News Categories: Environment

19 Jun
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CS Tobiko, Governor Lee on extensive Eburu Forest tour

Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui today acompanied Environment CS Keriako Tobiko on an extensive, day-long tour of Eburu Forest.

The CS commissioned a 43-kilometre electric fence around the forest to prevent human-wildlife conflict and encroachment.

They then toured an Ogiek homestead, beekeeping sites and a forest enrichment site where they planted trees. They later launched the Mau Eburu Forest visitors’ guide.

The CS commended the Governor for his commitment towards conservation of the environment.

He also announced that plans to ban cedar trees in forests are at advanced stages in a move aimed at conserving forests. Cedar, he said, is commonly used as fencing poles.

Governor Kinyanjui commended all the partners for restoring the forest.

“We are concerned about deforestation as it ends up affecting locals when rivers dry up. We urge the Environment Ministry to engage the community on issues that target rehabilitation of forests so that they “own” the project,” he said.

He said the County Government of Nakuru has identified Eburu as one of the areas for pyrethrum and avocado growing and that seedlings will soon be distributed to local farmers.

“We will also promote Eburu as an eco-tourism site to encourage those visiting Naivasha, where we have a robust hotel industry, and other domestic and foreign tourists to come camping or hiking,” he said.

He said the County Government will improve the road network to ease accessibility and work with security agencies to ensure safety of visitors.

Cooperative officials from the County will also visit the area to help locals form saccos, that will help members access financing to improve products such as milk and honey.

He emphasized the need to help the youth to come up with organised projects that can provide self-employment an example being them becoming tour guides who can take visitors around the Eburu Forest explaining indigenous trees and also to different sites.

He said the County is working on engaging hotels in Naivasha to consider purchasing farm produce from neighbouring farms, including Eburu to improve the living standards of the community.

“The County Government of Nakuru will also assist tree nurseries run by locals in Eburu. We will liaise with KFS to buy at least 114,000 seedlings from one of the nurseries we visited, to be distributed in our tree-planting campaigns in the County,” he said.

The County will soon form a committee to look into land issues so that locals can be issued with title deeds.

M-PESA Foundation donated Sh30million towards the maintenance of the electric fence.

Also present at the event was M-PESA Foundation Executive Director Les Baillie, Rhino Ark CEO Christian Lamborex officials, KFS Board Chairman Peter Kinyua, Nakuru CECM for Environment Eng Festus Ngeno and MCAs Samuel Kariuki (Eburu/Mbaruk) and Gathareki Kamanu (Maela).

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06 Jun
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Governor Kinyanjui signs Sh1.3bn water & sanitation pact with Netherlands firm

Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui today signed a Sh1.3billion agreement with Vitens Evides International (VEI) to improve water and sanitation in the County.

VEI was represented share-holders, Annette Ottolini, Jelle
Hannema and CEO Marco Schouten.

VEI is the leading drinking water provider in Netherlands and works in 20 countries including Kenya.

Governor Kinyanjui said the partnership that will see water providers in the County; NAWASSCO, NARUWASCO and NAIVAWASS each get Sh450 million to improve service delivery.

He said the population in Nakuru Town and Naivasha is growing, and will rise further in about five years upon construction of the Standard Gauge Railway and an industrial park in Naivasha.

“As a County we want to plan ahead to ensure we have adequate water supply. The partnership will also improve water supply in the rural areas,” he said.

The project will also cover sanitation that will help conserve Lake Naivasha and and Lake Nakuru.

The Governor said NAWASSCO already has a project, supported by VEI, where fuel that can be used in jikos (briquettes) are being produced from human waste.

Mr.Cees Lefarbag, the sanitation project leader said a machine to boost production of the briquettes to 10,000 tonnes a month has been transported to Nakuru.

He said the project will help save at least 800 trees a day by providing alternative fuel thus conserve the environment.

Nakuru CECM for Water Eng. Festus Ng’eno said the success of the project was due to the enabling environment under the County leadership.

Mr Schouten, who is VEI CEO said the main aim of the organization is to have an impact on the lives of people.

Ms. Attolini and Mr Hannema said they are impressed by the leadership and progress by the water providers in clean water delivery.

Mr. Hannema said good working environment is crucial to service delivery partnerships

He appreciated the current County leadership that is enabling such projects to be successfully implemented.

The VEI team visited water projects in Naivasha and Nakuru.

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