6 February 2006

Kenya: US Keen to Help in Forest Conservation

Nairobi — The United States is willing to support Kenya conserve its forests.

Ambassador William Bellamy said forest cover preserves water catchment and reduces the consequences of environmental degradation. He said his country and other donors were willing to support Kenya's initiative to increase the forest cover and firmly deal with the degradation of forests that have had negative effects.

"One of the things that we believe is very important for the future of Kenya - and many Kenyans believe this as well - is the need to protect your environmental resources," he said.

The envoy was speaking at Kipepeo House in Gede during the official commissioning of a honey processor funded by the United States Agency for International Development at a cost of Sh2.5 million.

The degradation of forests over many years had had profound negative effects for Kenyan communities, he said, adding that Kenyans were beginning to recognise this.

"We as donors want to work with Kenya to reverse those trends and bring back the forests and water sheds that are so vital to Kenyan communities," he said.

Bellamy lauded the communities living around the Arabuko-Sokoke forest for partnering with the Government and non-governmental organisations to sustainably use the largest coastal forest in Africa.

Copyright © 2006 The East African Standard. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.