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Kenya Forest Service is a corporate body established under the Forest Conservation and Management Act no 34 of 2016 (henceforth referred to as the Act).  The Act which was operationalized on 31st March 2017, gave the Service's mandate as "to provide for the development and sustainable management, including conservation and rational utilization of all forest resources for the socioeconomic development of the country and for connected purposes"



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Press Release: 21st March 2018
KFS Board invites EACC to look into Forest Destruction


The Kenya Forest Service Board of Directors appreciates all Kenyans who came out to plant trees in commemoration of the International Day of Forests. During this year's celebrations, more than 102,000 seedlings were planted, 10,000 tree seedlings in Karura Forest, and 2,000 in each of the other 46 Counties. This is part of the robust programme that the Board has put in place to fast track realization of 10% national tree cover by the year 2022, and 15% by the year 2030.


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International Day of Forests Celebrations Marked Across the Country. 

By Michael Muratha

The International Day of Forests (IDF) was celebrated in all 47 Counties in the Country. A total of 102,000 tree seedlings were planted. 10,000 in Nairobi and 2,000 each in the remaining 46 Counties (92,000). The IDF celebrations are in partnership with all County Governments in realization and appreciation of the central role of County Governments in attaining the Constitutional 10% forest cover, way before the year 2030.

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By Michael Muratha

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The theme for 2018 is Forests and Sustainable Cities.

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By Benedetta Wasonga

Human rights and environmental protection are closely linked and hence the guarantee to the right to a clean environment to every person in Kenya, yet this important and crucial right has majorly been over looked. Majority of human rights organizations have focused more on individual and group rights such us rights of indigenous people, children’s rights, disability rights, education rights yet less emphasis on environmental rights consequently leading to people experiencing negative effects of environmental degradation, ecosystems decline, including water shortage, fisheries depletion, natural disasters due to deforestation and unsafe management and disposal of toxic and dangerous wastes and products. 


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Protecting Water Towers For Prosperity


By Michael Muratha
Kenya`s water towers remain vital national assets as they provide numerous services including; climate regulation, recharge of groundwater; river flow regulation; flood mitigation; control of soil erosion; water purification; carbon storage among others. These services support key economic sectors, including: energy, tourism, agriculture as well as water supply to urban centers and industries. In line with these the Government of Kenya through a number of partner institutions in collaboration with the European Union are working tirelessly to conserve these water towers.


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Second Climate Change Action Plan Launched


By Michael Muratha 

Climate change continues to pose the greatest challenge to sustainable development across the world. It is the biggest and most complex challenge to sustainable development in this century. It`s impact has continued to be felt by communities around the world, including Kenya. Alive to this fact Kenya recently has launched its second National Climate Change Action Plan to run for the next five years (2018-2022). 

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 Community Forest Association Financing Framework Launched


By Michael Muratha
A new framework to guide mobilizing of resources for Community Forest Association has been launched. The framework dubbed Community Forest Association Development and Financing Cycle (CDFC) was recently launched in a colourful ceremony at the Utalii hotel. The launch ceremony was graced by various dignitaries including; the Chief Conservator of Forests Emilio Mugo, Chief Executive Officer, Water Sector Trust Fund (WSTF), Ismail Shaiye, Project Co-ordinator, Upper Tana Natural Resources Management Project (UTNRMP), Muthoni Livingstone among other government officials. The initiative which will be spearheaded by the three institutions is mainly aimed at supporting CFAs implement their Participatory Forest Management Plans (PFMP). 


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BY Anne Fidelis Itubo


Community Forest Associations (CFAs) play a critical role in the conservation of gazzetted forest areas. In cognizance of that fact, the need to strengthen the CFAs, while linking them with the relevant Water Resource User Association (WRUAs) is seen to be critical. In order to identify the capacity needs of the CFAs, the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) is developing a comprehensive capacity assessment tool that is adapted to the CFAs. 


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41st Graduation Ceremony takes place at the Kenya Forestry College


By Michael Muratha 



129 students were presented with diplomas and certificates at the 41st Kenya Forestry College graduation ceremony held in Londiani, Kericho County. The colorful ceremony was graced by various dignitaries including KFS Board Chairman Peter Kinyua, KFS Board of Directors, Chief Conservator of Forests Emilio Mugo, college management among other guests.


