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Kiambu CEC wants forest groups involved in tree harvesting

Official says CFAs play big role in environmental conservation, should not be left out

In Summary
  • Kuria said his department has drafted a bill that will be presented to the assembly.
  • The bill seeks local participation through the CFAs when trees are being harvested.
Members of Kireita CFA attend a meeting at Kireita forest in Kiambu county.
Members of Kireita CFA attend a meeting at Kireita forest in Kiambu county.
Image: GEORGE MUGO
Kiambu county water and environment CEC David Kuria at Kireita forest.
Kiambu county water and environment CEC David Kuria at Kireita forest.
Image: GEORGE MUGO

The Kiambu county government wants the Kenya Forest Service to involve community forest associations in tree harvesting.

Water and Environment executive David Kuria said a lot of requests have been made in the past to have CFAs' input during tree harvesting, saying they help in maintaining forests.

Kuria said his department has drafted a bill that will be presented to the county assembly seeking to have locals participate through the CFAs when trees are being harvested.

“The CFAs jealously take care and guard the forests. They participate during seedlings plantings even when different organisations visit forests for tree planting exercise,” he said.

“Involving the CFAs will motivate them more to take care of the forest vegetation. Although they play a big role in tree planting, they always feel left out during tree harvesting,” Kuria said.

He spoke on Friday at Kireita Forest in Lari subcounty where an environment research organisation handed over a map with the forests contents.

According to Kijabe Environment Volunteers Organisation, the map will guide anyone who wishes to know anything about the forest.

Kenvo director Nelson Muiru said the map identifies all tourism attraction sites, water sources, wild animals and birds, types of vegetations and trees that grow in the forest among other things.

“We sought permission from KFS to research. We spent 10 months to complete the research. Today, we handed the map to CFA, who will hand it over to KFS,” Muiru said.

Among those who attended the event were Kireita CFA chairman David Wakahanda, Kireita forester Moses Kiige and Kijabe assistant county commissioner Geraldine Barasa.

Kuria lauded Kenvo for coming up with strategies that will empower the community to know about the resources in the forests around them so that they can guard them.

Barasa thanked the CFA and the forest stakeholders for supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta's initiative of conserving and replanting trees in the forests.

 

-Edited by SKanyara

Kenvo officials hands over the Kireita forest map to government officials and the KFS.
Kenvo officials hands over the Kireita forest map to government officials and the KFS.