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WORLD WETLANDS DAY MARKED AMID CALLS FOR THEIR PROTECTION.

 

Kenya joined other countries in the world in marking the World Wetlands Day with calls to protect these important ecosystems that play a critical role the sustenance of livelihoods especially in the arid and semi-arid areas of the country. This year’s ceremony was held at Ewaso Narok swamp at Rumuruti in Laikipia county with the running theme ‘wetlands and climate change’ to bring attention to the effects climate change is having on wetlands as well the mitigation efforts being employed to salvage them.

Speaking at the event, the Cabinet Minister for Environment and Forestry Hon. Keriako Tobiko decried the continued destruction of important ecosystems that could otherwise support huge populations if well conserved. He noted that over exploitation of these resources was to blame for their deterioration saying that a balance must be found between utilization and conservation of natural resources. The Cabinet Secretary said that the ministry of Environment will not relent in its quest to have all natural resources including forests secure and playing their environmental stabilization role for other sectors of development to thrive.

CS Tobiko called on all leaders including political leaders to play their part in protecting critical biodiversities. “It is important for all leaders to speak with one voice especially where conservation of the environment is concerned,” said the Minister. He also called on parliament to allocate adequate resources for environmental conservation.

While addressing the same gathering, the Governor of Laikipia County Hon. Nderitu Mureithi thanked the Ministry for hosting the event in Laikipia noting that the residents of the county were already grappling with water scarcity. He noted with concern that communities leaving downstream were already in searching for water for their livestock. 

Speaking at the same event, the Chairman of the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) Mr. John Konchellah called on the community around Ewaso Narok swamp to utilize the responsibly noting that communities downstream also depended on the wetland. 

 

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