Kenya this week received a huge boost after an announcement that Mau Forest Complex has been admitted into the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, relayed the information to President Kenyatta through communication. KFS Board Chairman Mr Peter Kinyua noted that this admission is a great landmark and presents a great funding opportunity to complement government forest conservation efforts.
The Chief Conservator of Forests, Julius Kamau has welcomed the news as a timely, encouraging and a great milestone towards the conservation of the critical Mau ecosystem.
He pointed out that through Her Majesty the Queen’s admission, the conservation, and protection of Mau complex will be profiled to harness unity of purpose from the commonwealth countries and globally to enhance awareness creation as well as greatly contribute to the fulfillment of achieving the National target of 10 per cent forest cover.
The Mau Forest Complex is the largest forest ecosystem and the most important Water Tower in Kenya, covering approximately 455,000ha. It comprises of 22 forest blocks and is a key water catchment area, with 12 rivers feeding into major lakes in Kenya and parts of Western Kenya. It is a globally recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site.