An environmental educational center will be put up at the former Shell Club in Karura Forest. This was announced during the official handover ceremony of the club to the trustees of the institution to be set up by conservation stakeholders and managed by Friends of Karura CFA.
According to Mrs. Alice Macaire the chairperson of Friends of Karura, the Karura Forest Environmental Education Trust will be a place for children to come and learn the importance of forest conservation. She said that the center will be built using the best and latest environmentally friendly technologies for it to be a best case study of environmental conservation.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife Hon. Dr. Noah Wekesa who was the guest of honour lauded the initiative saying that Karura had turned out to be a good example in forest conservation. He commended the work of the local community in protecting the forest and pointed out the recently completed electric fence as the epitome of stakeholder involvement in forest conservation.
On his part, the KFS Director Mr. David Mbugua said that the center will provide a good foundation for children to learn environmental conservation at a young age. He said it was only this way that future generations will be able to appreciate the importance of a clean environment.
Among the trustees of the center are KFS, Shell Kenya, Oshwal Education and Relief Foundation, the Green Belt Movement and Friends of Karura CFA.
Watch the NTV report on the event here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azpiTuIj23A&feature=youtube_gdata
Report by Leakey Sonkoyo