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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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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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