28 May 2013

Kenya: Laikipia Governor to Help Plant Two Million Trees

Laikipia county Governor Joshua Irungu has said his government will facilitate the planting of two million trees annually.

Speaking at Nyahururu Forest Station yesterday during a Kenya Forest Service Open Day, the governor said the trees will be planted in existing forests and in crop farms to help the county achieve the required 10 per cent forest cover.

Irungu urged stakeholders to put more effort in making Laikipia a model county by embracing a clean environment and sustainable natural resources management.

"Let us support activities and efforts of the Kenya Forest Service, the KWS and the county Government in achieving their development goals," he said.

Irungu said forests are an important habitat for wild animals which contribute huge amount of money from tourism.

He said cases of human-wildlife conflict are rampant in most parts of the county due to degradation of the forests and human encroachment of some of the animals habitat.

Irungu said this has been a major challenge in environment conservation and the ecosystem.

The governor was with the chairman of the Kenya Community Forest Association, John Kinyua and KFS assistant director in-charge of the Mountain Conservancy John Wachihi.

Wachihi said it was important to bring communities bordering forest on board in the management and protection of forests since they are the ones who understand the areas an local issues better.

He however noted that there was a dire need to put in more resources to facilitate the conservation efforts saying this calls for a concerted efforts by all stakeholders to join hands in this noble move.

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