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Kenya Joins the World to Celebrate World Wetlands Day

Opening speech

World Wetlands Day was this year celebrated in Rumuruti, Laikipia County under the theme ‘Wetlands and Climate Change’. The event included a Camel caravan through the town, community sensitization on the importance of wetlands preservation and culminated in planting on bamboo and drought tolerant trees around the wetlands.

The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko (MBS, SC) in his remarks during the event urged community members to take care of the Ewaso Narok wetlands and other wetlands in the county for better environmental conservation.”We need to conserve the environment by ensuring that there is no encroachment into the wetlands, politics should be at bay in matters conservation.” he said. He further added that climate change has far reaching challenges that will affect all humanity if measures are not put in place and this is not limited to wetlands conservation alone but to forests as well.

He further said that the training has come at an opportune time with the world has just having held the first Global Conference on Blue Economy in Nairobi, KenThe Governor Laikipia County H.E Nderitu Muriithi, commended the community members for their efforts in ensuring that the wetlands are protected from individuals who purpose to reclaim them for commercial purposes. He added that his government will come up with a management plan that will be useful in conserving the wetlands for future generations.”Ewaso Narok basin provides water for almost 2 million people and over 6 million wild animals rely on it, the conservation plan is therefore inclusive,” he said.

He added that concerted efforts and action by both National and County governments, individuals and civil society and the private sector is required in order to reverse degradation thereby saving our wetlands.

The Chairman NEMA stated that sensitization is important if the country wants to attain its goal of conservation. He further added that NEMA has come up with tools and instruments that will safeguard wetlands in the country.”Encroachment of our wetlands will lead to adverse effects to the country; we should always remember that wetlands are not wastelands.”He reiterated.

The event was hosted by National Environment Management Authority, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, County Government of Laikipia, KEFRI,KFS Ol Paejeta Conservancy, Ewaso Water Partnership among other stakeholders.

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