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Kenya Forest Service wins award

17 July 2013, 16:49 Steve Wambugu

The Kenya Forest Service has won an international award for its efforts of ensuring sustainable coexistence at the Mau complex.  

The Edouard Saouma award recognised the endevours of the organization in providing useful examples on how to maximise and ensure sustainable benefits of forest trees and agro forestry systems.  

The Mau complex has been an endangered forest following the excision of parts of it and the human degradation.  

The award, according to the Director of KFS, would spur the organisation to continue with its efforts of ensuring that the afforestation programme succeeds in the Mau Complex.  

He observed that the human/forestry coexistence has been a challenge in the conservation of the environment and the attainment of the 10 per cent forest cover as required by the international standards.  

In the just concluded Nakuru Agricultural National Show, the organization won top exhibition awards. 

The parastatal which is in charge of forestry conservation in the country won top three positions in all the categories it entered in the show just a month after winning a United Nations agency award for its efforts of conserving the Mau forest complex.  

The organization took the best trophy in the best energy service and conservation award, the second best stand demonstrating the application of renewable sources of energy and the second position in the best medium government stand.  

The first position award was presented by President Uhuru Kenyatta to the board chairman Peter Kirigua and Director Mbugua.

The head of state called on them to intensify national conservation efforts.

Kirigua called on forestry officers countrywide to enhance tree planting exercise to ensure the country attains the 10 per cent tree cover requisite within a short period as envisioned in vision 2030.

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