Acting Conservation Secretary Mr. Alfred Gichu [Photo: Ministry of Environment and Forestry]
Nov 18th 2020 – Kenya will have to budget for Ksh 48 billion, to implement the 10 per cent forest cover strategy, by 2022.
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry, stated this, while announcing the National Strategy for achieving and maintaining over ten per cent forest cover by 2022.
Last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta, proclaimed his commitment, by pledging to ensure the country achieves, a minimum of 10 per cent forest cover by 2022.
Acting Conservation Secretary, Alfred Gichu said to achieve the strategy, the demand gap, for wood, should first be addressed.
“The 15 million cubic metre gap must be met to achieve the 10 per cent forest cover,” Gichu said.
So far, counties that have achieved more than 20 per cent forest cover, are Nyeri with 38 per cent, Elgeyo Marakwet at 37.5 per cent, Lamu with 34 per cent, and Kericho with 24 per cent.
Counties registering low forest cover, are Migori with 0.64 per cent, Kisumu, 0.44 per cent and Siaya, 0.42 per cent.
Gichu further said, the implementation of this strategy, is expected to yield numerous economic benefits including the steering, of the Big 4 Agenda.