Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Forestry, Soipan Tuya presided over this year’s World Wetlands Day at Lake Narasha (Timboroa Dam) in Uasin Gishu County.
Speaking during the function Tuya said Wetlands are at the core of the 10-year National Landscapes and Ecosystems Restoration Strategy, the anchor blueprint for the Government’s flagship 15bn National Tree Growing Programme.
“Restoration of wetlands is a priority for the Government because of their immense ecological benefits that includes acting as oases of livelihoods for communities and drivers of Kenya’s socioeconomic transformation,” she says.
Uasin Gishu governor Jonathan Bii says the county, renowned for its agricultural contributions, prioritizes wetlands as crucial water storage for food security.
“Under my administration, we have implemented a comprehensive strategy to safeguard our 270 wetlands through initiatives like fencing and extensive tree-planting, enhancing their ecological and socio-economic functions,” said governor Bii.
“This event served as a platform to advance tree-planting initiatives, aligning with President William Samoei Ruto’s call to increase our forest cover to 15 billion trees,” he said.
Also present were area MP Hon. Julius Rutto (Kesses Constituency) and neighboring Eldama Ravine Constituency MP Hon. Musa Sirma as well as members of the National Assembly Committee on Environment, Forestry and Mining.