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NEMA Calls for the Conservation of Environment

06 September 2012, 11:20 Steve Wambugu

nThe National Environment Management Authority has called for the consistent sensitisation of minority groups surrounding fast depleting natural resources on sustainable conservation of the environment.

NEMA Principal Program Officer Andrew Kwonyike observed that the members  are greatly   involved in the use and misuse of the renewable and non-renewable natural resources.

He said enlightening them on the proper utilisation of the resources could save the forests from deforestation and depletion of the non-renewable resources.

“We should not assume that they are aware of their  environment.They must  be educated on how to manage the available natural resources efficiently to avoid their complete consumption,” said Kwonyike.

Kwonyike who was speaking in Nakuru yesterday during the opening of the five-day workshop on ecological and sustainable utilisation of  natural resources emphasised on building local community capacity  towards conserving the environment.

Without absolute knowledge,he observed that communities will continue to plunder the scarce resources to the detriment of the country’s overall economic  growth and development.

Further,he called for active participation of women in resource conservation drives.
He said,being the major agents mostly involved in their consumption,there  was a greater need to mobilize for their input in conservation efforts.

“Women are more engaged in the use of the resources.They fetch water, collect firewood and  use charcoal.And therefore their role in conserving the resources cannot be overlooked,” noted NEMA official.

The  seminar is organized by Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM),an organization which has remained  vocal in the fight against the use of the Genetically Modified Foods.

Over 50 stakeholders involved in promoting efficient utilisation of natural resources in Nakuru County are in attendance.
Meanwhile,PELUM- Kenya Country Coordinator Zachary Makanya urged farmers to embrace organic farming noting that it is non-toxic and cost effective.

“We encourage farmers to use organic manure.It is cheap, productive and safe to use,” said Makanya adding that, “we cannot implement new farming technologies that farmers cannot afford”.

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