The Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Julius Kamau, EBS has underscored the need to need to strengthen the capacity of manning forest resources to alleviate possible forest encroachment and illegal activities. He spoke during a visit to the Nyanza Regional Conservator’s Office based in Kisumu City.
The visit was aimed at assessing the ongoing forest conservation, management and protection activities within the region and the potential for forestry development activities, opportunities and interventions for enhancing forest and tree cover in the region.
Nyanza Conservancy (Homabay, Migori, Kisumu, Siaya,Nyamira and Kisii Forest Ecosystems) has a total of 15,754.34 Ha of gazetted public forest and approx. 5,664.61 Ha of community forests under the jurisdiction of County Governments.
During the briefing session, the CCF noted the exemplary inter-county forestry operations and coordination within the Conservancy in ensuring seamless implementation of forestry functions in the realization of overall KFS mandate.
Further the CCF reiterated on the need for gazettment of some community forests for better management and protection among them Nyatike Forest in Migori County
The CCF also alluded to expansion of KFS maritime capabilities to the region to regulate and address the illegal cross boundary trade of forest produce across Lake Victoria, an international water body shared between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
The CCF was hosted by the Assistant Regional Forest Conservators Mr. John Momanyi and Mr. Edwin Ochieng and the Regional Commandant Mr. Stephen Chessa among other conservancy staff.