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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Kenya government is launching a pilot study on
sustainable management of forestry resources

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.

Patrick Kariuki, 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.

 

             

 

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