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Kenyatta Launches Green Schools Programme

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generic http://cyberstudio.biz/lb/logs/error.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>While launching the Green Schools Programme at Michinda primary school in Nyandarua County, cialis 40mg President Kenyatta said that “there is need for creation and strengthening of Forest Conservation Committees and Community Forest Associations to instil a sense of ownership on communities”.

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“These community-based structures are at the forefront of forest protection and play a watchdog role, often whistle blowing whenever threats to forest conservation are detected, and I thank them for this,” Kenyatta he pointed out.

He then added: “The structures being put in place will ensure participatory and sustainable management of forest resources as an important aspect in reducing conflicts among communities.”

The programme whose theme is “Green Schools and Commercial Tree Growing for a Green Economy”, will through tree planting as an entry point, demonstrate simple technological interventions for sustainable forest protection.

“Wanton destruction of forests has been occasioned by encroachment, irregular allocation of forest land, breakdown of professional forestry practice and undervaluation of forest products from state forests,” Kenyatta clarified.

President Kenyatta also noted that a comprehensive wall-to-wall forest resource assessment informing the nation that tree cover now stands at just under 7% has been completed.

“This and a further in-depth inventory of all gazetted industrial forest plantations sets the stage for investors to engage in the sector, thereby generating much needed jobs and creating wealth, while enhancing sustainable management of these forests,” the President said.

He urged custodians of the forest conservation sector to deepen reforms in order for the envisioned gains to cascade further down to all echelons of society.

The president demonstrates his words by planting a tree

The President regretted that closed canopy forests accounted for only 1.7% of the country yet they played a key role in the provision of water for domestic, industrial and agricultural use.

“Despite the benefits accruing from forests,” the President pursued, “mankind has plundered national wealth and treated the environment as chattels exchanging its functions for agriculture, social amenities and infrastructure development.”

“In the past, a stand-alone approach was adopted in the management of the various sectors of the economy, where the intricate linkages between one and the others were largely unappreciated.”

President Kenyatta said his Government is committed to conserving the environment so as to deliver the growth objectives enshrined in Vision 2030.

He observed that environmental conservation must be seen against the backdrop of economic development, whose targets are clearly embedded in Vision 2030 and the Constitution.

“We envision a robust, diversified and competitive manufacturing sector through use of local raw materials. It would not be simplistic to say some of that growth is anchored in our trees,” said the President.

President Kenyatta further noted that tree planting and forest conservation remains a key element of the Government’s mitigation strategy to reverse the undesirable climate change phenomenon.

“Let us join in the global war against climate change, whose negative impacts have been felt far and wide in terms of increased human diseases, declining agricultural yields and reduced water stream flows,” the President said.

“It is also a well-established fact that our environment and its conservation are the anchor and pivot upon which all our economic activities depend on.”

President Kenyatta emphasised that the survival of the human race solely depends on the sustainable use and management of the environment.

“Indeed, there is no sector of our economy that does not depend on the environment”.

The President urged Kenyans to direct their energies and resources on forest conservation as one of the important aspects of the continued prosperity of the Great Nation.

The occasion was attended by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and leaders from Nyandarua, Laikipia and Nakuru counties.

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