A few weeks ago the forest cover in our country was the topic of discussion. It came at a time when the sun was scorching. Not just in Meru where I currently reside but in all parts of the country. It paved way to talk about past, present and future policies that we need to discuss.
It is important to look back into the past and we start with a policy in the Mau in 2009 introduced by the then Rt. Hon Raila Amollo Odinga. He had introduced the policy on a ban on logging and eviction of land squatters in the Mau. That policy was not taken that well with the Rift Valley communities. The events lead to fallout with William Ruto. The subsequent actions lead to continuation of squatters living in the area.
The saving of Mau and other forests like Karura was a continuous effort by the likes of Wangari Maathai and members of the Green Belt Movement. The concerted efforts seem to be going down the drain over a period of time. Just what ails our forest system?
The fact that the Deputy President had declared a 90 day ban on logging is a step forward but it is still a long short. There is still a lot more to be done by the government. For instance, there needs to be plans to make sure that land that is placed under forest cover in the country and grabbed has been returned. It is disheartening to see land that should be placed under forest cover being used in building malls and being used for farming activities.
Though logging is important to our economy their needs to be a systemic way to deal with this issues. , there needs to be plans to make sure that land that is placed under forest cover in the country and grabbed has been returned. It is disheartening to see land that should be placed under forest cover being used in building malls and being used for farming activities.
Though logging is important to our economy their needs to be a systemic way to deal with these issues. For instance a ban on indigenous forests, and making sure that logging associations have planted additional trees in areas that they have cut trees in. this brings me to another crucial point.
There needs to be an informed awareness program. The fact that charcoal burners were demonstrating about the ban on charcoal burning means that means that they need to understand the whole point is not to put them out of business but for them to try and create a conducive environment for doing it for extension of their business.
There is need to make sure that they have gotten the whole point of creating a place and time to talk to all stakeholders in the business in order for them to participate. The whole point is to make sure that everyone is on the same page in making sure that forest cover in the country has been restored to 10% or even a better percentage.