Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Kenya launches portal on forest cover, pledges action against illegal loggers

01 August 2016, 16:24

Nairobioi (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan government in partnership with a local conservation lobby has launched an electronic portal detailing the geographical spread of forest ecosystems.

Senior officials and conservationists said the portal will help disseminate accurate information on forest cover to end users like policymakers, researchers and communities.

The Deputy Director in charge of corporate services at Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Lucy Kiboi said an electronic inventory on forests will strengthen their prudent use by communities and industry.

"An online portal on forests will help bridge knowledge and information gaps that have often derailed their sustainable management," said Kiboi adding that participatory forestry management is key to realize sustainable development.

Kenya Forest Service partnered with East African Wildlife Society (EAWLS) to conduct a comprehensive survey of Kenyan forests that culminated in the launch of the electronic portal.

Kiboi said the one stop digital platform contains accurate information on the state of forests in Kenya.

"Stakeholders will update information contained in the electronic forests portal on a regular basis. It will inform policymakers on the evolving dynamics in forestry management," said Kiboi.

Kenya's forest cover stood at 6.9 percent by 2015 and there are concerted efforts by the government to expand it and reach the UN target of 10 percent.

Kiboi noted that Kenya's forest ecosystem is grappling with grave threats linked to population pressure, climate change and uncoordinated conservation practices.

"Our forest cover has either been shrinking or stagnant for a long time due to human actions and it is high time we reviewed policy and regulatory regime governing their management," remarked Kiboi.

She added that Kenya has prioritized conservation of its mountain rainforests, savannah woodlands and coastal mangroves in a bid to catalyze low carbon development.

The launch of an electronic portal containing information on Kenya's forest resources will boost transparency in their utilization by communities and timber industry.

The Director of East African Wildlife Society, Julius Kamau said timely access to forest related information will help eliminate malpractices that undermine management of the resource.

"Access to and provision of high quality forest related information is crucial for sustainable management of the resource. It will be in the long-run improve forest governance in Kenya," Kamau said.

- Xinhua


Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
DP Ruto accuses Raila of selling ...

DP Wiliam Ruto has castigated Raila Odinga for seeking western support to fund his 2017 election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Peter Kenneth announces Uhuru 201...

Peter Kenneth has announced that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...