|Some of the participants of the KIA's strategic leadership programme pose at the Karura Caves when they visited KFS recently|
|The Forester for Karura Mr. John Orwa (in white jacket) addresses the visitors inside Karura Forest|
The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) hosted the Kenya Institute of Administration’s (KIA) participants of a strategic leadership development program on 4th August, 2011. The more than 120 participants from various organizations were interested in understanding the reforms that have led to the growth of KFS since its inception in 2007.
Deputy Director for Forest Extension Services at KFS Ms. Monicah Kalenda, gave a brief presentation on forest sector reforms in Kenya. She elaborated to participants about the importance and implementation of various reforms enacted in the Forest Act 2005 that have helped conserve the gazetted forests in Kenya. Also present during the presentation were KFS senior officers including Prof. Ogweno of Kenya Forestry College, Ms Charity Munyasia of Nairobi Conservancy and Ms Anne Kaari Corporate Communications.
After the presentation, the participants went on a tour of Karura Forest where they met Mr John Orwa, the Forester for Karura who briefly explained the history of the forest. Ms. Charity excited the crowd with her passionate explanation of the forests features and history. Thereafter, they visited Biotechnology project where they met the Production Manager Mr. Muraya Minjire, and Mr. Samuel Muema who gave a brief explanation to the team about how bio-technology is being used to enhance forestry.
Speaking on behalf of the visitors, Ms. Lynnette Otuori of KIA thanked KFS for the opportunity and urged the participants to utilize what they had learnt.
Story by Maureen Amenya pictures by Mike Muratha