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First Lady Celebrates Kenyan Heroes And Heroin In Tree Growing And Forest Conservation


By Benedetta Wasonga


Excellence and passion for forestry was awarded during the inaugural ceremony for the Tree Growing and Forest Conservation Awards officiated by Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya as the best of Kenya award winners across the country gathered at the Kenya Forest Service Headquarters in Nairobi to receive their awards. 


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21st Pass out Parade takes place


By Michael Muratha


Forests are a critical resource to our lives since they provide many goods and services that we enjoy on a daily basis. It is therefore important that they are well protected and conserved even for future generations to come. In line with the Service recently recruited 83 Forester trainees who passed out in a colorful ceremony held at the Kenya Forestry College


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Western Regime Tree Planting Season launched 


By Michael Muratha


The launch of tree planting season for the long rains is marked every year as a demonstration of Service`s commitment to greening of the country as well as to support the growth of the forestry sector. Additionally tree growing has continued to contribute to national economic and social growth as well as promoting environmental sustainability


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SRC rolls out Job Evaluation Exercise for the KFS Staff


By Charles Ngunjiri 


The Salaries and Remuneration Commission is undertaking a Job Evaluation exercise in a bid to harmonize pay for all public servants in Kenya. The exercise that seeks to determine the true value of public service jobs is now in its completion stages at the Kenya Forest Service. 


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Partnering with the Timber Manufacturers Association


By Lydia Ogada


The Timber Manufacturers Association was formed in 1981 by the then saw millers. Currently 26 counties are active members. Benson Gitau was elected 5 years ago as the Chairman and has been serving diligently .Benson through the TMA has initiated a project by partnering with Kenya Forest Service. 


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Eastern African nations launch Steering Committee for Zanzibar Declaration on Illegal Trade in Timber and other Forest Products


By Michael Muratha 


Representatives from across Eastern Africa recently converged in Nairobi to discuss implementation of the Zanzibar Declaration on Illegal Trade in Timber and other Forest Products and formally launch its Steering Committee. The Zanzibar Declaration was signed in September 2015 during the XIV World Forestry Congress in South Africa and has been heralded as a huge step forward in regional efforts to address the rampant illegal timber trade in East Africa.


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Strategic Objectives

  1. Increase net forest cover
  2. Strengthen financial base
  3. Enhance conseravtion, sustainable management and utilisation of forests by improving livelihoods in rural areas
  4. Effectively manage information within interactive intergrated information systems in support of business processes and improved service delivery
  5. Strenghten institutional capacity to deliver on it’s mandate

Farmer Field Schools in Transzoia graduate


The Head of Conservancy for North Rift Forest Conservancy Area Mr. Solomon Mibey presents a certificate to one of the graduating farmers at Naisambu. Looking on is the Project Manager for GZDSP Mr. Jerome Mwanzia and the Forest Zonal Manager for Transzoia Mr. Simon Wahome

The just graduated farmer groups take a group photo together with the guests

The 22nd of June was not just an ordinary day for communities in Transzoia County as they witnessed a rare graduation.

Farmers from Baraton, Naisambu, and Nyasi Farmer Field Schools (FFS) graduated amid dancing and jubilations in a ceremony graced by fellow community members the local leadership and officers from the KFS headquarters. The farmers who have been attending the ‘school without walls’ for at least one and a half years had an impressive report to show for the years they were educated. among the most outstanding were horticulture, beekeeping and agro-forestry in their farms and a plantation of eucalyptus.

In attendance was the Head of Conservancy for North Rift who was also the chief guest Mr. Solomon Mibey, the project manager for Green Zones Development Support Project (GZDSP) Mr. Jerome Mwanzia whose project sponsored the groups and the Transzoia Forest Zonal Manager Mr. Simon K Wahome among other guests.

Mr. Mibey who was visibly impressed by the farmers’ performance urged them to practice what they had learnt on their farms and encouraged them to each establish a tree nursery to as to enhance tree planting in their areas as well as earn some income.

While addressing the same gathering, Mr. Mwanzia also congratulated the farmers and urged them to establish wood lots on their farms saying that this will ensure steady supply of domestic wood demands. He promised the farmers an exchange visit which would enable them learn what other farmers who had undergone similar training were doing.

The farmers thanked KFS for facilitating them and assisting the community in improving their livelihoods and eradicating poverty.

Article and pictures by Caroline Kahuria

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