The Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau today hosted a team from the United Nations Development Programme - UNDP for an appraisal meeting on the implementation of the Forestry and Landscape Restoration Action for Kenya's NDC(FlaRAK) Project that is currently being advocated by President William Samoei Ruto and his administration. The team comprised of Ms. Evelyn Koech (UNDP Team Leader Environment) and Ms. Yvonne Nyokabi (Project Manager, FlaRAK).
The project, which ends in March 2023, has its scope in three forest ecosystems in Kaptagat forest, the Kakamega forest, and the Magadi-Suswa ecosystem (Narok County).
The meeting noted that the Service, as one of the implementing agencies is working with UNDP to enhance robust forest restoration and protection activities as a catalytic intervention for Kenya's green recovery and also build resilience to climate change.
Among the activities undertaken by the project has been piloting and scaling up of tree growing technologies, enhancing tree seedlings production capacity, and mobilizing plans to secure Kakamega forest through electric fencing.
The meeting also recognized that for improved governance for sustainable forest management, the Service has benefited with 18 motorcycles that will be utilized within the project sites to enhance mobility.
During the meeting, the CCF urged the project to increase collaboration with the Service by supporting development within the respective forest stations to enhance a wholistic approach to conservation. He interested UNDP in further enhancing pre-existing infrastructure within forest stations in the project areas, mentioning the need to upscale the tried and tested forest alert monitoring systems across other forest ecosystems like the Kakamega forest.
Present in the meeting were Ms. Charity Munyasya, Deputy CCF, Forest Conservation Management, and Mr. David Chege Ag Head, Forest Resources Information Management.
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