in forest management, and added that controlled and well management of forests will ensure proper utilization of forest resources.

NACOFA Secretary Mr. Gerald Ngatia reiterated that CFAs play critical role in sustainable natural resource management as this improves community ownership and participation in forest management, while they identify viable opportunities and linkages that support livelihoods.

The theme of the conference is “Embrace CBNRM in participatory forest management practices for the wellbeing of forests and people”.

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