Kenya secures 310 million shillings in Japanese funding to boost forests

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Kenya secures 310 million shillings in Japanese funding to boost forests


President Uhuru Kenyatta with State Ambassador of Japan to Kenya Ken Okaniwa at State House, Nairobi. PICTURES | PSCU

Summary

  • The money, through the United Nations Development Program, will be used in the ecosystems of Elgeyo Marakwet, Kakamega and Kajiado.
  • The 2022 economic survey shows that the country’s forest cover stands at 8.8% against the target of 10%.

The Japanese government has provided new funding of 310 million shillings to support forest restoration in Kenya, giving a major boost to the country’s efforts to increase forest cover.

The money, through the United Nations Development Program, will be used in the ecosystems of Elgeyo Marakwet, Kakamega and Kajiado.

“The money is going to three ecosystems, Cherangany Hills Elgeyo, Kakamega Forest and Kajiado, with a focus on restoration efforts to ensure we increase forest cover,” said Chris Kiptoo, principal secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The project has four components including tree seeds and seedlings to create tree nurseries, conservation-focused technologies, and purchase of seedlings where these communities will get seeds of macadamia, avocado, among others.

The 2022 economic survey shows that the country’s forest cover stands at 8.8% against the target of 10%.

“Kenya needs 6.2 trillion shillings over the next ten years to mitigate and adapt to climate change. For mitigation alone we need 2 trillion shillings ($18 billion) and 4.4 trillion shillings for adaptation. Today’s event aims to increase this target amount,” Mr. Kiptoo added.

“We are supporting the Government of Kenya through the implementing partner, UNDP, to promote reforestation in the country,” Ken Okaniwa, Japan’s Ambassador to Kenya, said at the launch.

Japan has a tree cover of over 68% according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“The project aims to implement robust forest restoration and protection activities serving as catalytic interventions that will showcase green recovery in Kenya’s NDC implementation plans, while building resilience to change. change,” said Walid Badawi, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme. (UNDP).

“In Kenya, Japan has provided project funding worth more than 1.27 billion shillings ($11 million) worth of projects in Kenya over the past 5 years, funding which has been dedicated to COVID -19, drought and flood response, peace building and conflict prevention and strengthening legal identity,” said Mr. Walid Badawi.

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