Organizations, Non-State Partners Urged To Adopt An Ecosystem

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Kenya’s Environment, Climate Change and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya has called on conservation organizations and non-state partners to adopt an ecosystem, an initiative to scale up the 15 billion tree growing plan.

The CS spoke during a meeting with the new World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Director General, Dr Kirsten Schuijt, at the WWF-Kenya office in Nairobi on Monday.

The CS said that the Government has mapped out the entire country.

“We know how much land is available, our biggest opportunity lies in the arid and semi-arid lands because of the spaces available. We also want to model this around enterprise modules. We plan to bring on board a green army of young people, to support the process where they can earn a living as well as contribute their share of ecosystem restoration”.

” We are also rallying our farmers around the initiative through agroforestry, where you are planting trees and contributing to the tree cover but at the end of the day get a livelihood out of it”, Tuya further said.

Dr Schuijt noted that when it comes to the environment, there are so many challenges.

“We open our doors to collaborate with the Government and the local communities,” she said.

The DG stated that the local communities need part and parcel of the work and the strategies going forward, and WWF as an NGO sits right in the middle of this process.

Dr. Schujit assured the CS that WWF could bring the communities, the Government and other partners together and noted that WWF in Kenya had the capacity to make sure that the country gets the right people around the table and rally everybody.

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