By Ben Leshau
Over 1400 hectares of the Mau forest has been restored since the
government concluded evicting forest illegal occupants one year ago.
The Ministry of Environment thorough
the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and the Kenya Water towers have begun a drive to
plant over 110,000 tree seedlings.
Communities living around the Mau
forest are helping in the exercise, a year after the government completed its
phase two of Mau evictions.
The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment Keriako Tobiko says the Maasai Mau is very important because 12 rivers from there flow all the way to lake Victoria that is the source of the
He asked elected leaders to stop politicizing the restoration of
the Mau complex and said the government will not relent in protecting water catchment areas including Kirisia forest in Samburu has also been conserved.
The CS said rainfall has increased since last year when the
evictions were concluded.
Tobiko further noted that Mau forest
has been recognized
internationally by the Queens canopy.
The KFS Director Julius Kamau said trees have already been planted on 1400 hectares of land since last year.
The government is making efforts to ensure
that seedlings are delivered for rehabilitation in areas such as Seira Leon, Kass
FM and Ngoben where evictions were conducted.
Professor Julius Tanui of the Kenya Water Towers (KWT) said the government said the entire Mau forest will be fenced after proper tree planting has been done.
He said KWT is working tirelessly to ensure that the first 30 km fence is handed over to a suitable contractor.
“The government has already come up with a program known as adopt a Kilometre, where stakeholders can take charge and assist in fencing the forest.
He also lauded communities for taking responsibility and planting trees despite the evictions. Tanui said that