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Tusker All Stars plant trees at Karura Forest

When the EABL sponsored Tusker Project Fame Season Four finalist came to Karura Forest last year for a tree planting exercise courtesy of EABL they were warmly welcomed and urged to come back again to plant more trees. They did exactly that and came back again this year on Thursday 29th September 2011 for more tree planting activities this time with the Tusker All Stars winners Alpha of Rwanda, Msechu of Tanzania and Davis of Uganda.

They were also accompanied by international stars Jamaican dance hall maestro Orville Richard Burrell commonly known as Shaggy, Angolan musician Cabo Snoop and American rapper Eve Jihan Jeffers commonly known as Eve.

 


 

 

The group was led by Caroline Ndung’u, the Marketing Director-EABL, the Head of Sustainability and Alcohol in Society Jean Kiarie Ngumo and other staff members from EABL.

After a brief introduction by the EABL Marketing Director –Kenya, the group then zealously embarked on the work at hand. A total of 200 trees were planted during the ceremony and after taking a moment of silence the superstars then planted one tree in honour of the late Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai.

Speaking at the event, the Head of Extension Management Mr. Oscar Simanto who represented the KFS Director praised EABL for the good work that they were doing in forest conservation.

Ms Ndungu thanked KFS adding that her organisation will continue participating in forest conservation activities.

 

The Forester for Karura Mr. John Orwa demonstrates proper tree planting before the Tusker All Stars and International pop stars led by 'Shaggy' (in red) planted trees in Karura


International reggae star Shaggy plants a tree in Karura

 


The 'stars' observe a moment of silence before planting a special tree in honour of the late Nobel Laureate Wangare Maathai in Karura Forest

 

 

Story by Lydia Ogada, pictures by Emmah Nerima

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Forests and Landscape Restoration – A key component of climate change mitigation and Adaptation. 

 

By the National REDD+ Coordination Office

 

In many parts of the world, people have started to restore degraded forests and landscapes, creating many new opportunities to reduce poverty, improve food security, address climate change and conserve soil, water and biodiversity. The growing awareness of the importance of forest and landscape restoration can be attributed to several international processes, including the UNFCCC, Bonn Challenge which set a target of restoring at least 150 million hectares of degraded land by 2020 and the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Biodiversity Targets which calls for countries to restore at least 15 percent of their degraded ecosystems by 2020. 

 

Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) refers to a process that aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human well being in deforested or degraded forest landscapes by restoring the function and productivity of degraded forest lands. FLR relies on active stakeholder engagement and can accommodate different land uses, including agriculture, agroforestry, protected wildlife reserves, regenerated forests, managed plantations, and riverside plantings. 

 

Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) has been identified as a key area of focus if the forestry sector is to support the realization of national goals and ambitions reflected in several legislations, policies, economic blue prints and strategies. 

 

To ensure effectiveness and harmonization of on-going and future restoration initiatives in the country, the government through Kenya Forest Service is coordinating a multi-stakeholder project on “National Landscape Restoration Mapping” in collaboration with the World Resource Institute, Clinton Climate Initiative and the Green Belt Movement.  

 

Further to this, the landscape restoration will be an important tool in helping the country meet its economic, development and environmental goals. To ensure these initiatives are linked and coordinated, Kenya Forest Service has established a Landscape Restoration Technical Working Group, with its members drawn from multiple sectors. The working group has so far made tremendous progress on analyzing landscape restoration options for the country. The options identified include reforestation and rehabilitation of natural forests, farm forestry and woodlots on cropland, commercial tree and bamboo plantations, tree- based buffers along waterways, wetlands and roads, as well as silvo-pastoral and rangeland restoration. This restoration options have the potential to restore ecosystems services associated with trees, such as erosion control, regulation of water flows, soil quality and forest habitat. 

 

In addition the Technical Working Group has produced maps and associated area statistics as proposed priority restoration areas. These maps will help in identifying opportunities to scale up restoration efforts to reduce erosion, increase livelihood diversification, fodder production, as well as present potential areas for commercial plantations among others. 

 

This project is coordinated under the overall guidance of the National REDD+ Coordination Office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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