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EU donates KES 16 m for conservation

28 June 2013, 13:08 Joseph Wambugu

The European Union has donated KES 16 million to a conservation group in Mathira, Nyeri County.

The money has been allocated to the Mt. Kenya Environmental Conservation and Poverty reduction group and will be channeled through the Community development trust fund (CDTF), an arm of the Kenyan government and the European Union which has been funding community projects in Kenya since 1996.

The CDTF programme coordinator Salesius Njoka Miu said the EU funding will be used among other things, to rehabilitate 50 hectares of Mt. Kenya forests and reforestation along the rivers, set up greenhouse farming to generate income to hundreds of households in eight locations, establish 16 tree nurseries in eight secondary and eight primary schools in the area and put up roof water catchments in 16 schools within the area.

“Part of the money will also be used for renewable energy technologies with the installation of eight units of rocket stoves in schools and training of 40 artisans in the construction of the stoves,” said Miu.

Miu was speaking when he led a team of the board of trustees of the CDTF to visit and review progress of the ongoing project.

The chairman of the Regionet resources group organization Stephen Munyiri who are implementing the conservation efforts said the group will set up waste recycling sheds in the area and train locals on how to make briquettes to uplift their living standards.

Miu reiterated that CDTF will continue to closely monitor the use of donor funds in over 200 environmental and social livelihoods projects located all over the country and urged locals to ensure they benefit from the donor initiatives.

The board is currently touring seven projects funded by the EU and DANIDA in Muranga, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Isiolo and Kitui counties.

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