Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Korean Ambassador visits Mau Forest

The Korean Ambassador H. E. Cha-Woo Kim (3rd right in hat) listens to the Nakuru Zonal Forest Manager Mr. Mukundi explaining a point at Sururu Forest in the Mau Forest Complex

The Ambassador is briefed at the Head of Conservancy's office in Nakuru before the tour. On the right is the HOC Mr. Cosmas Ikiugu

Korean embassy officials led by the Ambassador (center), senior KFS and Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife officials pose for a picture at the Menengai Crater
The Ambassador of South Korea to Kenya His Excellency Chan-Woo Kim recently toured parts of the Mau Forest Complex to familiarize himself with the initiatives the government and KFS have put in place to reclaim and rehabilitate the important water tower. This followed a meeting between the KFS Director Mr. David Mbugua and the Korean Deputy Permanent Representative to UNEP Mr. Jeong Jogfeon earlier where the Director briefed him on forestry reforms in the country.

The Ambassador who was accompanied by a journalist from Korea who is compiling articles on forestry to highlight the plight of forests this being the International Year of Forests toured rehabilitation sites in Sururu Forest Station and also visited Menengai Forest Station in Nakuru where he saw the Menengai Crater and learned of the ecotourism activities being undertaken by KFS in the area.

The Ambassador was met and briefed by the Head of Mau Conservancy Mr. Cosmas Ikiugu on the various opportunities and challenges associated with the biggest water catchment in the East African region. He informed the Ambassador that the Government through KFS had achieved a lot in the restoration of the forest noting that all squatters had been evicted. He added that the government was working on modalities that will see the evictees and those who had proper documents settled elsewhere.

Mr. Chan-Woo Kim who has been in the country for three months pledged to seek support from his government and NGOs from his country working in the country for the conservation and restoration of the Mau Complex.

Article and pictures by Leakey Sonkoyo

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