By John Kariuki
The Dedan Kimathi Foundation together with some government & private organizations have kicked off a rigorous process of restoring the Maragoli Hills Forest,
The 1000 Acres Forest serves as a boundary between Vihiga & Kisumu, The Forest has suffered massive deforestation & destruction in the 30 years, today, only Shrubs, Rocky hills and some scattered trees are in the vicinity,
The forest was a source of 20 streams which have dried up since leaving behind caves which serves as a memory to the locals, of a once robust forest,
The restoration and responsible management of our forests such as Maragoli Hills will play a crucial role in re-establishing habitats, producing goods and services needed for sustainable development, and supporting economic recovery after COVID-19 through green jobs while increasing food security and improving human well-being.
Maragoli Hills Forest Ecosystem restoration is fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, mainly those on climate change, poverty eradication, food security, water, and biodiversity conservation. This is in line with the tree planting clarion call of H.E. President William Samoei Ruto and First Lady Mama Rachel Ruto.
Other partners undertaking the Project Includes Forest Service, CKL Africa Ltd, Linda Mazingira Initiative Kenya, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, SeedballsKenya, Equity Bank Kenya, KCB Group, County Government of Vihiga, Cookswell Jikos and Mr Julius Kamau.