- He said Bomet County has in the last one year planted one million tree seedlings.
- The county aims to attain a five million mark in the next three years as it seeks to increase forest cover to 15 percent.
- The government plans to evict 60,000 families from Maasai Mau any time now.
The Bomet County government is now laying claim to two forest blocks in the Mau Forest complex.
Governor Hillary Barchok wants the Kenya Forests Service (KFS) to place the management of Nyangores and Nairotia blocks, currently under the Narok ecosystem, in Bomet County where they are physically located.
“As a matter of priority, KFS should initiate a process and dialogue between the various stakeholders with a view to correcting the anomaly where we have a resource in one county being managed under another county,” said Dr Barchok.
NAROK LAW COURTS
“It is instructive to note that even when our security enforcement officers in conjunction with foresters nab suspects illegally harvesting forest produce including logging and charcoal burning, they are taken to law courts in the neighbouring Narok County,” he added.
The governor was speaking at Mara Mara in Konoin when the Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau led KFS in signing a participatory forest management plan with the local community which aims at enhancing conservation of the Mau Forest complex in Bomet County.
“There is need for the community to embrace conservation of the natural resources in the country and the national and county governments should embrace a multi-sectorial approach to attaining the set goals,” said Dr Barchok.