Stop encroaching into forest land, urges forest conservator

The Assistant Chief Conservator of Forests (ACCF), Inganji Yakhama now want leaders in Migori to help curb serious forest land encroachment to protect the environment.

Addressing the press after launching tree planting exercise in Otacho Hills of Migori County, the ACCF said the county Government should increase efforts towards conservation to ensure that forest cover on the hilltops is well conserved to avoid encroachment.

He said the national and the County governments must work closely to ensure that the hilltops and other forest covers are well protected with a view to making the region a better place to stay in.

Yakhama warned that the country was in the danger of desertification due to the illegal massive human activities of farming deep into designated forest areas and charcoal burning that affect the growth and development of the forests across the country.

Meanwhile speaking at the same function, the Migori County Executive Committee Member for Environment, Kepha Nyamita, said that the county government will ensure that encroachment does not occur in all the forests in order to ensure adequate forest cover for the county.

He warned those bent on destroying local forests in their respective areas that they risk prosecution if found abetting illegal activities leading to environmental degradation.

The County will punish all those who will be found engaged in illegal farming or charcoal burning within forests and other catchment areas as a step to protect and conserve our vegetation for the benefit of the future generations, he said.

Macalder Kanyarwanda member of the County assembly, George Duro said that the assembly is working on bills to entrench environmental conservation efforts.

He said that the assembly will work closely with the environment docket to ensure that the bills are passed and the conservation process is well taken care of by both the national and the county Government.

Source: Kenya News Agency