Environment Cabinet Secretary(CS) Keriako Tobiko has lauded Elgeyo Marakwet County for being a trailblazer in environmental conservation.
This follows the launch of the Sustainable Forestry and Tree Growing Bill, a first of its kind in Kenya, which is set to be enacted in the County.
The County through, support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), finalised the bill that is aimed at sustainable use and management of natural resources.
CS Tobiko lauded Governor Alex Tolgos for the initiative saying the bill was the first of its kind in the country.
“I want to thank Governor Tolgos for what you are doing for the sake of the environment. What we are doing today is for our children and their children,” he said.
UNDP Kenya Permanent Representative Walid Badawi hailed the County’s commitment in drafting the bill which he termed as a model in the Country.
He said UNDP would continue supporting sustainable environmental conservation efforts in the country.
Governor Alex Tolgos said the bill will be discussed at the County Cabinet and then forwarded to the County Assembly for approval.
He said the bill will serve current and future generations especially in the regeneration of forests and agro-forests.
Prior to the launch, guests and participants planted trees in Kaptagat Forest.
Tobiko announced that the Government will convert the forest into a water tower.
“We will Gazette the conversion from a forest to a water tower in the next two weeks and we shall progressively replace all exotic trees with indigenous trees,” he said.
Present were PSs Dr Chris Kiptoo and Esther Koimett, European Union representative, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, Deputy Governors Wisley Rotich(Elgeyo Marakwet) and Daniel Chemno(Uasin Gishu).