The government of Kenya is partnering with the European Union (EU) to conserve Mt. Elgon and Cherangany water towers at a cost of Sh. 3.5billion.
The project which will run for four years also aims at restoring degraded sites close to the water towers that resulted from encroachment by residents.
Speaking to KNA in his office in Kitale town on Monday, the County Eco-system Conservator, Nicodemus Mwatika said that the water towers are source of rivers that supply water close to 11 counties.
The Counties under the ecosystem include Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, West Pokot, Kakamega and those along Lake Victoria basin.
He said the project will include planting of bamboo trees along the river beds.
“Research has shown that bamboo trees are better in conserving water catchment areas,” he said.
Mwatika added that the project will be implemented in collaboration between the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the county governments in the project area.
The Director said the project will also encourage community empowerment in the area as they will gain from the activities of planting trees.
He said civic education on the importance of environmental conservation will also be done to encourage the communities living along the river banks to adopt bamboo tree farming.
“On maturity bamboo trees can be harvested for economic gain. By so doing, we will be conserving the environment and empowering the farmer economically,” he pointed out.
Source: Kenya News Agency.