Increase forest cover to mitigate on climate change

The current forest cover in Laikipia County stands at 7 percent, 3 percent lower than the global recommended threshold of 10 percent.

The Laikipia County Ecosystem Conservator, Stephen Karega is however determined to ensure that the Country attains the 10 percent forest cover by the year 2022.

Speaking on Monday during a County heads of departments meeting held at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Boardroom in Nanyuki town, Karega attributed the failure to reach global recommendation of forest cover to the alarming rate at which forest cover has been diminishing.

He noted the interference of forest areas by human beings has negatively impacted on climate conditions leading to land degradation and unpredictable rainfall patterns.

Karega lamented over the rate at which indigenous forests in Laikipia County have been destroyed through grazing, encroachment and charcoal burning.

He noted most of the forest areas in Laikipia County are degraded and pointed out illegal grazing as the main problem which he noted must be controlled.

The Conservator noted that each of the five sub counties in Laikipia County are expected to plant a million trees every season to achieve the recommended threshold by 2022.

While launching this year’s tree planting season three months ago, area County Governor, Ndiritu Muriithi urged farmers to ensure that for every five acres of land, at least a quarter is planted with trees.

He noted climate change is having a negative effect in the County and increasing forest cover will assist in mitigation measures.

Source: Kenya News Agency