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Plans afoot to protect endangered Ondiri wetland in Kiambu

Gazetting and fencing it off are among plans the government has put in place to save threatened Ondiri wetland near Kikuyu town, a major source of water for Kiambu and Nairobi counties.

In a speech read on his behalf on Wednesday by his Chief Administrative Secretary Mohammed Elmi during celebrations to mark World Wetlands Day at Alliance High School in Kikuyu, Kiambu, Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko said they are determined to protect the swamp.

These efforts will also include planting more than 10,000 tree seedlings in a joint project by Kenya Forest Service (KFS), National Environment Management Authority (Nema), and Water Resources Management Authority, according to Mr Tobiko.

"Protecting wetlands is at the heart of the government because by so doing, we will also be protecting our water resources," said the CS.

"Other than supplying water used to residents of Kiambu and Nairobi residents, Ondiri swamp is also a major source of water for Nairobi River. This, therefore, makes it an important wetland as it is supporting a huge number of livelihoods in the two counties." He added.

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Kenya Forest Service Keriako Tobiko Kiambu Nairobi National Environment Management Authority

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