NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has launched a pilot study to compile
data on forests to promote the sustainable management of the
resource, an official said on Wednesday.
deputy chief conservator of forests (CCF) said the data will support
profiling of forests and also help unveil the contribution of
forests to the country’s Gross National Product (GNP).
"We are looking into ways to synchronize information from various
institutions to bring together available data and promote a national
platform for reporting," Kariuki said at the launch in Nairobi.
He observed that the study is the first of its kind in the
country since data that are available are within the custodianship
of different organizations.
Kariuki said that to date there has been no comprehensive
information on forests resources in the country.
"The process is expected to improve the accuracy of national and
international reporting on matters of SFM using specific criteria
and indicators," said Kariuki.
He said that the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) is
assisting Kenya in developing a framework for monitoring, assessing
and reporting on progress towards SFM and Global Forest Goals (GFG).
The official said that the country has challenges such as lack of
adequate technologies to conduct inventories in the past.
He said that the findings of the study will contribute to Kenya’s
obligations to Rio conventions action on forests that calls for the
promotion of sustainable management of all types of forests and to
strengthen long term political commitment.
"Forests are critical to the eradication of poverty in the dry
lands and important in healing the dry lands and protecting them
from desertification and drought," said Kariuki.