Efforts underway to conserve Lamu forests, say officials

Efforts underway to conserve Lamu forests, say officials

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An aerial view of Boni Forest in Lamu. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu, KENYA: The World Wide Fund for nature-WWF and the Kenya Forest Service-KFS have partnered to conserve forests and ensure a sustained forest cover in Lamu county.

According to WWF Lamu officer Nick Orwa,talks are already underway between the fund and other concerned stakeholders to chart out possible strategies on how well to preserve the forest cover in the county.

Orwa said the public would also be actively involved in the formulation of possible legislations that would see their objective realized.

He said together with the KFS they had proposed a legislation that would ensure forests are stricltly conserved.

Orwa said the legislation has proposed the formation of three forms of forest ownership styles names,county,private and communal forests.

He said if passed to law,the legislation will also help explore how well the forests under each ownership regime shall be used and help improve lives without diminishing or destroying the forest cover.

“Our agenda is to ensure forests are not destroyed but preserved. We have proposed a new legislation to help us in the mission.we have gone round seeking public opinion and participation and the reception has been good. All we are left with is to now present the same to the concerned county executive who will forward it to the county assembly and hopefully become law,”said Mang’ee.