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Kenyan Forestry Sector Receives a Boost

"Our collaboration with JICA has been very fruitful, both with the Ministry and with key organizations like KEFRI, KFS and KWS," said Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Natural Resources Principal Secretary during the signing of an agreement for the new JICA-supported Capacity Development Project for Sustainable Forest Management in Kenya that will be implemented by the State Department of Natural Resources in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and the Kenya Forestry Service (KFS). The Project will be yet another step towards achieving 10% forest cover in Kenya as stipulated in Vision 2030 and enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010. The Agreement was signed by the Natural Resources P.S., Dr. Margaret Mwakima, JICA's Chief Representative Ms. Keiko Sano, KEFRI's Director Dr. Ben Chikamai and KFS Director Mr. Emilio Mugo.


Dr. Chikamai, Mr. Mugo, Dr. Mwakima and Ms. Sano sign the agreement


Holding up the signed agreement

Dr. Mwakima's sentiments were echoed by Dr. Chikamai: "We have had a long-standing and fruitful collaboration spanning over a period of 30 years with the Government of Japan and JICA," he observed. "This has been at two levels; firstly, grant aid support, that was used to construct major facilities at our Headquarters and at the Kitui centre and secondly on technical cooperation," he added. Mr. Mugo also noted that JICA has supported the Forestry sector for a long time, with a lot of positive impact to show for it. "This is a great day!" he said, in appreciation that the project is set to finally commence in May. Observing that much needs to be done at the country level in respect of REDD+, Mr. Mugo explained that the Project will enhance national capacity to monitor and report on forest cover.

On her part, Ms. Sano appreciated the commitment and positive collaboration from the Ministry and its agencies and promised that JICA would continue supporting the sector.

This 5-year Technical Cooperation project aims to strengthen capacity both at the national and county levels for sustainable forest management so as to contribute towards achievement of the national forest cover target of 10%. The Project will be implemented countrywide, including Arid and Semi-arid Lands (ASALs).


Holding discussions at the PS's office


Ms. Sano and Dr. Mwakima


A successfully concluded signing ceremony

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-- Victor Kamau - 2015-10-03


Topic revision: r1 - 04 Nov 2016 - VictorKamau
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