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Mandago Seeks To Transform Kapseret Forest Into a Tourist Attraction

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago now says his administration in collaboration with other partners are working towards making Kapseret forest a commercial, indigenious and bamboo Forest.

The Forest had been identified as a place where over 20,000 tree seedlings were planted under the Climate Action theme of the Eldoret City Marathon.

Speaking during the inspection of the conservation work at the forest, Mandago noted that they are seeking to transform it into a tourist attraction forest.

He noted that with the conservation of the forest, they are also targeting to improve locals livelihoods - by allowing them to engage in commercial tree planting.

"We want our people to engage in commercial tree planting as we will need timber for construction. By planting trees for commercial purposes, the people will be able to sell timber and trees as a business," Mandago said while speaking to the press. 

"We want Kapseret forest be a tourist attraction forest in future. This will add economic value to the livelihoods of the locals," he added.

The Governor also noted that the conservation work will help ensure sustainable availability of water for use domestically and schools.

Under the initiative, over 20 acres of bamboo Forest will be planted at the forest and 10 acres of indegenious trees.

Mandago also hailed the Community for driving the conversation agenda in the forest, in a model he said they will seek to replicate in other forests in county.

"The conservation effort being driven by the community has been a success so far. If the community drives conservation, we are likely to see results," he noted.

'We want to replicate this in Kaptagat, Ainabkoi, Sengalo, Nabkoi and all those other forests so as to push the forest cover from 7.6 to 15%," Mandago added.

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