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Ipu vows to increase forest cover

06 May 2013, 13:02 Steve Wambugu

Forestry and Wildlife PS Hyslop Ipu has reiterated the government’s commitment to attain 10% forest cover as per the recommended international standards.

Speaking at Dundori after a morning tour of Bahati and Dundori forests on Monday, Ipu said that his Ministry has enlisted community forest associations (CFAS) in order to speed up re forestation.

He said that this was in line with a new law enacted by parliament last year, which has seen the Kenya Forest Service make tremendous progress in tree planting.

He noted that initially there were huge chunks of forest land that had scattered trees but most of them have been re planted through the assistance of the CFAS.

Despite that, Ipu said that there was still a huge backlog in the two forests adding that pre- qualified saw millers will be allowed to harvest the overgrown trees in order to pave way for the planting of new ones.

He pledged his Ministry’s support for the programme by providing the necessary infrastructure and finances.

Kenya Forest Service Director David Mbugua who accompanied the PS said that there is a portion of Dundori forest that was encroached in 1994, adding that the service is pursuing ways of reclaiming the portion without creating conflict.

He said that so far, they have managed to control mismanagement of forest resources in the two forest thus increasing the number of acreages under forest cover.

More than 10 000 tree seedlings were planted in both Dundori and Bahati forests.

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