Government aiming at 10% forest cover

The government is targeting to attain a 10% forest cover according to the Principal Secretary State Department of Forestry and Wildlife, Prof Fred Segor. The PS said this while officiating the launch of a National Tree Planting exercise at Kinare forest, Eldama Ravine Sub County, Baringo County. The exercise saw over 1,200 trees planted.

The CEC in charge of Environment, Natural Resources, Tourism and Wildlife Management in Baringo County Dr. Maureen Rotich, thanked the residents of the area for their continued support in conservation efforts and encouraged them to plant more trees especially during the rainy season saying that County Government will supplement efforts to ensure that forest cover is significantly increased.

Meanwhile Prof. Segor has urged residents living in areas bordering wildlife habitats to report any human wildlife conflict for compensation and urged them not to attack the wild animals. “I urge communities bordering the forests and game reserves to avoid killing wild animals especially when they invade their farms or eat their livestock but report cases of animal destruction for compensation,” he said.

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