PS Kiptoo launches Flarak Project

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr Chris Kiptoo has today launched the Forest and Land Restoration Action for Kenya’s NDC (FLaRAK) project at a Nairobi Hotel.

The PS called for innovative ways of empowering communities to shift from forestry dependency such as charcoal as an energy source to more eco-friendly sources like biogas which will not only increase the forest cover but the impact on communities.

Chris Kiptoo
Chris Kiptoo.Photo credit: Kiptoo Twitter page

The project which is a collaboration between the Kenyan and Japanese governments will be implemented by UNDP and aims to leverage Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to achieve net-zero emissions and climate-resilient development, in response to the climate emergency.

The PS said the one year project will be implemented in the counties of Elgeiyo Marakwet, Kakamega and Kajiado on a pilot basis where robust forest restoration and protection activities will be implemented.

PS Kiptoo thanked the Government of Japan for their continued support to Kenya over the years and more so in the forest sector including on issues related to institutional strengthening, policy, tree breeding, and ASAL forestry development, all of which have allowed the country to make progress in its tree growing ambitions.

Simultaneously, the PS thanked UNDP, which has been a partner of choice on climate change, and congratulated them on mobilizing resources of USD 41.7 million for its climate promise across ten countries, Kenya included.

On restoration efforts in the country, the PS said, the country has made significant strides in enhancing its tree and forest cover. PS Kiptoo cited President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State of the Nation address which reported an increase in the country’s tree cover and forest cover to 12% and 8.6% respectively.

“ This end, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has partnered with UNDP to design the ‘Tree Growing and Sustainable Forestry Finance Management Programme’ that will support resource mobilization to help Kenya meet and even surpass her forestry and land restoration targets, leveraging on available global climate finance private sector capital.

The PS emphasized the centrality of forest and land restoration in remodelling a better future for mother earth and securing a future from ravaging challenges exacerbated by climate change.

The PS added that the potency of robust reforestation and land restoration efforts has proven that nature-based solutions contain the silver bullet towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The meeting was addressed by Japan Ambassador to Kenya H. E Ken Okaniwa and UNDP Resident Representative Walid Badawi and attended by ENSDA Mr Ngala Oloitiptip, Conservation Secretary Mr Alfred Gichu, a representative from Heads of Departments and SAGAs in the Ministry among others.

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