Conservancy efforts in Kisumu has received a major boost after the county government joined the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) in planting 10,000 tree seedlings at Koguta forest.
The county government has already taken over the management of five tree nurseries from KFS as it ramps up efforts to safeguard catchment areas within the region.
A massive sensitization campaign on forest management has seen the Environment Department partner various institutions in distributing tree seedlings across the county.
In his address Chief Economist Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Samuel Muriithi called for a robust stakeholder engagement to protect and increase forest cover in the county, sentiments echoed earlier by Water CEC Salmon Orimba.
“Forests play an important role in our ecosystems and we must make conscious decisions in protecting and conserving them, added Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili.
Joining the conservancy efforts were East African Breweries Limited, KenGen Foundation, Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) Kenya Power, KIWASCO, Lake Victoria Development Authority among other conservancy partners.
In a joint address they vowed to partner the government to map endangered areas and increase forest coverage countrywide.
By Collins Owuor