KENYA LAUNCHES TASK FORCE TO REVIEW FORESTRY MANAGEMENT

NAIROBI– Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto has inaugurated a 10-member multi-sectoral task force to review forestry management across the country.

Ruto told the task force, which is headed by the Green Belt Movement chairperson, Marion Wakanyi Kamau, when he met them at his office here Monday that sacrifices must be made to restore the lost forest cover in the country.

He said the task force, which will present its interim report in 14 days, will among other actions, recommend ways of conserving heavily depleted forests in efforts to attain the Constitutional threshold of 10 per cent forest cover in the country.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Keriako Tobiko and Principal Secretary (Assistant Minister) Charles Sunkuli were also present.

Ruto said the task force would also give recommendation on the importance of working together with communities living around forests to conserve and restore the country’s water catchment areas.

This task force has a clear mandate. We have close to 120,000 plantations which have no trees. We have another similar (area) of indigenous plantations that have no trees. There are also three million acres of land that need to be planted with trees,” Ruto added.

“The task force has a duty to tell us and recommend to the Government on how all deflated areas are planted with trees.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK