Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Project to Monitor Illegal Cross Boarder Forest Trade Established

A programme to develop a system for regular monitoring and tracking of illegal timber trade at the Kenya/Tanzania boarder is now in place.  
“The project is a milestone in forest conservation monitoring wood movement across the boarders especially with the establishment of the East African Community,” says KFS Senior Deputy Director Mr. E. N. Mugo.
He says KFS is encouraging partners to come on board in sustainable forest conservation in the spirit of public private sector partnerships.
He says the effort will link local and international efforts in providing essential information to inform forest law enforcement.
The programme is funded by the European Union through Food and Agriculture Organization and is being implemented by the East African Wild Life Society.
Programme pilot activities will take place in the Holili/Taveta, Namanga, and Lunga Lunga boarder points.
Information generated from this programme will be shared with KFS and sector institutions to help achieve a comprehensive and coherent strategy to promote better law compliance related to the illegal logging situation and to strengthen structures and systems for stakeholder involvement.    

KFS Senior Deputy Director Mr.  E N Mugo (l),  EU Environment and Social Section Officer Thomas Yatich (2nd l) Director  EAWLS Nigel Hunter and Assistant FAO Representative to Kenya Dr Augusta Abate (r) during the inauguration of the project
Story by Charles Ngunjiri

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