Kenya, Israel partner to protect forests

Environment CS Judi Wakhungu. /FILE
Environment CS Judi Wakhungu. /FILE

The Environment ministry has signed an MoU with the Jewish National Fund to share knowledge and expertise on planting forests in dry climates.
Speaking in Jerusalem last week during the signing ceremony, Environment CS Judi Wakhungu said Kenya will borrow technology from Israel.
This, she said, will improve soil conservation, capture rain runoff, monitor precipitation, create forest land guidelines, and engage the public in forest conservation.
“Drylands are home to 2.5 billion people ... and cover 40 per cent of the world’s land surface. They are also home to the most disenfranchised and marginalised people in the world,” she said.
The government is struggling to increase forest cover. It has made a commitment to restore 5.1 million hectares of forests.

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